Raleigh XXIX+G 29er Hardtail

4.5/5 (18 Reviews)

Product Description

  • Frame: 29" 4130 Butted CROMO
  • Fork: Rock Shox Reba SL 29" Air
  • Crankset: Truvativ Fire X 22/32/44t
  • Bottom Bracket: Truvativ External Bearing
  • Tires: WTB ExiWolf 29x2.3
  • Handlebar: Easton EA50 31.8
  • Stem: Easton EA30 31.8
  • Seatpost: Easton EA30 27.2mm
  • Saddle: WTB Laser V Comp
  • Headset: Ahead 1-1/8
  • Chain: SRAM PC-950

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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Fred Smedley a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: July 15, 2013

Strengths:    Compliant, responsive. , works great with a rigid fork.

Weaknesses:    Paint may not be the hardest known to man, it's a budget frame so not a big deal.

Bottom Line:   
This is for a Yellow 2008 XXIX+G frame I bought used. I put a Soma 440mm - 43 mm offset Tange built rigid fork on it. With this offset and length this thing handles great.. With the long stays and quick fork this bike handles much like my Fat Chance Wicked in that the slow speed balance -control is excellent IMO. All day comfort, good climber, with traction easily controlled by shifting weight . Good enough traction to lift the front end on steep stuff. Nothing is particularly spectacular about this frame ( other than comfort ) likewise nothing is lacking either.

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Favorite Trail:   Eastside

Duration Product Used:   2 months so far, but it's a keeper.

Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   EBAY

Similar Products Used:   This is my first 29er , but have ridden a lot of steel 26ers. MB-1, Trek 930, Stumpjumper....

Bike Setup:   Rigid fork, Avid mechanical disk brakes, XT eight speed shifter RD, FD, LX compact crankset.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by droptop a Cross Country Rider from san marcos, tx

Date Reviewed: November 25, 2010

Strengths:    I just bought the frame and built up with my old parts.

Weaknesses:    DERAILLEUR HANGER IS HORRIBLE. bouncing around from normal riding bends it. I have been thru several hangers in just a few months. I am looking into having a shop machine one out of something more durable or adding a new dropout with an included dropout on it. I have never had a problem with an integrated dropout on a steel frame.

Bottom Line:   
good frame with the exception of the derailler hanger. Hopefully i can find a fix soon.

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Favorite Trail:   anything

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $350.00

Purchased At:   lbs

Similar Products Used:   Origin8 scout (aluminum) and soma groove.

Bike Setup:   minute29, xt group on raleigh xxix pro frame

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by TeamGLR a Cross Country Rider from greenville, sc

Date Reviewed: December 20, 2009

Strengths:    steel frame, geometry, Reba, 29er, cost

Weaknesses:    derailleur hanger. i do not know how many i've broken. they seem very weak. i always carry a extra, two for races.

Bottom Line:   
i have had a great time on this bike and have ridden it extensively on all the Pisgah National Forest trails. I've raced it in MTB and Adventure Races in Pisgah, North Georgia, VA, WV, NC, SC, and many more technically challenging mountainous areas (it was the bike i hauled to CO for Leadville 100). I wouldn't have wanted any other go anywhere, do anything bike.

if you want an awesome, stable, sure-footed, mountain bike this is the best you can get for you money. i am almost 6' and have a medium frame and it is fine but if i ever break the frame i'll get a large.

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Favorite Trail:   *.pisgah

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   Sunrift Outdoors

Similar Products Used:   Gary Fisher, Specialized, Trek

Bike Setup:   After almost two years of hard riding and racing, i've managed to need to replace everything that came stock except the Reba fork. My fav upgrades are: American Classic All Mountain wheels/hubs, Thomson seat post, carbon handle bar. i usually run WTB Stout or Panaracer Rampage tires for Pisgah, then WTB Vecoliraptor's for calmer racing.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by ShenValley a Cross Country Rider from VA, USA

Date Reviewed: September 8, 2009

Strengths:    Stock Components, Reba Shock, Geometry = a nice handling 29er

Weaknesses:    Derailleur Hangers are unbelievably weak. Raleigh has a manufacturing/ material problem here that needs to be addressed. In about 6 months of riding the bike I've gone through 7 Derailleur hangers. Hanger is super weak! Bolt a new hanger to the frame and you can immediately bend it in any direction with two fingers. Local bike mechanic summed it up best - said Raleigh looks to be manufacturing their hangers out of cheese whiz.

