Mondraker Crafty R E-Bike Review
Words By Drew Rohde | Photos by Jesse Polay
Now in its third generation, the Mondraker eCrafty R, or Crafty, has been a surprising treat for us. The bike’s updated suspension kinematics, e-bike optimized suspension, and Bosch Performance Line CX motor give it a very competitive ride in the all-mountain e-bike category. Sporting 150mm of rear-wheel travel and a 160mm of front wheel travel, the Mondraker Crafty R held up for some hard-charging rides on the rowdiest trails we’ve ever ridden on an e-bike.
Mondraker specs the Craft R with a quality level group without going overboard, leaving the top of the line components for their flagship Crafty RR model. At the core of the Crafty is Bosch’s Performance Line CX motor powered by a 500Wh Power Tube battery. The battery is easily accessible under a cover on the top of the downtube.
The Mondraker Crafty R was our first experience riding with the Bosch Kiox display unit. Although we loved the bright and informative screen we ended up breaking the tabs, and once the unit’s connectors come loose, the bike powers off. Also, it’s just another piece of equipment that needs to be charged, and we were surprised to learn that the bike’s on-board battery doesn’t charge the unit. We learned the hard way once that screen goes dead, so does your bike.
A large Bosch selector sits on the left side of the handlebar and offers easy to find buttons and allows for smooth navigation between power modes and information on the display screen. It is a bit large, in our opinion, and we didn’t love the look of it, but it did work fine, and even though we expected to bump it with our knee, it stayed out of the way just fine.
The Bosch unit spins a Race Face Aeffect bike crankset with 165mm crank arms. SRAM NX 11-speed drivetrain comes spec’d on the Crafty R and ran smoothly during our test period. Being able to control the high speeds one can achieve on the Crafty is important, and we’re glad Mondraker opted to run Shimano’s 4-piston brakes and large 203mm rotors front and back.
Cockpit spec consists of Onoff headset, Stoic stem with a Mondraker double-butted handlebar, SDG Bel-Air 2.0 saddle, and Onoff Pija dropper post with 150mm of travel. Rolling stock on the Crafty R comes in the form of DT Swiss H1900 rims with a 35mm internal width, DT 370 hubs, and Maxxis Minion DHF/High Roller 2 tires in 27.5 by 2.8”.