Mopar Unveils a Concept Jeep for 'Serious Mountain Bikers'

Nov 4, 2020 at 7:50
by James Smurthwaite  

Have you ever turned up to a trailhead and felt like your vehicle just wasn't up to the task. Maybe you thought, "Damn, I've fit all my bikes and kit in here but I really would love some hot dogs and cold brewskis too." Well, your answer is here in the form of Mopar's concept Jeep Gladiator Top Dog.

Mopar is the parts, service and customer care division of Chrysler that, along with Jeep, falls under the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles group. Its name is a portmanteau of 'motor' and parts' and it currently offers 20 OE upgrades to Jeep vehicles. 20 of these have been added to this Top Dog concept to create a vehicle that it describes as, "a fun concept vehicle for serious mountain bikers."

A standard Jeep Gladiator...
... vs Mopar's Top Dog concept version

The most obvious change between the standard Gladiator and the Top Dog is the removal of the standard cargo box that is replaced with a custom PCOR flatbed storage box to expand the cargo-carrying ability of the truck. On top of it is a bike rack for two bikes and on the passenger side are pull out drawers that can be filled with supplies and tools. There's further storage in two racks on top of the cab and a roll-out drawer just above the rear winch that features a foldable ladder used for access to the bike rack. On the driver's side, you get a battery-powered refrigerator and electric hot-dog roller grill stand to help you refuel after a long day shredding the trails.

The storage box comes with external lighting and extra power outlets to help with night time maintenance.

Mopar also boasts of the off-road capabilities of the truck that presumably will allow the Top Dog to double as a shuttle vehicle. The truck uses a JPP two-inch lift kit with Fox shocks (just like a mountain bike!) that gives it extra ground clearance. Traction is controlled by a 17-inch aluminum wheels and 37-inch BF Goodrich KM3 mud tires. There are also two winches, including an 8,000-lb-capacity Rubicon Warn winch, and a snorkel if you want to get really get out there.

A pull out drawer above the rear winch features a ladder to help you get the bikes on top of the truck.
26"? 29"? 32"? The Top Dog goes even bigger with 37" rubber.

The ability to transport 2 bikes comes from a roof-mounted rack.
The K-9 Blue interior matches the exterior. There's even blue stitching in the leather seats.

Powering the Jeep Top Dog Concept is a 3.6-liter V-6, with 285 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque, connected to a TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission.

The Jeep is only available in K-9 blue with a matching interior. The pedals are covered with rubber to help with traction for muddy feet and all-weather floor mats installed throughout the cabin area.

The car is currently on display at the SEMA show. Pricing is yet to be confirmed.


441 Comments

  • 791 3
 Everyone knows that the vehicle for serious mountain bikers is a clapped out 80's Yota with a North Shore rack and a home brew lift kit.
  • 195 0
 Home brew = hockey pucks
  • 68 1
 Don't forget the beautiful busted exhaust sound
  • 37 1
 @jakewashere: that is the poor mt bikers driving ford rangers.
my son hasnt had an exhaust system in years
  • 9 8
 I prefer my DCLB, can fit 5 bikes and riders per trip Wink
  • 24 0
 @samnation: This should be renamed the Canadian lift
  • 8 0
 @ronnyg801: Then it would need a Horton's Donut machine. Which, isn't a bad thing really.
  • 112 2
 In the UK the aspirational mountain bike vehicle is a VW transporter. Happily fits lots of riders and bikes inside - why would you put bikes all the way up there, to catch branches and the eye of thieves?
  • 37 0
 so true plus any "serious mtb " would setup vehicle to carry 4-5 bikes and puting them on n off that roof? wheres the dope swing out 5 bike rack??
  • 31 3
 everyone kn9ws you need that much extra tools to keep FCA built cars
  • 17 1
 Yeah, I will stick with my Taco and bike rack.
  • 6 0
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  • 23 2
 @mountainsofsussex: Yes. As much as I would like a pickup for the cool factor, I would much rather keep my bikes inside, away from prying eyes etc, so bought a Transporter.
  • 11 0
 And narrow stock rims are actually poor-mans beadlocks
  • 4 2
 @mountainsofsussex: uhm... cuz it’s a Yeti...?
  • 3 0
 and half of it is custom rattle-can gray lol
  • 11 0
 @mountainsofsussex: because VW sucks for not selling the Transporter here in North America for two decades, we don’t get good access to practical sexiness.
  • 9 1
 @mungbean: you get the transit though, don't you? Does the same job for less money. Just waaay less cool. Still more useful than that Jeep though...
  • 40 0
 Bike also must cost more than the car.
  • 2 0
 @jakewashere: Actually, Timmies is now American. They just say their canadian.
  • 1 0
 @N-60 Preach
  • 3 0
 @mountainsofsussex: 100% agree. Why have them on the roof to collide with branch's and get stole.
  • 2 0
 @CircusMaximus:

Burger King sold Timmies. It's now is owned by a multi-national company, who is owned by another multi-national company who is owned, in majority, by Brazilians.
  • 20 0
 J ust E mpty E very P ocket
  • 17 0
 Mine's my minivans! Sleep with my bike(s) and gear.
  • 8 3
 @mountainsofsussex: because this is Mopar's jeep gladiator concept and not a van. therefore there is not enough room to put the bikes inside the vehicle so they put them wherever they felt like because well it is a concept and that is what you do with a concept, 'whatever you want, that will look cool and draw attention'.
  • 21 34
flag DaFreerider44 (Nov 4, 2020 at 16:19) (Below Threshold)
 @mountainsofsussex: Here in the US we have something called a 12 guage that makes thieves look elsewhere
  • 32 3
 @DaFreerider44: ah yes, but the thieves may also have a 12-gauge, so net gain of zero right there. Plus, if they're thieves, they probably already have the jump on you with said 12-gauge.
  • 9 0
 Only Jeep engineers wouldn't be able figure out how to order a Jeep logo-ed tailgate pad from an Asian parts catalog
  • 4 0
 @JDugan: Fair, but bikes should be carried behind the Jeep and inside it's width and height while being high enough to not disrupt departure angle too much.
  • 11 0
 @Bstoody: not to mention that any serious MTB vehicle has to be able to make it through a drive through to grab carne asada burritos.
  • 2 0
 @Hayek: the only drive through burritos in my town is Taco Bell. Gonna take a hard pass on the drive through burrito here.
  • 2 0
 @S3tigoHide: wow even better haha!
  • 4 0
 @mountainsofsussex: Its totally a cultural thing (also I don't think T5s in North America very easily). When I lived in the UK I lusted after a T5 or a Caddy but now I live here I want a Tacoma. To be fair biking does involve a fair bit of logging road bombing over here which isn't a thing in the UK.
With all that said I live here and more than likely my next vehicle will be a van of some sort for the reasons you said.
  • 1 0
 @MonsterTruck: ouch! Can’t fault you there! If you’re ever riding in Park City, UT, you’ll have to drop by Alberto’s.
  • 5 0
 I wish I still had my 80's yota. lol
  • 16 2
 @DaFreerider44: That's why the U.S.A. is the most crime free country in the world.
  • 14 0
 If your vehicle costs more than your bike, you're probably doing it wrong Smile
  • 1 0
 @mountainsofsussex: And consume a lot more fuel, but i guess it's not the problem with already a V6 @ 285hp for more than 2.3Tons... heh
  • 3 0
 @viatch: A Jeep for the dentists in us all!!
  • 3 1
 @lewiscraik: I have a topper on my full length bed(older) Toyota Tacoma. Tinted side windows and the lift window has two locks. I can keep my bike(or two) secure in the back of my truck. Though one day I hope to have a Transporter or similar, will always keep the Tacoma also
  • 1 0
 @GlassGuy: I have a long bed 2018 Tacoma. Looking to put a topper on it after the holidays. Any tips, particular brand or features your recommend?
  • 1 1
 Late 70's Bedford van with a 350 Chev V8.
  • 2 0
 @mountainsofsussex: V8 Bedford van or deth haha...
  • 2 0
 @monstertiki: There is a pretty good chance it's still running somewhere unless you totaled it!
  • 1 0
 @CircusMaximus: Actually it is owned by a Brazilian conglomerate, Restaurant Brands International.
  • 1 0
 @flashpoint50: cuz if there’s one thing Brazilians know, it’s donuts and coffee. Smile
  • 1 0
 @Bchambers09: the pot holes here, in west somerset, are terrible. lost a few tyres, suspension components wear out quickly. got an l200 which is sweet for uplifts. Transit tipper also good for red kneck uplifts, lots of bikes lots of people on the bed, bosh!
  • 3 0
 @lewiscraik: A fiberglass pickup topper is the best accessory you can put on a pickup. unless you ride moto.
  • 1 0
 @suspended-flesh: windshield urethene on the beads of narrow rims are the best poor mans beadlock
  • 2 0
 @bman33: I got Leer 180, with doors instead of windows, Many bikes fit without the front wheels, don't get any small ones that are flash with the roof. best thing is buy used and save the $$$ Razz don't get glass windows for those get lockable doors Razz
  • 1 0
 @Dmitry1983: Thank you sir! I have been looking at Leer. My truck is silver, hopefully I can find used in that color. However, I may have the cash to buy new and have them color match. I know that does sound diva like... Big Grin I do like the doors vs. the windows now that I have been digging into it.
  • 2 0
 @bman33: images.app.goo.gl/p3yYoURJAZBhPELf7

