Spotted: The Mondraker Summum is Back in Carbon

Apr 12, 2021
by James Smurthwaite  

When the new Mondraker Summum was released last year, it was surprisingly available in aluminum only. We say surprisingly because the Summum always had a reputation for being one of the lightest bikes on the downhill circuit and the switch to a full-metal lineup would surely come at the expense of a couple of pounds in weight. However, this move was driven by Mondraker's World Cup riders who apparently found the aluminum bikes faster and more responsive.

Well, it looks like Mondraker might have changed its mind on that now it looks like a carbon version could be coming in the near future. The bike was spotted under Thibault Laly at this weekend's 4 Riders Bike Park race in Barcelona on a video posted on his Instagram stories.

From what we can tell, the carbon bike looks to be very similar to the current aluminium model but with a few subtle changes. The tubes of the aluminum bike were slimmed down, bringing its silhouette more in line with the Foxy and SuperFoxy, and this design choice has been taken even further on this bike, especially on the top tube. It also looks like a brace has been added between the seat tube and the downtube. This was a feature on the previous generation carbon bike but is not featured on the current generation aluminium one. The other change we can see is that the headtube junction is a solid construction on the carbon bike, whereas there's a triangular hole on the aluminium version.

The updated Summum was released in aluminium only in September last year.

We can't tell if the rear triangle is also carbon or if the two frames will share the aluminium stays of the bike released last year. We also don't have any information at this time on tweaks to the geometry or kinematics, however both of these were updated for the current model in September last year so we don't imagine much will have changed since then.

We have reached out to Mondraker for more information and will update this post if anything comes through


  • 68 0
 Summum tell me how they can tell it was carbon from blurry photos/video.
  • 28 0
 I duneno, summum musta said so?
  • 28 2
 Tomorrow's review should tell us how.
  • 7 0
 Alu requires a certain wall width:diameter ratio that the top tube doesn't look to achieve. That's my guess.
  • 7 0
 Toptube and headtube give it away
  • 5 0
 Maestroman has it, that top tube would be about as strong as a soggy McDonald’s paper straw if made out of a bike-grade alu
  • 7 0
 @rudymedea: but it can be steel for real
  • 1 0
 @rudymedea: it looks like it wouldn’t take more than a spin kick to break that top tube even in carbon form.
  • 1 0
 @Maestroman87: I wouldn't be so sure on that, if you have a look at the Sonder Transmitter in my profile that's got a really thin top tube.
  • 1 0
 @slimjimbikes: it’s not exactly a DH bike needing to cope with DH stresses
  • 1 0
 @slimjimbikes: Fair point, but still looks quite a bit heftier than the one in this article.
  • 38 1
 "Mondraker's World Cup riders found the aluminum bikes more responsive, and that's what pushed Mondraker towards using the material for the final construction."

I love MTB marketing
  • 10 2
 And as always, Mondraker seems to be ahead of the curve. Trek only discovered that their riders "liked aluminium more" this year!
  • 3 0
 @theobviousfaker: I think the point he was making was: if the riders like the Alu version so much, why make a carbon version?
  • 1 0
 @SonofBovril: mind the sarcasm.
  • 16 2
 Well that does NOT look like a Session
  • 1 0
 Yeah, just looks insane, that straight top tube seat stay line looks so good.
  • 9 0
 Reveal an alloy bike, 1k less expensive than the previous carbon one, then reveal a new carbon one, add 2k because it is carbon. You have won 1k.
  • 2 0
 stole this move from Ibis...who left a lot of Ibis V1 purchasers mad AF
  • 8 0
 They forgot the body bag, like Commencal...
  • 4 1
 I love Mondrakers. I've just bought a Dune and turned it into a Mullet. Total weapon it is. It looks unreal, goes like a train and has a great ride feel. The suspension platform is also just right on the line of great pedalling charactristics and remaining active. Mondrakers are really expensive bikes, but there is something special about them that few other bikes have.
  • 2 0
 dune as a mullet is a lesson in messing up BB height that was already borderline too high stock. I agree that it rides beautifully, they got the frame stiffness/flex just right.
  • 1 0
 2018 27.5 Foxy is the bee's knees. I love it, especially because it was NOS 46% off just before covid ruined everything. Such a fun bike!
  • 6 0
 Does this foreshadow a carbon Session next year then?
  • 3 0
 Only if it beats the metal bikes
  • 1 0
 I think this will be the next pinkbike game "Can you guess if it is carbon or aluminum from the siluett? “. I think I would be 99% accurate. And now that I dropping ideas, my autosuggest suggested pinkpike. Could be the next online fishing magazine.
  • 1 0
 Ohh well another bike that is going to break in half after a couple months of use and send another rider to the hospital. When will we all realize that carbon sucks.. look at the old 26er bikes compare to now. There are way more newer carbon bikes breaking in half after like 4months. Id like to know if there someone that has a 10 yr old mtb thats carbon.
  • 1 0
 Watch low res video where you wouldn't be able to see weld lines anyways... But that lower reinforcement around the shock is definitely different than the old alum.
  • 3 0
 Love the super thin top tube on it.
  • 1 0
 Let's home they sorted out the abysmal design and lay up on the carbon around the bb.
  • 1 0
 Top tube as thin as a wafer mint!
  • 1 0
 Looks like a session. I gotta go see a therapist
  • 1 0
 What shoes are those? Crankbrothers?
  • 1 0
 Id be nervous riding that top tube

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