Bottom Line:   
Raleigh has done a lot right with their XXIX+G but if you are buying the bike to ride and ride often be wary of Hanger issue. Folks will tell you that the hanger is a throw away part and is made to break. That's true. But, I've ridden a lot of bikes with a lot of hangers - Raleigh has a problem with this product and the material that it's being made from. At $20 dollars a piece for replacement hangers that aren't fixing the problem it may be worth looking around. A real shame for a bike that is really excellent in other areas (geometry that just works, good stock components, Stout tires, Reba front fork, etc.)

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Favorite Trail:   Big Climbs and Decents

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $930.00

Purchased At:   Wheel Base Inc.

Similar Products Used:   Gary Fisher X-Caliber

Bike Setup:   Stock + wheel upgrade, shifter upgrade, stem

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Labrams a Weekend Warrior from Greenville, SC

Date Reviewed: February 25, 2009

Strengths:    I bought the 2008 XXXIX+G. The 29er wheels are great! They roll over all the small stuff and smooth out the big stuff (better than a 26") . It doesnt ride like a full suspension bike by any means, but if you want a FS bike, then your gonna have to spend the big money to get it. The mechanical disc brakes havent given me any problems. Some guys say that mechanical disks suck, but I like em. I havent had the first problem with the bike and would recommend the bike to anyone wanting to ride something different (instead of a 26" wheeled bike) I am 6'6" and 190 pounds and ride the XL size frame. The XL frame fits me really well (versus a 20 or 21" frame from other manufacturers.) The 2.3" tires are a little heavy, but they more than make up for that by not blowing out or getting flats when you roll over big roots and rocks.

Weaknesses:    All it needs is some clipless pedals and your set!

Bottom Line:   
Great bike. Would recommend to anyone, especially the taller riders out there. 29er bikes seem to fit a taller person a lot better than a 26" bike.

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Favorite Trail:   anywhere

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1090.00

Purchased At:   Sunrift Adventures,

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ben~jamin a Racer from Wilmington, NC

Date Reviewed: November 16, 2008

Strengths:    Rather inexpensive, Steel, 29er, Reba, Sram, Bomb proof (almost, see weaknesses), YELLOW, Huge tires, great overall handleing.

Weaknesses:    Derailleur hangers!!! I write this now because I have free time, because I just broke my second hanger.

Bottom Line:   
This is an awesome bike! I ride mainly super techinacal flat XC (think, trails at the beach), and this bike is awesome for that. The whole 29er concept effaces roots and small bumps, letting you just deal with the trail. A good lap time for our local trail is 40~ minutes. If you go sub 30 your booking it. I went from a 41 minute lap on an aluminum hardtail 26, to a 36 on a steel 29er. It is amazing how much smoother the trail becomes.

With the big wheels and HUGE sock tires, you can handle anything. I have kept the 1100g (a piece!) WTB Stout tires on there (see a leelikesbikes article on tire choice) and with those tires, I can hit turns that you would need a berm for without.

My only complaint, except for the d-hangers, is the wheelbase. I know it's because it is a 29er, but the wheelbase is really long. You can still handle tight stuff, but it takes some movement on the bike. I complain about the wheelbase because of DJ's. I love jumping, but jumps designed for 26ers are really hard to hit with this bike. I can do drops all day long with this guy, but when it comes to hitting a dirt "ramp" it just dosen't happen.
Oh well, time for another bike!!

