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Old 02-21-08, 11:03 AM   #1
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2008 Raleigh Rush Hour?

Yes, I did a search.

After a botched Tommaso Augusta, I've decided to go with a company that I'm pretty sure has some quality control standards. Anyways, to all the 2008 Raleigh Rush Hour owners, I'm curious as to whether or not I should drop $550 on it. I know previous model years had problems with thin tubing and fragile paint, but the website lists different tubing for this year. Also, is the wheelset any good? They look like Dimension hubs to me, which apparently are good enough or even on par with Formulas.
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Old 02-21-08, 11:31 AM   #2
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I picked mine up last week and am loving it so far. It's got a really smooth ride and tight handling. I'm no expert on wheels, but the wheelset seems sturdy but heavy. I swapped the stock tires out for gators and I was pretty surprised how heavy those wheels felt.

In general, it's a great bike. Go for it.

I'm trying to figure out if I can take off the metal collar on the TT without damaging the paint. Anyone tried?
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Old 02-21-08, 11:36 AM   #3
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what happened to the tomasso? i never even got to see it around campus.
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Old 02-21-08, 11:38 AM   #4
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I actually work at a bike shop that carries Raleigh, along with FUJI and Speicalized, and have tested out the rush hour along with a lot of comparable bikes. I personally don't like the Rush Hour because it feels heavy in a very lethargic sense, it doesn't feel nearly as tank-ish as an old cro-mo bike. The Brooks saddle and leather grips do look really classy but I just don't think its worth the money. I would look at the new FUJI track bike and the Specialized Langster, I've ridden both of those and love them. And if you really want to get your heart rate up see if your LBS has any of the FUJI OBEY track bikes, they are gorgeous and feel amazing
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I actually work at a bike shop that carries Raleigh, along with FUJI and Speicalized, and have tested out the rush hour along with a lot of comparable bikes. I personally don't like the Rush Hour because it feels heavy in a very lethargic sense, it doesn't feel nearly as tank-ish as an old cro-mo bike. The Brooks saddle and leather grips do look really classy but I just don't think its worth the money. I would look at the new FUJI track bike and the Specialized Langster, I've ridden both of those and love them. And if you really want to get your heart rate up see if your LBS has any of the FUJI OBEY track bikes, they are gorgeous and feel amazing
was listening and respecting your comments until the fuji OBEY comment. now I'm wondering if your whole post was some sort of joke.
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I actually work at a bike shop that carries Raleigh, along with FUJI and Speicalized, and have tested out the rush hour along with a lot of comparable bikes. I personally don't like the Rush Hour because it feels heavy in a very lethargic sense, it doesn't feel nearly as tank-ish as an old cro-mo bike. The Brooks saddle and leather grips do look really classy but I just don't think its worth the money. I would look at the new FUJI track bike and the Specialized Langster, I've ridden both of those and love them. And if you really want to get your heart rate up see if your LBS has any of the FUJI OBEY track bikes, they are gorgeous and feel amazing
looking at the website it doesn't seem like they ship with a brooks or leather tape... maybe something your shop added? anyways i don't really see how it could be more 'sluggish' than any other bike in that price range with a comparable component spec, unless you're maybe talking about geometry differences which are good or bad more as a function of the sort of riding you want to do (i don't know how they compare off the top of my head). i guess the langster is aluminum and comes with slightly better components (with a higher pricetag), but the fuji track looks to be about the same as its been in years past. except maybe a bit less ugly. i'm not even going to touch the part about the obey.
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I actually work at a bike shop that carries Raleigh, along with FUJI and Speicalized, and have tested out the rush hour along with a lot of comparable bikes. I personally don't like the Rush Hour because it feels heavy in a very lethargic sense, it doesn't feel nearly as tank-ish as an old cro-mo bike. The Brooks saddle and leather grips do look really classy but I just don't think its worth the money. I would look at the new FUJI track bike and the Specialized Langster, I've ridden both of those and love them. And if you really want to get your heart rate up see if your LBS has any of the FUJI OBEY track bikes, they are gorgeous and feel amazing
I think that you are thinkin of the One Way. That is the fixed/singlespeed commuter. The Rush HOur is the more "track" oriented bike, along the lines of the Pista/Steamroller/Kilo TT

Also, that Fuji Obey is like $1400. Dude is looking to spend around $550 according to the OP.

My brother just got a Rush Hour and loves it. Also a bonus, the Decals are over the clearcoat and removable.


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was listening and respecting your comments until the fuji OBEY comment. now I'm wondering if your whole post was some sort of joke.

That threw me off as well.
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Also a bonus, the Decals are over the clearcoat and removable.

The 06' models had the stickers over the clear-coat. The 07's have them UNDER (sucks). I haven't seen the 08's. I think they may have gotten rid of the downtube sticker.
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one way = *****
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yes i love that bike
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Old 02-21-08, 12:28 PM   #12
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I think it is the best looking "off the shelf" bike around.
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The 06' models had the stickers over the clear-coat. The 07's have them UNDER (sucks). I haven't seen the 08's. I think they may have gotten rid of the downtube sticker.
Gotta say, I'm really liking this year's bikes. They look much nicer than last year's offerings. Specifically the Cannondale Capo, Raleigh Rush Hour/One Way, and Schwinn Madison.

It looks they've nixed the downtube logo as well (the goofy vertical RALEIGH from last year). Hell, it looks pretty much unbranded to me.

Any word on whether or not it has cable stops brazed on for the rear brake? I assume the one-way does.. but what about the Rush Hour?
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am i the only one who thinks the madisons looked way better last year? black cranks & rims + silver stem & seatpost + chrome stays and fork = weird looking.
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No cable stops brazed on to the Rush Hour. Just removable clips.
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Gotta say, I'm really liking this year's bikes. They look much nicer than last year's offerings. Specifically the Cannondale Capo, Raleigh Rush Hour/One Way, and Schwinn Madison.

It looks they've nixed the downtube logo as well (the goofy vertical RALEIGH from last year). Hell, it looks pretty much unbranded to me.

Any word on whether or not it has cable stops brazed on for the rear brake? I assume the one-way does.. but what about the Rush Hour?
I like the grey better than the blue - and I'm not crazy about the chrome TT protector. Hopefully that is removable. I agree about the goofy sticker on the previous models (I have to live with mine - but my bike is banged up so I don't really care).

From the photo, looks like no brazed-on cable stays on the RH. You can see them on the One Way. I'm guessing they ship with the removable plastic stays like they had on previous models.
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About the Tommaso Augusta, I never rode it around so i could adhere to their "original condition" return policy. I'm getting a full refund though. They're probably going to throw the frame away anyways but I just didn't feel right about it.

Thanks for all the replies guys. I must say the Rush Hour this year looks a bit off with the silver cranks and wheels and black stem and seatpost, but I'm going to try to switch those out at the LBS. I think it could look pretty classy with the right bits and pieces. I was looking into the Madison too, but this year's model has more relaxed geometry and I'm not digging the baby blue. This bike may see a velodrome in the future.
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