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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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    Most people would probably direct you to Avid BB7 Road brakes. They are most likely the best quality and value for road disc brakes on the market. On my Tripper, I have Shimano disc brakes instead of BB5 (I think those are stock on Furley/Roper?). I would say go with the BB7 Road, cheap, reliable, and good quality.

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    While Im at it I might as well post my Tripper. I know this is a Furley thread but the two are similiar enough.
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    beautiful bike man... love every bit of it. thanks also for the info.

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    Picked up my Raleigh Furley this weekend. Size 57cm. I love the bike a ton and will use it mostly for commuting. I already have a new crank on order as I spin out really quickly.

    Put some Gatorskin 35c tires on, switched out the saddle, and took the stripes off the bike as well.


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    Looks awesome aaron! I had no idea you could remove those stripes... I might just do that. Mine is the same size in orange, though. Love it lots and even though it may be freezing, I still ride it everyday. Ride on.

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    I actually bought one of these in November 2011, probably one of the first ones made, because the dropout had been welded a couple of millimeters off, which required either: A) a modification involving a slightly adjusted brake mount for the stock brakes, or B) switching to a flat bar and self-adjusting disc brakes. I have tried both. The flat bar system worked OK but I could tell the switch in geometry wasn't quite what this bike was built for... perhaps I should have extended the stem a little bit or my bars were a smidge too wide. It just didn't feel right... so I adjusted the brake mount. The only thing I wish this bike had was cantilever posts in the rear... I can and probably will eventually replace the existing fork with a much lighter carbon fiber one that has both mounts on it, but I am stuck with a disc brake in the rear... since I am riding this mainly as a commuter, rain and muck is not out of the question, and rain + disc brakes makes a short lifespan for disc brake pads... but I guess I'll have to make do, as disc brakes do have a lot of things going for them as well... Other thing is finding a light set of appropriately spaced wheels that have disc mounts... I guess that will come with time as disc brakes are starting to take off in CX world. As best I can tell, this uses a 130mm rear wheel spacing, and most 29er disc wheels are 135mm (correct me if i am wrong there, since new standards like 12x142 exist now)

    Regardless, they really SHOULD have put canti mounts on the rear.

    Other than my difficulty of initially setting up the brakes, and the lack of canti mounts, this bike is really a great bike!
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    Quote Originally Posted by machoburrito View Post
    I actually bought one of these in November 2011, probably one of the first ones made, because the dropout had been welded a couple of millimeters off, which required either: A) a modification involving a slightly adjusted brake mount for the stock brakes, or B) switching to a flat bar and self-adjusting disc brakes. I have tried both. The flat bar system worked OK but I could tell the switch in geometry wasn't quite what this bike was built for... perhaps I should have extended the stem a little bit or my bars were a smidge too wide. It just didn't feel right... so I adjusted the brake mount. The only thing I wish this bike had was cantilever posts in the rear... I can and probably will eventually replace the existing fork with a much lighter carbon fiber one that has both mounts on it, but I am stuck with a disc brake in the rear... since I am riding this mainly as a commuter, rain and muck is not out of the question, and rain + disc brakes makes a short lifespan for disc brake pads... but I guess I'll have to make do, as disc brakes do have a lot of things going for them as well... Other thing is finding a light set of appropriately spaced wheels that have disc mounts... I guess that will come with time as disc brakes are starting to take off in CX world. As best I can tell, this uses a 130mm rear wheel spacing, and most 29er disc wheels are 135mm (correct me if i am wrong there, since new standards like 12x142 exist now)

    Regardless, they really SHOULD have put canti mounts on the rear.

    Other than my difficulty of initially setting up the brakes, and the lack of canti mounts, this bike is really a great bike!
    interesting take on the build, and much appreciated. i bought mine knowing the discs would be great in crappy weather (which they are), and knowing it was a steel bike. you obviously had some initial build issues that most didn't have.

