Here’s how to quickly lube the chain on your Mondraker Crafty with a BOSCH CX Performance Motor!
BikeCo.com owner Joe Binatena shows you how to quickly lube your eMTB with a BOSCH CX motor. First he removes his OneUp EDC tool from the steer tube. Then he finds the appropriate allen or torx for his chain ring bolts. Placing the tool securely in the fastener (you don’t want the tool to slip and damage the chain ring bolts!) he slowly rotates the cranks into the tool. Finally backpedal the bike and lube your chain like a standard MTB.
What sets the Mondraker Crafty apart from the competition?
There are a handful of pieces that set the Mondraker Crafty SE apart from other eMTB bikes. Two of the biggest are what makes up the real “heart” of a ebike’s performance. Suspension and Motor (Drive Unit).
BOSCH Smart System
The 2022 Mondraker Crafty Carbon RR features the Bosch Smart System.
Bosch’s continual upgrades include upgrades to the display, software and firmware – but what riders will notice most in the improved Performance Line CD Gen4 drive unit and new 750Wh battery.
The abridged version? The Bosch Smart System is more responsive and has about 20% more range. (PowerTube 750 versus the previous PowerTube 625 battery).
The Performance Line CX offers a maximum torque of 85Nm giving you plenty of power for technical terrain, steep climbs and getting back up to speed.
Mondraker Zero Suspension – zero feedback & less issues
As important as the drive unit on an eMTB bike is a properly functioning suspension design.
eMTB produces some additional design considerations due to the difference in riding styles and capacities.
On a pedal bike chain growth, which essentially reverses the pedals putting pressure on the system, can be used to provide an area of travel designed for pedaling efficiency. However, with the drive assist on an eMTB you’re much more likely to be pedaling through full travel.
This means bikes with notable chain growth, particularly in the last bit of travel are hard on chains, hubs, and riders I suppose.
The Mondraker design allows riders to confidently use the bike’s travel climbing technical sections under power. It also makes a more stable, predictable platform when attacking the descent whether pedaling or not!
Questions? Chat with our team about how the Mondraker Crafty eMTB is a bike that needs to be on your short list of high performance setups.
More on the BOSCH Motor
from Bosch’s Site:
More powerful than ever: Increased to 85 Nm, the torque has a noticeable effect on riding behavior. It accelerates faster, particularly at low cadences, and makes uphill starts much easier. The eMTB rider has more power available for whenever it’s needed.
Impressive performance on the trail: Extended Boost is a unique function that helps you ride smoothly over roots, steps and stones, even when going uphill. With this function you can maneuver with greater ease and agility on challenging trails.
Ready for every challenge: The advanced eMTB mode ensures even better control on the trail, without having to switch riding modes. The motor responds much more sensitively to the rider’s effort, especially in low gears, enabling an extremely sensitive start.
Natural riding dynamism
Perfectly controlled support: The powerful 32-bit processor enables sensor signals to be processed at high speeds. Performance can be controlled precisely, offering eMTB riders the best possible support in all riding situations.
For extreme loads: The Drive Unit is extremely efficient and, thanks to the completely maintenance-free 16-pin BLDC electric motor featuring the latest bar winding, it is characterized by great thermal stability. This ensures constant performance even under continuous load.
NEW Sporty efficiency
Choosing a sporty riding style can take you further with Tour+ mode. The riding mode rewards your slightly increased power input with greater energy efficiency: The harder you pedal, the more the drive will support you. If, on the other hand, riding is fairly easy, you’ll receive less assistance. This means that the battery is discharged more slowly.
Learn about suspension setup basics on the following tabs. Each tab has a video with the basics of Air Spring / PSI, Volume Spacers, Compression, Rebound (or watch it all in one place with the final tab).
Each tab has a text section with a bit more in-depth look at the typical MTB suspension settings and how they intertwine.
PSI / Spring Rate
MTB suspension must accommodate a wide range of rider weight. To achieve this nearly all forks and rear shocks use an adjustable air spring.
By varying air pressure riders set a desired sag, or percentage of travel that the bike “sits into” under neutral loading.
Modifying this sag percentage will change small bump compliance as well as bottom out characteristics.
Learning how to Pre-Charge your suspension pump will help you make finite adjustments to sag.
