The Raft climbs confidently, descends aggressively, flies through flowy singletracks and absolutely shreds on rough and rowdy trails. The Raft is the perfect trail shredder and is ready to accompany you on all your off- road escapades.
With the Raft it’s time to start shredding trails and pushing your limits. This all-round full suspension mountain bike is carefully designed for a mix between cross country and down country. It is made for performance and designed to conquer rough terrain: it’s fast, agile and reactive, yet it’s well balanced and stable.
The Raft is a very versatile mountain bike that combines cross country with trail riding. Due to its advanced geometry it rides fast with well-balanced handling. It’s ready to race, but can also be used on long rides and is even suitable for off-road bikepacking. With the large number of mounting points and a second bottle cage mount on the seat tube, the Raft can be adapted to suit your next ride. This bike is engineered to be the Swiss army knife of modern day cross country mountain biking.
The Raft is Ridley’s answer to those changes. It’s got all features of modern full suspension cross country mountain bikes: it’s aggressive yet outstandingly capable and controlled in a lightweight and efficient package.
Ridley is releasing two versions of the Raft, leaving no trail unridden. The Raft XC is equipped with 100mm travel suspension, which makes it a performance focused mountain bike. It’s light and agile and therefore very suitable for flowy single tracks. It also covers ground extremely fast and is great for climbing, but still lets you charge down descents. For riders that love to send it on more technical trails, the Raft TR is a match made in heaven. With 120mm travel suspension this bike is the perfect companion for more rocky and rougher terrain.
With a head tube angle of 66.6 for the Raft TR (120mm spec), you’re sure to have full control over the bike while riding fast, steep, technical trails. While the 67.5 degree head tube angle on the Raft XC (100mm spec) sharpens up the handling for fast paced aggressive cross country riding. The Raft XC has got a seat tube angle of 76 degrees on the Raft TR the seat angle is 75 degrees. This steeper seat angle allows you to keep your body position further forward for tackling steep climbs.
Wheel travel options
Out front the rear wheel travel is matched with either a 100mm travel SID SL fork or a 120mm SID fork with 35mm stanchions.
Raft in details
The Raft is specifically designed for racing and long rides. Therefore the frame features several mounting points to accommodate bottle and accessories placements. This allows you to ride pack free or carry more items on longer rides. The Raft has a total of nine mounting points (for sizes M,L,XL). There are five on the down tube (three in size small). The seat tube is equipped with two mounting points as well. This ensures that you can fit two bottle cages and a tool pack/spare tube inside the front triangle (sizes M, L, XL). On top of the top tube there are two more mounting points. These can be used for a top tube bag, a toolkit or for mounting other accessories, like a battery pack.
The Raft has internal cable routing, which gives the bike a clean look and keeps the cables and hoses out of harm’s way. This technology isn’t used to make the mountain bike more aero as it is done on Ridley road bikes. Instead, it’s used to protect the cables from dirt and to minimize friction. Moreover, they won’t get snagged when riding overgrown single tracks or rough and rugged trails.
No more hassle when trying to replace your derailleur hanger! You don’t need to worry if you have a broken derailleur hanger after a crash when you’re riding on different terrains and in different places in the world. With the Universal Derailleur Hanger (UDH), you’re assured to find a replacement effortlessly. Nearly every bike dealer has a UDH in stock nowadays, so you’ll be on your way again in an instant.