The US has a long and proud tradition of MTB innovation, but there’s now a Spanish bike company that’s tearing up the rule book as well as the trails and race courses across the world.
Speak to truly progressive riders like multiple DH World Champion Fabien Barel, freestyle freak Andreu Lancondeguy and suspension and bike chassis guru Chris Porter of Mojo Suspension and they’ll confirm that Mondraker are the ones making the really significant moves right now.
The ultra light, super slack Summum DH bike with its superlative Zero suspension platform has already set the gravity world on fire over the past few seasons. The same radical trail taming DNA is now ranged throughout the Mondraker full suspension family too, giving every discipline of rider a real advantage however deep their pocket or long their preferred travel. The radical integrated stem and penetrated seat tube frame package of the Podium carbon XC bike deservedly picked up the hardtail of 2012 award from the Eurobike show. It’s the 2013 reveal that’s really got everyone talking though, thanks to the ultra radical redesign of geometry behind the super stable yet ultra responsive XR ‘Centre Stem’ Forward Geometry bikes. We reckon this is definitely the brand to watch opening way more doors than just the ones into the MTB Hall of Fame in the near future.
Mondraker is distributed in the UK by Silverfish. Here at Silverfish we’re really proud to be a founder supporter of the MTB Hall of Fame. That’s because we’re proud of the part we’ve played by delivering the best biking gear from across the globe into the best UK shops.
We scabbed our knees and bloodied our shins while Barrie Clarke proved wheels were the fastest way to cross Wales in the Man V Horse race. We saw the late great Jason McCroy introduce riser bars, tattoos – and let’s be honest – real style into racing. We’ve seen Rob Warner turn from being the first UK World Cup downhill winner to being the instantly recognisable rowdy voice of global MTB TV, and in the time it’s taken for Steve Peat to become World Champion and Nick Craig to prove he’s a perpetual motion XC terminator, we’ve laid down serious milestones of our own.
So here’s to the new MTB Hall of fame and all the inspirational icons in it – long may it continue.
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