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Top Ten Favorite 29″er Products of ’07: Raleigh XXIX+G

Editors Note: Yeah, yeah…..another year end review! Tis the season! So, here are my favorite things that have passed through the Twenty Nine Inches review process during the past year. I want to point out a few parameters that I used for what I chose here.

1. The product had to be in the review process during the time period of December 2006 through to the end of November 2007. Reviews that are currently in process I did not include and will be eligible for my 2008 Top Ten list.

2. They had to be products or bicycles that I personally used during this period. Nothing any of the other Twnty Nine Inches staff reviewed on their own could be considered for my list. This list doesn’t necessarily reflect the opinions of anyone but me, Guitar Ted.

That said, let’s get on with this……

Number Nine : The Raleigh XXIX+G. The Raleigh 29″er line includes the popular XXIX single speed and the geared model, dubbed the XXIX+G. It is a steel hardtail with a Reba front suspension fork. I recieved the XXIX+G late in December of ’06. (I didn’t waste any time modding it either!)

Why it makes the list: The funny thing about this bike is that I really wasn’t enamoured of it at first, but now I really enjoy it. Once I got a fork on it with some longer offset I was much happier with the handling. I would have to say that the most enjoyable thing about the XXIX+G is that it posesses qualities that endear it to me. Steel feel, stiff in the lateral plane, can take a big tire, and begs to be upgraded. It is a reasonably priced bike, has decent stock components, and is pretty versatile.

My Two Cents: Raleigh has a strange geometry that in conjunction with a Reba forks short offset makes for a sluggish handling bike, in my opinion. Swap out to something with a 43-46mm offset and you will transform this bike into a single track star that handles with a stable, nuetral feel. Besides that, you really can’t go wrong here. Upgrades to the bike will only enhance the experience. I grew to like the bike more and more as I personalized it. For the folks that love to tinker with their ride, you can’t do much better than a Raleigh XXIX+G.

Look for Number Eight on the Top Ten Favorite 29″er Products of ’07 tomorrow.

5 Responses to “Top Ten Favorite 29″er Products of ’07: Raleigh XXIX+G”

Shouldn’t this post then be titled “Top Ten Favorite 29?er Products of ‘07: Raleigh XXIX+G MODIFIED.

Anonymous: Answer- No. It should be titled what it is. I think the Twenty Nine Inches readers are smart enough to understand what they are reading. 😉

You know, I swap back and forth with rigid fork and an MX Comp and made the XXIX a 1 x 8. Freaking LOVE it. It is my workhorse, I tell you what.

Happy Holidays to all.

What fork did you end up with in the pic above? How do you think that fork would compare with the rigid that comes with the -G version?

alistair: I have a Willits WOW fork on there. I really like the compliance and lateral rigidity of the WOW. It is much nicer than the stock XXIX fork. Caveat: The WOW has a longer axle to crown as stock than a stock XXIX fork. The good news is that Willits can custom manufacture the WOW for an upcharge and you can specify your offset whilst you are at it.