There are limited options (and insanely high priced) on the consumer side.
Best option is to go with a Commercial Camper Shell. They're fully locked for thievery. You can have Maaco paint match it.
Leonard, Leer, etc...they charge a premium to be smoove and shiny, but they're hardly secure.
  • 3 0
 @bman33: Forgot.

If you want the best reference tool for a camper shell, call up to Adventure Motors KC. They build and sell nothing but Yotas of every generation and can answer any upfit question and get you most any shell.
  • 1 0
 @RoverDover: topper is nice unless you wanna haul something like a fridge, a kitchen worth of new cabinets, or a decent load of firewood-saws-gas and the roadkill tag you just filled on luck...plus bikes strapped on top I'd go for overload springs and a frame mounted hitch or at least real chains for hunting late season in the snow up where the road gets steep n nasty and tow company laughs when you call. Tailgate pad and a sack of mushed PBNJ checks all boxes on the mopar rig we see here.
  • 2 1
 @lewiscraik: plus he who has a transporter will get nods and waves of approval from fellow transporter owners cementing your status in society only reached by having a transporter. You don't know unless you know
  • 1 1
 @Bstoody: How'd you get injured? Oh I was loading my bike and I fell of my Jeep...
  • 3 1
 @skisean140: my truck was $1800. I have $10k in my bike. Perfect ratio.
  • 1 0
 @samnation: Probably SkyJacker spacers and sway bar discos that last 1 ride.
  • 4 0
 I came here to say pretty much this. Though a 20 year old Honda with three hubcaps and an ancient Thule rack works just as well.
  • 384 2
 Nobody that goes off road wants bikes on top of their vehicle.
  • 177 0
 Mind blown that the bike solution part of this thing for the serious mountain biker, is to put your mtb on top of a 8 foot roof.
  • 77 2
 Imagine.. all this steel and you can't even fit few bikes inside. With my Citroen Grand Picasso I can still fit 3 riders and their bikes inside the car. And my car isn't that big. Even from European point of view
  • 45 2
 Also no one who takes BC Ferries and wants to avoid over height charges.
  • 16 0
 I’ll stick with my cargo van.
  • 14 0
 fax. If you go offroad the bikes are getting ripped off some point or another
  • 8 0
 @The-Foiling-Optimist: There are no over height charges for years now. Most of the newer boats have bottom decks have 30 feet high ceilings so they got rid of the charge, IIRC, on all the runs. BC Ferries will now sting you sharply for over length, but not over height, save for the fact you may face a sailing wait now and then.
  • 4 0
 @pakleni: Isn't a "Grand Picasso" something of an oxymoron, kind of like "Jumbo Shrimp"? I'm just going by the Modern Lovers' song for Picasso's size...
  • 4 5
 I don't want bikes on top of my vehicle period. My friend has a roof rack for his Passat which we used for a race weekend trip. I felt my back nearly give out every time I tried to lift my enduro bike up to it, and I'm only 29!
  • 5 0
 @The-Foiling-Optimist: ....or the drive through at Tim Hortons.
  • 24 0
 Nobody that buys this vehicle will go off-road.
  • 2 0
 Hear hear! I almost caught a handlebar to the face last time I was off-roading with my bikes on the roof trays. Luckily the beater Jeep took the lick for me.
  • 9 0
 Imagine climbing up there after an 8-hour bonk ride with a 30 pound bike. I'd probably just bungy strap it to the top and call it good.
  • 20 0
 @mtb-sf: save a thought for the fellas who are only 27.5 or 26
  • 2 3
 @mtb-sf: geez, I hope you never crash.
  • 6 0
 @skelldify: luckily I'm better at crashing than swinging oddly shaped 38 pound objects above my head.
  • 3 0
 Actually, you also don't want bikes on your roof when you stay 'on road'. It's just an accident waiting to happen. A friend of mine forgot about the bikes on his roof when he drove into a parking garage. The bikes, the rack and the car were all written off...
  • 2 0
 @twozerosix: Ahahaha.. when was the last time for you?
I bonked last Saturday. On my road bike though. Stopped 5 minutes from home to rest because I started to see turns where is usually a straight line
  • 4 0
 @pakleni: its been forever-ago sadly. now I just bonk on zoom calls. congratulations on your bonk.
  • 1 2
 @muumuu: Pablo Picasso never got called an a*shole. . .because he never drove a car like this.
  • 1 0
 @deez-nucks: Obviously, nobody that designed this actually does any of the things that this monstrosity is supposed to help you do. good 'ol armchair engineering
  • 1 0
 @mikenettleton: In point of fact Pablo Picasso was a massive a*shole who made things difficult for the people around him, particularly the women in his life. But he you are right still wouldn't have driven this vehicle as he was clearly very smart and this truck is clearly very not solving any obvious problem and anyone who saw him in, say, a ferry lineup, wouldn't immediately think he was an a*shole because he would have been driving a sensible car. With bikes on the back. Where they're supposed to be.
  • 2 0
 @The-Foiling-Optimist: I agree with you — he was a dirty butthole. But I was just quoting lyrics from the classic Modern Lovers song "Pablo Picasso." Check it out. Great song, great band.
  • 1 0
 @mikenettleton:All together it's pretty good to get this many picasso references in one thread heckling a jeep. For the record, if I was rich, my Vancouver-Whistler vehicle of choice would be a Tesla chassis rebodied with a Citroen DS body and a North Shore rack.
  • 1 0
 Nobody that goes in a garage want their bike on top either...
  • 217 2
 Whomever was in charge of the project is clueless
  • 19 0
 Just like the comeback of fake roll bars
  • 31 0
 Are you calling Homer Simpson clueless?
  • 9 1
 I'll keep my Toyota T-100 and RaceFace tailgate pad. I can't imagine riding 4 days a week and every time having to bring out a ladder and having someone lift the bike up to you so you can stick it on the rack. After the first week I would be looking at hitch mount racks. I don't even like throwing our 30 lb bikes on top of my wife's Audi Q5. You are just grabbing branches and not fitting through any drive thru's on the way home.
  • 14 0
 Are you talking about the MTB specific project, or the entire Jeep brand?
  • 5 0
 Fiat has traditionally been clueless yes.
  • 9 1
 It’s a Jeep......

Not a 79 Series landcruiser.
  • 6 0
 This vehicle will only seen in MOAB. But in large numbers.
  • 3 0
 This is just trying to find a "reason" for throwing tool truck storage on the back of a jeep and trying to sell it.

