The day my new Ragley Piglet frame arrived I washed my hands before opening the box. I didn’t want to put any fingerprints on it before I’d applied the EcoCoat ceramic glaze. Because god forbid I scratch the paintwork on a steel commuter, right?
The build was a mash up of parts I already had, some donations and some new purchases. The Fox Transfer dropper was actually the first ever component I bought for a bike, chosen for the fact it was mechanical and easy for me to fix if it ever broke. It didn’t fit this frame, but I had a shim made out of a beer can that seemed to do the trick. (Vocation Heart & Soul).
My first ride was on the red downhill line at Havok Bike Park. I’d taken the Piglet up to get some pack shots of it and figured that I knew the track so well it would be a good first ride. I giggled the whole way down, and emerged back at the hut with the biggest grin on my face. It shouldn’t have been fun! It’s steep, rocky, rooty, greasy, most of the jumps are too big for me, but I loved it. I could feel the entire trail and knew how much my riding would progress from riding an unforgiving, short travel hardtail. Maybe I should do more than commute on it?
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