RAAW Announces Refined Madonna V2.2 & Extends Warranty on All Frames

Jun 17, 2021
by RAAW Mountain Bikes  
RAAW Madonna V2.2


PRESS RELEASE: RAAW Mountain Bikes

The Madonna is the bike that started our journey five years ago. It’s made for the fastest and roughest tracks, while also being a great climber. The Madonna puts a high focus on durability and usability and really shines with a very composed and balanced character out on the trails.

The Madonna V2.2 takes that solid foundation and brings a number of refinements to the frame design, sees the introduction of our own through axle system and marks the start of our cooperation with Öhlins next to Fox. The geometry and suspension design remain unchanged from its predecessor and the V2.2 still features four frame sizes with two rocker links covering short, tall, light and heavy riders.







Main Frame Design
The updated Madonna V2.2 finds most of its changes in a refinement of the main frame.

A new seat tube, made from a single hydroformed tube, is designed to create a large intersection to the main pivot and rocker pivot with a reduced, but carefully defined, amount of welds. The one-piece design of the seat tube adds strength and distributes stress evenly, allowing for a reduced wall thickness to also save weight.

While primarily being part of the backbone of the frame, the seat tube is also responsible for a number of interfaces to pivots, tubes and components. As such, the bottom bracket, shock mount and rocker pivot have been redesigned together with a new rocker link.

RAAW Madonna V2.2
RAAW Madonna V2.2

RAAW Madonna V2.2

RAAW Madonna V2.2
RAAW Madonna V2.2

The new bottom bracket design integrates the interface for the lower shock mount and allows for more shock clearance on sizes small and medium. On the large and extra-large sizes, the redesign allowed us to tuck the down tube further in, improving ground clearance while still keeping plenty of space for all kinds of shocks.

The lower shock mount now consists of two separate parts attached to the CNC-machined interface on the bottom bracket to guarantee a very defined flow of stress from the shock into the frame. The new design also improves the tolerances and fit of the shock hardware and takes some of the complexity out of the mainframe, just like our brake mount does for the seatstays.

The rocker link has been reworked with cleaner surfaces throughout and, along with the new rocker pivot design, moves the bearings from the main frame into the rocker link. The new rocker pivot design also reduces some of the complexity from the main frame, improves force flow from the rocker link into the seat tube and reduces the potential for noises that can occur after long periods of use.





Axle System
The new rear wheel axle system is designed to create a rigid connection between the two dropouts. The axle’s shape locks the left and right seatstays into place, resisting rotation and bending. This adds stiffness to the system, stops the axle from undoing while riding and reduces the number of individual parts to keep the system silent.

RAAW Madonna V2.2
RAAW Madonna V2.2

The axle comes standard with a nut that uses a 6 mm Allen key as well as a 15 mm socket. A slimmer and lighter version with just the 15 mm socket interface is also available. The new axle system can also be retrofitted to the Madonna V2 and Jibb. Drop out inserts are also available for X12 axles from other manufacturers, should you prefer a different axle.





Five Year Warranty
Our warranty period is now extended to five years and also applies for all frames ever sold.

Being a young company, we have always preferred to take one step after the other, learning to walk before we can run and only making promises we can keep, no matter if it’s about our products or support.

To emphasize what we stand for, we now offer a five-year warranty for the first and second owners and also continue our five year crash replacement program for when things don’t go your way. And yes, the new warranty policy also covers all RAAW frames sold since 2017.





Fox & Öhlins
Some very exciting news that comes along with the launch of the Madonna V2.2 is the addition of Öhlins next to Fox for both air and coil shock options with our frame kits. The TTX22M coil shock provides unreal traction with solid support throughout the travel while the TTX2Air has proven to be an amazing allrounder with great adjustability.

RAAW Madonna V2.2





Availability & Pricing
The challenging situation regarding lead times and worldwide logistics has made us decide to put our focus on the availability of frame-kits and put full bikes on hold for now.

The first batch of Madonna V2.2 frames is ready for shipment from Taiwan to Germany and is expected to arrive at RAAW HQ at the beginning of August. But for those of you wanting to ride sooner and willing to spend a little extra, we offer the option of express delivery. The price markup for the express delivery is 125 € incl. VAT and uses air freight to reduce the shipping time to Germany down to two weeks. The express delivery comes on top of the regular shipping and is available until Sunday June 20th 23:59 CET.

The Madonna V2.2 frame-kit now comes standard with the new through axle, seat clamp and protective film starting at 2,390 € incl. VAT (2,008 € outside the EU). Shock options from Fox and Öhlins are available as well as Acros headsets.

