Raleigh Rush Hour

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Summary of Reviews

We have read all expert and user reviews on Raleigh Rush Hour. In summary, this is what cyclists think.

6 reasons to buy

  • Reports of the Rush Hour describe it as a generally comfortable ride.
  • The Rush Hour comes equipped with 28mm tires, with clearance allowing for something even fatter. Wider tires coped better with treacherous urban conditions on broken ghetto streets.
  • Chain tensioners come pre-installed on the Rush-Hour’s frame, which isn’t common.
  • The bike arrives with basic assembly tools.
  • It’s not an elite ride, but for the cut-rate pricing, a number of owners deemed it great value.
  • The quality of the multi-coat paint job impressed owners.

6 reasons not to buy

  • Rims were painted. This coat was removed when brakes were applied.
  • The Hi-Tensile frame was noticeably heavy to some riders.
  • Some quality control issues arose. These included a damaged fork dropout and a front wheel with a protruding seam that interrupted the operation of the brake pads on the rim.
  • The Rush Hour features true track bars, with their signature pronounced curve. Because of this, a number of owners complained of having to install brake levers centrally, next to the stem. Most chose to replace them with flatter bars.
  • Brake pads received criticism for their poor stopping power.
  • Mid-range componentry sometimes exhibited poor quality; a freewheel slipping and chainring bolts snapping are amongst examples.

Bottom line

Up until at least 2006, the Raleigh Rush Hour featured a chromoly double-butted frame, Truvativ cranks, Alex rims and Tektro brakes. This is not that bike. The 2018/2019 Rush Hour is a cut-price, entry-level, fixed-gear / singlespeed bike that will probably satisfy most riders who are buying into this range. Componentry is largely brandless and will likely need upgrading and replacement over the medium-term life of the bike.

Expert Reviews

60/100 based on 1 expert reviews
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User Ratings

89/100 based on 33 ratings
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