NS RAG+ Received stock

First Look: NS RAG+

We told you about the launch of this bike a few weeks ago and we’re excited to say we now have our hands on the real thing. The RAG+ from NS Bikes is so called because it stands for Road And Gravel Plus, and NS Bikes is convinced that its experience in hard living abuse standing bikes gives them all the skills they need to produce a brilliant hard wearing but fun to play on gravel bike. Some of the same people that designed this bike also have a hand in the Rondo Ruut range which we’ve also told you about. You’ll notice a similarity in the drive side chainstay…but we’re diving ahead. Let’s look at the RAG+.

NS RAG+ Received stock

Dirt jump roots.

NS Bikes is the dirt jump and mountain bike brand within the family of brands which also includes Creme (who make urban bikes) and the new gravel specific Rondo.

NS RAG+ Received stock

Tasty.

Made from 6061 T6 custom formed alloy frame and butted tubes, you can ride the RAG+ on 700C wheels equipped with 40mm tyres, or with 27.5in MTB wheels with tyres as big as 2.2inches.

NS RAG+ Received stock

Short out back.

Without wishing to state the obvious, we’ve got it set up in 700C flavour, with 40mm tyres. If you look really, really closely at this photo you’ll see the slightest of curvy cutouts in the seat tube. This gets that rear wheel tucked in tight and the chainstay short at 420mm. We’d best point it at some corners then…

NS RAG+ Received stock

Brown sidewalls – yay or nay?

The fork is an NS Gravel+ carbon fork with 15mm dropouts and NS thru axle. We like the subtle gloss branding here.

NS RAG+ Received stock

Tan stem!

To (almost) match the brown sidewalls on the tyres, we have a brown – or is that caramel –  stem. Complete with words to remind you where you should be riding.

NS RAG+ Received stock

Road AND Gravel. Get out there.

NS RAG+ Received stock

SRAM S350 1x X-SYNC 42t, 170/175mm

SRAM 1x drivetrain provides the go, with a 42t chain ring up front and an 11-42t cassette at the rear. Hannah is going to be riding the Dirty Reiver on this, so she’ll be heading for the hills to see whether her legs can get her up them with this gearing. If not, it’ll be a simple swap to something more forgiving of weedy legs.

NS RAG+ Received stock

Simple QR seatpost clamp.

A QR seatpost clamp – in the absence of a dropper, this could be handy for those technical descents perhaps?

NS RAG+ Received stock

27.5+ tyres can also be fitted.

NS RAG+ Received stock

SRAM stopping and shifting

NS RAG+ Received stock

Double tap.

Brakes are SRAM Apex hydraulic disc, with 160mm rotors rear and front. Shifting is SRAM Apex 11spd.

NS RAG+ Received stock

Urban graffiti styling

It’s drawn a fair amount of attention in the office, with subtle styling touches perhaps giving away its dirt park roots.

NS RAG+ Received stock

More dirt style detail.

NS RAG+ Received stock

Camo saddle

NS RAG+ Received stock

Oooh, those hubs!

Hubs are NS Bikes’ own brand featuring sealed bearings with a 15mm thru axle front and a 142x12mm thru axle rear, and a lovely finish. All laced onto Alex Draw 2.1P Asymmetrical, 32h, tubless compatible rims. So lovely, loops are fitted to keep the hubs clean and nice. How long will the rest of the bike be lovely and shiny we wonder…not long!

They’re £1649.99 and will be landing with UK distributer Hotlines in early March.

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3 Responses

  1. Profile photo of fatoldman fatoldman says:

    Does this bike take pannier racks? My touring bike with 35mm wide tyres caused me difficulty on some of the tracks on my last two Iceland trips. I need something that will take 50mm tyres, and preferably racks for gear. Any suggestion welcomed, oh and I will need front as well as rear racks.

  2. Profile photo of hannah hannah says:

    @fatoldman it has mudguard eyelets but not rack eyelets. Have you had a look at the Specialized AWOL that James is testing? That might fit the bill.

  3. Profile photo of fatoldman fatoldman says:

    Thank you for the message/email. I shall look out for the review, alas I am very busy over the next couple of weeks so not able to come for a closer look.

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