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Marley 1.0 on Off.Road.cc

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“If you’re looking for an engaging ride that won’t completely shy from techy riding, the Ragley Marley 1.0 ticks all the boxes – it’s an agile but versatile playmate. It comes with a solid, well-considered build, too. It’s a bike that’s bound to make the world’s short travel hardtail lovers happy.”

https://off.road.cc/content/review/bikes/ragley-marley-10-review-7597

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Hardtail Party! Big Al

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“What a bike! This one is really special.”

https://youtu.be/AULQNFGOdx4

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Test winner……. 2021 Trig!

“this is a bike that’s built for tough terrain and has geometry that encourages bad behaviour….”
“an exciting blend of mountain-bike design and road-bike speed”

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Hardtail Party! Big Al vs Big Wig – Alloy vs Steel

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https://youtu.be/yYA_rOcEcIg
Ragley just announced their 2021 lineup including the Big Al and Big Wig. They sent me these a few weeks ago so I could get some seat time on them prior to launch date. I can’t wait to share my thoughts with you and compare the aluminum Big Al to the steel Big Wig in the upcoming videos. If these bikes are half as good as the mmmbop I reviewed last year, they’re going to be winners. Did you know Ragley only makes hardtails?

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2021 Big Al – Wideopen Magazine

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From Wideopen:

Frame and Build Kit
The Big Al shares the same geometry and sizing as its steel-framed brother, the Big Wig, a modern classic on the UK hardtail scene. Built with lightweight 6061 alloy tubing, the cherry-red Ragley frame has a low slung and purposeful look to it. In the size medium tested, the top tube flows beautifully into the slender seat stays. A small strut braces the top of the seat tube and a slight kink at the bottom creates more rear wheel clearance whilst still allowing plenty of seat post insertion.

The geometry is well balanced and right in the middle of what you might call, classic trail bike territory. The medium tested has a reach of 440mm and this grows 20mm per size up to the 480mm XL. Interestingly, there is no size small available in the 29” wheeled Big Al, so if you want a small you will need to get the 27.5” wheeled sibling, the Marley. Chainstays are 435mm, a length that I find short on an aggressive full suspension trail/enduro bike, but that feels just right on a small and playful hardtail like the Ragley. The head angle is 65.5 degrees which is fairly middle of the road, helping to make this bike fun and capable in most situations.

The build kit is really well thought out and it feels like you get great performance for the cash. In particular, the Marzocchi Bomber Z2 Rail does a great job of controlling the 130mm of travel. For such a budget fork with so little travel, it did an admirable job of smoothing out small bumps and it was surprisingly sensitive. The only thing I don’t really like is the compression adjuster dial on the top of the right fork leg as it doesn’t have defined clicks so you are just roughly lining it up with the frame or the fork crown to try to re-create certain settings. Mostly I just left it wide open though, so it is not a big deal.

I can’t remember the last time I rode a bike without 12 gears and riding the Ragley reminded me that actually more isn’t always better. The 11-speed, 11-51 cassette didn’t feel like it had big jumps in ratio and the shifting was smooth and crisp despite constant winter slop. It will also be pretty cheap to replace worn parts as the winter grit wears stuff down. Brakes were also Shimano with a set of Shimano Deore 2-pots doing a solid job of slowing me down.

The Big Al 1.0 runs on a set of WTB STi30 rims laced to Nukeproof Neutron hubs. They are still straight and true and the 30mm internal width gives plenty of support for the wide 2.4 and 2.5 inch Maxxis tyres. On the note of tyres, this is where I usually moan about bike speccing crap tyres, however the Ragley plays a blinder here by speccing a pair of Maxxis Minions in the EXO+ casing! This is amazing at this price point and shows that the dudes at Ragley really know their market and what we really need.

Ragley provide the stem, bars, saddle and grips and a Brand-X Ascend dropper post finishes the build. Nothing flashy, but all solid, clean looking and totally functional.

Up Hills
Well, this is a hardtail, so coming off of long travel enduro bikes the immediate feeling of acceleration is a good one. I sized down from my usual large to ride the medium, but still didn’t find the Ragely to be cramped, probably in part down to the relatively slack 72 degree seat angle which helps to open up space in the seated position.

With its short chain stays you might expect the front end to lift and wander with such a rearward seating position, however hardtails are great because they really encourage you to stand and climb steep and tech sections that you would simply winch up on a full suspension bike.

