A few years ago a Spanish company called Mondraker designed its dual-suspension bikes with a peculiar geometry. They had a very long front end coupled with an
extremely short stem, a low bottom bracket and short chainstays.
The bikes were slack enough to get detention for slacking off.
When Mondraker launched their bikes at Eurobike we were
intrigued but thought the geometry was too radical to ever go
mainstream. Fast-forward to 2018 and all you see on the trails
are bikes that emulate the “long, low and slack” design that
Mondraker essentially invented.
Mondraker is located in Alicante, Spain, and has been building bikes that push the envelope since 2001. Its bikes had been
absent from the U.S. market until 2017 when the Spanish crew
partnered with a distribution company in Colorado. The bikes are
now available direct to the rider and can be ordered straight from
the company’s website.
WHO IS IT MADE FOR?
The Dune is what we might have called a cross between an
enduro bike and a downhill bike had the Mondraker crew not
already dubbed it a “Super Enduro” bike. This bike
sports slightly more travel than most enduro
bikes we test, with 170 millimeters
up front and 160 in back, which
makes it right at home on the
most aggressive terrain you
can throw at it. In fact,
we’d be willing to bet
that most riders
who like doing
Boost it: The Dune is a bike
that’s most happy on technical
trails, but it’s also happy finding
the fun lines along the way.