It's nice to see Raleigh making some decent bikes again; however I was just looking at the bottom of the range bike: http://www.raleigh.co.uk/bikedetails.aspx?ID=5449 which is not that great, but looking at the spec, it's a lot better than the bikes I used to get about on as a youth, and probably for less money taking inflation into account. It's aluminium, not steel, and has 14 gears instead of 10. It says it has a durable alloy wheel set, which from what I remember used to be the worst thing on cheap bikes. The rims on my old bike buckled like butter. The best upgrade I did was replace them with slightly more expensive ones. In those days, I thought £30 was a lot to spend on new wheels. I thought £150 was a lot to spend on a bike.