Raleigh Detour 3.5 - 2015

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, cr ...(Read More)

Raleigh Detour 3.5
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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.

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4.0

(based on 8 reviews)

87%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

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

Cons

  • Wears Out Quickly 
  • Poor Construction 
  • Poor Component Selection 

Best Uses

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

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4

Good Bike, Mediocre Components, VALUE

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from Berkeley, CA

About Me Commuter

Pros

  • Durable
  • Lightweight
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Road Biking
    • Trail riding
    • Commuting/City

    Comments:

    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.

     
    2

    Many Returns

    By 

    from Clearwater, FL

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Pros

    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Wears Out Quickly
    • Poor Construction

    Best Uses

    • Commuting/City
    • Road Biking

    Comments:

    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.

     
    5

    Smooth, comfortable cruising

    By 

    from Lake Worth, FL

    About Me

    Comments:

    Bike is light and comfortable. Adjustable seat and removable front wheel quick release levers make it was to transport.

     
    4

    The bike for me

    By 

    from Central New Jersey

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Pros

    • Versatile
    • Lightweight
    • Durable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Commuting/City

      Comments:

      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.

       
      4

      Great commuting bike

      By 

      from Pacific, MO

      About Me Commuter

      Pros

      • Solid
      • Simple
      • Smooth

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Commuting/City

        Comments:

        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.

         
        4

        Decent Ride; Descent Price

        By 

        from Fresno CA

        About Me Casual Cyclist

        Pros

        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Commuting
          • Pavement

          Comments:

          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.

           
          3

          OK BIKE

          By 

          from ABILENE TX

          About Me Avid Cyclist

          Pros

          • Handles Well Off-road
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Poor Component Selection

          Best Uses

          • Commuting
          • Pavement
          • Off-Road

          Comments:

          COMUTING

           
          4

          buy it you'll like it

          By 

          from north east kingdom

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Pros

          • Handles Well Off-road
          • Durable
          • Great Components
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Commuting
            • Pavement
            • Off-Road

            Comments:

            i use it for rec riding, and it's great!

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