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EB14: Mondraker Makes the Wheels Bigger & the Mountain Bikes More Aggressive

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Mondraker introduced the new Foxy Carbon this summer, essentially claiming the 140mm travel, 27.5″ wheel mountain bike was a quiver of one. But, supposing you like larger wheels, the new Crafty 29er takes the concept up a notch with bigger diameter hoops.

It keeps their Zero suspension design, which floats the shock between two moving links. The rear triangle is one piece to keep it stiff. It also gets their Forward Geometry, putting a longer top tube behind a very short stem. Other than wheels and necessary frame sizing tweaks, the only functional change was a slight drop in rear wheel travel to 130mm. The front end keeps the longer 140mm fork. There’s even an XR version that gets a 150mm Pike.

Other bikes grow to 27.5″ from 26″, spec gets updated and a new fat bike makes an appearance below…

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The Crafty’s retail prices range from €2,690 to €3,090 to €4,090 and are alloy only for now. If we had to guess, a carbon version will pop up for 2016. They’re looking at U.S. distribution, eyeing a fairly short timeline to make it happen.

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The Podium 29er is in it’s third year and is their XC race hardtail.

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This is the Foxy Carbon 27.5″.

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For 2015, the top level Podium Pro SL gets carbon wheels and an RS1 fork and comes in at €5,890.

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At the other end of the spectrum, their Summum DH bike makes the jump to 27.5″ wheels. It also gets a new top tube that follows the same shape and layout of their other bikes. The suspension kinematics were all revised for the larger wheels, keeping the same 200mm travel front and rear.

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Fabien Barel won several World Cups with this bike over the years. All of their mountain bikes use a “Forward Geometry” that pairs a longer top tube with shorter stem. The concept was introduced in 2012 and has spread across the entire line, getting some stems as short at 10mm!

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The Dune is their 160mm 27.5 bike and gets updated spec and graphics for 2015.

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The Panzer fat bike gets it’s name from a WWII era tank and is the first fat bike we’ve seen with any sort of serious forward geometry. It uses the same extended top tube and 10mm stem as the others.

Mondraker.com

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JMS
JMS
9 years ago

Why do they equip the bikes with these crappy CB wheels?
Frame looks good, the components are a poor match to it.

davis
9 years ago

let the “wtf wheres the 26!!?” comments commence… on a side note, i wouldnt mind one of their bmx bikes or podium pro sl, that is a slick bike, especially with the RS1

Matt
Matt
9 years ago

The wilder the designs get, the more I like and admire the classic looking frame.

Willis24
Willis24
9 years ago

You mentioned, “their Zero suspension design.” I have often wondered if it really is their design, or a Kinesis catalog bike with a different top tube length and shape? It just seems very similar to an Airborne HobGoblin, or Fezarri Hidden Peak, not that there is anything wrong with either of those choices.

satisFACTORYrider
satisFACTORYrider
9 years ago

summum yum

wheelz
wheelz
9 years ago

Interesting, I’m really missing having a mid to long travel aggressive AM bike. The Crafty 29er with 150 mm Pike option is exactly what I’m looking for. I want to stick with large 29 wheels and have been disappointed to see that most companies are only offering long travel AM bikes in 27.5 wheels now. Hopefully they get a US distributor soon.

sbrdude1
sbrdude1
9 years ago

The front triangle design looks a lot like my Orbea Occam 29 carbon. The longer TT with shorter stem is a better design and is much more responsive.

Brian
Brian
9 years ago

Yeah Wheelz, I really hope Mondraker gets a US distributor too cuz I really want one! They sell them everywhere else in the world but here.

Charles
Charles
9 years ago

@wheelz – maybe try and find a Tallboy LTc (used)? I slapped a 150mm Pike up front and a Cane Creek DBair CS on the rear and love it, especially when there’s no trail at all

Ham-planet
Ham-planet
9 years ago

Exactly how many World Cups is ‘several’?

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