Ragley Blue Pig frame review$428.53

Strong and innovative ride

BikeRadar score4.5/5

The frame here is a final prototype, but some members of our test team are already placing orders for the first production bikes due imminently.

Designed by Brant Richards (previously On-One) this is a radical hardtail frame that rides superbly in conditions that most right-minded people would do their best to avoid.

The long top tube, steep seat angle and slack head angle demand a 50-70mm stem but with a big bar and a stiff 140-160mm fork you’ll feel invincible. It’s a superb technical climber too, consistently surprising everyone who rode it with what they could get up.

The unique ‘three finger’ split-plate chainstay design means massive mud and chainring room, and this is the first steel hardtail we’ve ridden that passes the latest brutal CEN testing standards.

The skinny seatstays and cunningly butted main tubes still manage to deliver a resilient wrist-saving spring to the ride. There’s excellent traction and power delivery, and ample breathing space meant we didn’t worry about the high weight either.

The separate sticker kit and machined cable/hose clamps can all be moved according to different rider/drivetrain demands 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: 45
  • 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 than 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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