Mondraker testing new prototype downhill bike

Summum mk2 put through its paces at Mont-Sainte-Anne

The Mondraker Summum was probably the most talked about downhill bike of last year thanks to its super-slack angles, but the Spanish company are already working on an updated version with new geometry.

Mondraker Factory Team rider Fabien Barel was spotted riding a prototype at the Mont-Sainte-Anne World Cup round earlier this month, and it featured in the squad's video report from the event, which you can view below.

The new design doesn't look to be a radical departure – it looks nigh-on identical to the current bike – so we asked Barel for the lowdown. "The frame is a prototype we're testing with a custom geometry closer to a motocross style of riding," he said.

"The goal is to increase stability without reducing the handling capacity of the bike. I rode it in Mont-Sainte-Anne and had to swap back in Windham as I couldn't get used to it – that's what testing is about! But we'll keep pushing on in that direction..."

Mondraker Factory Team at Mont-Sainte-Anne:

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Mondraker Summum 2011 first look:

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