Raleigh Merit 3

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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.

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
Level 3 expert

Reviewed: Raleigh Merit Elite

Level 3 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

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