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Raleigh Royal 2009

Specs

Sizes 50cm, 55cm, 60cm (Frame size guide)
Colours Metallic Green
Frame type Rigid
Frame material Steel
Gears 24 speed
Wheel size 700C
Brakeset Powerful Tektro light-action alloy cantilever brakes
Chainset Shimano Sora
Wheels Doublewall alloy rims with CNC braking surface for smooth, reliable braking running on QR alloy hubs

Do you own this bike?

by John Munford  on 16 Oct 2010
Not a bad low end tourer very cheap for a steel framed bike, very similer frame to the Surly Long Haul Trucker and the same 4130 CroMoly steel, paint work is dreadfull, you have only got to look at it and it chips. The front carrier mounts are very low making front pannier bags a problem to fit.It is heavy but shouldnt be an issue for a touring bike although if your small like me you will struggle to get it on a roof rack bike holder. The tyres are very wide at 38x700, the equipment speck is very basic but more than able to do the job. I sold the bike after a year and bought a Claude butler Dalesman.
by Rob  on 29 Jul 2010
Very decent bottom-end tourer, and excellent value. I bought mine in April and have done 2,000 miles of touring on it so far - including Cape Wrath to Dover - with no significant problems.

The rear Kenda tyre seems particularly prone to punctures, the paintwork chips very easily, and the brakes are a bit soft. And, as with any bike, cable stretch means a tune-up is required shortly after running in.

But it's a smooth and easy bike to ride, and the saddle is one of the most comfy I've ever add - I've just done the 120 mile Dunwich Dynamo and it was an absolute joy all the way.

The rack has been sturdy and reliable, and I've taken it very heavily laden (perhaps 25kg rear, 8kg front) over a few roughish tracks (the road to Cape Wrath lighthouse!).

If your budget only stretches to five hundred quid and you're looking for a bike to, say, do Land's End to John o'Groats on, then I'd happily recommend this.
by Daniel  on 25 Jun 2010
Its a good looking bike, very comfortable and in the year I have had it I have enjoyed it. I mostly commute (about 10 miles on city roads) and do a fifty plus trip every couple of weeks, these can include light off road

It has a number of downsides. Some of the components are cheap such as the tyres, mud guards and bar tape (although I still use the originals and they are fine for what I do). The paintwork is dreadful, big chunks have been knocked off the top coat, after a year the paint looks better on my 30 year old Dawes Warwick although the base coat seems solid. A lot of screws and bolts have not been installed with washers and need constant tightening or fall out.

Overall I would say buy this bike if you can't afford somthing better like a Dawes (or want a steel frame unlike the Horizon) and you will have a good solid but basic tourer that will do anything you want it to. I like it despite its niggles.
by Wayne  on 22 Jun 2010
Great bike for the money, not regreted a moment, just done 150 miles in 2half days, great, did change the tyres to decent schwables. Very comftable in the saddle for hours. Many of my cycle freinds spent a lot more and are envious of this machine. Not a cheap build, decent spec. Great. Would buy one for each of my kids if I could. Well done Raleigh!
by Drew  on 14 Jan 2010
I bought this bike for my move into touring cycling from many years of mountain biking. So far it has been a very enjoyable bike to ride, and am loving every mile on the bike. The bike is very smooth to ride, comfortable with many different riding positions, and the gear changing is seamless. The bike through its chain a couple of times when changing gear whilst the cables were bedding in, but after that i have had no problems. I would definitely recommend this bike for anyone wanting to do some long cycle tours.

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