Enjoy all your cycling outings more than ever on Raleigh's smooth, responsive Detour 4.5. It features a light aluminum frame, and a comfy, upright riding position for the perfect fit. You also get easy-rolling 700c wheels, a hill-flattening 24-speed Shimano drivetrain that's efficient and easy to use, and powerful linear-pull brakes that put awesome stopping power right at your fingers. Top it off with choice Raleigh components and a plush, supportive seat and you've got a bike that's sure to please.
|Tires||Kenda, 700 x 35c w/puncture protection|
|Rear Derailleur||Shimano Altus|
|Rear Cogs||Shimano, 8-speed: 11-32|
|Brakes||Promax aluminum linear-pull|
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This bike is great, it's fast comfortable and is great for traveling or recreational. It does take about a week for the gears to start working better and the cost is a bit expensive however this bike is defiantly worth it
I bike a little over 30 miles, three times a week, to and from work. This bike handles street and trail just fine and hasn't had any problems with anything I've thrown at it. I was riding a Giant OCR3 before this, briefly, and decided I wanted something a little more comfortable for my riding style and this bike is working out perfectly. Quicker than a mountain bike but gives me more confidence than my previous road bike did. I think I'll eventually go to something quicker for weekend rides, but I don't see myself selling this or trading up to anything else for my commute.
First let me start by saying that I am over 30 years old and weigh nearly 300lbs. I was in need of a bike that would help me get in shape after 15yrs of not biking or walking to get around the neighborhood like I used to when I was younger. Once I had my drivers license and a car that was it and now 70lbs heavier I find myself having to change my old habits or suffer the consequences. Sooooo... I first tested a Giant Sedona ST and while I loved the comfort of it I still wanted a little more speed so next I looked at the Giant Cypress ST which was in the same line-up but had 700c wheels. This was nice too and nearly just as comfortable. I then looked at the Raleigh Detour 4.5 which seemed to have a nicer setup with an aluminum frame but was about 20% more than the others. Could I upgrade the Cypress to closer match what the Detour had to offer and still come in under budget? Thus the madness begins! I started looking into the components that were offered on both bikes. I found that many of the Cypress parts were good albeit rather entry level (I could find many of the same parts on "blank-mart" store bikes) so I began to price what kinds of upgrades I might need to make this a better bike without buying the top-of-the-line model which was way more than I could afford. So I researched and compared via several online forums all the components that came with these bikes (I have way too much free time these days), I found that I would have had to spend nearly 50% (not including labor if needed) more than the total price of the Cypress just to get the items offered on the Raleigh Detour 4.5 which by comparison was only about 20% more. Also, let me just say these are "ALL GOOD BIKES" but since I plan on putting a lot of mileage and stress on it I wanted parts that were tested and proven by far more knowledgeable and experienced riders than myself. So for just a little more money than I planned on spending I bought a bike that I feel will give me the durability and features I need to hopefully make myself more streamlined and hopefully back onto a real road bike one day. This is a good set of wheels for the money! It rolls smooth across the pavement (pavement is the key word here) and helps me to not be totally blown out of the water by all the racer cyclists in my city. Oh they still leave me in the dust just not as quickly! The shifters and derailleurs work smoothly and the brakes stop a big guy like me fast enough to feel confident even riding in the city. I wasn't sure about the style and color at first but after seeing it in person I much rather like it's looks compared to a lot of the other hybrids out there. It has a certain kinda timeless/classiness to it, and the matte green paint is actually slightly frosted but with a very dark green outer finish that adds a unique effect. There are also small Raleigh logos randomly placed about the fork within the paint, nothing gaudy just another nice touch that is hard to see with pics you find online. Another thing I liked was that the top tube dips down in the middle which allowed me to go up one frame size, this may not seem like a big deal but I have short legs and didn't take to the idea of having a bike with a big bright "small" sticker on the seat tube. That's more my own hang up than anything else, but I was super happy to get to have a medium size frame. If you need a bike that is easy to ride especially after being away for a long time this may be the one for you. It sits you fairly upright but not as much as say a beach cruiser would, just enough that you can see the road/cars around you. The gearing is low/high enough to climb modest hills around town but also pick up some good speed on the flats. The suspension seat post helps take some of the impact out of a less than perfect road but don't plan on going off road unless you really want to punish yourself for something bad that you may have done. Even though I am wide, rotund, portly, etc. I don't have much padding to cushion my backside so I was tempted to get a gel seat to replace the Avenir one that came standard. I have either broken in the seat or it has broken me in, but after a couple weeks I have gotten used to it and now don't see the need to change it. One thing to absolutely replace though are the pedals! For some reason even on bikes that can cost upwards of a large flat panel TV can still come with these flimsy plastic jobs. If you're a light weight they may be fine but I wasn't taking any chances, as soon as I realized on my 1st ride home what was under my feet I ordered some nice metal "bear trap" style ones online. They look pretty much how they sound. They are strong and have teeth to help grip/bite the bottoms of your shoes and can be had for about the price of a movie ticket! Not bad. So far my only issue is with the quick release seat post clamp (I am gravitationally challenged), no matter how tight I try to set it I still end up sliding down when riding. I tried tightening to the point I had to tap the lever close with a hammer, but no dice. I have also tried removing some of the lube on the post since there seemed to be a lot on there but still no luck. I even tried using some grit type lube from the automotive store but that didn't work either. So now I am waiting to get my Surly Constrictor clamp in the mail. This is supposed to be the "be-all end-all" solution to stubborn seat posts everywhere. Wish me luck!
Is my first "real" bike, and it's a solid ride. Planned to take it out for a short (<8 mile round trip) ride today, and 12 miles later feel like I can keep on going!