Mondraker – e-Prime Carbon

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Mondraker has embraced the top-drawer e-bike in a big way with the announcement of the e-Prime for 2017, and here it is:

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They’ve not gone in for half measures, it’s fair to say. It’s a 120mm hardtail, yes, but it’s available in carbon (and aluminium too), with a Bosch motor, and (it says here) “a wealth of details that make the e-Prime Carbon an icon and reference in the new e-MTB Trail category.” Pow. There are 4 spec. levels to choose from.

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So what do we have? Yep, carbon, Mondraker’s Forward Geometry (which give you an enoooormously long top tube and a very, very weeny stem), 27.5+ wheels for comfort and traction (and aesthetically in this scribe’s opinion e-bikes look a little less pot-bellied with chubby tyres) and Bosch Performance engines on the Aluminium and Performance CX engines on the Carbon bikes.

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The Prime and the Prime carbon joins the e-Vangate (140mm hardtail), e-crafty (140mm full-suss) and e-Panzer (fatbike) in Mondraker’s electric pantheon.

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Here are the main points from the press release:

  • New range of hardtail e-MTB Trail bikes with 120mm travel forks
  • 4 models: e-Prime Carbon RR+ / e-Prime Carbon R+ / e-Prime R+ / e-Prime+ • 4 sizes available: S (15.5 “), M (17”), L (19 “), XL (21”)
  • Stealth Carbon Drive Unit Interface frameset
  • Mondraker FlatStays Technology
  • Bosch Performance CX electric motor
  • 25km/h Pedelec Assist
  • 500W/h Bosch Powerpack battery
  • ntuvia Performance On-board Display
  • Bosch Drive Unit Integrated Protector
  • Boost 148×12 and 110x15mm hub spacing
  • Tapered head tube and Post Mount rear brake
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty

Weights: e-Prime Carbon RR+: 18.8kg (41.44lbs) e-Prime Carbon R+: 19.3kg (42.54lbs) e-Prime R+: 19.7kg (43.43lbs) e-Prime +: 20kg (44.09lbs)

For more details, click here… but if you’re impatient, here’s the geometry:

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Chipps

Singletrack Editor

Chipps wasn’t around for the dawn of mountain biking in the UK, but he likes to claim that he arrived in time for second breakfast (about the time he shows up for work, then…) starting in the bike trade in 1990 and becoming a full time mountain bike journalist at the start of 1994. Over the subsequent quarter century, he has seen mountain bike culture flourish and diversify and bike technology go from rigid steel frames to fully suspended carbon fibre (and sometimes back to rigid steel as well.)

His riding style is best described as ‘medium, wheels on the ground, trail riding’ though he’s been spotted doing everything from endurance downhill racing to 24 hour cross country racing. He favours mid-travel trail bikes and claims to be wheel-size, gear, brake and tyre agnostic. In fact, his garage spans most bicycle flavours, taking in steel hardtails, carbon trail bikes, even a mountain bike tandem, along with road, touring and gravel/cyclocross bikes.

While he’s happy to chat about bikes all day, his real interest is in the people and places that bikes can introduce you to and he talks as fondly about the trails he’s ridden and riders he’s met as the bikes that took him there.

Comments (2)

    The horror! Nah just joking. When I am older and more decrepit there will be options. That said those weights
    Jaysus. When you run out of juice you would be in a world of pain.

    Whats the point in a “super light” carbon ebike that still weighs 41lb? Bonkers. Might as well get a lardy fat bike at 48lb.

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