Mondraker Opens a New Base in the USA

Jan 11, 2024 at 10:42
by Sarah Moore  
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Mondraker has announced that they will be serving the USA from their new offices in Boulder, Colorado starting this month.

The Spanish bike brand says they're aiming to "service the needs of the American market the way it should be, centering our attention on customer service above all else. Working from the USA will be a challenge for Mondraker, but we feel it’s also the right way, the only way we can properly satisfy the demands of the local market." Mondraker recently opened a new European base in Italy, but they're saying that this new office is "the biggest leap forward in the expansion of Mondraker to date."


bigquotesThe USA has always been right there at the top of our bucket list with a big red circle drawn around it. We just had to wait for the right moment. We’ve always considered that the identity of Mondraker as a brand really fits with the likes and demands of the American market, and after a short period of working through distributors we came to the conclusion that strategically it made more sense to open a base here and thus develop the true potential of our brand in the self-same place that invented the mountain bike.Miguel Pina, CEO of Mondraker


Chris Bogue will be heading things up at the new American office as the new General Manager for Mondraker in the USA, while Eric Richter will be his right hand and Marketing Manager.


bigquotesI’m really excited with the opportunity we have to bring Mondraker into the US market, and to establish our team in Boulder right at the foot of the Rockies. This location will be our hub for the brand, and will allow us to share the unique magic of Mondraker bikes with riders and retailers from all over the country.Chris Bogue, General Manager Mondraker USA

bigquotesWith the clear and present purpose of establishing Mondraker USA as the company that both the brand and the market demand, we’re counting on a team of people who bring together decades of experience and success in the American market; people such as Eric Richter, Michael Kowalski (Senior Manager, Customer Service & Sales Operations) and Shane Hensley (Manager, Technical Service), together with Chris Bogue at the helm. The different departments will come together under one roof, at our US hub in Boulder, Colorado. The opening ceremony will be taking place in the first quarter of 2024. Mondraker USA will operate on its own terms to best serve the local market, while at all times being able to count on the backing of everyone here at the company’s HQ in Elche, Spain.Miguel Pina, CEO of Mondraker


We're speculating here, but Mondraker announced late last year that they were stepping away from MS-Racing. There are a couple of American riders who haven't announced who they'll be riding for in 2024, notably Dakotah Norton and Aaron Gwin. Could Mondraker be aligning their brand with a top American downhill rider or two as they delve into the US market?

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  • 133 7
 I never knew they were Spanish. I always thought they were an oddball UK company. I am hereby parting ways with that incorrect assumption and looking forward to seeing what we can accomplish in 2024.
  • 39 0
 Makes the pronunciation that much more fun. Mondrrrrrrakeerrrrrrrr
  • 29 1
 UK like James Bond's Moonraker.
  • 14 4
 sounds like gwin is going to redesign their dh bikes
  • 19 1
 @fasian: Moonraker Opens New Base in USA
  • 1 0
 @ceecee: As I scanned the PB article list, I was sure it read like this.
  • 3 0
 Mondraker got it's name from the idea of the comic book character- Mandrake.
  • 2 9
flag Dangerhill (Jan 11, 2024 at 14:51) (Below Threshold)
 Best comment of 2024.
  • 3 0
 @Dangerhill: Nah that didn't even qualify for the Semis. I actually meant what I said.
  • 3 2
 Always thought it was French like mond-raker, ie earth churner much like an assegai - are we still talking about bikes here Wink ?!
  • 2 1
 Ignorance is bliss, isn't it?
  • 2 3
 The involvement of Cesar Rojo and the "forward geometry" never pointed you in the right direction? I'd have written them off as a Catalan brand as much as Orbea is Bask.
  • 5 0
 It's like most people think that Commençal is andorran, whereas... the brand is "proudly designed in Andorra" by a 100% french staff installed on this side of the borders for taxes reasons (which is completely legit btw).
Personal perception though.
  • 4 0
 @likeittacky: Mandrake got its name from Mandragora, the Devil's testicle. 'Once considered the most important plant of the Mediterranean region, the mystique and lore of mandrake has now all but disappeared from the modern lexicon.'

