The new lightweight, full-carbon Dune is pushing the mtb boundaries again with its huge wheelbase and adaptable geometry

Product Overview

Mondraker Dune Carbon XR

Pros:

  • Forward Geometry is, once again, pushing the limits. A bike that will fit large humans. Significant weight saving from the carbon frame. Ability to tune handling and geometry is a great addition.

Cons:

  • Low front ends would benefit from a riser bar. Mavic Quest tyres are a handful in the wet.

Product:

Mondraker Dune Carbon XR (2015) review

Manufacturer:

Price as reviewed:

£6,599.00

Need to know

  • Full carbon version of the 160mm-travel Dune
  • Three-model range starts at £4,599
  • Adjustable chainstay length and head angle

Mondraker’s first Forward Geometry Dune XR sent ripples of change through the bike industry when it first appeared in 2013.

The Dune's Geometry perfectly suited the Alpine trails

The Dune’s Geometry perfectly suited the Alpine trails

Since then, there has been a gradual shift towards longer, slacker, more gravity-orientated enduro bikes, to the point where Forward Geometry no longer seems quite so radical. But with the new carbon version of the Dune, Mondraker is once again sticking its head above the parapet with a bike that pushes the boundaries.

With a 1,240mm wheelbase, the new Mondraker Dune Carbon XR (in size large) is the longest bike I’ve ever ridden. And while many brands top out at this size (to reduce manufacturing costs) Mondraker also offers an XL model, featuring a whopping 1,265mm wheelbase and 508mm reach.

The carbon frame has the looks and great build quality

The carbon frame has the looks and great build quality

Apart from the Chris Porter-designed Mojo/Nicolai Geometron, only the Orange Alpine 160 comes close on sizing. If you’re over six foot, that should be music to your ears.

Weighing just 2,450g for a medium frame without shock, the new Dune Carbon is not only a very competitive weight, it’s an exceptional piece of engineering.

It actually saves an impressive 580g over its aluminium counterpart, and gets Mondraker’s now signature features, such as the toned-down hunchbacked top tube, cantilevered bottom bracket, front ‘window’ behind the head tube, and split mast linking the seat and chainstays. Even the upper suspension link is one-piece carbon.


Watch our review of the Canyon Strive that also features adjustable geometry


Sleek and sculptural, the carbon manufacturing is first rate; a cutaway frame on display at the launch revealed the extent of precision engineering involved and the sophistication of the solid EPS internal moulding process.

But it wasn’t all about CAD drawings and stress simulations; during the bike’s development, multiple lay-ups were blind tested, incrementally eliminating harshness, while retaining stiffness in critical areas.

Even the upper link has been made using carbon

Even the upper link has been made using carbon

Last year, I had the aluminium version of this bike as a longtermer, and the new Dune Carbon shares that bike’s superb stability at speed and confidence in alpine terrain. It also exhibits much improved responsiveness and agility, mainly thanks to the considerable weight saving.

It’s unflinchingly composed in fast turns, yet still lively, poppy and keen to change direction. We had issues with the bars being too low during the launch, but that’s nothing that can’t be solved easily with spacers and/or a higher rise bar.

Mondraker Dune Carbon XR head angle

The head angle can be run at 65,66 or 67°

Limited time, poor weather and multiple trail closures hampered our chance to get fully acquainted with the Mondraker Dune Carbon XR, but there were enough moments of brilliance to make us impatient for the next opportunity to ride one.

Mondraker Dune Carbon XR featured

Details

Frame:Stealth, full carbon, 160mm travel
Shock:Fox Float X2 Factory Kashima
Fork:Fox 36 Float FIT, 170mm travel
Wheels:Mavic Crossmax XL Ltd, Mavic Crossmax Quest XL 27.5x2.4in tyres
Drivetrain:SRAM XO1 crank, shifter and r-mech
Brakes:SRAM Guide RSC, 180mm
Components:OnOff Stoic stem (35mm), Carbon 780mm bars, RockShox Reverb Stealth seatpost
Weight:13.05kg (28.12lb)
Sizes:S, M, L, XL
Size ridden:L
Rider height:65.4°
Head angle:65.4° (slack)
Seat angle:69.9
BB height:353mm
Chainstay:430mm (short)
Front centre:810mm
Wheelbase:1,240mm
Down tube:735mm
Top tube:655mm
Reach:493mm
  • Curved Slightly

    Really like Mondraker, but the price puts it well out of reach. I can get a top spec Strive and get some beer tokens back from £4000