Shuttle Killer
Mondraker Crusher Review

A hefty 720Wh battery, massive suspension travel, and a progressive geometry. Mondraker aims to challenge shuttle services with its Crusher. We took it for a test ride in Finale Ligure to see if it lives up to the hype.

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The Spanish premium bike manufacturer Mondraker is known for its extreme product concepts, particularly its geometry concept dubbed Forward Geometry that has been turning heads for years.

Mondraker bikes are seriously long, designed to give riders ample room to maneuver and ensure steady handling in extreme terrain. The brand’s latest offspring, the E-Enduro bike Crusher RR, also pushes the limits. Has Mondraker overshot the mark with the Crusher?

Mondraker Crusher Review
The Mondraker Crusher is equipped with a Shimano EP8 801 motor, boasts 160 mm of travel up front, and in the RR version, comes with a price tag of €9499.

Key Facts about the Mondraker Crusher

  • Shimano EP 801
  • 720 Wh
  • Travel: 160 / 150 mm
  • Frame Material: Carbon (mainframe) / Alu (rear triangle)
  • Prices: 3 models from €6999 to €9499
  • Weights: from 24.6 to 23.55 kilograms (top model)
  • Special Feature: Top-notch geometry, high-capacity battery
Mondraker Crusher on the Trail
The Crusher hitting the trails in Finale Ligure. It becomes clear within the first few meters: This bike is itching to shred the descents.
Shimano EP801 Motor
The Shimano EP8 801 motor is significantly more powerful than its predecessor and operates on par with the Bosch CX unit. Unfortunately, the drivetrain still rattles on the descents.
Shimano E-Bike Display
Shimano's display is well-protected, nestled between the stem and handlebar, reducing the risk of damage in the event of a crash.

Can the Crusher Replace a Shuttle?

Finale Ligure is an absolute mountain biking mecca, especially for those in search of exhilarating downhill runs. Recently, however, Finale has also become a magnet for E-Mountainbikers. That’s because E-Mountainbikers can now forego the shuttle and find real enjoyment on the uphill. The Italians have developed trails specifically for E-Bikers that aim to deliver one thing above all: uphill flow.

We loaded up the Sprinter with the latest E-Bikes on the market and spent a week last December in Finale, putting the bikes through their paces both uphill and downhill. The brand new Mondraker Crusher, alongside the Norco Sight VLT, was the bike with the beefiest battery. With 720 watt-hours housed in the downtube, you can easily cover 2000 vertical meters with a bit of your own effort. This means it can replace the shuttle, at least for half a day.

Mondraker Crusher
The Spaniards' bike as a shuttle replacement? We put the uphill flow to the test on the specially designed trails in Finale.

This makes it significantly more enduring than its siblings from the same line. Mondraker, with the Neat and the Dune, has two more EMTBs in the same or similar travel ranges. However, the Neat, with its TQ motor, has just 360 Wh in the battery pack. The Dune, featuring Bosch’s CX motor and a 400 Wh battery, doesn’t really go much further than the Neat. Nevertheless, comparing all the models still makes for an interesting showdown.

Mondraker Neat
The Mondraker Neat packs just 360 Wh in its battery and is more in the light-EMTB sector.
Mondraker Dune
The Mondraker Dune features the Bosch CX motor and a 400 Wh battery.

Downhill-oriented gear lets the Crusher encroach into enduro territory.

The 160 mm of travel up front and 150 mm in the rear make it clear: The Crusher is an All-Mountain bike. However, with its features, it’s encroaching heavily into the Enduro category. The hefty Öhlins suspension especially catches the eye, fuelling expectations for a truly strong downhill performance.

Numerous adjustable settings provide the opportunity to perfectly tune the suspension to individual preferences, but they do require a keen eye for detail. Like any fork, you can set the spring rate with the positive air chamber. The second air chamber allows for additional influence on the fork’s progression, meaning the spring curve. However, it was notable that dialing in the setup took quite a bit of time.

Öhlins TTX Shock
Öhlins suspension components are often referred to as Swedish Gold. However, both the shock and the fork proved to be finicky during tuning.

