fast and predictable
Built to deliver the highest performance, in a durable design with great functionality in all its details. The RAAW Madonna will make you go faster on the roughest trails and convince as an efficient climber.
The balanced geometry is made for stability and suits the character of the suspension perfectly. Years of experience went into the design of suspension-layout and are completed by a specifically tuned Fox DPX2 or DHX2 shock.
Performance, durability and functionality meet in all the bike’s details. From fully sealed pivot-bearings to the integration of gear-essentials, we integrated a long list of technical solutions that will quietly perform ride after ride.
Designed for the roughest tracks in the world, the RAAW Madonna is made to be fast and predictable. The complete package of all angles and lengths makes the bike stable at high speeds and extremely controllable in corners. The bike’s predictable behaviour is achieved by using a very balanced design from front to back, and will make you feel at home straight away. Three different frame-sizes give riders between 164 cm and 198 cm a perfect fit, with room for riding-style preferences. The steep seat-angle and the moderately long reach are responsible for an excellent climbing position. We use different chainstay-lengths on all frame sizes to give every rider the same balanced feel. The balanced design with the low BB shines in corners and technical terrain. We don’t believe in extremes, we believe in just right.
(all dimensions in mm except for angles)
Seat Tube Length
Virtual Seat Tube Angle
Actual Seat Tube Angle
Horizontal Top Tube
Head Tube Length
Recommended stem length*
164 - 177 cm
335 - 340
175 - 188 cm
35 - 50
185 - 198 cm
FAST AND PREDICTABLE - CLIMBING AND DESCENDING
The ‘four bar linkage’ suspension layout features a large rocker link, delivering a consistently growing leverage ratio that ends at just over 20% of progression. This progression leads to great support and uses the 160 mm of travel efficiently. The high main pivot is designed around a one-by drivetrain, delivering superb pedalling efficiency, even when sprinting.
A high starting leverage ratio combined with ball bearings on the shock pivots makes the suspension supple in all situations, tracking the ground better than anything you've ever ridden before. The influence of braking on the suspension is designed to be very active at the beginning of the travel, allowing impacts to be absorbed while braking. Deeper in the travel the influence of braking ramps up and gives the rider more support when things get rowdy.
160 MM OF TRACTION
Durability and performance meet on the suspension’s pivot design. Ten large 28mm bearings and two 52mm bearings are fully sealed with a new ‘hub-cap-style’ pivot design. Every single pivot is sealed from water, dust and mud and guarantee performance on long-term. The shock bushings have been replaced with large ball bearings and are partly responsible for the unseen sensitivity of the suspension that gives the rear-wheel traction unlike anything else. The frame’s hardware is designed to work with a single 5mm Allen key and guarantees a simple and easy working environment for maintenance. You won’t need three hands and a degree in science to take care of your bike.
VIVA LA DURABILITY!
Times when you forgot a spare tube or tool are a thing of the past. From the start of development, we have focused on smart integration of the essentials. A bottle cage mount is standard on all frame sizes. The downtube features a deep recess that not only creates space for shock clearance and cable routing but also a small spare tube.
The top tube is made from two separate tubes, creating a tapering pocket for a gear bag. This handy and rattle free bag is held in place with a magnet and can be used for your individual needs. A small tool, chain link, zip-ties and CO2 inflator will all fit and are accessed in no time.
RIDE WITHOUT A BACKPACK
DESIGN WITHOUT POCKETS
The Madonna-frame has been designed with closed surfaces only. Weight optimization has been done from the inside, with hollow forging parts. This way we have been able to avoid pockets, that gather mud and are hard to clean.
MUD DOESN'T STAND A CHANCE
EXTERNAL CABLE ROUTING AND A THREADED BB
The focus is on ergonomics and functionality continuously throughout the frame, with external cable routing, a threaded BB and ample tire clearance. This close attention to details raises the bar of durability and performance.
FUNCTIONALITY > AESTHETICS
The removable brake mount enables a design for different chainstay-lengths and different disc-sizes, without using more parts. The brake mount is bolted to the same forging part that also engaged the rear wheel-hub, to guarantee a very accurate position of the brake-calliper. The brake mount is specific for a disc and frame-size, allowing a clean design no matter what you prefer to run. Brake mounts for 160 mm and 203 mm discs will be available for all sizes.
CLEAN DESIGN IN EVERY CONFIGURATION
STATING THE OBVIOUS
We don’t like stating the obvious, but apparently we are one of a very few that care. Instead of making a roman-like story, here’s a list of details on the MADONNA:
Massive tire clearance with room for flexing rear wheels.
Welds that are positioned, not to interfere with the tire in extreme situations.
Loads of room for your feet to move and not interfere with the chainstays.
Chainstays designed to be as far from the chain as possible, to minimize chain-slap.
A large recess in the downtube provides space for clean cable-routing, a tube, CO2 cartridge and will fit all 2018 Fox and Rockshox shock models.
Safe cable-routing that isn’t exposed to rocks under the bike and also doesn’t rub, move, or rattle, even at bottom-outs.
Pre-cut chainstay and seatstay protection made from ‘3M Scotch Rubber Mastic Tape 2228’ comes with the frame-kit.
So that’s it, a list of what we think should be obvious, but somehow isn’t.
Travel front/ back
Max tire width
Seat tube diameter
Internal seatpost routing
Shock remote routing
Seatpost max insert
Tire to seat tube clearance
Bearings main pivot
Bearings other pivots
Recommended fork dimensions
160 (170) / 160 mm
29” (740-755 mm)
2.6” (66 mm)
One-by only, boost, 36t max
73 mm BSA / ISCG05
180 mm Postmount
31.6 mm inside, 35 mm outside
M 245 mm / L 275 mm / XL 275 mm
44 / 56 Zero stack
10 – 18 mm (depending on size and tire)
Ball bearings and hardware included
2 x 61808-2RS1 (52*40*7)
10 x 91903-2RS1 (28*15*7)
ATC 567.1 mm – Rake 51 mm
205*60 – Trunnion
3.8kg (incl. all hardware, w/o shock, size M
AL 6066 T6
Matt Black, shiny red and raw with matt clear coat
ENGINEERING & DESIGN
At RAAW Mountain Bikes we look at every single aspect from the very start of development. Suspension design, geometry, integration of technical features, design and feasibility are all part of the process and only go hand in hand.
We work with PTC Creo parametric software to create our 3D CAD models. PTC Creo allows very complex surfacing and gives us all the tools to create every single component of the frame as an organic part of the complete package.
To us, aluminium frame design is not about connecting tubes, but about achieving the maximum and showing what’s possible with hydroforming, forging and machining. Funky design lines and S-shaped downtubes are one thing hydroforming can do, but we use it to achieve a technical design, with straight lines and smooth transitions.
SHOWING WHAT ALUMINIUM IS CAPABLE OF