We first threw a leg over a Mondraker sporting its Forward Geometry (FG) at the start of 2012, before it was released to the public the following year. Its concept of lengthening the bikes front triangle and shortening the stem has caught on for the most part and got brands re-thinking their approach to bicycle geometry.
Mondraker’s enduro bike, the Dune, has been a staple in its line up and has always proved popular among racers.
- The Mondraker Dune is one of our Bike of the Year bikes for 2018. To read reviews of the other contenders and the categories tested across road, mountain and women’s bikes, visit our Bike of the Year hub.
Mondraker Dune frame
Much of that popularity comes down to the fact that the Dune’s geometry encourages lots of high speed stability and confidence.
My medium test bike comes with a massive 475mm reach — more than you can expect to find on most size large frames — and a roomy effective top tube of 630mm. This is all designed around a 30mm stem which, combined with the 66.1-degree head angle, makes for a responsive and lively feel through the bar.
Though the bottom bracket isn’t exactly low at 345mm (with a 5mm drop), the length of the bike means this goes almost entirely unnoticed (shorter bikes with the same bottom bracket height can feel a little tall in the turns by comparison) when laying the Dune over through corners.
Mondraker Dune kit
Mondraker has done a nice job making the Dune look like a seriously pricey machine. Coloured accents on the wheels, forks and bars tie things in together nicely. Look a little closer though and there are some serious chinks in the Dune’s armour considering its price tag.
The SRAM Level T brakes lack power and punch over longer descents and the lever doesn’t have a MatchMaker clamp, so the controls aren’t as cohesive as they could be.
Mondraker Dune ride impressions
That roomy top tube, reasonably steep effective seat tube angle and the stable suspension platform mean the Dune winches up climbs far easier than you might expect for a bike with this sort of travel and weight, with very little movement from the suspension when you’re sat down spinning the pedals.Point the Dune back down the hill and you’ll be rewarded with a well-balanced, composed descender. It’s nicely quiet too and despite my spec quibbles, the package as a whole works well enough together.
On chunky, high load hits, the Dune’s back end ramps up nicely, using its travel in a well-measured manner and never once felt overwhelmed with what I was putting it through.
There’s support where its needed too, letting me load the bike hard through my feet as I popped from berm to berm or when launching jumps. And despite the less fancy build, the bike as a whole feels reassuringly solid, happy to take a pummelling without wincing or backing down when it counts.
While there’s no doubt the Dune gets marked down when it comes to value for money, there’s no knocking its confidence-inspiring ride that had me happily hammering wild downhill at a fair old lick.
If you’re in the market for a new enduro bike, long travel trail bike or all-mountain bike, check out our reviews of those we’ve thoroughly tried and tested.
|Available Sizes||S M L XL|
|Top Tube (in)||24.8|
|Seat Tube (in)||16.54|
|Bottom Bracket Height (in)||13.78|
|Stem||OnOff Stoic FG, 30mm|
|Seatpost||OnOff Pija, 125mm|
|Saddle||SDG Fly MTN|
|Rear Tyre||Maxxis Ardent Single EXO 27.5x2.4in|
|Brakes||SRAM Level T (180mm rotors)|
|Rear Shock||RockShox Monarch Plus R|
|Rear Hub||MDK GW|
|Rear Derailleur||SRAM NX|
|Front Tyre||Maxxis High Roller II Dual EXO TR 27.5x2.3in|
|Front Hub||MDK DC511|
|Frame Material||6061 Alloy Stealth Evo|
|Fork||RockShox Yari RC with 170mm (6.7in) of travel|
|Frame size tested||M|