@vinay: what are we basquing in today
  • 4 0
 @danstonQ: ignorance is bliss - i forgot how sensitive the French are.
  • 8 3
 @danstonQ: What makes a brand of a certain country anyway? Raaw is founded by a Dutch guy in Germany who now moved to Canada. Most of these frames (and mass produced components) probably come from Taiwan, which the Chinese will probably call Chinese products. Europeans probably won't, they'll call them Taiwanese. Except for Decathlon frames, they'll call these Chinese even though they're welded by robots in Portugal.

Bike brands are from earth, for the time being.
  • 5 1
 @vinay: good work Vinay, good knowledge.
In case anyone doesn’t know, Taiwan is not a part of China.
  • 2 0
 @jaame: That Taiwan comment won't age well. For now though you are correct.
  • 2 3
 @jaame: I'm baffled by the number of regimes claiming to own territory which they don't, then are willing to start a fight over it. Israel, Russia, China, Venezuela...
  • 6 0
 @vinay: sadly it is the nature of men. One of man’s less awesome qualities. Why men can’t stick to cool stuff like riding bikes and making things I don’t know. A nice chest of drawers or a dry stone wall would be swell. A lot sweller than killing people so you can steal their land.
  • 1 0
 @jaame: Having been there for work, I can very much confirm this. The Taiwanese are super decent people and do not want any part of it. They are very proud of what they have. I hope to get back there someday.....hopefully with a bike in tow
  • 1 4
 @cuban-b: normal racism. Nothing surprising;
  • 1 1
 @vinay: You mix up conception/design AND manufacturing. Off course almost every bike is produced in Taiwan. Who ignores that?!!
  • 3 1
 @danstonQ: I'm not mixing them up, I'm questioning what makes a brand "of a certain country". The nationality of the founder, where (s)he lived when the brand was founded, where (s)he currently lives (all in the context of the RAAW example), where the frames are being produced (in the Taiwan and Portugal example) or where the complete bikes are being assembled (no example given)?
  • 3 0
 @vinay: At least Trump tried to buy Greenland. LOL
  • 1 0
 @danstonQ: more accurately, I was being more nationalist. I mean, you kind of lobbed one up for me.
  • 1 0
 @suspended-flesh: the Syndicate made a better offer?
  • 1 0
 same, always thought they were French..
  • 86 0
 Why do brands think Boulder is a good place to be??
  • 32 4
 Maybe they have a good combination of favorable corporate tax rates and good trails/MTB community?

I don't know really though, just speculating.
  • 48 5
 @warmerdamj: Those may be true but the rent is too high and they probably don't pay their employees accordingly. This is the outdoor industry afterall.
  • 17 60
flag pargolf8 (Jan 11, 2024 at 11:26) (Below Threshold)
 Why do you think mormon is a good place to be?
  • 16 2
 @hamshooz: not paying employees well seems like another plus for the company. Not saying it's right, but the goal of a business is to make money. So Saving on taxes, wages and having a large affluent MTB community all seem like good reasons to set up shop there.
  • 13 17
flag hamshooz (Jan 11, 2024 at 11:29) (Below Threshold)
 @pargolf8: oh, it's not.
  • 20 1
 My guess is that it just took a couple brands to set up shop there, and the rest followed suit. Now, it's just the hub. The amount of outdoor brands there is insane - snow, bikes, climb, you name it. Boulder/Denver feels like a Silicon Valley of the outdoors. One brand decided Palo Alto, and the rest followed.
  • 2 4
 huh?
  • 11 1
 @warmerdamj: >> having a large affluent MTB community

are they supporting nation-wide distribution or opening a bike shop though? It's probably a great place to run your "lifestyle" outdoor business, but if it's to service their NA network they should be somewhere with good transport and cheap people/warehousing - probably nowhere near their customers or good mountain biking.

