Compare Mondraker Podium Builds

Shopping hardtails? Looking for a bike with winning heritage? You’re in the right spot. Compare Mondraker Podium builds here. The Podium is a hardtail frame designed with a 100mm fork which produces a 68.5 degree headtube angle. This leans the Mondraker Podium into a more classic cross country race geo with nible handling and great power application.

Like other Mondraker bikes the Podium comes in four sizes. This will accommodate riders from around 5’4″ to 6’6″. Scroll down for more info on the Podium’s sizing and geo but don’t be shy with questions. Getting the fit right on a cross country adventure or XC race bike is critical! We’re here to help.

Mondraker has three builds and a frame option for the Podium hardtail. Starting with the Podium at $3,999, then the Podium R at $5,999 and the no compromise Podium RR SL at $8,999.

Scroll down for details on the Mondraker Podium hardtail.

Questions on spec, performance or availability?

The Mondraker Podium comes in 3 builds and a frame option.
The Podium RR SL, kit and frame, are Midnight Blue with white, red and light blue accents.
Mondraker’s Podium R is Desert Grey with silver and orange accents.
The Podium is Translucent Green Carbon with silver and black highlights.

Shop Mondraker Podium Completes at BikeCo.com

Ready to order your Mondraker Podium hardtail? The tabs below show in-stock and available Podium Completes. Looking for a little more from your build? Contact our team about available upgrades and part swaps to the factory Mondraker Podium bikes.

If you don’t see the size and color you’re interested in contact our team for availability timeline at 949-470-1099.

Find the perfect hardtail Podium build in-stock here at BikeCo.com or available at Mondraker (approximately 10-14 days for delivery).

Below we’ll highlight compare the alloy Mondraker Podium specs as well as look at common part swaps and upgrades.

Part swaps and upgrades on the Mondraker kits are popular especially in Cockpit, Brakes, Suspension Tuning and Wheels. Getting the perfect spec on your new bike will help you get the most out if it in a wide range of terrain.

Questions on spec? No worries that’s what were here for. Wondering what you might ask? Which brakes are best for your riding style and preference? What cockpit size and setup should you run? Are there areas that you might spend a little bit extra but gain a lot of performance? All valid questions on purchases at this level. Let’s go over your questions today!

Compare Mondraker Podium Build Kits

The Podium lineup is available in a three bike specs that cover a wide range of price points. With so much personal preference in a true cross country bike build it’s likely you’ll find a good starting point in one of the Mondraker builds but swaps and changes are very, very common.

Shared Highlights of all Podium Kits:

Really the only common spec on the Podium factory builds is found in the tires! Almost everything else is variable, although each build features a SRAM drivetrain.

Tires

Like the full suspension F-Podium the hardtail Mondraker Podium is spec’d with Maxxis Rekon Race 29×2.4 EXO tires front and rear. This provides a nice balance of speed, grip and small bump compliance. The Rekon Race is a fast pattern and with a relatively “full” profile of a 2.4″ tires riders don’t have to give up too much mechanical grip while giving a bit of an improved small bump feel from the tire volume.

Cross Country riders tend to have a personal go to. On this bike maybe you’re looking for a bit more grip in the front and look at the Rekon. Or a even and Ardent. Some riders might go for lower volume tire options as well like a Rekon or Ikon rear.

Know what you love? Let’s dial you in. Wondering what tire combo is right for you? Chat with our team and we’ll help you define which tire will pair with your riding personality.

What are some other thoughts? Maybe you want to add rim protection? No matter what your preference our team is here to get you dialed in.

These tabs review some differences between the Mondraker Podium factory build kits! Read more about common part swaps and upgrades to the Mondraker builds.

