Mondraker Bikes Coming to the US

Sep 18, 2017
by Mike Kazimer  
Mondraker 2018
The 2018 Mondraker Foxy XR.


Mountain bike geometry is a hot topic these days, and a certain Spanish company deserves credit for being one of the first brands to promote the idea of a longer front center paired with a short stem. Mondraker debuted their Forward Geometry concept back in 2012, releasing a line of bikes with stubby, 10mm stems, and reach numbers that dwarfed nearly everything else on the market. The idea is that the longer front center brings stability at higher speeds, and allows riders to feel more confident dropping into steep terrain.

That Forward Geometry concept has been tweaked slightly over the years, and the stem length has been bumped up to 30mm, but the same general principles remain. Mondraker's offerings are also still some of the longest bikes available, even though a number of other companies have begun to release bikes based around similar geometry principles – as they say, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

For riders in the United States, Mondraker's products haven't been that easy to come by, but that's about to change. Beginning this November, QARV Imports will be bringing a large portion of Mondraker's product line to the US, everything from DH bikes to XC bikes, and yes, even e-bikes. Although online bike sales are becoming increasingly common, for now Mondrakers will only be sold at select brick-and-mortar locations – the company is a strong supporter of the traditional independent bicycle dealer (IBD) sales model.

Mondraker CEO Miguel Pina said, “Bringing our bikes to the USA is a big step for our brand and we’re glad to be doing it with the support of QARV. It takes a lot of work to make the stars align just right and get success in our market and I believe that we have all of the right people involved to create that success in the USA.”

In order to allow potential buyers to try Mondraker's radical geometry out for themselves, QARV will be hosting several demo events, including stops at the Vail Outlier Offroad Festival, Outerbike, Pisgah Mountain Bike Festival, and Outdoor Demo East.


Mondraker 2018
The base model Foxy Carbon R retails for $4,400, or you can cash in that retirement fund and spring for the $9,100 Foxy RR SL shown here.


Mondraker 2018 Highlights

The three models that will likely be the most interesting for Pinkbike readers are the Summum, Dune, and Foxy. The Foxy sees the most updates for 2018, including an increased amount of travel (it now has 150mm), and Boost spacing, which we covered here when it was announced in July. All of the bikes are available with either a carbon or aluminum frame, and with parts kits that run the gamut from basic to exotic.


Mondraker 2018
The $7,800 Dune Carbon RR has 27.5" wheels, 160mm of travel, and a 170mm fork up front.


Mondraker
The alloy Dune R is priced at $4,600 USD.


Mondraker 2018
The Summum Carbon Team Pro is World Cup ready, and retails for $9,400 USD.


Mondraker
The base model, alloy Summum is priced at a more attainable $3,900 USD.


www.mondraker.com/us


99 Comments

  • + 64
 Mondraker... first time I saw this brand, I thought it was MOONRAKER ... now that's a cool name Smile
  • + 36
 Mondraker change your name to moon raker
  • + 15
 @usa-dh-racing: Moonlander?! I don't like 5" tire bikes but I gotta say that is the best friggin fat bike name ever.
  • + 10
 Moonraker...... Really good Brewery in Auburn California.
  • + 8
 And a kick-ass Bond movie!
  • + 53
 Thank You.
  • + 2
 was gonna buy the dune but the exchange rate and duties didnt make sense. will see how this all pans out pricewise because i WANT the new FOXY's
  • + 1
 @chupicocconut: That's my new favorite spot when passing through. And they'll fill up any growler, unlike those pricks across the street at Knee Deep! J/k, they're awesome too.
  • + 30
 Please~ keep your moto bike in the EU where they belong. I'm not supporting any company that's pushing emtb's on us and potentially getting mountain bikes banned on our trails.