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    I just can't get over how versatile the landlord series is. I could convert my tripper to a drop bar single speed or geared roadie, or fixed gear rig. Heck, I could even cross race it if I wanted. And yes I realize I'm not going to win but I can still have the "cross" experience right? Every time I want to change the tripper though I can bring myself to alter it. There's something about a flat bar three speed that I love riding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr_MurdocChongo View Post
    I just can't get over how versatile the landlord series is. I could convert my tripper to a drop bar single speed or geared roadie, or fixed gear rig. Heck, I could even cross race it if I wanted. And yes I realize I'm not going to win but I can still have the "cross" experience right? Every time I want to change the tripper though I can bring myself to alter it. There's something about a flat bar three speed that I love riding.
    Haven't seen the Tripper in the flesh yet. The Orange Furley is a great looking bike. I wish the Roper came in Orange.
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    Just figured i'd show the fellow Furly guys how i mounted the front fender around the disc brake. Back was no issue. Planet bike cheapos but the Black hides well from across the room you can barley tell it's got fenders
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    Quote Originally Posted by CS2 View Post
    Haven't seen the Tripper in the flesh yet. The Orange Furley is a great looking bike. I wish the Roper came in Orange.
    It can come in Orange, as it's the same frame as the Furley, but you'd have to buy the Furley and upgrade the cranks ($130), add shifters ($360), 10 speed cassette ($60), and add derailleurs (~$100)... Total: ~$650

    So you're looking at paying about $100 more than the Stock Roper ($1400) to make the Orange Furley ($850) into an Orange Roper ($1500). Maybe sell that Alfine crank and make up the difference?
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    Quote Originally Posted by machoburrito View Post
    It can come in Orange, as it's the same frame as the Furley, but you'd have to buy the Furley and upgrade the cranks ($130), add shifters ($360), 10 speed cassette ($60), and add derailleurs (~$100)... Total: ~$650

    So you're looking at paying about $100 more than the Stock Roper ($1400) to make the Orange Furley ($850) into an Orange Roper ($1500). Maybe sell that Alfine crank and make up the difference?
    That's an excellent idea.
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    How much is this new? And how much does it wiegh?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr_MurdocChongo View Post
    While Im at it I might as well post my Tripper. I know this is a Furley thread but the two are similiar enough.
    Classy rig

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    I am going to check out a used furley tomorrow. If it rides as good as it looks I will scoop it up.

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    Just got mine!

    Here are some pictures of my new bike before it gets dirty. Took off the second brake levers and changed out the seat. Going to use it for commuting and maybe even a cross race this fall!
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    I've been thinking about the Furley since the initial releases back some time ago. Our Raleigh dealer here in the islands missed last year's order date, but finally got ONE in last week. Serendipity - I needed to have a wheel with a couple of broken spokes repaired. That orange paint screamed out across the shop! The SM/MED was a good fit for me and the dealer sweetened the deal by swapping in some street tires for me.
    This one has Tektro Lyra brakes and a PF30 BB.
    First impressions:
    - Brakes need to be bedded in for a week.
    - Really nice color coordination with the matching orange spoke nipples and headset spacer (one orange in a stack of black)
    - The spare spokes and the braze-on spoke holder really appealed to me (see above on why I went to the shop in the first place :-)
    - Handles well, considering the weight of the bike
    - Other posters have mentioned that the bike is heavy. Yup.
    - Rack and fender braze-ons are well positioned. I wish there were racks with legs that are a couple of inches shorter, though, to keep the weight of what ever you're carrying down a little lower.
    The SS was short lived. It now is a 1x9. I kept the 39t Alfine crank/chainring; back is a 11-28.
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    how are you liking the 1x9? i keep going back and forth with gearing it to see if i like it more that way.

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    I have been thinking about an alfine to keep the ss look but gain some top speed

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    Quote Originally Posted by cr45h View Post
    how are you liking the 1x9? i keep going back and forth with gearing it to see if i like it more that way.
    The 1 x 9 works well for my commuting and other around town rides. I was thinking of trying a 11-32, which gives about as much low end range as a road double. There's a hill climb a couple of miles away with a 1700' elevation gain. I don't have enough leg to push the 39-28.
    I was also going to try a road double but I think it gets away from the karma of the bike.

