Radon Bikes – top quality bicycles at Bike-Discount
Radon offers high-quality bicycles with an excellent price-performance ratio. Whether Radon hardtail, Radon road bike, Radon trekking bike or Radon E-MTB: behind our in-house brand there are competent employees whose expertise and experience ensure the highest quality. Thanks to intelligent solutions and continuous investment in development, Radon succeeds year after year in meeting the high demands of its customers with new models. Originally a niche brand for individual cross-country MTBs, Radon has long since developed into a full-range supplier. The strong growth of the last years is both a challenge and a commitment for Radon Bikes to be one of the most innovative manufacturers and to launch mountain bikes, road bikes and e-bikes, which are voted test winners in Europe's largest trade magazines every single year. These successes are the reward for the loyalty to the company's own brand philosophy. Radon believes in new developments, unusual approaches and creative thinking, but never loses sight of the principle that has made the brand what it is today: to offer as much bike as possible for as little money as possible! This is how Radon has become one of the biggest direct mail order bike brands in Europe.
If you’re on a budget and looking for a new trail bike, you’re bound to come across the RADON SLIDE TRAIL 10 sooner or later. Given the bike’s high-end spec and great looking colour scheme, the direct-to-consumer brand’s pricing seems unbeatable. Is it the perfect deal?
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The 14.08 kg RADON SLIDE TRAIL 10 combines a carbon front triangle with an aluminium rear end. The German brand’s bike rolls on 29″ wheels and offers 150/140 mm travel. Its prow-like head tube will undoubtedly turn a few heads on the trail. RADON have integrated a flip-chip that allows you to choose between two geometry settings, though we rode the bike almost exclusively in the slack setting. Priced at € 3,799, the RADON is the most affordable bike on test despite its complement of high-end componentry. That FOX 36 Factory fork with its GRIP2 damper is a highlight and sure to draw some attention! The aluminium NEWMEN wheels are also known to be hard-hitting and should offer long-lasting trail fun. RADON rely on SRAM X01 components for the drivetrain where it’s visible (derailleur and crankset) but save on the cassette and the shifter, relying on GX components instead. Unfortunately, when it comes to the tires, RADON also chose looks over performance. The tan wall casing of the MAXXIS Minion DHF/DHR II tire combo looks great but only comes with the hard dual rubber compound, limiting the grip available. On the other hand, the 30t chainring takes the edge off the steepest climbs and thanks to the MRP chain guide, the chain always stays exactly where it belongs.
Radon Slide Trail 10
Fork FOX 36 FLOAT Factory GRIP2
Rear Shock FOX DPX2 Factory
Seatpost FOX Transfer Factory 150 mm
Brakes SRAM G2 RSC 200/180 mm
Drivetrain SRAM GX/X01 30/10-50
Stem Race Face Turbine R 50
Handlebar Race Face Turbine R 780 mm
Wheelset Newmen Evolution SL A.30
Tires MAXXSI MINION DHF/DHR II EXO Skinwall EXO 2,5/2,4
Geometry of the RADON SLIDE TRAIL 10
The geometry of the RADON SLIDE TRAIL 10 looks excellent on paper. At 464 mm in size L, the reach is neither particularly long nor too short. The 25 mm bottom bracket drop plays it equally safe and the head and seat tube angles look about right at 65.6° and 75.5° respectively.
The RADON performs best on flowing trails, where it scores with its good-natured handling and sensitive suspension.
|Seat tube||392 mm||425 mm||455 mm||490 mm|
|Top tube||571 mm||592 mm||615 mm||637 mm|
|Head tube||100 mm||110 mm||120 mm||135 mm|
|Chainstays||435 mm||435 mm||435 mm||435 mm|
|BB Drop||25/11 mm||25/11 mm||25/11 mm||25/11 mm|
|Wheelbase||1,180 mm||1,202 mm||1,226 mm||1,248 mm|
|Reach||428 mm||445 mm||464 mm||481 mm|
|Stack||605 mm||614 mm||623 mm||636 mm|
The riding position on the SLIDE TRAIL 10 is slightly stretched compared to the competition. On flat terrain, the bike is very comfortable but as soon as you hit a steep climb, the FOX DPX2 shock wallows and the seat tube angle slackens out. We would advise using the climb switch to keep the rear suspension sitting higher in its travel and to suppress pedal bob. Unfortunately, the shock’s low position makes the lever hard to reach. We’ve previously ridden a lower-end model of the RADON specced with RockShox suspension and we could hardly believe what a difference the shock tune can make. When putting down the power, flex in the rear end means the tire rubs audibly on the seat stays – a definite no-go! In general, the RADON prefers taking it easy on the climbs and doesn’t motivate you to sprint or push hard.
Componentry isn’t everything: despite its high-end spec, the RADON can’t keep up with the best bikes in the test. Here, less money also buys you less performance!
On the descents, the RADON reveals its good-natured side. The FOX suspension performs sensitively, absorbing small- and medium-sized bumps and generating lots of traction at moderate speeds. The bike’s handling is predictable when cornering and the weight distribution between the wheels is balanced. However, if you let off the brakes on demanding descents, the RADON not only lacks grip but also requires significantly more input and a very active riding style. The bike feels sluggish and cumbersome. Amongst other things, this can be attributed to the 800 mm wide Race Face handlebar as well as the firm rear suspension. The wide bars pull the rider forward and limit mobility.
