The Mondraker Raze is a 130mm travel trail bike designed for pedalling efficiency and rowdy downhill fun.
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But enough of my early week trolling, what about the new Mondraker Raze?
The Raze is one of the new breeds of trail bike, one that has a relatively short rear wheel travel for an engaging and efficient ride, but with the right geometry to keep you in control and wheel side down when the trail gets sketchy.
We’ve seen similar bikes from YT, Santa Cruz, and others recently, but the Mondraker out guns those bikes with a whopping 150mm of front wheel travel. The large amount of front wheel movement combined with Mondraker’s progressive Forward Geometry and 29in wheels should serve up a very capable yet efficient mountain bike.
Reading through the Mondraker blurb, the Raze is one of those bikes that will happily take you for a long moorland slog, or rip up the local singletrack with terrifying efficiency yet still have the goods to see you safely down Tweed Valley steeps and enduro tracks. It’s the type of bike that reminds us what a mountain bike should be, something that can pedal, up, over and down a mountain.
Mondraker Raze Geometry
The Mondraker Raze comes in 4 frame sizes all featuring Forward Geometry and that signature low-slung frame design. Each size frame sports a short-ish seat tube, and decent reach combined with trail-friendly seat and head angles.
Reach figures range from 455mm on the size small and top out at 515mm on the XL frameset while top tube lengths range from 595mm to 670mm. Each model sports a 65.5 degree head angle and 76.5 degree seat tube angle making for a not so slack, but slack enough front end and good pedalling position.
Mondraker Raze Main Features
There are 3 bikes in the Mondraker Raze range, and each one boasts the same Stealth Air Full Carbon frame which weighs just 2kg without the rear shock. This lightweight frameset generates 130mm travel through the new Zero Suspension System with updated kinematics which make for a better pedalling platform.
Raze come with Mondrakers new MIND system. A set of sensors that help to set up suspension sag then monitor suspension and ride performance via a connected application.
Frames also feature a new lower suspension link to boost stiffness while dropping weight, internal HHG (hidden housing guide) cable routing, dual enduro sealed bearings and a built-in rear shock guard. The icing on the cake is a threaded BB73 bottom bracket.
Mondraker Raze Models
Mondraker Raze RR SL – This top of the range build sports Mondraker MIND suspension system, carbon DT Swiss wheelset, SRAX AXS shifting and dropper post plus Fox Factory suspension.
Mondraker Raze RR – The mid-range RR sports the same lightweight frame with cable operated SRAM X01 drivetrain and dropper post.
Mondraker Raze R – The R is a entry-level build featuring the same lightweight frame and MIND suspension system but with Fox Performance suspension and a budget SRAM drivetrain to keep costs lower.
Mondraker Raze Pricing
With such a lightweight frameset, Mondraker Raze pricing is a little on the steep side, but there are options for a frame only option.
- Raze R – £5499
- Raze RR – £6799
- Raze RR SL – £9299
- Raze RR SL Frameset – £3199
Full details of the new Mondraker Raze can be found here.
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