2021 Blue Pig Race Review MBR Magazine

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.