Raleigh Furley

Apr 2, 2012
Outside Magazine
Raleigh Furley

Raleigh Furley    Photo: Earl Harper/Harper Studios Inc.

Best For: Serious commuters and the cyclocross curious. 

The Test: The chromoly-steel Furley is as likable as the Three’s Company character that inspired it. The 39x18 single-speed setup and multiple eyelets for fenders and racks suggest that this is a ride for the bike-commuting crowd. And while it stood up to every urban obstacle we threw at it (potholes, curbs, car bumpers), this is more than just a city cruiser. While hardcore cyclocrossers will want something lighter to race, the Furley’s powerful disc brakes, dual braking positions (drops and bar tops), and grippy Kenda Happy Medium tires can handle hard riding on fire roads and mellow trails. Bonus: because Raleigh snuck in an eccentric bottom bracket, you can easily switch from single-speed to gears. 

The Verdict: Up for just about any adventure. 24.6 lbs