Ragley Release Updated Range of 2021 Bikes

Jan 25, 2021 at 3:35
by Henry Quinney  
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For 2021 Ragley, in their own words, "will not be reinventing the wheel". The 2021 line-up is simply a continuation of what Ragley is known best for - sensibly built bikes with an eye for value. Not a revolution, but measured evolution.

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The Big Al is now available in two different specs.

So, what is new? To start you’ll find an extra mountain bike in the line-up this year. The new Big Al 1.0 adds a dropper seatpost, 11 speed Deore groupset and the Marzocchi Bomber Z2 fork to the spec list and now sits alongside the Big Al 2.0. The base model starts at £1099.99 / €1699.99.

All the mountain bikes roll on Maxxis 3C EXO+ casing tyres.
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The Big Wig, as the name suggests, rolls on 29" wheels. It's the only steel bike in Ragley's range to do so.
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The Big Wig is an enduro hardtail. The Race spec bike gets fork travel bumped up to 160mm. If trail riding is more of your thing, the standard Big Wig build still comes with a 140mm Revelation. RRP £1999.99 / €3199.99.

Large and extra-large bikes now come with 170mm drop seatposts right across the range.
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The 27.5” wheeled Blue Pig’s specs pretty much echo those of the Big Wig; Shimano 12 speed, Shimano 4-piston brakes, and Nukeproof wheels. Fork travel comes in at 150mm and 160mm respectively for the Blue Pig and Blue Pig Race. In the shorter travel option, the head angle comes in at 63.75° to boot. Prices start at £1999.99 / €3199.99, with the frame available for £599.99 / €749.99.

Built with a shorter 140mm fork, the Piglet promises to be a responsive and capable trail hardtail.
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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 hopes to be the perfect all-rounder, capable of everything from epic days in the saddle to blasting through the local woods. It isn't short of tire clearance either and will fit up to 2.6 inches. RRP £1999.99 / €3199.99.

The Mmmbop shares the same dimensions to the Blue Pig but is alloy, as opposed to steel
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The Mmmbop is the alloy counterpart to the Blue Pig and shares the same geometry, travel, wheel size and hard-hitting intentions. The 2021 model now comes with a full Shimano Deore groupset, new wheels and a Marzocchi Bomber Z2 Rail. The frame only option is also available in a Glitter Blue colour. RRP £1399.99 / €2199.99 or £349.99 / €449.99 for the frame.

The paint on this Marley is sure to be a fan favourite.
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The Marley aims to deliver a lot of bike for your buck. An alloy frame rolling on 27.5” wheels with 130mm fork up front, this bike is at home ripping around your local trails. Like many of the 27.5 bikes in Ragley's range, it is equipped with 425mm chainstays and promises to be a lot of fun. RRP £1399.99 / €2199.99.

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All the bikes now run Shimano drivetrains and brakes, with the steel bikes also benefiting from 4-piston callipers.

What about availability?

So, when will these bikes be in shops? Well, not as long as you might think. Ragley claims that all its dealers have stock ordered with some also taking pre-orders. At the moment it is expecting first deliveries of stocks to arrive at the following times:

- W/C 15 Feb: Mmmbop frames
- W/C 22 Feb: Big Al frames, Big Wig frames, Blue Pig frames, Marley frames, Mmmbop frames & bikes, Piglet frames
- W/C 1 March: Big Wig Race bikes, Blue Pig Race bikes, Mmmbop bikes, Piglet bikes, Trig bikes.
- W/C 15 March: Big Al 1.0 & 2.0 bikes, Big Wig bikes, Big Wig frames, Blue Pig bikes.
- W/C 3 May: Trig frame and fork

For more information visit Ragley's Website.


