2013 Raleigh Commuters – Tripper, Roper & Some Di2 City Bikes

2013 Raleigh Tripper steel commuter bike

Along with the 2013 road and mountain bikes, Raleigh didn’t disappoint with a growing variety of urban, commuter and trail bikes for every type of rider.

For the 100% hipster, the Tripper is a new steel bike that borrows the Furley frame but puts a narrow one-piece flat handlebar stem and an internal gear rear hub. It’s part of their “Landlord” line of urban bikes that’s designed to be super simple to use but have a little more widespread appeal than a singlespeed. Because, you know, Seattle has hills, yo.

2013 Raleigh Tripper steel commuter bike

2013 Raleigh Tripper steel commuter bike

Check the one-piece bar/stem/headset cap and color matched steel fork. Weight (yes, we weighed the urban bikes, too, natch) is 25lb 14oz.

2013 Raleigh Clubman Mixte womens urban road bike

The classic Clubman steel road bike gets mixte model.

2013 Raleigh Detour urban commuter bike

Detour commuter bike gets updated with the new SRAM Via group on the top model for $1,650.

2013 Raleigh Misceo Trail mountain dirt path commuter bike

Misceo is their urban workhorse. It’s what a lot of people wanted a base level mountain bike to be, something you could abuse around town and also take on a rail trail, but found that 26″ wheels weren’t quite adequate. These have 700c/29er wheels with a variety of builds.

2013 Raleigh Misceo Trail mountain dirt path commuter bike

The eye catcher is this Misceo Trail i11 with Alfine 11 speed and Gates Belt Drive with fat Kenda cyclocross tires.

2013 Raleigh Misceo Trail mountain dirt path commuter bike

Best part? Retail is just $1,750. Weight is 27lb 12oz. Check the heavily shaped and hydroformed chainstays.

2013 Raleigh Cadent Alfine Di2 commuter bike

For a faster, more city oriented ride, the Cadent gets a double whammy of internal gearing with a Shimano Nexus 8-speed hub and FSA Metropolis 2-speed crankset. Full rack and fender mounts on a hydroformes alloy frame for just $1,100.

2013 Raleigh Cadent Alfine Di2 commuter bike

Seatstays are flattened to smooth the ride a bit.

2013 Raleigh Cadent Alfine Di2 commuter bike

Weight is 25lb 8oz. There’s also a Cadent i11 with Alfine 11 (not shown) and disc brakes for $1,800.

Comments

Adam - 08/01/12 - 3:26pm

I don’t see any Di2 bikes. Is there one with the Alfine Di2?

Hami - 08/01/12 - 4:21pm

I was thinking the same thing. I thought there had been rumors of an Alfine Di2 bike but the official Raleigh 2013 catalog makes no mention of Di2 city bikes…

Tyler (Editor) - 08/01/12 - 4:38pm

All, the Di2 bike was, um, referenced but not on hand that I can remember. If it was, we missed photo’ing it, but it’ll be in the line up according to their marketing guy.

Editz - 08/01/12 - 4:47pm

Is that Tripper a pre-production model, or does it come with the unpainted frame?

feg - 08/01/12 - 5:59pm

Neat to see the Metropolis crank on an oem. Cadent is lighter than I would guess since the crank practically weighs a ton.

Jake - 08/01/12 - 6:07pm

I’m with Editz in wanting to know if that’s the finished version or if its just unfininshed prototype. Been looking (waiting) for someone to come out with a ‘raw’ finish…other than Naked….who’s bikes tend to cost more than my first car.

Matty D - 08/01/12 - 6:30pm

Do the “Landlord” bikes have eccentric BB’s? I don’t see any other way to tension the chain…

Bob - 08/01/12 - 7:03pm

The Alfine Di2 is not ready for production runs at this time. Let’s cross our fingers for a mid year release! Tripper with Di2? I think I may!

Sam - 08/01/12 - 8:36pm

Looking at the second picture and how the hub-gear mechanism is sticking out – looks like a disaster waiting to happen.

Ben - 08/01/12 - 8:54pm

Landlord bikes have PF30 with an eccentric adapter.

tae - 08/01/12 - 9:07pm

Unless there has been some kind of rapid advance in clear coat technology in the past few years you’re probably better avoiding clear-over-raw frames. There’s a reason why paint exists (case in point my Transition Trail-or-Park in clear-over-raw which is covered in spider web rust lines).

Ethan - 08/01/12 - 10:51pm

Where is the roper? It is mentioned in the title of the article, but no pics, details, and most importantly: its weight.

Mr Bojangles - 08/02/12 - 1:02am

heavy weights. Descent commuter should be < 24lbs

Chis - 08/02/12 - 3:04am

@ Mr Bojangles:

Are you kidding?? You’re not going to be racing the thing and even then you’re fooling yourself if you think a pound or two actually matter. Custom built commuters from Toei, Vanilla, ANT, etc. rarely weigh less than 24 pounds. Also keep in mind these bikes are running IG hubs AND discs which add a few pounds. If you built them up with cantis and derailleurs you’d easily chop 3-4 pounds off. Of course I’d rather add a few pounds to the bike and have a reliable, low maintenance IG hub than save a couple of pounds I’ll never notice but lose time having to clean and maintain a drivetrain (especially here in the Pacific Northwest).

I am disappointed that bikes being built for commuting don’t come with racks, fenders and lights as standard equipment. Beyond saving the consumer the sticker shock of adding all these items on top of the cost of the bike, by including them as part of the design you can include racks made specifically for the bike rather than being one size fits all models that will be more prone to failing. You can also include more secure, rattle free fenders and theft proof integrated lighting. It’s like going to buy a car that doesn’t come with a roof, headlights or a trunk and being forced to buy those items separately.

Willis24 - 08/02/12 - 8:02am

I am really liking the looks of the Misceo Trail i11 with Alfine 11 speed and Gates Belt Drive to use as a gravel grinder. Just put a Niner carbon fork on with a pair of alt bars and I am in!

JohnM - 08/02/12 - 9:57am

Seriously misleading title. An outright lie, really.

John Degnan - 08/02/12 - 10:29am

@Chris That’s why Raleigh has the Detour series. A built it rack, fenders, reflective sidewall tires, and a dynamo front hub are all included.

thatoneguy - 08/02/12 - 10:57am

the Tripper in the picture is the actual colorway. the stem/bar and fork are the painted brown, and frame is clear coat over the raw steel with matching brown decals. the new XXIX+G is also clear coat only.

@tae – Raleigh has done this before with the Rush Hour and steel 29ers a couple years ago and I never heard about anyone having any issues in terms of quality of the clear coat.

Sally - 08/02/12 - 2:09pm

Apparently my comments yesterday didn’t get published…
@theoneguy is right…we’ve done the clear overcoat for a few years now and haven’t had any issues.
@sam I still ride a bike with a sturmey archer hub…I guess time will tell

And cut Tyler a little slack…there was a lot to go over (not only from us…but everyone at Dealer Camp), and we did talk about a Di2 Alfine bike…we just didn’t have any sample or demo bikes available.

Comment posting troll - 08/05/12 - 8:51am

So The Tripper comes with a pair of spare spokes on the chainstay or is that something else i’m seeing?

Tyler (Editor) - 08/06/12 - 9:52am

Yes, those are two extra spokes mounted to the driveside chainstay.

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