Last summer we spotted Radon’s newest lightweight Jealous carbon cross-country bike out on the trail before details were released, but this time Radon themselves slipped us a teaser pic (or few). Building off their successful carbon work on the Jealous, German direct to consumer bike maker Radon has an all new lightweight carbon enduro mountain bike waiting camouflaged in the wings. Set to top out their current alloy Slide & Swoop range, the new Jab teases ups with a claimed 10kg complete weight.
Oh, and did we mention Radon are apparently adding an aluminum version of the Jealous and a couple other new aggressive hardtails as well…
Radon Jab carbon enduro mountain bike
Not much concrete detail is available on the new Jab yet, other than the 10kg/22lb claim. Pretty impressive news for a bike expected to have 160-170mm of travel. And seems not just for show. They’ve got German enduro champ Raphaela Richter slated to race the new bike.
The bike does get a completely new look vs. anything else we’ve seen from Radon in the past. The Jab features a new kinked toptube design with a small pierced section. It also completely revises the layout of its carbon rocker arm, more inline with the seatstays, with a noticeably hidden main pivot bolt. This Jab features a metric trunnion mount air shock and a ISCG mounted chainguide. It has internal cable routing, including a port that looks placed for either a shock lockout or a Sideswing front derailleur.
Otherwise the enduro mountain bike’s design does look to stick with a high pivot Horst link four bar design, again with hidden pivot hardware. It also keeps Radon’s flip chip design at the top of the seatstays to allow riders to adjust geometry a bit. Although, there is a good bit of extra room lurking around that lower shock mount, so we’re not too sure that some more complicated, possibly floating suspension mount might be hiding away in camo?
2018 Hardtail updates
The alloy Jealous will match the geometry of the bike they developed to race the World Cup XC circuit, just bringing it to a more attainable pricepoint. Some other more aggressive hardtails also seem to be in the works. The new Boost will be a pump track & dirt jump shredder, while the Cragger will make its debut as a longer travel trail-ready hardtail.
More news on these and other 2018 bike should be coming soon this autumn.