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Mondraker bikes: The legend of downhill

Mondraker bikes: The legend of downhill

Downhill is a mountain biking discipline that attracts adventurers and adrenaline junkies. The goal is to complete the course in the shortest possible time, while the rider battles with uneven terrain, obstacles and descents.

What is downhill?

Unlike classic mountain biking, downhill focuses on the descent. Riders usually take a cable car or car to the top of the hill to enjoy a fast and technically demanding ride down. Downhill courses are full of roots, rocks, jumps and sharp turns that will test the rider's skills and endurance.

Downhill bike

A special bike is needed to handle difficult terrain. Downhill bikes are rugged and durable, with high-travel suspension that absorbs shock and allows the rider to maintain control in challenging conditions. The brakes are powerful discs to handle sharp deceleration.

Protective equipment

Safety is a priority in downhill. Riders must use a helmet, back protectors, elbow protectors, knee protectors and shin protectors. Depending on the terrain and the rider's riding style, shoulder pads and gloves are also recommended.

Who is downhill for?

Downhill will be enjoyed by anyone looking for adrenaline, fun and challenge. But it's not just for experienced riders. In the bike parks, you will find tracks of varying difficulty, so even beginners will find their way. It is important to have the desire to learn, improve and respect your limits.

Advantages of downhill

Downhill is not just about speed and overcoming obstacles. It also offers many other benefits:

  • Improves physical condition and coordination
  • It strengthens psychological resistance and self-confidence
  • It teaches riders to make quick decisions and adapt to changing conditions
  • It provides an amazing feeling of driving and connecting with nature

How to start downhill

If you are attracted to downhill, it is best to visit the bike park and try it yourself. Many bike parks also offer lessons for beginners where you learn the basics of riding and techniques.

EXIsport tip:

Drive like a pro. Try the Mondraker bikes , which belong to the top in their segment. They are technically refined and driving them is an experience. Downhill DNA in every bike is every cyclist's dream.

Mondraker professional riders: Brave conquerors of the slopes

Ronan Dune

Rónán Dune

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At the age of 13, Rónán decided on MTB and started racing in local races. From 2021, he already races in the World Cup. His specialty is DH - downhill mountain biking, which is a style of mountain biking practiced on steep, uneven terrain that often includes jumps, drops and other obstacles.

Rónán Dune
Rónán Dune

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His off-season training includes 3x gym and cardio, 3-4 days of DH – downhill mountain biking, 2 days of enduro and 1-2 days of motocross. He devotes more time to DH cycling during the season and before races.

His biggest challenge at the beginning of his career was to manage everything by himself without the support of sponsors and without a team of experienced mechanics. His strategy during competitions is to believe in himself as much as possible and drive at 100%.

Rónán has several favorite places for training:

His favorite downhill trail is the Redbull Hardline in Wales for the adrenaline rush of downhill riding.

Awards:

  • 1st UCI MTB WORLD CUP - 2024 Bielsko Biala
  • 1st Red Bull Hardline - 2024 Wales
  • 1st RedBull Hardline - 2024 Tasmania
  • 2nd UCI MTB WORLD CUP - 2023 Snowshoe.
  • 12th UCI MTB WORLD CUP GENERAL 2023
  • 4th UCI MTB WORLD CUP - 2022 Snowshoe. 4th RedBull Hardline - 2022 x3 IRELAND NATIONAL CHAMPION
Rónán Dune
Rónán Dune

Source: https://mondraker.com/wo/en

Dakotah Norton

Dakotah Norton

Dakotah started BMX racing at 15 and started DH cycling when he was 22. His training routine includes 3x weekly gym, 2x downhill, 2x cross-country and 1x motocross

Dakotah Norton
Dakota Norton

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His motto is to maintain a high level of quality in what he does. His biggest challenge was to achieve the best possible results and get on the podium. During competitions, he tries to do everything to be the best and always believes that he can do it at the highest possible level.

Favorite places for training are:

Dakotah Norton

Awards:

  • 4th UCI MTB WORLD CUP - 2024 Fort William
  • 2nd UCI MTB WORLD CUP - 2023 Loudenvielle-Peyragudes
  • 3rd UCI MTB WORLD CUP - 2023 Les Portes du Soleil
  • 3rd UCI MTB WORLD CUP - 2023 Snow Shoe
  • 2nd UCI MTB WORLD

Source: https://mondraker.com/wo/en

Ryan Pinkerton

Ryan Pinkerton

Ryan started cycling when he was 11 and racing cross country. After trying the downhill cycling discipline, he knew that he wanted to race only in this cycling discipline. His training routine in preparation for the race includes cycling. It uses road bikes, gravel bikes and mountain bikes. He goes to the gym twice a week. During training, he will focus on getting better on the downhill bike.

Ryan Pinkerton
Ryan Pinkerton

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His biggest challenge was to start trusting himself. After his first win in Andorra, he gained confidence and after that he started to do well. His favorite downhill trail is Crestline in California because it's a really hard and fast trail, but fun at the same time.

Awards:

  • 1st UCI MTB WORLD CUP - 2023 Junior Downhill World Cup overall champion
  • 1st UCI MTB WORLD CUP -  2023 Vallnord Pal Arinsal
  • 1st UCI MTB WORLD CUP - 2023 Loudenvielle-Peyragudes
  •  1st UCI MTB WORLD CUP - 2023 Les Portes du Soleil
  •  1st UCI MTB WORLD CUP - 2023 Snow Shoe
  •  2nd UCI MTB WORLD CUP -  2023 Val di Sole
  •  4th time US National champion

Rebecca Henderson

Rebecca Henderson

Rebecca adheres to the personal motto honesty is the best philosophy. Her favorite places for training are:

  • Finale Ligure in Italy
  • Canberra in Australia
Rebecca Henderson
Rebecca Henderson

Source: https://mondraker.com/wo/en

Rebecca likes to listen to music. He loves Michael Jackson and Queen songs. In her spare time, she likes to spend time with her family and friends. He also spends a lot of free time with his dogs.

Awards:

  • 1st CZ MERCEDES-BENZ UCI MTB WORLD CUP - XCO/XCC Nove Mesto Na Morave / WC
  • 1st DE MERCEDES-BENZ UCI MTB WORLD CUP - XCO/XCC Albstadt / WC
  • 1st BR MERCEDES-BENZ UCI MTB WORLD CUP - XCO/XCC Petropolis / WC
  • 1st NZ Oceania Mountain Bike Continental Championships - XCO-XCE-DHI Queenstown / CC
  • 1st AU Oceania Mountain Bike Championships - XCO - XCE - DHI
Rebecca Henderson
Rebecca Henderson

Source: https://mondraker.com/wo/en

Ondřej Cink

Ondrej Cink

Ondřej follows his personal motto - If you can dream it, you can achieve it. His favorite non-cycling hero is Jaromír Jágr. He loves rice, omelette and avocado. In his free time, he likes to spend time with his family over a cup of coffee. His favorite place for training is Mallorca.

Ondrej Cink
Ondrej Cink

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Ondrej Cink

Awards:

  • WORLD AND EUROPEAN CHAMPION U23
  • 3RD WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP ANDORRA
  • 4X 2ND IN WORLD CUP
  • 6X 1ST CZECH CHAMPION

The Mondraker team of riders also includes:

  •         David Arroyo
  •         Francisco Mancebo Pérez
  •         Heather Wilson

Downhill is an exciting and challenging sport that is gaining more and more popularity. If you are looking for a new challenge and want to experience an unforgettable adrenaline experience, downhill is the right thing for you.

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