After 5 years of strong collaboration, Mondraker and Fabien Barel are going separate ways. This relationship has been based on an excellent exchange at many levels. From Race team organization, to marketing strategy passing by R&D choices, Mondraker and Fabien Barel have built a synergistic partnership. Due to different priorities and to be able to both give 100% in their 2013 goals, they will be heading in different ways.

Miguel Pina, Mondraker Manager says: Fabien has been our international ambassador during out most successful years, and he was the man not only for marketing and business reasons, but because of his strong human values.
Fabien is a unique person in the bike scene, nobody is as professional, enthusiastic, and committed to his goals. He is the perfect combination between a top athlete and a technical engineer which drives him in the same direction as our company and the general Mondraker family. And even more, beyond all his skills, he has the ability to manage all issues like a real gentleman. We wish him the best from today, and one more time…merci monsieur.

Fabien Barel says: Working with Mondraker has been a unique experience. The freedom they provided me with in R&D while racing was a great opportunity to perform and the confidence they had in my feedback gave me tons of motivation to give my best for the Mondraker brand. The forward geometry is a great proof point of this. Above the professional aspect, there is no better feeling than being proud of representing a brand when you race or when you ride. I am proud of the product and also proud of the passion of the people that I represented. The Mondraker Crew is an unusual group of people that is very complementary in many aspects. It has been outstanding for me to get to know them, it was an opportunity for me to work with them and I sincerely would like to thank this core group that has welcomed me as part of the Mondraker family.

Many good things come to an end, we can surely say that it was a very successful relationship. Although the brand and Fab are going separate ways, they will remain emotionally linked for a long time, if not forever…

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  • themountain

    1/16/2013 9:50 AM

    I say he joins Santa Cruz

  • gtaadicto

    1/16/2013 1:16 AM

    He is probably going to Canyon enduro team

  • prancisfena

    1/15/2013 3:33 PM

    So will he also ask his next bike sponsor to make some sort of 'forward geometry' feature on their bikes? Wasn't he the one who pioneered that with Mondraker?

  • pants.armstrong.1

    1/15/2013 10:42 AM

    Mondraker.. What do they make??

  • Emil MP

    1/15/2013 9:35 AM

    Canyon maybe!? Read on dirt (when Joe Barnes was announced) that a well known french rider would join the team...

  • kaibrabo

    1/15/2013 9:10 AM

    Question is, what is going to happen with Fabien?

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