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    Raleigh Furley, some initial thoughts

    The 2012 Raleigh Furley, I searched high and low for information about this bike ever since hearing about it last winter. The internet was full of the same basic stuff, but no meat about this bike. I decided that since I'm one of a few people who actually got their hands on one of these things this year, that I should post up some information about it.

    The ideal bike that I was in the market for was a cross bike with discs, and it had to be singlespeed. I didn't want to buy a geared bike and pay for a bunch of extra parts that I'd end up taking off. Oh, and I wanted to keep it under 1k as well. My plan for this bike was to get something a little more fun to ride to work, and something to ride in the fall when I feel like changing things up and putting the MTB away. Enter the Furley. I really liked what it offered and it was low budget. Like I said, this bike is seeing commuter duties probably 75% of the time, so the price was a factor, this bike needent be blingalicious.

    I was pretty much sold on buying one, there wasn't much else out there that I could get in the same price rang. After scouring the internet only to find the same couple of pictures, and no information I decided to head to my LBS to see what was up with this thing. I ended up putting money down on a pre-order the next day. My LBS said they could get me one... in MAY. Mind you this was late February so there was several feet of snow on the ground, so May seemed like forever, but I was willing to wait. May came and went, the LBS called to apologize and said that they would get one for me in late June. June came and went, same story. Finally on July 2nd I got the call that my bike was in and I could come get it. Sweet!

    First impressions, it's heavy. I heard that it was heavy, and it is. It feels solid though, and I know that the frame and fork will take a beating from me for many years, so the weight isn't a big deal. I'm not planning on racing this bike (though I probably will just for the hell of it), so having a heavier bike isn't a problem. I have not weighed it yet, if enough people are concerned I'll happily throw it on my scale. For a commuter, it will be perfectly fine. My only other gripe are the brakes. There isn't a lot of information about them, they are made by Pro-Max. I actually have them dialed in pretty nice right now and they are working fine, but I have to figure out how to get more action out of the drop levers. The brakes are fully adjustable like a bb7, so getting them to bite is just a matter of screwing with them for a few minutes. The bike has clean lines, the paint is nice, no chipping or scratching yet and it's been locked to several things. I've had no problems with the EBB or dropping chains, I've climbed some massive hills on it, the chain is not coming off.

    I did end up changing 2 things, well 3 actually. First I swapped out the Kenda "happy medium" 32c tires to my all time favorite tire, Kenda Small Block 8s (35c). This purchase was made prior to even having the bike, but after seeing the Happy Mediums in person, I would probably just leave those on until they wore out. Oh well, I have an extra set of tires now. The 35's easily fit the front and back, I'm not sure how wide I could go in the back, but I'm happy with 35's for now. The only other thing I changed was for bike fit, I put on a 90mm stem, I felt a little stretched out (bike is a 55), so the 90 made everything fit perfectly. Since I was putting a Thomson stem on, I threw on a Thomson post that I had laying around. It's good to match I guess.

    I've owned this bike for 1 week as of today and I am very happy with it. It is exactly what I was looking for in a bike, nothing more, nothing less. It works great, it looks nice, everything functions well. It's a nice bike for people on a budget, or for people like me who wanted a bike they could just ride everywhere and not worry about it. I've had this thing all over the place, trails, road rides, dirt roads, and it's very comfortable. I think this fall when I ride it on more singletrack I'll probably gear it a little easier, 39x18 is a lot of gear to push around in the woods (I typically run a 32x18 around here).

    If anyone has any questions about this thing just let me know. I hear there may be a couple more floating around the US right now, and that they are going to do another run for 2013 so get it while it's hot. Here are a few pictures, because the 5 same pictures I've seen online are boring.















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    Looks good. Competitive Cyclist and HucknRoll have the Civilian Le Roi Le Veut on sale. CC claims its 17 lbs. but that's baloney. More like 22.

