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Get loose and remain unphased on the Willard 1. Made with geometry that inspires confidence in deep, loose gravel or dirt, the ultra-versatile Willard 1 allows you to go where most bikes can't, but also offers the flexibility to take out on long road rides in complete comfort. So ascend that forest service road with ease, take that sketchy gravel construction detour on your commute to work, or bust out a metric century over the weekend and the Willard 1 will perform above and beyond your expectations on all of it!
Made to take on all kinds of conditions, the Willard 1 features an AL-6061 Alloy Gravel frame, carbon fork, antishock stem and seatpost with vibration dampening elastomers to keep you fresh and comfortable over chip seal, bumps and rough road. Mechanical disc brakes provide great stopping power in inclement weather and thru axles on front and rear make the Willard 1 more responsive and safe. Shimano Sora shifters offer 18 gears to choose from. And the 40c tire fitment gives you the confidence to rail through loose conditions down roads that many wouldn't consider roads at all!
I've had this bike for about 3 months now and have put about 500 miles on it. I've ridden it mostly on the road but have ridden some packed gravel trails as well. It's fast and comfortable in all conditions I've tried. The Clement tires are a great choice on this bike and seem to be really durable. The combination of the frame, stem, seat post and tires really soaks up the bumps. I was originally a little hesitant on the Willard 1 due to the Sora component group but it's really very efficient for general riding. The TRP disc brakes are excellent as well. The bike overall feels remarkably stable even on dirt and wet roads. It really is a lot of fun to ride. Lastly, the bike looks great and I've received several compliments on the color. I really look forward to riding this bike every opportunity I get.
I've logged about 100 miles on my bike now, and the bike handles great, I had it on a back trail with large pieces of loose gravel, and some muddy areas and it rode very well in these difficult conditions. Bike is solid well made, and is a huge improvement over my previous bike (a mongoose mountain bike). I've never been a serious rider, so I don't have a basis for comparing this against other similar bikes, but it seems to handle a wide variety of terrain and has ample gear selection to handle varying and changing elevation. My only problem with the purchase is the documentation. The instructions for assembly and use are very generic and not particular to this bike. I would really like a shop manual type book and would purchase one if available.
This is my fourth Raleigh bike over the years and now very happy that I was able to purchase Willard 1 online, in the past we had to go through dealer and most dealers push what ever they have on the floor and if you special order one, its going to be full retail.
Very happy with the quality of the bike and its components, and most of all the geometry of the the way the bike fits me, I am 5'9" and ordered a 54 cm.
It seems to have a lower to the ground profile and the wheel base was shorter than what I thought a gravel bike would be, but it handles beautiful on loose grave after letting some air out of the tires. I choose the Willard 1 over the Willard 2 because it seems a little more like a road bike because of the skinnier tires and more gear ratios to choose from. It seems very fast and handles corners excellent at faster speeds.
I had one issue with front derailleur shift cable, which was my own fault when I was setting it up because I like to adjust derailleurs from scratch, which entails disconnecting shift cables, replacement parts were only four bucks at bike shop.
Overall this bike is fun to ride and handles better than anticipated.
|Frame||AL-6061 Alloy Gravel, Thru-Axle, Disc Tabs, Taper HT|
|Fork||Carbon/Alloy Tapered Steer, Thru-Axle, Disc Post Mount|
|Headset||Integrated Cartridge Bearings|
|Cranks||Shimano Sora 46/34t|
|Bottom Bracket||Shimano External|
|Front Derailleur||Shimano Sora 9spd|
|Rear Derailleur||Shimano Sora 9spd|
|Cogset||Shimano 9spd (11-32t)|
|Front Hub||Alloy, Thru-Axle 15mm, 32H|
|Rear Hub||Alloy Thru-Axle, 142x12mm 32H|
|Spokes||14g Stainless MAC w/Brass Nipples|
|Rims||Weinmann U28TL Double Wall 32h|
|Tires||Clement Strada USH, 700x32c|
|Brakes||TRP Spyre Mechanical dual actuated disc, 160mm Rotors|
|Brake Levers||Shimano Sora|
|Pedals||Test Ride Pedals|
|Handlebar||Raleigh 200 series 31.8 with 12 Degree Flare, 38/40/42/44|
|Stem||3D Forged Anti Shock, 31.8, 90/100/110mm|
|Seat||Raleigh series Saddle w/Chromo Rail|
|Seatpost||Anti-Shock 14mm Offset, 27.2x300mm|
|Extras||Rack and Fender Mounts|
|Tape||Raleigh AllCondition Tape|
|Bike Weight||23.32 lbs|
|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"||62cm / Rider Height: 6'3" - 6'5"|
|Seat Tube Length||490mm||510mm||530mm||550mm||570mm||590mm|
|Stand Over Height||770mm||790mm||805mm||825mm||845mm||865mm|
|Top Tube Length||525mm||545mm||560mm||575mm||590mm||605mm|
|Head Tube Length||120mm||140mm||155mm||180mm||195mm||215mm|
|Chain Stay Length||440mm||440mm||440mm||440mm||440mm||440mm|
|Seat Post Length|