MDE Bikes - The Player

Jul 14, 2009
by Tyler Maine  
The crew at MDE bikes have been busy working on a new park bike called The Player. It is their answer to the do it all DJ, Park, 4X style bike that riders are looking for.

Check out all the pics and some specs inside,
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Here are the details straight from MDE Bikes:

-It is a new 2010 full suspended frame for slope style and park or 4x riding.
-It has 140mm (200x57mm shox) of rear travel reducible to 110mm by changing the shock (190x50mm).
-It's like an Anvil hardtail with the rear suspension.
-The front triangle is made with Anvil tube set, the rear swingarm is like a Pusher short swing arm.
-We managed to obtain a chain stay length of 423mm.
-The swingarm has our "Dropouts system" with 6 possible options.
-The suspension rate is very progressive.
-We'll make two size: s/m and m/l
-The head tube angle is 68.5 with a 115mm fork and 67° with 160mm fork
-The bb height is 325mm with 115mm fork and 438mm with 160mm fork
-The s/m size has TTR of 555mm and seat tube lenght of 370mm (center to top)
-The m/l size has TTR of 585mm and seat tube lenght of 410mm (center to top)
-Available November 2009
www.mdebikes.com

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94 Comments
  • 12 4
 am i the only one that thinks it looks like a cheap, garish, 8 year old's supermarket bike ? Ugly bars, hideous paintjob, and too much bright red...
  • 4 4
 man, mde bikes are handmade in italy; they aren' t cheap!
  • 3 2
 I wanna know what supermarket you go to. That's some damn lucky 8 year olds! lol

The only drawback I can see is they haven't sent one over here yet....I want a go!!!
  • 2 2
 Exocet is right, in belgian you can buy bikes looking like tha
  • 2 1
 like that in our supermarkets, but they arent good... *
  • 8 4
 I agree with exocet. It appears that just because something is on the Pinkbike homepage, it gets praise as some amazing product. Personally I think this bike looks pretty catalogue, the tubing looks cheap, the paint looks cheap, the frame looks heavy, as has already been mentioned - the welding looks sub par, and the design of the suspension linkage in relation to the tube/link size and bearing size gives me the impression that this thing is going to flex and the bearings arent going to see much action before needing replaced.

It seems to me as though MDE is trying to replicate the Transition Bikes philosophy of user friendly and on the cheap - along with Giant, Kona, etc. corperative style Financial and R&D management - but production techniques which dont allow for either of these ideals to work properly.

I think I'll give this one a miss to be honest.
  • 3 4
 is.pinkbike.com/photo/3714/med/mpbpic3714916.jpg

Yeah because walmart designed this tubing and rear shock design. Smarten up.
  • 1 4
 Yeh, we all honestly belive Walmart designed this bike Rolleyes
  • 1 1
 What you mean they didn't?!??! Razz

I think its alright, could be way better though.
  • 3 1
 i agree with Bunkey, this just... sort of doesnt look clear, or maybe something is missing. this frame is not so "mint" at all, and the fact, that its posted on PB frontpage, doesnt make it "mint". this frame is, as bunkey killed it, "looking pretty catalogue". no less, no more
  • 1 1
 you will not find a mde in any catalogue...
  • 2 1
 one minute everyones bitching about too many swoopy tubes and hydroforming and then the next minute one bike that comes along with all straight tubes and no hydroforming and it gets put down. nice bike. probably very pricey, but meh its niche
  • 2 1
 Maybe you've never seen an MDE live, maybe you've never ride an MDE... Italian handmading, not a fucking taiwanese product... It's non heavy, it's not cheap, it's only a good choice of riding...
  • 10 1
 Lime green thats THE color!
  • 9 3
 that looks trilla
  • 62 4
 that is one extremely attractive looking bike. if only bikes could get POD. actually, Pinkbike should make a BikePOD to show the best bike of the day! listen up Pinkbike Moderators!!!!
  • 4 2
 Shes a flashy bike ill give it that
  • 7 2
 i agree with the bike POD good idea
  • 18 0
 yes a BOD! I always hoped, pb would realize it...
  • 18 3
 im liking the highliter yellow, this is just my opinion, neg props if u like but i find it would look better with a coil
  • 6 1
 I dunno dude that Highlighter w/ a DHX Air and Blue accents is preeety kick ass.....
  • 4 3
 mark310, it's more about how it rides then how it looks. I'm sure at one point they tried it with a coil but for what this bike is designed for I think the air shock would run better. This is one sick bike though, does anyone know how much they cost?
  • 2 1
 so nice Smile
  • 1 1
 WTH why does that bike have The Ones on it?
  • 5 1
 yea, BoD would be cool! but i dont think this bike deserves it
  • 1 1
 same...
  • 1 1
 what does one of those bad boys cost?
  • 1 1
 well i wasnt really saying that it would look better but ive tried coil and air, and i find coil rides better, just me though, all riders are different
  • 2 1
 i like coil 100000000000000 times better than air and ive tried both
  • 2 1
 Lol everyone wants a nice BOD. Shweet bike.
  • 1 19
flag orangetricycle (Jul 14, 2009 at 14:21) (Below Threshold)
 Is that kid with second comment serious? moderators..? hahaha what the f*ck does that mean.. modiFIERS? maybe. and one more thing about the bike.. it says dj, PARK, 4X... park on that thing?? f*ck no
  • 6 1
 wow ur the man.^^ a moderator is someone who works for pinkbike(or any company) and in this case goes through the website looking for flaws or things to improve on. for example, if someone hasn't been following the rules of the site, they are the ones who ban or suspend the account. now dont be a jerk about it and grow up
  • 1 1
 so what i was saying is that if any of them go through this post and read it maybe they can suggest it as a new feature to the site
  • 2 1
 the BOD idea has come up before. The mods say they wont do it because it will cause so much flaming too bad that a select few cant just be civil so the rest of us cant enjoy a new sick bike each day
  • 2 1
 cant agree more
  • 4 1
 They do look kinda cheap........sorry. The color matched parts dont help much. I would pick the lime green for sure, the fade def. looks Wal-Mart.
  • 3 1
 the engeneering of this frame is amazing but it just doesnt have the wow factor for me, better in lime green and think it would look good with 24's
  • 1 1
 is a bada boom... the red-black bikes it's my one, but i'm goin' to change that cause it's too hig (it is for my dirt hardtail).

