I actually have the Sedona and feel the Raleigh is a better value with 700cc wheels. The Sedona is a very heavy bike but to it's credit, you can buy the version without the front shocks. You don't really need the shocks because your hands are high and not too much pressure is being applied on them. However, the Raleigh does have front shocks but find out if you can lock them out!
As for the Sedona, I found that it's weight was an issue at first. Then as I was getting strong, the weigth became even less an issue each passing week! It's kind of funny but I thought there is no way I'm going to ride this bike for more than one summer. Today, it remains in my stable because it's the most stout bike in my entire fleet. It's way overbuilt and strong like a mountain bike!
Keep the tires pumped to 70 PSI and it rolls!