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Summary of Reviews
We have read all expert and user reviews on the Raleigh Merit 3. In summary, this is what cyclists think.
10 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.
- A stiff rear-end ensured 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 own-brand handlebar was comfortable to one expert’s hands.
- One owner commended this steed’s durability, after 2100 miles of use.
- Assembly was said to be ‘easy enough’.
- TRP Spyre mechanical disc brakes offered smooth modulation and reliable action.
6 reasons not to buy
- 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.
- Buyers suggested replacing stock pedals.
- Steering was sluggish.
- The frame was felt to be excessively flexy in the headtube area.
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.