If you’re a privateer XC racer looking for an ultra-lightweight race-bred ride for next season then cast your eyes over this.
Now, we’ll be honest when we say that not everyone at Singletrack Towers is a fan of cross-country race bikes, but everyone in the office has taken quite a shine to this Spanish beauty.
Available in 2 build options, the Chrono Carbon is Mondraker’s high-performance XC bike for riders who ride at the top level of competition but don’t have a factory race team supporting them.
Both versions of the bike use the same carbon frame, which uses features developed for the top of the range Mondraker Podium Carbon, and weighs only 1,150g. Mondraker’s Forward Geometry concept makes an appearance, in XC guise, as does the company’s Stealth Carbon technology which we’ve also seen employed in the Foxy 27.5 and Foxy 29er.
You’ll notice the distinct lack of rear suspension, but don’t go thinking that the Chrono has a harsh ride. Mondrakder has actually designed the frame with FlatStays which are said to offer a more comfortable and a compliant ride.
This carbon race machine rolls on 29in wheels and is designed to run with a single ring up front. The two builds both run 1×12 SRAM groupsets, with either Rockshox or Fox forks.
Mondraker Chrono Carbon R
The Mondraker Chrono Carbon R is the top of the range version of the Chrono and runs an SRAM GX rear mech across the 12-speed 11-50T cassette. The 1 x only drivetrain also features a Truvativ Stylo 7K Eagle crankset with DUB bottom bracket, along with an NX 12-speed shifter.
Mavic Crossmax 29 wheels with a 25mm diameter and 24 spokes help to keep the overall bike weight down to a claimed 10,400g or 22.92lbs
Mondraker Chrono Carbon
The entry-level Mondraker Chrono runs the same lightweight frame and only weighs 300g more than the flagship offering for a claimed weight on 10,700g or 23.58lbs.
The stealth black finish gets a matching black Fox 32 29 Float GRIP EVOL with 100mm of travel. Again Mondraker has given the bike an SRAM 12-speed groups but this time it’s mostly made up of SRAM NX and gets a slightly more affordable Style 6K eagle crankset.
Wheels are MDK branded Boost hubs on MDK-XP1 29 rims and Maxxis Ikon tyres. Shimano makes a single appearance with its affordable MT501 Deore discs and brakes.
Overall, both models look great for the privateer XC racer, but we wonder if pricing will be affordable enough to steal customers away from buy direct models from the likes of Canyon?