Mondraker 2021 Podium XC RIB claims “lightest production frame”



Mondraker is well known for its long frames, short stems and drool-worthy bikes, and its latest offering, the 2021 Podium Carbon, is squarely aimed at the world of cut and push in cross country and marathon racing. .

It’s supposed to offer the lightest production mountain bike frame available at just 775g in a mid-size.

Weigh the claims

Is this the lightest production XC frame? Yes, sort of, maybe …

Weight is clearly still a big deal in the eyes of XC racers and the 775g figure is the lowest number we’ve seen officially claimed for a production frame.

Specialized cites a “positively porcine” 790g for its S-Works Epic hardtail – the lowest claim we’ve seen so far – though the California-based company has also hinted that the actual figure could fall between 760g and 790g due to manufacturing variance.

Specialized Epic Pack Blow

The Specialized Epic HT is definitely in the same weight range.

It’s important to take the claimed frame weights with a serious pinch of salt. Frame size shown, build variation, and what’s included in the claimed weight (paint, axles, and bottle cage bolts are often omitted for the sake of citing a better number) can make two numbers incomparable.

Apparently, in Mondraker’s case, the 775g figure includes paint but no other components such as the axle or saddle clamp.

Few riders will soberly choose one bike over another for 15g reasons, let alone strip their bike to check the frame weight for themselves, but having “the lightest production frame” will undoubtedly have a psychological attraction for some.

In terms of full builds, the lightest Podium on offer (the RR SL) has a claimed weight of 7.8kg, which is an exact match to Specialized’s S-Works Epic. Again, this is based solely on the claims of each manufacturer.

Geometry of the Mondraker podium

Obviously, the weight is far from everything, even for an XC bike. Geometry is of greater concern than ever with increasingly technical cross country courses in recent years.

Those familiar with Mondraker’s Forward Geometry trail / enduro bikes may be expecting something revolutionary from Podium geometry, but while the numbers are at the forefront of the trend, they are still in the realm of XC racing bikes.

Mondraker Podium 2021 head tube

The 68.5-degree head angle is relatively relaxed but still “racy”.

The head angle is low enough for a 68.5-degree racing bike, and the bikes feature short-shift forks (now common), intended to calm the steering feel even more while maintaining the wheelbase. short.

The effective seat angle is 74.5 degrees, which is again very modern and straight for a cross country hardtail. It’s still a lot more relaxed than the 76-degree angle on Yeti’s new Arc hardtail. While the Arc isn’t a real racing bike, that doesn’t seem to bother Jared Graves.

Mondraker designed the bike around what he calls the XC Forward geometry. The Forward Geometry concept involves a very long reach and a correspondingly short stem for predictable stability and handling. But, while the 2021 podium reach numbers are long by traditional XC standards, they are similar to the specialist epic mentioned above, as well as a few other cutting-edge XC bikes.

Stems measure 60mm on small and medium bikes, 70mm on large and 80mm on XL. Again, those numbers are short compared to the XC bikes of yore, which should help keep handling responsive and predictable, but similar to a few other recently released XC bikes.

Mondraker Podium cockpit

Short stems and long top tubes are the hallmarks of Mondraker’s Forward Geometry concept. But in this case, at least, rival brands are catching up with the trend started by Mondraker.

By the way, I never understood why taller riders on larger frame sizes get longer stems. In fact, I would say that with a higher center of mass, a taller rod exaggerates the handling issues.

Details of the Mondraker Podium frame

As you might have guessed, the Podium is designed around 29-inch wheels and, for now at least, the frame is all carbon.

It uses a high modulus carbon fiber weave and a new layer, which Mondraker calls Stealth Air Layup. It’s a single ring, 148x12mm Boost rear axle, and space for two water bottles.

SRAM's UDH is something we are cautiously optimistic about.  If it becomes popular, it should be cheap and easy to replace at any bike store.

SRAM’s UDH is something we are cautiously optimistic about. If it becomes popular, it should be cheap and easy to replace at any bike store.

The internal cable routing features a hidden cable box guide which should make it easier to replace cables. Practically, it uses a BSA threaded bottom bracket and SRAM’s new “universal” derailleur hanger, which should also make it easier to find a replacement if needed.

The 27.2mm seatpost diameter will accommodate the new generation of short XC / gravel specific seatposts.

Mondraker Podium 2021 models

Four full build options are available, all using the exact same carbon frame and fixed 27.2mm seatposts with 29 x 2.2in Maxxis Ikon tires.

Currently we only have prices for the UK market.

Mondraker Podium Carbon RR SL

2021 Mondraker Podium RRSL

SL stands for Super Light, of course …

  • Fork: RockShox SID SL Ultimate RL 29, 100mm
  • Transmission: SRAM AXS XX1 Eagle, 12v
  • Pair of wheels: Mavic Crossmax SL Ultimate Carbon, internal width 25 mm
  • Claimed weight: 7.8kg
  • Price: £ 7,899

Mondraker Carbon Podium RR

Mondraker Podium RR

The Mondraker Podium RR weighs 8.4 kg.

  • Fork: RockShox SID SL Ultimate RL 29, 100mm
  • Transmission: SRAM GX / X01 Eagle, 12v
  • Pair of wheels: Mavic Crossmax SLR Carbon 29, internal width 26 mm
  • Claimed weight: 8.4kg
  • Price: £ 5,899

Mondraker Podium Carbon R

Mondraker podium R

The Mondraker Podium R receives a Fox rather RockShox fork.

  • Fork: Fox 32 29 Float FIT4 EVOL Step Cast Factory Kashima, 100mm
  • Transmission: Shimano Deore / XT M8100 12v
  • Pair of wheels: DT Swiss XR1700 Spline 29, internal width 25 mm
  • Claimed weight: 8.9kg
  • Price: £ 4,799

Mondraker Carbon Podium

Mondraker Podium

Mondraker’s cheapest Podium Carbon in the range weighs 9.3kg.

  • Fork: RockShox SID SL Select RL 29, 100mm
  • Transmission: SRAM NX / GX Eagle 12v
  • Pair of wheels: DT Swiss X1900 Spline 29, internal width 25 mm
  • Claimed weight: 9.3kg
  • Price: £ 3,799


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