Is the new Mondraker Crusher the ultimate enduro e-MTB monster?

The Mondraker Crusher e-MTB
The new Crusher borrows from another Mondraker star bike the Crafty (Image credit: Mondraker)

Mondraker has been flat out in the mountain bike world during 2023, dropping a huge selection of wide ranging bikes. From the Raze Carbon trail mountain bike to the whopping price-tagged Mondraker NEAT, an e-MTB that they claim sets the standard for lightweight e-MTB. It makes the Spanish giants one of the most active mountain bike brands this year, not resting on their laurels, they now drop the Mondraker Crusher, the brand's take on an enduro e-MTB that leans heavily on one of their other star bikes, the Crafty.

Back in 2017, Mondraker launched the first Crusher which was the world’s first full-suspension, full-carbon fiber framed e-MTB with an integrated battery. The all-new Crusher brings the essence of the original Crusher's DNA but also borrows geometry and kinematics from the Crafty. Mondraker says the three-build Crusher is stylish, tough and capable of anything enduro e-MTB.

The Mondraker Crusher e-MTB

The original Crusher which was the world’s first full-suspension, full-carbon fiber framed e-MTB with an integrated battery (Image credit: Mondraker)

So what's new? Firstly, the Crusher takes advantage of some of Mondraker's class-leading technology. The front triangle is made from Stealth Air Carbon while the swingarm is fabricated from Stealth Alloy. The brand says combining a carbon frame with a burly aluminum rear, makes the Crusher lightweight but optimized for strength. 

The new Crusher comes in three builds – the Crusher RR, Crusher R and Crusher. All have 150mm of rear wheel travel and 160mm forks with burly 38mm stanchions, 4-piston brakes with 200-203mm rotors, and Maxxis Minion DHF/DHR II 2.6-inch tires all aimed at aggressive enduro riding.

The Mondraker Crusher e-MTB being ridden on a beach

Crusher also features the brands Zero Suspension System (Image credit: Mondraker)

As mentioned, the Crusher follows the aesthetic and design language of the Crafty Carbon, so fans of the Crafty, looking for a bike with a Shimano motor, can still get the classic good looks of the Crafty. The Crusher also has the effectiveness of the brand's Zero Suspension System. Zero is Mondraker's individually designed, set up and optimized suspension system which is claimed to deliver the best pedaling efficiency and biggest hit capability across all of Mondraker's full-suspension model range.

The Mondraker Crusher e-MTB being ridden of a massive jump

Crusher is designed for long days in the saddle on the gnarliest of trails (Image credit: Mondraker)

Power for those big days in the saddle comes in from Shimano's EP801 which is the latest generation of Shimano motor. It provides 85Nm of power while weighing in at 2.7 kg, which makes it one of the lightest full-power motors on the market. Assistance is in three different modes that are Eco, Trail and Boost, each of which is configurable via Shimano’s Smartphone app. 

The top-of-the-range Crusher RR comes with a Shimano XT Di2 rear mech which also offers the option of Free Shift which is Shimano's revolutionary system that allows riders to change gears without pedaling. This means the motor drives the chain without turning the cranks, allowing the appropriate gear to be selected even if, for whatever reason, you can’t spin the cranks. An example of this is if you can’t pedal at a certain point on the trail, like negotiating a big obstacle, but you need to be in a different gear for the next section of the trail, like a short sharp climb.

The Mondraker Crusher e-MTB ridden down a sand dune

Shimano's EP801 provides 85Nm of power with three modes available (Image credit: Mondraker)

All three Crusher builds come with the Shimano EN600 high-contrast full-color display which shows you which of the modes you’re using as well as all of your settings menus. The modes can be switched using the bar-mounted controller, located next to the handlebar grip, which can also be used to scroll through the display menus when stationary and includes status lights to show your battery level and mode selected at a glance. All the build options all come with the same 720Wh integrated battery which will give several hours of riding. 

Availability, pricing and specification

All three builds are available now with specs below priced as follows, the top of the range Crusher RR is $11,399 / £8,799 / €9,499. The Crusher R is $9,699 / £7,499 / €8,299, and the Crusher is $8,699 / £6,299 / €6,999. Check out Mondraker.com for further details.

