Raleigh M80 2002 Hardtail

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[May 26, 2003]
Kirk
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

- Sturdy frame
- Adequate componentry for the price

Weakness:

- Horribly unstable for overweight riders (> 270 pounds)
- Geometry not good for rugged single-track terrain
- Heavy

This bike turned out to be a horrible experience for me. While it may be a decent bike for average weight riders not trying to learn in ins and outs of rugged single-track riding, it was certainly not the bike for me.

While it felt good in the parking lot of the dealer, once I got it out on some trails, it became a living and breathing nightmare. For starters, the front fork was ALWAYS compressed for me. Even after upgrading to the Judy TT with an upgraded spring, it would fully compress without much effort.

Also, the front fork was very prone to torquing. That is to say, I would be riding along with the handlebars firm and steady, but the front tire would be doing its own thing (mostly turning left and right on it's own, but also wobbling as the shock compressed unevenly). Granted, the wobbling was very minor (probably only a couple of degrees), but it was very unnerving and I was constantly under the impression that I was going to torque the front wheel right off.

Beyond that, the top tube was very high for the bike size. Unfortunately, I ended up with a very large frame because of how far I had to extend the seat post, so I ended up doing many a groin plant on the top tube.

Finally, the bike geometry was horrible for me. I could never find a comfortable riding position and could never get full power out of my pedal strokes. Also, I could never get back far enough behind the seat to get a stable feel when down-hilling.

All and all, this bike almost caused me to stop mountain biking altogether. Luckily, I tried a friend's Gary Fisher Sugar 3+ and had to immediately buy my own. Now I truly enjoy biking again (thank God)!

For those of you considering a Raleigh M80, be sure to ride it good and hard before buying it. Make sure it is what you want. If you are large fellow (I am 6' 2" and weigh 273 pounds), I would either look for another bike or be prepared to spend close to a grand for upgrades so that it can handle your weight. The shock I was going to buy to replace the failed Judy TT was $660 (more than the bike!).

Obviously, if you're buying this bike to tool around on simple trails and you're of average weight, this bike might work just fine for you.

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Not Necessarily Similar:
- Schwinn Frontier GS
- Specialized Epic
- Gary Fisher 3+ Disc
- Gary Fisher 2+ Disc

[Feb 21, 2002]
designjunkie
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

good value, tough frame

Weakness:

brakes/levers, long stem, Weight, hubs.

Good Value, but once u learn how to ride (and go on longer rides) u might wish for a better bike. (read: really good entry level bike). It grows on u but frame is really too heavy to be worth upgrading much. The stock breaks are bad and the levers feel sooo cheap. Besides that everything else is decent. (fron derr. suxs but rear lx is ok) On a + side the wheels and tires (velociraptors) are tough. I agree w/ the other review that says the bike is not good on a straight line. It just wants to wander under any power and yes i was already launched once IMHO dude to the long stem but other wise its an easy bike to ride. I would reccomend it to someone who wants a taste of the sport without a huge investment.

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GF Marlin

[Jan 17, 2002]
Peter Vu
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Value/Price.

Weakness:

Doesn't seem to like to ride in a straight line. Heavier than my old bike.

I finally broke down my old bike to the extent that it's unridable, which was my plan. It wasn't really upgradable without using much cash, but I could spend the cash to buy a new bike with better parts. I paid $450 for it when it was new and paid a lot more with the extra stuff I got for it.

I shopped around and walked into a discount bike oriented shop. I found this Raleigh M80 and went on a test ride. It felt like my old bike, with much better brakes from what I could tell. Everything else didn't seem to make much difference with my riding style.

This bike was the highest end bike they had. They say they didn't want to scare me out of the shop. With a $450 price tag (marked down for being last years model), ~$32 tax, I had money leftover in my budget for a new pump, water bottle and cage, and a presta to shraeder (spelling?) valve adapter and it came out to $500.

Mainly using the bike to cross-train, since running and lifting weights was boring. My old bike's drivetrain was so screwed up, where it's BB was loose and my cranks could be rocked back and forth.

It's my first time using suspension on a bike and after riding a rigid, I kind of don't notice the beneficial differences yet. I just notice that the front bobs when I stand up and hammer and I still have to stand when hitting bumps, since the seatpost isn't dialed in well enough for me yet.

The dealer I got the bike from helped me set it up while the purchase was going on, but still doesn't feel right. I'll have to ride it over to keep him busy.

While riding it on the road, I found it really difficult to ride it in a straight line. I kept swerving left and right, which is probably partly my fault. My old bike would never do this. I could ride no handed with my old bike with little or no body english. Heck, I could make no handed turns really well. On this bike, it needs to be kept under control, which requires a lot of attention. No rest when reaching for the water bottle. -1 chili.

Everything else sure beats my old bike. I really appreciate the value of the bike and took that in consideration when criticizing the parts. For the money, it's hard to find anything better, around town at least. I had $1600 saved up to buy a bike with and this changed my mind about buying a high end bike. I was aiming for a Trek Fuel 80, but the nearest Trek dealer was about 25 miles away.

Similar Products Used:

Giant ATX 860 for about 3 years. Rigid oversized aluminum bike with cantilevers brakes and rapid-fire+brake levers in one shifters.

[Jul 02, 2002]
Matt Garrett
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Nice machine for the money.

Weakness:

"Mix" components. Its might just be me, but I like all of one thing. The bike has shimano LX, Base Deore, and those cheap V brakes. It all works good, dont get me wrong, but it must have been designed to make you want to upgrade. I have already changed it all out to LX, keeping only the rear deralieur changing everything. I put LX hubs and built some Sun BMF wheels too. I guess you can say I should have bought a high end, as I overbuilt this thing. Its nice now.

I like it.