"I know, lets just throw a bike rack on the top and say it's for mountain bikers..."
  • 6 0
 Not once have me or my friends gotten hotdogs after a ride.
  • 2 0
 @shawnca7: seriously. Maj eat tacos!
  • 135 2
 A "serious Mountain Bikers" automobile should provide the possibility to sleep in comfy.
  • 7 0
 that was my first thought too
  • 70 1
 Especially if your missus finds out how much you paid for your bike????
  • 6 1
 VW Caravelle synchro or the new one the california!!
  • 5 3
 @Riyadh: neither of which are available in the USA.
  • 6 0
 @unrooted: Didnt know, but you guys have some sweet vans and campers!!!!
  • 2 0
 @unrooted: A Caravelle is just a south african vanagon or eurovan depending on the year. Very much available, very good bike vehicle.
  • 2 1
 @Riyadh: Yeah a scummy breaking bad style RV would surely be the ultimate road trip wagon? They cost a fortune in Europe, i assume they're cheaper in the US?
  • 2 0
 @rubenmasi: well it was only 3 purses
  • 111 0
 “On the driver's side, you get a battery-powered refrigerator and electric hot-dog roller grill stand to help you refuel after a long day shredding the trails.”

So the marketing geniuses segmented us and decided that what we *REALLY* need is a 7-Eleven on wheels?
  • 42 0
 Give it a stale nachos bin and it's complete.
  • 25 1
 I mean...they're not wrong
  • 17 0
 They got it all wrong. Where's the Slurpee machine?
  • 6 0
 Can I also get a decade old drip coffee maker and a candy dispenser on there?
  • 3 0
 @crazyXCsquirrel: underrated comment
  • 2 0
 Maybe if it was a Maverick on wheels.
  • 1 0
 Where's the can crusher-can collector combo thingy?
  • 104 3
 Remember that neighborhood kid who showed up to play basketball, football, or whatever, and always had the latest and greatest, expensive gear on, and talked a lot of trash... but couldn't play for s*#t? Well, here's his new mountain bike rig.
  • 13 3
 Exactly!!!

We just rode at a trail system where this exact thing happened; two bro’s with very high end enduro bikes on the back of a pimped out Jeep...scared of riding a 4’ drop...
  • 23 2
 @unrooted: IMO, its their money so hey can spend it how they want. I think that its easier to pay for an expensive bike, than pay for a cheap bike, upgrade some parts, get good, and then buy an expensive bike. Yes, its kind of a right of passage to own a cheap bike, but its not my place to judge.
  • 7 3
 @Sardine-Vladu: I had just made the mistake of assuming they could ride stuff that turned out to be way outside of their skill level...I should’ve known better, I had just been to the land of low skilled riders riding super sick bikes in full face helmets (Issaquah Wa)
  • 10 0
 @unrooted: Don't you dare disparage the Raptor wheeling, S-Works riding tech bros at Duthie! Hahaha. The dichotomy of wealth and skill is never quite as apparent as it is there.
  • 8 0
 @TylerJamesHall: this description also fits 96.99% of the Colorado front range
  • 2 0
 Twins. Both ride brand new Yeti bikes in opposite colors, one is slow and whines the other is pretty quick and usually quiet.
  • 15 0
 How are we supposed to feel better about ourselves without such people?
  • 1 0
 @TylerJamesHall: I felt so out of place on a 7 year old bike....until I watched guys chasing the second gap of Flying Monkey with brand new Nomads & SB6’s...
  • 1 0
 *Casing
  • 8 0
 @sspiff @TylerJamesHall: same here in Socal especially after this whole COVID bike boom. Parking lots are full of douchey music blasting to 'get pumped' for some brake dragging.
  • 2 0
 @TylerJamesHall: Hahah this is too true. I'm not too shabby and my bike isn't bling, but it stills hurts to get shown up by a 12 year old on a rigid bike.
  • 2 0
 @ssip: Do you mean “drifting corners”???
  • 3 0
 @unrooted: "drifting corners" suggests they're at least rounding the corner. No, they just go straight on until they OTB off the trail. Wish I was joking...
  • 1 0
 He/She is also a Dentist now.
  • 2 0
 @TylerJamesHall: Funny, because I had Duthie pegged as more of a family place in the best way (as in, easy way for everyone in the family to get in quick laps of all sorts of stuff with minimum logistics hassle). Had never noticed the overbiked/overtrucked tech bros - is that really a thing there now?
  • 1 0
 @g-42: it was a solid mix of overbiked tech nerds, clueless kids and a couple of families with ripper kids when I was there last week...
  • 7 0
 Bropar
  • 2 0
 @ssip: haha I thought I was the only one noticing these guys. Don’t ever engage them, they will tell you just how “hard they rip” even though they are slow af.
  • 1 0
 @sspiff: yes, I suck at riding, but have a very nice bike. Nice things are nice to have.
  • 2 0
 @unrooted @g-42 Agree with both of these assessments. It's a great place for families and people looking for quick after-work rides. I just love to give Duthie a hard time because it seemed like that was most Seattlites view of the entire world of mountain biking until Raging River came along... Now we have a nice 5-mile out and back trail to justify our e-bike purchases! Woohoo!
  • 2 0
 @unrooted: Maybe outside of their skill level today. But, with the right gear, maybe they work up to it by the end of the summer. I went from a Rigid to a FS. I wasn't doing 4' drops day one either.
  • 3 1
 @BHShaman: my hope is that all these over-biked COVID newbs get trashed on trails way over their head and in a couple seasons we will see a huge spike in barely ridden 2020 bikes in buy/sell...There are too many riders nowadays anyhow.

More likely we are about to go into a DEEP and overdue recession so bikes will be ridiculously cheap but no one will be able to afford them.
  • 2 1
 @unrooted: I’d never want less people riding personally. Hopefully they will sell some lightly used parts as they upgrade to the latest whatever it is and I can score some good deals.
  • 1 1
 @DHhack: just like a vote, fortunately our opinions are meaningless.
  • 93 0
 How is someone going to get their 46 pound E-bike down from on top of this compensation device?
  • 3 0
 Exactly.
  • 4 1
 I was scrolling down for this. Thanks for covering the E-bike roof toppers!
  • 5 0
 Take that e-bikes hAhHaAhahAhha!!!
  • 2 0
 pedal?
  • 4 0
 with the first drop of the day....
  • 2 0
 wheelie drop. duh!
  • 68 6
 I find it interested all the comments regarding cost, yet I see endless, $40k, $50, $80k, $100k plus Sprinter vans EVERYWHERE at major MTB locales (Moab, PNW, Colorado, etc.). It's a SEMA concept vehicle people.... relax.

I will await my inevitable downvotes and sh*t talking retorts Big Grin
  • 4 1
 Agreed!
  • 48 1
 You can sleep in a sprinter though...
  • 4 0
 I am always shocked by this too but then I remember that some Sprinter vans qualify as RVs and therefore can be financed over much longer terms, which makes the "affordable*" to a wider range than vehicles like this MOPAR.
  • 6 2
 The difference is that one of these is practical
  • 2 0
 Most of the SEMA vehicles don't even have working drivetrains. Go check them out sometime, it's pretty funny.
  • 18 0
 @unrooted: you can sleep in a $100 1998 Plymouth Grand Voyager too
  • 15 0
 I'm just glad that Jeep thinks MTB riders are an audience worth advertising to. Hopefully they air a few good MTB focused national TV ads and maybe even a sponsored rider. Anything that gets more sponsors in the sport is usually good.
  • 4 3
 This MOPAR thing has no practical utility for the target audience. Had that labeled this concept as something other than intended for the serious mountain biker, maybe...maybe, like the serious outdoor enthusiast or overlander. If mountain bikers were the true "target" here with this concept, MOPAR missed the mark big time. A Sprinter Van is far more practical and carries far more utility. I for one, am hoping to capitalize on the Sprinter Van fad in 5-10 years when it loses popularity and the prices comes way down. I could make really good use out of a 5 seat, short wheelbase, 4x4 Sprinter. This MOPAR thing, though, is pretty useless as designed.
  • 1 0
 @skylerd: But you can't stand inside of it. That's the big selling point of the Sprinter Van.
  • 1 0
 @SuperHighBeam: I says 'Concept' right in the title...

