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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.