- Willard 3
Get deep into the gravel or shake it off and log serious mileage on the road with the Willard 3. Made with geometry that inspires confidence in deep, loose gravel or dirt, this ultra-versatile bike allows you to go where most bikes can’t, but also offers the flexibility to take out on epic road rides in complete comfort.
Made to take on all kinds of conditions, the Willard 3 features an Alloy Gravel frame, carbon fork with tapered alloy steerer tube, mechanical disc brakes for great stopping power in inclement weather, and thru axles on front and rear for more responsive riding. Praxis Works Alba cranks paired with SRAM Apex 1 shifters provide the simplicity of a 1×11-speed drivetrain along with an ample gear range to get up and down the hills. The wider Clement X’PLOR 700×40c tires are made for true gravel riding, and the bonus rack and fender mounts allow you to load up and go.
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Excellent bike, and astoundingly great value for the priceReview by Jonathan S.
To provide some background on where I'm coming from, although this is my first bike in such a category, my other good bikes are a 105-level road bike (with the usual alu frame + cf fork) and an XTR-level full-suspension mtb (full cf frame & fork).
Only two rides so far, but I am already hugely impressed -- and for the price , an amazingly great value!
Much of this is thanks to the SRAM Apex 1 "One By" drivetrain: spacing feels fine, range is sufficient, shifting is accurate, shifiting protocol is intuitive, and love the weight savings & mechanical simplicity of only a single chain ring.
The other components are also good quality, which is a nice contrast to some brands that suck you in with a couple stand-out components only to subsitute far lower-quality components where you might not notice them (until it's too late...).
Note that although the disc brakes are mechanical instead of hydraulic, both the stopping power and modulation sure seem great to me.
(If you're new to all this though, as with almost all bikes, the included pedals are really only for shop demo purposes, so plan on getting something clipless, even just cheap imitation SPDs, since I bike this good deserves it!)
The 40 tires are on the big size for this category of bike, but I love how I can ride moderate technical singletrack, yet still feel fairly efficient on pavement. And dirt/gravel roads feel absolutely perfect.
Probably best though to ignore the 55-90 psi range printed on the tires, as that min is probably more accurate as a max -- here's a review that goes into some detail on that:
Ships inside only a single-wall box, but inside the padding was excellent -- I probably spent most of my "assembly" time just taking apart all the foam padding and discarding everything.
Otherwise, the assembly was only what you'd have to do after shipping your own bike or taking it on a plane. Just note that the plastic disc-like wheel protector has a tendency upon removal to take a little metal spacer with it, so be sure to put it back on the wheel and not discard it with the protector! And if you're totally new to all this, note that you'll need bike grease for all the threads and the seat post.(Posted on 8/31/2018)
Just wowReview by CarmeloOverall Quality
I own a Diamondback Haanjo, which I love and thought nothing would ever pull me away from it, but...I was wrong. This Willard 3 is just a thing of beauty. The components you get, for the price, is pretty amazing. I'm still getting used to riding drop bars and I installed a 45 degree stem and Suntour suspension seat-post, for even more riding comfort. This bike is pretty hard to ignore, so I suggest you add one to the cart and enjoy it, like I did. The SRAM shifting is super intuitive, smooth and 11 gears are plenty, for even the steepest of climbs. If your looking at other popular brands and comparing components and price, you can't beat this. Trust me, I've looked and this is a steal. I think I hear my Willard 3 calling me. Gotta go ride. Thanks Raleigh(Posted on 7/20/2018)
Great bike. Great value.Review by PatrickOverall Quality
The Willard 3 has everything I was looking for. 1x drivetrain, relaxed ergos, clearance for fat tires, thru axles and an alloy frame for something close to $1000. There were some other options, but I kept coming back to Raleigh because the brand history resonates with me.
The ride is very smooth and solid. I’m especially happy with the cornering and descending stability while the generous cassette makes the most daunting climbs seem reasonable. I’ve had the bike on gravel and road and it handles it all with confidence.