Madonna V2.2 Frame-kits can be ordered now from raawmtb.com.





Geometry Details

Madonna V2.2 Geometry





For more information on the Madonna and our other bike, the Jibb, head to raawmtb.com.


76 Comments

  • 41 1
 @brianpark

When you build a bike you can’t replace, and they release a new frame you want to replace it with.
  • 68 54
 Back in the 80’s, I wanted to Raaw Madonna… but I’m sure she had coochie-cooties by then
  • 19 3
 @scary1: Lol! You got canceled. Sucks being 50+..... I can totally relate. LOL
  • 19 6
 @microfiz: ha… I don’t get these people. Totally funny dumb joke
  • 6 2
 @scary1: Rob Warner’s coochie cooties are funny, Madonnas aren’t.
  • 8 0
 @scary1: why the downvotes? sh*ts funny af man
  • 3 0
 @mariomtblt: history and precedent I guess…idunno
  • 3 0
 @scary1: @scary1: three years ago it would have been comment gold
  • 2 0
 At first I thought this was a Coldplay song.
  • 6 0
 @Lloydmeister:
Thanks everyone! You turned it around!
Taking our jokes back from the wokes!!
  • 31 0
 The burly 15mm bit on the axle looks like it will mangle one's ankle, but the slimmer option sounds good!
  • 8 0
 I didn't fancy that sharp pointy bit near my ankle bone very much either! Surely a nice rounded shape with 6mm hex in the centre would be much nicer
  • 2 0
 @mountainsofsussex: I keep looking at that axle trying to work it out (a certain other site is showing the 3D model). Looks like it could’ve been easily fixed by putting the female through on the axle but they’ve decided against it for some reason
  • 1 0
 @mashrv1: you mean STW?... If a normal axle is tight, there should be no rotation at either end, or there would be fretting, so I think they're getting worked up about a non existent problem. I wonder whether the drive side of the axle is keyed somehow? I think if I were designing this "nut", I think I'd have it with 2 holes, like a figure of 8, with the axle in one and the 6mm hex in the other, and you could still tighten it like a crows foot, but it could be low profile
  • 7 3
 Unless you have 350 mm cranks the axle is not getting anywhere near your ankle
  • 3 0
 @salespunk: 170mm cranks + 300mm foot is spot on the chain stay length. Wouldn't take much of a pedal slip to catch that sharp edged nut on the thin skin on an ankle. Even a slightly less nasty design with the outer edge rounded would have done. As others have suggested, this bit looks like a fresh apprentice did it. Really like Raaw, but this bit is a "fail" for me
  • 4 0
 @mountainsofsussex: Dude, you don't ride with your foot at the edge of your pedals...
Even on my fixie bike with 405mm chainstay length, 170mm cranks and "normal" foots, i'm far from the axle
  • 22 0
 Five year warranty for the first and second(!!!) owner! Nice!
  • 2 2
 They had better make for a clearly worded policy. So five years for the first and five for the second then?
  • 9 0
 If I was to ever get a burly aluminum frame this is the one I’d get, just looks so clean. Too bad I don’t have the elevation to warrant it!
  • 13 6
 Axle system is great until you have to tighten it on the trail. Who has a 15mm socket in their mini tool. Also is the lower shock mount going to be swapable for a mullet version that is slightly longer? similar to what Kavenz does with the vhp.
  • 13 0
 That’ll be why you can use a 6mm hex key as well unless you opt for the slim version.

Still an odd choice to give though I’ll admit
  • 3 0
 @mashrv1: oh yeah I see now, I thought it was a 6mm allen key one side and a 15mm Socket the other.
  • 1 0
 @melonhead1145: I thought the same - so its an either-or situation, not having to have both to remove the axle.
  • 1 0
 I think on the trail you can use a 6mm hex instead ....
  • 18 0
 That axle nut is an extraordinarily ugly thing to fit to such a good looking bike.
  • 4 0
 Simple. Just make one from stone while on the trail. You have to think resourceful.
  • 5 0
 What, do none of you have a ‘Cool Tool’ with adjustable spanner? Bloody youngsters Smile
  • 8 1
 The coolest thing about this new bike is the option of two different rocker links designed for different rider weights. I wish more companies did that so I didn't have to run a ridiculously heavy spring rate for my 90kg weight.
  • 9 0
 can't wait to see the Madonna V2.3.5
  • 4 0
 You mean the role back?
  • 6 0
 I'd like a bit more explicit comparisons in this article; show us details of what changed between the original and the updates.

