To celebrate 25 years of World Cup Racing, we’re asking brands to count down their top five moments from the first quarter century of this amazing sport.
First up are Mondraker who took the downhill bike and, along with Fabien Barel and Cesar Rojo, totally took it to pieces. In a watershed moment, they brought in new standards in weight and length and then went on to show they could win with it too.
Since then it’s been a golden history for Mondraker on the world stage, most notably through Danny Hart’s incredible run of form at the end of 2016 and the brand’s total domination of that year’s World Champs.
Israel Romero, International Communication Officer at Mondraker, talks us through their greatest moments.
1. Maribor, round five, 2009 – Fabien Barel wins the Maribor World Cup on a prototype Mondraker DH bike
Mondraker had been on the World Cup race scene for a number of years and it was no surprise that they were working on a new DH bike. It was this win that not only saw the Frenchman back up to full strength after 27 races without a win but saw the interest go through the roof as people realised that the bike was not only a lot lighter than the competition but also had World Cup winning suspension and geometry. The bike would go on to become the 2010 Summum Pro Team, the blueprint for modern production downhill bikes.