Mondraker Podium Kit Specs
Build Kit R RR SL
MSRP $3,999 $5,999 $8,999
Fork RockShox SID Base RL, 100mm FOX 34 Factory StepCast FIT4, 100mm RockShox SID Ultimate 2p Remote, 100mm
Shock N/A N/A N/A
Wheelset Mavic CrossMax 29, 35mm Internal Mavic CrossMax Carbon SL R, 26mm Internal Mavic CrossMax Carbon SL Ultimate, 25mm Internal
Front Tire Maxxis Rekon Race 29×2.4 EXO Maxxis Rekon Race 29×2.4 EXO Maxxis Rekon Race 29×2.4 EXO
Rear Tire Maxxis Rekon Race 29×2.4 EXO Maxxis Rekon Race 29×2.4 EXO Maxxis Rekon Race 29×2.4 EXO
Brakes SRAM Level TL SRAM Level TLM SRAM Level Ultimate
Rotors Centerline 160mm Centerline 160mm HS2 160mm
Cranks SRAM GX Eagle, 32t
S/M: 170mm, L/XL: 175mm
Truvativ Stylo Carbon Eagle, 32t
S/M: 170mm, L/XL: 175mm
SRAM XX SL Carbon Eagle T-Type
S/M: 170mm, L/XL: 175mm
Bottom Bracket SRAM DUB BSA 73mm SRAM DUB BSA 73mm SRAM DUB BSA 73mm
Derailleur SRAM GX Eagle SRAM GX Eagle SRAM XX SL Eagle AXS Transmission
Shifter SRAM GX Eagle SRAM GX Eagle SRAM AXS Pod
Cassette SRAM XG-1275, 11-52t, 12sp SRAM XG-1275, 11-52t, 12sp SRAM XS-1299, 10-52t, 12sp
Chain SRAM NX Eagle SRAM SX Eagle SRAM XX SL Eagle Flattop
Headset Onoff Titan 42×42 Onoff Titan 42×42 Onoff Titan 42×42
Grips Onoff Twin, 135mm Onoff Desert, 135mm Lizard DSP 30.3
Handlebar Onoff Sulfur 0.2 Alloy
31.8mm Dia
4.8mm rise, 760mm Width
Onoff Helium Carbon 0.2
31.8mm Dia
4.8mm rise, 760mm Width
Onoff Integrated
760mm wide
Stem MDK Alloy, Plus or Minus 5 Degree
S/M: 50mm, L: 60mm, XL: 70mm
MDK Alloy, Plus or Minus 5 Degree
S/M: 60mm, L: 70mm, XL: 80mm
Onoff Integrated
S/M: 55mm, -12 Deg Rise,
L: 65mm, -14 Deg Rise
XL 75mm, -15 Deg Rise
Seatpost Onoff Sulfur 0-R, Alloy
400mm (Rigid Seatpost)
Onoff Helium Carbon 0-R Vflex 27.2mm Onoff Helium Carbon 0-R Vflex 27.2mm
Saddle Fizik Antares R7 Fizik Vento Argo X5 Fizik Vento Argo X5
Derailleur Hanger SRAM UDH SRAM UDH SRAM UDH

Mondraker Podium Kit Differences

Here’s a quick look at the Mondraker Podium hardtail build options.

Suspension

The Podium and Podium RR SL both feature 100mm RockShox SID forks. The RR SL utilizes the SID Ultimate 2p Remote while the more cost conscious Podium utilizes the RockShox SID Base RL.

On the Podium R riders find the FOX Factory StepCast FIT4 fork. This is a tremendously popular fork with its wide range of adjustments as well as BikeCo Pro Tune services to take it’s performance to the next level. Since hardtails only offer front suspension its really important to get the most out of your fork’s performance.

The team here at BikeCo.com can help you find tune any of the Podium builds to match your size, riding style and aspirations.

Cockpit and Brakes

All F-Podium kits use 31.8mm diameter cockpit setups.

On the RR SL riders find an integrated (one piece) stem and handlebar combo. The Podium R is spec’d with the Onoff Helium Carbon with 4.8mm rise and 760mm width. An alloy Onoff Sulfur 0.2 is used on the Podium complete.

This is a tremendously common area to see part swaps and upgrades. Keep reading for more details or chat with a BikeCo sales team member about the important details that go into a cross country cockpit setup.

Seatposts

All of the Mondraker Podium bikes are spec’d with rigid 27.2mm diameter seatposts. The Podium is spec’d with an alloy option while the Podium R and Podium RR SL feature the Onoff Helium Carbon rigid seatpost.

