Even with the departure of Fabien Barrel, the Mondraker Fellas developed a new bike for enduro (650B)
If this one is as good as the previous one, is going to be lots of fun. (please send us one bike to make a review…ahahahaha)
MONDRAKER DUNE 2014
The new Dune has reinvented itself with the concept of use for which it was created; premium Enduro where no detail has been left to chance and where everything, absolutely everything, is new. A new Stealth frame with a new sharper, low, compact and rigid front triangle, a new more robust back half, a new optimised Zero suspension system with 160 mm of travel, a new evolution of the Forward Geometry concept and everything developed on the new 27’5” wheel diameter. Just as the original 2009 model was in its day, the new Dune 2014 is a bike that is clearly ahead of its time where the effectiveness of its optimised Zero suspension system, unique and differentiating Forward Geometry and 27’5” wheel diameter deliver unprecedented Enduro performance in all circumstances; a fast, agile and extremely absorbent bike that is ready to take on any Enduro World Series race.
STEALTH SIDE ALLOY STRUCTURE TECHNOLOGY
Stealth is the most advanced industrial design and structure optimisation technology used in the Mondraker range. Stealth encompasses all processes in the creation of the frame, from the inspiration and conception of the industrial design to the calculation of the most precise details that optimise each part for a specific function.
The new Dune has an oversized frame with a top tube that is split into two to provide two points of attachment to the down tube, leaving a window inside giving a very characteristic look. This tube provides greater rigidity to the front wheel assembly while it has a marked sloping towards the seat tube following the design line set by the rear stays, providing more free space for greater mobility and optimum handling in the top area. Stealth offers an innovative design characterized by flat faces and sharp edges, as opposed to the traditional curved or rounded shapes, which come together to form a complete whole. Each tube and part is designed to carry out a specific function with the lowest possible weight. Careful design has gone into its processes, materials and tapering while a range of alloys have been used that deliver strength and rigidity where needed. Frame development has drawn on the latest market trends such as a one-piece upper crown, integrated Tapered 1.5 head angle, 12 x 142 mm rear thru-axle for the R, RR and XR models, direct 160 mm Post Mount rear brake adapter and a new Direct Mount derailleur holder that is fully removable for clean installation of a 1 x 11 S transmission.
ZERO SUSPENSION SYSTEM TECHNOLOGY
Zero is the name of Mondraker’s proprietary suspension system which was launched six years ago on the platform of the first Dune 2009. The basics of this unique, innovative and benchmark system remain unchanged; the Zero belongs to the category called the virtual pivot suspension system due to its mechanical configuration. The most significant difference of the Zero system is that the rear shock is floating between two links and is compressed from both ends. The positioning of the rear shock together with the compression that it receives from both sides makes this system unique. The entire mechanical configuration is optimised to continue offering its outstanding 160 mm of travel in the rear axle combining the gross absorption capacity of the Zero system with the best pedalling efficiency achieved to date. The new Dune 2014 features surprisingly round and neutral pedaling and great effectiveness in any gear ratio. Both extremely rigid links are made in one piece and each turn point of the Zero system has been completely redesigned to make the 2014 Dune into an excellent experience in the contemporary Enduro scene. All Dune models have the advantages of air shocks with a separate expansion tank, from RockShox Monarch Plus on the Dune model to the new Fox Float X on the Dune R, RR and XR models, which will further enhance all the virtues of the Zero system.
The new Mondraker geometry presents clear advantages for any category compared with a traditional geometry as all its benefits are focused on improving control, handling, confidence and safety for our bike. In combination with the new 27’5” wheel, Forward Geometry evolves in 2014 to provide a more democratic compromise and greater customisation options for all users. The basis of the FG concept remains unchanged; the geometry has longer top tubes that are completely balanced with shorter stems. The additional top tube length is the same as the stem loses, so as a result all contact points between the rider and the bike remain in the same position as in a traditional geometry; the only difference lies in the front wheel axle that is moved forward. There is no change in the rest of the geometry.
The Forward Geometry “FG10” concept retains the same dimensions launched in 2013, with the same stem measuring only 10 mm exclusively for the Dune XR model given its particular Xtreme Racing specifications. The innovation comes with the standardisation of the new “FG30” Forward Geometry in the other models: Dune, Dune R and Dune RR 2014 where the top tube, and thus the front-centre, grows equally relative to a conventional geometry and is balanced by a stem measuring only 30 mm in length that puts the handlebar just ahead and almost touching, the headset. Thus the FG30 involves a new balance of measurements while maintaining the advantages of the Forward Geometry concept and adding greater usability and better compromise for all users.
Forward Geometry provides greater safety in steep areas; the front axle is more advanced than in any other geometry making it nearly impossible to go over the handlebars on steep sections. FG gains confidence and safety at high speed as the longer wheelbase makes the bike much more stable on any terrain. The ultra short 10 mm or 30 mm stems mean much less handlebar movement to get the same front wheel angle, thus improving steering precision and making the bike extremely reactive.
In short, Forward Geometry delivers a new weight balance between front and rear wheel making it possible to load the front wheel a lot more than with a classic geometry with clearly improved performance. This possibility changes your handling giving better grip in cornering and significantly improving control and safety and therefore enjoyment of our bike.
The Dune 27’5” frame with Forward Geometry is available in four sizes: S, M, L and XL.
After many months and dozens of prototypes, we are absolutely convinced aboutthe benefits a 27’5 wheel brings to Enduro. The new wheel diameter is at an intermediate point between the 26” and the 29er, providing without doubt the best compromise for this end-use. Mondraker has sought to develop best in class geometry for this new wheel size; heights, angles and lengths have been key to achieving an agile, dynamic and efficient 27’5” Dune that can clearly improve the performance of its 26” sister. The new Dune has more grip, better control and safety, rolls more easily and has greater inertia in comparison with a 26” model while delivering superior acceleration, more precise steering and most of all more fun than any 29er.
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