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    Update.
    I picked up a SRAM PF30 BB and a takeoff FSA road compact double crankset from eBay. Wheelset is Mavic Open Sports laced to XT hubs.
    I commuted for a week and did the hill climb last Sunday. It was a good experiment. While I picked up some speed on the descent, I don't really need to go all that fast (BTW, the bike is stable at 30++). The 1x9 with the Alfine crankset, IMO, matches the intent of the frame.
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    Picked up a 57 cm Saturday! I am just over 6'1", but am all torso, so it's a great fit for me. I also ran 16, so my initial ride was a shorty, but just did 8 miles into work this morning. Went with a 14 t cog for Chicago, and it seems perfect, the standard cog is geared way to low for my flat commuting duties but would be great for trails. Ramps were no problem, but the real test will be the wicked headwinds on the lakefront path. Also, this thing's a beast in the best sense of the word. The landlord/city/sitcom theme expresses the general intent of the bike very well. A do it all CX, but very good at dealing city commuting. Thought I would be making this a geared bike as soon as my budget allowed, but now I am not so sure. Well, winter commuting may change that, but now I am smitten with the single speed setup. Seriously, Chicago's about the best place for a singlespeed or fixie.

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    Just to let you guys know, if you want to change out the crank on the SS version, you are going to need a crank with a 119mm axle. I just tried to put a Sram Rival Road crank on the bike and the axle is too small. The Rival axle is 108mm, and there is not enough axle shaft to seat into the non drive side bearings. I really wanted to get rid of the Alfine crank, its so heavy!

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    Hey Furley crew! I just purchased a Furley, found one on sale for $660. This is my first CX bike, going to use it mainly for urban commuting though.

    Some modifications I've made so far:

    - taken off drop bars and replaced with a 20mm riser bar (might put the drops back on, but for commuting it's a bit too aggressive for me)
    - put on a bigger chain ring (39t to 46t), and smaller cog (18t to 15t)
    - ordered some new pedals (Wellgo B124 flats in black)

    Thinking about changing the tires to something a bit faster, any recommendations?

    Also, I am 6'2 with long legs and got the 57cm frame. To be honest it feels a bit small, but I still need to make some adjustments. The Raleigh website has it spec'd with 172.5 cranks, but mine has the 170mm cranks... again, feels a bit small to me. Has anyone switched to longer cranks?

    Will post pics later.

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    I've got my eye on these bikes as well. Has anyone raced with this bike yet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by WillT19 View Post
    How much is this new? And how much does it wiegh?
    Also curious about the weight. Haven't been able to find that info anywhere.

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    have not raced mine yet. still enjoying the hell out of it though.

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    I actually pulled the trigger on a 2013 Furley, size 53. Had it about two months now, and use it for my commute. Currently I've got it set up as a 1x10, but I miss the single and it'll probably go back one day.

    Some quick thoughts on the bike:
    • I haven't weighed it, but it's probably about 25lbs in SS form. Not light, but still fun to ride.
    • It's pretty stable in a straight line, but can boogie when you ask it to.
    • The stock Tektro Lyra brakes are OK, but not confidence inspiring. I got a used pair of BB7 roads and changed the front rotor out for a 180mm and now feel much safer.
    • I don't find the Tektro hoods very comfortable. They're narrow and put pressure on the tendons in my palm. The right lever's been swapped out for an Ultegra brifter, and it's far better in comparison.
    • The paint is brittle and easily flakes off around the front and rear dropouts.
    • The 170mm cranks feel short, but I'm hesitant to go longer because I've already gotten pedal strike a couple times.
    • This bike is tons of fun, and I'm not worried about babying it.


    So no regrets yet, and I look forward to many excellent miles on this bike.

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    Another update.
    I read about the Wolfstooth wide-narrow chainrings, which don't need a chain keeper or ring guard. Installed a 36t on the 110 BCD FSA crank. Interestingly, Wolfstooth recommends a 10 spd chain for better shifting. I couldn't feel any difference between the 9 or 10 speed chain. So, it's back to a 1x9. What a fun bike!

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    Looking to get a set of schwalbe marathons for some gravel and single track riding this spring and summer. Will a 700x40 fit in the rear?

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    I put 35mm Marathons on my Furley, and there's plenty of room. Those particular tires actually measure 37-622, so I have no doubt a 40mm would fit. I can get a picture up in a bit.

    Edit:
    Here's a photo of the rear tire. There's 15mm of clearance vertically, and 10mm clearance on each side of the tire.

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    tychoseven,
    What is the yellow-ish tubing that is spiralling down your seat tube?
    thanks.
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    That's EL-wire...it wraps around the front triangle. The Furley is my commuter and I wanted to have a bit more visibility from the sides.

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    Hey all, just picked up a new Furley and loving it so far. After riding with my geared friends I'm looking to make it a 20 speed. I have a question about crankset compatibility. Since the Furley is a PF30 frame, will the Shimano 105 FC-5750 Compact crankset work with the existing bottom bracket that comes on the bike? or do I need to buy a new BB30 with adapter?
    I've been looking into this online and getting mixed info.