I do agree a Sprinter is more practical. However, as a previous owner of a few Jeeps, this will go many areas a Sprinter won't. Especially in high alpine passes and Moab. It's frame and running gear are still Jeep. Not saying is the best off-road vehicle, but they are pretty capable. My friends have a few 'dents' and related issues on their vans to elaborate..
  • 1 1
 Had friend that was a Giant Liv ambassador and her and her boyfriend built a Sprinter. YouTubed every option they wanted, started last December and is still under construction, but close to done. The new van was a shell, just 2 seats. They added a stove, refrigerator, water tank (under body), outdoor water lines for bike washing and a high fitting for some sort of shower, curtain attachment, bed, indoor bike rack, generator with plenty of outlets, ac/dc and 110 and 220 volts, insulation floor coverings and a few more things. The list is long. Really long. $28,000 for the van, $8,000 in materials to date. It would be $65k++ if you had it built. It's very impressive. The Jeep above would likely be $90,000. Her Sprinter is cool.
  • 1 0
 @oldschool43: Where did they buy a brand new Sprinter for $28k? Base standard cargo version is ~$34k, $37k for a base hightop. If they bought what you'd actually want to build out an adventure mobile 4x4/diesel and hightop then you're looking at ~$50k.
  • 2 0
 @kleinschuster: i don’t think most people are doing 4x4/ diesel...I’ve heard horror stories about dealing with DEF.
  • 2 0
 My only Beef was the roof-rack bike mounts, other that that's it's a huge improvement on the Jeep truck thingy.
  • 1 0
 @kleinschuster: It was a brand new 2018 Ram Promaster 1500, high roof, 136' wheelbase. They bought it in April 2019. It's a V6 gasoline model. Base price was $32k, it sat on the lot for 10 months. They didn't want a diesel because of possible motor repairs being expensive. And I believe the diesel option kicked it up by $7000. Right place at the right time I guess.
  • 1 1
 @kleinschuster: Oh, I guess that's not an actual Sprinter, it's a Fiat.. Dodge.. Or, Ram... It's a van. You can stand up in..
  • 6 2
 @bman33: psshht. I've never come across an mtb trail I couldn't get to in my hatchback so long as I was willing to pedal a few minutes.
  • 2 0
 @sspiff: congrats to you.... You still haven't hit all the places then. ????
  • 2 1
 @mtb-sf: They are doing this as they have ridden the glamping/ overland thing into the ground over the past few years. They need a new thing to attach themselves to. This is literally nothing more than one of their "overland" builds with two bike tracks screwed on to the top. It is not a bike specific build. If it were, they would have probably housed the bikes inside, or at least on a hitch mount. Added a way to clean yourself and your gear with onboard water. None of this build is specific to anything really. If the author had ever paid attention to the off road world, a lot of this could have been seen.
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 @unrooted: Winnebago, Sportsmobile, and all the others disagree. If you're building a rig dedicated to adventuring 4x4 would be pretty high on the list, definitely not required but nice to have. You want the diesel for fuel economy and actually lugging around the loaded vehicle. Yes DEF makes owning a diesel a bit more of a pain these days but the it'll outperform the gas engines in pretty much every measure minus initial cost. The 144in wheel base, high top, 4x4 diesel chassis is definitely the best option to build out for 1-2 people if you can afford it.
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 @kleinschuster: I live in bishop and rarely see anything more than (a shitload of) 2 wheeled drive sprinters...I have 4x4 Tacoma and rarely need 4 wheel turned on getting to crags and trails...But it is nice to have for Baja...
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 @bman33: maybe I should have said "high quality trail". I ride plenty of high country epics and beyond a point there becomes an inverse relation between accessibility and quality. My bet is you can't name a destination trail that actually requires a rig like this to get to.
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 @sspiff: Keep in mind, not all off-road trails are access to MTB only. The first, and an obvious one, that comes to mind is the OR to Crystal Mills (Old Mill) 4x4 access. I have seen endless Subarus high centered or trashed at best and never making it. I am not here to talk shit about anyone's car. My point is that MOPAR rig, regardless if you like it or hate it, is vastly more capable than most Sprinters or Subarus I see out there. Are there other 'capable vehicles' out there? Sure thing and many of them. I appreciate your lack of confidence on my assessment. Glad I was put in my place as a simple commoner.... Wink
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 @unrooted: Yep, like I said 4x4 is not a requirement but definitely nice to have the piece of mind if you're specifically building out an adventure mobile that weighs up to 3000lb more than your Tacoma. Even more so when you head somewhere that actually gets steady precipitation. 4WD will limit stress on multiple components while you're trundling over rough stuff. Around me and on my trips down the Baja peninsula I've seen significantly more 4x4s than not. The Sprinters are the hot chick of the moment but at the end of they day still don't really compare to a 2014 4x4 Ford E series based Sportsmobile Classic.
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 @bman33: What's your point in that "Concept" is right in the title. It's an idea, fantasy or not, that was pitched to the wrong audience. I'm tempted to argue that a short wheelbase 4x4 Sprinter will handle better than a Gladiator in rough terrain. A Gladiator is a compromised Jeep. A Jeep Unlimited is a slightly less compromised Jeep. A two-door Jeep is a real Jeep with real Jeep abilities. For the 95% use scenario, Sprinter makes way more sense.
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 @oldschool43: Must have been an older Sprinter. Anything less than 5 years old you can't touch for less than $55,000. You're right though, building out a Sprinter (especially a 4x4) is hard to do (I'd argue) for less than $75,000. Sprinters, though, are also pretty impractical if you're not a vanlifer. DD'ing a Sprinter is frankly pretty stupid. Only tradesman or those that live in their Sprinter should DD such a vehicle.
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 @jmhills: I agree, if it were bicycle specific, the bikes would be inside and there'd be cubbies for MTB crap, and a place to chill beer.
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 @GlassGuy: spend 100k on a van?!! To s**t in u bucket and get the classic "KNOCK KNOCK" "whos there? " BEAT IT NOT WELCOME TO PARK HERE" at 2am. @Instagram 2am shitcanned from parking spot. Wish it were different cause id be trollin the US in a 30 foot winnebago at the beach, moab, yosemite, anywhere but a walmart, spongin wifi with ma dawg and ma hottie...
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 @nematon785: unfortunately a 30ft winnebago just isn't as practical as a short wheelbase Sprinter van in daily life even if it is more homey.
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 @kleinschuster: how do you figure that a 4x4 Ford E-series Sportsmobile is superior to a 4x4 diesel Sprinter. I've stood in both, and damn that E-series is cramped, while the Sprinter is much more spacious. Both vehicles have very good 4x4 systems.
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 @SuperHighBeam: I've also been in both and they each have their pluses and minuses. The biggest one for me is when something breaks on the Sprinter in some remote area whether that is the Baja peninsula or some out of the way mountain town you're likely going to have issues getting going again. You'll likely be able to find an AutoZone or similar or a local mechanic with Ford truck/van parts in stock and knowledge about its systems. Not so for the Sprinter. Additionally the Ford has the option of selecting a transfer case offering crawling ratios and locking differentials front and rear. The Ford offers ~20in of wheel travel while the Sprinter struggles to get half that. Just comes down to your priorities. If your goals are to hit national/state parks and park in parking lots and do a bunch of standing inside then yes the Sprinter may be better suited to you. If you're planning on going on adventures truly away from popular spots the Ford is significantly more capable.
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 @kleinschuster: Give me a 4wd Econoline every single time. For the amount of money they want for this, you can get a pop top Econoline. You can get a drivetrain that is serviceable anywhere in North America. You can get it built out however you want, from regular roof to pop top tent style for additional height. There is nothing wrong with an IFS system but solid front axles are just simpler and easier to maintain.

