Radon’s 2019 mountain bike line-up is led out by an all-new carbon Slide Trail all-mountain bike stepping up its adjustable geo & travel to bigger 29er wheels. But Radon has much more than the new capable Slide Trail, their longer travel alloy Swoop 170 also gets a bump to 29er wheels, as does their Cragger trail hardtail too. Plus, the enduro Jab gets more travel, and a new Slush dirtjumper build…
2019 Radon Slide Trail, 140mm carbon 29er all-mountain bike
With 140mm or rear travel and now bigger wheels, the new Slide Trail gives new birth to what had been Radon’s old enduro bike. Blurring the line between enduro & all-mountain thanks to trail-capable, Flip Chip-enabled carbon frame, the new carbon Slide Trail 29er takes inspiration from last year’s all-new Jab.
The new 29er Slide Trail may sport 20mm less travel than the smaller wheeled Slide Trail that first debuted back in 2014, but with modern trail geometry and bigger wheels the new bike is much more versatile. Like we saw last year with the 160mm Jab, the new Slide Trail mixes capable modern long, low & slack trail geometry with a stiff carbon main triangle and a plush Horst-link four-bar rear suspension design.
2019 Radon Slide Trail carbon – Flip Chip adjustable geometry
Like the Jab, the Slide Trail features a Flip Chip at the top of the seatstays that lets riders pick from two different head angle/bottom bracket height combinations to tailor bike setup to suit their own riding conditions.
Go for a 66.6° headtube, 76.5° seattube and 11mm of BB drop for more climbing, or slacken out by a degree and drop the BB another 14mm for more descent-heavy riding.
2019 Radon Slide Trail carbon all-mountain bike – Tech Details
The 29″ wheeled Slide Trail matches 140mm of rear wheel travel through Trunnion mount shocks with 150mm travel, tapered steerer 29er forks.
The Boost rear end of the bike sticks with alloy construction, mated to the angular carbon front end. The Slide Trail features internal routing in the carbon front end, with internally routed dropper posts on all bikes.
2019 Radon Slide Trail carbon all-mountain bike – Builds & Pricing
The new 29″ Slide Trail is available in three complete bike builds. The top-end 3800€ Slide Trail 10.0 29 features Factory-level Fox 36 forks & DPX2 shocks, with a SRAM X01 Eagle drivetrain and Guide RSC brakes.
The Slide Trail 9.0 29 keeps the same suspension but dials back to GX Eagle and Magura MT5 brakes, bring the price down to 3200€. Lastly, the Slide Trail 8.0 29 features a RockShox Revelation RC fork, Deluxe RT3 shock, MT5s & a Shimano XT 1x for the most affordable 2500€ price point. All of the new 2019 bikes will be available from Radon in January 2019.
2019 Radon Jab 27.5″ enduro bike spec updates & price cuts
Speaking of the Jab, in its second year the EWS race bike adds a couple of new longer 170mm fork travel setup options for riding & racing steeper terrain, and pricing actually comes down too. Now the Jab 9.0 with a 160mm Pike RCT3 fork and XT drivetrain drops its price back to 3000€ (20% less than last year’s entry-level), with the also cheaper 3700€ Jab 10.0 & 4500€ Jab 10.0 HD bumping up to the longer forks and X01 Eagle drivetrains.
2019 Radon Swoop 170mm enduro 29er mountain bike
Further down the line of bigger wheels and long travel, Radon’s alloy Swoop 170 super-enduro bike now also adds a 29″ wheel option.
Call it an enduro bike or a freeride bike, the Slide 170 29 also gets a Flip Chip at the lower shock mount so you can quickly fine tune your geometry setup to shred trails or the bikepark.
The Slide 170 29 comes in three frame sizes (M-XL, omitting the Small of the 27.5 version). The 29er shares similar geometry to the 27.5 bike, but with longer chainstays, wheelbases, and a few cms more stack with to accommodate the larger wheels.
The new 29er is offered in three complete bike builds. The Swoop 8.0 29 for 2500€ gets RockShock Lyrik & Monarch Plus suspension, and an XT 1x. The 3000€ Swoop 9.0 29 steps up to Fox 36 & DPX2 Performance suspension and a GX Eagle group. And the 3700€ Swoop 10.0 29 gets Fox Factory suspension and X01 Eagle. Oh yeah, there’s also a couple of 165mm travel Swoop Hybrid 29er versions that add a Bosch CX e-bike motor as well, if you are into that.
2019 Radon Cragger alloy all-mountain hardtail mountain bike updates
The aggressive Cragger trail hardtail only debuted last season, but Radon already seems to have some small updates. The burly 7071 aluminum hardtail keeps its 130mm travel forks, but now gets updated leaning towards the option of 29″ or 27.5+ builds.
Minor revision to the chainstay yoke looks to have possibly added more tire clearance behind the bottom bracket, but also gave Radon a chance to tweak the bike’s geometry focusing on meaty 29″ tires.
While chainstay length stays the same, the all-mountain Cragger hardtail actually gets shorter frame reach and a shorter overall wheelbase to lend more playful, quicker handling to the affordable trail bike. Two 29er builds will be available – a 1300€ Cragger 7.0 with a RockShox Revelation RC fork and XT 1x, and a 2000€ Cragger 8.0 with a Pike RC fork and GX Eagle.
2019 Radon Slush alloy dirt jumper complete bike
Also just debuted last year as a frame-only, the one-size alloy Radon Slush dirt jumper now gets a complete bike build, too. For 1000€ you get a single speed made to be tossed into the air, spun around, and hopefully brought back to earth mostly iunder control. The build includes a 100mm Manitou Circus Sport fork, 26″ Sixpack Kamikaze wheels (a Boost spaced fork, and 135mm bolt-on rear wheel), a SRAM Level rear brake, Descendant cranks & burly Sixpack cockpit.