Raleigh Tokul

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11, 9
31.7, 32 lbs
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Summary of Reviews

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

12 reasons to buy

  • This bike is lauded by almost every owner and expert, for being incomparable in quality - to other bikes in its price range.
  • The color scheme and restrained graphics of the Tokul appealed to costumers.
  • Experts described this bike as an accomplished climber.
  • The Tokul engaged riders with its contemporary, aggressive and slack geometry.
  • The SR Suntour shock, featuring lockout, impressed with its tunability and operation.
  • Hydraulic Disc Brakes proved to be a boon at this price-point.
  • Experts have put the Tokul through bunny-hops, dirt-jumps, drops and backflips, without concern.
  • Plus-size tires proved good for shock-absorbance and rolling resistance.
  • The quality of components was high at this price-point, including Tektro Brakes and FSA Headset.
  • A 1x Shimano drivetrain was described as a reliable, modern and low-maintenance addition.
  • 15mm thru-axles were praised for their stiffness.
  • Experts extolled the Tokul’s cornering ability. The ride was otherwise found to be stable, comfortable, and smooth.

7 reasons not to buy

  • Some riders found that the 120mm shocks can bottom out on the big stuff.
  • The Tokul 1 experienced a fair amount of chainslap.
  • This was found to be a bit of a heavy rig for some riders.
  • 740mm bars were considered a bit narrow by modern standards.
  • For one expert and some users putting the Tokul under brutal treatment, the crank arm bent.
  • Pedals were often described as cheap.
  • Some owners did not recommend using the Tokul 1 on trails. Higher models performed well, however.

Bottom line

The Tokul has considerable backing from impressed experts, as an incomparably high-quality beginner’s mountain-bike at a a low price-point. One owner described it as ‘confidence-inspiring’, which is exactly what a cheap starter-bike should be, rather than scaring off amateur enthusiasts with shoddy componentry and construction. While the price has risen slightly in the last two years, the Tokul has also seen commensurate upgrades in brakes and tires.

Expert Reviews

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Daily MTB Rider
Level 2 expert

2017 Raleigh Tokul 3 27.5+ – Bike Check and Review

Level 2 expert
Skills With Phil
Level 3 expert

What is a good Inexpensive Mountain Bike for beginners?

Level 3 expert
Level 4 expert

Raleigh Tokul 4130 Long Term Review

Level 4 expert

Raleigh has definitely succeeded in producing a solid and, more importantly, fun mid-fat at a midpoint price, and kudos are in order.

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Skills With Phil
Level 3 expert

Raleigh Tokul 3 Torture Test at Highland Mountain Bike Park

Level 3 expert
MidWest Biker
Level 2 expert

Best Hardtail Mountain Bike – Under $500 – Raleigh Tokul 1- Product Review

Level 2 expert

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