Buying Guide

Choosing the right bike

Buying a new bike, whether it’s your first, second or even third can be a challenging occasion and often one that comes with a whole host of questions. The best place to start would be the occasion, what are you going to do on your bike? Commuting and off road/ mountain biking would require a very different model. Raleigh have a whole host of bikes which cater almost all your biking needs.

Size & Fit

Specific frame geometries and components will affect the riding position and adjustment, however you should be able to sit on a bike with a comfortable reach and your feet being able to touch the ground on both sides.

Road bikes

When it comes to speed, style and efficiency, it’s hard to compare a road bike to anything else. Road bikes typically have narrow tyres and large 700c wheels with drop handlebars. Raleigh road bikes will give you all the exhilaration you need whether in race or leisure conditions. Each category has its own specific requirements and achieves the optimum balance between frame geometry, high tech material processing and component performance to energise your efforts.

Mountain bikes

Mountain bikes are incredibly versatile all terrain bikes. These bikes, with their carefully constructed geometry and design, thrive on highly technical terrain and withstand the physical demands of trail riding. The off road/ mountain bike category covers many products but generally you choose between hard tails and full suspension. Hard tail bikes have rigid frames and a suspension front fork whereas a full suspension bike incorporates rear suspension. Mountain bikes are versatile and can handle off road conditions from rough rocky conditions to less challenging towpaths and bridleways.

Hard tails are more responsive with the front suspension forks helping absorb the bumps with all the power pushed through the pedals transferring into momentum. Full suspension bikes are designed to handle more aggressive downhill conditions by adsorbing impacts whilst maintaining traction but on the flat some of your power will be lost due to the rear suspension.

Not all mountain bikes are designed for serious off road riding. You need to look at the component specification in detail to ensure the function and quality are right for your requirements, especially the gear set and shifters, brakes, saddle, grips and tyre tread pattern.

Your riding position is important – the more upright the less impact will be placed on your lower back plus your vision will be improved.

Children's bikes

We've been creating great children's bikes for years. As a parent it's the name you know and can trust, with our design and technical expertise your child couldn't be in better hands. Every bike has built-in safety features and lots of added ‘play value’.  

We pride ourselves on the care and attention to detail that goes into each of our children’s bikes. Children love bikes and the endless possibilities that owning one brings them. At Raleigh, we strive to free their imagination and allow them to roam, discover and create memories which will last a lifetime.