Mondraker adds carbon-framed models to its best selling Chrono DC range

Rider on the Mondraker Chrono Carbon DC
The Mondraker Chrono Carbon DC has three builds with a brand new carbon frame (Image credit: Mondraker)

The Mondraker Chrono DC has always been a bestseller for the Spanish mountain bike brand. Earlier this year they updated the aluminum framed versions of the Chrono DC hardtail mountain bikes which aimed to give them more aggressive ride characteristics with model-specific geometry and an impressive out-the-box spec of components.

Mondraker is now launching the new and updated Chrono Carbon DC which they say has now evolved and adapted to mountain biking’s changing trends and technologies making it more versatile than ever before. The new Chrono DC embraces the DC (downcountry) philosophy, making it a capable all-rounder carbon fiber hardtail at home as an XC, marathon, or trail mountain bike. 

So what's new in Mondraker Chrono Carbon DC? We had a look over the details to find out... 

View of the top tune on the the Mondraker Chrono Carbon DC

The Mondraker Chrono Carbon DC takes design cues from the brand's high-performance full suspension mountain bikes (Image credit: Mondraker)

Stealth carbon and DC geometry

The new Chrono Carbon DC comes in three builds – the Carbon Chrono DC RR, Carbon Chrono DC R, and Carbon Chrono DC with all builds featuring the redesigned Chrono 29 Stealth Carbon frame which they say weighs in at 1,150 grams, and takes its design cues from the brand's high-performance full suspension mountain bikes like the new Mondraker F-Podium, the Neat, and the Crusher. 

Mondraker has designed the Chrono Carbon DC to be a true all-rounder hardtail, with the new frame built from the ground up in terms of design and geometry. It’s made from their own Stealth carbon with a trail-focused geometry that matches up (geometry-wise) with their Chrono aluminum framed siblings. The head angle on the new models is 67.5 degrees, which is 2.5 degrees slacker than the previous version, while the fork travel has been increased to 120mm, which they claim makes the Chrono Carbon DC a more capable and versatile mountain bike.

Front end side on view of the new Mondraker Chrono Carbon DC

A trail-focused geometry is matched with fork travel that has been increased to 120mm (Image credit: Mondraker)

Downcountry specific build

An all-new component mix is another key factor on the Chrono Carbon DC models and the RR and R models come with an Onoff Pija factory-fitted dropper post, and Onoff finishing kit features throughout the range. Proven Maxxis Ardent 29 x 2.4-inch tires give a combination of rolling resistance, grip, and comfort on most terrains, and are paired up with Mavic CrossMax rims. To add to the overall comfort and provide a less demanding riding position on longer rides, Mondraker has reduced the stem length compared to the other models to S/M: 50mm, L: 60mm, and XL: 70mm. They have also increased the brake rotors to 180mm upfront and 160mm at the rear.

Close up view of the Mondraker Chrono Carbon DC RR

The Chrono Carbon DC RR and R models come with an Onoff Pija factory-fitted dropper post (Image credit: Mondraker)

Pricing and specification

All models are available now with top-of-the-range Chrono Carbon DC RR priced at $4,499 / £3,599 / €3,499, the R at $3,499 / £2,799 / €2,799 and the Carbon DC at $2,799 / £2,299 / €2,199. More information on spec can be found below and at Mondraker.com.

Front on view of the Mondraker Chrono Carbon DC cockpit

The Chrono Carbon DC models feature the brands own Onoff finishing kit (Image credit: Mondraker)

Chrono Carbon DC RR

Mondraker Carbon Chrono DC RR side on view

(Image credit: Mondraker)
  • Frame: Chrono 29 Stealth Full Carbon
  • Fork: Fox 34 Step Cast Float FIT4 EVOL Factory Kashima, 120mm
  • Rear Derailleur: SRAM GX Eagle, 12spd
  • Shifters: SRAM NX Eagle
  • Stem: MDK, 6061 T6 Alloy
  • Bar: Onoff Sulfur 0.2 Alloy
  • Crankset: SRAM GX Eagle 
  • Seatpost: Onoff Pija dropper internal
  • Saddle: Mondraker MDK Series
  • Brakes: SRAM Level T, 180F, 160R
  • Wheels: Mavic CrossMax XL S 29 
  • Tires: Maxxis Ardent 29x2.4 
  • Color: Black / Polaris / Racing Silver
  • Sizes: S, M, L, XL
  • Weight: 11.6 kg
  • Price: $4,499 / £3,599 / €3,499

Chrono Carbon DC R

Mondraker Carbon Chrono DC R side on view

(Image credit: Mondraker)
  • Frame: Chrono 29 Stealth Full Carbon
  • Fork: Fox 32 29 Float GRIP EVOL Rhythm, 120mm
  • Rear Derailleur: SRAM GX Eagle, 12-spd
  • Shifters: SRAM NX Eagle
  • Stem: MDK, 6061 T6 Alloy
  • Bar: Onoff Sulfur 0.2 Alloy
  • Crankset: SRAM NX Eagle
  • Seatpost: Onoff Pija dropper internal
  • Saddle: Mondraker MDK Series
  • Brakes: SRAM Level, 180F, 160R
  • Wheels: Mavic CrossMax 29 
  • Tires: Maxxis Ardent 29x2.4 
  • Color: Nimbus Grey / Black / Yellow
  • Sizes: S, M, L, XL
  • Weight: 12.1kg
  • Price: $3,499 / £2,799 / €2,799

Chrono Carbon DC 

Side on view of the Mondraker Carbon Chrono DC MTB

(Image credit: Mondraker)
  • Frame: Chrono 29 Stealth Full Carbon
  • Fork: RockShox Recon Gold RL, 120mm
  • Rear Derailleur: SRAM NX Eagle, 12-spd
  • Shifters: SRAM NX Eagle
  • Stem: MDK, 6061 T6 Alloy
  • Bar: Onoff Sulfur 0.2 Alloy
  • Crankset: SRAM NX Eagle
  • Seatpost: Onoff Sulfur 0-R
  • Saddle: Mondraker MDK Series
  • Brakes: SRAM Level, 180F, 160R
  • Wheels: Mavic CrossRide 29 
  • Tires: Maxxis Ardent 29x2.4 
  • Color: Flame Red / Vortex Grey / Racing Silver
  • Sizes: S, M, L, XL
  • Weight: 13.2 kg
  • Price: $2,799 / £2,299 / €2,199
Paul Brett
Staff writer

Based in Edinburgh, 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