I have a larger chainring coming soon as the 40 cog is quite low and I’ve swapped the stock knobbies for some smoother 38c skin walls. This is my comfortable, any distance, any surface, anything I want it to be, awesome ultra-versatile go-to bike. Completely happy with my decision. If you’ll excuse me, I think I’ll go ride it now.(Posted on 6/10/2018)
very good for the priceReview by jeffOverall Quality
Very solid bike for the price, this was my first drop bar bike and coming from a diamondback haanjo metro this was a big step up. bike shifts very smooth and ride feel is great, even over bumps and gnarls. I have yet to take this on a gravel ride but my local bike shop informed me that the tires that it comes with are a great tire for gravel and should perform well. my previous bike was a 1x9 and I found that gear range to be lacking, 1x11 is perfect and while the sram shifting is a bit odd i will eventually get used to it and doesnt make the ride un-enjoyable. saddle is comfortable. if i had to complain about 1 thing, i would say the brakes stopping power feels a bit underwhelming although it could be me not applying enough pressure. be sure to get some helicopter tape or fancy frame stickers so that cable rub doesnt ruin the awesome paint job.(Posted on 5/2/2018)
Really cool bike!Review by Andrew FettyOverall Quality
The amount of tech on this bike for the price is amazing. Tubeless ready wheels and tires, disc brake and 1X11. Such a cool bike. Love mine. Get one!(Posted on 4/28/2018)
I liked it so much I ordered TWO!Review by NickOverall Quality
I was in the market for an all-road adventure bike when I bought the Willard 3. I actually had the DB Haanjo Comp in my cart forever, then Raleigh released their Willard 3. It was a no-brainer for me. The 1X SRAM drivetrain and mechanical disc brakes were a perfect combination on paper. The HED wheelset, although a heavier OEM version of some of HED's better offerings, are tubeless and a huge plus. I'm 6'2" and I wasn't sure I was going to like the geometry though as I studied the size guide. Boy, was I ever wrong. This is probably the most comfortable bike I have ever ridden. The geometry feels slightly more upright than most modern endurance bikes but not as much as a commuter/city bike which allows you to still get halfway aero when pushing into a headwind or on a descent. That color though!! I AM IN LOVE! Every time I look at my new Willard 3 I instantly smile. The color just pops and the blue accents are perfectly matched. The component choices are great. Even the Praxis crankset and BB are quality. I swapped out the pedals for a flat/clipless combo pedal for getting that extra edge on long rides. I have installed a rear rack on this bike for commuting to work and for longer touring rides. The way they tucked the caliper mounts inside the rear triangle allows you to use a standard rear rack and not have to worry about buying a disc brake specific one. Oh yeah, I ordered TWO of these because I liked it so much and gave one as a gift to my riding buddy (He loves it too). Don't think about this one too long or it'll be gone. Just buy it already! You'll thank me later(Posted on 4/19/2018)
Frame AL-6061 Alloy Gravel, Thru-Axle, Disc Tabs, Taper HT Fork Carbon/Alloy Tapered Steerer, Thru-Axle, Disc Post Mount Headset Integrated Cartridge Bearings Cranks Praxis Works Alba M30, 38 Tooth Direct Mount Bottom Bracket Praxis Works M30 External Bearings Rear Derailleur SRAM Apex 1, 11 Speed Shifter SRAM Apex 1, 11 Speed Cogset SRAM PG1130, 11 Speed,11-42 Chain KMC X11-1 EPT Anti-Rust Front Hub Alloy Disc, Cartridge Bearing, 15mm Thru Axle, 28 Hole Rear Hub Alloy Disc, Cartridge Bearing, Thru Axle, 28 Hole Spokes 14g Stainless with Brass Nipples Rims HED Tomcat Disc, 28 Hole, Tubless Compatible Tires Clement X'PLOR MSO, 700x40c, 60TPI Brake Levers SRAM Apex Pedals Resin Platform Pedal Handlebar HED Eroica, 31.8 with 16 Degree Flare, 38/40/42/44/46 Stem HED Eroica, 31.8, Lengths:/90/100/110/mm Seat Raleigh Series Saddle with Chromo Rail Seatpost HED Eroica, 27.2 Extras Tubeless Valves, Rack and Fender Mounts Bike size 52CM / 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" - 6'1" 60CM / Rider Height 6'1" - 6'3" 62CM / Rider Height 6'3" - 6'5" Seat Tube Length 490.0mm 510.0mm 530.0mm 550.0mm 570.0mm 590.0mm Stand Over Height 770.0mm 790.0mm 805.0mm 825.0mm 845.0mm 865.0mm Top Tube Length 530.0mm 545.0mm 560.0mm 575.0mm 590.0mm 605.0mm Stack 549.0mm 566.0mm 580.0mm 603.0mm 617.0mm 636.0mm Reach 378.0mm 372.0mm 383.0mm 385.0mm 395.0mm 405.0mm Head Tube Length 120.0mm 140.0mm 155.0mm 180.0mm 195.0mm 215.0mm Head Angle 71.0° 71.0° 71.0° 71.5° 71.5° 71.5° Seat Angle 74.3° 73.0° 73.0° 72.5° 72.5° 72.5° Wheel Base 1027.0mm 1027.0mm 1043.0mm 1049.0mm 1064.0mm 1080.0mm Chain Stay Length 440.0mm 440.0mm 440.0mm 440.0mm 440.0mm 440.0mm Fork Offset 50.0mm 50.0mm 50.0mm 50.0mm 50.0mm 50.0mm BB Height 75.0mm 75.0mm 75.0mm 72.5mm 72.5mm 72.5mm Stem Length 90.0mm 90.0mm 100.0mm 100.0mm 110.0mm 110.0mm Handlebar Width 40.0mm 42.0mm 42.0mm 44.0mm 44.0mm 44.0mm Crank Length 170.0mm 172.5mm 172.5mm 175.0mm 175.0mm 175.0mm Seat Post Length
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