Raleigh Cadent

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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.

Bottom line

The Cadent 2 is a lower-mid-range, budget, hybrid commuter. Many owners were satisfied with the way the bike performed when put to its intended purpose. That purpose was as a commuter and city-bike for less-than-perfect roads. Parts are not high-end but are also not junk. Gearing is aimed at non-competitive riders and features a range that will get owners to the top of any hill in town.

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User Ratings

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