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 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. www.mondraker.com/us