Raleigh USA SC30 2003 Hybrid Bike

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[Dec 23, 2010]
crobinson180908
Recreational Rider

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

> Good gearing - no problem shifting when I get tired going uphill, and I can pedal for an hour at a time without getting exhausted (and I'm really out of shape!)
> Step-through frame is easy to get on and off
> Light, easy to carry
> Goes fast if you let it!
> Wide tires handle bumps, curbs, and the occasional packed dirt trail well
> Linear-pull brakes work very well
> Durable components - no flats or adjustments needed so far
> Quick-release seat and wheels mean you can make adjustments quickly

Weakness:

> The seat has a suspension seatpost with limited adjustments (can't tilt nose of saddle higher or lower, as far as I can tell) and a super-padded saddle with ridges that cause aches and pains after a few miles
> The handlebars are your traditional semi-flattened hybrid handlebars that contribute to a slightly leaned-over position, which after about 10 miles begins to cause pain and numbness in my hands as my palms and wrists press painfully against the grips
> Sometimes feels shaky/squirrelly/unstable when going downhill, over uneven surfaces, or when stopped. I sometimes have difficulty getting going again after I stop at lights, although that may be an issue with my riding technique.
> Not the prettiest-looking bike (sorry, I had to mention it!). Plain gold/cream paint, big Raleigh decals, bubbly-toothpaste-looking welds, although I'm sure the frame is sound.
> Not good for carrying stuff - has a few eyelets for installing racks and such, but I've been limited to using a backpack to carry my wallet, keys, etc. when out on rides.

Basically, if you know the limitations of a hybrid bike and are willing to live with them in exchange for a well-built, durable bicycle that you only plan on using casually, this would be a good buy for you.

This is my mom's bike that she rides occasionally but has been mostly parked in the garage since we got in 2003ish. I've started riding it when I'm home on school breaks for fun and as an alternative to driving to locations within 6 miles or so of my house. Overall it is a standard hybrid bicycle, with solid components but lacking many features (racks, fenders, chainguard, lights, etc.) that would make it a more feasible as a commuter bike. As is, without any modifications, I would recommend it to the casual rider who only wants to buy one bike that they can take on some light trail rides or around the neighborhood (but not for errand-running). Because it is not quite a city/utility bike and not quite a road/mountain bike, it doesn't do anything perfectly well. If I could combine the gearing, speed, and durable components from this bike with the nice aesthetics, upright geometry and comfier saddle from my cheapo Target cruiser, it would be close to perfect!

[Nov 17, 2010]
kim
Recreational Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Easy efficient shifting and braking; gearing is perfect for pavement or dirt/gravel; bike is light, so that a female (me) can lift it overhead to place in rack, carry over logs, etc.; super easy to manuever on any terrain; turns sharp and precise.

Weakness:

Brakes and gears need more than average adjustment, but they are easy to work on.

I bought my Raleigh C 30 in 1998.
It fits me perfectly; easy to adjust handlebars, seat; quick release wheels; adjustments on brakes and derailer are super easy; suspension is superb on my bad back and knees; comfortable riding for hours at a time. Handling beats the crap out of my co-riders bikes that cost $2k plus!

Similar Products Used:

None

[May 17, 2010]
JPJ
Recreational Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Good smooth shifters
Big wheels, ideal for cruising at high speed
Shocks eat up bumps
Well built
Repositionable handlebars
Good on flat roads, has decent off-road capabilities too

Weakness:

Quite heavy
Wish the main bar was parallel to the ground rather than at an angle

Excellent bike overall
Good price, tough aluminum build, smooth Revo-shifts, smooth ride in general, 700C wheels, fork and seat-post shocks, decent looks.

[Jul 30, 2008]
Anonymous
Recreational Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Climbs easy and shifts smoothly

Weakness:

As others have said, I have had 2 flats

I have had this bike a few years and it has served me well. It is easy to manuver and carries my frame with no problem, 6 2 235

[Jun 02, 2006]
Anonymous
Commuter

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

reliable but cheap componetry...i rarely had to make adjustments the whole time i owned it. it provides a smooth comfortable ride and shifts and brakes reasonably well.

Weakness:

aluminum frame...i love steel. i a tad bit on the "gramma-ish" side as far a looks go. very heavy.

This was my fist bike as an adult, getting back into cycling. i wasn'y sure if i was going to be more into road or mountain, so i went for a hybrid. it served me well and in general the bike was reliable.

Similar Products Used:

jamis commuter, haro v2

[May 05, 2006]
Frank
Recreational Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5

Nice bike for the money, haven't had any problems!

[Feb 02, 2004]
Chuck Duncan
Recreational Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

The suspension seems to handle almost anything you throw at it. Suprisingly enough the frame can handle a few 20+ foot jumps.

Weakness:

I had to replace the tires 3 times to find a tire that can take the ruggedness the bike tkes.

I bought the C30 Schwinn at Wal-Mart on a last second whim, because my "good" bike got snatched the previous night. The bike responded well with little tuning. Overall I think it's a great beginner bike and a even better backup bike!

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I,ve had several bikes, but I'm a rec. rider so I limit my budget to around 600-800 dollars on any bike I buy. Alays new, never used.

[Jul 31, 2003]
John Daly
Recreational Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Weakness:

Get a lot of flats, but that may be just me..

Awesome Bike. I liked it so much I bougt my wife a Raleigh C30. Incredibly smooth ride, takes bumpy roads and moderate trails well, great design enables you to pedal up some pretty steep hills easily.

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