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Old 10-01-09, 02:27 PM   #1
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Bike for Mom: Raleigh brand any good?

Hi,

My mom is looking for a new bike. She seems to be not so keen on Treks like mine.

She wants a Raleigh. She wants to know if Raleigh is a reputable brand,

Well, is it?

Thanks.

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Old 10-01-09, 03:04 PM   #2
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Raleigh makes fine bikes as does Trek.

90+% of all bikes are made in the same 3 factories in China and Taiwan so the name on the downtube doesn't matter nearly as much as the components bolted to the bike and the level of service provided by your LBS.

I have a 2008 Raleigh Detour Deluxe and it has given me very little trouble since I've owned it. I have many thousand of happy miles on it now.
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Old 10-01-09, 03:42 PM   #3
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We sell Raleigh bikes at the shop I work at. They make GREAT bikes.
Raleigh has been around for more years than most other bike companies.

What model is your mom thinking about getting?
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Old 10-01-09, 04:43 PM   #4
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She's not sure yet. It's just the same brand she had 35 years ago, and she has sentimental attachment to it. She was looking at another brand whose reputation hasn't held up over the years until I talked her out of it.
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Old 10-03-09, 09:35 AM   #5
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She's not sure yet. It's just the same brand she had 35 years ago, and she has sentimental attachment to it. She was looking at another brand whose reputation hasn't held up over the years until I talked her out of it.
Raleigh still makes decent bikes. The ownership of the company has changed a bit from 35 years ago. As pointed out many, if not most of the decent quality name brand bikes are are made at the same 3 factories in Taiwan or China.

If momma wants a Raleigh, get her a Raleigh. If momma ain't happy, ain't NOBODY happy.

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