Huge news here at Drover towers as we’ve added another top notch mountain bike brand to our roster by signing Spanish giants Mondraker.
Anyone who reads the mountain bike mags will be familiar with the brand, and their bikes’ ground-breaking ‘forward geometry’.
Put simply, forward geometry means a longer top tube and wheelbase – and almost no stem – creating a bike that is incredibly stable over rough and steep terrain, planted on techy climbs and razor precise when the going gets gnarly.
What Mountain Bike crowned Mondraker’s signature steed – the Foxy R – as their trail bike of the year for 2014, with the testers branding it ‘one of the most addictively visceral, skill multiplying, don’t-want-to-ride-anything-else bikes we’ve ever tested.’
And their top-of-the-range Foxy Carbon XR bagged a four-and-a-half out of five star review in Mountain Biking UK mag in November.
The reviews make pretty convincing reading, but the great news is you don’t have to take the testers’ word as gospel, as becoming a Mondraker dealer has given us access to their massive demo fleet. Every bike in their range is only a courier away – you can try them out at your leisure and buy with total confidence.
The Mondraker range covers everything from weight-weenie XC race bikes to full-on carbon-framed downhill rigs. (Diminutive downhill legend Danny Hart is Mondraker’s most recent signing – this year he’ll be competing on their top-flight Summum carbon. Read about his move to Mondraker here.)
Our top picks from the range include, inevitably, the Foxy all-mountain / trail bike – starting at £2299.99 for an alloy-framed model.
The carbon Foxy range starts at £4399.99, and goes up to £5999.99 for the carbon XR. However – exclusive for 2015 and in very limited supply – is the special edition carbon XR, with 140mm rear travel and – up front – 160mm Fox 36 forks. It’s a stone-cold bargain at £4699.99
For enduro fiends, there’s the Mondraker Dune range, starting at £2599.
And the Summum downhill bike is available from £2799.
If hardtails are more your thing, their all-mountain Vantage range uses the same forward geometry as the full-bounce bikes and starts at £799.
The new signing means we are now dealers for three quality, boutique mountain bike brands. Besides Mondraker, we’ve got Pyga and Transition on the bill. We’re the only Mondraker dealer in mid-Wales and one of only five Mondraker dealers in Wales as a whole.
Meanwhile, check out What Mountain Bike’s Trail Bike of the Year vid below: