DOWNHILL BIKE FIRST LOOK - MDE 695
The MDE 695 Lumberjack DH bike came to our attention last year when on a trip to Morzine. We bumped into the Guys from Ride On Noli while staying with MTB Beds and had the chance to take a closer look.
This Italian company prides itself in the high quality of its manufacturing. From the welding, all the way down to the heat treating. This can easily be seen in the quality of the 695 Lumberjack.
MDE Bikes build each frame to order and offer a tailor made service or Rider Tuned Geometry for an extra £150. This means that you can tune each frame to suit your riding style or preference to geometry. Each build takes 60 days to process from the order date, so don’t expect a next day delivery.
The bike that was photographed was not the production specification as listed in the artical.
Suspension and Chassis
At the rear the MDE sports a DH-Link suspension system, that on the production bike drives a 241mm RockShox Vivid R2C damper. This then delivers 210mm of rear travel on a 27.5 platform.
With full builds available that come with a RockShox front fork and with price specific options from the Team or World Cup models.
Shape and fit
The XL bike that was spotted fit like a glove. With more than enough room even when the 450mm reach figure is not out of this world. Going hand in hand with this is the 63 degree head angle, 1256mm wheelbase and nice long 444mm rear stays. All numbers that fit well in the current downhill bike market. If these don’t excite you why not go for the custom setup and get something designed around you.
MDE 695 Lumberjack 2017 DH-Link 203mm
Rock Shox Boxxer Team 200mm 27.5″ Black
Rock Shox Vivid coil R2C 240x76mm Tune B
Noxon DH 650B
Maxxis High Roller 2 2,40
Sram Guide RS Black 203-203
Sram GX DH
Sram GX DH 1X7V
Sram MRP G2
Truvativ Descendant 170 mm 36T
Truvativ Holzfeller DH Direct mount 50mm
Truvativ Descendant DH, 800mm, Rise 25mm Black
Truvativ Descendant 309x350mm
Wtb Volt Pro Black
The chance to ride the bike whilst out in morzine never arose. But it is clear to see that this bike has seen some serious use with very little wear to show from it. Having taken the bike for the industry standard “carpark test”, it came out well. The DH-Link suspension seem like a well thought out design. The Lumberjack 695 has a good solid look and feel when having an initial check through the bike.
For us the price tag is one of the strong points to the MDE. A full build starting at €3,999 and frames now starting at €1,399. That’s a great amount of bang for your buck. In the coming months we will be aiming to get onboard one of these to see how it compares to other bikes on the market.
All in all an interesting bike.
Price: frame €1,399 full build €3,999 (plus €150 for custom geo)
Words and Photos: Ieuan Williams
Below you will see the MDE Damper 29 alongside the Lumberjack. More on that bike coming soon.