singletrackworld.com/2017/04/mondraker-launches-the-e-crusher-e-bike
  • - 5
flag employee7 (Sep 18, 2017 at 12:12) (Below Threshold)
 Who do you support?
  • + 30
 @employee7: Yeti, Niner, Salsa, Santa Cruz, Norco, Evil, Turner.. and others. The companies that aren't trying to exploit the trail access we've worked hard to earn to flip a quick buck on the emtb trend. Specialized especially should be called out for their shameless work in progressing the emtb marketing onto unassuming consumers. They and others are killing their brand.
  • + 2
 Norco did an eBigfoot a couple of years back
  • - 2
 @racerfacer: Meh, I'm not seeing anything on their website so I'll give them the benefit of the doubt for now.
  • + 23
 Why are euros so lazy?
  • - 11
flag chasejj (Sep 18, 2017 at 13:10) (Below Threshold)
 That e-crusher is Badass! Of all the Ebikes, that is the best one yet. Beautiful integration and Shimano drivetrain.
  • + 3
 @lemonaid: for now...
  • + 5
 @Legbacon: e-bikes were originally made for the American market, for various reasons are not taking off over here. Reading the various bike site, you may imagine every other person is riding an e-bike in Europe which is a completely made up to push the sales in the states. In the past year I have only seen an hand full between France and Italy. Always ridden by early 30's overweight guys. Blasting up fire roads, pushing the bikes on the downs. And people generally mocking or straight up insulting.
France and Germany already have a certification for e-moped components. Meaning stores are forced to use them otherwise they get sued. Moreover both countries are also discussing mandatory license and insurance, which will also be (I bet) extended to real bicycles.
Trail closure is already happening in various places, because of the exploding numbers of new "enduro" riders. E mop will only make it worst.
  • + 1
 @lemonaid: Yeti and Santa Cruz both have e-bikes in development. The "trend" isn't going away and is only going to grow, love it or hate it.
  • + 5
 @somethingwith69or13init: Wear did you hear about Yeti and SC developing e-bikes?
  • + 1
 @RedRedRe:
Just spent a week vacation in Chamonix, FR. For what its worth I saw e-bikes being ridding everywhere albeit mostly on the street, looked like commuter and townie use primarily, but lots of them. Several up at the lift areas as well, I only really noticed them riding up the fire road to the top, not sure if/when they came down the hill. The ultimate was seeing an ebike on the chairlift ha ha, although he was riding up from there although I noticed him walking it quite a bit on the trail he was climbing up.

personally I think the battle will be lost eventually, they are going to be too seductive for many people and too hard to police on the trail.
  • + 2
 @preston67: yeah, places like Chamonix etc. will stand 100% behind e-mopeds because they live on tourism.
Rentals, for individuals or tours. Pretty much like segways. And this is how e-moped will end up.

I did see them on local trails and on road as well... Which is the problem. However in Europe, generally, you see 10/20x bikes more than in the US.
Moreover I did demo a couple of these and they are absolutely awful to ride.
Much slower than a bicyle, unless you are going on a smooth non technical trails/road.
They are aimed to beginners.
If you ever rode one, they are not "pedal assisted bicycles", but electric mopeds.
Which is exactly what the industry did.
Took the "tech" from electric mopeds used for deliveries and attached it to an ugly Mtb frame.

Mopeds, not bicycles.
  • + 3
 @somethingwith69or13init: That sounds like complete bullshit. I agree the "trend" isn't going aways, but I expect Yeti and SC to be the last holdouts...if ever. Both companies donate heavily to trails and access, I doubt they're in favor of seeing it thrown away for fatso's to scooter up a hill with their branding
  • - 6
flag tblore (Sep 18, 2017 at 15:33) (Below Threshold)
 Specialized can't be blamed for making a emtb, they are a global company and can sell those where they make money. You/We can't do anything about that. What's needed is for locals to be respectful of certain trails. For you to say you don't support this company or that company is just as bad as someone saying they don't like Chevy or Ford because they had a bad experience. The argument goes no where and is not a solution. @lemonaid:
  • + 3
 @tblore: specialized was the first big company to make e-mopeds as a sport segment.
And they can be blamed for it, because nobody -except industry executive and shop owners- wants them. Nobody in the industry is riding e-mopeds, unless they are getting paid to do so.

Besides the trail closure argument, an e-diot blasting up a smooth single tracks or flat sections on a e-moped is not going to be a cool experience for bike riders.
These things will increase hikers and general trail users hate for bikes. They are not going to make the distinction "that was an e-moped".

These thing should be relegated to touristic use, just like segways.

The bigger danger is not trail closure, but us bikers having to share trails with these electric mopeds.
They will run you over.

