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Nice to see more practical utility bikes. is the rear rack only for panniers, then?
Yes, panniers only. It works well; it places the bags low and far back, leaving loads of heel clearance.
That’s a real pretty bike. It’s a real shame we do not get the same range here in the UK.
I guess I’ve gone too retro-grouch at this point. I would be all over this bike with credit card in hand if it had a curved fork and less than a mile of seatpost showing. I’m sure it rides well, so I better focus more on function over appeal.
Very sleek! Not a straight handlebar fan, though. Eager for the review!
In spite of my prejudice against sloping top tubes there are a lot of things I like about this bike especially at the price. Unfortunately I just can’t imagine the large size being a good fit for my 6’3″ frame. I’ll be interested in reading your full review.
Sweet bike. So many bikes to ride, so little time.
Very sleek – I really like how Raleigh USA has transformed themselves into a transport and city bike brand for the most part. They are still trying to compete in the road market, I guess but the thing they seem to be doing better than most is these innovative city bikes. I’ll be interested to hear what @Alan thinks of the ride, especially handling with the rear loaded and braking. Nice lines, love the integrated lock. For $800, that’s a pretty well equipped commuter.
I agree! Its such a shame the bikes sporting the Raleigh badge in the actual home of Raleigh are such crap compared to the Raleigh bikes in the US. If I still lived in the US, I’d be driving a Raleigh Alleyway instead of my Trek Soho. In the US, Raleigh seems to have some very exciting and practical bikes for regular users, but here, its your standard, run of the mill Halfords bike.
Agreed. Raleigh seems to be doing a fantastic job. I love all of the options in steel.
Review fodder: I am sorry, but wouldn’t we want to wonder about that rear rack…it seems limited to panniers. Specialized’s Globe Haul application of the concept doesn’t seem to have that limitation…
I think folks are going to either love or hate the rear rack depending upon how they’re accustomed to carrying things. I don’t think I’ve used the top of a rear rack in at least 3 years, so it’s a completely moot point for me. For those who use rack trunks or regularly strap loose items to the top of their rack, that space will be sorely missed. The advantages of this particular rack include low CG, extra long rails for good heel clearance, it looks good (matters to some, not to others), and, of course, it’s included in the price of the bike.
Now that is a nicely equipped commuting bike. Internal gear hub, looks like a hub generator up front, lights, lock, fenders, sensible width tires. Nice color too.
The styling looks mountan bike-ish to me. Not really my thing but interesting. I guess they’re aiming for the people who grew up with hardtail mountain bikes?
…My first impressions of this bike were positive (a sub-$1000 bike complete with dynamo lighting, fenders and rack? Oh yeah!), but the more I look at it, the less I like it. I’m seeing a more poorly-thought-out version of Trek’s BellevilleÃ¢â‚¬â€albeit with a nicer frame and likely some significant weight savings as a result.
The rear rack is a nice touch and give the bike an NAHBS kinda vibe, but they need to include a front carrier of some kind if they’re going to take out the rear platform. (Of course, then you deal with finding a front carrier that will match the stock paintjob, lol.) Not to mention that the load seems to be carried *really* far back, far more than is practical to avoid heel-strike and moving into the realm of “popping wheelies anytime I carry groceries.” And how do you attach panniers anyway? It doesn’t look like there’s enough height to secure bags from the bottom (especially not any bags that have a bungie/hook attachment).
It looks like chain tension is set with an eccentric bottom bracket (am I right about this?), which I’m a little ambivalent about. Being a retro-grouch, I feel like it’s an overly complicated solution to a problem that was solved about a hundred years ago. I just don’t see what’s so wrong with horizontal dropouts… but people are buying all sorts of bikes these days with sliding/replaceable dropouts, EBBs, eccentric hubs, etc, so some people must like them. (The Belleville has horizontal dropouts and a derailleur hanger, so it’ll take pretty much any drivetrain you can throw on it short of a belt drive.)
I do like the drum brakes, which beat the Belleville’s cheap calipers.
I also find it very… plain. Not ugly, just not very pretty either. I can’t imagine you’d get nearly as many compliments on this bike as my girlfriend does on her Belleville. Certainly never a dealbreaker, but again, I’m a retro-grouch, so when it comes down to it, I’d rather ride something that doesn’t look like a hybrid.
All in all, not a bad bike, but not one I’d like to own. Too many reservations about the rear rack, for the most part. Still though, can’t complain too much about any bike that might inspire someone to think “Yeah, if only I had that bike I could sell my car!”
Okay, here’s a better application of rear rack on a standard wheelbase: Felt CafÃƒÂ© Deluxe 24. Granted, it’s a bolt-on but it can accommodate a rack trunk as well as panniers without being grossly obtrusive. So I wonder why Raleigh didn’t weld on something like Felt’s rack (maybe lengthen the rails in inch). I think they would have a lot gained in function and given up little in form.
I sort of hate that rack. While I think a minimal, panniers-only rear rack is the way to go with a city bike if you’ve decided on panniers, this execution seems less than ideal to me.
It looks pretty heavily cantilevered to the rear — what’s the weight rating? What happens when you put a big load on it? Any wiggle-waggle? Is laterally stiff?
It also looks a little weird to my eye. In any case, I look forward to a review!