Bike of the Year 2017: Radon Swoop 170 8.0 wins Enduro Bike of the Year

Great geometry and fantastic components push this bike to the front of the pack

The Radon Swoop 170 8.0 wins 2017's Enduro Bike of the Year

The Radon Swoop 170 8.0 has won the Enduro Bike of the Year Award in our 2017 Bike of the Year testing.

This year our BikeRadar mountain bike testers worked closely with our magazine colleagues at What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK (MBUK) to draw on our full product testing expertise. You can read more about the awards in the latest issue of MBUK — issue 341 — on sale now.

Modern mountain bikers are spoiled with a wealth of outstanding options to choose from these days. With enduro bikes currently leading the charge in mountain bike development, it was no surprise that selecting this year’s best enduro bike would be a significant challenge.

Given the stacked field, it was no small feat that Radon’s Swoop 170 8.0 was able to ride away with the victory. 

Radon might not be the most well-known brand, but given the quality of the bikes this German company is producing, that’s set to change.

The combination of outstanding geometry and quality kit make the Swoop 170 8.0 a winner
The combination of outstanding geometry and quality kit make the Swoop 170 8.0 a winner

The Swoop took a two-pronged approach to victory, winning in terms of dialed geometry, with three positions that are all equally usable on the trail, as well as a value-packed kit that gives the rider the most for their money.

“Sorted geometry is the foundation of a great bike and that’s where the Swoop really stands out from the crowd. It feels like Radon really has hit the nail on the head here,” wrote tester Rob Weaver in his Radon Swoop 170 8.0 review.

Our testers loved the Swoop's eagerness for speed and poise under pressure
Our testers loved the Swoop's eagerness for speed and poise under pressure

A fierce fight to the top

The Radon Swoop 170 8.0 edged-out intense competition from the following bikes to win BikeRadar’s Enduro Bike of the Year.

The Radon Swoop 170 8.0 review was originally published in Mountain Biking UK magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

Josh has been riding and racing mountain bikes since 1998. Being stubborn, endurance racing was a natural fit. Josh bankrolled his two-wheeled addiction by wrenching at various bike shops across the US for 10 years and even tried his hand at frame building. These days Josh spends most of his time riding the trails around his home in Fort Collins, Colorado.
  • Discipline: Mountain, cyclocross, road
  • Preferred Terrain: Anywhere with rock- and root-infested technical singletrack. He also enjoys unnecessarily long gravel races.
  • Current Bikes: Trek Remedy 29 9.9, Yeti ASRc, Specialized CruX, Spot singlespeed, Trek District 9
  • Dream Bike: Evil The Following, a custom Moots 27.5+ for bikepacking adventures
  • Beer of Choice: PBR
  • Location: Fort Collins, CO, USA

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