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.
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.