Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Raleigh Tripper

2013 Raleigh Tripper. Courtesy Raleigh USA.
The Raleigh Tripper has an MSRP of $900 and is available at your local Raleigh dealer.

As a commenter recently pointed out,  Raleigh added the 2013 Tripper to its 2012 "Three's Company" cyclocross line-up of the Furley and Roper.  Here's hoping that in 2014 Raleigh offers a Snow in honor of Suzanne Somers' character Chrissy Snow or a Wood in tribute to Joyce DeWitt's character Janet Wood.

As with the Furley and Roper, the Tripper is all steel - in fact, it's available with a clear coat so you can really live the steel. The Tripper has a 3-speed IGH, disc brakes, and 700 x 32 tires. There are mounts for fenders and racks.

I'm personally not excited by the flat, straight handlebars, which they identify as the Avenir Short Drops.  It seems to be an attempt at an urban look, but I'd rather see some bars with curves so that there are more available hand positions.

The Tripper got some attention at the 2012 interbike, as reported by Cyclelicious and Bike Rumor.

2013 Raleigh Tripper Specs:
Sizes:  50cm XS, 53cm SM, 55cm SM/MD, 57cm MD/LG, 59cm LG 
Frame:  Seamless Butted Chromoly, Integrated Headtube w/PF30 
Fork: 4130 Chromoly Cross w/Disc Tabs 
Cranks: Shimano Alfine FC-S500 39t 
F.Derail: N/A 
R.Derail: N/A 
Shifter: Shimano Nexus Revo SL-3S41E 3sp 
Br.Levers: Tektro RL-570 
Brakes: Shimano BR-M375 w/SM-RT53 160mm Center Lock Disc 
Gear: Shimano 20t Internal Hub Cog 
Rims: Weinmann DP30 Double Wall 
Tires: Kenda K1083A Happy Medium 700cx32c 
Pedals: Road Pedals w/Clips and Straps 
Handlebar: Avenir 200 Series 31.8 Short Drop 
Stem: Avenir 200 Series, 3D Forged, 31.8 
Seatpost: Avenir 200 Series 27.2x350mm 
Seat: Avenir Classic Road 
Headset: FSA Integrated Cartridge Bearings 
Colors: Steel/Brown 
Chain: KMC Z99  
Hubset: (F) Shimano HB-RM35 32h w/Center Lock Disc Mounts (R) Shimano 3-Speed Nexus SG-3D55 w/Center Lock 32h  
Spokes: 14g Stainless MAC w/Alloy Nipples 
Grips: Avenir Single Moto 
Extras: Water Bottle Mounts, Fender and Rack Mounts, Cateye Reflector Set, Clear Coat, Owner’s Manual


Ben said...

Loving the steel frame, but why would you want a bike like this with flat bars?

Is there a drop bar version in the works bro?

Tom said...

Why would you want any kind of bars that much lower than the seat? I hope they don't cut the steerer tube like that at the factory!

Freewheel said...

In the youtube video from 2012 interbike (at about the 2:30 mark), the Raleigh PR guy says the Tripper has an integrated stem and bar "to keep it looking clean." ???

Maybe you're supposed to steer with your knees.

Anonymous said...

I'm guessing that the reason that Raleigh decided to go with the flat bars, besides the "Urban" styling is the fact that the only shifter available for the inter 3 hub is a twister. Word in the interwebs has it that a Sturmey Archer bar-end shifter works with the Shimano hub better than the Shimano shifter. Are you thinking what I'm thinking?

Anonymous said...

So change the bar and shifters. Duh.

Continues to amaze and disappoint me that people want big bike companies to be their mommy.

Freewheel said...

Anon 5:37 - thanks for the info. It's definitely plausible based the bikes I've seen with Shimano Nexus.

Anon 8:04 - Here's a general rule of thumb: If a customer pays for a complete bike, he or she wants a complete bike. If the customer is forced to buy bars and shifters separately, then that customer would be better off buying a frame.

Anonymous said...

Just bought one. I knew the bars might be a deal breaker...they either fit you right or they don't. Fortunately, they fit me. I took the bike on a long test ride to be sure, I'm sure the shop thought I stole it. I did put bar ends on it for more hand positions.

Anonymous said...

I think this is a super fun bike.
Just got one and will be changing the bars to drops with linear-pull drop bar levers & a Sturmey 3-speed bar end shifter.
I've used a Nexus 3-speed with that shifter before (on a Cross-Check) & can confirm that they work great together.