And I'm not sure I'm on board with that pointy axle hex.
  • 4 0
 Still not sorted the awful cable routing under the main pivot. Recabled an Xl recently and had to literally run the full length of cable to ensure no binding at full compression. With this on the derailleur and rear brake it leaves a horrible loop of cables in the bb. The 3D printed alternative that was on a pinkbike article is a great solution. Could combine it with a one up type device. Please do this as aftermarket. The above bike actually came in originally for a ‘brake bleed’ but what had actually happened is the hose had split in the rear triangle from stretching at full compression. It’s not much better at the head tube. But passable.
  • 3 1
 i recall when these guys released their first bike. seemed 'fine' and 'nice' but just another bike and the name was kooky AF. who knew that they would be so successful. in the last couple years i don't know how many new brands and bikes have been released, seems like a hundred. how and why do some make it big and some fade away. even good ones don't always make it.
  • 5 0
 Been tweaked quite a bit now but Madonna still makes my willy feel funny
  • 11 0
 I hope you are talking about the bike.
  • 3 0
 Wow, this just keeps getting better and better and more beautiful. 2.5 seasons on a Madonna so far and absolutely happy! 10/10
  • 2 0
 Recently ordered a TTX22M for my V2. Just saw a sneak preview and I’m glad. No major changes, both bikes are bloody beautiful.
  • 1 0
 I know that now is not a time to whinge. However, this think got spendy fast trying to get it to the Usa. Having to buy the right rockerlink didn't help. Oh well maybe in 2years.
  • 4 0
 Ohlins needs to release some yellow fork lowers with black logos
  • 2 0
 Woke up at 2:30am this morning to order me a Raaw Dogger and couldn't fall back asleep after. Totally worth it!
  • 1 1
 An axel will loosen off if the frame has mis alignment . Who wants to carry a 15 mm wrench ?
Still they are trying to make a solid bullet proof frame and it has many features that make it a solid frame.
  • 3 0
 Waiting for @brianpark to sell his 3d printed cable routing bits...
  • 2 0
 All measurements are in mm guys, except the angles. The angles are not in mm. Angles
  • 3 0
 XL still short for us tall none midgets
  • 1 0
 The new seat tube looks great... but dropper post length decreased by 25mm on most sizes! Now it won't fit any 180mm posts I'm aware of. R2, we need to be going up, not down!
  • 2 0
 Bought it 5 min ago, haha
  • 3 0
 Sold out in Large
  • 3 0
 aaaaand sold out
  • 2 0
 Oh man I though they were finally going to offer an XXL. Maybe next time.
  • 3 0
 Mullet link to come?
  • 1 0
 I want this more now... Really nice refinements. That's a damn fine looking bike, and I'll be it rides that way too.
  • 1 0
 Great bikes, but a 35-36 lb. trail bikes was a no go for my terrain/climbs. Sold my V2.
  • 1 1
 I love all these bikes that are coming out. When we have no chance of even buying a fucking chain.
  • 2 0
 Perfect geometry.
  • 2 3
 Such a lovely bike, but still think the V1 top tube looked better and more unique.
  • 1 1
 Agreed. I know a lot of folk that didn't like it, but oddly think the v1 was the better looker because of it.
  • 1 1
 shhhhhhhhhheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeshhhhhhhhh
  • 1 1
 quite pricey for a frame.
  • 1 0
 Gimme dat XXL yoooooo
  • 1 2
 If you own a Raaw, your warranty just got extended.
  • 7 0
 Shit, it's in the headline! Thought I had a scoop.
  • 2 0
 I love that the warranty extends to the second owner. It annoys me that companies only give warranties to the original owner. Warranties should be transferable.
  • 1 4
 $2,500 for an aluminum frame without a shock?? I'm sure this frame kicks ass but this doesn't seem super competitive with other offerings these days.
  • 6 0
 If they are available in any size then the price is competitive
  • 3 0
 Imo you get what you pay for here. It's not just about material, but also build quality, attention to detail, and refinement. Perhaps other brands treating aluminum models as afterthoughts or cheaply thrown together budget options has soiled the perception of aluminum as a bike frame material, which is completely undeserved. There are lots of people who prefer a higher-end aluminum option.
  • 3 0
 @shlotch: Agreed. Though I can't say that as a consumer I know the quality difference between this and a Transition Spire or Patrol alloy which is about $600 less and has some in-shop presence in quite a few countries.
  • 2 5
 looks the same as a privateer 161 and the privateer costs 1800 euro with a shock...
  • 1 2
 @thetoro I'm not one to gripe about prices as if someone's willing to pay it, more power to that company. It is just interesting the mystique behind this brand, especially given the availability of horst-link designs. Scott Ransom had this geometry more or less 3 years ago and is available in alloy!
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