NS Bikes have momentarily ditched wide bars in favour of drops for the new RAG+. A newcomer to the world of CX and Gravel, but by no means new to the world of cycling. You definitely want to check this out!

NS Bikes have momentarily ditched wide bars in favour of drops for the new RAG+. A newcomer to the world of CX and Gravel, but by no means new to the world of cycling. You definitely want to check this out!

Taking their 14 years experience and adapting it for this new model isn’t such a bad idea considering CX and Gravel technologies such as through axles and disc brakes are bread and butter for the MTB Industry. The new RAG+ comes with sufficient clearance to accommodate a wide range of tyre and wheel combinations and the dropped chainstay should allow you to run bigger chainrings. With their heritage and off-roading knowledge, the NS Bikes RAG+ stands like a proud and devilishly smart black sheep in a flock of plain road inspired cross and gravel bikes… I mean just look at those pearlescent hubs!

True to it’s mountain biking roots, the NS Bikes RAG+ is suitable for all conditions.

Priced at €1,799 the NS Bikes RAG+ is entering the gravel/cross market at a competitive level with an impressive list of components. Standout features include tubeless ready rims, hydraulic discs, a SRAM Apex 11 speed groupset and carbon through-axle forks which sum up to a very desirable package. It certainly sounds like NS Bikes are offering far better value for money than their big name rivals.

Clean, bold branding, petroleum hubs, gumwalls and matte black… perfectly understated.

Conclusion:

The NS Bikes RAG+ has been catered to mountainbikers first and foremost but the aggressive geometry, bold styling, and flexibility to accommodate a range of set ups suitable for different purposes will no doubt appeal to a much wider audience. Head over to the NS bikes website for a full understanding of what made them take the leap from drop offs to drop bars: nsbikes.com

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Words: Charles Nicholson Photos: NS Bikes