Raleigh Grande (at Halford's) - please, any good?!

Discussion in 'Bikes and Buying Advice - What Bike?' started by moonjiver, 31 Jul 2012.

  1. moonjiver

    moonjiver Active Member

    Hello all. What a terrific site. I'm a fit oldie (late fifties) and gravitating from drop handle bars and classic frames towards the Raleigh Grande (on offer at Halfords). It seems a lovely bike and very comfortable (tho I'd still prefer drops!). What do you think, guys? Is it better for those potholes but also ok for a run from Hastings down to Brighton? Hard to find drops on bikes which don't also have terribly thin wheels.
     
  2. lip03

    lip03 Über Member

    Location:
    beds/ london
    I am no expert but from what I am told raleigh have really gone down hill in terms of quality in recent years
    Halfords is one to watch also .as the staff don't always have the best or most varied knowledge.

    I am sure someone with more to offer on alternatives will post shortly
     
  3. lip03

    lip03 Über Member

    Location:
    beds/ london
    To reiterate my concern in halfords they list the frame colour as wheel?
     
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    moonjiver

    moonjiver Active Member

    Thanks lot to you both. After a longish break, I am currently riding an old Claud Butler (not one of their top range but a lovely bike). But I'm shocked how bad the road surfaces have become and like the ruggedness of this Raleigh Grande. If it had drops, would be my perfect mix of old style and modern technology! Hope I'm not looking for the non-existent .. but I don't want thin racing wheels on a bike. Agree about Halfords, bit variable, but in fact the Bexhill lot have been very helpful and fortunately I know enough to check and adjust things where needed!
     
  5. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    I am sure it'll be terribly heavy and put together with the cheapest components - you do get what you pay for.

    I would personally go for a Carrera Subway in the sub £300 bracket (flatbar) http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/..._productId_840919_langId_-1_categoryId_165534,

    or, drops, the highly rated Triban 3 from Decathlon but again skinny tyres http://www.decathlon.co.uk/triban-3-id_8167038.html

    Drop + thicker tyres typically means a Cyclocross bike but these start at £500-600 new, or you could try to find one second hand
     
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    moonjiver

    moonjiver Active Member

    I appreciate all the advice, I'll check out the Carrera and the others. Surprisingly the Raleigh Grande wasn't that heavy and, cheaply made or not, did seem very comfortable and easy to handle.
     
  7. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    If you like it, go for it - just check that Halfords set it up correctly :smile:
     
  8. Cletus Van Damme

    Cletus Van Damme Previously known as Cheesney Hawks

    I was admiring a Raleigh Avanti U6 Pro in the bikeshed this morning. It was a 2009 so the owner said and it felt pretty light for an aluminium bike (carbon fork) and had good quality components. Certainly did not seem any different from my Specialized in build quality or finish. Obviously a slightly more expenisve Raleigh (105 groupset etc) but I was impressed, probably well worth a look at the model that you have in mind. They are nothing like the heavy crap I used to have as a kid.
     
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    moonjiver

    moonjiver Active Member

    Thanks, yes, I'll check that one out too. Difficult this, I'm trying to find something with drops and also thicker wheels - but without spending a fortune! Looking for a quality s/h bike was a good suggestion. Thanks for all the advice, folks.
     
  10. Falwheeler

    Falwheeler Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Falmouth Cornwall
  11. Look at Cyclo X bikes too, best of all worlds IMO.

    You'll keep your preferred drops and you should get upto probably 35mm tyres to make it feel like a sofa :smile:


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    moonjiver

    moonjiver Active Member

    I'm surprised and gratified by all the feedback. Just been following a thread (old one) in the Beginners section about drops v flats - fascinating, and I think I'm going to pass on the Raleigh Grande, keep searching for drops. Much better for distance and speed. I grew up on 'em. Might have to up my budget now tho! But also I'm a bit worried about all the comments on Halfords. It's not so hard to assemble a bike properly - I repainted a frame once and had bike bits spread all over my father's garage!
     
  13. lip03

    lip03 Über Member

    Location:
    beds/ london
    If your new to the forums you probably won't have heard of halfords being called halfrauds! But many horror story's have been told about them I personally haven't bought anything other than a lock from halfords.................... it broke
     
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    moonjiver

    moonjiver Active Member

    Yes, I came across "Halfrauds" last night, thought it was very funny. Wonder why they don't get their act together? Lot on the internet about them. Having said that, the Bexhill young guys have been very willing, I think they are just not getting proper training. Some good shops down in Eastbourne and Brighton thankfully ..
     
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