There are actually not likely that many people or jobs associated with this. Chris Bogue probably lives in Boulder, so that was the reason.
  • 8 1
 @plyawn: Denver is a major airport hub so not a terrible spot for distribution (ignoring what I assume to be sky high warehouse cost in that area)
  • 21 9
 @hamshooz: they'll hire plenty of trustie kids going to school who don't really need the money just like everyone else in boulder
  • 37 1
 @warmerdamj: Küat is based in Springfield Missouri, and they seem to be doing fine.
Their employees probably have a chance of owning property.
In premier outdoor-themed towns like Boulder, "not paying well" is still paying a lot, and that doesn't get your employees much.
Median income in Springfield MO is $23K; Media listing home price is $245K (10x ratio)
Median income in Boulder CO is $30K; Median listing home price is $1.3M (43x ratio, for those playing at home)
So you're spending more on payroll, lower employee retention, more on HR to re-hire (oh wait, AI does all that now), all because the Director of Sales you picked out has lived there since the 90's.
  • 4 10
flag oldschool43 (Jan 11, 2024 at 12:17) (Below Threshold)
 I was thinking the same thing. I was roped into a new "Ski town" documentary at my brothers and he talked about my uncle leaving Crested Butte because it became very expensive and weird. Like a ghost town during certain months, nothing open, etc. I don't know how any company in the mountains can do it, other than the ski properties. Should move to Bentonville AR. That's almost central and plenty of riding.
  • 17 0
 @mtmc99: You must not be in logistics or purchasing. Air freight is not the way to ship bicycles. Warehouse cost is the least of your worries, if you're spending dollars on air freight.
  • 11 1
 @hamshooz: I know quite a few people in the area that are willing to take a pay cut just to work in the outdoor industry. There is a bunch of people in and around Boulder with the same outdoor mindset and just want to be part of it...and they usually come from families with money so a paycut is not always a problem. Just my experience and what I've seen after living in/around Boulder for the past 14 years.
  • 17 3
 I grew up in the Boulder area, so have some insight into this. Here are a few reasons; 1) A strong cycling culture is already embedded in the area. This means lots of trail options, healthy food options, physical therapists, and a general sense of community. It’s not uncommon for business people in Boulder to go for a bike ride together in lieu of golf. Plus the weather is relatively mild—there’s amazing skiing close by when it’s too snowy to ride. 2) Strategic location for serving the US market. It’s relatively central, so major time lapse vs coastal locations, plus there is a major international airport with 30 minutes drive. 3) Cost of living/doing business. While the front range has exploded in cost of living during the last decade, it’s still significantly cheaper than the west coast. Colorado is also relatively business friendly compared to the left coast states.
  • 24 3
 @warmerdamj: honestly the MTB is pretty sparse in boulder. I lived there a long long time and you have to drive somewhere for the goods.
  • 11 2
 I’m sure taxes are low in Oliver Springs, TN. Hint hint.
  • 2 0
 @AppleJack76: you are correct. Sounds like I was wrong about it being a good distribution hub, and I guess I learned something new today
  • 28 37
flag packfill (Jan 11, 2024 at 13:27) (Below Threshold)
 @oldschool43: Arkansas?? If they wanted to move someplace with a regime as hostile to women and the LGBT community, they might as well just move to Saudi Arabia.
  • 17 2
 @warmerdamj: Cost of living is one of the highest in the country. Taxes are high and I gotta say there isn’t much mountain biking close to town, and the best trails are bootleg. Golden or Colorado Springs would have made more sense but it’s still crazy expensive and not nearly enough riding. We desperately need to add more trails on the front range of Colorado. Too many people and not enough space. Encountering a 100 plus people on a 10 mile ride is not uncommon. Trails need to be directional and user specific or rotating user days to lessen conflict and increase safety. If I where a bike company looking to move to Colorado, Grand Junction would be a no brainer. Boulder wouldn’t even be on the list.
  • 7 7
 @Cyberhatter: Give us your thoughts on the LHOHV trail network in Boulder.
  • 6 0
 @packfill: being a spanish brand, that'd be an improvement!