There are some 27.2 adjustable seatposts if you intend to use the Podium in a more pleasure bike capacity as well.

Drivetrain

All of the Mondraker hardtail Podium’s are spec’d with a SRAM drivetrains.

The RR SL is offered with the new SRAM XX SL Transmission while the other bikes are cable driven options depending on price point. All of these bikes utilize the SRAM UDH derailleur hanger so all are SRAM Transmission capable at time of purchase or when service is required.

Overall the standout kit in the Mondraker Podium tends to be the Podium R. It’s price point is what you’d expect on a nice carbon hardtail with carbon wheels. It features FOX Factory suspension as well as carbon cranks and an SRAM Eagle Drivetrain. This is a popular bike to upgrade to a Transmission kit as well at time of purchase.

Know what you want? Why not reach out to our team now and get your new bike started? Still have some questions? Jump to the common upgrade and swap tab for more info on changes we often see to the Mondraker Podium XC bikes.

Mondraker Podium common part swaps and upgrades

Mondraker Podium Upgrades and Swaps

You might notice this section parallels the Mondraker F-Podium, well – there’s a reason! With parallel kits and similar riding intends updating an XC hardtail or an XC full suspension bike will tend to look familiar. The hardtail Podium however will probably have more consideration to comfort items such as saddles and grips as well as looking hard at the proper tire volume options to give the bike some improved small bump compliance without sacrificing its acceleration too much.

BikeCo loves offering riders the ability to fine tune or dial in that perfect bike spec. From minor swaps to a full custom Mondraker Podium BikeCo is the resource.

All and all there is a lot of value for your dollar in the Mondraker builds. But, it’s common for riders to develop preferences.

Whether it’s a performance swap or upgrade or getting you that perfect part in the right color to personalize the Podium’s performance or look we have you covered.

Common Podium Upgrades

These are areas we commonly see riders update a bike purchase. Some are personal preference, others are budget or performance choices. Questions? Chat, email or call our expert sales staff and we will help you buy the perfect Mondraker Podium build.

Rider Contact Points

Do you have a preferred grip and pedal go-to?

We can provide a range of grips with variable patterns, technology and shape to improve your riding. There might even be a grip in a color to set off your new bike as well.

A lot of riders purchasing a new bike find it a good time to refresh their pedals. We have the best clipless and flat options for a wide range of riding styles at unbeatable prices.

Adjustable Post & Rigid Post

Riders looking to race their new cross country bike have to balance a range of decisions on performance and weight. One of the areas we see many riders take advantage of weight savings is to carry a rigid post for courses that don’t require dropping your saddle in descents. Often we see riders upgrade the cable driven adjustable seatposts to the RockShox Reverb AXS and add a rigid post to the build. This allows super easy changes between the dropper post and your rigid race post.

Tires

Like contact points its not unusual for riders to have a “must-have” go to tire spec. This is one of the most common swaps on builds from any manufacturer. With notable performance differences between tread pattern, compound and sidewall lets make sure we get you on the perfect tire setup.

Mondraker is spec’ing Podium hardtails with the Maxxis Rekon Race 2.4 front and rear many riders will love the factory setup. However, other riders may want to investigate the Ardent, Rekon or Ikon options. Cross country bikes have to balance speed with confidence. Depending on terrain, riding style and aspirations riders may modify tire profiles, sidewall technology as well as tire size – which translates to volume. Questions on tires? Our team is here to help you dial that in.

Maybe you’re also thinking about rim protection? We have that covered too. We often see riders use combinations of CushCore PRO and CushCore XC or even a single rim protection strip (usually on the rear tire). Questions? Let us know!

Cockpit

Along with Brakes, Cockpit is the most common place we see part swaps and upgrades. Since fit is so important to your bike it’s not surprising that you’ll want to work with a resource that has more than 1 option!

While the integrated handlebar and stem on the RR SL has a mean look, many riders will actually steer away from it to maximize tuning options with a range of stem and bar setups.

On modern MTB bikes its common to see riders looking for handlebar designs that maximize small bump compliance. With more progressive suspension setups for ultimate performance, this means finding small bump compliance elsewhere is important on you bike.

