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Summary of Reviews
We have read all expert and user reviews on the Raleigh Cadent. In summary, this is what cyclists think.
10 reasons to buy
- Climbing is easy with a large range of gears provided by a triple chainring.
- Both color-options were admired. Apparently, the green is ‘sick-looking’.
- Owners complimented the Cadent’s finish.
- Reportedly, this rig came well-packaged.
- The Cadent was easy to put together and came with tools.
- Bosses are provided for rear racks and mudguards.
- Ride-quality felt smooth to most owners.
- The Cadent came with tools and was usually easy to assemble.
- Wider 35c tires handled unkept city roads.
- At lower price-points, disc brakes were seen as impressive value.
8 reasons not to buy
- Shimano EF500 EZ Fire shifters seemed basic and lacked resilience.Some buyers didn’t receive instructions and found the bike hard to assemble.
- Components struck some as ‘on the cheap side’. Brake levers are plastic.
- Tubes and tires weren’t particularly tough, being easily punctured by thorns.
- At the higher end of the price range, the Cadent seemed steeply priced.
- Some buyers didn’t receive instructions and found the bike hard to assemble.
- In a couple of cases, brake-mounts were welded incorrectly, making brakes inoperable.
- In one instance, wheels became untrue after two months. In two other cases, they arrived that way.
- Gearing was a bit low. Some owners found themselves smashing top gear on flats and spinning the cranks down hills.