Test Radon Regard 10.0: The top model from the direct provider has high-quality features and is modestly priced. The Shimano GRX 810 and Mavic wheelset offer pleasant driving characteristics and great flexibility between sport and everyday use.
When it comes to gravel, radon is currently holding back a bit. The Bonn-based direct provider has four models in its range, including two with full equipment suitable for everyday use. All four bikes are based on an aluminum frame with a carbon fork Shimano GRX components equipped and very interesting in terms of price-performance: the Regard 9.0 FE with GRX 2×11 is available for just 1.799 euros - including a lighting system with a high-quality hub dynamo, mudguards, parking stand and rear rack.
Radon Regard 10.0: Top model with Shimano GRX RX810
The sporty top model, however, is the Radon Regard 10.0, which is also one of the cheapest gravel bikes on the market with the Shimano GRX RX810. Models with the top group from the Japanese provider are usually not available for less than 2.500 euros. And it's definitely worth relying on the high-quality component group, which is a lot ahead of the cheaper parts of the GRX 400/600 in terms of details. The braking behavior of the GRX BR-RX810 is a bit better thanks to ServoWave technology and the bottom bracket is lighter thanks to hollow forged cranks.
The gear ratio with an eleven-speed sprocket from 11 to 42 teeth at the rear and a 40 chainring is tried and tested: This means you can easily climb steep climbs and can still put pressure on the pedal at high speeds; The jumps between the individual gears are still consistent enough to maintain a smooth pedaling frequency when changing gears.
Tubeless-capable Mavic wheelset
The high-quality Shimano group comes with a solid all-road wheelset from the traditional manufacturer Mavic with a finely pitched toothed disc freewheel, whose rims with an inner width of 23 mm are optimally tailored to wider gravel tires. Just like the Conti tires used, these wheels can be run tubeless, although the rolling resistance feels low even with tubes. The Conti Terra Speed are an ideal compromise when driving on asphalt as well as on loose surfaces; They are just less suitable for mud and wet conditions.
Like the tire, the bike itself is an all-rounder, suitable for everyday use as well as for sporty tours. The compact sitting posture speaks for this, although it is noticeable that in the three middle of five frame sizes the seat length remains practically the same and the bike only grows in height. This means that you can easily choose between different upright sitting positions. With rather long chainstays, the Radon runs smoothly, although the steep steering angle of the larger models ensures pleasant handling. In addition, the Regard is extremely powerful, which is not surprising given the solid aluminum frame - riding fun is guaranteed with this gravel bike.
Radon Regard 10.0 – Many cultivation options
The fact that Radon also offers the Regard fully equipped means, of course, that you can retrofit the 10.0 with anything: mudguards if you use the bike for commuting, or three bottle holders and a small top tube bag if you want to go on long tours off-road. Without any attachments, the bike appears simple and tidy, especially since the shift cable and brake line are routed internally.
And so you don't have to think long about the Radon Regard 10.0: The aluminum gravel bike is inexpensive, very well equipped and quite versatile in terms of application such as seat geometry. And that makes it just as interesting for beginners as for experienced Gravellers.