Long, low, and slack ... Long, low, and slack. Nowadays, this is the mountain bike industry’s mantra when it talks about geometry. If you’ve seen those words in the search for a new ride, you can thank (or blame) Mondraker. Every company tells you it is keeping up with the trends in bike geometry, but Mondraker is actually the trendsetter. The Spanish company launched its Forward Geometry in 2013 and that’s how we got to that three-word mantra.
Mondraker’s founders designed the bikes they wanted to ride, bikes that were more stable, better-handling, and more fun the faster you rode. So, they set out to make something unique. Mondraker’s development of Forward Geometry started in 2011 and two years later, the first bikes featuring the new geometry were released. They had long top tubes and extremely short stems. The long reach and puny stems looked unusual at first, and the handling was also unusual — in a very good way.
A few years later, the Mondraker pro team proved the new geometry wasn’t just hype by sweeping the podium at the 2016 Downhill World Championship. If you’re not a pro racer, don’t worry. Mondraker designs its bikes for everyone. Now, they make a full line of bikes using the same Forward Geometry principles, from the downhill racing rigs and enduro bikes that brought Mondraker technology into the limelight, to cutting-edge lightweight cross-country bikes and even the e-bike market. No matter where you ride or how you ride, if fast and fun is your mantra, Mondraker makes a bike for you.