Just joking! And I'm a spaniard so I'm allowed to make jokes about Spain, hahaha....
  • 15 20
flag Bro-LanDog (Jan 11, 2024 at 13:35) (Below Threshold)
 @packfill: lol arkansas ooga booga. Let me guess, blue hair cult?
  • 21 21
 @Bro-LanDog: College educated, science believing, non-knuckle dragger. Good luck with your fear of wind turbine cancer.
  • 6 1
 Why do most of the top financial corps have headquarters or major offices in NYC? Unless you're physically on the trading floor, you don't need to be there in order to do business in the modern age...but that's where everyone is, and a lot of biz gets done after the official clock has been punched. Boulder is a cycling hub because a few major companies and high profile athletes called it home at some point, and a lot of people followed suit. I wouldn't be surprised if they're not officially in Boulder, but more likely Louisville or Longmont where its slightly more "affordable" (for the company, not its employees). It's definitely not for its MTB gravity culture or infrastructure, unless you like ripping your enduro rig in full body armor around Gnarshall Mesa or Betasso.
  • 12 17
flag Bro-LanDog (Jan 11, 2024 at 14:09) (Below Threshold)
 @packfill: I'm an engineer who has a fair share of experience with wind renewables but go off. Also, god loves you Smile
  • 8 16
flag packfill (Jan 11, 2024 at 14:11) (Below Threshold)
 @Bro-LanDog: I don’t care what you are.
  • 6 10
flag Bro-LanDog (Jan 11, 2024 at 14:15) (Below Threshold)
 @packfill: conveniently it's only when I'm right huh?
  • 6 12
flag packfill (Jan 11, 2024 at 14:16) (Below Threshold)
 @Bro-LanDog: nope, never cared.
  • 2 0
 @oldschool43: Yeah, maybe they could get the bikes into Walmart!!!
  • 2 0
 @packfill: & Bentonville feels kinda like EPCOT. Like a movie backlot or something... actually I was trying to figure out what Walmart "wasn't" doing!?!
  • 1 2
 @foreverforum260: Silicon Valley is home base to many tech companies, not because Google/Apple setup shop there. It's the concentration of schools in the area. Tough to draft tech nerd talent in Boulder when all you got is a few mid-tier schools to draw from. No offense to anyone who went to any of the CO unis.
  • 6 1
 CO corporate tax is mid-4%, which is on the lower end of the spectrum. Also logistically, from CO, your products can reach each coast within 1-2 days quite inexpensively, which is important when bulk of your sales will be coming from coastal regions, with a heavy bias to probably CA. Also, cost of living and the ability to draft outdoor minded talent is probably a factor as well. Plus, CO is a pretty nice place to hang your hat.
  • 3 6
 @NuckaMan: Google has a very large facility in Boulder, CO, and Apple is currently building one. You know that, don’t you?
  • 4 3
 @Bitelio: everyone is allowed to make jokes about anyone......until the Ministry of Butthurt is established anyways!
  • 3 4
 @packfill: best riding in the front range by far if you’re into rowdy enduro type riding…but don’t tell anyone!
  • 1 0
 They don’t have to try to live there on 35-40k a year.
  • 7 3
 @Cyberhatter: Truth, despite the abundance of mountains, there are very few good trails to be had around Boulder, or the front range for that matter. Makes no sense. Yet, there are a bunch of people driving around with pricey Mtbs hanging off their 4runners.
  • 1 1
 @Cyberhatter: genuinely curious, what constitutes needing to drive to get to a trail?
  • 4 1
 @Bfe6iVay: turning what would be a 45min pedal each way into a 15min drive?
  • 6 0
 @blcpdx: agreed. boulder sucks and so does Colorado honestly
  • 1 0
 It’s a transportation hub I think. If they are selling online it’s a g-old place to be.
  • 1 0
 @NuckaMan: Go check out Malcolm Gladwell's Revisionist History Podcast on the topic. The reason silicon valley is where it is, according to him, was a reason muuuuuch less than that.
  • 4 0
 @Bfe6iVay: The town of Boulder constitutes the very definition of needing to drive to get to the trails.
  • 1 0
 @plyawn: they have already started setting up a network of sales reps to sell to local bike shops and they will also sell direct to consumer
  • 3 1
 affluent large bike community, one of the largest educated workforces in the country, 320 some odd days of sunshine a year, Denver International Airport, global vacation destination, etc.
  • 1 2
 @Moonie2123: please for the love of god, keep saying this....and louder! Big Grin
  • 2 2
 @Bryce511: yeah. nothing here but almond butter lattes and blue haired college xe/xims......definitely don't come here
  • 2 0
 @blcpdx: best comment ever! In Italy we don't have such big outdoor hubs but for tech companies for example, it all rotates around Milan where you have exactly the same problems...
  • 2 0
 @Moonie2123: yep, definitely no good trails around Boulder. Tell all your friends.
  • 3 0
 @Uberbox: I'm not disagreeing with you but the 30min to DIA sounds like you work for the relocation to Boulder committee.
  • 2 0
 @Uberbox: Golden would be a better location IMO for the same reasons, except more accessible trails, plus they could show the Yeti lunch ride crew the whatfor.
  • 2 0
 @packfill: I used to ride there all the time. It’s super tech. We had this triple drop route that was just mega. Top of Left Hand, down to Jamestown on a trial I could never find without my crew. Jamestown up to Slaughterhouse Gulch. Back down to Left Hand. Then another 1/2 Lefthabd loop back. On 1990s bikes. Seems like a dream now. Don’t know if you can still ride and shoot guns and rally jeeps in that zone. It is a needed reprieve from the crowds and rules of Chitaqua.

