Raleigh Redux / Diamondback Division

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8, 9
25.0, 26 lbs
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Summary of Reviews

We have read all expert and user reviews on the Raleigh Redux / Diamondback Division. In summary, this is what cyclists think.

19 reasons to buy

  • On the Redux 2, Tektro Hydraulic disc brakes offered all-weather stopping power at a low price-point.
  • Modern 1x drivetrains are simple, easy to maintain and great value.
  • On the Redux 2, a 9-speed, 11-34 tooth cassette and 40 tooth chainring deliver appropriate gearing for city riding and hill-climbing.
  • Fat 650b x 47c tires provide impressive comfort and low rolling-resistance on rough roads, as well as cushioning, grip and resilience in the face of potential punctures.
  • The all-aluminum frame is reported to be stiff while dampening shock and offering a good weight-to-strength ratio.
  • Mountain-bike inspired geometry from Raleigh’s ‘Tokul’ influences the Redux’s MTB-inspired angles, while sporting a steeper head-tube angle for urban visibility in traffic. The riding position was described as comfortable.
  • While performing well as a suburban commuter, the Redux’s versatility sees it tackling dirt paths and rail-trails equally well.
  • Experts described the Redux’s ride quality as quiet, smooth, stable and confidence-inspiring, while steering was well-balanced.
  • The Redux has been described as relatively lightweight.
  • Alloy platform pedals are stock, which is a level above the usual plastic at this price-point.
  • Lock-on grips added to secure handling.
  • Added extras impressed; including a chain-catcher and a bash-guard to keep pants grease-free.
  • A beefy 35mm bar and stem clamp interface offer stiffness and strength usually found on higher-end bikes.
  • On the neon-chartreuse colorway, paintwork and reflective logos made the Redux highly visible.
  • Customers describe packaging as high-quality.
  • More than one customer found assembly to be easy and straightforward.
  • The Redux presents a good value, as regards the quality of components.
  • Fittings and eyelets are provided for ample racks and fenders.
  • Internal cabling keeps things clean and neat.

6 reasons not to buy

  • One expert felt that the Redux lacked the sharp and precise handling that gave other urban bikes a whippy city agility.
  • The Redux’s seatpost and wheels are fastened with quick releases, making them easy to steal.
  • Wide bars proved suitable for shorter commutes, but less comfortable on longer rides.
  • For one rider, a brake lever snapped. Their chainring also bent, under what was described as ‘normal cadence’.
  • An ungreased bottom bracket disappointed one customer.
  • The Redux’s saddle wasn’t comfortable for all riders.

Bottom line

The Redux is a commuter-focused evolution of Raleigh’s lauded ‘Tokul’ mountain bike. As such, it offers a beefy alternative to skinny singlespeeds, fixies and the regular hybrid configuration. Modern touches present impressive value. In particular, this includes hydraulic brakes (on the Redux 2) and a single-chainring drivetrain. Slap some knobblier tires on the Redux, and it will handle rail-trails and light gravel as well. Diamondback's 'Division' is a 'twin' to the Raleigh Redux.

Expert Reviews

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Tanglefoot Trail + Raleigh Redux

These are amazing urban bikes. They’re basically a mountain bike built for the street – and for that, they excel.

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2016 Raleigh Redux 2

I think it makes total sense because the whole idea behind it is to make stupid decisions on your commute and, in general, riding a bike in a really reckless way.

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Brighten Up Your Commute On Raleigh’s Smart Redux 2

The right bike for someone who wants a lightweight, simple, quality, and no-BS bike for getting from here to there, fitness, or just some fresh air.

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Raleigh Redux 2

This energetic commuter is steady on the pavement and encourages some deliciously bad behavior.

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User Ratings

92/100 based on 19 ratings
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