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    Nice looking bike. Looks like it still has the stock cassette hub but with spacers. It should be easy to gear in the future if that's what you want. Actually, I like the Orange better.
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    It's a good bike to modify for what you want, it's setup with a spacer kit so you can easily throw some gears on it if you please. Not that I'd do anything silly like that. It will probably end up with fenders at some point, but not for a while, I'm digging how clean it is. I am very pleased with the purchase, it's probably going to be my "go to" bike for a long time. I like being able to grab it and go, I can ride it to work and hit the trails on the way home. Cross bikes are great multipurpose bikes and I think a lot of commuters would be happier on a cross bike.

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    Cool! They remind me a lot of the salsa La Cruz i believe. Both good looking bikes.

    No questions about the bike, but how wide did those 35mm sb8s measure out to be after a few days of use?

    I want some but Im afread they are smaller than 35
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    @sheepo Just measured them, on average I'm getting about 33mm out of them. They are definitely running skinny.

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    Thanks for the write up and pics. Just ordered one today. New this style of bike (cross and ss) but looking forward to it

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    Quote Originally Posted by PitchCrew View Post
    Thanks for the write up and pics. Just ordered one today. New this style of bike (cross and ss) but looking forward to it
    You will really enjoy it. I seriously love this bike. I ride it every single day, and no other bike I've ever owned has given me so much joy every single time I ride.

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    Nice. I was wondering how you felt about after a bit of time. This will be my go to the store or friends houses, an occasional 20 mile ride, bike. Though now i may go looking for some dirt roads.
    Again thanks for the OP

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    Nice bike, a 55 yes? How does Raleigh measure their frames? On their website it just says "from center". Is your bike a 55 c-c or c to top? Oh, and how tall are you?
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    Quote Originally Posted by erol/frost View Post
    Nice bike, a 55 yes? How does Raleigh measure their frames? On their website it just says "from center". Is your bike a 55 c-c or c to top? Oh, and how tall are you?
    i'm 5'8", i haven't measured the actual bike to see where they measure from. i can tell you that i think the 55 would fit people from 5'6"-5'10" quite comfortably. after that it's all a matter of seat posts/stems to get your fit dialed in, just the same as it would be on any bike. i personally dropped to a 90mm stem and am very comfortable on the bike on the hoods or the drops, i am very comfortable.

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    Thanks for the answer. How are the discs so far? Powerful, easy to modulate?
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    I would say having discs is quite nice, though they aren't the nicest brakes out there...obviously..

    They are powerful enough, and easy to setup to work well. I do wish they were more powerful, but I think they are adequate. If I ever feel unsafe with them I'll consider putting bb7's on...

    And since I was out riding last night, I snapped a couple pics...






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    Nice, Mine is in. Have group mtb ride tonight so will be building it up tomorrow night. Ill try and add some pics of the black to your thread. How often do you use the top side brake levers? im going to ditch them i think

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    Quote Originally Posted by PitchCrew View Post
    Nice, Mine is in. Have group mtb ride tonight so will be building it up tomorrow night. Ill try and add some pics of the black to your thread. How often do you use the top side brake levers? im going to ditch them i think
    i use them more than i thought i would, but i've considered ditching them as well. i think they'll stay on through this season and maybe over the winter if i upgrade to bb7's i'll get rid of them. i do find them quite useful at times though.

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    the 13 seems to have Tektro Lyra Disc as opposed the Promax, hmmm still not hydraulic.

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    In Black

    here are the pics of the black, crappy 3.5mp phone but it is what it is lol
    Bike is a blast, already time to adjust the chain, already dumped it coming off the road onto the trail, its no mtb, or maybe it was the beer, not sure lol
    Got the brakes dialed, more than enough power for the road or light trail
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    I test rode one of these a couple months ago, and turned away from it because I wasnt too sure about commiting to a single speed again, hills here are a pain to commute with. But it was a really awesome bike.

