Radon Slide Trail 8.0 Review | There’s A Lot To Like

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David checks out the value packed Radon Slide Trail – a full suspension 29er – and finds there’s plenty to like.

This Radon Slide Trail 8.0 arrived early in the summer, and after getting on well with Radon’s Cragger hardtail earlier in the year, I’d been looking forward to trying out something bouncier.

Radon Slide Trail 8.0
Ah, summer sun. But this bike will ride more than dust.

The Bike

As you’d expect for a bike around the £2K mark, it’s not kitted out with bleeding edge elite racing equipment, but it does have a credible, solid spec. Most notable is that the front triangle of the frame is carbon fibre, with an alloy rear end. The frame has a quality feel, with some nice cable routing – though it is all extremely internal, with the brake hose going through the swing arm.

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  • Frame // Carbon front triangle, aluminium rear, 140mm rear travel
  • Fork // Rockshox Revelation Charge RC, 150mm
  • Shock // Rockshox Deluxe RT3 DebonAir
  • Wheels // DT Swiss M1900 Spline, 30mm 110/148
  • Tyres // Schwalbe; Magic Mary front, Hans Dampf rear, 29″x2.35″
  • Crankset // Race Face Æffect, Direct Mount, 30T, 170mm
  • Rear Mech // Shimano XT-M8000, 11 speed
  • Shifters // Shimano SLX
  • Cassette // Shimano SLX
  • Brakes // Magura MT5, 203/180mm
  • Stem // Race Face Æffect R, 35 x 50
  • Bars // Race Face Æffect, 35 x 760mm, 20mm rise
  • Grips // SDG Slater
  • Seatpost // SDG Tellis, 31.6 x 150mm (125mm on smallest frame)
  • Saddle // SDG FLY MTN 2, CrMo
  • Size Tested // 18″
  • Sizes Available // 16″, 18″, 20″, 22″
  • Weight // 13.5 kg / 29.76 lbs

Review Info

Product:Slide Trail 8.0
Tested:by David Hayward for Three Months

David Hayward

Singletrack Contributor

David started mountain biking in the 90’s, by which he means “Ineptly jumping a Saracen Kili Racer off anything available in a nearby industrial estate”. After growing up and living in some extremely flat places, David moved to Yorkshire specifically for the mountain biking. This felt like a horrible mistake at first, because the hills are so steep, but you get used to them pretty quickly.

Previously, David trifled with road and BMX, but mountain bikes always won. He’s most at peace battering down a rough trail, quietly fixing everything that does to a bike, or trying to figure out if that one click of compression damping has made things marginally better or worse. The inept jumping continues to this day.

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