Willard 1
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Discover the gateway to gravel riding with the ultra-versatile Willard 1—our affordable all road alloy bike made for loose conditions and long miles with mechanical disc brakes.
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Willard 1

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Leave congested urban roads behind with the Raleigh Willard 1. Made with geometry that inspires confidence in loose gravel or dirt, this ultra-versatile bike allows you to go where most road bikes can't, but it also offers the flexibility to enjoy paved road rides in complete comfort.

Thru axles front and rear make for a more responsive ride. The wider tires provide confidence in loose conditions and roll smoothly over rough roads. Load up and go, even in wet weather, with the bonus rack and fender mounts.

Take an adventure on unpaved rural roads, opt for that gravel construction detour on your commute to work, or log serious road miles over the weekend. The Willard 1 can do it all.

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Good Value, Great Ride

Review by Jeff
Overall Quality

This is a great bike for anyine wishing to test their skills riding pavement or gravel. It is very similar to my 2016 Raleigh Merit 2 in fit.

The shifting is very smooth as is the ride. I have ridden it on gravel and pavement. The tire width of 35 mm is about the same as most fitness hybrids on the market, but this bike does allow a wider tire which I may try a 40.

The stock tire allows pressures 49 to 60 psi. The 60 psi will be good for pavement to ride on the smoother center of the tred. Lowering the pressure gives a wider footprint for gravel conditions. My experience at 60 psi riding both pavement and gravel was still good.

Gearing shifts easily. I like the two chain rings with 46/34 combination. This permits a good ratio across all surfaces and conditions; fast on pavement and slow on climbs.

With the more agressive tire tread pattern than my road bike, it does grab a bit more on pavement, at least that is my experience.

As far as assembly is concerned, the instructions and videos Raleigh provides are very good. Since this is my 5th Raleigh purchase (one for myself the Merit 2,and three others for family) it was straight forward to assemble, test shifting and braking, and get on the road quickly. The brakes worked well right out of the box, with only minor adjustment on the rear caliper to tighten up the slack.

As with any bike on your first ride, bring the allen wrenches with you to adjust seat positioning and height, or handlebar position.. I needed to make 4 stops to get a feel good fit on the seat.

Really happy with this purchase. I did look at a number of other gravel bikes on the market, which did have a number of pluses (100% inside downtube cable routing, lighter weight, larger gearsets) but at double or triple the price, I could not justify the additional investment. Then again it all depends upon how much you ride, if it will be your only bike, and how you plan on using the bike. The Willard 1 offers a lot for the price, not quite a true road bike, but works well on pavement. Closer to a gravel bike in gearing, weight, perhaps better with a bit wider tire. Still it will be a good fut in my N+1 stable, replacing my heavy MTB that I found I used the least.

(Posted on 12/4/2019)

Great Value

Review by Bryan
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This is the first multi-geared bike I've had in 15 years. I have a nice 6ku track bike which is an excellent bike for getting around town, but can be hell on hills. I don't regularly ride much, but I would like to change that. In order to be able to ride more I was looking for more of a jack of all trades bike that would be good for the road, the hills, and some light off-roading. I hadn't been following bicycles for many years so I was basically unaware of gravel/allroad bikes, but once I discovered what they were I decided that was the flavor I wanted. I did lots of research and agonized over geometry, componentry, and groupsets. I initially thought I needed a better groupset than Shimano Claris but after looking at the other bikes in this pricerange I determined I would end up with a bike with the Claris groupset or something I didn't like at all. The good news is the Claris groupset works like a charm, and the bike is very light (about the same weight as my aluminum 6ku) around ~22Lbs.

I'm 5 foot 9 inches and went with a medium frame, it was the right call as the reach isn't too long nor too cramped in any hand position on the bars. The bike rides like a dream, moves easily over dirt and gravel and handles hills very well. This bike is ridiculously versatile, you can outfit it with racks, fenders, and bags and it would be a nice touring bike or a great commuter. The riding position is comfortable, and the bike is actually quite nimble for a ride with 700c wheels, not quite as agile as my 6ku singles speed, but much more comfortable for long rides.

Basically this bike is a crazy deal and a great value. I can see myself riding this bike for 10 years, and then potentially choosing to drop in a new groupset rather than buying a new roadbike. It's just so smooth, comfortable, and versatile that I don't believe I will be able to outperform the frame or other componentry. I have no plans on racing, at least not beyond recreationally, so I have no need for a higher-spec bike.

