Mondraker is coming to the USA - 7 things you need to know

Here's your cheat sheet on the boundary-pushing Spanish brand

Mondraker is the latest  European bike company to jump into the US market. While it’s not exactly a household name, you may already be familiar with the Spanish brand from Danny Hart’s exploits on the World Cup circuit, or from its radical Forward Geometry. 

Here are seven things you need to know about Mondraker.

Origins

Miguel Pina founded Mondraker in 2001
Miguel Pina founded Mondraker in 2001

Mondraker was founded by Miguel Pina in 2001. The first production bikes were rolled out for the 2002 model year. Of the seven models, four were full-suspension mountain bikes.

“Mondraker developed alongside the early freeride movement, so there was always a focus on aggressive, gravity riding,” said Pina.

In the early years, the company positioned itself as a budget option for price-conscious consumers. As time went on, Mondraker transformed into a performance-driven brand, on par with the likes of Santa Cruz or Yeti.

Narrow in scope, broad in offerings

Mondraker makes the Factor 24 for young riders
Mondraker makes the Factor 24 for young riders

Since its inception, Mondraker has focused solely on developing mountain bikes.

While Mondraker limits itself to the singletrack set, its line covers the entire spectrum of mountain biking.

The company produces cross-country, trail, enduro and downhill models in aluminum as well as carbon. There are also off-road e-bikes and full-suspension children’s models.

What’s with the name?

From comic books to enduro racing
From comic books to enduro racing

Mondraker CEO Miguel Pina grew up reading comic books. When it came time to name his new company, he drew on the character of Mandrake the Magician.

“He could create things from nothing, which seemed like a good name for a new company,” Pina said.

Zero Suspension System

The Zero Suspension System is used on all of Mondraker's full suspension mountain bikes
The Zero Suspension System is used on all of Mondraker's full suspension mountain bikes

All of Mondraker’s full-suspension models rely on the company’s Zero Suspension System, a dual-link design that uses the upper and lower linkages to compress the shock. The shock is essentially “floating” between the two links. This arrangement gives Mondraker the ability to tune the suspension kinematics for a wide range of uses.

Forward Geometry

Mondraker was a pioneer in long top tubes and short stems
Mondraker was a pioneer in long top tubes and short stems

Mountain bike geometry has evolved at a staggering pace in recent years.

Long front centers paired with stubby stems have become the norm for modern mountain bikes, but this wasn’t the case when Mondraker rolled out its first ‘Forward Geometry’ models in 2012.

The Forward Geometry concept began with a desire to improve handling, particularly for aggressive, high-speed riding. Mondraker sought to achieve this by removing length from the stem and adding it back into the top tube. The rider’s position remained unchanged, but the handlebar was moved back relative to the steering axis, while the front center increased.

Admittedly, Mondraker pushed a bit far with its early Forward Geo models, which featured 10mm-long stems
Admittedly, Mondraker pushed a bit far with its early Forward Geo models, which featured 10mm-long stems

Mondraker has moved back from the early days of 10mm-long stems that had to be placed on top of steerer tubes, but the company still uses extremely long top tubes with very short, 30mm stems and slack head angles.

US Business Model

QARV Imports is bringing Mondraker to the US market. This Colorado-based importer also handles brands such as EVOC, Rotor, Absolute Black and Enduro Bearings.

Unlike Canyon, which brought its consumer-direct business model to the North America a few months ago, Mondraker will be sold through a network of independent bicycle dealers.

QARV will handle US warranty service and support and will also sponsor a US demo program.

Coming soon

Mondraker’s US website is live at http://www.mondraker.com/us

Of the company's 58 models, 42 will be available in the US market.

The company expects to have bikes available for sale later this fall. Meanwhile, you can throw a leg over one of the 2018 models at a demo near you.

Josh has been riding and racing mountain bikes since 1998. Being stubborn, endurance racing was a natural fit. Josh bankrolled his two-wheeled addiction by wrenching at various bike shops across the US for 10 years and even tried his hand at frame building. These days Josh spends most of his time riding the trails around his home in Fort Collins, Colorado.
  • Discipline: Mountain, cyclocross, road
  • Preferred Terrain: Anywhere with rock- and root-infested technical singletrack. He also enjoys unnecessarily long gravel races.
  • Current Bikes: Trek Remedy 29 9.9, Yeti ASRc, Specialized CruX, Spot singlespeed, Trek District 9
  • Dream Bike: Evil The Following, a custom Moots 27.5+ for bikepacking adventures
  • Beer of Choice: PBR
  • Location: Fort Collins, CO, USA

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