Down Hills
Smaller bikes and small hardtails in particular, can be a load of fun which is why I opted for the medium instead of my usual size large test bike. The way you can chuck it around, lean it in, pop and manual it makes it a great machine for winter lock down sessions in the local wood. Whilst I have not been able to ride the big and gnarly tracks of South Wales, my local spot has had to suffice and here, in its natural habitat, the Ragley thrives.

It loves a muddy rut, a sketchy line and linking turns together. Being alloy, rather than steel you might think it will be harsh, but it is anything but. Big Al feels as comfy and compliant as any steel bike I can think of, aided in part by the large volume tyres and the surprising performance of the Marzocchi forks.

It is super easy to manual, bunny hop and generally muck about on. If you are lucky enough to own one as a second bike, then it will be a potent tool for developing your skills, seasoning tracks and working on your technique whilst having plenty of laughs.

What do we think?
I have really enjoyed riding a hardtail after a couple of years off of one, with the Ragley re-kindling my love for the simple pleasures they provide. The Ragley Big Al is great fun, great value and that cherry red paint job is the cherry on the cake.

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2021 Blue Pig Race Review MBR Magazine

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A permanent fixture in Ragley’s line up, the Ragley Blue Pig is a 27.5in hardcore chromoly steel hardtail with slack angles and low standover. It’s designed for chucking about on all gradients, up to and including enduro or DH tracks. And, with more reactive 27.5in wheels, it’s equally at home collecting air miles jumping or ripping pump track laps.

A slack-angled 27.5in chromoly steel hardtail that’s designed to rip
Available in four frame sizes and frame-only option
Blue Pig Race gets a quality Shimano SLX drivetrain and 4-piston disc brakes
There’s also a £300 cheaper model with 150mm travel RockShox Yari fork.

Ragley updated the steel chassis last year, and it uses a blend of triple-butted 4130 tubing to tune stiffness and flex in different zones. Warrantied for five years, there’s on-trend, fairly stretched-out geometry, plus latest standards like a bolt-thru 148mm Boost rear axle and internal dropper post routing.

The slim main frame has gussets under both top and downtubes, and a supporting brace at the seat tube junction. ISCG 05 tabs make it easy to fit a chain device which is a good move given how jiggled hardtails can get in the rough stuff.

So the frame isn’t new, but for 2021, there’s an almost flawless kit list including RockShox’s supremely supple Lyrik Select RC fork and a quality Shimano SLX drivetrain. The Maxxis tyres use all the right tread patterns and casings too, including the more protective, mid-weight EXO+ casing and triple compound 3C rubber for superior edge grip and reduced rolling resistance.

https://www.mbr.co.uk/reviews/hardtail/ragley-blue-pig

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Ragley 2021 range

For 2021 Ragley will not be reinventing the wheel. Or making wild claims of “longer, lower, slacker” geometry. No, the 2021 line-up is simply a continuation of what Ragley does best. Bikes built with a solid spec, at affordable prices that are damn good fun to ride!

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Not a revolution, but measured evolution.
So, what is new? To start you’ll find an extra mountain bike in the line-up this year. The Big Al has proven itself a popular option for riders looking for an alloy framed big-wheeler but some were left wanting a little more. The new Big Al 1.0 adds a dropper to spec list, 11 speed Deore groupset and the fantastic Marzocchi Bomber Z2 up front.

The Trig gravel bike also gets some big updates to the spec including a full Shimano GRX groupset and wider tyres and rims courtesy of gravel tyre aficionados WTB.
In fact, all the bikes now run Shimano drivetrains and brakes, with the steel bikes also benefiting from 4-piston callipers. Every bike still comes tubeless ready, just fit the valves and add your choice of sealant, and all the mountain bikes roll on Maxxis 3C EXO+ casing tyres. Taller riders will also now benefit from 170mm drop seatposts on both the large and extra-large size bikes.
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Big Wig
The Big Wig is an enduro ready hardtail and Ragley’s only steel offering with 29” wheels. The Race spec bike gets an even more gravity focused spec this year with fork travel bumped up to 160mm. If trail riding is more your thing though, the standard Big Wig build still comes with a 140mm Revelation. Both bikes still come with Shimano 12 speed groupsets, 4-piston brakes and for 2021 roll on new Nukeproof wheelsets.