I want to say the bike it's not too heavy.. the frame with shock it's just 3.5 kg....

ly one builted up in the setup you can see on the photos it's just 13.8 kg.

yoyo
  • 1 1
 Yes it's a 66 with an air kit from Protone components (italian shocks tunner and high end components manufacturer: www.protone-components.it) which allows me to choose the fork travel setting the negative air presure, which is perfect to set this bike according to what you wanna do (freeride or slopestyle ecc...).
  • 1 1
 Seats are Shadow slim pivotals, only for the pics though, we ordered 27.2 pivotal posts and shadow mid size sits for definitive setup! Mine is the Yellow/lime green one, and I can tell you riding it is kickass!!
  • 1 1
 Am I the only one that noticed that the cable routing is revolting? It could have been done better, cleaner, and WAY more pleasing to the eye. The only other person is MrRandom. Frame does look nice though.
  • 3 0
 kona Cowan ds looks better
  • 2 1
 dam that looks very nice but i think i'd have to go with the lime green but it is a very clean looking bike anyway
  • 3 1
 id pick a bottlerocket over this anytime Smile
  • 3 1
 Those bottom bracket heights can't be right.
  • 1 1
 I agree. The first number 325 mm makes sense, as that is about 12.8 in. But 438 with a 160mm fork? That is 17.24 in! Maybe they meant 348, which would but it at 13.7 in. That makes a lot more sense. Sweet bike though for sure, love the look with a Lyrik instead of a Pike!
  • 2 1
 it is my first time seeing this bike and its the first time i wanted a bike so bad
  • 1 1
 As it's not in production yet, price is still to be defined... Anyway it should be something around 1400-1500€ depending on the shock (nothing definitive though)...
  • 1 1
 The Player Rocks! I'm sure that it will be the right choice for having fun in bike parks, not only for dirt and slopestyle... Probably that's will be my next bike...
  • 1 0
 MDE bikes Power !!! The best hand made in europa !! I have a 69 it's so goodddd!!!
  • 1 0
 MDE 69'S ARE KILLER BIKES
  • 2 1
 really, how could you do such a thing to an animal seat post?
  • 2 1
 for 4x ? way too much travel
  • 2 1
 The green one looks 100 times better.
  • 2 1
 MDE bikes are the best super bikes money can buy. mint.
  • 1 1
 mde use I-link (this vpp linkage) from 2006.... yep, it's looks similar to the cove one
  • 1 1
 NEW FAVOURITE BIKE.. i have been waiting for ages for a short travel vpp bike
  • 1 1
 Damn, that is nice! Almost as nice as a Tranny Bottlerocket.. Razz Cables look like a mess though..
  • 1 0
 didnt know halfords made these
  • 1 0
 Opinions are either love it or hate it. I fall into the latter.
  • 1 0
 new mde blogger for 2010
riderrunco.blogspot.com
  • 1 0
 Do they sell hole bikes like that and if they do were would i pick one up
  • 4 4
 it looks like a big hit spec...BUT BETTER!!!!!!!
  • 1 1
 some of te welds look sub-par, but sexy none the less Wink
  • 1 1
 sweeet lime green is the way to go
  • 2 2
 intense wont be happy with MDE using the same font for the logo
  • 1 1
 these bikes are deluxe they look wikid!
  • 1 1
 selling all my other bikes and starting a savings account.
  • 1 2
 that pivit design looks similar to the vpp but is more like a cove design. and it looks like it would ride so nicely!
  • 2 1
 it is like the cove idea, mde had the i-link out before the cove, seems some small brands like mde have been over looked in the past. if it rides as good as my mde pusher, its going to be a mint bike.
  • 1 0
 thanks i had no idea and i have never heard of MDE before this and my uncle is the rep for cove so i thought thy looked similar.
  • 1 1
 thats built like 2 miles from where i live
  • 1 1
 It's built in Italy, not Devon.Smile
  • 1 1
 doesn't it look like something banshee already has on the market?
  • 1 1
 awsome looking bike but what are the handlebars on the red and black bike?
  • 1 1
 The green one is good Smile red is not bad but i'd like to have a green Smile
  • 1 1
 Looks like a copy off the Banshee Rampant
  • 1 1
 apart from the i-link was out before the banshee
  • 1 1
 what seat is that? or is it custom?
  • 1 1
 thats such a cool colour!!!!
  • 1 1
 looks good, but it has too much splattery color
  • 1 1
 I think it would be better in solid color, and less garish.
  • 1 1
 Anyone know what rear tire that is?
  • 1 1
 geax aka....
  • 1 2
 first thing i thought when i saw the picture was that it looked like a walmart bike
  • 1 1
 i like the green frame with 66's(i think)
  • 1 1
 does anyone know how much it's going to cost?
  • 1 0
 red bars are retarded
  • 1 1
 that is a sick ass bike
  • 1 1
 looks good
  • 1 1
 looks sick
  • 1 1
 cove shocker anyone?
  • 1 2
 MDE rocks! hehehe







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