Setup was easy, and the only modification I've done was to install shimano A530 SPD pedals. I'll be adding a seatpost bag, and a top-tube back to carry basic tools, phone, wallet, etc... and of course a few water bottle cages. The only other thing I may eventually trade out is the seat, but I'm going to see if I get used to the stock seat before I consider swapping that out.

(Posted on 4/24/2019)

Incredible value - almost too good to be true

Review by Nice Dad
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I bought this bike for my daughter to use as an all arounder and also do some cross races. The geometry of the bike is similar enough to other pure cross race bikes. The bike has exceeded my expectations, the total weight of a 50cm model was 21.3 pounds without pedals. This is awesome. The cable actuated discs are TRP, even though that is not listed in the specs. They are really nice. For cross racing we are swapping out the tires for Clement BOS, and when set up tubeless the bike should be around 20 pounds, which is just fine for an entry level cross racer. It was nice to see the HED rims and also the hubs seem like nice quality too.

I would encourage anyone to compare this to other bikes out there, you would pay $500 -$1000 more for an y comparable bike. I picked up the bike at a dealer and it was assembled properly. If you buy this bike and make a few smart upgrades, you get way more bike than others at higher prices.

(Posted on 9/17/2018)
Frame AL-6061 Alloy Gravel, Thru-Axle, Disc Tabs, Taper HT
Fork Alloy SPF Formed, Tapered Steerer, Thru-Axle, Disc Post Mount
Headset Integrated Cartridge Bearings
Cranks Alloy 3peice Road Crank, 46/34 Tooth, Square Taper
Bottom Bracket Sealed Cartirdge Bearing
Front Derailleur Shimano Claris FD-2000
Rear Derailleur Shimano Claris RD-2000, 8 Speed
Shifter Shimano Claris ST-2000, 8 Speed
Cogset Shimano Claris HG-50 8 Speed, 11-32
Chain KMC X8
Front Hub Alloy Disc, Thru-Axle 15mm, 28 Hole
Rear Hub Alloy Disc, Thru-Axle, 28 Hole
Spokes 14g Stainless with Brass Nipples
Rims Raleigh Alloy Double Wall, 700c, 28 Hole
Tires Clement X'PLOR USH, 700x35c
Brakes Tektro Lyra Mechanical Disc, 160mm Rotors
Brake Levers Shimano Claris
Pedals Resin Platform Pedal
Handlebar Raleigh 200 series 31.8 with 12 Degree Flare, 38/40/42/44
Stem Raleigh 7° 3D Forged, 31.8, 90/100/110mm
Seat Raleigh Series Saddle with Steel Rail
Seatpost Raleigh Alloy Micro Adjust 27.2
Extras Rack and Fender Mounts
Bike size 52 CM / Rider Height: 5'4"-5'7" 54CM / 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"
Seat Tube Length 490.0mm 510.0mm 530.0mm 550.0mm 570.0mm
Stand Over Height 770.0mm 790.0mm 805.0mm 825.0mm 845.0mm
Top Tube Length 530.0mm 545.0mm 560.0mm 575.0mm 590.0mm
Stack 549.0mm 566.0mm 580.0mm 603.0mm 617.0mm
Reach 378.0mm 372.0mm 383.0mm 385.0mm 395.0mm
Head Tube Length 120.0mm 140.0mm 155.0mm 180.0mm 195.0mm
Head Angle 71.0° 71.0° 71.0° 71.5° 71.5°
Seat Angle 74.5° 73.0° 73.0° 72.5° 72.5°
Wheel Base 1026.0mm 1027.0mm 1043.0mm 1049.0mm 1064.0mm
Chain Stay Length 440.0mm 440.0mm 440.0mm 440.0mm 440.0mm
Fork Offset 50.0mm 50.0mm 50.0mm 50.0mm 50.0mm
BB Height 75.0mm 75.0mm 75.0mm 72.5mm 72.5mm
Stem Length 90.0mm 90.0mm 100.0mm 100.0mm 110.0mm
Handlebar Width 40.0mm 42.0mm 42.0mm 44.0mm 44.0mm
Crank Length 170.0mm 172.5mm 172.5mm 175.0mm 175.0mm
Seat Post Length