Review | The 2019 Radon Cragger 8.0 is a whole lotta hardtail for less than €2K

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David gives us his review of the 2019 Radon Cragger 8.0 hardtail

Radon isn’t a name that tends to come up much in discussions I have about bikes. One of the lesser known brands in the UK perhaps, and though not unheard of, never reputed for being at the forefront of specs and design.

Then one of these landed in our inboxes. We gawped a bit at the spec sheet and geometry before saying “… yes. Yeah”.

The Cragger is Radon’s 29er trail hardtail. The 8.0 the more expensive of the two models, but still not absurd money at under €2K, and seems well specced for modern riding. In fact, it’s right there in the manufacturer name: “Rad”. Job done!

What do you mean I have to say more than that? Oh, okay.

2019 radon cragger 8.0 hardtail
Of the two models, Radon’s Cragger 8.0 is the higher-spec option.

The Bike

The spec on this bike is pretty sorted from the off. DT Swiss wheels, a 130mm Pike RC up front, SRAM GX 1×12 drivetrain, Magura MT5 brakes with 180mm rotors front and back, and a 150mm SDG Tellis dropper (125mm on the smallest size).

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780mm wide bars come stock on the Radon Cragger.

Look a bit further than that, you’ll find an e*thirteen chainguide, different Schwable Addix tyre compounds for front and back, a Magura Shiftmix clamp neatening up the cockpit, and 780mm wide bars.

Overall it’s not the fanciest possible stuff, but all solid with some nice extras, and a cut above some of the usual OEM suspects.

2019 radon cragger 8.0 hardtail magura mt sport brake
Powerful 4-piston Magura brakes offer masses of power.

Beyond the highly personal preferences of contact points, the Cragger 8.0 pretty much covers any of the stuff I’d normally change on a factory spec hardtail, with stuff I wouldn’t immediately swap out. Even the grips and saddle happened to suit me.

I used to be into longer travel hardtails, and while I still appreciate and use longer travel on full suspension bikes, on hardtails I’ve been finding I need less. A well set up, progressive 130mm fork is enough for anything if I’m going to be riding actively enough to get the back wheel over stuff without smashing it.

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Slender seatstays on the welded alloy frame.

Everything here is built to modern standards, so Boost wheel spacing, plenty of tyre clearance, tapered steerer, etc. The only mild gotchas to watch out for are SRAM’s new DUB bottom bracket standard, with its 28.99mm crank axle, and the not-so-quick-release bolt-up axle on the Pike.

In all the spec is solid, with nothing I’d immediately want to upgrade, just things I might want to replace with nicer versions as they wear out.

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The Cragger is no XC gazelle, but with low gearing and grippy tyres, it’ll go uphill without drama.

The Ride

 

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    2019 Radon Cragger 8.0 Specifications

    • Frame // Aluminium
    • Fork // Rockshox Pike RC, 130mm Travel
    • Hubs // DT Swiss 370, 110x15mm Front & 148×12 Rear
    • Rims // DT Swiss 1900, 30mm Internal Width
    • Tyres // Schwalbe Hans Dampf Addix 29×2.35in (Soft Front & Speedgrip Rear)
    • Crankset // SRAM GX Eagle 12-Speed
    • Rear Mech // SRAM GX Eagle 12-Speed
    • Shifter // SRAM GX Eagle w/Magura Shiftmix clamp
    • Cassette // SRAM GX Eagle XG-1275, 10-50t, 12-Speed
    • Brakes // Magura MT5, 180mm Front & Rear
    • Stem // Race Face Turbine R, 40mm
    • Bars // Race Face Turbine R, 20mm Rise, 780 mm Wide
    • Grips // SDG Slater
    • Seatpost // SDG Tellis, 30.9x150mm
    • Saddle // SDG FLY MTN 2, CrMo
    • Size Tested // Medium
    • Sizes Available // S, M, L
    • Weight //
    • RRP // €1,999

    Review Info

    Brand:Radon
    Product:Cragger 8.0
    From:radon-bikes.de
    Price:€1999
    Tested:by David Hayward for 2 months

    Comments (6)

      I thought the Pike RC had the exact same Charger 2 damper as the higher models. Or at least it was true when it first came out. Can you check?

      Very nice looking bike. Seeing as you’ve got it in your hands what was the weight? Always good to get the real numbers.

      Nowt like damming with faint praise

      “The only mild gotchas to watch out for are SRAM’s new DUB bottom bracket standard, with its 28.99mm crank axle”

      Says the man who’s clearly not owned one…. You’ll not be replacing it out because you won’t need to. Best BB system out there without a doubt (IMHO 😉 ).

      Alex Its a Charger 2 thats correct, but to be fair is its still missing the Uber-Fancy extra adjustments.

      I have to say I was surprised about the comments on the lack of grip with Hans Dampf tyres. I have a pair on my bike and despite the fact that a good chunk of my local spot is flattish with no drainage, and is totally slick for 9 months of the year, I’ve never had any issues with lack of grip, except on the very wettest of days. However, I am a full sus rider and if this makes a difference I would be very interested, to please feel free to educate me, or give conflicting opinions about Hans dampfs.

      9 months was quite an exaggeration, it’s really more like 3-6 but my question stands

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