OneUp Carbon bars are extremely popular as their designed shape provides improved small bump feel. Another common handlebar spec is the carbon option from TAG Metals which has an ovalized internal design for similar performance benefits.

Handlebar rise and overall stiffness also improve the personalization and performance of your bike. As you trim your bars they will get stiffer due to the decreased lever arm – so if you’ve got narrower shoulders you’ll likely want to start with a narrower bar rather than cutting tons off. Similarly getting the right bar rise will help your setup. Ideally you want your hands in a power position. Too low and the bike will try to pull “under” and out in steep chutes. Too tall and you’ll lose front end grip. While some of this is adapted with headset spacers the preference for performance and looks is generally to have 15-30mm of spacers and get the rest of the rise from the handlebar.

Looking for suggestions? Chat with our team about hand positioning and the advantages of getting the right handlebar rise on your new rig. We have the best in the market from OneUp, Tag, Renthal and Raceface.

Brakes

This is one of the most common swaps or upgrades on any bike. Brakes that compliment your riding style and preference make a huge difference on trail. We offer class leading options in a variety of price points from Hope, Magura, Shimano and TRP.

The most popular XC brakes on the market to replace the SRAM brakes are Shimano XTR, XT and 2-piston Hope offerings.

From enduro to XC bikes, most riders will update brakes on the Mondraker builds.

Shimano brakes are very popular and are spec’d on several of the build options. Shimano brakes have good overall power with quick lever throw. This produces a brake with a strong feel.

TRP brakes are similar to the Shimano lineup. The TRP brakes provide a touch more overall power and extra modulation compared to Shimano offerings.

Riders who prefer a bit more modulation or “feel” to their brakes gravitate towards Hope and Magura.

The latest Hope Tech 4 updates have improved their power. This puts the Hope Tech 4 in the Shimano and Magura range for overall power while retaining the excellent modulation Hope has been known for.

Magura brakes are the most frequent swap or upgrade across all Ibis builds. Riders who appreciate modulation and power will find Magura excellent in both aspects. Magura offers models with across a wide price range allowing budget friendly swaps or upgrades. Riders looking for the most adjustability or tuning for their brakes will shop the MT7 with HC3 levers.

Custom Wheels

Handbuilt or custom wheels are another popular upgrade no matter what brand you’re shopping. Custom wheels allow riders to spec a rim, spoke and hub combination as well as build specifics for the ultimate performance.

We see many riders work with NOX carbon or WTB, Factor and RideFast alloy options.

Riders also will find traction from using the right spokes and build techniques. Our team will help you define this at time of purchase to ensure you maximize performance and longevity.

Popular hubs from Chris King, Industry Nine, Onyx and Factor are spec’d on MTB builds. All of these hubs are available in a range of colors to highlight your build. On a true race bike it is very common to see DT Swiss hubs as well.

Pro Tune Suspension

Take your bike’s performance to the next level with our proprietary Pro Tune Suspension. Our team will custom tune your FOX fork and rear shock and narrow the performance from the FOX Factory range to a more precise setup designed for your riding style, aggression, ground speed, size and terrain.

This is one of the biggest upgrades to any bike – having the suspension dialed in as well as having a resource like BikeCo to help you fine tune the bike at time of delivery and as your riding speeds increase!

BikeCo Pro Tune Suspension – because Every Click Counts.

Dialing in the perfect Mondraker Podium Build

Still have questions? If you’re here to compare the MTB Mondraker Podium kits we’d expect you to have questions! Don’t be shy, our team is here to help you define what you need to take your bike build from “this is good” to “man, this is DIALED.”

Mondraker Podium Geometry

The Podium Hardtail comes  in Small, Medium, Large and X-Large.  Sizing is critical on your cross country bike Рif you think you may be between sizes chat with our expert sales staff about size concepts and applications.

Use the tabs below for more info on the F-Podium Geo, compare sizes with the Geo Chart as well as see how the Podium measures up against other MTB bikes on the Comparison tab.