Mondraker Crusher RR

Mondraker Crusher RR side on view

Mondraker Crusher RR (Image credit: Mondraker)
  • Frame: Crusher Stealth Carbon and Stealth Alloy, e-bike optimized
  • Fork: Öhlins RXF 38 M.2 29, 160mm
  • Rear Shock: Öhlins TTX Air 205X65mm 
  • Motor: Shimano EP801
  • Battery: Simplo internal 720Wh G3
  • Rear Derailleur: Shimano Deore XT M8150-GS Di2 12spd
  • Shifters: Shimano XT Di2
    Stem: Onoff Krypton FG 30mm 
  • Bar: Onoff Krypton Carbon 1.0 
  • Crankset: Shimano Steps XT FC-8150 e-Bike, 165mm 
  • Seatpost: Onoff Pija dropper internal, 
  • Saddle: FIZIK Terra Aidon X5 145mm
  • Brakes: Shimano Deore XT M8120, 4-piston caliper, 203mm
  • Wheels: Mavic E-Deemax S 29 
  • Tires: Maxxis Minion DHF/DHR II 29x2.6 
  • Sizes: S, M, L, XL
  • Color: Translucent Red Carbon / Black / Racing Silver 
  • Price: $11,399 / £8,799 / €9,499

Mondraker Crusher R

Mondraker Crusher R side on view

Mondraker Crusher R (Image credit: Mondraker)
  • Frame: Crusher Stealth Carbon and Stealth Alloy, e-bike optimized
  • Fork: Öhlins RXF 38 M.2 29, 160mm
  • Rear Shock: Öhlins TTX Air 205X65mm 
  • Motor: Shimano EP801
  • Battery: Simplo internal 720Wh G3
  • Rear Derailleur: SRAM X01 Eagle 
  • Shifters: SRAM Trigger GX Eagle
  • Stem: Onoff Krypton FG 30mm 
  • Bar: Onoff Krypton Carbon 1.0 
  • Crankset: Shimano Steps FC-EM600 e-Bike, 165mm
  • Seatpost: Onoff Pija dropper internal, 
  • Saddle: FIZIK Terra Aidon X5 145mm
  • Brakes: Sram Code Bronze Stealth, 4-piston caliper, 200mm
  • Wheels: Mavic E-Deemax 29 
  • Tires: Maxxis Minion DHF/DHR II 29x2.6 
  • Sizes: S, M, L, XL
  • Color: Denim Blue / Midnight Blue / Racing Silver 
  • Price: $9,699 / £7,499 / €8,299

Mondraker Crusher

Mondraker Crusher side on view

Mondraker Crusher  (Image credit: Mondraker)
  • Frame: Crusher Stealth Carbon and Stealth Alloy, e-Bike Optimized
  • Fork: Fox 38 29 Float FIT GRIP EVOL, 160mm
  • Rear Shock: Fox Float-X LV Performance, 205x65mm
  • Motor: Shimano STEPS EP801
  • Battery: Simplo internal 720Wh G3
  • Rear Derailleur: SRAM GX Eagle 
  • Shifters: SRAM Trigger NX Eagle
  • Stem: Onoff Sulfur FG 30mm 
  • Bar: Onoff Sulfur Alloy 1.0 
  • Crankset: Shimano Steps FC-EM600 e-Bike, 165mm
  • Seatpost: Onoff Pija dropper internal, 
  • Saddle: FIZIK Terra Aidon X5 145mm
  • Brakes: Sram DB8, 4-piston caliper, 200mm
  • Wheels: Mavic E-Deemax 29 
  • Tires: Maxxis Minion DHF/DHR II 29x2.6 
  • Sizes: S, M, L, XL
  • Color: Nimbus Grey / Vortex Grey / Bronze 
  • Price: $8,699 / £6,299 / €6,999
Paul Brett
Staff writer

Paul Brett is a staff writer for BikePerfect.com. He has been an avid cyclist for as long as he can remember, initially catching the mountain biking bug in the 1990s, and raced mountain bikes for over a decade before injury cut short a glittering career. He’s since developed an obsession for gravel riding and recently has dabbled in the dark art of cyclocross. A fan of the idea of bikepacking he has occasionally got involved and has ridden routes like the North Coast 500, Scotland and the Via Francigena (Pilgrim Route), Italy.

Current rides: Marin Alpine Trail 2, Ribble 725, Cube Stereo 160

Height: 175cm