Raleigh USA One Way Hybrid Bike


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[Feb 28, 2011]


Really strong and stiff. Huge clearance; fits Nokian Hakkapeliitta W206 700x42s and some ice buildup with a little bit of light modding of the fenders (but just barely; that's about the absolute limit of this frameset). Handling is pretty darn good. It's definitely optimized for a fatter tire, but I've been using a 25f/23r setup to use up some tires and it's okay there (not exceptional but fine). The included stuff (B17, pump) is actually quite good for the money if you want it, and sellable if you don't. Good alignment out of box (I'm a shop mechanic). Comes with a real headset, tires, and pedals. Forward-opening dropouts (important on fendered bikes).
The comfort oriented geometry (slightly shorter TT and higher range of available positions than average) is really well executed.


The SR Suntour Superbe cranks had badly aligned spider tabs out of the box, causing chainring wobble. Truing them as well as possible (there's a limit to how perfect it can be) yields an acceptable result, but not dead perfect like a real track crank or even a decent oldschool forged crank. They've been good cranks in practice, but would be pretty blah if I hadn't done this.
The frameset's stiffness and high strength/weight would easily be a downside for a rider who doesn't need it, such as a lighter rider or someone who's never gonna do rough stuff with it. This is easily the worst thing about the frameset. Would probably be better overall with non-oversize tubes for everyone who doesn't take it offroad frequently.
The integrated-spacer stem absolutely does not belong on a production bike; it works strictly against the buyer in a utility sense and is only there for fashion. Bad choice, Raleigh.
The front fender really should extend down further.
The 130mm frame spacing is silly.

This is for a 2010, the White one. I've only had it built up as a fixed gear road commuter using just the frameset, headset, BB, cranks, fenders, and stem - other stock parts.
Hard to say anything really negative about it if a heavy-duty single/fixed-specific, somewhat commuter-specific road frameset with big clearance and comfort-oriented geometry is what you want. But if that's not exactly what you want, you'll probably find something you don't like.
The relatively long chainstays (compared to a more track-derived frame) give you increased stability and versatility at the expense of decreased flickability, which the bike is not really designed for at all.
I'm a 200lb, moderately powerful shop mechanic using this as a commuter in hilly terrain with 42/16. I have a 57.

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An old random Motobecane 10-speed set up as a fixed/single road bike (probably rode nicer on the road than the One Way), a 2002-ish Allez set up as fixed/single, a super early Cannondale road bike set up as fixed, and brief test-rides on probably a dozen or so production fixed/single bikes.

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