Typically 15% sag is for a firm setup and 20% sag is considered plush.
Air Spring Fine Tuning Control(s): Volume Spacers & Compression
Air springs ramp rate, sometimes called Spring Rate, is based on how air compresses in the containment cylinder. As the air is compressed the PSI increases according to the decreasing volume of the containment. This is done via non-compressible volume spacers in the air chamber.
Hydraulic damping assists air spring providing support in mid-stroke and bottom out.
Opposing Control: Rebound.
Higher spring rate will drive the suspension back to neutral with more force than a lower spring rate. To keep the bike from skipping across trail rebound damping is utilized.
As suspension compresses (travel reduces) a piston moves closer to the end of a sealed container. By decreasing the volume of the container the PSI pushing back on the piston is increased.
By adding or removing non-compressible volume spacers riders modify the air spring’s ramp rate which directly changes the amount of support and bottom out feel of the fork or shock.
By removing volume spacers a rider increases the available volume in the suspension. The larger volume compresses less per mm of travel resulting in a lower PSI per mm of travel. This creates less support and is utilizes more travel.
Adding volume spacers decreases the available volume. With less air volume the PSI per mm of travel increases providing more support and greater resistance to bottom out.
Opposing Control: Rebound.
Rebound may need to be adjusted for volume tuning depending on how drastic of a PSI change is being tuned in or out of the suspension.
“Helping” Control: Compression.
Compression provides additional support and bottom out resistance.
Compression controls provide damping to slow suspension travel as a load is applied and the suspension is compressed. (easy one right?)
When riders have found sag and volume spacing preferences compression controls provide minute adjustments to dial in performance. Adding compression provides more support allowing the suspension to ride taller in its travel which is important when dialing in a bike’s personality in corners, etc.
With too little compression a bike will sit deep in the travel. This compromises cornering and braking force resistance. Headtube angle, bottom bracket height, front to rear weight bias, etc are modified as a bike goes through its travel. Maintaining control of the use of travel is paramount for good performance.
Since compression hydraulically slows the suspension’s use of travel it therefor lowers the air spring’s PSI. Properly setting compression controls will help ease the load on the rebound system by controlling the air spring’s push back onto the rebound circuit.
Too much compression will cause a bike to feel harsh and not use appropriate amounts of travel.
Generally, compression settings are fine tuned after sag and volume spacing have riders “in the ballpark.”
Low speed compression controls mid-stroke as well as support in cornering and against brake dive.
High speed compression helps with bottom out and high shaft speed inputs.
3 positions switches are a type of compression circuit with Open the most plush, Mid providing some additional support and Firm for climbing. If you climb in firm remember to put it back to plush for the downhill or you’re in for a potentially rough ride.
Rebound damping controls a suspension’s shaft speed returning to a neutral position. Or, how fast the air spring pushes back as the load changes.
More rebound damping slows the suspension by decreasing the amount of fluid allowed to pass through the hydraulic design.
Less rebound damping allows the suspension to return faster with less hydraulic restriction on the damper.
Rebound setting is based on weight, ground speed, terrain and aggression. Setting the rebound properly means finding the right frequency or feel for your riding.
If your rebound is too fast, or doesn’t have enough clicks of rebound, the bike will tend to skip and suffer poor small bump compliance.
When the rebound is too slow, or you have too many clicks of rebound, the suspension may “pack up” creating a harsh ride as each bump uses progressively more travel forcing the suspension deeper into the travel, which will have higher spring rates.
Opposing: Air Spring PSI / Spring Rate.
“Helping” Control: Low & High Speed Rebound.
Some suspension is designed with 2 rebound circuits. The High Speed Rebound circuit is designed to provide additional control resisting increased PSI late in suspension travel.
Typically High Speed Rebound settings are used as the Low Speed Rebound controls edge towards closed. Example: you might not use any clicks of High Speed Rebound until you reach “X” clicks on the low speed.
Mondraker Zero Suspension Design
Mondraker’s Zero Suspension is designed to isolate the suspension from chain growth and brake jack. By eliminating these influences to the suspension design the Mondraker’s have Zero concerns beyond the rear shock dialing in the performance.
Unlike many other MTB brands which mount the shock to linkage and the front triangle, Zero Suspension arranges the shock mounts on the suspension’s upper and lower link.