Back to the manuverability. I have ridden a Specialized Rockhopper 29er and was mildly pleased. It's ride was pure mediocrity. It rode like a 26er that was one size to big for you. Then I tried this bad boy and it simply rulled! I'm not sure if it is the bike or the 29er thing, but I hope my next bike feals this good.

"The bottom line:" Buy this bike if you want to learn to ride well. A FS bike will help you ride fast, but this (or any decent bike) will teach you how to ride. I learn new things every day I ride with this bike, and I still smoke guys on FS bikes. Just buy it

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Favorite Trail:   Blue Clay Bike Park

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   Bike Cycles, Wilming

Similar Products Used:   Air9, S-ized XC, Stumpy pro, Rockhopper 29er

Bike Setup:   Stock, except for Ergon grips, SPD's, and Stan's Arch rims, with AC disc hubs

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by mhockin a Cross Country Rider from Salt Lake, Utah

Date Reviewed: July 11, 2008

Strengths:    This is an amazing bike, rides great, climbs well, and is very stable. I am 6' 2" and purchased this as a second bike (I commute to work via a Cannondale T2000). I am not an experienced trail rider but ride bikes a lot, this bike is a comfortable, plush, and stable bike. I have taken it on a number of trail rides in the Salt Lake Area with some slightly technical climbs and down hills. My friends who mountain bike a lot were impressed that I could stay on the bike for most of the trails on the first try, its simply a nimble stable bike for a frame. Highly recommended

Weaknesses:    None- its not a commuter bike, tires gearing and a few other things would need to be changed.

Bottom Line:   
Buy one now. GREAT bike.

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Favorite Trail:   Wherever I am

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $750.00

Purchased At:   Rep

Similar Products Used:   Older Specialized hard tails

Bike Setup:   Salsa Quick release, XTR front derailer, Sram X9 shifters, Upgraded Avid Disc Brakes, Thomson stem, Ergonomic grips, upgraded tires.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by xxix'r a Cross Country Rider from oxford

Date Reviewed: July 9, 2008

Strengths:    Stock Stout tires, although heavy are unstopable, in any terrain. Responsive for a big bike. I try to wreck but can't seem to. Either I'm really that good or the bike is. I think it's the latter. (that means the last choice, for the numb skulls)

Weaknesses:    paint job is absolutly HORRRIBLE!!!!!! four months old and rub throughs already from riding on the rack. A tad bit over weight like the rest of us too.

Bottom Line:   
Although this is my 1st 29, and I have no comparisons, for the $$$$ this bike rocks! It climbs steady and straight.

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Favorite Trail:   Pontiac Lake

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1300.00

Purchased At:   Paint Creek

Similar Products Used:   Fisher

Bike Setup:   Stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by dan cuaron a Weekend Warrior from abq nm

Date Reviewed: July 1, 2008

Strengths:    one of the most the most compiant shock absorbing frame i ridden. great on rocks very stable nice looking curve seatstays. lots of stand over clearance, very forgiving ride. just plain fun. grin factor 10. zero problems steel is best. great value

Weaknesses:    the seatpost too short 2007 model. needs 410mm. wheels are heavy.

Bottom Line:   
if you can buy one at closeout you save big bucks. use money for gearing first makes huge difference. upgraded wheels those 2 changes makes this bike a super serious climber. the best part is the frame very compiant no flexing dont know what type of 4130 tubing but is made right. note if you go rigid the frame works very well. and saves 1 pound of weight. not too heavy at25.5 with rigid now. i would recomend this bike.

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Favorite Trail:   gallup nm

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $850.00

Purchased At:   cycle cave

Similar Products Used:   salsa mamasita

Bike Setup:   started stock like the 29 feel. after set up rode for 3 months upgraded wheels changed gearing 20-30-38 very fast climbing bike ! note dealer was very helpful with upgrades from stock bought with x-9 drivetrain stylo crank paid difference. weights 26.5 pounds.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Tigerstripe40 a Downhiller from Salt Lake CIty, Utah, USA

Date Reviewed: June 12, 2008

Strengths:    Stout frame. Good parts mix for the price. Fork is almost worth what I paid for the bike.

