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Versatile, Capable, Customizable: The All-New MDE Bikes Damper Is Here 5

Three different wheel size configurations, multiple travel options, and various builds all add up to one very intriguing trail bike.

Versatile, Capable, Customizable: The All-New MDE Bikes Damper Is Here

MDE Bikes is announcing their completely revamped 2020 Damper trail/enduro bike. Among the litany of updates is a revamped suspension design, intended to provide greater lateral stiffness and now allow for a water bottle mounted in the traditional downtube placement.  The new, I-Link 2.0 has been optimized for mud-shedding and pivots on large, Enduro bearings. 


The chainstays have been shortened to 439-mm on the 29er and 425-mm on the 27.5-inch wheeled version. Other geometry updates include a steeper seat angle, now 79.7-degrees, and a slacker, 65.5-degree head angle. A straight seat tube allows for increased dropper-post insertion. 


The Damper is available in three different wheel size configurations as either a 29-inch, 27.5-inch or a 29-inch front/27.5-inch rear wheeled setup. Riders can also set up the Damper with 27.5-plus wheel/tires.



  • Type: AggressiveAM / Enduro / BikePark
  • Tubing: 7005 Custom hydroformed aluminum
  • Max fork travel: 180mm
  • Rear shock size: 230x60mm / 216X63mm / 230X65mm (coil shock compatible)
  • Rear travel: 155mm / 160mm / 165mm
  • Shock hardware: 22mm X 8mm Ant. | Post. Custom (supplied with the frame)
  • Headset: Upper 44-mm zero stack, lower 56-mm zero stack
  • Bottom Bracket: 73mm BSA
  • Rear brake: 160mm post mount
  • Rear axle: 148-mm x 12-mm
  • Front der.: None
  • ISCG bracket: ISCG 03 or 05 (1.5mm) removable bracket (05 supplied with the frame)
  • Seat post diameter: 30.9mm
  • Seat clamp diameter: 34.9mm
  • Max. chainring size: single 36T (Boost only)
  • Max rear tire size: 29 x 2.5 or 27.5 x 2.8
  • Weight: 3.00kg (6.6-pounds) without shock
  • Frame is hand-made in Italy
  • Prices start at 2,990 € Euro for a complete build
  • Frame price is 1,690 € Euro


Want more? Head to the MDE Bikes site for full breakdown on options.

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BHowell BHowell 8/26/2019 11:50 AM

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Do I understand correctly that there are 2 different frames one for 27.5/27.5 and another for 27.5/29 and 29/29?
It's not just one frame that you can adjust to whatever wheel size you like correct?

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interesting bikes.. specially when you have money invested in 8.5x2.5 shocks... how are these options landed specifically ? different rear yoke, flip chip or is the geometry changing slightly due to the different Eye-to-eye /stroke length?

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The link between the rear triangle and the shock is longer (you can see the 2 lengths in the 4 pictures of the side of the bike). On the current one, it's the link on the other end of the shock that is longer for the 216x63 shock.

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