This mounting configuration allows the suspension designer a handful of advantages.
Notably the lower pivot is able to be located around the chain ring’s 12 o’clock quadrant, thus helping minimize any chain growth or pedal feedback.
Designers are also able to better control the angle of input from the linkage lever to the air shock. This is what creates the shocks performance based on how the link versus shock angle is designed.
The image above shows an example of rising and then falling rate suspension design.
Designing a suspension to utilize the input angles produces linkage that compensates for air ramp rate as well as helps maximize small bump compliance by working near to a 90 degree, or cosine 1.0 input factor.
The better designed the suspension linkage system works closer with the predictable air pressure changes and requires less damping accommodations which can create other issues depending on riding style, ground speed, terrain, etc.
In short: well designed suspension like the Mondraker Zero allows shocks to work better and each click of rebound or compression a more precise, less knife edge setup.
From Mondraker’s Site:
Mondraker ZERO Advantages
• Zero power loss. High pedalling efficiency. The power applied to pedals is transformed to immediate forward motion without any extra compression or extension of the rear shock.
• Zero pedal kickback Chain length growth throughout the suspension travel is minimum, so pedalling is as effective and efficient as possible.
• Zero brake jack Rear brake forces do not work against suspension forces. The rear shock works supple and freely and absorb impacts without any suspension stiffening caused for the rear brake action.
• Zero bumps The most remarkable feature of the system is its excellent suppleness on rough terrain and a completely stable ride when pedalling.
You can find Mondraker’s exclusive and patented Zero Suspension System on all Mondraker full suspension mountain bike range.
Mondraker Crafty SE Geometry
Compare Mondraker Crafty Carbon Geometry
Open the tab to the right to display our interactive mtb geometry comparison.
You can compare bottom bracket, chainstay, wheelbase, headtube angle, trail, reach and stack as well as learn more about rider’s reach and rider’s stack!
|A||Seattube length||380 mm||420 mm||450 mm||480 mm|
|B||Toptube length||605 mm||625 mm||650 mm||670 mm|
|C||Bottom bracket drop||-25 mm||-25 mm||-25 mm||-25 mm|
|D||Bottom bracket height||350 mm||350 mm||350 mm||350 mm|
|E||Chainstay length||455 mm||455 mm||455 mm||455 mm|
|F||Seat tube angle||73.5°||73.5°||73.5°||73.5°|
|G||Effective seattube angle||76°||76°||76°||76°|
|I||Fork Offset||44 mm||44 mm||44 mm||44 mm|
|J||Wheelbase||1225 mm||1245 mm||1265 mm||1285 mm|
|K||Headtube length||110 mm||110 mm||130 mm||130 mm|
|L||Reach||45 mm||470 mm||490 mm||510 mm|
|M||Stack||622 mm||622 mm||640 mm||640 mm|
Mondraker Crafty Carbon Sizing
From Mondraker’s site:
Sizes : Rider Size CM ( Feet / Inches)
Small: ~ 163 – 170 cm ( 5′ 4″ – 5′ 7″ )
Medium: ~ 167 – 178 cm ( 5′ 6″ – 5′ 10″ )
Large: ~ 175 – 188 cm ( 5′ 9″ – 6′ 2″ )
X-Large: ~ 185 – 198 cm (6′ 1″ – 6′ 6″ )
Determining the right size Mondraker starts with your height. But it doesn’t end there.
For riders near the size transitions your inseam length, arm length and shoulder width are factored into the sizing for the best performance. A shorter inseam and arm length may benefit from a slight downsize while riders with longer than average inseam or arm length often find the “bigger” bike is correct. The goal is to get you on a bike able to run a contemporary stem length which allows you to easily weight both the front and rear wheel in a variety of terrain conditions.
Furthermore, depending on the terrain you enjoy, your experience and ground speeds you might go up or down a size. Our team is here to help you define what size Mondraker is right for you and your riding. Email, call 949-470-1099, or use the on-site chat to contact one of our sales experts now!
Mondraker Crafty SE Build – MSRP $8,399
150mm of rear travel paired with a 160mm fork the Mondraker Crafty SE is ready to attack the big terrain.
