180 mm light EMTB banger
Mondraker Dune 2024

Mondraker is revamping its Dune model. While the last Mondraker Dune version disappeared from the scene in 2020 without a motor, the newcomer returns with Bosch’s SX Performance Line engine. With a hefty amount of travel and a powerful push from the motor, it aims to attract “turbo-oriented” riders.

Mondraker Dune Latest Release
A Flower in the Desert. When it comes to design, the Mondraker Dune competes in the premier league.

For some, the term “Turbo” refers to a power mode in the Bosch E-Bike system; for others, it’s simply a way of life. Those who live by the turbo creed seek to extract the max from everything they do. Turbo-driven individuals go all-out in all aspects of life.

Pedal to the metal in their careers, full throttle in their personal lives, and, of course, all-out in sports. Mondraker introduces the new Dune, a bike that embodies this full-throttle philosophy like no other. With a combination of 600 watts of motor assistance and 170 mm of travel, its main goal is clear: shredding more of the gnarliest trails in less time. Full throttle, indeed!

Mondraker Dune 2024
Boring gravel grinding: Not with this bike!
Mondraker Dune EMTB
A Companion for rough Terrain: the new Mondraker Dune with 170 mm of travel.

Quick Facts on the Mondraker Dune

  • Variants: 3 models ranging from €7,999 to €11,999 (Frameset available)
  • Travel: 170 mm front / 165 mm rear (top model comes with 180 mm front)
  • Weight: from 19.4 kg to 20.2 kg (depending on the build)
  • Wheelsets: Mullet
  • Engine: Bosch Performance SX
  • 400 Wh fully integrated + option for a 250 Wh range extender
  • Frame: Carbon Only
Mondraker Zero Suspension
The new Dune from Mondraker joins the brand's full-suspension lineup with the proprietary Zero Suspension System featuring a closed frame triangle.
Bosch SX Motor
Compact, but no lightweight. Bosch's SX motor is among the lighter e-MTB powertrains, yet it delivers more punch than TQ and Fazua. However, it's also larger in size.

The alignment with steel spring elements and 180 or 170 mm of travel on the fork makes it clear: The Dune is a serious piece of equipment for heavy-duty use. Yet, the brakes don’t employ Sram’s new Maven but rely on the well-known Sram Code. They may not be anchors, but with large rotors, they certainly provide ample stopping power. The XO Eagle drivetrain installed on the top model is currently the benchmark in shifting performance. To extend the range of the 400 Wh Bosch battery, there’s the option to add a 250-watt range extender.

At a glance

The most importanten ratings of the DUNE XR in comparison to the competitor bikes of following categorie: (12000) .

Fast Forward Geometry
When steering through the rear, Mondraker's Forward Geometry has not only proven itself in the past but also set off a trend.

Fast Forward for Life - The geometry of the new Dune

It’s a given that a bike like the Dune features Mondraker’s Fast Forward Geometry. But what exactly does that term entail? More than a decade ago, Mondraker started to increase the mainframe’s reach, positioning the rider more central on the bike. What was initially sneered at has now set a precedent. Every renowned brand, as well as the no-name manufacturers, has jumped on this trend initiated by Mondraker. A reach of 485 mm in size L is no longer unusual these days.

What remains exceptional, however, is that Mondraker doesn’t excessively slacken the head angle. At 74 degrees, it’s reasonable but doesn’t push the boundaries for a bike with 170 mm of travel. Paired with a low weight of under 20 kilograms in the RR and XR versions, the handling remains pleasantly agile and intuitive. That’s not a given for an EMTB with 170 mm of travel.

The RR-Model Geometry

SIZE XXS XS S M L XL XXL
Sizing of Manufacturer
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-
s
m
l
xl
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Wheelsize
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-
29 / 27,5 Mullet
29 / 27,5 Mullet
29 / 27,5 Mullet
29 / 27,5 Mullet
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Stack
-
-
625
634
652
662
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Reach
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-
440
460
480
500
-
Top Tube Length
-
-
580
600
625
650
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Seat Tube Length
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-
380
420
450
490
-
Seat Tube Angle
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-
77,1
77,1
77,1
77,1
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Head Tube Length
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-
100
110
130
140
-
Head Tube Angle
-
-
63,6
63,6
63,6
63,6
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Bottom Bracket Drop
-
-
10,5
10,5
10,5
10,5
-
Bottom Bracket Height (absolut)
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-
353
353
353
353
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Chainstay Length
-
-
445
445
445
445
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Wheelbase
-
-
1236
1260
1289
1313
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Standover Height
-
-
-
-
-
-
-

The Bosch SX Power Unit: Light in Weight, Strong on the Launch

The Bosch SX motor packs a 55Nm of torque. For context, Fazua’s Ride 60 has 5Nm more, TQ’s HPR 50 delivers 5Nm less. Bosch and Shimano’s full-power units provide 85Nm. And even though these motors offer more torque, Bosch claims that the SX motor, peaking at 600 watts, can nearly match their performance. And it does, but there’s a catch: you must pedal at a cadence of around 100 revolutions per minute.

If you manage that, you’re rewarded with an almost full-power eMTB experience. But don’t expect the Bosch SX to do all the work for you on climbs. For those willing to break a sweat, the Bosch SX gives you a motor that cuts your uphill time to a minimum without adding much weight. With the Bosch SX inside the Dune, Mondraker goes in the opposite direction compared to the Neat. That’s because the Neat’s integrated TQ HPR50 is known for its whisper-quiet operation and gentle assistive torque. So while the Neat, with 160mm of travel on the fork, offers just a gentle nudge, the Dune hits you with a hurricane-force tailwind.

The Bosch SX Motor Facts

  • Torque: 55 Newton meters
  • Maximum Performance: over 600 watts
  • Weight: 2 kg
  • Battery Options: Only compatible with Bosch batteries (mostly 400 series + 500 range extenders)
  • Strengths: Just as potent as a full-power motor; established riding modes.
  • Weaknesses: chatters on the descent, requires a high cadence for maximum power delivery
Bosch SX Motor
With a peak power output of 600 watts, the Bosch SX motor truly delivers. However, you'll only unlock its full potential by seriously cranking those pedals yourself.
Bosch Kiox Display
A Rarity: The Dune features Bosch's Kiox display. Many manufacturers opt out of this in the light eMTB segment.

Conclusion on the new Mondraker Dune

The Mondraker Dune is a no-compromise full-throttle EMTB. It’s powered by the Bosch SX, the strongest Light Motor on the market. Equipped with 170/180 mm of travel, it craves speed on the descents.

Impressively, Mondraker has managed to package this with a weight of just 19.4 kilograms – a feat that has other manufacturers scratching their heads. Especially the RR model, priced at under €10,000, is more than just an eye-catcher.

About the author

Ludwig

... hat mehr als 100.000 Kilometer im Sattel von über 1000 unterschiedlichen Mountainbikes verbracht. Die Quintessenz aus vielen Stunden auf dem Trail: Mountainbikes sind geil, wenn sie zu den persönlichen Vorlieben passen! Mit dieser Erkenntnis hat er bike-test.com gegründet, um Bikern zu helfen, ein ganz persönliches Traumbike zu finden.

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