Sprinters are cool but if you are doing back country, boondock style traveling and camping/ riding, I would go with a Sportsmobile Econoline. Here is one with a pop top, interior shower and electric toilet, and low mileage for much less than high mileage, similarly built out Sprinter sportsmobile.com/van-inventory/2013-ford-e150-penthouse-top-rb-kendall Add $8k for a 4wd conversion and you still come out ahead. Not to mention it will have near universal parts availability.
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 @jmhills: Yep, so many people don't think about the service side of ownership and the inevitable oh shit moment away from a dealer. That linked one is decent although in my area there are routinely more desirable already complete 4x4 7.3L diesel versions available in the 50-75k range depending on build spec and mileage.
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 @kleinschuster: Yeah, I would go and find an earlier one with the 7.3 in it. I just grabbed that one. It is being sold by Sportsmobile so it will be more expensive. I posted it up as an example of one being sold by a dealer, rather than an individual.

An Econoline with a simple radius arm, or even leaf sprung, front suspension and a Dana 60 is basically unkillable. Sprinters are cool but you cannot go to a pick and pull and find anything you want for cheap. You can for an E series since everyone from your churches to your cable guy use them. Not to mention that the aftermarket companies out there are realistic with their pricing. The prices asked for aftermarket stuff for Sprinter vans is outrageous.

Personally, I think a late model Chevy/ GMC Astro/ Safari AWD would be a sweet trail van. Good size, decent aftermarket, pop top/ high roof conversion versions available, stout 4.3 V6, and they are common and cheap.
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 @jmhills: I totally agree with you on the Chevy/GMC Astro/ Safari AWD as a sweet trail van. They are certainly a popular commodity up here in Alaska, dare I say sought after and many surprisingly well kept. Up there in popularity with 4x4 Econolines and old VW buses with the Syncro drivetrain, some even upgraded with Subaru engines.
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 @kleinschuster: You make a good point here. Also did not realize the E-series has that much suspension travel...that's impressive.
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 @SuperHighBeam: That does not surprise me. You can get one in great condition for less than a rusted out Tacoma running on three cylinders. It is all Chevy truck stuff so parts are plentiful. They are the right size and wheelbase for comfortable driving. There are a few options for lift kits out there if you are so inclined. You can fit your bike(s) inside as well as yourself to sleep if need be. Plus, they are under the radar. They just look like regular family vans. Nothing really gives a hint as to what is inside the way a built E Series or Sprinter van does.
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 Mopar Dentist Mobile
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 I can't afford to be a "serious mountain biker"
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 @j-t-g - same here, but then again, the purpose of mountain biking for me is all about fun, so I can't really be too bothered by that Wink
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 Less bikes than a Honda Element, less theft protection than a Honda Element, interior can't be pressure washed. Nine years out of production and Element still crushes everything. Tint the windows, duct tape the bumpers, no bike stickers and don't park at the trailhead- stealth bike box attracts no thieves. I'm going to see fifty of these Jeeps at Duthie next year I bet
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 My Element was an awesome bike hauler!!!! It was a great car just like you describe.
  • 4 0
 My element is near 300,000 miles and wont die, no matter how hard I try
  • 5 0
 Loved my Element. Passed it off to my son after 200k. Now I enjoying watching him wedge his bikes inside.
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 @hamncheez: Very underrated vehicles.
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 @wda1wustl: Ya, its a love/hate. Hey! I can fit my bike INSIDE! Just ignore that it would be x10 easier if the ceiling was 3 inches higher and that I have to have the rear wheel of the bike sit inbetween the front seats
  • 2 0
 Yep, Element internal bike storage is valid.
  • 1 0
 @wda1wustl: very curious to know the meaning of your name right now, I'm thinking I'd find it hilarious
  • 4 1
 Element can comfortably fit two big stinky guys, 3 or 4 gear bags, and 2 DH bikes with room for a cooler. Remove the seats and use the plastic floor to spread out. Why Honda didn't renew that great machine I will never know.
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 @twozerosix: it was selling really well too for pet owners. Sales must have just dropped off
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 I’ve got a 99 crv. It’s an amazing little rig. Goes and and goes. Doesn’t ask for much in return. Honda’s are awesome. I keep thinking I should get another one. I’m not sure why, 150k miles is nothing. @hamncheez:
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 Everyone with a pickup was sitting around trying to think about how to get rid of that stupid pickup bed and replace it with a hot dog machine
  • 4 0
 Take away that evil temptation to mountain bike and replace it with a steaming fresh hot dog.
  • 3 0
 Apparently. Why else would have MOPAR come up with that as a desirable feature? This would have been better marketed as a tailgating truck for football game goers.
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 My eyes rolled so hard I got a concussion.
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 You need MIPS glasses
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 That’s a weird looking 08 Sienna AWD
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 With Journey Off Road 3.5" lift kit, backyard installed.
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 Hot dog! We have a wiener.
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 Powering the Jeep Top Dog Concept is a 3.6-liter V-6, with 285 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque

If more and more people driving such motors there won’t be any forest left to ride in. It’s so obvious counter productive, but embarrassing that there must be a lot of mtbers that don’t understand how much there carbon footprint is doing for the environment.
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 Pretty much same engine size and power of my AWD Sienna, so not really a big vehicle by North American standards. Agreed pollution not good for the forests. But all people should protect them not just Mt Bikers. Being a mt biker is irrelevant to that statement.
  • 2 0
 my 8 year old VW hatch makes more power than this thing....with a 2.0-liter 4 banger
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 @arrowheadrush: Irrelevant, the gearing is a massive differentiator. And my 4cyl turbo JL Wrangler Rubi has more torque than the V6 and better mpg.
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 Thank you! It is 2020 and people (yes, it doesn't matter with or without mtb) should have realised that such vehicles are not the way forward! We find our way to all trails with a Mazda 2 and never missed something... please Pinkbike, show our wonderful community that there is a life on trails with efficient cars!! It can be a van as well!!
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 Ya can get a more powerful turbo diesel in it if ya want...
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 @zephxiii: But no manual transmission.

But it is hard to do your selfie youtube videos with Oakleys while driving a manual transmission.
  • 21 0
 Mopar word of advice, yeti sb130’s on the the top will attract your target customer. Although they already own sprinter 4x4’s
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 The guy who rolls up in this is guaranteed to only ride greens.
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 ...In a full face with a chest protector...
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 On his E-bike.
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 does it come with a thin blue line punisher sticker or is that extra?
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 I believe it’s assumed the buyer already has a thick stack of them...
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 Dodge Grand Caravan FTW. Stow seats and two bikes plus all gear. Hitch rack and 4 bikes and all gear. And nobody look twice at Mommy Van.
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 Yes! From a practical point of view and value for the buck!
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 One of the best car purchases I ever made. Enough room for me, Mrs.Vicious and Doggovicious to sleep comfortably inside, keep the bikes in the cab when stopping for pints, and with how many they made for rental fleets they're just giving them away.
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flag SuperHighBeam (Nov 4, 2020 at 14:57) (Below Threshold)
 That works if the image doesn't bug you, front wheel drive is fine, and V6 fuel economy and low power are acceptable.
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 Yep, my 3rd gen has been great but she's getn old at 24y with 242k on the clock. 4th gen has been great too, drove it from Indiana to Cali and back last year, slept in it for two weeks! Was epic!

