Monkdraker launches a complete series of electric bikes for kids with the new Play range of hardtail and full-suspension eMTBs.
Late last year, Mondraker almost killed the internet with news of the Grommy electric balance bike. Ebikes are polarizing at the best of times, but the idea that parents might buy a motorised balance bike for their kids was too much for some commenters, with people claiming that such a bike would make kids ‘lazy’.
I don’t agree with those comments and since buying a Grommy for my daughter I’ve found that she rides her pedal bike much more often than she did, alternating between the two but ultimately preferring pedal power.
Mondraker has stuck by the idea of eBikes for kids too, and for 2021 has increased the range of eMTB models suitable for younger rides with the new Play series.
Mondraker Play e-Bikes come in 20in, 24in and 26in wheel sizes with both hardtail and full-suspension bikes covered. Just like the adult Mondraker bikes, these Play and F-Play bikes run a Forward geometry and retain that classic Mondraker styling.
All variants use an alloy frame which houses an integrated 250Wh battery powering a Mahle e-Bikemotion hub motor for the assist. We don’t know much about this drive unit, but the e-Bikemotion X35 hub has been around for some time now and used to power sub 12kg e-Road bikes, so it’s sure to be a good option for a lightweight kids eMTB.
Because the X35 is aimed at lighter bikes and has a much smaller battery than full-power eBikes, the system has a simple handlebar control to turn the motor on or off, and switch between light assist and walk modes. An easy to read LED light bar indicates mode selection and battery level.
Mondraker’s website lists the Mondraker Play 20, Play 24 and Play 26 with prices ranging from £1999 to £2399 and builds that include disc brakes, and RockShox suspension forks. However, if your young rider is ready for a full-suspension bike, Mondraker also offers the F-Play in either 24in or 26in wheel options with prices from £2799 – £3199.