Weaknesses:    Joy Tech hubs aren't the best quality. Spec'd Tires are kinda heavy.

Bottom Line:   
EXCELLENT value for a 29er bike from the factory, at full retail. I got mine on clearance because it was last years model. I LOVE this bike. Since i swapped out the tubes to Ghetto tubless this thing rolls very nicely. I've done a bunch of climbing, and I have hucked this bike off of a few little (2') ladder drops and the bike has stayed straight and true.

Thehubs did require a little tightening after the first couple of rides, but the wheels are true.
Overall, I am EXTREMELY happy with this bike.

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Favorite Trail:   Bonneville Shoreline Trail

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $800.00

Similar Products Used:   Gary Fisher Mt. Tam. Transition Dirtbag

Bike Setup:   removed tubes and set up Ghetto Tubless. Changed out stem and handlebar for Easton Carbon and Thomson goodies. Changed the brakes over to 183mm brakes.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Paul a Weekend Warrior from Wilmington

Date Reviewed: April 24, 2008

Strengths:    stable, secure, good climber, and comfortable.

Weaknesses:    grips and pedals

Bottom Line:   
After reading all the reviews, the xxixg impressed me to just go ahead and get one. price was right so no loss. I purchased the raleigh tandem companion last year. Because of the quality, I figured why not another raleigh, something different than what everyone else has. twentynineinches gave it one of the top 10 buys for 2007. I did take it out on flat gravel and sluggish but that's because the bike with its 2.3 tires, it's designed for rugged trails rather than city commuting, although I'm sure it will handle the potholes well.

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Favorite Trail:   woodlawn trustees brandywine valley

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1080.00

Purchased At:   dunbar cyclery

Similar Products Used:   gary fisher x caliber 05

Bike Setup:   stock

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Richard Vercoe a Cross Country Rider from Boulder, CO

Date Reviewed: February 18, 2008

Strengths:    Price value, good crosscountry geometry, Reba fork, SRAM components, classic steel frame performance.

Weaknesses:    Short seatpost, narrow riser bar, poor factory build (check bottom bracket and crankarms)

Bottom Line:   
This is a great bike for getting into 29ers. I have been riding this for a year from rolling hardpack trails, Mountain Trails at 10,000, technical rock and sandstone trails in the Rocky's and in Moab, Utah. This bike covers them all with incredible handling. I can ride stuff that my Full-Suspension riders can't clean. I am 6'2" and 160lbs, 29ers are for me, I am never going back to 26" "minibikes". Great all-round component spec, tires, shock, and frame quality. Ride it for a while and then step up to a higher quality frame after a couple of season and upgrade components along the way.

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Favorite Trail:   Hall Ranch

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1100.00

Purchased At:   Raleigh direct

Similar Products Used:   None

Bike Setup:   Stock + Flite saddle, Easton Havoc 710mm riser bar, Shimano spd/platform pedals, FSA 370mm seat post, Kenda Small Block 8 tire w/ stan's no tubes set-up on rear.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Dave Boyd a Cross Country Rider from Greenville, SC

Date Reviewed: September 26, 2007

Strengths:    Great bike for a big guy like myself. I am 6'7" 250lbs. I had a hard time finding a regular 26" mountain bike that could handle my size and aggressive riding, but the Raleigh holds up really well. You can not beat the amount of bike you get for the money. I ride it 4 times a week and it is holding up quit well with minimal maintenance.

Weaknesses:    The only mishap i have had is the bolt holding the cranks to the internal bearings stripped out. (Probably because of my weight and standing it on hills too hard...). The stock breaks need a lot of adjustments but hydraulics would solve that. Overall not too many minuses.

Bottom Line:   
Great Bike. Well worth the money and well set up for the hardtail rider. Comparable to Gary Fischer bikes at a fraction of the cost.

