Another downside of the aforementioned anti-squat was that chain growth activated the clunky feeling (compared to super smooth Shimano and Brose systems) Bosch drivetrain. It engaged and disengaged as the suspension banged through bumps, which was a put-off at first, but I became used to it.
The Zero suspension provided great small-bump sensitivity near the sag point, and there was ample support to push and pump the bike around. Once I exceeded two-thirds of the suspension travel, though, there wasn't enough support to keep the weight of bike and rider from smashing all the way to the end of the stroke.
Obviously, the long, 490mm chainstays made it impossible to go around corners, so I had to get off and push around them all... (just kidding.) It carves long corners superbly well, and the long stays are much less of a hindrance than you may expect for tighter turns. It will go around anything that a short chainstay bike will, up to the point where a rear-wheel lift is needed to get around the apex.
I liked the long chainstay on long fast sections, as it made it really easy - almost relaxing - to stand up in a central position and cruise over whatever was coming up. Manuals and shifting my weight backward felt strange to start with, but the high stack and handlebar height offset that somewhat.
The Mondraker has loads of downhill potential, thanks to its massive size, weight, travel, and big wheels, but it wasn't the weapon I was hoping for. The stock suspension was lacking guts and support. The more expensive Level RR model offers more capable suspension in terms of the full-fat Fox DHX2 coil shock and 36 GRIP2 fork damper which have a more adjustments to dial in more support and bottom out control.
Later, I upgraded the fork with a GRIP2 damper and changed the shock for a Cane Creek DB CS which was a great improvement for both front and rear. Taking the stock bike to your local suspension tuner could get more out of the standard suspension if you need a less expensive option.
I am not a weight weenie, but the Level is pushing the boundary on the scales. I am really happy to see it spec'ed with correct components to get the job done, like full DH casing tires, but its total weight of 27kg is massive. Overall, that heft made it hard to move around and feel more sluggish on the trail. That said, there are no parts I would change to save weight. I'd rather ride a slug than carry a "lightweight" eMTB down the trail. If you are a downhill racer, take the Mondraker on your training rides for a few weeks and your downhill bike will feel like an XC racer when you get back on it – fun and