Mondraker. A name not a lot of people know. I know it. Why you ask? Well, it's because I did my homework. I was just toying around one day on google and was trying to find a super light XC frame to bring in and work with. Yeah, I know, I have my COTIC Solaris Max, sub-28lb XC type build...but I wanted something...different?
The Mondraker Podium, from here on out to be designated: Phantom Death Project (more on that later), is currently the LIGHTEST XC BIKE IN THE WORLD! And that world is quite large! So congrats to them! And now I am bringing you not only frames and completes but MY interpretation of what the Phantom Death Project, Mondraker Podium SHOULD be.
Phantom Death Project comes from Mondraker! See, I did my homework: Owner loved comics and vaguely named the brand after Mandrake the Magician because "he can create something out of nothing". Kind of like how I take a frame and create nirvana from that ONE piece...then adding many, unique, pieces that just...work. Anyway, Phantom comes from the creator of Mandrake, Lee Falk. He went on to create The Phantom. Which became a much bigger success in many forms from the mid-1930s on.
Hence Phantom. Making something really cool, even MORE...but in a dark, Mysterious, foreboding way...like a Phantom.
So Phantom Death Project is on the books! On its way by boat as I mull over this build and keeping it LIGHTEST in the world!
- Podium Carbon frame
-Manitou R7 Pro fork 100mm travel
-Ride Fast Racing Livewire 29" carbon wheelset
-Schwalbe Racing Ray/Racing Ralph 29x2.25 rubber
-e*thirteen XCX race carbon cranks
-e*thirteen 9-46 cassette
-TRP TR12 12 speed derailleur and shifter
-BEAST Carbon bar
-Terry Fly carbon saddle
More to come...