Ragley go Rasta with new Marley hardtail

If Bob Marley rode a bike, this would surely be it. Assuming he could be resurrected from the dead and coaxed away from the reggae cigarettes for long enough to hit the trails. Question is, will the new Ragley Marley cause Positive Vibration or will its eye-searing ‘acid green’ paintjob prompt an Exodus from bike shops?

Bad puns aside, the Marley is basically an alloy version of Ragley’s steel Piglet, with added Rasta stripes and dreadlocks. It’s available as a frame only (£349.99/US$559.99) or as a trail-ready full build (£1,249.99/$1,999.99), complete with RockShox Sektor air fork, SRAM X7 2×10 gearing, Mavic XM 319 Disc wheels, Maxxis High Roller tyres and own-brand cockpit kit.

Weight on our office scales is a hair over 28lb, without pedals. But none of that really matters, because chances are you’ll have decided whether you love or hate the Ragley Marley the moment you set eyes on it. More info at www.ragleybikes.com.

Ragley Marley. Picture by James Costley-White

Ragley's usual pig logo gets a Rasta makeover on the Marley

Ragley Marley. Picture by James Costley-White

The 44mm head tube can be used with 1.125in, tapered and 1.5in forks. Head angle is 67°

Ragley Marley. Picture by James Costley-White

Ragley's new metal head tube badge sets things off a treat

Ragley Marley. Picture by James Costley-White

Braking is taken care of by Avid Elixir 7s

Ragley Marley. Picture by James Costley-White

An air-sprung RockShox Sektor does damping duties. The Marley can be used with 130-150mm forks

Ragley Marley. Picture by James Costley-White

Not sure about the acid green paintjob? The Marley also comes in black

Ragley Marley. Picture by James Costley-White

The Rastafarian theme continues out back. The 34.9mm seat tube will take a 31.6mm dropper post

Ragley Marley. Picture by James Costley-White

A seatstay gusset boosts rear end stiffness

Ragley Marley. Picture by James Costley-White

SRAM take care of drive duties with an X7 double. ISCG 05 tabs are provided

Ragley Marley. Picture by James Costley-White

Ragley's Three Finger chainstay bridge allows use of tyres up to 2.5in

Ragley Marley. Picture by James Costley-White

Cutouts in the rear dropouts save a little weight

Ragley Marley. Picture by James Costley-White

Ragley have gone with IS rather than post mount disc tabs

Ragley Marley. Picture by James Costley-White

Another view of the Three Finger chainstay design

Ragley Marley. Picture by James Costley-White

Maxxis High Roller tyres are seated on Mavic XM 319 Disc wheels

Ragley Marley. Picture by James Costley-White

The frame is made from hydroformed, triple-butted 7005 T6 series aluminium and comes in 16, 18 and 20in sizes