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Lightest Production MTB Frameset - Mondraker's New 2021 Podium Carbon XC Race Bike

At just 775g, the new Mondraker Podium hardtail features the lightest production frameset in the world.

Lightest Production MTB Frameset - Mondraker's New 2021 Podium Carbon XC Race Bike

19 August 2020 – Alicante, Spain: Mondraker, the independent, specialist mountain bike brand from Spain, has unveiled a super-light new XC bike – the 2021 Podium. The lightest 29er carbon hardtail frameset in the world at just 775g (size M), Podium is set to give riders the best advantage possible in XC racing.

To create a lightweight bike designed to be ridden at lightning pace on any cross-country course, Mondraker looked to its 20 years of experience in cutting edge mountain bike innovation, together with input from top-level riders from the Primaflor-Mondraker-XSauce Team.

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Mondraker has used a new Minimal Concept Design and Stealth Air Carbon layup to create the new frame that, as well as being available to purchase as a frameset-only option, is used for all four 2021 Podium models: Carbon, Carbon R, Carbon RR, Carbon RR SL. The layup is made from high modulus carbon fibres, which result in a stiffer, cleaner hardtail frameset that feels more compliant and purposeful to ride.

PhotoCompared with the 2020 model, the 2021 Podium now has a slacker head angle, steeper seat tube and shorter rear triangle, matched with up with superb 100mm travel forks throughout the model range, including the new RockShock SID SL Ultimate RLR on the Podium RR and RR SL. This offers a neutral, balanced feel for climbing prowess and confidence-inspiring stability at any speed.

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Mondraker has put as much care and attention into the choice of components as the quality of the frameset. For the range-topping RR SL and RR models, the wheelset is the fast, stiff Mavic CrossMax Carbon SLRs, and the SRAM X01/GX Eagle 1x12s offer an efficient drivetrain whilst minimising the overall weight of the bike. For the RR SL, SRAM Level Ultimate with 160m rotors provide powerful braking, for a faster overall ride speed and for the RR SRAM Level TLMs for fast braking. The R and base models are then kitted out with DT Swiss XR1700 wheelsets and Shimano Deore M6100 1x12s, with Shimano XT M8100 brakes for the for the R and SRAM Level TLMs for the base model.

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The 2021 Podiums also include the new SRAM Universal Derailleur Hanger, Fizik Antares saddle, fast-rolling Maxxis Ikon tyres, Boost axles and a hidden cable housing guide.

PhotoMondraker founder Miguel Pina said: “We’ve been busy pursuing our aim to create the lightest hardtail frameset on the market, and today we can finally unveil its realisation. The new 2021 Podium represents our core values at Mondraker: creating bikes that feel good to ride, informed by our racing background. With the four different builds, we believe the Podium gives exceptional performance to XC riders – giving them an unfair advantage against their competitors every time they leave the start line.”

2021 Mondraker Podium Carbon RR SL

  • Frameset: Minimal Concept Design, Stealth Air Carbon 29in hardtail: 775g
  • Fork: RockShox SID SL Ultimate RL 29
  • Wheelset: Mavic Crossmax SL Ultimate Carbon 29, 25mm, hookless
  • Drivetrain: SRAM XX1 Eagle
  • Brakes: SRAM Eagle AXS
  • Colorways: Black and dark blue, with light blue Mondraker logo

2021 Mondraker Podium Carbon RR

  • Frameset: Minimal Concept Design, Stealth Air Carbon 29in hardtail: 775g
  • Fork: RockShox SID SL Ultimate RL 29
  • Wheelset: Mavic Crossmax SLR Carbon 29, 26mm, hookless
  • Drivetrain: SRAM X01 Carbon Eagle
  • Brakes: SRAM Trigger GX Eagle
  • Colorways: Black and blue with red Mondraker logo

2021 Mondraker Podium Carbon R

  • Frameset: Minimal Concept Design, Stealth Air Carbon 29in hardtail: 775g
  • Fork: Fox 32 29 Float FIT4 EVOL SC
  • Wheelset: DT Swiss XR1700 Spline 29, 25mm, tubeless ready
  • Drivetrain: Shimano XT M8100
  • Brakes: Shimano SLX M8100
  • Colorways: Black with yellow Mondraker logo

2021 Mondraker Podium Carbon

  • Frameset: Minimal Concept Design, Stealth Air Carbon 29in hardtail: 775g
  • Fork: RockShox SID SL Select RL 29
  • Wheelset: DT Swiss XR1700 Spline 29, 25mm, tubeless ready
  • Drivetrain: Truvativ Stylo 7K Eagle
  • Brakes: SRAM Trigger GX Eagle
  • Colorways: Black and red, with white Mondraker logo

The new 2021 Podium will be available to buy from regular Mondraker dealers starting from an estimated retail price of 4,199€. To find out more about Mondraker visit www.mondraker.com.


View specs, compare bikes, and rate the 2021 Mondraker Podium in the Vital MTB Product Guide.

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