MDEBIKES 2011

Sep 13, 2010
by Matteo Ganora  
MDE BIKES is a small company located in the heart of the Piedmont’s Alps, a place rich in historical trails for Italian mountain biking. It is in these places that they come to develop their ideas and their products and along these trails the first tests of the new frames are made. The frames are designed, developed and manufactured entirely handcrafted in Italy.

More details inside,

This means that each frame gets started and finished at the same time and very often by the same welder. They make extensive use of parts made by CNC, with milling machining centers of last generation. The tubes are made to MDE's own specifications using the latest technologies such as hydroforming and are designed to ensure the appropriate response to stress according to the part of the frame where they are placed. The tubes that they use are made by the major leading companies of the world such as Easton, Dedacciai etc.

MDE uses three suspension systems, two of which are theirs: I-link and Dh-link. These are applied on high-end frames. Monopivot is used for mid-range frames. The two owner systems are virtual pivot of last generation and ensuring high efficiency in pedaling and are completely active under braking. These systems ensure the right fitting of the compression curve on the frames. I-Link has a marked progression along all the curve of compression, Dh-link is linear in the first step only to became very progressive at the end. Some frames use the MDS (MDE dropout system) that lets you choose six different options for the rear dropouts.

Each frame can be custom built, (including the full-suspension) to the rider's personal requirements - this is much appreciated between professional racers.


69 DH-Link
Type: downhill race
Rear travel= 210mm (8.3”)
Head Tube Angle= 64°
Bottom Bracket Height= 360mm (14.17”)
ChainStay Length= 444mm (17.48”)
Frame Weight: 3700g (8.2lb) ( (w/o shox)
Seatpost : 30mm
Headtube: 1.5”
Bottom Bracket: Bsa 83mm
Extra: Iscg 03 e 05
Dropout: MDS (MDE Dropouts System)
Standard colors: Royal White, Racing Red, Raw


PUSHER I-Link
Type: downhill trail park oriented
Rear travel= 190mm (7.5”)
Head Tube Angle= 65°
Bottom Bracket Height= 367mm (14.44”)
ChainStay Length= 442mm (17.40”)
Frame Weight: 3600g (7.95lb) (w/o shox)
Seatpost : 30.9mm
Headtube: 1.5”
Bottom Bracket: Bsa 83mm
Dropout: MDS (MDE Dropouts System)
Standard colors: Fluo Yellow, Deep blue, Racing Red
Extra: Hammershimdt ready , Iscg 03 e 05
Front Derailleur: none


DAMPER SX I-link
Type: All-Mountain/Enduro/Freeride
Rear travel= 170mm (6.7”)
Head Tube Angle= 66.5°
Bottom Bracket Height= 353mm (13.89”)
ChainStay Length= 435mm (17.1”)
Frame Weight: 3280g (7.24lb) (w/o shox)
Seatpost : 30.9mm
Headtube: tapared 1 1/8 semintegrated upper, 1.5” standard down
Bottom Bracket: 73mm Bsa
Dropout: MDS (MDE Dropouts System)
Standard colors: Pearl Grey, Racing Red, Royal White
Extra: Hammershimdt ready, Iscg 03 e 05
Front Derailleur: 34,9 Top swing


PLAYER I-link
Tipo: Slope Style, trail parking
Rear travel= 140mm (5.5”) (7.875”x2.25” shox)- 110mm (4.3”) (7.5”x2.00” shox)
Head Tube Angle= 67.5° (160mm fork)
Bottom Bracket Height= 345mm (13.58”)
ChainStay Length= 427mm (16.8”)
Frame Weight: 2900g (6.40lb) (w/o shox)
Seatpost : 30.9mm
Headtube: tapared 1 1/8 semi integrated upper, 1.5” standard down
Bottom Bracket: 73mm Bsa
Dropout: MDS (MDE Dropouts System)
Standard colors: Fluo Yellow, Wc Green, Royal Purple
Extra: Iscg 03 e 05
Front Derailleur: none

MDE I-LINK VIEW
MDE I-LINK VIEW

Federico Biora The Boss (center), and Matteo The Welder (right)

You can have more info at www.mdebikes.com


36 Comments

  • 1 0
 I think there is a growing market for aplications on the dropouts,its a great idea and the way are secured to the rear swingarm its one of the best ones out there.
  • 1 0
 I ride Player & Anvil and I can tell you guys these bikes are dope!

Just a correction to the article, the Player is 3220g w/o shock instead of 2900g as written here!
  • 1 0
 Really good looking bikes. The rear dropouts are a cool idea too but they could be refined, I really dont like how they are single sheared
  • 1 0
 I wish o can get one, are they in Canada? I'm likein the damper sick bike there. It's giving me blue balls just looking at it.
  • 1 0
 from what i hear their not abailable in usa/canada as of yet.
  • 1 0
 sweet bikes, but only problem ive had with mine is the bushes and the frame does flex a fair bit. but still it rides like a beast
  • 2 0
 Mde bikes in France by Chillrider.com
  • 1 0
 grande matteo!
belle foto..soprattutto quella di Matte "the welder"....hahaha
a presto
ciccio
  • 2 0
 nice stuff, never heard of them before, the beauty of pinkbike
  • 2 0
 Every single frame looks like perfection!
  • 2 3
 Pretty funny for m personaly. I drawn pretty much similar frames myself. Even linkage angles were similar. Well would be interesting to see how it rides Smile

www.pinkbike.com/photo/4021695
  • 1 1
 No. Just....no.
  • 5 3
 nice writeup buddy.
  • 9 1
 cool name 69. whats 69 in chinesse? twocanchew
  • 8 0
 六十九
  • 1 0
 im guessing "69" wasn't a coincidence
  • 3 0
 The "69" bike looks kinda like a Norco and an Intense had a baby, anyone else see the resemblence?
  • 1 0
 yeah
  • 3 0
 My guess is 69 is the length of the two links? 6cm and 9cm? Looks about right. Just a thought. Sick bikes though!
  • 1 0
 W l'artigianale made in italy :-)
  • 1 0
 the player and the pusher looks wicked,in fact they all look nice
  • 1 0
 sure do Smile
  • 1 0
 Looks very good guys! seems like a great company that makes awsome stuff!
  • 1 0
 LookS Like its built for anything
  • 1 0
 those are some good looking bikes!
  • 1 0
 where can i order these frames?
  • 1 0
 email mde direct through their website www.mdebikes.com or check to see your nearest distrutor or dealer on their site
  • 1 0
 Can you buy these in the US?
  • 1 0
 I think you could get it directly with MDE Italy, or contact me at chillrider.com i'll contact them for you.
  • 1 0
 if only i could sell my pusher
  • 1 0
 very nice bikes
  • 1 1
 The DH has some of the cleanest lines I've ever seen.
  • 1 0
 Yeah the Dh is sweet ,I like how there are extra ISGG tabs on this frame to cope with the two most common standards , clever thinking
  • 1 0
 Bravo Matte!
  • 1 0
 They are some verry neet bicycles.

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