Big Wig Race – RRP £2299.99 / €3699.99 / $(US) 2899.99
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Fork Rockshox Lyrik Select RC 160mm
Drivetrain Shimano SLX M7100 12-speed
Crankset Shimano SLX M7100 30T
Wheels Nukeproof Horizon
Tyres F: Maxxis Assegai 2.5 TR 3C EXO+
R: Maxxis Minion DHR II 2.4 TR 3C EXO+
Brakes Shimano SLX M7120 4-piston
Seatpost Brand-X Ascend

Big Wig – RRP £1999.99 / €3199.99 / $(US) 2499.99
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Fork RockShox Revelation 140mm
Drivetrain Shimano SLX M7100 12-speed
Crankset Shimano Deore M6100 30T
Wheels Nukeproof Neutron
Tyres F: Maxxis Minion DHF 2.5 TR 3C EXO+
R: Maxxis Minion DHR II 2.4 TR 3C EXO+
Brakes Shimano Deore M6120 4-piston
Seatpost Brand-X Ascend

Big Wig frame only RRP £599.99 / €749.99 / $(US)699.99

Blue Pig
Ready to roll straight from the box to the start line of your next enduro race. A favourite among hardcore hardtail lovers since 2009. The 27.5” wheeled Blue Pig’s specs pretty much mirror those of the Big Wig; Shimano 12 speed, Shimano 4-piston brakes, and new Nukeproof wheels. Fork travel comes in at 150mm and 160mm respectively for the Blue Pig and Blue Pig Race.

Blue Pig Race – RRP £2299.99 / €3699.99 / $(US) 2899.99

Fork Rockshox Lyrik Select RC 160mm
Drivetrain Shimano SLX M7100 12-speed
Crankset Shimano SLX M7100 32T
Wheels Nukeproof Horizon
Tyres F: Maxxis Assegai 2.5 TR 3C EXO+
R: Maxxis Minion DHR II 2.4 TR 3C EXO+
Brakes Shimano SLX M7120 4-piston
Seatpost Brand-X Ascend

Blue Pig – RRP £1999.99 / €3199.99 / $(US) 2499.99
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Fork RockShox Yari RC 150mm
Drivetrain Shimano SLX M7100 12-speed
Crankset Shimano Deore M6100 32T
Wheels Nukeproof Neutron
Tyres F: Maxxis Minion DHF 2.5 TR 3C EXO+
R: Maxxis Minion DHR II 2.4 TR 3C EXO+
Brakes Shimano Deore M6120 4-piston
Seatpost Brand-X Ascend

Blue Pig frame only RRP £599.99 / €749.99 / $(US)699.99

Piglet
The Piglet has more of a bias towards trail riding than the other steel bikes in the range. Built with a shorter 140mm fork, it’s more responsive and the perfect all-rounder capable of epic days in the saddle to blasting through the local woods.

Piglet – RRP £1999.99 / €3199.99 / $(US) 2499.99

Fork RockShox Revelation RC 130mm
Drivetrain Shimano Deore M6100 12-speed
Crankset Shimano Deore M6100 32T
Wheels Nukeproof Neutron
Tyres F: Maxxis Minion DHF 2.6 TR 3C EXO+
R: Maxxis Minion DHR II 2.6 TR 3C EXO+
Brakes Shimano Deore M6120 4-piston
Seatpost Brand-X Ascend

Piglet frame only RRP £599.99 / €749.99 / $(US)699.99

Big Al
Proof that affordable bikes don’t have to mean compromise. With the perfect balance of geometry, spec and a lighter alloy frame, the Big Al was one of the most popular bikes in the 2020 line-up. So much so Ragley have introduced a new Big Al 1.0, with a dropper post, Shimano 11 speed drivetrain and the fantastic Marzocchi Z2 Rail fork taking care of things up front.

Big Al 1.0 – RRP £1399.99 / €2199.99 / $(US) 1699.99

Fork Marzocchi Bomber Z2 Rail 130mm
Drivetrain Shimano Deore M5100 11-speed
Crankset Shimano Deore M5100 30T
Wheels Nukeproof Neutron on WTB STi30
Tyres F: Maxxis Minion DHF 2.5 TR 3C EXO+
R: Maxxis Minion DHR II 2.4 TR 3C EXO+
Brakes Shimano Deore M6100
Seatpost Brand-X Ascend