61 Comments

  • 57 6
 RRP £1999.99 / €3199.99. haha , FU brexit
  • 23 1
 Bought and built up a BluePig frame last year. It's so much more fun to ride than my Nukeproof Mega, and I've completely fallen in love with steel again. That 2021 BigWig paintjob is beautiful!
  • 6 3
 If it's more fun to ride than your Mega , you probably didn't need a Mega for where you ride.
#overbiked
  • 1 0
 @Molesdigmyjumps: locally, you're absolutely right. But when I get to the mountains and do uplift days, the Mega is the more appropriate bike
  • 1 0
 @DirtboxTom: yeah fair enough - day to day a hardtail is a blast i was just being a PB dic! Ha
I built a Bird Zero up last year and its so fun
  • 8 1
 Was nearly going to cancel my Canfield Nimble 9 order when I saw the Big Wig, but then I saw the Big Wig price - hoped it'd be a bit cheaper. The bikes look lovely though, probably better value as full builds vs frame only, I had an MMBop for a few years and loved it
  • 15 7
 Say thanks to Brexit, all bikes from CRC (NukeP, Vitus, Ragley) have stupid € prices. I used to be a loyal CRC customers but the recent price increase just killed it.
  • 5 1
 I'm loving my Canfield Nimble 9. It's such a fun bike!
  • 3 0
 @Balgaroth:
Mmmbop frane was 249 euros in 2019...now it is 449..and it is the same frane with new colors..
I borghi this frane and it was really nice but 449 euros is too much..especially if you don't get any improvements over the 2019 and 2020 models..
I was waiting for the new lineup and I a bit disappointed...
  • 1 0
 @sriracha: looking forward to mine but it won't arrive until April. I had a Canfield EPO up until last month but somehow wore a hole in the inner chainstay. Bought a very cheap Canyon Stoic to keep me going until the Nimble arrives, I actually really like the Stoic, it's geometry and dimensions are are quite a similar to the Nimble
  • 1 1
 @Balgaroth: you are totally right. Its not just Brexit though since Covid last year CRC have pumped their prices up because they know stuff is high in demand and low in stock due to manufacturing and supply issues.
  • 1 0
 @Molesdigmyjumps: Possibly yes, unfortunately Bike24 didn't get the memo and have became my go-to retailer at the moment. Massive selection, good pricing and competent aftersales so I don't see why not do the switch. I used to also buy stuff from Superstar but it seems like this will be over too ... ah well ...
  • 7 0
 I got a Marley a couple of years ago the complement my FS bike. It came with a Manitou Mattoc Comp fork which has been outstanding and likely worlds better than the typical Recon at that price. I really dig the WTB tires too. It's probably the most fun per dollar bike that I've owned.
  • 1 0
 How does the Marley frame feel? I've been wanting a 27.5 trail hardtail and I'd like to go with steel and try the 'feel', but aluminum is much cheaper. I've seen Hardtail Party's video on the mmbop and I'm hoping the Marley is similarly compliant w/ aluminum.
  • 1 0
 @robomatic: Go for steel. It's not an easy thing to describe, but you'll get it as soon as you try one. They're sort of springy. Not bouncy like a full susser, and not bendy by any means. The thinner tubes look great too and the extra weight isn't really a factor in the real world.
  • 2 0
 I can back up these claims as a very proud owner of a big wig, I owned an aluminum norco nitro before hand that cracked at the seat stays, I have put my big wig through so much more and there are no cracks as of yet. And the ride quality is on a different planet to the nitro.
I work with metal (unfortunately not 70 series aluminum or chromoly) and the difference in feel between steel and aluminum is enormous. The best way I can describe it is that aluminum is like a brittle plastic and steel is kind of buttery that might not make much sense but when you are cutting, welding and grinding the stuff all day you kind of get it. What I am trying to say is that steel is more malleable and it’s definitely noticeable on the trail. (Disclaimer: my DH is made of carbon)
  • 1 0
 @robomatic: It's really not bad at all. I don't get too beat up on it and I'm pretty old. I used to have a steel VooDoo and the Marley feels more compliant than that old bike. But...the Voodoo had 2.1 tires and the Marley has 2.6 which makes a much bigger difference than the frame material.
  • 9 1
 Ragley makes incredible bikes at any cost, but when you factor in their price, it's a no-brainer. I'm a BIG fan of that purple Big Al!
  • 1 0
 LOL! I just came here to post about your rave review of it. I got the Marley on closeout, but I think the Big Al would have been a better bike for me.
  • 2 0
 That purple color is the best ever. Then 2020 mmmbop is legit the most beautiful bike I've ever seen.
  • 1 0
 @NWBasser: the marley looks like a rad bike too.
  • 1 0
 @hardtailparty: I bought it for riding green and blue trails with the wife and it's a heap of fun. Probably the most fun per dollar bike that I've ever bought.
  • 6 0
 These look like some good options for fun do it all hardtails. Also good to see Henry pop up.
  • 5 0
 My 2020 Mmmbop is an absolute dream. Highly recommend Ragley.

