Raleigh Merit 3
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Summary of Reviews
We have read all expert and user reviews on Raleigh Merit 3. In summary, this is what cyclists think.
11 reasons to buy
- Raleigh’s Merit was versatile enough to be used as your gravel rig or road ride.
- Wide rims allowed for the option of wider tires at lower pressures.
- Frame clearance also allowed room for tires up to 32mm in width.
- TRP Spyre mechanical disc brakes reportedly offered smooth modulation and reliable action.
- An aluminum frame tucked away a stiff rear-end for efficient pedaling and power transfer.
- A wide range of gears were proffered by the Shimano 105 11-speed drivetrain.
- The Raleigh home-brand saddle was reportedly comfortable.
- An ergonomic Raleigh-brand handlebar was comfortable to one expert’s hands.
- The stock pedals were described as ‘temporary only’ and necessitated
- One owner commended this steed’s durability, after 2100 miles of use.
- Assembly was said to be ‘easy enough’.
7 reasons not to buy
- Like most direct bikes, the Merit required adjustment of its derailleurs and brakes, at minimum, despite being advertised as ‘arriving assembled and adjusted’.
- A Merit specimen arrived with a bent disc.
- One owner considered the accompanying instructions to be abysmally inadequate.
- An expert reviewer said the Merit’s weight prohibited it from being a race vehicle.
- Steering was sluggish.
- The frame was felt to be excessively flexy in the headtube area.
- The Merit’s bottom-bracket was not as stiff as that found on aero-bikes and high-end racers.
Expert Reviews74/100 based on 1 expert reviews
Reviewed: Raleigh Merit Elite
The Merit won’t win any races, but between the versatility and the build, it’s a solid group-ride machine at a great price.