Radical Bicycle Co Launches 'Grim Ripper' Hardtail

Sep 24, 2023 at 5:27
by Kieran Crosbie  

PRESS RELEASE: Radical Bicycle Co

Radical Bicycle Co has been manufacturing a small selection of bike frames in the UK for a few years now. They consisted of 2x enduro hardtails (Chilli Dog 290 & 275), as well as the Surveyor (A progressive gravel bike). These frames are manufactured to order and offer bespoke geometry and custom finishing.

However, in response to the continued growth and diversification of the brand, we've produced the first frame that is manufactured outside of UK waters, in Tianjin.

And that model is the Grim Ripper (Shots fired....if you know what we mean). The first pre-production model was on display at the Malverns Classic festival this year



The Grim Ripper is an agressive, versatile, short travel (120-140mm) steel hardtail with some nifty tricks up its sleeve.

First and foremost being the price; the RRP of the Grim Ripper is £695.00, which is a huge difference to the UK made frames starting at £1,250.00. But that does not necessarily mean you are getting half the bike. Check out some of the key features below:

The Grim Ripper is able to run 27.5, 29 or a mullet set up (from the same frame). This is thanks to the sliding dropouts offering +/- 15mm range to the chainstay length

Modern Geometry:
- 63.5 deg Headangle
- 77 deg Seat angle
- Super short, straight seat tubes
- Tall stack/Low standover
- 420 to 435mm chainstay lengths

2x sizes are currently available which are a size 'Regular' (455mm reach) and a size 'Long' (495mm reach)

Carefully selected butted 4130 steel tubing to offer that 'steel is real' compliant ride quality



Well, it is not exactly 'change.' UK fabrication still continues, with no plan to offer a non-UK manufactured version of the Chilli Dog or Surveyor.

But, what this does mean is it makes our bikes more accessible and broadens the market reach. The bespoke handmade approach is not for everyone, or at least, the physical cost isn't. The Grim Ripper fills that gap, offering a more 'budget friendly' alternative to the line up, whilst still remaining true to its branding.

On top of this, it is in response to the current climate, where budgets are becoming tighter, and buyers are potentially being more cautious when it comes to spending.

From a commercial perspective, this also reflects the Radical's biggest investment to date, moving into larger-scale batch fabrication.

Frames are currently expected to land mid November, where they will be in stock, ready for immediate dispatch. Alternatively, if you want to get in there early, pre-order are open.


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  • 81 3
 Bicycle wise, there's nothing sexier than a good aggressive steel hardtail. These are gorgeous, and pricing is impressive. Well done!!! Cheers
  • 10 9
 54 here. What’s a hardtail?
  • 13 2
 695 gbp for a Chinese 4130 frame isn't impressive imho,otherwise agree
  • 5 0
 @scary1: 61 here. A fun MTB style when you want to feel the trail through those shock absorbers attached to your pelvis.
  • 3 1
 @rider001: my balls?
  • 3 0
 @birdperson: If they ever dropped.
  • 2 1
 Do any of you even remember Sick Bicycles
  • 2 1
 @rider001: my ass? Sounds horrible
  • 1 0
 @KeithShred: I member. Quite the swift downfall.
  • 1 0
 @KeithShred: Sure, you can still buy their NOS from On-One/Planet X:
  • 28 0
 Now that's a good looking bike.
  • 89 64
 At approaching 40yrs old the two happiest days with a hardtail are the day you buy it...and the day you sell it.
  • 19 24
flag RadBartTaylor (Sep 25, 2023 at 12:01) (Below Threshold)
  • 11 21
flag bcf811 (Sep 25, 2023 at 12:02) (Below Threshold)
  • 103 9
 At 45 years and still ripping hardtails on the Westcoast of BC.... Wrong
  • 30 1
 44-year-old here who switched back to a hardtail a few years ago and loving it. Although I’m not hucking of everything in sight like I was 30 years ago.
  • 17 2
 49yo here, and I can't get rid of mine, even if I probably should. Fetichism is an issue with these kind of machines.
  • 16 0
 I’m 45 and keep thinking I “need” a ht in my quiver again, at the very least to make the local trails somewhat exciting again thanks to trail sanitizing.
  • 3 3
 Wait till you’re 56 and had a bunch of surgeries
  • 16 0
 At 52 still riding hardtail... Moxie MX3 mix wheels and 150 fork.. happy-go-lucky!
  • 21 8
 What a curmudgeonly comment. Honestly? You had zero joy railing some banked switchback at any time in between purchase and sale? Shocking!

It's one thing to say your back can't take it anymore and needs the squish, but in any (healthy back) n+1 scenario, I just can't believe anyone would say this.

