Raleigh Tristar

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53.0, 50 lbs
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Summary of Reviews

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

12 reasons to buy

  • The Sturmey Archer 3-speed drivetrain shifts easily, even while stationary.
  • Owners report that rear coaster and front V-brakes operate well.
  • The Tristar’s hefty construction struck riders as sturdy and solid.
  • A resilient metal fender is included for the front tire.
  • The included chainguard keeps clothing grease-free.
  • A thumb-operated parking lock is incorporated into the rear brake lever.
  • ‘Metal-flake brown’ was described as a ‘rich’ color.
  • The Raleigh Tractor saddle is wide, large and comfortable for planted butts.
  • Some reviewers found it easy to climb with the provided gear range.
  • Pro Palm grips are ergonomic for maximum comfort.
  • The provided basket carries at least 45lbs worth of shopping, laundry or pets.
  • One reviewer felt that smaller wheels offered greater stability.

7 reasons not to buy

  • Some riders felt that the Tristar lacked traction on unsealed surfaces.
  • For several riders, climbing was hard work.
  • At nearly 60lbs, including an 8.5lb steel cargo crate, the Tristar is a dumpy rig.
  • Assembly was not difficult but was time-consuming and somewhat involved.
  • Small wheels delivered a bumpy ride and didn’t aid acceleration.
  • Sometimes, pre-assembly was lacking; with rusty headsets, bottom brackets, warped bearing washers, scratches, sharp edges to the basket...
  • In a couple of situations, screw threads were shot and needed re-threading.

Bottom line

This tricycle performed very well at moderate speeds on flat ground and gentle inclines. Owners found it perfect for running errands, shopping trips, laundry jaunts or toting the dog to the park. It’s a chunky machine, though. And this means that some riders, especially those of senior years, found it a struggle to get up real hills. Also, some buyers received dud specimens once and even twice – before the manufacturer delivered a damage free, flaw-free example. Once a clean rig was assembled, owners were pleased with a practical, casual workhorse.

Expert Reviews

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Son of a Rose

Raleigh Tristar 3-Speed Tricycle Review Part Two: Ride Ready?

It pedals really easily and I think it’s partially because of those smaller wheels. In the first gear it’s almost effortless… you’re only gonna go so fast with this bike, so if you’re trying to go really fast, it’s not for you.

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Son of a Rose

Raleigh Tristar 3-Speed Tricycle Review Part One: Out of the Box.

So if you’re gonna do a really thorough job of building the bike up, putting some extra lube in places and adjusting things, plan on four hours. Essentially, I’ve given it a tune-up and a slight overhaul as I’m building it.

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