Love to hear an update on Lefthand Canyon.
  • 1 0
 @warmerdamj: yeah, I’ve done my business completely wrong for almost 30 years. Can’t seem to get the the money part down
  • 3 0
 They're coming for the world class MTB trail that is Betasso.
  • 2 0
 You were hoping for New Jersey?
  • 1 1
 @stevemokan: Lol, you guys are kidding, I think? I'm not! I HAVE told all my friends, but they already know. Are there "decent" trails, sure. Are there a ton of awesome trails, littered across the area? Absolutely not. If you've traveled around the US to ride, this is a legit complaint. CO front range needs to get it's shiz together. NWA has almost zero elevation, yet they build trails in every damn corner they can. Just sayin.
  • 1 0
 @Uberbox: Boulder is more expensive than over half of the west coast. Seattle prices, with half the income. Anywhere in the PNW is a much better choice, terrain, and bike culture.
  • 1 0
 @Moonie2123: Agree that CO front range is over all disappointing given what could be there. I live in Golden and it just doesn't hold up to other mtb destinations, and it's not for a lack of terrain (though our dirt does kinda suck).

Still a good move for mondraker, IMO. Think of how many more orbeas we see after they put their US HQ in Boulder...
  • 1 3
 @sspiff: the issue is, you aren't taking into account all the ...."extra curricular" trails. lol

it would be like going to Santa Cruz and saying "for all the hype, its only Demo forest flow trail and some county parks!?". which I can attest, could not be further from the truth. one of the best riding destinations on the west coast! you just have to get shown a bunch of stuff, then go find other shit yourself....


The Front range is FULL of that stuff. I can assure you, that I have it LITERALLY from my shop.....
  • 2 0
 @Mtbdialed: Heil, Picture Rock, Betasso, Walker, Rabbit Mountain, what more could you possibly want? Wink
  • 1 0
 @Mtbdialed: I enjoy some of the unmapped goodies around Idaho Springs, Lyons, and CO springs (and hundred acre up high is one of the best trails anywhere), and they're awesome, but few and far between. Happy to be enlightened as to new options though, lol.
  • 1 5
flag Mtbdialed (Jan 12, 2024 at 20:38) (Below Threshold)
 @sspiff: nope......find them yourselves they aren't that hidden, but I won't be broadcasting them. I mean, if there were a spot like UCSC trails in SC, I would guide you, as that place is literally world famous and zero secret. But the trails here, at least Boulder County ones, need to be protected for the time being....until I and some others can coalesce some land managers into a block that is pro-mtb(seems silly in CO, but boulder is 50sq mi. surrounded by reality, after all. lol), then there are dozens if not hundreds of trails to be sanctioned.

