Raleigh Tourist

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Summary of Reviews

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

8 reasons to buy

  • A classic look, wide brown tires and copper handlebars – all add up to a visually appealing package.
  • The Sturmey Archer 3-speed shifter and hub were reputed to deliver smooth and reliable gear changes over a wide range.
  • Tektro mechanical disc brakes worked well in all weather conditions.
  • The genuine leather saddle was lauded for its comfort and style.
  • For those that were able to buy the Tourist for almost 1/3 of MSRP, it was considered good value.
  • Handling on the Tourist delivered confidence.
  • Ride-quality was described as high quality. The Tourist handled varied terrain and was suited to urban areas, paths and hills.
  • An eccentric bottom bracket allowed for chain pre-tensioning.

11 reasons not to buy

  • The frame is a low-grade, Hi-Ten steel that adds weight and absorbs less vibration than chromoly.
  • A large percentage of Tourist owners received bent or crushed fenders. Other damage included scuffing, cracked paintwork and damage to the rear derailleur.
  • The pedals did not impress and apparently did not spin freely.
  • More than one consumer felt the Tourist was overpriced.
  • The stock tires actually measure 50mm, but are supposedly 45mm. They were a difficult squeeze under the fenders.
  • Assembly was not the easiest. Owners said that the bike needed a lot of adjustment and that instructions were generic.
  • The saddle’s springs were not functional and did not offer any suspension.
  • Packaging was often described as inadequate. For some buyers, tools roamed free in the box. One owner returned a heavily scratched bike, only to receive another with scratches.
  • The Tourist is a husky boy, at almost 36 pounds.
  • From customer reports, it seems that sizes run large, with owners wishing they’d ordered a smaller bike.
  • The grip-shifter was disliked by some cyclists.

Bottom line

Retro bikes are eternally desirable. Sometimes, it can be hard to judge whether or not the price of a bike is based more on its appearance than on the quality of its parts and functionality. Some consumers seemed to suspect that the Tourist looked better than the sum of its componentry. The Tektro brakes didn’t come in for criticism. Neither did the Sturmey Archer internal hub. A majority of the Tourist’s troubles stemmed from inadequate packaging and shipping damage. One owner said that this was the only improvement needed. I guess this Tourist just isn’t prepared for travel.

Expert Reviews

0/100 based on 0 rated expert reviews

User Ratings

78/100 based on 17 ratings
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