@SuperHighBeam 2011 and newer are @ 285hp.
  • 18 0
 So somebody told mopar that some mountain bikers spend 10k on a mountain bike. And Mopar realized that some mountain bikers must be idiots and easy to take advantage of!
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 Some?
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 That'll look great both rolling into the Duthie parking lot *and* taking the kids to soccer practice!
  • 8 0
 Now gonna go hit those luna tables on my SB180
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 @Mtmw: Hey what about the recent kicker angles added on Luna, might need to upgrade to the ElevenSix first.
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 @twozerosix: I'll be honest I usually hit luna once when I'm there...on a ripmo. I can make these jokes but I'm pretty sure they're about me. (-:
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 @Mtmw: oh yeah man, i session those with my 9 year old boy and 7 year old SB66.
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 Everyone knows that Chryslers are GARBAGE. Think before you buy one!
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 "All my life, I have searched for a car that feels a certain way. Powerful like a gorilla, yet soft and yieldy like a Nerf ball. Now, at last, I have found it." HJS
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 It's a deer smacking, squirrel squashing highway machine... Canyonero.
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 @iamamodel: Can you name the truck with four wheel drive,
smells like a steak and seats thirty-five..
Canyonero! Canyonero!
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 @subwaypanda: My favorite line!
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 perfect for shuttling, if u like riding solo...
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 More of an overland concept than a mtb shuttle vehicle. IMO the bikes are there because they look nice, a couple of white water kayaks would serve the same purpose. Unless, the bike riding demographics show more pocket money than the kayaking community. No ofense, it`s just business.
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 I think you are the only person in this whole thread that understands the purpose of this vehicle. They just needed some "extreme" sport to associate to this thing so it draws attention at some trade show...
  • 8 0
 As a serious mountain biker,I prefer the option to out my bikes inside my car.
  • 8 0
 I guess mpar seen the price of our bikes and think we have money.. They shouldve put more R in their R and D
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 I think they already have plenty of R in their D...
  • 8 1
 Wouldn't get this for biking, but it's not a bad build out for overlanding!
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 This is literally an overlanding rig with bike racks on top instead of a tent.
  • 8 1
 This is a real joke.,,, only 2 bike... and on top with a lader hahahaha...

April Fools in november??
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 But did you see that the ladder has its own drawer??
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 @VtVolk: Yes so cool!!! a ladder to take the bike off..... best concept lolllll
  • 5 0
 Or I could keep sleeping in the back of my Toyota that cost nothing, keeps running just fine, is pretty good on gas, and can get me to 90% of trail heads just fine. I guess I'm losing out on the roller dogs!
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 be real....you are getting to more than 90% of trailheads.

Even better, roller dogs are super cheap at 7-11. You can take that $500/month jeep payment and go wild at the gas station.

It sounds like you have it worked out though...like any serious mountain biker. Too bad Jeep never talked to any.
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 @RonSauce: $500/month for 120 months...
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 "JPP two-inch lift kit with Fox shocks (just like a mountain bike!)"


Next thing you know they'll discover that they put öhlins shocks on Ducatis.. Just like a mountain bike!
  • 5 1
 "The car is currently on display at the SEMA show. Pricing is yet to be confirmed."

It's a SEMA car, If you're thinking this will go to showrooms you must be new to the automotive world...
  • 4 1
 I see a big truck that can fit 3 of your friends but only 1 of their bikes, with a big box in the way of getting to the bikes, without sleepover potential and with a gas guzzling engine contributing to global warming which in the end is going to cause more severe weather, forest fires etc. How is that a choice for any serious mountain biker?

My view of a serious mountain biker adventure vehicle
-Decent ground clearance for bad roads
-Optional 4x4
-Room for 3-4 bikes in the rear (hitch mount or otherwise)
-Sleepover potential
-Camper kitchen
-Space for a bring along pressure-washer
-Compartment for muddy/wet gear
-Hybrid or at least fuel efficient
-Brake regeneration of energy while returning from mountain trips
-Solar cells to recharge when possible
  • 6 0
 I can't sleep in the back of that at a trail head. Hard pass
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 ....but but you left out the picture of the hotdog cooker which is important after ride equipment!
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 Beater 3/4 ton 4x4 truck does all this, and hauls literally 2500lbs of whatever (bricks, shithouse, you name it)whenever at 80mph on the highway. Bench seat holds 4, tows goons outta the mud hole and off the icy pass with a 20 dalla strap. Cost 4k. And I paid too much. Toss a camper and overload springs on it and it is suddenly "overland vehicle". Unbolt bumper and winch bolts straight up. Came with a 1 ton rated axle and positraction. E rated tires. Gets 18mpg on the highway. (Cant tow for shit small gas engine) but im not towing. It aint pretty though...
  • 1 0
 I have hauled a literal half ton of hay in my old Super Crew F150 plenty enough times now to know that a half ton truck is plenty enough.
  • 3 0
 nothing like scaling a 10ft tall vehicle to every time you want to put your bike on or off. FAIL! lets get real the ultimiate mtb car is a old minivan, they just require total commitment cause they are "uncool"
  • 6 0
 its so funny when I hear mountain bikers worry about looking cool. It's mostly grown men in goofy colored outfits wearing shorts and long socks rocking fanny packs. If anyone thinks they are preserving coolness they are sadly mistaken, just buy the minivan and get your dorky-ass out on the trails.
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 @RonSauce: I look super cool riding my super cool kids toy!!!!
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 Doesn't jeep know that we already spent all our money on an enduro bike, a trail bike, a dh bike, a dirt jumper, plus a rusty old Gary Fisher get-around-town bike to be able to afford an $80k haul rig. Tacos/4runners reign supreme this time (double pun intended).
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 This thing is going to be 80k+. The top spec gladiator is already 50k. If you're going to spend a ton of cash on a 4WD something, get a shuttle beast like a raptor or whatever. And if that's not your thing, get a range rover or benz - you know, an actual nice whip. I think they will have a hell of a time selling these things.
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 This is the perfect vehicle for the person looking to work on there 8 foot wheelie drops. They should also include a kicker ramp that magically folds out of the back so you can get the bikes back on top. But the guy who buys this definitely cant bunny hop and rides greens in a POC branded suit of armor on his e-bike, so none of that will be necessary.
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 Revised concept proposal:

- Box liner for exterior paint
- Pressure washable interior seats (like the FJs used to have). Bench seats front and back so all the homies can fit
- Flat deck instead of a box with modular storage on top of it
- RTT on top of storage but below the cab's roofline (fuel economy, dude)
- Hitch and include something like a NS-6 but don't get sued for copying their patent
- Your suspension setup is decent but tire choice is for posers. Slap on some 10-ply KO2s. 37 on stock axles is just for show; 33s are fine. Most of your travel time is on the way to the trailhead and no one is mudbogging to shuttle
- Slap in an ecodiesel
- Metal skid plates for the whole undercarriage
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 A Ram 1500 with flat deck and a lightweight side entry camper, then a Shore 6by rear rack. Able to shuttle 6 people and camp at the trailhead.
  • 1 0
 How about some type of Toyota engine...
  • 2 1
 I'll stick with my minivan, thanks. With the seats folded down, I can change clothes in the back, whereas with the Jeep for "serious mountain bikers who don't live near any low bridges" I'd be burning my bum on the electric grill trying to change in the back.
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 Dumbest hole in the ground to pour cash in ever! The.knob that shows up in Moab with this stupid rig will get a full sorting from someone less polite than me. Get a late model Ford transit and call it good for the upscale crowd. Me, I'll rock my Tacoma for a dozen more years and save the cash for a trip to NZ or a couple to Whistler.
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 I'm sorry, but if the primary use case is mountain biking why stick the mountain bike(s) in such an inaccessible location on top of a tall vehicle. It looks good but in practice is not the ideal place to transport expensive and relatively heavy bicycles. Not to mention the likelihood of accidental damage driving into garages, drive throughs, etc..
  • 1 0
 This is clearly targeted at rich people who buy auto branded bikes - like BMW, Audi branded mountain bikes and simmilar.

Clueless rich people buy this kind of stuff for the same reason for which dogs licks his balls - it's just because he can Big Grin
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 As a serious Mountainbiker i can say: This thing is f*cking ridiculous! Bigger than a tank and no space inside for the bikes!!! Instead i have the option to grill a shitty hot dog? Are they serious? In addition, the fuel consumption of this beast is definitely very bad for the Karma.
  • 2 1
 All those accessories, and nowhere to sleep? Bikes on the roof? Missed the mark by a mile.

