When the 27.5-inch wheel took the MTB market by storm about five years ago, many hailed it as a magic bullet. The bullet that would all but replace the other sizes because it combined the best characteristics of 26-inch and 29-inch wheels.
However, fast-forward to today, our progressive frame geometries have allowed us to retain the advantages of bigger wheels. They are speed, better traction and rollover. At the same time, the progressive frame geometries provide desirable ride characteristics associated with smaller wheels. Thanks to slacker head angles, short stems and steep seat tube angles, today’s 29ers are more flickable and nimble. They appeal to more than just spandex-clad racers. Mountain bikers of all stripes, from enduro racers and casual trail riders to gravity riders, are opting for bigger wheels.
This resurgence in 29er riders, led us to develop a quality affordable range in typical Reid style. Introducing the all new Reid 29er range…
If you’re looking for a step up to take your trail-riding to the next level, the Neon has you more than covered. With upgrades over the Argon such as Rockshox Recon RL suspension forks, proven Shimano MT400 disc brakes and slick-shifting Deore gearing, the Neon is a blast on the trails.
Reid Argon Review
‘The bike is built around Reid’s new custom alloy frame. It’s smart looking and is specced as well as anything else I have seen at the same price point. The frame has double-butted hydroformed tubing, smooth welds, internal cable routing, internal tapered headset, threaded BB (yes the norm for alloy frames but I’ll tell you there’re loads of press fit BB carbon frame owners that are now crying out for these!), and direct mount disc callipers. Makes for a pretty light, solid, and hassle-free base. Reid use this same frame in the rest of their 29er hardtails, the Neon and the Xenon with componentry being the only difference. Black is the colour here, but don’t think that means cheap and nasty looking in house components. They are all perfectly functional.
Pointing out a few things here:
- The Saddle is well-shaped with good padding and sat on a decent quality 27.2mm seat post (smaller diameter 27.2mm posts give greater deflection meaning greater comfort).
- The grips fitted are lock on, a nice little touch that goes amiss on most bikes at this price point. These make for a solid feel and won’t slip.
- The bars are 700mm wide, combined with a 70mm stem and a 69-degree head angle make for easily controlled rides. I make a big thing of this because contact points on a bike make all the difference. The above makes the Argon feel a lot more expensive than it is.
The rest of the bikes kit performs just as well. The fork is a Suntour 100mm air fork with alloy steerer (significantly lighter than steel), lockout, rebound dampening and a bolt through axle (more solid steering feel). Entry level forks have come on so much in ten years! These are features that were only found on most top-level forks. They allow you to tune the fork pretty well to your individual needs. Air spring to tune for your weight or preferred preload, dampening to the conditions (temperature or surface conditions), and lockout for when suspension is not needed (i.e. tarmac or on climbs). Wheels are a solid choice of Alex double-wall disc rims on sealed hubs shod with clincher WTB non-line 2.25 tyres.
Last few parts to finish then…
Brakes and groupset. Brakes are hydraulic courtesy of Shimano (MT200 models). Whilst not the strongest stoppers, they had plenty of modulation meaning no unexpected lock ups, they bedded in nicely over the time I had the bike with no squealing. Lastly, Shimano coming good with an Alivio 2×9 drivetrain matched to a Suntour chainset. The Alivio shares a lot of the looks of its higher priced kin and functions as accurately and reliably as you would expect. The Suntour chainset shifts well enough, and fits on a classic square taper bottom bracket.
The Argon is a great entry level bike that will enable you to ride a lot harder than you think.
The ride was solid and the handling confidence-inspiring. The front end tracked really well thanks to the decent fork and bolt through axle. That combined with the tyres giving good grip on most surfaces and rolled really fast. The only surface they struggled a little on was looser gravel, but I could have helped that with lower tyre pressures. During the duathlons, the Argon was pushed all the way, with no let up for shifts and lots of heavy braking. The Shimano gear was faultless. The bang for the buck is huge. It’s the perfect bike for cyclists on a budget to either enter the world of mountain biking or to add another discipline to their hobby.’