[Nov 24, 2003]
sirius black
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

price, majority of components

Weakness:

wheels

this is a great bike for the money. the only better buy i have found is the ibex trophy. i laugh at comments about geometry and weight. check the specs and you'll find this bike has virtually the same geometry as some very, very expensive racing hardtails. i figure if a one degree difference in geometry really makes you uncomfortable then you must be a MUCH better rider than me. i've had this for a year now and it has served me very well except for the wheelset. it truly sucked. the zacs are heavy the velociraptors are heavy and the joytech hubs are trash. even after rebuilding the felt like a meat grinder. the lbs where i bought this bike tried talking me into a more expensive bike but the folks at REI gave some good sane advice. better wheels. some mavic 221 on deore hubs with hutchinson python lites and the bike dropped from 29lbs to 26 ilbs and felt like a comletely different machine. also i was a bit uncomfortable with riding position but a switch to flat bars with a no rise stem took care of that. WOW. felt like putting a V8 in a chevy vega! the switch to the stylo's (got em closeout for less than XT's on sale!) has made this an under 25 lb joy! and while it took about a bit to drop those 4 lbs i couldn't have walked out of the lbs with a bike equipped exactly as i want for what i have in this baby. invest the cash in a good wheelset and this bike rocks!

[Feb 26, 2004]
J
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Lots of Bang! Not so many Bucks!

Weakness:

For the money you can't beat it!

This bike has taken a beating and is still going strong...Keep in mind pretty much the only thing left from stock is the frame and fork. I am a big rider at 220-240 and I don't ride lightly....this bike has taken all the abuse I have dished out.

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ALOT

[Oct 24, 2002]
Jorge
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Best blend of components, frame material, etc. for the money. Comparable bikes from other brands came in typically $100-200 higher in price. When no one could give me a better explanation than "They build the frames one at a time in the USA.", I quickly forgot about those other brands and turned my full attention toward the Raleigh. I could give a rats hind-parts where its built. I know good welds when I see them.

The Deore components work just fine. Smooth predictable shifting regardless of condition with only regular maintenance (cable adjustments, clean and lubes, etc.)

The brakes may look a little generic, but I've never had an issue with them. Stopping power has always been adequate even in wet conditions at relatively high speeds. And I'm no small fry...keep that in mind.

The wide handlebars are very nice. I'm a big guy and its nice to have bars that match my shoulder width. I've notice a couple people complaining about the width of the bars. I just have two words for them: hack saw. Any reputable bike shop will narrow the bars for you before delivery.

Weakness:

The toe clips/straps are too small for big footed riders. I'm really interested in clipless pedals, so my intention is to upgrade to a larger clip/strap setup or to a Powergrips type product.

If you are looking for a good, solid, reasonably priced MTB the M80 is worth more than a glance. I'm 6'4", well over 200 lbs and ride in some pretty rough terrain from time to time. If anyone is breaking parts on this bike, they're abusing it or not maintaining it properly. A bicycle is like a car or any other mechanical device: it requires some periodic maintenance.

Unless you're making a living riding a bicycle, this is probably enough bike for you.

Buy it. Ride it. You'll have a heck of a lot of fun for less than $500.

Similar Products Used:

I tried out the following bikes before settling on the M80: Trek: 4100, 4900, 6700. Giant: Iguana. Gary Fisher: Can't remember the model. Canondale: F400, F600.

[Oct 24, 2002]
Eric
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Great price! Tires are awesome. The Deore shifters are very responsive. You cannot find a better bike for this price. When ridden on the surface roads it just glides smoothly. I haven't taken it to the trails yet. I will very soon.

Weakness:

I don't care to much for the strap pedals. I may put them back on though.

As stated above, you won't find a bike like this for the money. The 2003's are out they are about 100 bux more but offer disk brakes this year! or an upgraded frony crank. Raleigh makes great bikes! This is a great bike for beginers and novices alike.

Similar Products Used:

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[Nov 15, 2002]
Ian Collins
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

strengths would definitly have to be the frame. the thing feels bomb-proof. i like the deore shifters, nice placement dont have to switch your grip at all to shift its just right theyre. the front Judys arent too bad. after months of hard riding almost every day, the thing still works. needs tune ups frequently but hey, all bikes do. other strengths would be the component level, its good for someone whos learning, and gettin better and can upgrade to a better bike later.

Weakness:

weaknesses, toe clips and straps, ahhh. the rear tire doesnt get much traction i upgraded that,the grips didnt last. somehow a piece of plastic broke off in the shox, had to get that fixed

you get what you pay for with this bike, but its worth it it really is

Similar Products Used:

raleigh M60, raleigh m40, trek 820, trek 4900, gt agressor

[Dec 28, 2002]
Iceman
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Geometry & Weight, Components, Looks

Weakness:

Pedals, Headset

The M80 is a good XC bike. It has features such as light weight and the Deore drivetrain components that are synonymous for a good XC bike setup. The geometry of the bike is another added bonus which makes jumping over objects and finding a comfortable seating position easy.
Also the WTB tires grip very well to mud, gravel and dry&wet road.

My complaints so far about the M80 are the pedals which come with straps. If your riding includes 90% pavement terrain then you don't have a problem being strapped in. But for those who mainly hit the trails where strapped isn't an option I would advise you to change the pedals. The strap attachment is detachable and without the straps the pedals still provide moderate grip when dry and mud free. But grip lacks when wet or muddy.
The M80 is an XC bike therefore it is customised mainly for weight not serious thrashing for trails. So it maybe worth being conscious the big airs you may be tempted to take and how hard you hit the trails. The '02 Judy fork, hubs and rims do fear reasonably well against the occasion thrashing.
All in all I haven't had major any problems with bike since I've had it and it is a good buy for the components that come standard with the bike.

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