I personally of am 2 minds on it, but I think the preponderance of good is to open and legitimize these existing trails and networks. But hey, come spring, if you want to ride my personal trails.....hit me up. Big Grin
  • 2 0
 @MonsterTruck: it's still not sanctioned but is probably the most popular area for advanced riding in the front range. Been on trailforks for years now, hope the status quo lasts..
  • 2 0
 @Mtbdialed: Just talking about it like this is broadcasting it. If you want to protect it don’t say how awesome the secret trails are in your specific area.
  • 1 0
 @warmerdamj: it’s not but lots of trail and outdoor people! Just guessing, taxes are high as well in CO
  • 1 0
 @packfill: That was moto land when I lived there. In waaaaay olden days it was called Super Mario. I'd ridden it a few times back then. It was brutally steep and Moto destroyed. I have been told its new incarnation is pretty good. That said it's still only 1 area that you have to drive to it.
  • 1 1
 @whateverbr0: no. that is gatekeeping. I will not do that. if you are the 1% that take the time to figure out where trails are, I trust you to not blow them up.
  • 36 5
 Well played location in the heart of dental bike brand mecca.
  • 22 0
 Dentists can’t afford to live in boulder man. Place is for rich people.
  • 4 5
 @Struggleteam: highly underrated comment.
  • 9 1
 A good friend of mine is a dentist, earns well, and rides a third hand budget Orbea with is really enough for what he does (and he sends!). This friend is smart, reasonable and is super generous when it's about to go to a restaurant or anywhere else.
I know another guy who is a crafter, who earns much less than my dentist friend, and who is collecting "dentists bikes" that he barely can't ride; he likes to show off and to talk to say nothing. He's ultra cheap, eats shit at home, never goes out to a restaurant or anywhere else... and he has rotten teeth Smile
  • 11 1
 @danstonQ:Man I've said this a bunch, I hate the dentist thing. Go to college until your fuggin 30, probably have a ton of student debt. Get out to earn an upper middle class income fixing peoples jacked up teeth. But on pink bike they are the top 1% and live in the lap of luxury. Dentists are necessary and most are not filthy rich. Hate on the trustafarians or hedge fund managers instead. No I'm not a dentist, I own a construction company.
  • 6 0
 @Struggleteam: dentist with a trust fund.

Boulder is just fine if you bought a place before 1997.
  • 15 0
 Mondraker seems to be really active with their media presence this week. They just launched their YT channel few days ago with a video per day hosted by Doddy and now this announcement. I bet this mean they will have something big to announce regarding their participation in the upcoming downhill and enduro world series.
  • 6 0
 I've noticed that too. Maybe like other brands, they've also got their backs against the wall, financially speaking, and all this pr stuff is some sort of hail mary attempt to generate cash flow. It doesn't even seem like the most unlikely of explanation in times like these.
  • 3 0
 Technically, they didn't launch a new YT channel, just rebranded / repurposed the existing one to a "cooler" version.
  • 14 1
 Boulder HQ, but they’ll pay bike shop wages. So….their US center will offer the finest indifferent Trustafsrian customer service.

If you have a US base in a place like Boulder-start your workers at 80k a year. Or……..locate somewhere an industry wage can pay rent and buy groceries.
  • 1 5
flag issasledgehammer (Jan 11, 2024 at 19:57) (Below Threshold)
 I don't blame 'em for being American about it.