Industry fantasy is probably to shift all mountain bikers to e-moped riders. As the two can not co-exist on the same trail, as the speeds on smooth sections are quite different.
  • + 2
 @RedRedRe: I agree with what your saying but I think we're on different pages. Nobody will be able to effect what a company does. I don't want ebikes in our trails either I probably didn't make that clear earlier. What I'm saying is there needs to be limits on which trails they use.
  • + 6
 @RedRedRe: When you are throwing up a lung and a ebike rider comes up behind you, don't let him by. Just growl out a "Pedal your Bike B**ch". They are not one of us so you don't have to play nice.
  • + 1
 @RedRedRe: I for the first time rode the Laguna, CA trails(both Crystal cove and Aliso Woods Canyon) a few weeks ago and I saw the most ebikes I have ever seen on the trails anywhere, I would say 2-3 different ebikes riders per hour of my riding. I rode 3 days in a row and 2-3 hours per ride. Ebikes sales in the OC must be off the chart compared to L.A. as I have not seen a single ebike at all where I usually ride ever anywhere else in L.A.
  • + 1
 @TOU93: the best part about that is E-bikes are illegal in all of OC and considered "motorized vehicles" if I'm not mistaken. I see e-bikes out there all the time. I think it's cool they are breaking the law and telling the haters to F* off ! makes me laugh every time I see one and jealous as I see them pass me on the steep climbs
  • + 2
 @employee7: Ibis for the win. One of the reasons I moved to Ibis recently is because of their commitment to the sport overall but also to trail access. And best I can tell, no moped on the horizon. They seem like smart folks...
  • + 20
 YT, Commencal, Canyon, and now Mondraker in the US. If this isn't a sign that mtb (and biking overall) is booming then I don't know what is.
  • + 5
 Will be interesting to see the if the big three (trek, spec, giant) change up at all and if brick and mortars start adding these brands to their stock. The thing I always disliked about trek and specialized is that a certain percentage of a store's floor space has to be allocated to their brand according to the store's contract with that brand (and they're very serious about that). Those contracts keep casual riders (not forum addicts/bike nerds) from being able to see the latest and greatest in the industry.
  • + 1
 @matadorCE: Mtb is booming, road bikes are on the down.
It is a normal cycle. Look at all the small companies producing CNC bits.... this is just like the 90's all over.
Few years and it will go back to normal.
In the meantime the industry will try to milk every drop of white juice to satisfy the thirsty lips and throats of business executives ("innovations" "new sectors" etc. every other day)..
  • + 1
 @ccolagio: YT, Commencal, and Canyon are all direct sales, so it is unlikely they will be stoked in shops. I am not sure if Mondraker is the same, though.

I do agree with you on the big three points, though. Hopefully they change things up a bit!
  • + 1
 @cgdibble: yes - was referring to mondraker only. in the article it states they are selling through shops.
  • + 2
 @RedRedRe: I wasn't biking in the 90's so I'm wondering how e-bikes will play into the this latest cycle of the industry.
  • + 2
 @matadorCE: as long as we are talking about e-moped related to SPORT use, my personal guess is... after the initial industry push and fad, they will disappear.

Or they will be relegated to use in touristic areas for tours (as they have been for years) or they may be embraced by people that discover themselves "sporty" at later age or without wanting to sweat. Last two categories will not have easy life and eventually give up.

Motor assisted bikes have been around from day 1, and eventually ended up in motorcycles.
Between bicycles and motorcycles there is no room to fill. Especially as far as legislation goes.
This has been done again and again over the years.

Expand those as commuter in the city areas and they very likely end up with insurance, plates, helmets, turning signals etc. These could be extended to bikes as well, at least will spring for some kind of tax.
.In an ideal world I am pro e-mopeds as city commuters.

