Review: Raleigh Bicycles’ Redux 1

I finally own a bicycle…again. I’ve been wanting one since after I sold my hot pink cruiser that sat in my living room for well over two years. Silly, huh? Well this time around, Raleigh Bicycles reached out to see if I was interested in trialing one of their bikes in exchange for my honest review. So here’s how it went down.

Credibility

I already knew that I wanted a bike but I didn’t want just any bike. I was looking for quality. Before accepting the offer, I reached out to a coworker of mine who is an avid and competitive cyclist. He mentioned that Raleigh made quality bikes so I decided to dig further. After a quick search, I discovered that Raleigh Bicycles has been around for quite a while, innovating their products for over a century. I was sold after I read their mission statement:

Our bicycles are designed around one simple idea: make them really really fun.

An idea that inspired our very first bikes in 1887 and continues to inspire how we do things today.

After-all, fun makes people happy. And that’s something we proudly stand behind.

This resonated with me. If you’ve been following me for some time, you know I’m all about doing the things that make me happy and fun makes me happy.

Finding the right bike

Raleigh offers a wide-range of bike options for pretty much every rider – city, road, dirt, you name it. I’m not going to lie, I was overwhelmed. Fortunately, Raleigh has a Bike Match feature that recommends a bicycle based on your preferences. First step to choosing a bike is understanding what you want or need it for. For me, this was my selection criteria:

  • Intermediate rider
  • I’d like to ride on the beach path on weekends but eventually would use it to commute in the city
  • Starting 5-10 miles per week and hopefully increase to more
  • Height: 5’2”

Recommendation

Based on my preferences above, Raleigh recommended the Redux 1. I waited for nearly 3 weeks for the bike to ship to my area (Santa Monica) and assemble at my local Raleigh store. When I finally got an email to pick up the bike, I was ecstatic. The store hours didn’t work with my schedule so I had to wait until the weekend to pick up the bike. When I went in on a Saturday, Justin who was working the store that day said I could have called in to arrange a more convenient pick-up time that worked with my schedule. Talk about customer service – Raleigh tugging on my heart strings.

Raleigh Bicycles - Redux 1

Redux 1

As if I wasn’t excited to pick-up the bike, the moment I saw it I was in love. The matte black mountain-bike frame couldn’t be more fitting for me. I felt like an adult upgrading my hot pink cruiser with lime green wheels to this matte black on black city bike. Ironically, I also felt like a kid on Christmas morning. I couldn’t stop telling my friends how much I love the bike and I had yet to ride it (haha). For those interested, specs for the Redux 1 can be found at the end of this post (scroll down).

First Impressions

I was quite content after my first ride. Phew! The Redux 1’s thick tires made for a smooth, stable ride. The bike’s 8-speed setup was more than enough for what I needed since my area is fairly flat. The breaks were very powerful yielding some extremely awkward stops. I was a bit disappointed that the bike didn’t come with a leg stand but I think that might be extra.

So what next?

I’m excited to put more use into my new bike. I’ve already been going on morning rides with friends but I have yet to do a beach ride. Eventually I want to use it to commute and of course, Pokemon Go. I’m also pondering the idea of getting another bike so I can finally complete my first Triathlon. Next year, maybe?

Disclaimer: I was given a complimentary Redux 1 in exchange for this post. As always, all words are my honest thoughts and opinions.

Redux 1 Specs

Frame Material Aluminum
Bike Wheel Size 27.5″
Frame AL-6061 Double Butted Custom Formed Tubing
Fork Alloy SPF Blades, w/Post Mount Disc, 1-1/8″ threadless
Cranks Alloy Forged 3PC 104BCD, 40t
Bottom Bracket Cartridge 68/122.5
Rear Derailleur Shimano Acera
Shifter Shimano 8sp SL-M310 Right Only
Brake Levers Tektro ML330
Brakes Tektro Novela Mech Disc
Cogset Shimano 8sp 11-34t
Rims Weinmann XRD28, 32h, 27.5″, Double Wall
Tires Schwalbe Big Ben, 27.5 x 2.0
Pedals Alloy Body, Cromo Spindle
Handlebar Raleigh 100 Series, Alloy, 31.8, 15mm Riser, Width: 680mm
Stem Raleigh 3D Forged, 70/70/80/80mm
Seatpost Raleigh 100 Series 27.2 x 350/400mm
Seat Selle Royal Shadow+ w/Grey Scuff Guards
Headset Internal Cartridge Bearing
Chain KMC 8sp
Front Hub Joytech Alloy QR Disc, 32h
Rear Hub Joytech Alloy QR Disc, 32h
Spokes 14g Stainless Steel w/Brass Nipples
Grips Raleigh Logo
Extras Rack and Fender Mounts

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