Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Raleigh Port Townsend

Ready to roll. Credit: Raleigh USA.
The Raleigh Port Townsend is currently selling for $880 at REI.  There are many things to like about the Port Townsend: its retro, butted steel tubing, fenders are included, front rack is included (it has braze-ons for a rear rack), 9-speed bar end shifters, and cantilever brakes.  Basically, it's Raleigh doing the types of things that made Raleigh a well-respected name in bikes.

Here are the Port Townsend specs:

Sizes: 50, 53, 55, 57, 59cm

Frame: Reynolds 520 Butted Chromoly Tubing

Fork: 4130 Chromoly Cross

Cranks: Shimano Sora 2pc 34/50t

BB: Shimano Outboard Bearing

F.Derail: Shimano Sora

R.Derail: Shimano Sora

Shifter: Shimano DuraAce 9spd Bar-End

Br.Levers: Tektro R200 Aero Road

Brakes: Shimano BR550 Canti

Gear: Shimano HG50 9spd (11-25t)

Rims: Weinmann TR18 Double Wall

Tires: Vittoria Randonneur Touring 700x35c

Pedals: Steel Clips w/Leather Straps

Handlebar: Classic Aluminum Drop 26.0

Stem: Custom Chromoly Single-Bolt 26.0

Seatpost: Alloy Micro Adjust 27.2x350mm

Seat: Avenir Classic Road

Headset: Ahead 1-1/8" w/Alloy Cup

Colors: Black

Spokes: 14g Stainless MAC w/Alloy Nipples

Grips: Gel Tape

Extras: Fenders, Front Rack, Rack and Fender Mounts, Water Bottle Mounts, Cateye Reflector Set, Clear Coat, Owner's Manual

There have been some early reviews by the Bicycling Times (reviewer Adam Newman took it out on the C&O trail) and at EcoVelo.  It has also shown up in the 2011 gear guides put out by Momentum Magazine and Outside Magazine.

4 comments:

Bob B said...

I live in Port Townsend, Washington and recently test rode a Raleigh Port Townsend at PT Cycles. It's really a sweet riding and stylish bike. Raleigh did a great job on this one.

Anonymous said...

Handsome bike indeed! Being a Raleigh, I'm cinfident it would ride well. Would 'test-ride' shd opportunity offer ... :D
Anyway it would be a 'birthday-present-choice' for someone lucky, eh?
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Anonymous said...

Ooops .. sorry .. 'cinfident' = confident :p

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