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    @mrsteele: I can't tell you if it'll work or no. I would suggest setting up the bike as a 1x10 first and seeing if that gives you the results you're after. Any reason you're set on a 2x10?

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    Thanks for the advice, but i already jumped the gun and ordered all the parts to make it 20 speed (jensonusa has crazy fast shipping in CA). I dropped the bike and parts off at the shop this afternoon and they said the new cranks would fit with the original bottom bracket. I'll post a pic once I get it back on Friday. (is it Friday yet?)

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    Hey is everyone still liking their Furley? I went into my LBS and put some money down on one just this week to get on ordered in.

    I bought a used Giant Defy 1 a couple of months ago, but coming from my unicycling background (for the last few years) I wish I would have gone with a single speed to begin with. Anyways, my LBS recommended a Furley, and when I stumbled onto this thread I decided I needed to get one.

    The only thing that sucks is if I'd have known I was gonna end up on a SS I'd have probably gone with a different shoe system than what I have now. I'm using Shimano RT80 touring shoes and A520 pedals that I bought right after I got the Giant. In hindsight, I'd probably have gone with a MTB shoe and M520 pedals, but oh well, I guess they'll work. I'd also have gotten a helmet that'll match my bike . All my shit's Giant blue and white (not to sound like a complete pansy ).

    Anyways, I have no plans to race CX on this bike or gear it (maaaaybe a 1xsomething someday). First thing it's gonna get is a Topeak rack and bag setup, so I can take it to work and carry lunch on longer rides.

    How shitty are the Promax brakes? I was gonna get some BB7's right out of the gate until I looked at the price of putting front and back on. So I was thinking if they work okay, I'd just run them into the ground and then replace them (along with the tires).

    Anyone riding the stock gearing around on the road? I thought it was a bit low until I tried it on my current bike and actually quite liked it for just cruising around.

    Anyways sorry about the long post, just curious how this bike is gonna be.

    Thanks.

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    Just get some Koolstop pads for the brakes and they'll be fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shinkers View Post
    Hey is everyone still liking their Furley? I went into my LBS and put some money down on one just this week to get on ordered in.
    Absolutely, yes. I commute to work on mine and it's fun, especially in traffic. My brother has a road bike and my friend a touring bike, and the Furley is in the middle handling-wise. It's more stable than the roadie but nimbler than the tourer.

    Anyways, I have no plans to race CX on this bike or gear it (maaaaybe a 1xsomething someday). First thing it's gonna get is a Topeak rack and bag setup, so I can take it to work and carry lunch on longer rides.
    Mine's 1x10 at the moment (see above posts) but honestly I prefer the simplicity of SS.

    How shitty are the Promax brakes? I was gonna get some BB7's right out of the gate until I looked at the price of putting front and back on. So I was thinking if they work okay, I'd just run them into the ground and then replace them (along with the tires).
    Can't comment on the Promax, but the Tektros which came on mine were not great. They worked, but I got a deal on some BB7 road calipers and those are definitely superior. I'd just use the stock brakes while you look for a bargain on BB7s.

    Anyone riding the stock gearing around on the road? I thought it was a bit low until I tried it on my current bike and actually quite liked it for just cruising around.

    Anyways sorry about the long post, just curious how this bike is gonna be.

    Thanks.
    I rode the stock gearing for a few weeks before building it up as a 1x10. I live in the South Bay and there are some hills, to say the least, but I could still pull them. I would spin out on flats and downhills pretty quickly, but I think it's a good choice of gearing for most people. Try it SS for a while, I think it'll be fine.

    That powder blue color looks great in person, too. I'm almost jealous I didn't get that instead of the orange!

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    still loving mine. i think i am going to throw a flat bar and some mountain bb7's on it this spring and ride the shit out of it. just feel like changing things up a bit. i'll still hold onto the other bits to convert it back to a drop bar cruiser.

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    Cool. I'll look for some Koolstop pads when I get it.

    The chances of mine ever going to a 1x10 are slim, but it's nice to have the option.

    It's funny, I really wanted the orange but there aren't any 2013's left out there. Interested to see how the blue looks in reality.