Hardtail like the Mondraker Podium are sized from rider height as well as leg and arm length. But with only front suspension inseam and range of motion to pump the trail become even more critical. Riders who find their height in the cross-over of sizes will determine the better size based typically on inseam, flexibility and riding style.

Those with longer legs tend to upsize to improve riding position. This will increase the wheelbase and produce a bike with a bit more overall speed capacity. Going to a larger size will produce a ride that isn’t quite as snappy as a smaller option would be.

Riders with longer torsos or looking for a more “poppy” trail feel will tend to downsize. Although, with modern MTB frames designed to accommodate increased dropper post lengths riders who prefer the added wheelbase may upsize – so long as the reach doesn’t compromise stem size availability or put a rider “too far” over the front wheel.

Use the tabs to compare Mondraker sizes as well as other MTB bikes.

Podium Geometry Chart
Size Small Medium Large X-Large
Factory Sizing Guide (inches) 5′ 4″ – 5′ 9″ 5′ 6″ – 5′ 11″ 5′ 9″ – 6′ 2″ 6′ 1″- 6′ 6″
Rear Travel n/a n/a n/a n/a
Fork Travel 100 100 100 100
Head Tube Angle (degrees) 68.5 68.5 68.5 68.5
Trail not listed not listed not listed not listed
Reach 425 444 463 477
Stack 598 602 611 625
Top Tube Length 590 611 632 650
Head Tube Length 85 90 100 115
Seat Tube Length (inches) 15.3 16.5 18.5 20.1
Seat Tube Angle (degrees) 74.5 74.5 74.5 74.5
Saddle Height for ST Angle not listed not listed not listed not listed
Standover not listed not listed not listed not listed
BB Height 300 300 300 300
BB Drop 65 65 65 65
Chainstay Length 430 430 430 430
Wheelbase 1107 1128 1150 1170

Compare the Mondraker Podium geo with other Mondraker bikes as well as models from class leaders like Ibis and Yeti!

MTB Geo Comparison

Click on these tabs to learn more about the purchasing process from BikeCo.com

Purchasing Steps from BikeCo.com (The Bike Company)

Place Your Deposit
Our team will contact you to go over common questions including common part swaps / upgrades, tuning considerations, initial setup requirements, etc.
Your bike will be built and setup for you including delivery documentation to help you better understand and fine tune the bike’s performance.

Remainder of balance is due at pickup or prior to shipment.
Delivery consultation on-site or available by phone / video conference goes over FAQ on a new MTB or eMTB highlighting common questions on suspension setup, bedding brakes, bolt checks, cockpit and seating fit, etc.
Our team will follow up several times after delivery to help you better understand minute adjustments. And of course we’re always available by phone, email or chat!

Availability Definitions:

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Custom components may change this window (we will advise).

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Order is processed & shipped to BikeCo (typically 3-7 working days), built by BikeCo (usually on the day the product lands at BikeCo) for pickup or shipment.

PRE-ORDER: Due 1st week of XXX
Part of a inbound BikeCo order or shows available in this time window.
May be later or earlier than predicted depending on product availability.
Bike is due at vendor, will be quality checked, processed and shipped. (typically 3-14 business days) Built by BikeCo for delivery.

When you buy a bike from BikeCo.com you’re not getting simply a forwarded box.

Our team goes through quality control checks, builds, tunes and provides a base setup for each bike. This allows us a better chance to find the rare mechanical warranty issue, to ensure that the linkage and bearings are properly setup.

A suspension setup guide is provided and our team will begin working with you to ensure as your riding develops with your new bike suspension settings, cockpit setup, tire pressures, etc are addressed to keep you progressing.

Since we build every bike we can also offer part swaps and upgrades our competition simply cannot!

Looking for different tires? Brakes? Cockpit or Seating? Not a problem. Our team is happy to help you. Chat with our sales team about during and after purchase incentives on riding gear and accessories as well!

Your new bike typically will arrive with an absolute minimum of work required to get you on the trails. Usually this involves installing the handlebars, adjusting the headset and mounting the front and rear wheel. It’s that easy – and if you have questions you have access to the sales team and a variety of videos from BikeCo.com to help you.

Questions? No problem. Hit us up.

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