Raleigh 1999 M8000 Full Suspension Bike

3.89/5 (9 Reviews)
MSRP : $1249.99


Product Description

1999 Raleigh M8000, mountain bike, front & rear suspension, Shimano Deore LX/XT components, Answer Manitou X-Vert E, 4.0" travel fork


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Reviews 1 - 9 (9 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Joel Eisenbraun

Date Reviewed: December 7, 2012

Strengths:    Can take a beating. Frame is almost impossible to destroy. Inexpensive for it's class.

Weaknesses:    It's a brick, heavy. Dated design. Pedal bob when riding.

Bottom Line:   
I doubt that anyone will ever read this review as I am writing it on a 13 year old bike, but my Raleigh M8000 has survived many years of hard trail riding and I want to give Raleigh props for building a solid bike. I originally purchased an M7000 in 1998 which was not the Y frame. I cracked that A frame in less than a year. Raleigh honored the lifetime warranty on the frame by replacing it with a 1999 M8000 frame. They also upgraded to V brakes (that was new tech back then) in the process.
I have ridden this set up for over 10 years. It handles the roots and sand of Houston single track just fine. I've even taken this bike downhill in Colorado and it held it's own. I have to say that dropping $1200 on a bike back in the 90s was steep, it has more than paid for itself.
I also find it funny that the lime green has come back into style 10 years later. Unfortunately the y frame is dated and makes me feel a bit old. But, I guess I am.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by cobrents a Cross Country Rider from Colorado Springs, CO

Date Reviewed: January 29, 2009

Strengths:    Durability: riding this workhorse for 10 years, replacing the rings, chain, and cog set once, riding single track, trails, and occasional roads. I average about 30 miles per week, year around.

Weaknesses:    Rock shock rear shock has been replaced twice. Ugly color, but then no one is going to steal it.

Bottom Line:   
Will keep riding this one until one of us gives out.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $1100.00

Purchased At:   Colorado Springs Bik

Similar Products Used:   Trek front suspension and Specialized Hardtail

Bike Setup:   No special components, just off the floor to the trails.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by old fox a Weekend Warrior from Tel Aviv

Date Reviewed: November 22, 2000

Strengths:    Very good strength

Weaknesses:    Brakes too feeble. Gears do not always click in smoothly

Bottom Line:   
A good bike. Slightly cumbersome. Feeble braking. All in all pleasent and very good suspension

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Favorite Trail:   Hill over the Herzeliya beach

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1100.00

Purchased At:   Tel Aviv Matzman

Similar Products Used:   Kona manomano


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Dirt monkey a Weekend Warrior from San Mateo

Date Reviewed: May 2, 2000

Strengths:    good strong frame - sealed bearing - freaky color!

Weaknesses:    none yet

Bottom Line:   
well i bought mine as a frame and bulit it up from there but i think it is killer off road and it has over 4 inches of travel and what could go wrong there! overall a kick ass bike!

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Favorite Trail:   water dog

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Bike Setup:   i have mine set up with a manitou SE LE - mavic 221 - avid SD 2.0

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Shadow a Cross-Country Rider from Bend, Oregon

Date Reviewed: November 10, 1999

Strengths:    
This is the best bike for the price it's at. You will never find a better bike at $1,249 retail price. The y2k m8000 is looking even better. I like the forged mono swing arm design and the Rock Shox suspension.


Weaknesses:    
Truly no weaknesses.


Bottom Line:   
The best double suspension bike for the price.

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Favorite Trail:   
Western Rock Trail (in Bend)

Duration Product Used:   
6 months

Similar Products Used:   
Raliegh M7000, Klein Mantra Race.


Bike Setup:   
The only modifications I made was replacing the front fork with a Judy XL.

Overall Rating:4
Submitted by Nishiki a Weekend Warrior from Tacoma, WA

Date Reviewed: June 30, 1999

Strengths:    
Price, weight, components


Weaknesses:    
Color, Name many people think of Raleigh as a Dept Store Bike


Bottom Line:   
This is my first Full Suspension bike that not only have I owned but ever riden. I can't give it an honest Much Riden review. I know I have stopped by a few local bike shops and the employies look at it and say I didn't even think Raleigh made a full suspension bike When they pick it up they are surprised at the light weight and impressed at the components it comes stock with. Usualy they ask if they can take it for a spin, and come back saying they are surprised at how it handles. These are the same guys that have two and three grand bikes at their shop so I take it as a good sign.

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Duration Product Used:   
less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   
None



Overall Rating:4
Submitted by Mike Spratt a Weekend Warrior from Denver, Colorado

Date Reviewed: March 25, 1999

Bottom Line:   
The person who reviewed the 1998 M-8000, should actually look at the 1999. It is vastly improved over the 1998 model. Now the the rear swingarm is forged (like the Cannondale) and uses sealed cartridge bearings for the main pivot. I know that the other person was upset about his frame, but it's a totally different design for 1999.

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Duration Product Used:   
3 months


Overall Rating:2
Submitted by Chris Williams a cross-country rider from Provo, UT

Date Reviewed: January 30, 1999

Bottom Line:   


If this guy had a problem with his Raleigh m-8000. then he should clearly pull his head out if he is recommending a Cannondale or any other Y design. Do to the fact that the raleigh is designed just like those Bicycles. They all flex do to the way the shock connects to the Bicycle. The shock is what holds the part of the rear triangle together. By connecting the shock that way, you will naturally cause the frame to flex. They also have what you would call pedal indueced bobbing. But for the begging Mountian Biker this is an excellent bicycle.and these ploblems probaly won't be real noticable.So don't just buy for the name, there are eleven bicycles that have this design. There other full suspension bikes out there with alot worse design.

Overall Rating:1
Submitted by Mitchell Small a cross-country rider from Jersey City, NJ

Date Reviewed: December 8, 1998

Bottom Line:   


Do not let a low price decieve you for a quality bike!!! I tried to save a few bucks and bought 1997 M8000. The pivot was so weak the frame flexed like a rubberband. Although Raleigh replaced the frame with an improved 98 model, it squeaks and is marginal at best. I would never buy a FS bike from Raleigh again, maybe a Hardtail is ok.
Spend a little more on a name brand like C'ndale, Trek, GT, Schwinn, Fisher etc, and at least you will get a quality bike that you will enjoy instead of a bunch of headaches like I did. Also, Raleigh was very slow to honor thier warantee! Any questions email me at small@asifs.com!

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