2011 Raleigh Detour Deluxe

Raleigh Detour Deluxe
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The 2011 Raleigh Detour Deluxe looks good. Features include a Nexus 8-speed IGH, dynamo lighting system, roller brakes, fenders, wheel lock, and integrated pannier rack. Retail price will be $799.

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20 Responses to “2011 Raleigh Detour Deluxe”

  • jdmitch says:

    Sweet! Talk about all weather commuting. And inexpensive enough that swapping the dyno lights later is no biggie. That rack is slick… Problems with no top space. However, getting the panniers lower is good.

  • Alan says:

    @jdmitch

    I agree, it seems well set-up for winter commuting. I also like the look of the rack, assuming it’s stiff enough. Overall, it seems like a very nice commuter for the price.

  • bryantrj@gmail.com says:

    I love the steel frame, chainguard, roller brakes, IGH and integral rack – but how am I going to get my milk crate lashed to that rack?

  • simon says:

    Hey thats pretty impressive bike for the money! I could see that selling well. I’d buy it if i wanted a hybrid year round commuter for that price bracket.

    Can get upgrades as and when you like, summer tyres etc.

    very impressive.

  • Allan Pollock says:

    I like the internal cable routing but that rack makes the entire bike a no-go. It looks like it’s impossible to attach a real rack to the bike and the integrated rack is ONLY useful for panniers and nothing else. Strange design decision!

    Allan Pollock

  • ccarter@new.rr.com says:

    Nice looking bike, I’m happy to see chain guards and fenders becoming more widely accepted things on bicycles.

  • Darryl says:

    I really wanted to buy this bike, but they changed the frame this year to the same one as the Alley Way. For my taste, the seat tube is too short and leaves a lot of seat post showing. However, otherwise a super build. A very nice improvement over last years model was the addition of a frame lock. I love the convenience of a frame lock. In the end I went with Globe Daily 3, which has a more traditional diamond frame and is a lighter bike. I miss the disc brakes and 8 speed on the Raleigh however. The Daily only has a 7 speed IGH.

  • Alan says:

    @Allan Pollock

    I’m not quite sure what to think of the rear rack. SInce all of my bikes have front racks, I only end up using the rear racks for panniers anyway. I like the idea of the panniers being carried lower, and the integrated rack gives the bike a boutique-ish look, which is kind of neat. I’d have to see how it pans out in actual use…

  • Alan says:

    @Darryl

    When I reviewed the Alley Way in ’09, the steeply sloping top tube was a spilt decision; it seems people either love ‘em or hate ‘em.

    http://www.ecovelo.info/2009/11/29/road-test-raleigh-alley-way/

    I generally prefer a level or slightly sloping top tube, but on some of these modern city bikes, the sloping top tube look is growing on me. I suppose the increased standover clearance might be an advantage for stop-and-go traffic, and certainly the modern ultra-long seat posts are plenty strong, so it’s probably a question of aesthetics more than anything.

    Alan

  • charles says:

    That seat post sticking way up might dissuade some of us heavier riders unless a steel or titanium one can be purchased to replace the aluminum one. I don’t like the rack either. Its useless as a saddle bag support and forces you to use those wimpy urban panniers…not everyone works at a computer company plus what about hauling your groceries? Why no belt drive, that would seem perfect on such a commuter friendly machine ? Perhaps just buy the Alley Way, throw on a Tubus rack and a Son 20 hub and look to spend $$$ on a titanium seat post.

  • Androo says:

    @charles

    The strength benefits of a titanium seatpost are pretty dubious. Downhillers, on much heavier bikes, riding much more aggressive terrain, which much slacker seat-tube angles (so a far more significant cantilever moment) use aluminium. It can take it.

    In all things bicycle, it’s not really about the material, it’s about the design.

  • Phil says:

    Is it me or does it look like the rear drop out is removable – can a belt drive be added to this set up?

  • jdmitch says:

    Phil, I was noticing the same thing too (makes since since it’s a derivative of the alley way). Also, if you look close, it’s also got a pinch bolt style eccentric bottom bracket.

    As far as the rear rack goes, I’m with Alan in that front rack becomes great on this. Also, one could always use the new Arkel Randeuor rack if you really wanted a top bag for the rear.

    I’m finding all sorts of reasons to like this bike.

    Yeah, no top bag by default but lots of ways around that and the trade off is your rear panniers are mounted very low for better balance.

    PS – nexus means one could go drop bars with a j-tek bar end…

  • Pete says:

    It’s the fact that the rack is welded on that would be an issue for me. I don’t mind upgrading bolt on parts, but if you are going to weld something on it’s gotta be perfect. This rack isn’t, unfortunately.

  • Steve Grimmer says:

    Agreed on the rack. It has no deck plate, and doesn’t seem to have a hook on the bottom for the panniers, either. I bought a Garneau Cityzen 300 with a similar setup and immediately unbolted the rack and put on a proper one. There doesn’t seem to be any like option on this bike.
    (The Garneau is a fine bike, otherwise…)

    steve in the ‘Peg.

  • Frits B says:

    This will not sell in countries where racks are used to carry things on them: boxes, bags, human behinds. Same mistake as Koga-Miyata made with their Vector.
    IM50 brakes when IM70 is available, in a country with hills and mountains, and speedy riders?
    And internal wiring/cabling looks good but complicates things no end when it comes to repairs.
    Otherwise, good value for the money!

  • Ben W says:

    The combination of an IG hub, eccentric bottom bracket, roller brakes, and dynamo is fantastic. Stuff like this is what a good urban workhorse is all about and I commend Raleigh for delivering it all at this price point. Other then keeping air in the tires, there’s little if any regular maintenance to consider. It’s too bad the bike was beat with an ugly stick. I understand the principle of improved stand-over clearance, but this is ascetically painful.

    As for the rack… the concept is sound. You might loose the several inches of top shelf space but the benefits of lower, centered weight is very real. There’s no reason you couldn’t zip-tie a milk crate on each side if you wanted to. If you want a flat load surface, get a front rack! Though looking at this rack I have to ask… where the heck is the lower panier strapping point?

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  • K says:

    Hi there! I’ve been researching bikes and this seems to be a great fit for my needs and my personal taste. I’m looking for a well-made, steel frame bike to use for daily commuting. I have no car so I’ll also be using it when I shop.

    My question is this – I’m a 5’4″ woman with a 30.5″ inseam. Will this work for me? Forgive me if this seems like a silly question. I’m new to all this and just want some expert advice. Thank you!

  • Alan says:

    K,

    On paper, it appears as if you can make the smallest size work. It looks to be pretty close so, if at all possible, a test ride would be a good idea.

    Great bike for the $$!

    Alan

 
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