Product Overview

Overall rating:

Score 7

Pros:

  • Some Shimano 105

Cons:

  • Not not so great components to help pay for the 105 parts
  • Slack geometry

Product:

Raleigh AirLite 400

Manufacturer:

Price as reviewed:

£975.00

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This product is featured in: £1000 bike test 2012.

In giving the AirLite 400 Shimano 105 mechs and shifters, it appears Raleigh is playing the sly hand of up-speccing parts for showroom magpies.

It’s great to offer 105 kit at this price but of course we noticed the cheap Tektro brakes, R600 chainset, low-end wheels and unspectacular finishing kit compared with others too.

A better strategy would have been to use Tiagra throughout, which has proven itself on other bikes here.

Verdict

The geometry is quite slack and delivers a comfortable, stable ride, but with some odd handling characteristics. Out of the saddle, steering felt strange, probably because of the additional fork rake Raleigh has opted for.

Full Specification

Group Set:
Shimano 105/R600/Tektro brakes
Frame:
6061 butted alloy

Tyres:
Schwalbe Durano
Weight:
9.32kg (20.08lb)

Wheels:
Shimano R500
Supplier:
www.raleigh.co.uk