- Willard 4
For the discerning gravel and road rider, the Willard 4 is a score. Go deep and go long on a bike that is equally comfortable drowning in gravel as it racking up miles on epic road rides. 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 4 features an Alloy Gravel frame, carbon fork, 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 are a great upgrade and the Shimano 105 11 Speed drivetrain is made for exploring with the best of them. The tubeless compatible Hed wheelset and wider Clement X’PLOR 700×40c tires are made for true gravel riding. Add tubeless valves and rack and fender mounts and you have all the bells and whistles plus super spec on the Willard 4.
Customer Reviews Write Your Own
Fun To RideReview by Walliford
I sat on a bench holding my Willard 4. A goat's head thorn had punctured my rear tire. My wife was on her way. Several people seeing my Raleigh, complimented its good looks. Before the thorn, I had ridden 12 miles of pavement, gravel, and washboard road. What joy! I am a baby boomer, but I felt like I was 15 years old as I happily pedaled along. I replaced the stock pedals with high quality dual platform pedals. One side is SPD, the other is flat. Perfect for me. Assembly was easy, taking me only 15 minutes to put her together.
The Shimano 105 drivetrain shifted flawlessly. The brakes were well adjusted and needed no help from me. The wheels were true. There was no death wobble when I flew down hills. The Clement X'Plor M50 40x700c tires eased bumps and did not keep me from moving along well on pavement. I felt confident controlling the bike on loose gravel and rough surfaces.
My wife arrived with my tire levers, pump, and spare tube. After repairing the flat, I sent her home and I mounted my Willard 4 and kept on riding.
I usually buy 54cm bikes. However, my Willard 4 is 56cm and fits me comfortably. Standover height immediately in front of the saddle is 31.25 inches.(Posted on 9/15/2018)
"I Love this bike!!!" and it is red not orange.Review by Kayoss MayhemOverall Quality
I got my Willard 4 about 1 week ago, I have put 68 miles on it biking every other day except over the weekend - -"I Love this bike!!!". Before I decided on this bike I visited all the bike shops, decided what features I wanted (I had previously tried a Schwinn hybrid commuter bike - don't recommend if you want to enjoy bicycling) . I wanted: aluminum frame, drop bars, Shimano 105 group set, thru-axles -15mm front and 12mm rear and mechanical TPR Spyre dual piston disk brakes in a gravel bike layout (wider tire possibilities). I almost compromised and got the 2017 Willard 1 since thought this one was orange (from the lousy pictures on this site) I like the blue on the Willard 1 and wanted the vibration dampening but in the end the 22 speed 105 group set won out and the wheels are tubeless ready (stems are even included but the tires are not tubeless compatible). I am Very GLAD I did!!!! - and this bike is RED not orange. When checking all the stores and the internet I was going to have to spend a lot more than what I spent on this one - like 500 or 600 more to get my list of features. At first I was concerned about the Alba Crank set - rest assured - I love it, I never use the tallest gear on this bike anyway and if I need to I can get a true 1 to 1 ratio for climbing hills. I have the 52cm version and it weighs in at 22lbs the same as the 56cm version that I had one of the support staff weigh for me. They did loose the vibration cancelling neck and seat post for the 2018 model years and yes it does vibrate some on gravel roads and gravel/oil treated roads but nothing I can't handle . When I hit the loose gravel roads it tracks well with the 40cm tire. I have to admit my previous bike is a 1988 Huffy Techtra, all original, so I am not a bike guru, but I have spent 3-4 months analyzing different bikes and gear. Right out of the box I put on the front tire, drop bar and seat - it shifts well and brakes well I didn't' even have to get out any tools as they came with it. I didn't have to adjust anything except seat height. I still hope to get it professionally tuned but that might have to wait a little bit money wise. I highly recommend investing is pedals - the ones that come with it are low quality and I think the factory pedals on my huffy are better. The wheels could use a little truing but they are not bad, they only appear to be off just under a millimeter. Raleigh's sizing seems to be pretty good as well. I recommend that you call their staff before purchasing as they have a better insight on sizing than just basing it on your height. I do love this bike and if you are going to get this bike or any bike and use clip-less pedals, I recommend that to take the bike inside your home and practice on your carpet (heard this from a guy at Bike and Hike today). I have learned the hard way and fell three times outside and have scratched my brake/shift lever.(Posted on 5/8/2018)
One of the best Gravel bikeReview by KennethOverall Quality
Carbon fork ,alloy frame,wider timeless tire are great. I highly recommend this bike.(Posted on 5/6/2018)
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, 48/32, Direct Mount Bottom Bracket Praxis Works M30 External Bearings Front Derailleur Shimano 105 FD-5801 Rear Derailleur Shimano 105 RD-5800, 11 Speed Shifter Shimano 105 ST-5800, 11 Speed Cogset Shimano 105 11 Speed, 11-32 Chain KMC X11EL-1 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 Shimano 105 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