Raleigh full suspension bikes any good?- Mtbr.com
Results 1 to 2 of 2
  1. #1
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Apr 2017
    Posts
    19

    Raleigh full suspension bikes any good?

    Hello all,
    This is my first post I am just looking to buy my first real bike. I am looking to spend between $500 and $1000 I can get either the Raleigh Kodiak 1 or Kodiak 2 in that range. Anyone have any experience with these bikes? Is it work the extra to get the Kodiak 2 for a beginner to full suspension?

    Located in the Phoenix AZ area and will probably ride in flagstaff and payson areas for any locals.

    Kodiak1
    https://www.raleighusa.com/kodiak-61
    Kodiak2
    https://www.raleighusa.com/kodiak-65




    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

  2. #2
    Just Joshin' ya!
    Reputation: PrincipalRider's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Posts
    1,979
    I own a Raleigh Skarn and I think it is a fantastic bike. However, it is a single pivot linkage suspension set-up, not a single pivot swing arm. It is also a carbon fiber race bike so it is quite a bit lighter than the bikes above and it does not have as much travel. However, Raleigh tends to make a solid bike that will do what you need it to do. With 120mm of travel, you should be able to ride 90 percent of the trails in Phoenix with no real issues. These single pivot swing arm frames are pretty common and all work well. As long you stay seated, they pedal decently and they have little maintenance issues because there is only one pivot. I once had a Haro Extreme X2 and it had 150mm of travel. I rode it all over Phoenix and I loved that bike.

    I would spend as much as you can. It has almost always been worth it to get better parts in my experience.
    Getting a dropper post is like getting a bidet. I didn't know I needed one until I get one and boy, does my ass thank me.

Similar Threads

  1. Any ss full suspension bikes?
    By Xhastex in forum Singlespeed
    Replies: 19
    Last Post: 07-04-2017, 04:21 PM
  2. Full suspension fat bikes
    By kntr in forum Fat bikes
    Replies: 34
    Last Post: 12-11-2015, 02:23 PM
  3. Replies: 2
    Last Post: 04-19-2014, 07:59 AM
  4. Best Full Suspension XC Bikes Around $4,000?
    By Tso in forum XC Racing and Training
    Replies: 17
    Last Post: 07-16-2013, 10:23 AM
  5. Raleigh bikes any good?
    By showtym69 in forum Beginner's Corner
    Replies: 36
    Last Post: 01-01-2012, 05:59 PM

Members who have read this thread: 0

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

THE SITE

ABOUT MTBR

VISIT US AT

© Copyright 2019 VerticalScope Inc. All rights reserved.