Mondraker Dune RR review

The Dune changed the shape of enduro, but it needs an update

Our rating 
3.5 out of 5 star rating 3.5
GBP £6,199.00 RRP

Our review

Great geometry, but wheel spec and suspension are more trail than enduro appropriate and kit is poor for the premium price
Buy if, You want a taut trail bike feel with uniquely involving handling
Pros: Awesome benchmark enduro geometry with efficiently taut pedalling
Cons: Non Boost rear end limits tyre options, imbalanced suspension
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Every time you read about a bike being better because it’s longer, you can thank Mondraker for literally sticking its neck out. The handling of the Dune RR still benefits from Mondraker’s pioneering ‘Forward Geometry’, with a super-long 470mm reach on my medium sample, matched to a stubby 30mm stem and 780mm bar.

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Add a relatively steep 66.5-degree head angle and you’ve got an intoxicating mix of massive baseline stability but immediate front wheel reactions and precision that keeps the Dune feeling viscerally dynamic.

Because the 75-degree seat angle puts plenty of weight forward, the Dune tracks well under power on tight singletrack and technical climbs, and it skims over stutter bumps.

The Dune RR comes with a Fox Float X2 Factory rear shock
The Dune RR comes with a Fox Float X2 Factory rear shock
Mick Kirkman

The super-short lower link of the ‘Stealth’ suspension creates a tight pedalling feel, which makes the low overall weight easy to accelerate. But once pointed downhill, I never got the Mondraker smooth and settled enough to make the most of the geometry, despite spending more time tuning it than any other bike in the Superbike category of Bike of the Year.

Even with a minimal compression tune on the shock, the need for four volume spacers to keep it progressive meant the back end spiked badly even through relatively tame rock gardens and repeatedly failed to track lines that the front hooked up with ease.

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The non-Boost rear end limits space for bigger rubber and it ultimately feels more like a 140mm trail bike than a 160mm enduro machine, at which point the Mondraker Foxy Carbon XR seems a much better bet for £400 more. Especially as it offers better kit, including a 12-speed rather than 11-speed gearset and DT Swiss EX 1501 Boost wheels instead of skinny, harsh and yet flexy Mavic XA Elites.

Product Specifications

Product

Name Dune RR
Brand Mondraker

Brakes SRAM Guide R
Cranks Race Face Æffect SL
Fork Fox 36 Float Factory, 160mm travel
Frame Material 'Stealth' carbon fibre
Rear Derailleur SRAM X01
Rear Shock Fox Float X2 Factory
Seatpost Fox Transfer Performance Elite, 125mm
Wheelset Mavic XA Elite