    I ended up getting a Norco CCX3, for $50 more and gears. CX is pretty fun to ride!
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    So it has a BB30, does it come w a Beer adapter? The OP's chain is always slack, just wondering.

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    The BB is FSA PF30 Eccentric it looks similar to the Beer with the 2 bolts, Again im brand new to the bike and ss so im still learning

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    Ohh I like the black! Very nice!!

    I need to adjust the EBB on mine as well. Chain slackened up a little right after getting it but hasn't moved since. I've not dropped a chain, nor had any skipping/grinding while going up hills so I haven't taken the time to adjust it because it's working fine how it is.

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    Im psyched with it..like you had said, ill prob keep the 2nd break levers the come in handy on the trail

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    Glad you like it! I am still having a blast on it almost 2 months later. I HAVE to ride it every day. I also dumped it within the first couple of days. I went over the bars when the trail I was on caved in. Whoops! hehe...

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    What size is your bike PitchCrew?
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    I got the large, 59cm seems just right, im 6'2"

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    Seriously looking into this bike. I really want a commuter with discs and fender/rack mounts.
    Thanks for sharing your experiences. I will be stopping by one of the Raleigh shops this week.

    General question: It's an interesting detail, but the spare spokes on the chainstay....why? Seems like unnecessary weight (not much, admittedly) and an extra braze-on on what could otherwise have been a clean stay. I appreciate two spare spokes with color-matched nipples, but for my commute here in NYC, I'll be leaving those at home...leaving awkward and empty braze-ons behind.

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    They say that the spokes double as a chain stay protector. I can't see letting the chain get that slack on the single speed, but the frame is set up to run gears as well,.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrMook View Post
    General question: It's an interesting detail, but the spare spokes on the chainstay....why? Seems like unnecessary weight (not much, admittedly) and an extra braze-on on what could otherwise have been a clean stay. I appreciate two spare spokes with color-matched nipples, but for my commute here in NYC, I'll be leaving those at home...leaving awkward and empty braze-ons behind.
    I agree, kind of a weird thing to have there. A neat little feature, but pointless. It is nice that they included the extra spokes though.

    As pitch said, they would work as chainstay protectors if you were crazy enough to put gears on it.

    Check it out though, it's a fun bike to own. It's gotten the most miles out of any bikes in my quiver this summer.

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    My Furley

    Like the OP, I wanted a Furley but couldn't find much out about it. I sold a road bike off and planned on buying another "roadish" style bike but wanted versatility, low cost, and durability. I was fortunate enough to be good friends with the Raleigh dealer here in my town, so I convinced him to order in a bike without having to put money down, although I think he would have ordered one anyway. When it came in he called me up and I went in and built it up at his shop. I noticed that it was heavy, especially the wheels but since I planned on using it to commute and ride gravel, I wasn't totally put off by this. I took it out on my first test ride and felt right away that it was a comfy ride and not too slow for my speed conscious mind to handle.

    After thinking about it over night, I decided to pull the trigger and brought the bike home, along with a 16t cog to bring the gearing up a bit for my mostly pavement and flat commute. I also have the stock 18t and a 20t that I will mess around with. With the money from my road bike sale, I could afford to buy the bike, some new 29er tires, a bright light system for night riding, and a sweet little push bike from Raleigh for my 4 year old. Mission accomplished.

    The only real issue I have with the bike so far has been the front brake/fork. When I have the brakes set up for the kind of modulation I want, I cannot dial out the rotor rub from the fork flexing when I stand up to pedal. I hoping that upgrading the brakes can fix this issue over the winter. I also eventually switched the saddle out for a more performance oriented model, although the original wasn't all that bad. The 39x16t gearing gives me a nice cruising speed for the flats and makes the hills off my commute a bit more of a challenge. The stock tires roll well but get a lot of flats from thorns here in Idaho. I mounted up some armadillo road tires on it and it has resolved that problem but cost me some volume . I will have to look around to find the right tire for my preferred riding, but that will be fun since there are so many options out there for a cyclocross style bike. Anyway, here are a couple pictures from the day of my first ride after bringing home Mr. Furley.
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    Woo hoo, happy to see another one out there.