Big Al 2.0 – RRP £1099.99 / €1699.99 / $(US) 1399.99
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Fork RockShox Recon Silver 140mm
Drivetrain Shimano Deore M5100 10-speed
Crankset Shimano Deore M5100 30T
Wheels Nukeproof Neutron on WTB STi30
Tyres F: Maxxis Minion DHF 2.5 TR 3C EXO+
R: Maxxis Minion DHR II 2.4 TR 3C EXO+
Brakes Shimano M4100
Seatpost Ragley Alloy

Big Al frame only RRP £349.99 / €449.99 / $(US)399.99

Mmmbop
The Mmmbop is the alloy counterpart to the Blue Pig and shares the same geometry, travel, wheel size and hard-hitting intentions. The new 2021 model now comes with a full Shimano Deore groupset, new wheels and the brilliant Marzocchi Bomber Z2 Rail takes care of suspension duties up front. The frame only option is also available in a stunning Glitter Blue colour.

Mmmbop – RRP £1399.99 / €2199.99 / $(US) 1699.99

Fork Marzocchi Bomber Z2 Rail 150mm
Drivetrain Shimano Deore M5100 11-speed
Crankset Shimano Deore M5100 32T
Wheels Nukeproof Neutron on WTB STi30
Tyres F: Maxxis Minion DHF 2.5 TR 3C EXO+
R: Maxxis Minion DHR II 2.4 TR 3C EXO+
Brakes Shimano Deore M6100
Seatpost Brand-X Ascend

Mmmbop frame only RRP £349.99 / €449.99 / $(US)399.99

Marley
The Marley continues to be the ultimate underdog, delivering a lot of bike for your buck with no-nonsense specs. Rolling on 27.5” wheels with 130mm fork up front, this bike is at home ripping round your local trails.

Marley 1.0 – RRP £1399.99 / €2199.99 / $(US) 1699.99

Fork Marzocchi Bomber Z2 Rail 130mm
Drivetrain Shimano Deore M5100 11-speed
Crankset Shimano Deore M5100 32T
Wheels Nukeproof Neutron on WTB STi30
Tyres F: Maxxis Minion DHF 2.6 TR 3C EXO+
R: Maxxis Minion DHR II 2.6 TR 3C EXO+
Brakes Shimano Deore M6100
Seatpost Brand-X Ascend

Marley 2.0 – RRP £1099.99 / €1699.99 / $(US) 1399.99
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Fork RockShox Recon Silver 130mm
Drivetrain Shimano Deore M5100 10-speed
Crankset Shimano Deore M5100 32T
Wheels Nukeproof Neutron on WTB STi30
Tyres F: Maxxis Minion DHF 2.6 TR 3C EXO+
R: Maxxis Minion DHR II 2.6 TR 3C EXO+
Brakes Shimano M4100
Seatpost Ragley Alloy

Marley frame only RRP £349.99 / €449.99 / $(US)399.99

Trig
You spoke, we listened. The Trig now comes in just one complete bike package with 650b wheels, 1x Shimano GRX drivetrain and wider WTB tubeless ready rims and tyres. Fit a dropper post, fit fenders, fit racks or bags and multiple bottle cages if you want to. The Trig is super versatile and super fun to ride.
Trig – RRP £1699.99 / €2699.99 / $(US) 2099.99
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Fork Ragley Carbon
Drivetrain Shimano GRX RX600 11-speeed
Crankset Shimano GRX RX600 42T
Wheels Nukeproof Neutron on WTB STi25
Tyres WTB Sendero 650 x 47 TCS Tan Wall
Brakes Shimano GRX RX600
Seatpost Ragley Alloy

Trig frame and fork RRP £649.99 / €849.99 / $(US)799.99

That’s all folks!

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Hardtail Party on the Mmmbop

In this episode we review the 2020 Ragley Mmmbop. This is the aluminum version of the blue pig, an aggressive 27.5 hardtail. In this espisode we have it set up with 27.5×2.8 tires. Ragley claims they “changed the tubing cross sections on the rear triangle to give a little more comfort on those long rides but at the same time retain stiffness for power transfer to the rear wheel.” Bold claims. Does the ride quality match those claims?

https://youtu.be/gluMneUQCdY

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Piglet MBUK Magazine

“The Piglet is a solid performer, but more suited to trail-centre laps and undulating singletrack than hardcore sending….”

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GuyKes TV on the Marley

Just how far can you push a £999.99 hardtail mountain bike? Hang on as I take the latest version of Ragley’s award winning Marley 2.0 hardcore hardtail mountain bike from XC to full Enduro to find out!

https://youtu.be/OGPgUIntsyA

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