48 years here. Just bought a Chromag two years ago (after realizing my 2002 Rocky Blizzard restoration project was limited by the lack of modern geo).
  • 10 0
 Well that depends on your Trails aye? Probably wouldnt go for one in alpine Terrain either. But on loamy singletracks, with as much ups as downs - just perfect!
  • 3 0
 @Papadb: - yes bud!.. 51 & on the same bike but with 160 up front!.. rad piece of kit!..
  • 2 0
 @29er1: I'm up to nine of em at this point. With one likely in late 2024....
  • 8 0
 @OlSkoolJake: Those are Canadian years though so only worth about 75% of US years.
  • 6 0
 I would disagree. I have always had a hardtail, and often a FS bike alongside it. It's hard to compare to a FS bike; it's not meant to be better at super gnar stuff, but different.
I have also not seen an FS bike that looks just as downright gorgeous as many hardtails.
  • 3 0
 @bhuckley: The seat post dia. on my Blizzard was too small to accept a dropper post at 26.8, that was the deal breaker for me, but the Blizzards were really ahead of their time, I think.
  • 9 1
 As I approach 66 years old and 40 plus years of off road cycling, no. One needs at least a good hardtail and a full suspension bike. They are all fun, just different fun.
  • 4 0
 I'm well past 40 and have always had at least one hardtail in the bike shed. Along with one or more full suspension bikes. The trails I can easily ride to from my house are suited to hardtail or FS - riding one or the other on a given day adds variety to the same old trails.
  • 1 1
 @Flc3344: wot? Lol... Is that because we have a higher quality of life and life expectancy? Do we somehow do less rotations around the sun? I much confused lol.
  • 5 0
 Nuts! 54, 3 steel hardtails, and this could be 4.
  • 4 0
 45 years old and still use a Stanton Switch9er regularly !
  • 1 0
 @adhocdirt: haha im on the same bike to with 160mm up front & love it Smile
  • 3 1
 If you're old (I'm 52) and want to enjoy a hardtail, a PNW Coast suspension dropper is your friend. Takes the edge of seated hits and no back pain. Just wish they made a slightly longer drop version, but it still works well. Can't recommend it enough.
  • 4 0
 @OlSkoolJake: I am pretty sure he is making a joke about the USD versus CAD.
  • 1 1
 Right, I forget our dollar is somehow crap against the greenback... Thanks NAFTA.
  • 2 1
 @OlSkoolJake: It has much more to do with a move away from the gold standard, Bretton-Woods, and Nixon shock than the now defunct NAFTA, or current USMCA (not to be confused with YMCA)
  • 2 0
 41 years old. Own a fairly recent fuel ex 9.9. Last year I got a Chumba Sendero, and have hardly touched the Trek since.
  • 1 0
 @LemonadeMoney: That is brilliant, thanks! At 65, it will double my hardtail time!
  • 2 0

Actually truthfully, that was the deal-breaker for me too... I spent a year or so looking for a decent 140mm Fox Van with a straight steer tube, V-brake bosses and 9mm QR, it was not easy, but finally found one... figuring that would slacken my geo enough... then when I finally found that I couldn't get a dropper I sorta gave up.
  • 1 0
 @bhuckley: The Blizzard LT circa 2011 is probably the best bet for a build if one is set to do so. It has a 27.2 seatpost dia. so you can at least get a 125mm dropper for it, and works great with a 130 or 140mm fork.
I ended up getting a 2005 Iron Horse Warrior Comp alloy frame with a 30.9 seatpost and threw a 90-130mm Fox TALAS on it. I drilled out a hole at the base of the seat tube to run a dropper post and it will fit a 200mm dropper post. Managed to find some TR 26" Nukeproof rims as well. That being said, I'm more inclined to ride my 2021 Growler now, it's just a better ride in almost every way.
  • 1 0
 @29er1: im 56 riding aTransition Vanquish 50% of the time.
It's f*cking awesome.
Within 6 months of getting my 1st FS I had dented the air can on the shock--400 bucks, gone.
Simplicity is your friend.
  • 1 0
 @Lemmyschild: how did you dent an air can???
  • 2 0
 @MuddyFoxCourierComp: ya know, crashing...
  • 20 0
 For one scary second I thought this was some kind of reincarnation of Sick Bicycle Co. Companies House seems to indicate not, though the grim reaper merch begs tonl differ!!
  • 1 0
 I thought the same thing
  • 3 0
 I know Kieran - he’s definitely not related to Sick! in any way, shape or form!
  • 1 0
 Haha yeah that's what I thought - looks Sick! But fortunately seems to definitely not be the casep
  • 14 3
 Another nice steel hardtail that I'll refuse to buy thanks to the very smart choice of British people to have the Brexit.
  • 20 2
 Smart Brits didn't chose Brexit. Don't put everybody in the same bag.
  • 4 1
 Give it a couple of years. If the signals from the likely incoming government are accurate, the trading arrangements between the UK and EU states seem likely to improve significantly.
  • 7 1
 @Tanglefist: hopefully, everything crossed etc.