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    Any owners had to adjust your EBB yet? I want to swap cogs out but will need to tension the chain. I loosened two bolts on the non-drive side hoping that I could get the EBB to spin but it's stuck. I see there are two bolts on the chainring side but I can't get to them. Anyone know if I have to pull the chainring to get to these bolts? Any have a HOW-TO guide? I'm not a great wrench but I like doing stuff myself.

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    i talked to fsa via email to make sure I had it right. My BB was loose enough to simlpy turn it. You may have to loosen the crank arm to free it up.

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    but i should only have to loosen the non-drive side bolts?

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    Yes just those two. and that side crank

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    sweet, thanks for the quick response.

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    thanks for this thread! i just put money down for one of these bikes on layaway. i ride a really crappy dawes lightning 1500, which is not even my size(6'3"), so when i took the furley for a test ride, i could really tell the difference. i had already been looking at bikes online but i was sold on this bike. i'll post an update once i get the bike!

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    Nice bike. I almost bought this bike but thankfully it was out of stock in my size and I "had" to buy a Tripper instead. The orange looks much better in person. I reviewed the Tripper as well.

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    do you take it on legit singletrack or what sypes of trails?

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    What are your guys thoughts on the Happy Mediums? Sometimes I think they feel slugssish

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    I didn't put a lot of miles on the happy mediums, but I can definitely vouch that the small block 8s i put on are even slower.

    i've taken it on everything, full on singletrack, to long road rides. the gearing is a bit steep for singletrack so if i planned on riding it off-road more i'd gear down a little.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cr45h View Post
    The 2012 Raleigh Furley,



    Thoughts?
    I really like the orange. The 2013 actually comes with another BB to convert it to a geared bike. I was thinking about getting the Furley and converting it.
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    The orange looks amazing in person. Almost like an iridescent orange.

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    i have a question. are the disc brakes supposed to make a *ssssssssshhhhhhhhhh* sound when you pull the brake lever?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LDSC View Post
    i have a question. are the disc brakes supposed to make a *ssssssssshhhhhhhhhh* sound when you pull the brake lever?
    Disc brakes do make some noise when engaged. The pad rubbing on the rotor isn't silent. Though what you are hearing may or may not be normal, hard to say.

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    Sounds good. The noise it makes isn't alarming or anything and the brakes work just fantastic. I'm new to disc brakes and know nothing about them, so I thought I'd ask. I'll have to confirm with my LBS when I go back to make my final payment on the bike. I'm super excited!

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    my new bike!!

    here it is, finally!!








    not the greatest pictures but i wanted to post a couple close ups. the bike rides fantastic. its the 57mm, although i am almost 6'3". my lbs said that the sizing is different compared to normal road bikes so i was confused at first. Something I wanted to note is that i feel a very slight knee strain while pedaling. my LBS did, however, fit me to the bike. It's likely that i'll end up adjusting it some more. other than that, the bike seems to be really great! I'll keep updating as time goes by! also, if you want any pics of any specific areas of the bike, let me know!
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    woohoo, love it dude. nice to see another orange one!!! mine is sitting 3 feet away from me right now in my office. droooool!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr_MurdocChongo View Post
    What are your guys thoughts on the Happy Mediums? Sometimes I think they feel slugssish
    Terrible flat protection...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr_MurdocChongo View Post
    The orange looks amazing in person. Almost like an iridescent orange.
    + 1 I wish the Roper came in orange also.
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    Hey, since we are on the topic. I bought a Raleigh Furley about a month or so ago, give or take. I'm definitely not liking the disc brakes that are on it and I am looking to get an upgrade. Not an upgrade that is going to deplete my residual income, if you know what I mean. I'm looking for some decent disc brakes that will really make me feel safe. Any help is appreciated!

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