Öhlins certainly provides clear setup recommendations, but we had to significantly adjust the factory settings. Otherwise, the fork often sagged too deeply into its travel, failing to deliver the necessary feedback from the trail during aggressive riding. Even though other suspension manufacturers might make setup much more straightforward, an Öhlins suspension system is undoubtedly a damp dream for suspension aficionados.

Shimano Di2 Drivetrain
The electronic Di2 drivetrain can shift gears with its Free-Shift function even without pedaling. However, the shifting action is a bit harsher compared to SRAM's Transmission drivetrains.
Shimano Di2 Drivetrain
On the Crusher RR, Shimano's electronic Di2 shifting system is used, which is even coupled with the motor.

Expertly Matched: Shimano Motor and Di2 Shifting

Mondraker has equipped the Crusher with the new Shimano EP801 motor. It offers a significant improvement in performance over its predecessor, the EP8, and now features enhanced customization through the E-Tube app on your smartphone.

The motor offers a total of 7 modes: Eco, Trail, and Boost, with the Trail mode offering 5 different preset configurations. While this might sound confusing at first, we found it to be quite impressive on the trails. It simply means you have the right mode for every riding situation.

Shimano E-MTB Remote
The remote control for the motor operates smoothly, but in terms of style, it can't quite match the rest of the Crusher's level.
Mondraker Crusher Riding Modes
The 7 adjustable modes of the motor might sound a bit excessive at first, but they make sense to ensure you're geared up for any riding scenario.

New is also the fact that the motor can now communicate with Shimano’s new electronic shifting system. The Shimano XT-DI2 shifting on the Crusher integrates into an ecosystem with the motor. This offers what’s known as the Free-Shift mode. This means you can shift without pedaling.

When you shift while the cranks are horizontal, the motor kicks in, driving the chain, allowing it to jump to the next gear on the cassette at the rear. This feature is especially helpful in riding situations where you can’t pedal due to lack of ground clearance. With the Free-Shift function, you can still select the right gear for the upcoming trail section.

Mondraker Crusher Aesthetics
Typically Mondraker: The design feature behind the head tube indicates that the Spaniards place great emphasis on aesthetics,
Mondraker Crusher Review
With the various riding modes, you're equipped for any situation – and even the motor can take over shifting duties with Free-Shift at times. Is this innovation or unnecessary bells and whistles?

However, what is also noticeable is that the gear changes with the Shimano drivetrain are quite loud. The new SRAM Eagle Transmission operates much more quietly, especially on e-bikes. Additionally, as with any Shimano motor, the transmission makes a pronounced rattling noise when descending.

That being said, the Shimano brakes decelerate very effectively. The beefy 2.6 Maxxis rear tire delivers power to the trail with ease even on the uphills.

Maxxis Minion DHF Tires
The beefy 2.6-inch Maxxis tires ensure a forgiving handling. The Exo+ casing does at least the bare minimum for puncture protection.
Mondraker Wheels and Brakes
The Crusher boasts well-tuned wheels, beefy tires, and brakes that provide solid stopping power.

At a glance

The most importanten ratings of the CRUSHER RR in comparison to the competitor bikes of following categorie: (9500) .

Mondraker Crusher Geometry
Never change a winning team: When it comes to the Fast Forward Geometry and the general philosophy, there are no changes with the Mondraker Crusher.

Mondraker remains committed to its Fast-Forward Geometry.

The core of every Mondraker bike is its frame featuring Mondraker’s legendary Forward Geometry. This truly unique approach to geometry is characterized primarily by the long main frame and correspondingly long wheelbase.

In the tested size L, the Crusher sports a 490 mm reach, giving it a really long main frame. While it does provide ample room for movement, it also makes the bike quite lengthy. Yet, the Mondraker surprises with astonishingly direct handling. The 30 mm short stem also contributes to the rider’s steering inputs being directly transmitted to the trail.

That’s because Mondraker resists the current trend towards super slack head angles. With a head angle of 65 degrees, it almost seems conservative. But that’s precisely why the Mondraker can be steered with such precision.