Not that I have much faith in Starmer, but anything got to be better than the absurd chancers who have made the UK a far worse place to live over the 10 years.
  • 4 4
 @danstonQ: Smart Brits exist?
  • 6 3
 only 1/3 of the populace voted to leave, tories did it anyway............
Untill we're back in the ECC and the single market, we're f*cked
  • 1 1
 weird double comment
  • 3 0
 @thenotoriousmic: at least half the population are below average intelligence by definition
  • 10 1
 Can someone please enlighten me as to the “shots fired” comment? Not sure what the Grim Ripper is taking aim at…
  • 23 3
 Grim Donut.
  • 2 3
 @big-red: if they didn’t call it the Donut Steel, they have no rights to be making that comparison
  • 12 0
 Clearly named after grim reaper. This site is the main character apparently
  • 5 0
 I am pretty sure they are taking shots at scammers that were Sick Bicycles. They had a bike called the Grim Reaper.
  • 1 0
 @93EXCivic: rocky mountain also had a free ride hardtail called the reaper. Shots fired at them too?
  • 1 0
 With the birth of Grim Donut shots were already fired at Grim Diamond.
  • 11 0
  • 4 0
 @headshot - I was wondering about that too but I thought those guys got run out of town.
  • 5 0
 @mtnbkrmike: Absolutely nothing to do with them, thankfully.
  • 1 0
 @Fix-the-Spade: Hahaha! I was just joking. If I would have known how to add a winky face to my prior response, I would have.
  • 1 0
 @mtnbkrmike: run out of MTB an on to thier next scam, I think there was something aboot tattoos an artisan cheeses???
  • 1 0
 @naptime: *vegan cheese ;-) craft beer now, I think.
  • 2 0
 Hahahaha only Og’s remember Sick bikes
  • 7 0
 with those two reaches available (455 & 495mm) you've left out the largest middle segment of rider heights between 5'-9" to 6'-0".

I don't fit ether size. Frown
  • 6 0
 would you like a medium or an XL?
  • 1 0
 At 5ft9 I’ll get the 495 reach and use a15/20 stem totally length inc stem would be 5/10mm longer then what I’m riding now.
  • 1 0
 I'm reached out too. 430 is my sweet spot at 5'6. Half the bikes in the industry out of reach for me. Don't get me started on 29ers.
  • 1 0
 @dagzin: a short stem won't solve a wheelbase that's just too long for you.
  • 1 0
 @flattire: wheelbase isn’t a problem
  • 9 2
 $900 US dollars is way overpriced. Kona Honzo or Kona ESD is only $699 or less
  • 3 8
flag danstonQ (Sep 25, 2023 at 20:56) (Below Threshold)
 Yeah, but it's just a Kona.
  • 4 0
 @danstonQ: a legendary brand
  • 2 0
 Norco Torrent steel frame is right there as well.
  • 4 0
 I understand that sliding dropouts mean both wheelsizes fit, but what about BB height? The only means left to adjust BBH for each configuration is by using different forks. But then angles change as well and so does fore/aft balance.
  • 1 0
 was wondering that myself. my biggest issue with hack job mullet conversions always comes down to seat tube angle.
  • 1 0
 agreed, my NS surge evo was 26 & 27 compatible. The sliding drops had a (little) bit of angle to them. My other concern is the near 2" difference... With 650b not actually being 27.5 inches but closer to 27.. there's more difference between 26/27 compatible an 27/29 compatible........

I'll never buy one
  • 3 0
 As the BTR’s have been mentioned….my XL Belter is a 470mm reach, 61.5HA (static) running a 160 lyrik, 75SA, 27.5 wheels, Cushcore in the rear with DH casing tyres & loves absolutely everything you have the minerals to throw at it!

