the Ragley Blue Pig’s maiden voyage on the Zore chairlift.. a beautiful thing. http://twitpic.com/bxk2m
ragley 6:57 pm on July 28, 2009 | No Comments | # |
ragley 10:58 am on July 23, 2009 | 2 Comments | # |
Just about to hit the news-stands, there’s a fantastic review of the Ragley Ti in the latest issue of Singletrackworld.
We’re working with them to bring you a nice little PDF sampler so you can see the details. More soon, or get it in stores from any moment.
Also “in the press” in the next week or so:-
BLUE PIG – reviewed in What Mountainbike (as part of a frames test)
RAGLEY TI – reviewed in MBUK (as a shootout against other Ti bikes on the market).
ragley 9:28 pm on July 21, 2009 | No Comments | # |
Ragley Ti’s have been out for a few weeks now – Dave’s just sent us some pics of his, and his build details. Got one? Get in touch.
Ride got delayed due to wet weather. So rode last night in even worse condition on tight technical natural singletrack. Great fun! Corners briliantly, and climbs well, it’s just the engine that could do with being a bit fitter.
Plan to take it round Glentress on Sunday.
Frame Ragley Ti – 16″ Scrappy
Forks Rock Shox Revelation 426 Air U-Turn 20mm – Pushloc 2009
Brakes Shimano SLX Disc Brakes M665 180mm
Shifters Shimano SLX M660 Rapidfire Shifters
Fr Mech Shimano SLX Front Derailleur Conventional M667
Rr Mech Shimano SLX M662 Shadow Rear Mech
Chainset Shimano SLX Chainset Double M665 – Black 4-Bolt 22.36 175mm
Cassette SRAM PG 970
Chain Sram PC 951
Pedals Shimano PD-M540 Pedals
Seatpost RaceFace Deus XC SL Seatpost – 31.6 400mm Black
Headset Hope Threadless Headset – Blue+ Headset spacers
Bars Easton EA50 Monkey Bar 31.8mm Handlebar
BB Shimano SLX Chainset Double M665 – Black 4-Bolt 22.36 175mm
Wheels Hope Pro 2 / Mavic 717 disc
Tyres Kenda Nevegal
Grips ODI Rogue MTB Lock-On + Lock Jaw Clamps (Blue)
ragley 3:39 pm on July 15, 2009 | No Comments | # |
ragley 3:27 pm on July 15, 2009 | No Comments | # |
More Ragley goodness.
Back On Track bikes in Malvern now on board with a Ti demo bike – happy days!
ragley 9:35 am on July 10, 2009 | No Comments | # |
We’ve received the first samples of our new logo grip – at a cost of £200 a pair. Production ones will be a much more reasonable £15, and available in shops stocking our stuff .
A bunch of colours, rubber compounds, all with solid CNC end caps – no cheap plastic push in plugs thanks.
You might have heard about the new CEN regulations that are coming into force for mountainbikes in the near future. They are to protect customers from dangerous bikes, but due to an odd fatigue test – with high forces, there was a rumour going around that steel frames weren’t going to pass, or would be horribly heavy.
We put a lot of time and thought into the construction of the Blue Pig frame to ensure that it passed this new test. And in doing so, having to sit down and think about how we design and weld steel frames, we’ve made something that’s better than any steel frame I’ve done before.
Now, it’s pretty clear than the more you do something (like designing frames), the better you get at it (as you remember what broke before and where, what didn’t break, what flexed, what didn’t). But designing something to pass the new CEN regs was tough, as lots of people in the industry were getting awfully upset about it.
Even as late as the Taiwan show, I was taken to one side by one manufacturer and asked to join a group to push for the standard to be lowered, to make it easier for steel frames to pass.
As I’m incredibly grumpy, quite bad with people, and just like to sit in my shed in Calderdale, I carried on anyhow, as I enjoyed the engineering challenge of trying to get something through a tough test without simply throwing lots and lots at metal at it.
What we did with the Blue Pig (and I say we, as it’s me and my factory, the engineers and welders there too), was to look at the three tubes at the front of the bike (headtube, downtube, top tube) and really analyse what was going on during riding, and during the tests that they were using to simulate riding. We examined videos of frames in testing, and quickly realised that there was a whole heap of flex going on in the headtube area, that was concentrating stress on the downtube/headtube joint.
By picking some new tubes, adding some reinforcement to stiffen the headtube area, increasing the downtube diameter, decreasing top tube diameter (to introduce some flex to dissipate the load) using our standard 0.9mm/0.6mm/0.9mm tubeset, we were able to get a frame to exceed the CEN test, even when fitted with solid steel “test forks”.
All this might be quite dull, and I might have lost you on the second line. But the deal is this. The Ragley Blue Pig passes stringent standards that aren’t even law yet, to ensure you get a tough reliable frame that will last. Sure a 5.5lb weight is more than some, but we think most of that extra weight comes from our chainstay bridge (which we love for tyre clearance and chainsuck issues), and our dropouts (which let us run lighter rear stays for better rear triangle compliance and cleaner disc brake mounting).
Anyhow – here’s the test details in full.
Fancy winning a Ti Ragley and Manitou fork? Have an enter of MBUK’s competition here – https://www.futurecompetitions.com/mbukrag/Default.asp?
shedfire 1:28 pm on July 2, 2009 | No Comments | # |