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Pink Bike's Mike Levy has just finished up reviewing the 2014 650B Mondraker Dune XR. With 160mm of travel, 650B wheels and Forward Geometry frame the 2014 Dune XR is a bike on many enduro riders hit list but what did Pinkbike think of it? Check out the review here


Quality 160mm travel bikes really aren't hard to come by these days, with many solid options to choose from should you be looking for a mid-travel bike to get rowdy on. And while all the companies behind these bikes would like to think that theirs is truly something special, there isn't much separating the field, save one or two that manage to outperform the rest when things get wild. Then there is Mondraker, with the 160mm travel, 27.5'' wheeled Dune platform that utilizes their radical Forward Geometry and a 10mm long stem, a design that turned a lot of heads when the Spanish brand first began to show it back in 2012. The question that needs answering, though, is if Mondraker's extreme interpretation of the short stem and long front centre length concept is enough to lift it above its rivals.

Our Dune XR came kitted out with FOX's Float 34 CTD fork and Float X CTD shock, both of which have been given the Kashima treatment, as well as SRAM's new X01 drivetrain. Formula's T1S brakes slow the bike down, while a set of interesting 2.4" Onza Ibex tires come stock on the e*thirteen TRS+ tubeless ready wheelset. The eclectic build kit is all hung on an aluminium frame, with the package retailing for £4,499 and weighing a very reasonable 29.7lbs. North American readers who have had their interest piqued should note that Mondraker has no distribution on this side of the Atlantic, so you'll be on your own if you would like to have a Dune in your garage.

Check out the full review over on Pinkbike.com here

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