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.

Bottom line

This is a good-value, all-round rig with an impressive Shimano 105 groupset. It’s not a thoroughbred road-race machine, nor is it tuned to gravel performance. But it does a decent job of either and both. It ain’t no ultralight and probably won’t have you smashing out criterium wins. But it is plenty-stiff-enough to have you keeping along with the pack on group rides or weekend jaunts.

Expert Reviews

74/100 based on 1 expert reviews

Reviewed: Raleigh Merit Elite

Level 2 expert

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.

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User Ratings

88/100 based on 10 ratings
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Raleigh Merit 3
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