and steep technical lines would appreciate this style of bike more
than a full-blown downhill race bike. The Dune is plenty capable
when it comes to gobbling up technical terrain but is much more
nimble than other downhill bikes. It’s also light enough to pedal to
the top of the hill, making it a true enduro machine; however, it’s
happiest when it has some help to make it to the top.
WHAT IS IT MADE FROM?
The Dune sports a carbon frame with 160 millimeters of travel. Mondraker builds the bike with
its proprietary Forward Geometry, which has
been imitated by many other companies
since its introduction a few years ago.
The design is based on a geometry with
a longer top tube and a shorter stem,
which Mondraker claims makes the
rider position more balanced, especially on steep descents. Mondraker
also claims it offers more reactive
steering that is precise without sacrificing high-speed stability.
The Dune comes complete with
a dual-link suspension system its
engineers call “Zero,” as well as a
12x142-millimeter rear axle, 73-
millimeter BSA bottom bracket,
tapered head tube, and internal
cable routing throughout. The Dune is
designed to work exclusively with a
single-ring drivetrain but comes with
ISCG-05 mounts for chainguides. WHICH COMPONENTS STAND OUT? The Dune RR comes with a top-end build kit complete with top-of-the-line Fox suspension, a SRAM X01
Eagle drivetrain and carbon cockpit parts to complete the package. Mondraker chose to use aluminum wheels and cranks, likely
to save a bit on the retail pricing, as well as to add some perceived
durability for the potential Dune rider.
The Mavic wheels were a welcome surprise, as they are not
spec’d on many bikes—although they should be. They sport a stiff
and responsive rim paired with Mavic’s proprietary Zircon alloy
spokes, a forged straight-pull design and a UST tubeless setup
BIKE TEST / MONDRAKER DUNE RR
Modern features: Mondraker arguably invented the modern
enduro bike with their long and low geometry. The Dune takes
it a step further with what the Spanish company calls “super
Dialed out of the box: Mondraker delivers the bike right to
your door with the right components. They saved on some
component spec but put the right parts on the bike for