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
29
29
29
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Stack
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-
632
632
645
645
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Reach
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-
450
470
490
510
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Top Tube Length
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605
625
650
670
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Seat Tube Length
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380
420
450
490
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Seat Tube Angle
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76
76
76
76
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Head Tube Length
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-
110
110
130
130
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Head Tube Angle
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65
65
65
65
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Bottom Bracket Drop
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-
25
25
25
25
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Bottom Bracket Height (absolut)
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350
350
350
350
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Chainstay Length
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455
455
455
455
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Wheelbase
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1236
1256
1285
1305
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Standover Height
-
-
-
-
-
-
-

The Crusher: An Uphill Beast

The well-executed geometry benefits the Crusher on the climbs as well. You can dodge obstacles with ease due to its precise handling. Despite the long top tube, you’ll find yourself seated quite upright on the Mondraker. This is thanks in part to the rather steep seat tube angle, but also to the short stem.

Still, you’re able to apply ample pressure on the front wheel for steep inclines. Uphill flow is certainly guaranteed with the Crusher, and that includes the strong Shimano motor.

Mondraker Crusher
Climbing, the Crusher shows no weakness. Obstacles are effectively overcome and shifting is snappy.

Downhill: There's Strength in Serenity

Downhill is where the Crusher truly exhibits its smooth-rolling nature. That’s because the lengthy wheelbase and the weight of 23.5 kg make the bike extremely stable in its tracking. The faster, the better. You ride a bit like you’re on autopilot, fully trusting the bike to handle whatever comes. It effortlessly finds its own line even through the rugged terrain of Finale Ligure, which really impressed us.

Mondraker Crusher Downhill
In Zen Mode Despite the Rumble: The Mondraker Crusher exhibits a smooth ride on the downhill.
Mondraker Crusher Curves
Surefooted? Yes. Agile cornering? Somewhat. Here you might need to occasionally nudge it along.

As a rider with an active riding style, you’ll probably find more playful bikes out there. Especially when it comes to quick changes of direction, you need to muscle the Mondraker through turns with a bit of authority. However, our reviews of the bikes listed below in the same travel bracket also reveal: Such a balanced performance across climbing, descending, and range is achieved by very few.

Model Travel Weight Price
Mondraker Crusher 160 /150 mm Shimano EP 801 720 Wh 23,5 Kilo 9.999 €
Santa Cruz Heckler 160 /150 mm Shimano EP 801 720 Wh 22,2 Kilo 10.999 €
Focus Jam² SL 160 /150 mm Fazua Ride 60 430 Wh 19,7 Kilo 6.899 €
Mondraker Neat 160 /150 mm TQ HPR 50 360 Wh 17,9 Kilo 11.999 €
Specialized Turbo Levo SL 160 /150 mm Specialized SL 1.2 320 Wh 17,6 Kilo 14.000 €
Cannondale Moterra SL 160 /150 mm Shimano EP 801 605 Wh 19,95 Kilo 9.999 €
Mondraker Crusher Cable Routing
The cable routing on the Mondraker Crusher is handled classically with lateral ports on the head tube.
Mondraker Crusher Bottle Cage and Storage
Alongside the option of mounting a bottle cage on the downtube, there's the capability to attach a second cage or a storage pack on the top tube.

Conclusion of the Mondraker Crusher Review

The Crusher makes long rides a blast, offering a comfortable seating position and a sizable 720Wh battery for substantial range. However, the real showstopper is the descent. And that brings us back to Finale Ligure.

With the Crusher, you can easily skip the shuttle service. It climbs efficiently and quickly, but then you can truly shred downhill, nailing one descent after another. The unique geometry concept and the bike’s components impressed us during our test.

Mondraker Crusher Review
The Mondraker Crusher presents an overall compelling image in our test at Finale Ligure.

Information on All Mondraker Crusher Models

For our review, we took a spin on the Crusher RR, the flagship model. Riders who don’t want to drop €10,000 and can manage with a bit less bling, might consider checking out the more budget-friendly variants.
All information, including geometry charts and specifications for all models, can always be found on their respective detail pages. The comparison with the Mondraker Neat and Dune models continues to offer an interesting benchmark.

About the author

Maxi Dickerhoff

...liebt es, mit der Hangabtriebskraft zu spielen und bewegt Mountainbikes bergab meist in Schräglage. Sein Fahrstil verlangt den Bikes alles ab, seine Liebe zum Detail macht seine Tests zu einer wahren Hilfe für alle Biker.

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