Raleigh Detour 3.5

2014
 
4.0 stars
 (8 Reviews)
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Description

Miles of fun await on Raleigh's Detour 3.5! Its aluminum frame is strong and light with an upright position for comfortable, easy pedaling, while the 700c wheels roll smoothly and get up to speed in the blink of an eye. The hill-topping, crisp-shifting Shimano 21-speed drivetrain is efficient and easy to use, and the powerful linear-pull brakes put loads of stopping power right at your fingers. Plus, you get a nice, comfortable seat that keeps you in the lap of luxury on every ride.

Consumer Reviews

 
4.0 stars

(8 reviews)

87% of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight  (6)
  • Durable  (3)
  • Handles Well Off-road  (2)
  • Versatile  (2)
  • Simple 
  • Smooth 

Cons

  • Poor Construction 
  • Wears Out Quickly 
  • Poor Component Selection 

Best Uses

  • Commuting/City  (4)
  • Pavement  (3)
  • Commuting  (3)
  • Off-Road  (2)
  • Road Biking  (2)
  • Trail riding 

 
4.0
Feb 17, 2014

Good Bike, Mediocre Components, VALUE

Pros:
Lightweight, Versatile, Durable
Cons:
Best Uses:
Commuting/City, Road Biking, Trail riding
Admittedly the bike has a very poor component selection, especially the front derailleur. You might have to make a few adjustments initially, but it holds up once those adjustments have been made. I've changed out the pedals and seat, but if you're making short trips (less than an hour) the seat will be comfy enough. The frame is durable, light, and fast. This bike is good for commuting comfortably with speed. I really love mine, and as far as hybrids go you get a lot of bang for your buck. Spend the saved cash on solid componentry, or be ready to make a few adjustments.
by Dean from Berkeley, CA

 
2.0
Aug 03, 2013

Many Returns

Pros:
Lightweight
Cons:
Wears Out Quickly, Poor Construction
Best Uses:
Road Biking, Commuting/City
I purchased the bike less than 3 weeks ago. Since that time, I have been back to the shop 5 times. 1st, the rear wheel was making a thumping or tapping sound, after replacing wheel, the free wheel, & trying a completely different wheel, replacing the chain with an upgrade seemed to solve the problem. 2nd, I returned because the rear derailleur was not shifting properly; 3rd, I again returned for now the front derailleur was out of adjustment. 4th trip was for noisy & vibrating brakes; & now there was a new noise that seemed to be coming from the front brakes or fork. This makes 5 trips. Each time service took care of things very promptly. But today, the noise returned on the way home & appears to be a faulty seat that was causing the frame to resonate earlier. The bike will go back tomorrow for the 6th time to see what we can do about the seat. The service techs have been very good, but I really feel the product leaves something if not a lot to be desired ... My riding is on local roads & bike trails, so I so not feel the bike is being abused, but it is definitely not holding up to my expectations.
by Tracey from Clearwater, FL

 
5.0
Mar 20, 2012

Smooth, comfortable cruising

Pros:
Cons:
Best Uses:
Bike is light and comfortable. Adjustable seat and removable front wheel quick release levers make it was to transport.
by Tulia from Lake Worth, FL

 
4.0
May 09, 2011

The bike for me

Pros:
Versatile, Durable, Lightweight
Cons:
Best Uses:
Commuting/City
I have a Trek mountain bike - I like the bike but never loved the bike. Now that I have the Raleigh Detour 3.5 I have reclaimed the joy of riding! The brakes are excellent. The construction solid. The assembly from 'The Bike Stand' in Scotch Plains NJ is awesome. This bike is exactly what I was looking for - easy breezy.
by Connecticutfarms from Central New Jersey

 
4.0
Mar 23, 2011

Great commuting bike

Pros:
Smooth, Simple, Solid
Cons:
Best Uses:
Commuting/City
I got this bike a week ago after deciding to commute 6.5 miles each way to work. It's a solid bike, fun to ride, and comfortable. After a week I somehow broke the rear wheel axle, but I took it in and they had it fixed that same day for me. I'm really glad I bought this bike from Big Shark.
by nudge from Pacific, MO

 
4.0
May 18, 2009

Decent Ride; Descent Price

Pros:
Lightweight
Cons:
Best Uses:
Commuting, Pavement
I just purchased this bike, it was actually a mistake. I walked into a Schwinn store thinking I was buying a Schwinn bike, and on pick-up day it was pointed out to me it was a Raleigh. Oh well. It's hard to make judgments on some of the factors because I simply haven't had the bike long enough. I'm trying to pedal 10 miles a day, and lose some weight. I think I may have been better off with a GIANT FR3 (Consumer Reports liked it), but it cost quite a bit more, and as you have probably surmised, I'm not an avid cyclist. Overall, the bike is attractive, and it is a comfortable riding bike. It seems sturdy when pedaling, and for my purposes, it should do the trick. The store folks told me it will need a tune-up of sorts as I use it more (loose cables, etc.) I would not buy this bike for off road stuff because it's not built for it. But for commutes, pavement, and casual outs, it seems to be the right bike. Based on what I have now after 1 week, I'm giving it 4 stars, and I will have to hope it holds up long term and was a good buy for the money.
by Mikey from Fresno CA

 
3.0
Mar 04, 2009

OK BIKE

Pros:
Handles Well Off-road, Lightweight
Cons:
Poor Component Selection
Best Uses:
Pavement, Commuting, Off-Road
COMUTING
by CARLOS from ABILENE TX

 
4.0
Jun 22, 2008

buy it you'll like it

Pros:
Lightweight, Great Components, Durable, Handles Well Off-road
Cons:
Best Uses:
Off-Road, Commuting, Pavement
i use it for rec riding, and it's great!
by smokey from north east kingdom

Specifications

Frame
Raleigh aluminum
Fork
Raleigh steel
Rims/Wheels
Weinmann ZAC-20
Hubs
Formula
Spokes
14g stainless-steel
Tires
Kenda, 700 x 35c w/puncture protection
Crankset
SR SunTour
Chainrings
48/38/28
Front Derailleur
Shimano
Rear Derailleur
Shimano Tourney
Rear Cogs
Shimano MegaRange, 7-speed: 14-34
Shifters
Shimano Revo
Handlebars
Steel riser
Tape/Grips
Raleigh Comfort
Stem
Aluminum, quill
Brake Levers
Promax
Brakes
Promax aluminum linear-pull
Pedals
Platform
Saddle
Raleigh Comfort
Seatpost
Aluminum