As a sport they have no future unless they can fork out serious money to have people like Nino Schurter and Aron Gwin racing on it. Which it is not going to happen as riding one of the mopeds sucks big time, as they weight a ton and weight is not going down in the future.
  • + 1
 @RedRedRe: I'm all for the e-mopeds as commuters since that seems like it makes the most sense, but yeah definitely not for trail use.
  • + 1
 Problem is Mondraker has shit prices
  • + 12
 A year late. Should have been here right after they swept worlds..........They would have sold a boat load of bikes. Robert
  • + 8
 Maybe these guys can also launch their bikes in Whistler and then not start sales in Canada
  • + 1
 I saw a blue Mondraker with orange forks in Whistler recently. Dunno who the bloke pushing it was... Probably some Brit.
  • + 8
 XC racer here, the want for a Mondraker Podium RR is incredibly strong...
  • + 1
 It might be a killer XC rig, but it reminds me of the hunchback of Notre Dame.
  • + 8
 Oh geeze, just take my money. I've always had a thing for this brand.
  • + 6
 Always fun to have more options. But I'm sorry those top tubes make me cringe.
  • + 11
 Akin to the old Nomad, which looked like a dog taking a shit.
  • + 2
 @LaXcarp: haha they did
  • + 1
 Agreed; It does look odd, but it stiffens up the front end a good bit. I'm ok with that. Same idea that Trek does on the Fuel, Remedy, Slash. A straight shot downtube and slight bend on top tube; which is why they made knock block to get around the fork clearance issue with the frame being hit by the fork. This is better idea, I think. I'd love to try one, I bet it shreds!
  • + 8
 @MrDiamondDave: Strangely, I think it looks great. Different is often awful on bikes, but this works for me.
  • + 6
 Thank you Mondraker for not going internet direct sales
  • + 5
 WOW a $6,000 price difference between the carbon and alloy DH... seriously!?
  • + 1
 Carbon fibre is now my pandora's box. Everyone complains about it breaking, it costs a bajillion f*cking dollars, the fastest cars in the world are made from it, and I compared a wood propeller, and a carbon fibre, of the exact same pitch, and dimensions, and the wood one felt lighter. What!? The 1990's, "this meterial is the new gold standard in gold standards, it weighs nothing, and is infinitely strong". What!?........what a nightmare sorting the reality out.
  • + 5
 This would have been better timed if it was announced right after 2016 World Champs
  • + 3
 I own a 2016 Mondraker Foxy XR, and it's one of the best bikes I've ridden, I'm glad they finally made the push to bring them here.
  • + 1
 Likewise!! I brought mine back from Spain when I got it.
  • + 5
 It's super challenging to get astro bikes here in the US........
  • + 3
 Hey! Its only half astro!
  • + 3
 @hamncheez: lol, I am just funning, obviously its not a low level shelf build, its built to spec
  • + 4
 Order one now while they still sponsor Danny Hart, because the bikes will not be as fast when he leaves.
  • + 4
 Sweet bikes. That trail 29'er is awesome. Oh wait. MAKE ONE.
  • + 3
 Why the hell would I direct buy an alloy Dune GX for $4600 when a carbon Spartan GX is way less at a LBS?
  • + 1
 Nail on head; price points are silly.
  • + 1
 Why does Mondraker still insist on running cables underneath the frame on some models?
  • + 1
 @kwapik: i prefer cables outside the frame, easier access
  • + 4
 Mucho dinero.
  • + 3
 $9,100.00 and $9,400.00 for a bicycle? What are you guys smoking?
  • + 1
 Dammm - they are sexy looking, the colour combos are amazing...hope they have a frame only option Big Grin
  • + 1
 Any word if Mondraker will be selling their top end stuff as a frameset only? I want one of those Carbon RRSL in XL please.
  • + 1
 Frame only option will be offered!
  • + 2
 450 reach on a small. Wow!
  • + 3
 Oh Canada?
  • + 1
 Good news are they going provide parts for older models and warranties ?
  • + 1
 WOW! E Bikes are so cool! Cant wait to buy one !
  • + 1
 Crap, now I have to find the money for an E-Crusher. Dammit!
  • + 1
 The Dune RR may very well be the bike that makes me go plastic...
  • + 2
 "Summum, get it right."
  • + 2
 Awesome! Love that Foxy
  • - 3
 I'm concerned about the linkage design on these bikes. The linkages seem overly complicated. does anyone have experience with the DH version and know how the suspension feels?
  • + 1
 Doesnt seem any more complicated than Maestro or VPP? just packed in the frame differently
  • + 3
 Look at the scott gambler, that's one complicated system.
  • + 3
 The frames are done by Astro, a Taiwanese bike catalog company. Its the same as KHS and a few other brands, but with the 'forward geometry':

khsbicycles.com/bikes/2017-khs-models/dh-650-pro-17

www.pinkbike.com/photo/13227002
  • + 1
 Doesn't seam complicated, maybe looks that way because of that frame brace/mud guard like the glory's? Honestly the suspension design looks real simple like the old Commencal V3's.
  • + 0
 Mondraker Summum has "zero" suspension linkage so no chain growth, no pedal kickback, no brake jack, and extremely sensitive on small bumps and big hit capable. Super great for racing
  • + 2
 @Kgc6778: No offense intended, but zero chain growth would negate pedal kickback that is true, but at the same time increase brake jack ( low anti rise) also would hang up on square edge bumps(rock gardens) so would not carry speed well, small bump sensitivity comes from high leverage at sag usually ramping up for big hits. I am curious to see the suspension tables for this bike. Don't be too quick to drink the marketing kool aid, lots of people in sales and advertising don't have a clue about this stuff. ride on brother!
  • + 0
 The thing has move pivots than a campaigning politician.

Sign of the times is that Specialized FSR suspension has gotten simpler and easier to service, since they're using pretty much the same bearings and bolt sizes on all pivots, and all other companies are adding linkages like there's no tomorrow. I was checking out my buddy's new Yeti and I got dizzy trying to figure out how things move; I had to remove the shock and move the linkage through its travel to figure out what was going on. I think that's now done on purpose because complexity must mean high performance.
  • + 1
 @singletrackslayer: The mondraker/Astro rear suspension design has EXACTLY the same number of pivots as FSR/horst four bar- 4 main pivots, plus 2 shock eyelet pivots, 6 in total. Its very similar to any DW link design. The bottom shock mount is just on a pivot instead of on the frame.
  • + 1
 @hamncheez: I wonder where you have that information from. It's basically nowhere to be found on the internet. Yes, Astro makes frames that look pretty similar on the first look. However, they could be a copy (/ripoff) of Mondrakers design. Anyway, the design is pretty straightforward, no more links than lots of other designs and the rear triangle is a single piece.

Mastermind for the frame development is/was Cesar Rojo, that's for sure.
  • + 1
 I absolutely love mine!
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