We’ve been seeing the pictures online for a while, but it looks like Mondraker‘s Forward Geometry concept with a handlebar that mounts directly over the fork is ready for production.
Mondraker says the concept allows the handlebars to remain in the same position in relation to the rider with the front-center length being extended. Front-center is the distance from the bottom bracket to the front axle.
They say the extended wheelbase aids in both climbing and descending, while the direct relationship between the bars and fork give a very percise steering response. It will be available on Mondraker’s 2013 Factor XR, Dune XR, Foxy XR, and Summum XR models.
It might look very odd, but it’s a logical progression of the trend toward longer top tubes and shorter stems. If we get to ride one we’ll let you know how it feels. Until then, check out this video with Fabian Barel explaining the concept.