Radon Slide AL & Skeen AL are impressively affordable Trail Bikes

Today, Radon is introducing the Slide Trail AL and Skeen Trail AL, more affordable aluminum versions of their 140mm and 120mm carbon full suspension mountain bikes. With frame and component prices soaring across the industry, it’s kind of refreshing (and incredible) that Radon are able to sell these complete bikes starting at 2,199 €. For example, that money will fetch you the Radon Slide Trail AL with a RockShox Pike Select Fork, Super Deluxe Select+ Shock, a 12 Speed Shimano Deore/SLX drivetrain and Radon’s own dropper post. It’s hard to argue with, really.

Let’s take a closer look at the German brand’s latest aluminum offerings.

Radon Skeen Trail AL

2023 radon skeen trail al 8

The Radon Skeen Trail AL 8.0 will retail at 2,699 € and is available in Dark petrol and Deep Black

Both the Radon Skeen Trail AL and Slide Trail AL run the same four-bar linkage shared by their carbon counterparts, each respectively delivering 120mm and 140mm of rear wheel travel. Both roll on a 29″ wheelset, and again, share the geometry of the carbon bikes from which they are descended. 

radon skeen trail al 8 manual action shot

For the Skeen Trail AL, that means a 67° head tube angle in its slackest position, a 76.4° effective seat tube angle, a 474mm reach for the 20″ frame, and a chainstay length of 435mm. That rear-center is consistent across the four frame sizes, and the bottom bracket drop is -32mm in the lowest position.

Frame Size 16″ 18″ 20″ 22″
Seat Tube Length [mm]  392 425 455 490
Effective Top Tube [mm] 567 588.6 611.5 633.5
Effective Seat Tube Angle 76.4
Head Tube Angle 67
Chainstay Length [mm] 435
Head Tube Length [mm] 100 110 120 135
Wheelbase [mm] 1172.5 1194.17 1217.81 1240.76
Front Center Length [mm] 738.7 760.3 783.95 806.89
Bottom Bracket Drop [mm] -32
Standover Height [mm] 717 744 759 788
Reach  [mm] 437 454 474 490
Stack  [mm] 605 614 623 636
Wheel radius [mm] 373
Rear Wheel travel [mm] 121

Radon Slide Trail AL

2023 RADON SLIDE TRAIL AL 8

The Slide Trail AL is Radon’s burlier trail bike with 140mm of rear wheel travel. It slots into the line-up between the 120mm Skeen AL and the 170mm Swoop AL enduro bike. It shares the very same geometry as its carbon counterpart; that’s a 65.6°, a 75.5° seat tube angle and a BB drop of 25mm in its lowest slackest position. Reach comes in at 428mm, 445mm, 464mm and 481mm for the 16″, 18″ 20″ and 22″ frame sizes, respectively.

2023 radon slide trail al 8 jumping shot

Frame Size 16″ 18″ 20″ 22″
Seat Tube Length [mm]  392 425 455 490
Effective Top Tube [mm] 571 592 615 637
Effective Seat Tube Angle 75.5° or 76.5°
Head Tube Angle 65.6° or 66.6°
Chainstay Length [mm] 435
Head Tube Length [mm] 100 110 120 135
Wheelbase [mm] 1180 1202 1226 1248
Front Center Length [mm] 746.4 768 791.6 814.6
Bottom Bracket Drop [mm]  -25 (-11)
Standover Height [mm] 728.2 755 770 798.6
Reach  [mm] 428 445 464 481
Stack  [mm] 605 614 623 636
Wheel radius [mm] 373
Rear Wheel travel [mm] 140

And, like that carbon bike, the Slide Trail AL also gets adjustable geometry by virtue of a flip-chip at the rocker-seat stay interface. Switching from the low to the high position reduced BB drop to 11mm, concomitantly bringing the head angle in to 66.6° and the seat angle in to 76.5°. That higher position may be preferred for undulating trails that are littered with technical sections of climbing, as it will offer improved ground clearance.

Radon Trail AL Models’ Parts & Pricing

2023 radon skeen trail al 7

The Radon Skeen Trail AL 7.0 retails at 2,199 € and is available in Metallic Silver or Black

2023 radon slide trail al 7

The Radon Slide Trail AL 7.0 retails at 2,199 € and is available in Swoop Grey or Dark Silver

Both the Radon Slide AL and the Radon Skeen AL full suspension mountain bikes are available in two build options; AL 7.0 and AL 8.0, retailing at 2,199 € and 2,699 €, respectively. Highlight components of the AL 7.0 build include a RockShox Pike Select Fork, Super Deluxe Select+ Shock, a 12 Speed Shimano Deore/SLX drivetrain, Radon’s own dropper post, an SDG Bel Air V3 saddle and Schwalbe Nobby Nic tires.

2023 radon skeen trail al 8

The Radon Skeen Trail AL 8.0 retails at 2,699 € and is available in Dark Petrol and Deep Black colors

radon slide trail al 8

The Radon Slide Trail AL 8.0 retails at 2,699 € and is available in Cool Grey only

The AL 8.0 models are upgraded with a Rockshox Pike Ultimate fork and a 12 Speed SRAM NX/GX drivetrain. The Skeen Trail AL 8.0 gets Maxxis Forekaster tires while the Slide Trail AL 8.0 benefits from a Schwalbe Magic Mary/Big Betty combo with the Addix Soft compound.

Radon-Bikes.com

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Tim
Tim
4 days ago

Amazing deals. But I wonder how much these bikes weigb….

Quent
Quent
4 hours ago
Reply to  Tim

14,5 – 15.3kg from the spec on their website. Just amazing..

Tim
Tim
3 days ago

Also, bit of a bummer about those not straight seat tubes. Deep dropper insertion is great standover for turns and steeps is really nice to have.

UKsucksrightnow
UKsucksrightnow
3 days ago

Radon site – “Unfortunately, it is currently not possible to ship complete bicycles and bulky goods to the UK.”

Goddamnit Brexit, I was looking for a new FS bike and this was hard to resist. Almost impulse buy level of impressed. Looks great, great value. Enjoy, rest of the EU : /

nooner
nooner
2 days ago

Maybe check out Vitus?

NogotoCanada
NogotoCanada
3 days ago

“Due to legal restrictions this product can’t be send to ‘Canada’ is not possible for this article!”
Oh well… 🙁