Best outdoor adventure vehicle I've seen is backcountry skier Cody Townsends's Ford Ranger + GoFast camper top. Pop a NS rack and swing-away on that and you're set for bikes.
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 Dear Jeep, dm me and I'll help you out. This is a nice try, but it's also useless in the real world..
  • 4 1
 Overengineered, wasteful and inutile. Well done. Just try to minimize your foot print for mountainbiking. Its 2020 ffs.
  • 3 1
 What a nightmare that is It has STATUS LOOK AT ME !! Written all over it I drive a 2k transit, which doubles in value when I put my bike INSIDE
  • 3 0
 that is the stupidest fucking thing i have seen lately. A. its a Jeep. B. its just stupid.
  • 2 1
 Looks kinda weak for biking really; holds two bikes and the bed is filled with some power center with lights... anyone use power tools when working on your bikes regularly? My Elantra can carry as many bikes!
  • 4 0
 so Mopar obviously arent concerned with saving the planet then
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 How many BEVs does Chrysler have? Zero. So, yep.
  • 1 1
 I'm pretty happy with my 2002 Subie Forester with a roof rack, she's got 240k mi on the clock and still going strong.
As for this Joey mobile, I'm betting that of the 5 or so FCD sells, one might see an actual off road trip, the others will be relegated mostly to stops at REI for 'yet another dang flat tire fix on my brand-new Yeti/Spec/Santa Cruz' that they're still riding with tubes and reflectors on the local greens. And speaking of greens - why the hell is a vehicle supposedly aimed at mountain bikers only available in Narc blue? This looks like something DARE would park at the local public high school with some police bikes on the roof to give out shitty hotdogs and propaganda.
  • 1 0
 Interesting as Mopar, Chrysler and Jeep are all under Fiat's control that it would never dream of presenting such a vehicle in Europe but a simpler van or van where you put the bikes inside and maybe sleep in them as well.
  • 2 0
 Serious mountain bikers?
Bikes on the outside of the vehicle?
wtf, is this amateur hour.

Serious mountain bikers put expensive bikes INSIDE sub £1000 shitboxes.
  • 1 1
 Reliable, decent ground clearance and some cup holders is all I need. I drive a 4wd full size van, and we have a Honda CR-V as well. Both are pretty basic and cost less than $5000. I’m not afraid to scratch either one!
  • 2 1
 lmao. Can you sleep inside it? Can you get to the bikes without a ladder? Can it fit through a drive-through? Can it hold 4 bikes, 4 bros and their stuff? Then my Subaru wagon is still undefeated.
  • 2 0
 It's actually federal law that mountain bikers have to drive Tacomas, so sales are probably going to be pretty low unfortunately.
  • 1 0
 Basically, an overpriced "overland" build that doesn't have any RTT or camper but happens to have a pair of bike racks (and on the top FFS). At least throw a toolbox and a repair stand in it.
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 Off topic maybe but the new KM3'S suck. I ran them on my truck for about 6 months. Noisy on the highway and don't work for shit in snow. Not even that impressed with mud performance honestly. The BFG all terrain is the jam.
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 Mopar Unveils a Concept Jeep for 'Serious(ly Wealthy) Mountain Bikers'
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 Land Rover defender...
  • 3 0
 a Series 2 or 3 would be my dream uplift. On red diesel. lol
  • 2 0
 @Dropthedebt: Too true!
  • 3 0
 I can't wait to see one of these in the Duthie parking lot.
  • 2 0
 Count your blessings, rich white places have such amazing trails!!!
  • 3 0
 The Only thing they got right was the all weather floor mats.
  • 4 0
 Off road dentists!
  • 1 0
 kiss the bikes goodbye unless u live in the desert!!! And that color, ouch, K9 blue ahh everyone trying to defund the police sooo bad color yo! WTF lol
  • 8 0
 I don’t think the kind of guys who might want this thing are supporting “defund the police”.
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 Not a Tacoma = not a serious mountain biker's truck.
  • 6 0
 Mountain Biker Starter Kit: Tacoma, Tepee Tent and Santa Cruz....
  • 2 0
 @WasatchGT: IMAO I think the Santa Cruz bit should be replaced
  • 8 0
 @lyalltheweebeastie: you obviously don’t live in the US.
  • 6 0
 @WasatchGT: I would offer a slight modification: Sand colored Tacoma + Tepui + Yeti
  • 2 0
 I am sure the money that thing costs can get me to the alps like 10 times or more.
  • 2 0
 Good luck mounting your bike on the roof to the rack a few times a week. You have to get out an extension ladder every time.
  • 5 2
 I thought it was the law to drive to the bike park in an old Toyota?
  • 4 0
 when you downvote this is shows you ain't in the know...
www.youtube.com/watch?v=aL8uUyifkrM&t=126s

props homie.
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 @preach: “did you use the dropper?”
  • 3 0
 Is this the US equivalent of the UK VW T5 wanker wagon?
  • 1 0
 Nowhere near that useful.
  • 2 0
 Known around these parts as volkswaaaaaaaahhgans
  • 3 0
 That roof-rack is the biggest air your MTB is gonna see...
  • 2 0
 Sorry but I wont and never will put my bikes on top of my vehicle. That's just asking for trouble.
  • 2 0
 It can carry TWO WHOLE BIKES. I can shuttle all my friends and have room for one more!
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 "Hello, fellow shredders"
  • 1 0
 I will stick with my 1990 VW Westfalia Multivan (Subie EJ25 powered, 2 inch lift) ... I can get anywhere I need to go and have a warm dry basecamp at the end of the day.
  • 2 1
 So the only ‘bike specific’ feature is the roof racks which you can fit on any vehicle?
The box on back is generic to any other trade/hobbyist
  • 2 0
 Wait, the Porsche Cayenne GTS with the Yeti bikes in the back isn't the serious thing? Asking for my dentist friend...
  • 3 1
 I'm a pretty serious mountain biker, and I'm very serious about never owning a jeep
  • 3 0
 All of that and not one photo of a hot dog...
  • 1 1
 “Sorry guys can’t use my new 120k jeep to shuttle this weekend it only takes two bikes, maybe I’ll just hang out at the parking lot and have some gross hot dogs ready to go when you get down!”
  • 1 1
 That thing is gonna cost close to or more than 100k... and get about 10mpg.... Guess if you got the loot why not. But that setup just seems wonky for the "serious mountain biker"....
  • 1 0
 That think would never fit down our country lanes...It would make new ones for sure. What a beast.....bigger is not necessarily bigger so the wife tells me, thankfully.
  • 1 1
 Well it clearly wasn't kitted out by a mountain biker but by A boardroom of clueless people who have googled mountain biking and gone yeah that's throw that in. A hot dog rack? Seriously?
  • 1 0
 I don't understand how you can think of going off-road (because the vehicle is made for this) with bikes at 4 meters high. It seems to me a vehicle for poser than for biker.
  • 1 0
 Serious Mt. Bikers as opposed to Mt. bikers that are not serious but just wanna have fun?
Seriously, what's a "serious" mt. biker .?
  • 3 1
 My Honda Fit with roof rack and a cooler in the back is apparently a vehicle for serious mountain bikers. Marketing bunk.
  • 1 1
 Right there with ya, mini mini-van can't be beat
  • 2 0
 My Fiesta has been getting me all over the southwest so far, and doing so with 35 MPG.
  • 2 0
 Who are these serious 8' tall people that can lift bikes on top of a lifted jeep roof rack?
  • 1 0
 LOL! Clueless auto industry... instead of spending, what $80k+ on a truck, spend more on your bike and pocket literally 10's of thousands.
  • 1 1
 I can’t wait until I’m camping quietly somewhere in a tent and four of the trucks roll up (trailer in tow) with egofreak bikers, they bust open the sides, turn the lights, gen and “work” on their 10G bikes.
  • 1 0
 How are you supposed to get the bikes up there?............watch out for that low bridge/underground/ carport/drive through.......
  • 4 1
 Fml
  • 3 0
 April fools hit early
  • 1 0
 How is this directed to Mtn bikers? Besides the bike rack I don’t see anything making it specific to us.
  • 2 0
 Rather have the Mini LE ( Levy Edition) . Easier to jump over.
  • 2 0
 Missed their market on this one...
  • 3 1
 But does it sip or guzzle the petrol?
  • 2 0
 The Canyonero of MTB vehicles
  • 4 1
 But its a jeep.
  • 1 0
 Lots of wasted space. Cant even fit bikes inside for security. Looks cool mind.
  • 6 0
 I think the bikes will be secure because chavs will first need to steal crampons and ice axes to get up there.
  • 3 1
 My VW GTI holds more bikes on the roof than this, HA
  • 2 0
 Yeti riders begin to slowly pull out their wallets
  • 3 2
 JEEP= Junk Each Every Piece, Just Empty Every Pocket, Just Exchange Every Part.
  • 1 0
 Don't forget MOPAR = More on parts and repairs.
  • 1 0
 Fix It Again Tomorrow. FIAT
  • 2 2
 Mopar Unveils a Concept Jeep for 'Serious Asholes'