This is the real HCHT
  • 5 0
 Had a custom Marino made a year ago, with almost identical to this 'Long' size, except with a 64.5 degree head tube.
  • 2 0
 The standard BTR Ranger has comparable geometry too. The 26" wheel specific version has a 63deg HA but it gets steeper with these larger wheels.
  • 2 0
 At half the price,customized, what's not to like
  • 1 0
 @lenniDK: Exactly!
  • 1 0
 @lenniDK: I have just finished putting together a Marino. TBH it is fine but the finishing is not really great. The rear brake rotor barely clears the frame for example
  • 1 0
 @93EXCivic: My gray powder coating turned out ok... 7/10. On my custom 29", I run a 180mm rear rotor with sufficient clearance.
  • 2 0
 Hmmm. Kinda overbooked with my ragley. Something like this with shorter travel but still has good geometry for steep stuff seems like a good balance
  • 3 0
 Looks almost identical to the RSD 291. Wonder if it's from the same factory?
  • 2 0
 Slider system is different, RSD has a bolt-on slider, while the Rad has the slider build into the welded dropout piece. The Seat Stay/Chain Stay brace is different. I also don't see the same Head Tube gusseting on the RSD. Enough differences that it's not a copy/paste at least.
  • 1 0
 I own the RS-291... They definitely don't look the same. Especially on closer looks to the finer details. I'd say the, seat yoke is better looking IMO. Giving them old skool BMX vibes. But I definitely like the option of having replacing dropouts or getting custom machined ones, should the need arise.
  • 3 0
 @OlSkoolJake: I also own the RS-291.

Agree, at first glance the two look super similar, but some minor and major differences, primarily sizing.

With the 2 sizes offered they essentially go from a medium to an XL. Even if I wanted this bike, I don’t fit either size.

And for the geo, I’ll take the 150-160mm forks that fit the RS-291. 130 is clearly rideable, but when the speeds pick up and trail gets steep, I want some extra bail out and a burlier fork up front.
  • 4 0
 FYI: the Chromag Doctahawk has a 62 degree head angle.
  • 2 0
 Yeah, but that one has been designed around a longer travel fork. When sagged, I think geometries will be comparable.
  • 1 0
 If they don’t want to be associated with the infamous Sick Bicycle Co., why name it after Sick’s most extreme design and arguably an inspiration for the Grim Donut.
  • 2 0
 Sick were run like shit and Jordan was a total throbber but if a functioning adult had been involved I imagine they would have been rather successful so I suppose copying it is a fairly logical thing to do. Would I copy their brand image etc, no, but the memory of Sick will fade and probably means nothing outside of PB already.
  • 3 1
 900 USA dollars for a frame made in China is overpriced.
What is the weight? 8lbs?
Kona Honzo is only $600
  • 1 0
 Kona esd 23 frame is £849, think you might be able to pick up a 22 for £749 , Grim is £695…both made in the same place
  • 2 0
 Dare I say it but that frame is....Radical
  • 2 1
 The rear doesn't look UDH. Hope UDH sliders are available as an accessory.
  • 2 0
 @AppleJack76 my thoughts too – I asked, and Radical confirmed UDH isn’t supported
  • 2 0
 @downtohuck: That's too bad. After riding for 30+ years, it is the best standard I've seen developed, that is free to all manufacturers, with NO development cost.
  • 3 0
 Purple is dope
  • 2 4
 It’s like the uk. nimble9!
idk? Bro, there’s a dude named Justin in park
City that makes Bichin steel bikes to order that fit 29x3.0’s.
Do the bro-brap and Get it brah! Suit up in your pro-gnar-loamtrooper costume and get it!!!!
  • 4 0
 If I may speak for the community, it may be that your comment has neither elicited gnars or kooks because no one is exactly sure who you are dissing
  • 2 0
 Nothing grim here……put me on one and I’ll be the grinning reaper
  • 1 0
 Reminds me of a friend from my teenage days. He painted a shed bike black but couldn't spell so he made "The Grim Repper"
  • 1 0
 I have a bike like this,. I wish it was a full- suspension basically anytime it gets gnarly.
  • 1 0
 Gives off rocky mountian growler vibes
  • 1 0
 Would run this in long/mullet/130mm travel. 49yr old me will love this
  • 4 3
 Looks like Sick had some more frames sitting in a warehouse somewhere!
  • 1 0
  • 1 0
 47yrs young and still love throwing a leg over my 2017 steel kona honzo
  • 1 1
 Grim Reaper, very slack with steep seat tube angles. Sounds like the Grim Donut was some inspiration in both name and bike.
  • 1 1
 @OlSkoolJake: or maybe Chromag’s doctahawk which came out before the Grim Donut
  • 1 0
 Looks like my Pole Taival. But a touch fancier.
  • 1 0
 Gearbox and hardtails, bring out your crazies!
  • 1 0
 It's purple so you know it's good good good.
  • 1 0
 Long love Sick Bicycles
  • 2 5
 63.5* HTA really ain't that slack for a hardtail. Once you sit on it and the fork sags, you're looking at a 65* HTA - which is modernly normal for a bike with a 140 fork.
  • 1 2
 That head tube is gonna snap in about 30 seconds on the dark side.
  • 1 1
 @OlSkoolJake: nah, I ride the dark side with my 62 HA doctahawk. No issues
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