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Danny Hart’s Mondraker Summum | Bike Check

September 12th, 2016

By Andrew Dodd in Features

Danny Hart’s Mondraker – the fastest DH bike out there

With an astonishing return to form, Danny Hart has not only just bagged the last 3 rounds of the UCI Mountain Bike DH World Cup – but he’s taken the coveted World Championship title for the second time in an incredible display of bike handling.

(check out Danny’s phenomenal 2011 victory right here)

We check out the Redcar Rocket’s Mondraker Summum Carbon Pro Team, in full custom World Champs spec – this thing is not only the fastest mountain bike on the scene, but it’s one of the most stunning too!

Danny Harts Mondraker Summum Carbon Pro

The World Champs has always been an occasion for riders to fly the flag for their country, and 2016 has seen a huge effort from all the countries. We have to say though – Danny Hart’s Mondraker Summum Carbon Pro Team is the best looking of the lot! Long, low, slack and clearly fast as f***! Photo | Nathan Hughes/Mondraker Bikes

Building a bike for the World Champs is an excuse to completely go to town – and Danny Hart’s Mondraker has a seriously cool selection of gear on it. Check out the Renthal Carbon Fatbar handlebars, custom painted by Fat Creations specifically for the Worlds. Beyond cool!

Danny Hart's Mondraker Summum

Danny Hart’s SRAM, Renthal, Crankbrothers, SDG, E-thirteen and Fox components ready to build a very special bike. Photo | Nathan Hughes/Mondraker Bikes

Danny Hart has been using Crank Brothers Mallet DH pedals for a while – but not like these special custom graphic models. We’d love to get our hands on some custom Crank Brothers Mallets!

Danny Hart's Crank Brothers pedals

It’s nice to see Danny’s respect for the late Stevie Smith on his winning pedals. Photo | Nathan Hughes/Mondraker Bikes

The Union Jack theme on Danny Hart’s bike is immaculately finished – and possibly the best example of custom painting we’ve seen in a long time.

Danny Hart's Mondraker Summum

Danny Hart’s Mondraker Summum was set up for Val Di Sole with the chainstays in the shorter 445mm setting, and he ran a Fox X2 Coil shock. It’s clear that the work getting his bike set up has helped Danny focus on what he does best. Amazing bike – outstanding rider. Photo | Nathan Hughes/Mondraker Bikes

Danny Hart's Mondraker Summum

Like many riders, Danny Hart was running Maxxis Shorty tyres to handle the insanely dry track that looked almost sandy in places. Photo | Nathan Hughes/Mondraker Bikes

Danny Hart's weapon of choice!

The Fox DH X2 coil shock has a huge range of adjustment and works incredibly well with the Mondraker Zero suspension system. Loving the clash of the orange spring against the red! Photo | Nathan Hughes/Mondraker Bikes

With the bike set up to perfection and a cool head, Danny approached Val Di Sole with the same methodical approach as he has used all year. With trust in the bike and his ability, Danny has mastered the mental challenge of racing at the top.

Firmly in the club now, with three incredible wins and now a second World Championship title, Danny Hart has firmly arrived on the scene as a force to reckon with.

Despite the fact Danny has been racing for years, it somehow feels like he is still gearing up. We can not wait to see how he tackles next year – the Redcar Rocket means business!

Danny Hart on his way to Gold!

Danny Hart looked amazing out on the Val Di Sole track that claimed so many riders yesterday. He only had a slight bobble on one of the more technical turns, but it didn’t phase him. His race face was firmly on. Photo | Nathan Hughes/Mondraker Bikes

On a personal note, I don’t think I’ve wanted any rider to win as much as Danny Hart at the World Championships in Italy since Peaty back in 2009. I’m still grinning looking at the shots of him now!

Danny Hart on the podium with Laurie Greenland and Florent Payet

Danny may be the Champion of the World – but lets not forget that two other astonishing things happened. In his first year in the top Elite class, team mate Laurie Greenland secured a solid Silver medal with a staggering performance, and Frenchman Florent Payet bagged a Bronze medal. All three riders were on the Mondraker Summum Carbon Pro Team – one hell of a moment for the Spanish brand! Photo | Nathan Hughes/Mondraker Bikes


What did you think of Danny Hart’s World Champs race run?

Did you have faith, or were you on the edge of your seat?

Let us know in the comments below!

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