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Summary of Reviews
We have read all expert and user reviews on this bike. In summary, this is what cyclists think.
18 reasons to buy
- The frame’s stiff 12mm thru-axles and a tapered head-tube kept things modern.
- 631 chromoly steel tubing represented a good balance between durability and light-weight.
- A strong finish and attractive colorways appealed to consumers.
- Things were lightened up with a monocoque carbon / alloy fork.
- Ample clearance was provided for 45mm tires.
- Mounts aplenty: including bosses on the fork for two bottles, a rear rack and fender mounts.
- 700c x 40mm X’Plor MSO clincher tires came tubeless-ready.
- Rims come pre-taped with included valves, making tubeless set up quicker.
- Wide bars delivered agile steering, without being twitchy.
- HED wheels impressed and proved durable at a low price point.
- Ride quality was reportedly comfortable, being excellent on gravel and rough surfaces.
- Owners felt the Tamland was good value, considering the high-end componentry.
- For a chromoly steel bike, the Tamland struck reviewers as lightweight.
- The 1x11 SRAM drivetrain was lauded. Experts said gears rarely needed tuning over the long-term.
- Owners said that the Tamland also rode well on the road.
- Shifting was said to be great when set up accurately.
- The stock WTB Volt saddle was liked by some.
- Geometry featured a long wheelbase, high stack and a slack front-end - for relaxed and responsive comfort and stability.
9 reasons not to buy
- A minority of buyers felt that the Tamland was overpriced.
- One direct buyer said their bike came with a Sunrace cassette instead of a Shimano 105.
- To some, cable disc brakes were seen as inferior to hydraulics.
- The 1x11 drivetrain on the Tamland 2 was criticized as undergeared for serious climbs.
- One buyer received cheaper tires that were not tubeless-ready, as advertised.
- A Tamland 1 owner complained of misaligned disc-brake mounts that continued to rub.
- For one owner, their brake cable was attached with a cable-tie!
- An expert said the stock handlebar was hard to set up as comfortable in both the drops and hoods.
- As regards geometry, one owner said reach was a bit short, while stack and handlebars sat relatively high.
Expert Reviews100/100 based on 1 expert reviews
Final Review of the Raleigh Tamland 2 Adventure Bike
We have surpassed the 500-mile mark on the Raleigh Tamland and this steel beauty continues to please. The Tamland has remained the most dependable bike on the hooks this summer.
Ridden and Reviewed: Raleigh Tamland 1 Steel Gravel Bike
If you are looking for a steel bike proven in the gravel category at a relatively affordable price, the Tamland is definitely worth a look.