Mondraker has spec’d the Crafty SEvwith FOX suspension, DT Swiss wheels, SRAM Eagle drivetrain and Bosch Smart System drive unit.
Learn more about the RR part spec as well as some common upgrades below!
note: supply chain issues may result in frequent substitutions for similar parts at Mondraker’s discretion.
Mondraker Crafty SE Build Spec
Crafty 6061 Alloy Stealth Evo, e-Bike Optimized Zero Suspension System, 150mm travel, Forward Geometry, internal removable battery with integrated alloy cover, Boost 12x148mm rear axle,
tapered head tube, one-piece Monoblock upper link, HHG internal cable routing, MAX capacity sealed bearings, oversize 17mm axles, integrated dropout speed sensor, exclusive plastic motor
Sizes : Rider Size CM
Small ~ 163 – 170
Medium ~ 167 – 178
Large ~ 175 – 188
X-Large ~ 185 – 198
Fox Float-X LV Factory Kashima, 205x65mm. Settings: compression 3 positions lever, low-speed compression, low-speed rebound, air preload. Trunnion top mount, 25x10mm bottom bushings
Medium compression, medium rebound.
Fox 38 29 Float FIT GRIP EVOL Performance, 160mm, e-bike tuned, tapered steerer tube, Boost 15x110mm axle, 44mm offset. Settings: 3 positions with micro adjust compression, low-speed
rebound, air preload
Headset: Onoff Saturn tapered for 1-1/8” to 1-1/2” head tube, ACB sealed bearings, top 41×30.2x7x45°x45°, bottom 51.9x40x8x45°x45°
Stem: Onoff Sulfur FG 30mm 0°, 6061 forged alloy, 31.8mm barbore
Handlebar: Onoff Sulfur 1.0 double butted 6061 alloy, rise: 20mm, width: 800mm, 9° backsweep, 5° upsweep, 31.8mm barbore
Grips: Onoff Diamond, 1lock-on, 135mm
Seatpost: Onoff Pija dropper internal, diameter 31.6mm,
S size: 387x125mm, M size: 425x150mm, L/XL size: 465x170mm
Saddle: Fizik Terra Aidon X5 145mm
Brakes: Sram G2 R, 4-piston caliper, Centerline 200mm IS 6 bolts one-piece rotor, steel-backed organic pads
Rotors: Front, Centerline 200mm 6 bolt. Rear, Centerline 200mm 6 bolt.
Front hub: DT 370, Boost 15x110mm, IS 6 bolts
Rear hub: DT 370, Boost 12x148mm, 3 Pawl system, IS 6 bolts
Rims: DT Swiss H1900 Spline 29, 30mm internal width, sleeved aluminum, tubeless ready, 28 spokes
Spokes: DT Hybrid SP, straightpull
Front tire: Maxxis Minion DHF 29×2.6, tubeless ready, 3C MAXX TERRA, EXO+ Protection, 120TPI, folding bead
Rear tire: Maxxis Minion DHR II 29×2.6, tubeless ready, 3C MAXX TERRA, EXO+ Protection, 120TPI, folding bead
Crankset: Race Face Aeffect ebike, 165mm
Ring: Sram X-Sync 2 Eagle 34T, steel, narrow-wide, 104 BCD
Chain: SRAM SX Eagle, 12s
Derailleur: Sram GX Eagle, Type 3 roller bearing clutch, cage lock, 1x12s, X-Actuation 1:1
Shift lever: Sram Trigger NX Eagle, 12s, X-Actuation 1:1, single click
Casette: Sram PG-1210, 11-50T, 12s
Derailleur hanger: Mondraker M068
Display: Bosch Kiox 300
Motor: Bosch Performance Line CX Cruise (25Km/h) GEN4 BS3
Battery: Bosch Powertube 750Wh
Weight from Mondraker’s site: 13.4 kg
Popular Upgrades to the Mondraker Crafty SE
There are a variety of popular upgrades or part swaps on the Mondraker complete bikes. Flip through the tabs below to explore some of the most popular including Brakes, Tires, Chain Guides and Frame Protection.
Along with tires the most common upgrade or swap to a stock Mondraker build is brakes.
Brakes are extremely important to your bike’s personality as well as your confidence on trail.
Finding brakes with the right modulation and power for your riding style allows you to further fine tune performance with rotor size.