At least they there's a good chance they don't hide behind uncle same while spewing their, "but we under-payed AMERICANS SPECIFICALLY to make this product and that's why you should pay 3 times more!" hillbilly rhetoric.
  • 5 0
 @issasledgehammer: Come again, old chap?
  • 3 1
 You can evaporate 80k a year in boulder if you expect silly things like not having a roommate or a parking space for your apartment
  • 11 0
 This finally makes sense as to the Dak and Pinkerton to Mondraker... Still wish they were both going to a new MS Intense team (which doesn't seem like it's going to come to fruition), but I'm a little more pumped about the move with Mondraker having more of a base in the US.
  • 2 0
 Dunne will be with those two as well
  • 2 0
 By chance I'm parked next to the intense team right now and Dak is nowhere to be seen........
  • 5 0
 Joe Breeden, Lou Ferguson, Oscar Griffiths, Ryder Lawrence the 4 on intense it would appear.
  • 2 0
 Wish Mondraker had setup in our neck of the woods hehehe : )
  • 2 0
 @Tannerstolt: I’m honestly kind of surprised they didn’t. That’s the kind of stuff they’re trying to incentivize the companies to bring to NWA. As others said: if you’re just wanting some offices for a couple of reps and execs, Boulder is fine. But if you’re needing warehouse space and workers for fulfillment, Boulder doesn’t make sense financially or logistically, but NWA does. But then… it’s Arkansas. And that reputation is hard to overcome.
  • 8 0
 I'm just happy to get Doddy back to making content. Also although I've not riden a Mondraker, I love the looks. Very sexy looking bikes.
  • 13 5
 This is really interesting www.pinkbike.com/photo/26092823
  • 2 2
 Defintely Dak ( ? Gwin ? ) and Ronan by the looks. Always found Mondraker bike look a bit whack, and garish in some way.
  • 3 0
 @michaelbevege: Pinkerton. The braces.
  • 8 0
 @michaelbevege: man I got downvoted like crazy for saying Dak would be on a mondraker the other day. Another world cup racer told me this at windrock 2 weeks ago. Said it was inked.
  • 3 2
 Dak face in black face
  • 5 1
 @pisgahgnar: There is literally a picture of Ireland to his right, and a shamrock coming out of his mouth haha, thats Dunne
  • 2 0
 @PeterT: He's talking about the guy in the middle (hence braces).
  • 2 0
 @PeterT: it’s Dak, Pinky, Dunne in that order. Check Pinkertons photo from when he was announced on GT. It’s a silhouette of that photo down to the braces and exact position of the hair.
  • 1 0
 @pisgahgnar: ah gotcha, i thought you were talking about on the right!
  • 6 0
 Always wanted to ride one and test that rear suspension setup. Looks very DW-ish.
  • 2 0
 Feels DW-ish yeah - very supple through rocks & roots but still pedals great.
(Note: 10 years since I had a few Mondrakers though)
  • 3 0
 I'm on my second Mondraker Foxy and still love this bike. I wish the build specs vs pricing were better but man I really enjoy riding them. Maybe they can spec out better priced builds here? probably not, but a guy can dream.
  • 4 0
 Chris and Eric are both great guys that I loved having the pleasure of working with in the past. Excited to see what they can do here!
  • 2 0
 I like their bikes. Lightweight frame and their forward geometry with long reach and long wheelbase. Pedaling and downhill riding positions are normal with the shorter stems and steeper STAs. Never got to ride one but would like to.
  • 5 3
 bruh. you in SJ? hit up Demoworx.com(yes that's me, full disclosure). local dealer and will have demo bikes this summer! cheers
  • 7 2
 Finally, a bike brand that isn't back against the wall.
  • 7 1
 They probably have a nice nest egg from the insane pricing even before everyone's pricing went through the roof.
  • 4 1
 Dak, Pinky, Dunne on Mondy. Cool bikes but their pricing in USD in the past has been astronomical. Hopefully this new office allows them to bring things back down to earth.
  • 5 0
 Nukeproof did this in Utah 1.5 yrs ago.....
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 That is true and while both Nukeproof and Mondraker make great bikes, Mondraker is owned by one person. Nukeproof is not and that is where the problem came from.
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 @scstrail: true. Once the mothership went down, all the other ships sunk..
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 Have owned 2 and the wife still has one. Really cool machines overall. Look forward to a review of the Neat.
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 They need to sort out their frame issues first - loads of problems with cracking near the BB and on the rear triangle -both teams and individual riders.
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 I had a bike once that was a total piece of shit that may or may not have been a Draker. Rear suspension collets wouldn’t come out after winter. Didn’t feel like it moved properly even when it was (almost) new. Paint was cracking like my lips in the sun all around the BB area. Never again would I choose style over substance on a mountain bike. Thankfully that anecdote may or may not be related to this article.
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 what are you on about.....? I sell mondrakers and have never had a frame with either issue you mention. We aren't talking about a small sample size either! please tell us where you come by this info, and your one mates cousins uncles friend that had a 3rd hand bike, doesn't count
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 @Mtbdialed: 2 brand new Summuns from my friend Ant cracked at the bb. Several other people I know have had the same issue. Spoke to a team manager I know who ran Mondrakers and they had loads of rear triangle problems throughout the season.