Tuning tips: tape the chainstay | grippier tires | more comfortable grips
How does the RADON SLIDE TRAIL 10 compare to the competition?
In terms of its spec and price, the RADON is almost unrivalled in this test and is a good choice for more relaxed riders. Those who like it rough will find significantly more capable companions in the Nukeproof or YT. Climbing, the wallowy rear suspension slackens the seat tube angle and will slow you down – here the Ibis, Trek and Norco are in league of their own.
Value for money7
- very good
Conclusion of the RADON SLIDE TRAIL 10
The RADON SLIDE TRAIL 10 is a trail bike that inevitably attracts a lot of attention for its great spec at an unbelievable price. However, the handling can’t keep up with the best bikes in the test and it also has some failings regarding the componentry and frame. The bike doesn’t do much wrong, but it doesn’t do much really right either.
- high-end spec at a fair price
- predictable and balanced handling
- nice colour scheme
- generates little grip at speed
- tire rubs the frame
- inadequate chainstay protection
For more information head to radon-bikes.de
The test field
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All bikes in review:Cannondale Habit Carbon 1 (Click for review) | Canyon Spectral CFR 9.0 SL (Click for review) | Giant Trance Advanced Pro 29 (Click for review) | Ibis Ripmo AXS (Click for review) | Nukeproof Reactor 290 (Click for review) | Norco Optic C1 (Click for review) | Orbea Occam M-LTD (Click for review) | Santa Cruz Hightower CC X01 Reserve (Click for review) | Scott Genius 900 Tuned AXS (Click for review) | Specialized Levo SL Expert Carbon (Click for review) | Specialized S-Works Stumpjumper SRAM AXS 29 (Click for review) | Trek Fuel EX 9.9 X01 AXS Project ONE (Click for review) | Yeti SB130 TLR (Click for review) | YT JEFFSY CF PRO (Click for review)
Words: Christoph Bayer Photos: Christoph Bayer, Finlay Anderson, Markus Frühmann, Jonas Müssig
The Radon Swoop uses the famed Horst Link rear suspension as does the rest of the Radon full suspension line. The Swoop comes included with FlipChip technology that makes the geometry of the bike easily adjustable. The FlipChip makes the Swoop ready to ride trails or bike parks. The Radon’s FlipChip technology changes the steer tube and seat angle to make the Swoop a versatile all mountain bike.
All of Radon’s bikes are available customer direct, bikes can be ordered online on their website and shipped to customers. To make things easier for customers Radon has partnered with bike shops all over Europe to act as test centers and service partners.
Below you can find all of the reviews we’ve conducted aboard Radon Mountain Bikes bikes. We take pride in offering the most honest and up-front reviews in hopes that you can better inform yourself on any future purchasing decisions based on your local terrain and skill level.
To learn more about Radon Mountain Bikes visit: https://www.radon-bikes.de/
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"KAUFTIPP" für RENDER 10.0 in MOUNTAINBIKE 08/20
Der kraftvollste Motor, gepaart mit top Parts und gutem Handling: Das RENDER 10.0 macht nicht nur auf der verlängerten Sonntagsrunde richtig Laune.TESTBERICHT ALS PDF-DOKUMENT
SWOOP 10.0 HD im ersten TEST: Neues Carbon-Enduro mit Freeride-Genen @mtb-news 05/20
Mit dem neuen RADON SWOOP ist dem Direktversender wieder ein guter Wurf gelungen. Das schicke Carbon-Enduro orientiert sich jetzt noch mehr in Richtung Abfahrt und kann mit einem feinfühligen Ansprechverhalten und jeder Menge Laufruhe auftrumpfen. Auch den Weg zum Gipfel muss man mit dem Carbon-SWOOP nicht fürchten – ein echter Kletter-Spezialist ist das Enduro-Bike allerdings nicht.TESTBERICHT ALS PDF-DOKUMENT
Das Warten hat sich gelohnt: "Testsieger Preis/Leistung" für RENDER 9.0 in WOMB N°3.20
Im Dezember letzten Jahres enthüllte der deutsche Direktversender RADON sein brandneues E-Mountainbike, das sich der Trail-Enduro-Szene verschrieben hat. Der extravagant gestylte Hauptrahmen wird aus Carbon gefertigt.TESTBERICHT ALS PDF-DOKUMENT
"Testsieg" und "Note: Sehr Gut" für RENDER 8.0 in EMTB-Magazin 02/20
Das RENDER ist ein gelungenes Gesamtpaket mit schickem Rahmen und einem Top-Komponentenmix. Vor allem bergauf lässt das Bike keinen Konkurrenten an sich vorbei.TESTBERICHT ALS PDF-DOKUMENT
Biketest: "Tipp Allround" für JAB 10.0 HD in Freeride 02/20
Das JAB ist kein Mini-Downhiller, sondern ein Enduro im ursprünglichen Sinne. Gewicht und Vortrieb machen das Bike unschlagbar bergauf. Bergab muss sich das JAB dennoch nicht verstecken, auch wenn die auf Downhill gepolten 29er mehr Souveränität besitzen. Für den neuen Preis von 3999 Euro ist die Ausstattung Wahnsinn.TESTBERICHT ALS PDF-DOKUMENT
.Radon Slide Trail 10.0 im Test I Carbon Fully I Fox Factory I Radon MTB für Trail u. Enduro im Test
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