Even chucked a 170 fork on it Big Grin
  • 2 0
 Dude the color on that bike is to die for. Never seen a bike that looks so good. I need a purple bike like that someday.
  • 7 4
 Am running a 11/36 10speed on my chromag stylus .Coiil 160 fork,no dropper and flat pedals. Back in the dark ages?Yes.Robust,cheap to run and character building?Absolutely.
  • 2 7
flag bulletbassman (Jan 28, 2021 at 10:23) (Below Threshold)
 Besides spinning in fire roads 12 speed is useless on hardtails anyways imo. Long travel bikes yeah give me that dinner plate.
  • 4 0
 Gotta get up to get down @bulletbassman:
  • 2 1
 f*cking hell snap, almost exactly the same setup. Also have a bigwig and they’re both fun as hell
  • 1 1
 @enduroNZ: pretty much no where I ride my hardtail has a fire road for more than a min or two of riding. Don’t want to carry the dinner plate if I’m not going to use it
  • 2 0
 Am running hacked 11-46 10 speed on my Chromag stylus, 7 year old pike, 210 dropper and flat pedals. So fun and huckable
  • 1 0
 OK,
Asking for an ignorant friend....
Brexit yeah, I recognize that this affects pricing between Britain and EU, and that pricing between different EU countries can be quite different as well. Why cant/dont you just travel to the destination that provides the best pricing/value for the big ticket items you’re looking for?
I recognize Covid travel restrictions play a part in this, but when things return to a bit more normal, is this something that simply doesn’t make sense to do?

I have family in Ireland, and England, and they have always been wildly amazed at some of the distances that we here in Canada travel regularly. Does that play a role in it? (We will regularly drive 8 hours to Calgary, or 5 hours to Whistler) When I was last in Ireland we rented a car, and drove round the country, it was a truly spectacular visit, but most people that we met along the way were surprised at how far we were travelling.
Is it simply something to winge about (trying not to critize, as we all love to do it)

I am really interested in the finer points on this, not simply trying to ruffle any feathers.

This was meant for the group, not directed at any one person.
  • 3 1
 Lovely bikes.

Prices from outer Space. Thanks brexit...

4 genesis bikes, one Cotic, one vitus here in the garage. This is the end of an era... ????
  • 3 0
 Dang!!! If I ever go hardtail route I think I just found my bike!! Drooling
  • 1 0
 I've been extremely happy with mine. If I ever upgrade to a 29er, it will be another Ragley.
  • 4 0
 Deore for the win
  • 1 0
 Almost ordered a 2021 Mmmbop, but the slack seat tube angle of 74° put me off. My girlfriends 20 year old hybrid mtb has a 74° sear tube angle. Got a Banshee instead.
  • 1 0
 I so wanted a a Big Al last year but could not find one in stock when HT shopping. Happy with my Scandal, but that purple puts my plain black bike to shame, looks wise.
  • 2 1
 I run a 9 speed 11-36T with a 36T ring up front. I don't see why you'd need something that big. [mtbr sarcasm alert]
  • 2 0
 'Apparently in stock soon" Looks like i'm buying a Ragley
  • 2 0
 Wish they still sold their CNC'd Stems.
  • 4 1
 Fuck brexit man...
  • 1 0
 Hope you updated the geometry. At 5-10” I had to buy a XL big al to get the reach I wanted, last year.
  • 2 1
 Deore chainrings are so ugly
  • 1 1
 Those paint jobs are sick, love them. EUR pricing though, holy shit. RIP Ragley sales on the continent. Thanks, brexit.
  • 2 0
 Love the paint on Marley
  • 1 0
 Very nice to..
  • 1 0
 Love the colors!
  • 5 6
 I love you brexit /s
  • 1 4
 Longest one is 480mm reach losers
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