I’m not sure why people question me on this stuff; if you look back at my posts I’ve always called things right way before their becoming public - eg Intense team to fold, Jordan Williams to Specialized, etc.
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 @Jprestidge: I literally said don't give me an anecdote about a friend of yours, and well......you did exactly that. I don't get amazed on here very often, but here we are. lol


here is my anectode: I run a company that does 15 mondraker demo days a year in 2 different states: hundreds if not thousands of rides by people of all walks of life and riding ability. over 20 bikes, I did not see a single frame issue....BESIDES the Carbon Foxy frame I personally smashed into a tree, broadside into the downtube, at about 20mph. lol. yeah, that broke......f*cking trash bikes!!!!!111!!!!

anywho, go back to your internet prognosticating about who will ride for what team next year....have a good one bruv.
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 I wonder what happened to their Colorado Springs office? Thought that was their US presence or did that end and now they are trying Boulder?
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 I thought I remembered something about that. Didn't they do an announcement/product launch by riding down Pikes Peak?
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 That distributor partnership ended.
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 The trustafarians in boulder gonna gobble them bitches up.
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 Boulder is highly anti-MTB. Golden (20 minutes away) would be a much fit for a brand trying to use their location in their marketing.
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 This mon landing is not fake.
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 This is exciting! I have always loved my Mondrakers!
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 Does it mean we will be able to get them in Canada?
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 You can already get them in Canada, they have been distributed by Stoked distribution
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 @Blair5547: Stoked is out of business.
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 Mondraker uses so tiny bearings! Gets eaten in half a season.
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 I’ve always loved the way these look. Really keen to try one! Seeing some deals on PB buy sell for new ones.
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 Not good to open anything right now or expanding better hold on tight for the next year or so
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 Sweet bikes and good people. Keen to see how this plays out.
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 Astro manufacturing
Mondraker entry level complete 12,000 $ usd
Yup I’ll take 2
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 Is not astro actually.
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 11k $ DH bike..... great fit for a town like Boulder.
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 Love this. More doddy
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 Boulder don't have good access MTB trails.
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 DAK CONFIRMED MONDRAKER!?!?!?!
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 Where do you see that?
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 Hope they don't go the way that Nuke Proof and Vitus went....
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 Aspen would have been a better choice Big Grin
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 Gwin on mondraker ???
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 Gwindraker
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 Doesn't he have part ownership stake in Intense? If that's correct(I'm not sure it is), it would be weird for him riding for anyone else. Wouldn't exactly build the brand he has a vested interest in. That is unless there's some funny Intense/Mondraker merging happening.
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 @tokarsky268: Im not 100% sure but I think he had and ownership stake in the race team not the compnay itself.
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 @sino428: I think you’re right. He owns the team which was IFR, presumably a business concern under another name. I really hope Gwinner does not get on Mondraker. Even though YT is not a cool brand anymore, it would be fun to see him back to winning ways on one, or the old Demo.
Where is Protour when you need him?
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 @jaame: Owned, as in past tense. IFR is now back up and running under new leadership.
As for Protour, I heard a rumour that he took a Demo out for a test ride and perished as a result.
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 @commental: poor bloke. He called it but still couldn’t escape his destiny
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 They should buy Gurrila bikes
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 Went well for Nukeproof!
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