    Anyone know about using A520 pedals on a SS? Seems like I heard somewhere that they can't take the "abuse" of being on a SS (out of seat pedalling hard and stuff).

    Thanks folks.

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    Wow, I really like how the blue looks on the website. I didn't know they changed colors on it. Damn, now i want the blue. Anyone want to trade for my 2012? lol

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    If they'd have had an Orange 2013 in stock, I'd have snapped one up instantly. Orange is my favorite color . However, the blue looks equally schnazzy, and I hope it looks as good as the pics on the website do.

    Anyone got thoughts on using the A520's on a SS? (sorry to be persistant)

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    Re: Raleigh Furley, some initial thoughts

    520s are fine. Make sure you have the right cleats. Shimano makes a cleat that will unclip at various angles, and you probably dont want that.

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    Yeah, I got the regular cleats that only release in one direction. Just making sure the pedal itself wasn't a bad choice . For a split second I considered multi-release cleats but thought better of it.

    Furley 'should' be in tomorrow. Hopefully I get the call soon enough I can go and test ride/buy it before I have to go to work and the snow flies (fingers crossed).

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    Got my Furley today.

    Haven't ridden it more than a few laps around the bike shop, so I can't comment on much, but first impressions are good.

    The color is pretty awesome. The blue is definitely schnazzy looking. Everyone in the shop was saying what a cool bike it is.

    The guy who built the bike up mentioned to me that they were having trouble getting the front brake to stop rubbing, and mentioned it might feel a bit spongy. I didn't notice any rubbing at all, and it didn't feel too spongy to me (not any different then the TRP I have on my unicycle). Either way, the brakes won't be on there forever since that'll be one of the first things I change (still wanna try some Kool stop pads though).

    The bike so far seems to ride fine. It's definitely heavy, but when I see the bike, I don't think heavy, I think durable. That's what I want above anything else: Durability. That's why I got a Furley.

    Next up is going to be a rear rack and bag, a Cateye, switch over my pedals, then it's play time once the snow stops.

    Anyone have any thoughts on applying a frame saver of some sort? I asked the shop guy about it and he said it wouldn't be a bad idea but I'd have to strip the bike down (which I don't really want to do). When I do a Google search though, it seems like there's lot's of info out there saying that frame saver isn't needed, and can actually be more of a hinderance than a help.

    This bike looks classy.

    One thing that did scare the hell out of me, was while I was test riding, I heard a somewhat loud bang or something come from what I thought was the rear of the bike. It sounded like I might have dropped something out of my pocket and it hit the ground or something. But when I circled back to look, I didn't see anything laying on the ground, and have no idea what the sound was. I can't see anything missing on the bike like it would have fallen off, maybe it was snow falling off the roof of a house? I dunno. It's still trippin' me out a bit.

    When I went to check the bike out a minute ago to make sure nothing had fallen off (had forgotten to check at the shop), I did notice that the rack/fender mounts on my right rear seat stay has a couple small nicks in the paint as well as the spoke holder ont he chain stay. Not a big deal, but I wish the shop guy would have been a bit more careful (though I don't know what he would have been doing to nick the pain on rack mounts ).

    I also just noticed that the upper bolt on my rear disc caliper was left a bit loose. Enough that I could move the caliper (I noticed because it started rubbing a bit when I spun the back tire). Is this a normal bike thing? I've always cranked my brakes down tight, but cars do have 'floating' calipers.

    Finding a bolt like that makes me even more nervous that the sound I heard was something from my bike falling off or something like that. I know mistakes are made, and to my untrained eye, nothing is missing compared with the pictures at the beginning of this thread, but things like that sit in the back of my paranoid mind and slowly nibble their way through my skull.

    Word.
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    Hey guys, can any of you tell me if this is normal? My BB is off center in the shell (I think that's what it's called) part of the frame. I know it's an eccentric BB, but just want to make sure since it looks a bit differnt.

    Thanks!

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    Yes that is completely normal.

    An eccentric BB works by moving in a circle inside of the shell to adjust chain tension

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    Okay, I think I'm getting it now. With a regular PF30 BB, the face of the shell would be exposed anyway. With the FSA Eccentric adapter, the [cup?] is off center, and covering a bit of the shell on one side. Is that just for leverage or what, since the hole for the [spindle?] is already off center for adjustment?

    I just wish the guy working on the bike wouldn't have chipped the paint as much installing it. Or maybe that's being knit-pickey .

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