I bought a 2010 Raleigh Cadent FT3, their "performance hybrid" this summer and have been very pleased with it. I came from a MTB/hybrid bike, this was my first foray into a "road" bike - which it is, just not as committed a road bike as some others.Hallinator said:Has anyone checked out the 2011 line of Raleigh road bikes? They look real nice and they've got great prices when compared to the similar Giant's at my lbs. Anything to watch out for with this price difference?
SidNitzerglobin said:My first real road bike I bought back in 1989 was a 12 speed Raleigh (can't remember the model). Got many years of great service out of it until it was stolen out of my apartment during a party my roommates had while I was out of town.
Thought they had gone the route of a department store bike branding mechanism. I'll have to take a look at their new stuff.
Yeah, sorry I meant no offense. I was out of cycling altogether for a decade and a half and was under the impression that the name had been sold off at some point. Just my own jaded ignoranceArgentius said:Disclaimer, yours truly works at the company in question.
Raleigh America bikes are available only at local Raleigh dealers. There are a few multi-store local chains that carry the brand, but they are not sold at department stores or anything other than real bike shops.
People are pretty excited about the new road line, myself included.
I'll bet the new model has "compact" front gearing that so the rage these days. A half-assed substitute for a quality triple front, in my not so humble opinion. It's a real disservice to bicylists that the triple is going away replaced by compacts. But what do I know.Cadent said:This is a very Raleigh model-specific question, but I guess it is applicable to other brands as well...
I got a 2010 Raleigh Cadent FT3 which has the triple chainring up front - which I love owing to the hilly area I am in. Granny gears are the best thing since air for bicycles, IMHO.
BUT, the 2011 Cadent FT3 has just the double front chainring, the triple relegated to the lower-spec FT2.
Since the thrust of the Cadent hasn't changed -- it is termed a "performance hybrid" - a flatbar bike with beefier tires -- I wonder why Raleigh opted for the more performance-driven dual chainring, when it really isn't a racing bike????
Just give the people of choice of two or three gears up front? A rather obvious "poseur" statement for the folks who want to appear to be studlier than they probably are?
The triple is a kiss of death when it comes to buyers who fancy themselves performance-oriented. Since Raleigh must make money, Raleigh specs what the customer wants. Pretty basic, actually.Cadent said:I wonder why Raleigh opted for the more performance-driven dual chainring, when it really isn't a racing bike????
I am not competent to answer. The specs on my Cadent rank up there with mid-grade road bikes - 700x32 tires, Tiagra gearing, alum. frame, carbon fork... it has a flat bar, but I like that. And yeah, I added a kick stand...kick me out of the forum....Camilo said:By the way, what's the difference between a so called flat barred road bike and a hybrid, assuming both are on a 700c wheel platform? I rented one of those puppies and I would have called it a hybrid.