The Wolf’s Last Word
The Mondraker Crafty RR SL is without a doubt one of the best looking and lightest eMTBs on the market. Looks, spec and low weight only go so far however, and we do think there are some notable talking points when it comes to suggesting this bike. First up is the rattle from the battery on braking bumps or other high frequency impacts. One could likely quiet the bike up with some work, but for this price, it should be dialed. Second is the stiff suspension platform. For some riders, in certain locations, it will be absolutely welcomed, and it does make this bike a ton of fun, super-fast and ride even lighter than its 45lb weight would suggest. The downside is it can feel a bit rough and chattery for lighter weight riders on square-edge hits at speed.
Outside of those two talking points, which are certainly notable, the Crafty eMTB is an incredibly fun bike to ride! If you are looking for a super-fast, playful, poppy or snappy full power eBike that rides like some of the lightweight eMTB options on the market, this is certainly one to look at. If you don’t regularly find yourself on extended rides through square-edge rock gardens or roots and instead spend time snapping corners, hopping around the trail, challenging yourself on technical climbs or wanting to go as fast as possible, few bikes will compete with the Mondraker Crafty RR SL.
We’d like to thank the crew at Fly Rides USA for sending this bike out for us to test. They’ve got a huge inventory of eMTBs from a dozen brands. Give their website a check here.