Mondraker takes e-MTB Prime time with new carbon hardtail

2017 Mondraker e-Prime carbon electric assist mountain bike

Mondraker was, perhaps, prescient with their forward stretched geometry and super short stems, putting them on some wicked looking hardtail and full suspension mountain bikes years ago. Now, they’re putting Forward Geometry on a new performance oriented hardtail called e-Prime.

Based on their Prime “traditional” mountain bikes, the e-Prime adds a Bosch pedal-assist motor to their Stealth Carbon frame with flat, bump absorbing seatstays. And it gets 27.5+ tires. Check out the details and video below…

2017 Mondraker e-Prime carbon electric assist mountain bike

Designed as race e-MTB (there are e-bike races in Europe, just wait, they’ll be in North America, too. No, not motorcycle races, you’ll still have to pedal), the e-Prime grabs all of their race-oriented tech and just modifies the frame to accept the motor.

2017 Mondraker e-Prime carbon electric assist mountain bike

The Bosch Performance CX system gets a 500 W/h battery, which mounts to the downtube where a water bottle normally goes. The system provides four levels of assist (50% / 120% / 210% /300%), helping out up to 25km/h (15.5mph). That’s slower than most pavement-oriented e-bikes, likely thanks to revised gearing and electronics optimized for off road riding. It also gets an off-road specific protective plate surrounding the front and bottom.

2017 Mondraker e-Prime carbon electric assist mountain bike

Other than that, the frame looks much like their standard hardtails, with cleanly routed internal cables and hoses…

2017 Mondraker e-Prime carbon electric assist mountain bike

…and stealth dropper post.

2017 Mondraker e-Prime carbon electric assist mountain bike

Fitted with a 27.5 x 2.8, there’s still plenty of clearance for up to a 3.0. Internal rim width is 35mm, and it uses Boost hub spacing.

2017 Mondraker e-Prime carbon electric assist mountain bike

It comes in S/M/L/XL frame sizes and will have four spec level options. Pricing TBD.

Mondraker.com

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xxx
xxx
6 years ago

Very cool IMO. I like the combination of elements for a fun electric hard tail vs a bigger full susser.
Now only if the price isn’t crazy high 😉

paquo
paquo
6 years ago
Reply to  xxx

hardtail is cool but from what i understand at least the heavier emtbs kind of need the full sus because of the extra weight in the bike, i dunno but if this thing comes in closer to 35 lbs instead of 50 lbs it would be more practical. The other thing is that on the ebikes i ve ridden you cant stand and pedal and a hardtail means you stand so not sure how that works out

rlee
rlee
6 years ago

How do you stop cheating in a e-bike race? Do you have to dyno all the bikes?

Craig
Craig
6 years ago

Can’t wait until they have an E-bike World Cup. It could be like Formula 1 where the riders really have to think about when to use the extra power.

It would be exciting if the TV viewers could see on the screen what settings a rider is using at what point on the course.

They could have pit stops to change batteries etc…

robert
robert
6 years ago

@rlee, we’ll dyno them, and all will be fine and dandy until someone leaks that the E-bike recognizes that the bike is on a dyno, and the e-bike kicks back the throttle to run more efficiently….. EPA is gonna be pissed……

Mortimer E G
Mortimer E G
6 years ago
Reply to  robert

It’s naive to think these will stay within the power limits that a person can output. Are there not industries and marketing departments keen to do after market hot ups? As an engineer myself – it’s not hard.

Vote “no” to ebikes on trails.

When will Bikerumor get this or has it become ebikerumor?

ascarlarkinyar
6 years ago

Please just tear up our bicycle trails with this motorcycle. Ruin it so bikes will be outlawed everywhere.

Maza
Maza
6 years ago
Reply to  ascarlarkinyar

How will assisted e-bikes tear up trails any more than regular bikes? It’s not like they’re motocross bikes with extreme amounts of power.

Chubidubaba
Chubidubaba
6 years ago
Reply to  Maza

Anything over 250W is not allowed offroad, except for private land.

Bazz
Bazz
6 years ago

Does it come with cup holders?

SF
SF
6 years ago

Stupid 25 km/h limitation !

Maza
Maza
6 years ago
Reply to  SF

that’s because EU laws. unless you want to register it as a motorvehicle and pay taxes, they must be limited to 25 kph.

John
John
6 years ago

These e-bikes will first destroy our trails, then destroy our planet. I’m convinced that once 100 e-bikers ride my local trail, it will have eroded a 100-foot deep trench the entire distance. No, I haven’t experienced one of these e-bikes yet myself, but I’m an internet jockey and thus I know everything about them already.

Erik
Erik
6 years ago

KOMs here I come!

Tim
Tim
6 years ago

What is that notoriously flexy fork doing on a “bike” with extra power? Even on a bike whose human rider’s power is unassisted by an engine, the RS1 is known to be flexy (and also heavy, although that does not count much here).

thesteve4761
thesteve4761
6 years ago

Love the EBike coverage. Keep it coming.

Brian
Brian
6 years ago

Now people can drive their cars to the mountain to ride there motorized bikes near their summer cabin where they keep their yachts! Isn’t cycling so green and environmentally friendly!

zigak
6 years ago

There’s no emtb races in Europe.