Ragley Blue Pig frame£259.99

Standout ride

BikeRadar score4/5

The Blue Pig is the smooth steel option in Ragley’s three-bike range and it’s a truly standout radical terrain ride.

The chromoly steel tubeset meets CEN standards, and is triple-butted internally and externally with a ring-reinforced plate and block gusset backed head tube.

It can handle forks up to 150mm (5.9in), and the split-plate three-finger chainstay plate gives 2.5in of tyre clearance. Moveable bolted clips give multiple cable and brake routing options, but there’s no ISCG chainguide mount.

Most importantly it rides really well. Its weight is okay and the skinny 27.2mm seatpost amplifies its springier, rock-dampening and traction-boosting steel feel. The long top tube and 67.5-degree head angle work superbly with a short (50 to 70mm) stem. The price is very good too.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 44
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster tfhan the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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