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Mondraker's new Tracker R offers a World Cup winning suspension system at an entry-level price.

MBUK First Ride

The Frame

With the Tracker R, Mondraker have foregone the pricy Stealth alloy tube-set of its big brother, the Factor, and opted for hydro formed 6061 alloy instead. The Tracker still has the same suspension links and geometry. The Zero suspension system operates via a RockShox Ario RL rear shock, which offers external rebound adjustment and handy lockout, but you will lose out on some of the Factor's future-proof' details such as the lack of ISCG tabs, a tapered head tube and standard 9x135mm axle.

The Detail

Mondraker's own OnOff kit is pretty much everywhere, which is no bad thing. We swapped the lengthy 90mm stem of a 70mm model to take advantage of the 68.5 degree head-angle and long wheelbase. Taller pilots found the 350mm long seatpost coupled with the low seat tube height slightly too low when seated. It's worth trying before you buy. The Avid brakes lack a bit of outright power so you have to be more forceful with them but they do offer decent feel. Suspension-wise, the RockShox pairing provided a more than decent performance after a bit of fiddling. We had to wind some preload on to the Recon Gold TK fork to help it maintain a bit more composure, but found the opposite at the rear - running slightly more sag than normal allowing the Mondraker to make full use of its travel better. At 14.5kg (32Ibs) the Tracker R is not the lightest but for the money, it's no barge.

The Ride

The Tracker R climbs well with the shock locked out, it's no rocket but gains altitude nicely. The low bottom bracket helps on tech trails although the minimally treaded Kenda tyres will hinder it in anything other than dry conditions. We'd recommend swapping them to a more aggressively-treaded number to really get the most out of UK conditions. When working the trail and descending, the bike really comes to life. That lengthly wheelbase automatically has you planted right in the middle of th bike and the Zero system between your ankles adds to the feeling that you're standing 'in' as opposed to 'on' the bike. The RockShox Ario RL does a decent job. The initial stroke is supple which helps the bike carry speed through chattery sections. It's a pretty linear feeling platform but don't think that that's a bad thing at this price - you always know where you are in the travel and it's easy to understand. It's the geometry that shines through with the Tracker R. It carries more speed than it really should be able to. The numbers all add up and it's one of the most accomplished entry-level full-bouncers around.

Ideal into to full suspension if you don't mind upgrading parts later. The Tracker R provides thrills far above its station.

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