Brake modulation is how the lever position relates to the amount of power at the caliper.
Brands like Magura and Hope offer great modulation. A slight pull on the lever will produce less pressure at the caliper and increases as lever throw continues. Magura riders can fine tune this even further with a variety of short or long brake levers to further modify the leverage ratio. In fact, Magura offers brake levers with adjustable modulation!
Shimano brakes have less modulation and the power tends to “come on” quicker. This isn’t necessarily good or bad – it’s just a personality.
Magura and Shimano offer similar levels of total power differing in personality more on modulation than max power or feel.
Hope brakes have a little less “bite” at full power but most riders are able to fine tune this by running a slightly larger rotor to increase both leverage and heat capacity.
Pricing / Value
Interested in updating the brakes but on a tight budget? Check out the Magura MT5. In many cases it’s available as a No-Cost upgrade. Cost conscious yes, light on performance or service life? Not a chance. The MT5 brake is the most popular offering here at BikeCo.com
Crafty Carbon RR Tire Upgrades / Swaps
The Mondraker Crafty Carbon RR kits are spec’d with Maxxis Minion DHF 3C Maxterra, EXO+ with 120tpi, 29×2.6″ front tires. The rear tire is spec’d with a Maxxis Minion DHR II 2.6 3C MaxTerra EXO+ with 120tpi.
Since tires play such a big role in a bike’s personality it’s very common for clients to swap to other tread patterns, sidewalls or sizes.
Some of the most popular changes are listed below.
Front Tire: Spec’d Maxxis Minion DHF
The Minion DHF has been an enduro favorite for years. In fact, well before enduro had become the accepted name for the riding style.
The Minion DHF features a relatively fast rolling center, with sipes in the center lugs to provide additional grip in cornering.
Cornering knobs on the Minion DHF are relatively stiff for support including the unique lateral addition to provide additional leverage against over-riding the cornering knobs.
Riders looking for a more aggressive front tire should check out the Maxxis Assegai for little more front end bite.
Rear Tire: Spec’d Maxxis Minion DHR II
The popular Minion DHR II rear tire provides balanced performance with the Minion DHF front tire. The DHR II features siping for improved braking on the center lugs with similarly robust cornering knobs to the DHF front option.
Riders looking for a more aggressive rear tire should shop the Assegai while those looking for something slightly faster rolling may go to the DHF or Aggressors.
The EXO+ stock tires are a popular option balancing sidewall support capable of attacking burly terrain without adding too much rolling weight.
EXO+ construction combines two puncture protection materials: SilkShield and EXO. The SilkShield layer runs from bead-to-bead with a layer of EXO along the sidewalls. Combined, these two materials create EXO+ which improves tread puncture protection by 27%; sidewall durability by 51%; and resistance to pinch flats by 28%.
Riders looking for additional sidewall support and resistance to damage will shop the Double Down or DD options
DoubleDown (DD) is the next step in the evolution of the dual-ply tire casing for enduro racing. Two 120 TPI casing layers reinforced with a butyl insert provide the enduro racer with the support and protection of a downhill tire, but in a lighter package.
The “light” tire option for most enduro riders would be the EXO sidewall.
An extremely cut-resistant and abrasion-resistant material added to the sidewalls of select mountain tires. This densely woven fabric is also lightweight and highly flexible, ensuring that the performance of the tire remains unaffected. Choose EXO Protection for exceptionally rocky, treacherous trails where the chance of sidewall cuts and abrasions is high.
RideWrap Frame Protection
A popular upgrade for any mountain bike, we offer two options of RideWrap Frame protection.
The RideWrap Tailored Kit covers the majority of your frame based on individual model size and shape. This is a $95.00 addition. We will install the Tailored kit for an additional $250.00 labor at time of initial build.
RideWrap’s Covered Kit protects the high wear areas such as downtube, top tube, etc. Custom trimming of the stock Covered Kit helps with fitment depending on model and size. The Covered Kit is $65.00 and installation is $150.00 at time of build.
Installing RideWrap isn’t particularly hard – but it is time consuming. Thinking about doing the labor yourself? Awesome! Check out a quick video on the installation process below.
Contact us today via phone at 949-470-1099, email chat or use the form below to secure this bike!