Clubman Alloy
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Clubman Alloy

The Clubman Alloy. It's cool. Retro. Responsive. Lightweight. Now, that's the right Club to be a part of. Appreciate the classic rando styling in a road bike that can do it all from commuting to base miles to riding rougher roads. The Clubman alloy is a Raleigh heritage bike made for long road miles on any kind of pavement in all conditions. Complete with endurance frame geometry and tapered head tube plus front and rear Thru axles, and Shimano Sora 18-speed STI Shifters, this ultimate commuter bike is lighter than steel and comes with fenders and mechanical disc brakes for great stopping power in all weather conditions.

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Good Commuter Bike

Review by Geoff
Overall Quality

I bought this bike specifically for commuting during the rainy season (October-April). I live near Seattle. The winters are chilly and rainy, but cycling is possible most of the time. I was looking for a bike with disc brakes and fenders. Also wanted to mount a rear rack. I decided on a metal frame because I put the bike on a bus rack or in the train bracket. Wanted something sturdy enough. The ride home is 22-26 miles depending on the route I decide to take. I put the bike on the bus or train going in to work.

The brakes are basically OK. If you have experience with really good rim brakes you won't be impressed, but the disc brakes work much better in the rain than do rim brakes. The fenders take some fooling around to get set up without rubbing the tires. Once aligned and the bolts tightened, the finders seem to stay put.

I installed a Topeak MTX rack and use the trunk bag with drop-down panniers. I generally don't load it with more than 20 pounds. Works fine for this bike. However, the frame doesn't have separate bosses for the rack lower attachment point. You need to use the same bolt that holds the fender stay. So this requires some extra fooling around to get the fenders properly set up.

The saddle is basically OK, but I'll replace it before too long. I'm a fan of leather saddles - have a Rivet on my other bike.

I had a heckuva time getting the fender bolt into the fork. At first, i thought the wrong bolt was in the hardware package. Turned out that the threads in the fork had paint overspray that caused a problem getting the bolt in. I made a trip to the hardware store to get some stainless steel bolts and used a lot of oil to chase out the threads and get the fender bolted on. The brake cable housing was cut with a somewhat ragged edge. The cable was already installed, so I didn't want to take it apart and recut the housing end. I managed to get the housing end in the ferrule, but it took a while.

If you don't have experience working on bikes, I would recommend getting it set up by a bike shop.

Overall, it's a good choice for a commuter bike.

(Posted on 10/30/2017)

Excellent All Around Bicycle

Review by VonDragon
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I recently purchased the Clubman Alloy (56cm) to commute and tour on. As with all new bikes I have replaced the saddle with a Serfas Dorado saddle and added Crank Brothers Candy 2 pedals.

My commute home from work is 26 miles, riding street, bike paths and 9 miles of small gravel dirt paths. (I commute into work by train in the early hours of the morning)

The Clubman handles quick like my 1980's Colango, yet rides so smooth, as that of a touring bike!
I added a rear rack and I carry 27lbs of gear on my commute; handling is still responsive and agile. I have ridden 1300 miles on this bike in 3 months including one century and many rides over 50 miles.
The fenders are thin and light and keep water and dirt off of my backside and out of my eyes. The tires are over sized 28mm and I have already needed to replace the rear tire with a 32mm Continental Touring Plus tire. This tire is smaller in width and height, than the original 28mm and the new tire fits well within the fenders.
Disk brakes were a primary upgrade that I wanted in a new bicycle and I am very pleased with the performance of these disk brakes, the brakes bring my loaded Clubman to a quick stop when needed.
I assembled and tuned the Clubman myself and there were several tasks that required a higher level of technical knowledge to correctly set the bicycle up safely. I would recommend having a dealer set up the bicycle, if you only have a basic knowledge of mechanical abilities.

This bicycle feels like it was built just for me!!
I am very happy with the bike and recommend the Clubman to anyone who wants a relaxed quick steering and smooth handling bicycle that performs excellent as an all around work horse!

(Posted on 9/8/2017)

Smooth ride, good looks

Review by BobertBross
Overall Quality

I ended up with the alloy model because the steel was backordered. I was afraid the alloy would be a harsh ride, but it's actually quite smooth, even on poor roads.
Mine is a 58 cm and weighs about 24 lbs with my Brooks saddle and Wellgo campus pedals. That's a bit heavy even considering the fenders, but not terrible.
Front shifter is a little clunky, but it works. Rear is great. Brakes aren't as strong as I'd hoped, but should get stronger as they wear in. I don't like the ergo handlebars, but that's more about preference.

Overall, this is a beautiful, practical bike.

(Posted on 4/29/2017)
Frame AL-6061 Double Butted Alloy Disc Frame with Thru-Axles
Fork Custom Carbon to Alloy 1-1/8" to 1.5 taper, Thru-Axle with Post Disc Mounts
Headset Integrated Cartridge Bearings
Cranks 2PC Alloy 50/34t
Bottom Bracket External Bearing
Front Derailleur Shimano Sora
Rear Derailleur Shimano Sora
Shifter Shimano Sora 9spd STI, Shimano SP41 Shift housing
Cogset Shimano 9spd (11-32t)
Chain KMC Z99
Front Hub Formula Alloy Disc 15mm, 32h Thru-Axle
Rear Hub Joytech Alloy Disc, 32H, 142x12mm Thru-Axle Cassette
Spokes 14g Stainless MAC
Rims Weinmann XC180 Double Wall Disc
Tires Clement Strada LGG 60TPI, 700x28c
Brakes TRP Spyre C dual actuated mechanical disc brakes, w/160mm rotors
Brake Levers Shimano Sora STI
Pedals Test Ride Pedals
Handlebar Kalloy Alloy Road Ergo, 31.8, 40/42/44cm
Stem Raleigh 7° 3D Forged, 31.8, 90/100/110mm
Seat Raleigh Classic Road w/Satin Steel Rails
Seatpost Alloy Micro Adjust 27.2x350mm
Extras Front and Rear Fenders, Rack Mounts
Tape Gel Tape
Bike Weight 24.36 lbs
Bike size 52 CM / Rider Height: 5'4"-5'7" 54 CM / Rider Height: 5'7" - 5'9" 56CM / Rider Height: 5'9" - 5'11" 58cm / Rider Height: 5'11" - 6'0" 60cm / Rider Height: 6'0" - 6'3" 62cm / Rider Height: 6'3" - 6'5"
Seat Tube Length 490mm 510mm 530mm 550mm 570mm 590mm
Stand Over Height 740mm 760mm 778mm 799mm 816mm 834mm
Top Tube Length 535mm 545mm 560mm 575mm 590mm 605mm
Stack 550mm 570mm 585mm 601mm 616mm 630mm
Reach 374mm 376mm 386mm 389mm 398mm 409mm
Head Tube Length 140mm 160mm 175mm 195mm 210mm 225mm
Head Angle 71.25° 72° 72.3° 72.3° 72.5° 72.5°
Seat Angle 71.5° 71.5° 71.5° 71.5° 71.5° 71.5°
Wheel Base
Chain Stay Length 412mm 412mm 412mm 412mm 412mm 412mm
Fork Offset 50mm 50mm 50mm 50mm 50mm 50mm
BB Height 77mm 75mm 75mm 72.5mm 72.5mm 72.5mm
Stem Length 90mm 90mm 100mm 100mm 110mm 110mm
Handlebar Width 400mm 420mm 420mm 440mm 440mm 440mm
Crank Length 170mm 172.5mm 172.5mm 175mm 175mm 175mm
Seat Post Length 300mm 300mm 300mm 300mm 300mm 300mm

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