Mondraker has launched their new enduro race bike for 2014. It’s a complete redesign of the existing Dune: New geometry, 160mm of travel and a new wheel size: 27.5″.
The Mondraker Dune XR 2014 in action!
In the picture above you can perfectly see that this bike is different to any other bike on the market thanks to the Forward Geometry. For the moment the Dune is only available in aluminium.
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.
Clever: A new Direct Mount front derailleur holder that is fully removable for clean installation of a 1 x 11 Speed transmission. The virtual pivot point (VPP) suspension system is called ZERO Suspension.
The high-end model Dune XR will be equipped with the new Fox 34 Float 27.5 CTD with Kashima as well as the new Fox Float X damper with Kashima coating. The new Onza IBEX tires in 2.4 on E.13-wheels will be the contact point to the ground.
MAIN FEATURES DUNE 2014
• 4 models: / Dune / Dune R / Dune RR / Dune XR
• 4 sizes available: S (15.5”), M (17”), L (19”), XL (21”)
• New kinematic Zero optimised for Enduro 160 mm
• Evolution of Forward Geometry with FG10 and FG30
• Specific geometry for 27.5” wheels
• Removable Direct Mount derailleur holder
• Built-in rear shock mudguards
• Tapered 1.5 head angle
• 160 mm Post Mount rear brake anchor
• 12 x 142 mm rear thru-axle
Photos: Sebas Romero Words: Robin Schmitt / PR