Review of the Mondraker Crafty SE

Mondraker Crafty SE

A true riders eMTB.  If you haven't ridden a  Mondraker, here's why you should: 

The United States has long awaited Mondraker electric mountain bikes coming from Spain and in December of 202,1 we are starting to see them come with force. Mondraker has 2 series of emtbs, the Dusk and the Crafty, each offering the same geometry and similar builds, but with one main difference: the drive units. We are going to focus on the Bosch side of their line up in this blog.

The Mondraker brand has built a stellar race reputation on their forward geometry and zero suspension (more info on this here) and now have partnered with Bosch to make some of the most reliable and fast paced emtbs on the market. So what makes Mondraker ebikes so special? Design. It is a simple fact. We aren’t just talking about the stunning lines or perfect battery integrations, we are talking about it all. It is hard to sum up in a blog and really the best way to know the feeling is to ride them. Not many shops have these bikes in stock or even have access to them so we are here to help you decide from afar. If you don’t have access to test ride these ebikes, experts like us can help you decide which model is right for you. We ride, we review and we know how they feel. See what one of our latest customers had to say about it: 

The Mondraker Crafty SE 

The “mid term” arrival from Mondraker is announced as a special edition “SE” to help customers get on a quality build while waiting for the anticipated Bosch Smart System. This allows customers who are sick of waiting on new emtbs and don’t have a need for a 750wh battery to get on a bike now instead of being on the ever-dreaded bike shop wait list. This bike comes spec’d better than almost anything in its price range and still offers Mondraker’s unique and confidence inspiring geometry. The Crafty SE has the same motor power of its upcoming counterparts (85nm of torque) and all the same geometry uniqueness of all Mondraker models. This bike is one of the best spec’d ebikes available at a price point that doesn’t make you shutter. With a SRAM GX Eagle derailleur, Fox 38 fork, and Fox Float X suspension you cannot go wrong.

SRAM GX Eagle Derailleur

Why is the derailleur such an important part of the bike? In all cases, you want a reliable system that can handle dry and wet conditions. The SRAM GX Eagle derailleur is designed for crips shifting, even under load. This derailleur is also designed to shed mud so you can confidently change gears after long descents. With a 500% gear range on the Crafty SE, you can climb just about any mountain with ease.   

Fox 38 Fork

The Fox 38 fork is a staple in enduro mtb. The equipped Performance fork is stiffer than the 36 fork, ebike tuned, comes with a boost 15x110mm axle, and a Fit Grip EVOL damper. What does this mean? It means you can confidently barrel down chunky terrain as you’ll be able to adjust the damper performance on the fly between firm and fully open settings. 

Fox Float-X LV Suspension

The Fox rear air suspension equipped on the Crafty SE performs exceptionally well under chattery rocks and is able to pivot to smooth out harsh landings and g-outs without having to adjust rebound or damper settings. Although you have the option to adjust damper and rebound settings, once you set up your sag and settings, you may never need to change them. How is that so? Well, that’s where Mondraker’s Zero-Suspension technology comes in.

Mondraker Zero Technology

The Zero Suspension Technology equipped on all Mondraker ebikes helps you keep the rubber side down to the ground. With the suspension spring (Fox Float X LV) nestled between two pivot links, the rear suspension becomes ultra sensitive to small bumps, and it also tackles big hits as the suspension compresses from the top and bottom. Zero-Suspension also offers high pedaling efficiency by reducing pedal bob. The Crafty SE is one efficient climber and performs well under any downhill scenario.

Forward Geometry Technology

With a longer front-center, the Crafty SE is more stable under faster descents without compromising agility. Simply put, the front part of the bike is longer than the rear, which helps keep the front wheel planted to the ground when climbing, avoiding unwanted wheelies. It also provides improved weight balance, which provides more stability in technical and unstable terrain. 

Mondraker Crafty Forward Geometry

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What else is headed to the USA?

For those in winter climates or those who are patient and want the new Bosch Smart System, there is good news on the horizon. Fly Rides curated the best from the Crafty line (we chose all aluminum due to flex, responsiveness of ride, and price point) and are happy to report the Crafty R and Crafty RR have estimated dates of departure from Spain near the end of January. In “normal” times, this means we have them in 2-3 weeks. In today's climate (port delays mainly) we should see some of the first emtb Smart System ebikes landing by the end of March. Compare specs vs price vs reputation to any brand on the market and you will see Mondraker wins out completely in 2022, including their late year release, the in stock Crafty SE. 

What’s coming?

2022 Mondraker Crafty R 

This is basically the Mondraker Crafty SE but with the new Bosch Smart System. Fox 38? Yes. Fox Float X? Yes. SRAM GX Eagle? Yes. Price? $8499. But you have to be willing to wait. For myself, I found 600-630wh is the sweet spot and after riding the Crafty SE, I took the purchasing plunge knowing this is coming. But for those who want the new tech and the bigger battery, this option will be better than anything else at the 8k price point.

2022 Mondraker Crafty RR

One of the best looking and performing bikes from the Crafty line up will be extremely limited upon first arrival. Waves of it will come toward summer, but if you want it now, pre order it. All the same gear as the Crafty R, but with Kashima coated Fox Factory components (yes, the best bling in bikes). If you haven’t seen pictures of this beauty yet, take a dive into the link above and begin to drool. Mondraker is known for sleek integration, even of larger batteries, and matched with the highest end suspension available (behind Ohlins) you won’t find a better build. This bike’s price point of $9399 makes it the perfect buy for riders who need top quality suspension. If you compare it to Trek bikes, they don’t even offer this type of suspension at $14k. You don’t get this type of suspension at the price of any reputable manufacturer in the USA. 

Mondraker wants to make waves in 2022 and they have priced and spec’d their bikes to make them a no-brainer for the consumer. Don’t fret about them being new(ish) to the United States. They have a storied history in Spain and Fly Rides has been working alongside Bosch for 7 years now. If needed, we have all warranty related concerns covered. Even if it wasn’t for the specs, the ride quality is better than any brand we have ever ridden.






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