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Favorite Trail:   Downtown Urban Assault

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   Sunrift Adventures, (Travelers Rest, SC)

Bike Setup:   Upgraded pedals for clips. Other than that ... stock.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by obrianmcc a Cross Country Rider from Boise, ID, USA

Date Reviewed: July 12, 2007

Strengths:    The 29" Wheels roll over obstacles amazingly well, Solid design, Very stable, good componant group, I'm 6'3" and the XL fits me well

Weaknesses:    XL Frame seat post too short (350mm), bike came with 26t granny (spec'd w/ 22) shopped swapped to a 22 no questions

Bottom Line:   
I'm super excited about this ride. I was skeptical about the whole 29" concept, but now I can honestly say that they shine in many areas.

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Favorite Trail:   All

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1150.00

Purchased At:   Reed Cycles

Bike Setup:   upgraded to Thompson Seatpost (410mm), 1.5" rise bar vs 1"...otherwise stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by David a Weekend Warrior from USA

Date Reviewed: April 20, 2007

Strengths:    ChroMo strength, 29 inch wheels

Weaknesses:    None yet

Bottom Line:   
The 29 inch concept works. It takes a bit to get them rolling, but once you have momentum you keep it.

26" wheels follow the contour of small dips, divots and small rocks in the trail. These small obstacles compress the suspension, and unless you have speed, slow you down on the rebound. Because the added circumference decreases the angle of attack between the tire and the ground, the 29's just roll right over the small stuff. That, combined with the additional mass of the 29's, allow you to maintain momentum and speed.

The steel frame does add some weight. If you’re accustomed to full suspension, the hard tail takes some getting used to, as do the Scram thumb shifters. But the frame absorbs shock and has a solid feel. "Steel is real."

While climbing gradual grades, the 29-inch wheels give a sluggish feel, like the tire pressures were low - and yet, curiously, the bike moved uphill quickly.

The geometry is spot on for the trail (and riding wheelies too!) The Reba Rocks. I found the stock saddle a bit narrow, but at 230lbs I'm a big fella.

Fit and Finish are top notch. The bike is beautiful. I really enjoy riding the XXIX-G.

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Favorite Trail:   Fantasy Island

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1200.00

Purchased At:   Javelina Cycles, Chandler, AZ

Similar Products Used:   Cannondale Gemini, Trek Fuel

Bike Setup:   Stock. I'm 6' 3" and the large frame ran out of seatpost. The XL fits me nicely.

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Help me decide between these bikes: Karate Monkey vs. X-Caliber vs. XXIX+G

Hi - I am making the jump to a 29er and am considering these three bikes. I am a light rider (120#) riding mainly XC, with a few races mixed in. I currently have a 26er with XT, so I will be swapping over some components between the two and selling that bike. I also will be taking off the suspensi ... Read More »

Raleigh XXIX+g vs. Salsa El Mariachi 2 vs. Santa Cruz Highball A

Hello everyone. Getting ready to make my first 29er purchase. Budget is ~2k. I believe the 3 bikes I have listed are comparable and each one is a little different from the next. All have similar geometry, but slightly different measurements. Going SS in the future is a reality but having to use a ... Read More »

Karate Monkey or Raleigh XXIX+G?

I'm looking to either build up a nice little Karate Monkey, geared with rigid fork for all-around riding on gravel and trails, mostly buffed single-track but some really rough stuff as well. The thing is, I'm able to get a 2012 Raleigh XXIX+G for a good price. The suspension fork would be nice on ... Read More »

2009 Raleigh XXIX+G Seatpost Size

Does anyone out there have one of these frames and if so can you confirm the seatpost size? I recently bought a used 17" frame and was hoping to get a post ordered so it would be here when the frame arrives. The seller said it was a 31.8mm but that seems big as the Raleigh site lists the 08,10, an ... Read More »

Raleigh XXIX+G or ?

So I'm close to purchase time and have been zeroing in on the Raleigh. Can get it locally for around $1500 and I wanted to see if there were any other options I should be checking out. Must be a steel frame. I was originally leaning towards an El Mariachi, but mediums are sold out for 2011. My ... Read More »

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