Thursday, February 7, 2008
Raleigh One Way
Raleigh One Way - $709.99 at Laurel Bicycle Center
Give Raleigh credit for spotting potential in the market. They must have noticed all the city folk getting around on beat-up fixed gear and singlespeed conversions.
This is not a track bike like the Bianchi Pista. The One Way is designed for the streets - fenders, wider tires - not for the velodrome. And with high quality steel, it's built to last.
Here's a review by Fritz at commutebybike.com.
Some photos from the Raleigh Commutes blog.
Photos and the inside scoop from Brubaker on Flickr.
Also, the Cyclecommuter has been sharing his experiences with the One Way.
Of course, another way to go is to buy a used Raleigh 10-speed from the 70's or 80's and convert it into your own, customized fixie. If you're into that type of thing...
2008 One Way Specs:
Frame: Reynolds 520 steel
SR Suntour Single Speed w/CNC Guard, 42T
16T Freewheel, 15T cog
Alex AT-400, 700c, alloy double wall,machined side
Tires: Vittoria Randonneur Cross 700x35c w/reflective sidewalls
Road Pedals w/clips and straps
Here's a comment from Fritz: That reminds me that I need to post an update about the bike.
I'm surprised to find that this has become my favorite commuter bike -- it's the bike I ride almost every day. The tires are bullet proof: I've ridden over glass on purpose just to see if I can make them puncture, but nothing. The 700x35 tires handle road debris with aplomb. I even smacked a big 2 inch limb on the road that I didn't see in the middle of the night, with no damage resulting to wheel or tire. The highly raked fork and relaxed geometry on flexy steel means a smooth, comfortable ride. An added rack makes this the perfect getting around bike.
You should see the 2008 One Way -- that bike is a work of beauty. Brooks leather saddle and bar tape, and forest green frame makes this a beautiful bike that's also very practical.
If you have feedback on the Raleigh One Way, please leave a comment.