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Get around town in style on the Preston—our classic steel single speed bike with oversized tires, reversible handlebars and serious vintage appeal.
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If you love vintage style paired with modern cycling technology, the Preston is your next ride. Based on the Raleigh heritage bikes of the 40s, 50s and 60s, this classic steel single speed bike features mechanical disc brakes, wide brown, oversized tires, a vintage leather saddle with huge round spring, and reversible copper handlebars that you can flip over for a more aggressive riding position.

The Preston also includes a handful of stylish details such as a chain wheel with the heritage Heron logo, etched brass metal plates on the top tube, copper handlebars, and burnished Heron head insignias on the classy leather saddle.

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Incredible Value

Review by Nor Cal Gramps
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Bought this direct from Raleigh at the incredible sale price. For the money you cannot get a better bike. A nagging neck issue prompted lifestyle changes leading me to the Preston for it’s more upright riding position, swept back bars, spring loaded seat and cushy tires to lesson road bumps. The leather saddle alone is comparable in quality to a Brooks saddle that cost easily half the price I paid for this bike. Shipped fast and in perfect condition and came with bonus tool set. The seat post binder bolt was lost in transit but Raleigh promptly shipped out the replacement part. The only review deduction is for the pedals which do not spin smoothly and the bearings seem to bind. A simple adjustment may take care of this issue but I have not had time to address this. A word of CAUTION about sizing: the frame runs big and the oversized tires raise the stand over height. I’m 5’7 1/2 with a 30.5 inseam and thankfully went with the small size because this bike still feels a tad big. Get one, you won’t regret it.

(Posted on 12/30/2019)

Good bike

Review by Kevin
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This is a nice ride, the handle bar position is not too low and not to high. The fat tires are nice when riding on surfaces that are not smooth and go over gravel really well. The disc brakes are a bit much, it took getting used to them. They would probably be useful if the bike was loaded down with groceries from the store. I like the look of this bike and the color is nice too. I"m going to enjoy putting many miles on this bike.

(Posted on 9/28/2019)

Well worth the money

Review by Jefferson Jakes
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For the price I said what the heck and ordered one. Man! These imported bikes have really upped the game! I'm just BLOWN AWAY by things like the awesome leather seat, wheels, cool tires, brakes, and build quality. They even sent an extra chain guard! All of it is strapped together with care and they use velcro instead of tie wraps! I will be looking at Raleigh a lot harder next time I need another bike and will recommend to all of my friends.

(Posted on 7/29/2019)

Old is New

Review by MazdaFlyer
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Amazing well packed in box. Ordered L size direct from Raleigh site, quick delivery by Fedex. Very easy assembly with supplied tools. Great rider out of the box, the retro style frame with modern components give this bike a cool custom rat rod look. I cleaned the tires as they seemed to still have mold release powder on them. The only negative comment I have is that the grips are too skinny but I’ll just change them. Nice leather saddle love the copper bars, nice wheelset. Being over 70 I still find this SS bike a fun ride and it has a great look and feel! No regrets.

(Posted on 7/22/2019)

Great bike for fun and comfortable rides and commuting.

Review by Sammy B
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This bike arrived very quickly, assembled easily, and rides like a magical Pegasus with a copper horn (bell). Only four stars because I'm not a huge fan of the zip tied cablestays and I didn't get a cool sticker like the one I saw in the unboxing video on YouTube. It's a strong four stars, though.

(Posted on 7/10/2019)

A functional bike at an incredible price

Review by Cico
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I ordered the Preston directly from Raleigh's website and it was straightforward to assemble. The first time I jumped on the bike, I fell in love with it. Yes, it's only a single-speed and getting rolling from a stop takes some time but the sheer simplicity is wonderful. I never have to think about shifting, I can just use my legs to go as fast or slow as I need to. The brakes are also very good and they need to be because this bike can move fast! This is a really capable machine - exactly what I needed.

(Posted on 6/13/2019)

Even more stylish in person the Preston will put a big smile on your face out of the box.

Review by El Eddie
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Even more stylish in person the Preston will put a big smile on your face out of the box. After much research, I purchased this bike for my wife's birthday but got it big enough so I could use it too -hehe'- the bicycle glides smoothly over all city surfaces and on city park dirt paths without a problem, its a classic steel frame so it's a little on the heavier side but you wouldn't know it by how easy it keeps momentum on all city surfaces. I've since modified it with a ( custom 6 speed gear system, white lightweight wheels-set and Shimano hydraulic brakes ) the bike has dropped a few pounds and looks elegantly ferocious on the riverbed or anywhere I take it in LA.

(Posted on 11/16/2018)
Frame Classic Steel, Eccentric BB, Disc Tabs
Fork Classic Steel, Disc
Headset Silver, 1-1/8" Threaded
Cranks Forged Alloy, 170mm
Sprocket Raleigh Heron 42 Tooth
Bottom Bracket Sealed Cartridge
Cogset Sturmey Archer 20 Tooth
Chain KMC Z410
Front Hub Alloy, 32 Hole Nutted, Disc
Rear Hub Alloy, 32 Hole, Nutted, Disc
Spokes 14g
Rims Alloy, Double Wall, 700c, 32 Hole
Tires Kenda Bitumen, 700x45c, Urban Brown
Brakes Tektro Cable Acuated Mechanical Disc
Brake Levers Promax Alloy
Pedals VP Classic
Handlebar Steel Reversible Hi-Low Bar, Copper Finnish
Grips Comfort Lock-On
Stem Alloy, Silver Anodized Quill, 90mm Extension, 35 Degree Rise
Seat Raleigh Vintage Leather with Classic Springs
Seatpost Alloy, 25.6x300mm
Bike size SM / Rider Height: 5'3" - 5'6" MD / Rider Height: 5'6" - 5'9" LG / Rider Height: 5'9" - 6'0"
Seat Tube Length 550.0mm 570.0mm 590.0mm
Stand Over Height 791.0mm 811.0mm 829.0mm
Top Tube Length 550.0mm 570.0mm 590.0mm
Stack 524.0mm 545.0mm 563.0mm
Reach 387.0mm 404.0mm 417.0mm
Head Tube Length 90.0mm 110.0mm 130.0mm
Head Angle 71.0° 71.0° 71.0°
Seat Angle 73.0° 73.0° 73.0°
Wheel Base 1057.0mm 1073.0mm 1097.0mm
Chain Stay Length 455.0mm 455.0mm 455.0mm
Fork Offset 60.0mm 60.0mm 60.0mm
BB Height 75.0mm 75.0mm 75.0mm
Stem Length
Handlebar Width
Crank Length
Seat Post Length

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