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Singletrack Magazine give Mondraker's Factor RR their thorough going over.

Mondraker bikes aren't a common sight in the UK, which is usually all the more reason to give this Spanish firm a try. Despite many riders being unfamiliar with the brand, the silhouette is pretty familiar (and they may also have heard of riders like Fabien Barel who rides one...)

The Detail

The factor RR is the "trail" bike in the Mondraker range and has been completely revamped for 2011. This bike we have here has a new suspension layout, a tapered head tube (and fork) and bulged and curved tubes. Oh and did we mention that smart paintjob? Then we should - navy blue with white and maroon pinstripes. Very classy; like a 70's motorbike racer's race leathers.

The suspension system has lost the four-bar/Horst Link setup of before and now has a twin rocker system with a pivot-free back end. The Fox RP23 now nestles next to the BB shell, protected from the filth (though a little hard to get to for adjustments or sag checking). Up front that flared heatube houses the Sid 120mm taperd, 15mm forks, with a regular OR wheel out back.

Components on our test bike are an SLX/XT mix with Formula's RX brakes and trail-ready 180/180 rotors and DT X430 rims.

The Ride According To Sim

The factor RR is exactly what you expect from a 120m bike; quick to accelerate, easy to fire up hills and appreciates a touch of finesse and guidance on the downs. Climbing on rocky ground is trypical of a modern full suspension bike fitted with a Float air shock; effortless and very rider complimentary giving invisible grip. On twistier trails the Factor had elements of another short-travel favourite the Commencal Super 4, reacting well to line changes and wanting to be picked up with a light hop and placed over danger or onto another line to negotiate sections.

Bludgeoning into trouble just upsets the bike and although it will get through, it it\'ll let you know that it didn't like it. It's a bike that needs your full attention to really get the most of it. That's not to say it'll kill you if you look the other way, it's no race horse, but if the going gets fast pay attention. Unlike the Commencal there wasn't that bottomless suspension feel, it felt like you had 120mm of travel and not a jot more.

On very high speed open trail things get a bit vague and a touch scary, which I'll put down to the slightly shorter (by a couple of cm) wheelbase compared to the others, but it's that that makes it scary at full tilt, but fun on twistier bits.

Muscling the bike into corners threw up something strange in that it seemed the harder you tried to carve a turn the more reticent the bike felt to actually turn in with you. Almost like under steer. I'd like to try another tyre as the cockpit (stem length, bar width) left no real cause for complaints.

Component wise it was ll good with the exception of the tyres (but I'm not a big Nevegal fan) and the Fizik saddle, which made me uncomfortably numb. It'd be nice if you could drop the post further for off-piste action and if there were guides to run a dropper post.

Full review with Video can be viewed on Singletracks website.

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