Ragley Piglet (frame only) review

Video: Built to have a good time on the singletrack

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
GBP £269.99 RRP

Our review

For the money, this is one of the best, most fun, general riding hardtails we’ve ridden
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The Piglet is the littlest of the Ragley range designed around a 120mm fork. Its slack geometry gives a truly confident and inspiring ride.


Ride & handling: Not the lightest bike but capable of lots of trail fun

The Piglet can drown in superlatives. It’s well priced as a frame only; is well thought out – from the slack angles to the speccing of the dropper-post-compatible seat tube and beyond; and it’s reassuringly well built rather than anorexic and flexy.

More importantly, it’s a rider’s bike: it will take you into the hills for big yomps but will do so with a sparkle of mischief wherever the trail points. This twinkle imbues you the confidence that it will take the knocks, and we frolicked off lips and grabbed air where we’d normally be more restrained.

It’s no big-hitter, as its Blue Pig X sibling is, but for a general cross-country/trail bike for singletrack lovers it’s a great choice. It won’t suit everyone though, and although it’s fine to pootle on, it rewards riders who take it by the scruff of the neck.

It doesn’t build into the lightest complete build –  our test bike with lightweight bits including a RockShox SID fork weighed 11.2kg (24.7lb) – but it’s well balanced and rides lighter and more nimbly than the scales suggest. And for the money, we’re not complaining.

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Video: Riding the Ragley Piglet and Blue Pig

Frame: Simple yet well thought out chassis; complete builds available

Built from butted ‘Fat Head’ chromoly steel tubing – which is externally and internally relieved to reduce weight and boost strength and stiffness – the Piglet inherits many of Ragley’s design cornerstones, including the unique three-finger chainstay that maximises tyre clearance for up to 2.5in treads; bridgeless seatstays; 30.9mm seat tube; and bolt-on cable and hose routing.

It’s a simple yet well thought out frame which will appeal to riders who like to have fun on the downs yet still ride all day. It gets one set of bottle bosses on the down tube but the seat tube is free for unrestricted dropping of the seatpost.

The box head gusset behind the head tube is necessary to pass the CEN frame test, but the Piglet’s designer Brant Richards explains that “it also makes the front of the bike torsionally stiffer under load, so the bike tracks better through the rough with less twisting”. On the trail – and combined with a QR15 screw-through fork – the front end does feel reassuringly direct.


If you don’t fancy the frame-only option, the Piglet is available in two complete builds – Piglet X7 and Piglet X9 – with either 120mm or 130mm forks for £1,075 and £1,499 respectively.

The piglet’s three finger ’stay gives it generous mud room: the piglet’s three finger ’stay gives it generous mud room
Jonathan Gawler

Product Specifications


Name Piglet frame (11)
Brand Ragley

Available Colours Golden Delicious Green & Illegal Ivory
Weight (lb) 5.2
Rims N/A
Saddle N/A
Seat Angle 74.5
Seatpost Specialized
Shifters N/A
Stem Hope OS
Brake Levers N/A
Rear Shock N/A
Spoke Type N/A
Chainstays (in) 16.73
Seat Tube (in) 20
Top Tube (in) 24.6
Wheelbase (in) 45.5
Tyres Bontrager Jones Dry X, 2.1in
Front Wheel Shimano XT
Rear Tyre N/A
Rear Hub N/A
Available Sizes 16" 17" 18" & 20" 14" 17" 17" 17"
Frame Material Fat Head' chromoly steel, optimised for 120mm fork
Bottom Bracket N/A
Brakes Shimano SLX, 160/180mm rotors
Cassette N/A
Chain N/A
Cranks Shimano SLX
Fork RockShox SID RLT Ti, QR15mm, 120mm
Front Derailleur Shimano XT
Rear Derailleur Shimano XT
Front Hub N/A
Front Tyre N/A
Grips/Tape N/A
Handlebar Ragley Carnegie
Head Angle 68.5
Headset Type N/A
Pedals Shimano XT
Rear Wheel Shimano XT