Let´s destroy the world together with 3.6-liter V-6, 285 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque!
  • 3 1
 car for mtb from the people who has no idea how mtb works
  • 3 1
 I'll stick with my Ram. Thanks tho.
  • 1 0
 My Jimny with a roof rack and tow bar with 3 bike carrier does that job infinitely better.
  • 3 1
 Is it April 1st? Or did Homer Simpson design this?
  • 4 1
 Just awful
  • 1 0
 The add on will outlast the Jeep for sure, Those rust buckets don’t hold up. I’ll take a Tacoma over a Jeep any day
  • 3 0
 Ugh. Goddamnit, America.
  • 2 0
 this is the most hideous thing ever just get a tacoma
  • 3 0
 "For Serious Posers"
  • 1 0
 I love that you can only get two bikes on this thing. I blame Trump for this abomination.
  • 1 0
 The ultimate bike vehicle is the Honda Jazz. And you can give your gran a lift in it and she will feel right at home.
  • 2 0
 That Yakima rack is a piece of garbage
  • 3 2
 sorry, but 2020 the only thing we should burn are calories ;-) #cybertruckFTW
  • 2 0
 is this really the direction mountain biking is heading?
  • 3 1
 Mopar......FAIL! Mark completely missed!
  • 1 0
 To be a serious Mountain biker just ride your bike as much as you can whit no matters how fancy your toys are .....
  • 2 0
 This will look SO GOOD at my local mall and/or expensive coffee shop.
  • 2 0
 I was about to say.... all it needs is a snorkel... then I saw it had one.
  • 2 0
 That whole extra box and you can't store bikes inside or sleep in there?
  • 3 0
 Cheesy AF
  • 1 2
 What a stupid truck. Haha. TV ads will show it parked in some pristine forest it fcked to get there. And cheesy mountain bikers being all rugged and shit. This industry is sellin out
  • 2 0
 Is the passenger seat replaced w a dentist’s chair?
  • 1 0
 So... whoever designed this is not a serious mountain biker. Should do well with the YouTubers though
  • 1 0
 Nobody 'serious' about mountain biking wants to climb all the way up there twice everytime you want to go for a rip.
  • 2 0
 What a joke, just like the jeep mountain bike
  • 1 0
 Pedals are covered in rubber?? How about adjustable pins on those pedals for maximum grip with my Five Tennies
  • 2 1
 I think the biggest van possible with a six bike rack is everyones idea of the perfect MTB car.
  • 1 0
 If I started grilling some hotdogs, every single one of you guys would want one. It would be cool.
  • 3 1
 The Citroen Berlingo is the ultimate vehicle for any real mountain biker
  • 1 0
 So a huge vehicle that has so little space the bikes still need to go on the roof.
  • 1 0
 Check out Matt Jones' transporter custom build www.youtube.com/watch?v=L738C6f3mLs
  • 3 2
 reminds of the best bumper sticker I ever saw, which said. Fuck Your Guns Fuck Your Wars Fuck Your Truck Fuck Your Flag
  • 2 0
 Finally, the MTB lifestyle becomes accessible and affordable.
  • 1 0
 Man, I sure could go for a hot dog after that ride! ....Said no serious mountain biker ever.
  • 1 0
 I want to see the video of the "concept" engineers getting those bikes on and off the roof....
  • 1 0
 Screw all the utility stuff and put a over cab camper top with it, then you would have a sic ride.
  • 1 1
 Nah, the perfect ride for mountain bikers = 2010 Tacoma / W cooler of beer and some cliff bars laying around in the back. Northshore rack optional.
  • 1 0
 Of course. Out of all the vehicles they could choose, they chose one of cheapest made vehicles out there.
  • 2 0
 I just grab the cooler and camp stove out of the little honda Smile
  • 2 0
 "Serious" Mountain Bikers: bike must cost more than your vehicle.
  • 1 0
 Does it come with a crane or forklift for getting bikes on and off that roof then?
  • 3 1
 Barf !
  • 2 1
 At least drop a v8 in it. Useless without it
  • 1 0
 I was JRA...no I didn't drive into the garage with the bikes on!!!!
  • 2 1
 It is a concept. By MOPAR, no less. What did you expect??
  • 3 1
 An abomination...
  • 2 0
 No cooler...im out.
  • 2 2
 Think i'll just keep the outback, not one thing except for the racks that I can identify with.
  • 2 0
 Where is the Tepui Tent?
  • 2 1
 There is a glaring hole to fill until the field test starts...
  • 1 0
 Rich people buy the weirdest stuff.
  • 8 0
 Correction: Wannabe-rich people finance the weirdest stuff.
  • 1 0
 Where does the bottle cage go?
  • 2 0
 Just another barbie jeep
  • 2 0
 Yup, jeeps are the ultimate trailer queens.
  • 1 1
 This would be so sick with a Velocirax rack instead of that stupid roof rack. Easy fix tho.
  • 1 0
 Looks like the Doka Type 3 model from VW With NATO canopy
  • 1 0
 Ahhhhhh I can see the yeti's on top of this thing.
  • 2 0
 That looks expensive AF.
  • 1 0
 Good luck getting your Emtb Up there. Does it come with a crane too?
  • 2 1
 My old Isuzu would outlast that thing even if I never serviced it again.
  • 2 0
 This is so American...
  • 1 0
 Nothing less than an Yeti is allowed to get on that roof rack
  • 1 0
 So it seats 5, but carries 2 bikes..... hmmmmm
  • 2 0
 Spot the dentist.
  • 1 0
 I can see this thing parked at my dentists office
  • 1 0
 What no bike stand built in ?
  • 1 0
 I hate this. Except the fox shox... they're good.
  • 2 0
 needs Maxxis tires
  • 1 0
 It's a Jeep. I'd rather walk thanks.
  • 1 0
 Cool concept, thanks for sharing Smile
  • 1 3
 That is bad ass but super impracticable. How does someone even get the bikes up that high!!! You would have to be a dentist, doctor or lawyer to afford that Eek
  • 4 3
 Tacoma or bust!
  • 1 1
 Great! now I can ask "who wants a Top Dog Hot Dog??"
  • 1 0
 Yeti sold separately.
  • 1 0
 Jeep, that's cute.
  • 1 0
 Lame
  • 1 0
 lol
  • 1 0
 Automatic?

Sigh...
  • 2 1
 That's what I thought untill, I had an automatic G wagon for three weeks as a courtesy car. Brand new off the forecourt. Pure fckng luxery!! Had a brief taste of how the other half live That thing didn't hang about either, accidentally doing 95 an felt like 50, SO smooth
  • 2 0
 Manual is almost non existent now in America. Even Ford trying to brag about their new manual Bronco, yet ensuring that no one will ever buy it by restricting the availability.
  • 1 0
 @nojzilla: We all want manuals in the North America. Old 4Runners with manuals are way more valuable than those with automatics over here.
  • 1 1
 Awesome I'll take it
Oh
It doesn't come in black......?
Oh
Never mind
  • 1 1
 CRUCIAL HOT DOG ROLLER! THIS THING RULES.
  • 1 1
 My '99 H1 Hummer with a roof rack holds the same amount of bikes!
  • 1 0
 LMAO
  • 1 1
 Just take a Volkswagen Vito and that's it !
  • 1 0
 trash jeep. hard pass.
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