Spanish mountain bike brand, Mondraker, has unveiled its new XC bike, the 2021 Podium, which aims to give the rider the best advantage possible in XC racing.
Miguel Pina, founder of Mondraker said, “We’ve been busy pursuing our aim to create the lightest hardtail frameset on the market, and today we can finally unveil its realisation. The new 2021 Podium represents our core values at Mondraker: creating bikes that feel good to ride, informed by our racing background. With the four different builds, we believe the Podium gives exceptional performance to XC riders – giving them an unfair advantage against their competitors every time they leave the start line.”
To create the new Podium, Mondraker has used a minimal concept design and stealth air carbon layup to create the frame, which can also be purchased as a frameset-only option. The new frame is also used for all four 2021 Podium models: Carbon, Carbon R, Carbon RR, Carbon RR SL.
The 2021 Podium frame features XC Forward Geometry in addition to its long reach, joined with a shorter stem, delivering the precise handling the brand has come to build a reputation on. Sizes featured are Small: 390mm, Medium: 420mm, Large: 470mm and Extra- Large: 510mm.
Unlike the 2020 model, the 2021 Podium now has a slacker head angle, steeper seat tube and shorter rear triangle, matched with up with superb 100mm travel forks throughout the model range, including the new RockShock SID SL Ultimate RLR on the Podium RR and RR SL. This offers a neutral, balanced feel for climbing prowess and stability at any speed.
For the RR SL and RR models, the wheelset is Mavic CrossMax Carbon SLRs, and the SRAM X01/GX Eagle 1x12s offer an efficient drivetrain whilst minimising the overall weight of the bike.
In terms of the RR SL, SRAM Level Ultimate with 160m rotors provide powerful braking and for the RR SRAM Level TLMs feature. The R and base models are then equipped with DT Swiss XR1700 wheelsets and Shimano Deore M6100 1x12s, with Shimano XT M8100 brakes for the for the R and SRAM Level TLMs for the base model.
The new 2021 Podiums also include the new SRAM Universal Derailleur Hanger, Fizik Antares saddle, fast-rolling Maxxis Ikon tyres, Boost axles and a hidden cable housing guide.
The 2021 Podium will be available to buy from regular Mondraker dealers starting from an estimated retail price of 4,199€.