There aren’t many bikes out there that have broken the mould of frame design over the past few years. But if you’re a regular BikeRadar reader you’ll probably have clocked that Mondraker has been one of the most progressive names in mountain biking with its Forward Geometry rides.

If imitation is the greatest form of flattery then take note – more and more bikes are following Mondraker’s creed of longer front centres and shorter stems. The Vantage is the Spanish firm’s first Forward Geometry hardtail – and it’s a refreshing take on the hardcore hardtail genre.

Frame and equipment: awesome chassis dressed in average kit – a familiar Mondraker tale

Let’s start with the all important numbers. Most trail bikes seem to be sitting around a 620mm effective top tube length for a large-sized frame – Mondraker has stretched this out to a whopping 660mm.

This length, when combined with the

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