Ragley Piglet review

A wild boar that won’t squeal however technical the trail gets

Our rating 
3.0 out of 5 star rating 3.0
GBP £1,400.00 RRP | AUD $2,880.00 | USD $2,240.00

Our review

A seriously tough and ballsy front end, but let down by the jarringly solid ride, QR/IS mount rear end and heavy 2x10 transmission
Buy if, You're prepared to put up with some quirks and discomfort in return for what can be a properly thrilling hardtail
Pros: Aggro-oriented front end, quality fork, high-speed stability
Cons: Bruising ride, some questionable spec, rear can't keep pace with the front, weighty
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It’s obvious straight away that the second litter of Ragley’s Piglets share the radical ride focus of the originals.

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The 65.5-degree unloaded head angle throws the high grip, soft compound, tubeless-as-standard WTB Vigilante 27.5in tyre way out front for serious stability on the steepest slopes.

Burly at the business end

Even with travel chopped to 130mm, the Manitou Mattoc Comp is still an impressively smooth fork that’ll take serious hits in its stride while sucking the tyre onto the ground to maximise grip. The wide Ragley Wiser Riser bars and stubby Stubbing stem add powerful leverage for fighting the bike onto tighter lines or resisting the bullying of random rocks and roots.

Related: Ragley Piglet 2 – first ride

The 44mm flared-end head tube is reinforced with a massive box-section throat gusset. The 38mm diameter down tube, and 35mm down tube and seat tube create a very muscular, clearly communicative frame that you can really put your shoulders and hips into without feeling it warp or distort.

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The burly front end is up there with the toughest: the burly front end is up there with the toughest

The burly front end is up there with the toughest

In other words, the Piglet’s front end is very well set up to be thrown down the sketchiest, steepest slopes as fast as you dare and then casually suggest you could probably have gone a lot quicker.

Game of two halves

Given how burly the front end is we’re a bit surprised by the presence of an open dropout quick-release rather than a screw-thru rear axle. The IS mount brake is a throwback on an otherwise fresh frame too.

Even with skinny rear stays, the large-diameter main tubes give the Piglet a jarringly hard rather than forgiving ride over rougher terrain. It’s certainly not the edge-smoothing float you’d expect from a classic triple-butted 4130 Chromoly steel frame and the rear tyre is too fragile to drop pressure enough to offset it.

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Fighting your way up hills can be something of a chore: fighting your way up hills can be something of a chore

Fighting your way up hills can be something of a chore

Despite its relatively low cost, we were still slightly surprised to find a shifter on both sides of the bars and a twin-ring crankset rather than a single-ring setup. The gains are higher top and lower bottom gears, but at over 14kg the Piglet is already a chore on climbs no matter how many gears you have to turn to.

While it’s nice to get a dropper post for the price, the externally routed Nukeproof design is a paint-rubbing pain on a frame that’s fully ready for an internally routed post. Hopefully the new air-charged OKLO design will be more reliable than the previous one though.

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All in all there’s a lot to like about the Ragley Piglet, especially if you like to live not just on the edge, but ride off the far side of it on the sketchiest, slipperiest trails possible. It’s an unforgiving ride though and componentry choices add to an already hefty weight.

Product Specifications

Product

Name Piglet
Brand Ragley

Available Sizes XS S M L XL
Rear Tyre WTB Trail Boss TCS 2.25 – 27.5" – Light/Fast Compound (TR)
Wheelbase (in) 44.69
Top Tube (in) 24.02
Standover Height (in) 28.35
Seat Tube (in) 18.31
Chainstays (in) 16.73
Bottom Bracket Height (in) 12.4
Weight (kg) 14.04
Stem Ragley Stubbing Stem - 50mm Reach, 0 Deg Rise
Shifters Shimano Deore M610 2x 10 Spd
Seatpost Nukeproof OKLO AIR, 125mm Travel
Seat Angle 72
Saddle Ragley Tracker
Rims WTB STI23, TCS, 27.5", 32 Hole
Rear Wheel Weight 2590
Rear Hub Novatec D812SB-A4S Disc Rear 135mm QR
Bottom Bracket Shimano Hollowtech II
Front Derailleur Shimano Deore M616 Down-Swing 2Spd
Brakes Shimano SLX M675 - 180/160mm
Cassette Shimano HG-50, 11-36T
Chain Shimano HG-54
Cranks Shimano M617 Deore 2x, 175mm, 38x24T
Fork Manitou Mattoc Comp with TPC Damping + Doardo Air Spring
Frame Material Custom triple butted 4130 Chromoly steel
Front Hub Novatec D811SB-15 Disc 100mm x 15mm
Rear Derailleur Shimano SLX M675 10Spd Shadow Plus
Front Tyre WTB Vigilante TCS 2.3 – 27.5" – Light/High Grip Compound (TR)
Front Wheel Weight 2060
Grips/Tape Ragley Single Lock On
Handlebar Ragley Wiser Riser Bars - 760mm Wide, 25mm Rise
Head Angle 65.5
Headset Type FSA No. 9 - Sealed bearing
Frame size tested M