Raleigh Alley Way

Raleigh is showing an interesting new model for 2010 called the “Alley Way”. It’s a Cro-Mo framed city bike with Alfine IGH, Gates belt drive, Brooks saddle, and matching fenders. MSRP $1425.

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25 Responses to “Raleigh Alley Way”

  • jdmitch says:

    Nice, of course $$$$$ => $1,100 – $1,800

  • Chris says:

    Discs, Alfine, belt, fenders, non-drop bars? This could be the perfect mixed-weather commuter bike. Add a rear rack and a dynamo hub, and they’ve got a winner.

  • Alan says:

    @Chris

    Though it’s not listed in the specs, the front hub appears to be a dynamo.

  • Larey says:

    Hmmm. Chromo, IHG, disc brakes, belt drive… I’m in the market for an all-weather commuter so Civia Bryant vs Raleigh Alley Way makes things a bit more interesting.

  • jeff says:

    What’s gotten into Raleigh lately? I mean WOW.

  • jdmitch says:

    @Jeff,

    Yeah, between they’re churning out some well thought out beauties (this, the Superbe Roadster). PS, did anyone else notice how gorgeous the 2010 One Way looks? I think today’s the first time I’ve seen it.

  • Ows says:

    Niiiiiiiiiiiice.
    How come you lot get Raleigh’s gorgeous stuff, while on this side of the Atlantic we have to put up with their nonsense?

  • Perry says:

    Nice. But I wish the front fender extended down more. You’ll get very wet feet with those fenders.

  • jeff says:

    @ jdmitch
    Yeah, I’ve noticed the 2010 One Way and it IS gorgeous! I already have a 2008 One Way. Would it be silly of me to own both? What do you think?

  • jeff says:

    PS,
    Did I mention how bad I want the 2010 Clubman?

  • ToddBS says:

    @Ows

    I’ve noticed that Raleigh USA seems to be taking a completely different track than the rest of the mass-produced industry. They are heavily into the cyclocross scene in the Pacific NW as well and put out several limited-edition cross bikes every year. You pretty much have to know someone on the inside to get one, but they are really cool. All themed on beer labels.

  • Jun says:

    bikehugger says $1425 and has picture with a chainguard

    http://bikehugger.com/2009/08/raleigh-2010-urban-sneak-previ.html

  • Alan says:

    @Jun

    Thanks…

  • Larey says:

    The Raleigh at $1,425 and now we hear a similar Civia Bryant is priced at $1,750… can’t wait to see detailed component specs for both or better yet, both bikes in the flesh.

  • Charlie says:

    Very nice. Only complaints are the straight fork and the short fenders.

  • jeff says:

    Front fender needs a Brooks flap and it’s good to go!

  • Charlie says:

    Unfortunately it would need two Brooks flaps on the front, second one hung from the first, but you are right, it’s a solvable problem. The straight fork is a bit more of a pain to correct.

  • Dottie says:

    Now that’s a real commuter bike! So rare for out-of-the-box bikes in the US. They should have gone the final step and added a rack.

  • Martha says:

    Hmm… just getting close to the Trek Soho 4.0 and now this! I already miss my 3-speed Raleigh Sport (as the bike shop guy said, “What’s not to love?”) except the maintenance is getting really time-consuming. Lots of Raleigh carnage around the shed.

    Any thoughts about Raleigh Alley Way and the Trek 4.0?

    I commute 20 miles (round-trip total) daily on streets, dirt and paved bike paths, in the Boston area.

    Thanks!

  • Alan says:

    Hi Martha,

    I should have an Alley Way in-hand by this time next week. I’ll be posting photos, impressions, and eventually a full-fledged review. Keep an eye out! :-)

    Alan

  • Charlie says:

    Martha,

    Here are what I think are the key differences:

    1) Brakes: Raleigh has disk brakes; Trek has roller brakes. Both are unaffected by weather, and are low-maintenance, but I find roller brakes mushy and weak, whereas disk brakes are crisp and powerful. For a leisurely ride without challenging traffic, roller brakes are fine, but for aggressive riding in traffic, especially Boston traffic, I’d rather have the disk brakes.

    2) Frame. Al Trek vs. steel Raleigh. I used to think Al was a good idea for less corrosion in a commuter bike, but in fact, Al frames have a limited life, as they fatigue and crack, whereas steel will last forever. If you are worried about corrosion, spray the inside with some anti-corrosion stuff and it will last forever.

    3) Saddle. It’s hard to beat a Brooks saddle, though you might want a rain cover for it.

    It seems to me to be pointing to the Raleigh all around.

  • Jay says:

    Ok, I’ve had an Alleyway for about a month now. Besides really liking the way it looks, and it’s green, here are some first observations. The handlebars are really wide. I keep hitting the ends of them on doorways and other tight areas. I’ve never owned a internal gear system before. That, more than the belt, is the biggest difference for me. It’s generally quiet although in this first month it’s been kind of rattly. I’m not sure how many times it will need adjusting. The pedals and toe baskets are small so if you have shoes bigger than sneakers it’s a challenge. The toe baskets are metal, and they’re nice, but I checked with a local shop and was told the metal ones don’t come any bigger. My one incident, so far, is that the middle bracket holding up my back fender, broke. It doesn’t sound like a bid deal but if you hit a bump, with that center part unsupported, it vibrates and hits the tire. It’s being held up with a bungy cord right now but I’m supposed to get the new bracket tomorrow. I just hope that more things don’t start breaking on this new $1400 bike.

  • jdmitch says:

    @Jay,

    You might look at MKS or Velo-Orange.com Deep Clips (either in full or half style). I’m not sure you’re local bike shop is away of all the multitude of clip options out there. I know the ones near my place are fixated on clipless…

  • Jay says:

    Hey jdmitch thanks for the advice. MKS has a large steel toe clip but Rivendell Bicycle Works has a giant sized clip made by SOMA. I ordered them, they’re on the pedals and my feet are much more comfortable now. The back fender is also fixed thanks to a beefier bracket from SKS.

  • Josh Mitchell says:

    @Jay,

    No problems. As much as I like LBS’s, I find they’re generally not savvy on commuting accesories. Of course, most of their money comes from racers or mountain bikers so it’s understandable.

    PS – if I did’t say it before, I’m jealous. That’s a heckuva nice bike.

 
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