Raleigh M40 2002 Hardtail

3.89/5 (19 Reviews)
MSRP : $250.00


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mike G a Weekend Warrior from Hauppauge, NY, USA

Date Reviewed: July 15, 2010

Strengths:    Very durable bike. I've used it for 6 years now and it keeps up with the rigors of the trails. Excellent shifting, good speed, overall a great bike for the dollar and beginner to intermediate mountain bikers.

Weaknesses:    Ergomically unsound. You need spacers to adjust the height of the handle bars. If you don't have them, a minor inconvenience. The Avenir seat that came stock is horrible and very uncomfortable. But on the trails I ride, you're standing up more than sitting.

Bottom Line:   
Just an excellent bike overall. Any adjustments for comfort can easily be made.

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Favorite Trail:   Bethpage State Park

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $270.00

Purchased At:   Mineola Bicycle


Overall Rating:0
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Brendan Urie a Racer from La Verne, CA

Date Reviewed: August 23, 2009

Strengths:    Fast, Good Frame

Weaknesses:    Derailleur/Shifters, Shocks (Omni)

Bottom Line:   
This Bike isn't for serious mountain bikers. The shocks could be better though you can ride up curbs. In other words it's good on the road (could be lighter but not heavy) but not the trails.

PS I'm borrowing it from my neighbor.

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Favorite Trail:   Marshall Canyon

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   Borrowed/Borrowing

Similar Products Used:   Giant Sedona, Vertical PK7

Bike Setup:   Default/Original Setup

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by raleigh rider a Weekend Warrior from keedysville, MD, USA

Date Reviewed: June 17, 2009

Strengths:    smooth shifting, great stopping power, and low maintenance

Weaknesses:    PEDALS,PEDALS,PEDALS definitely worth upgrading

Bottom Line:   
bottom line is this is the most bang for your buck. Easily upgraded if necessary. I've been riding this bike for 6 years now and haven't had a single problem although I'm not an extreme trail rider. Perfect for the moderate rider!

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Favorite Trail:   any I can find

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $250.00

Purchased At:   Frederick bicycles

Bike Setup:   stock other than pedals

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by hardrockshumunu a Cross Country Rider from MN

Date Reviewed: June 2, 2009

Strengths:    Cant got a better bike for the money

Weaknesses:    the spring is on the outside of the front suspension

Bottom Line:   
My cousin (m40shumunu) got this bike used for 150 bucks and it is way better than the trek bikes that i tried except for the suspension. my specialized is better but it isnt a huge difference. overall this is the best bike up to 350 bucks

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Favorite Trail:   Afton

Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

Purchased At:   Eriks

Similar Products Used:   trek 820, trek 4300, specialized hardrock

Bike Setup:   stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by m40 a Downhiller from counntry

Date Reviewed: December 1, 2008

Strengths:    beastly frame thats very light and i have had many many many bike over the years and this was the cheapist and the best

Weaknesses:    its pedals but some bear claws can fix that for about 18$

Bottom Line:   
if your looking for a great bike for a reasnible price buy this u wont be disipointed

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Favorite Trail:   gateway

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   eriks bike retail sh

Similar Products Used:   theirs nothing like this ride

Bike Setup:   stock except the bear claw padals

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by David Mundy a Racer from Grants Pass, OR, United States

Date Reviewed: August 24, 2008

Strengths:    Great frame. I've been hit by four cars since I bought the bike and the frame is still straight.

Weaknesses:    cheap stock pedals. front forks arn't the best for off road. Shifter needs constant attention after a trail

Bottom Line:   
Great beginner bike. But not the best for any extreme trails.

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Favorite Trail:   any that I find

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $310.00

Purchased At:   Don"s Bike Center

Similar Products Used:   Specialized

Bike Setup:   Shimano clip in pedals. Other than that it's stock.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by walle a Downhiller from country

Date Reviewed: August 12, 2008

Strengths:    frame

Weaknesses:    pedals broke on me so i bought medal ones

Bottom Line:   
great bike for road and off roading you should think about geting this bike

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Favorite Trail:   my back yard

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $250.00

Purchased At:   willys bike shop

Similar Products Used:   no bike is as awsome as this

Bike Setup:   m40 whith medal pedals and gel seat a clix release system

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by m400 a Cross Country Rider from state

Date Reviewed: August 11, 2008

Strengths:    frame

Weaknesses:    pedals

Bottom Line:   
get this m40

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Favorite Trail:   gateway

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   dicks

Similar Products Used:   trek 820


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by trekk a Weekend Warrior from country

Date Reviewed: August 10, 2008

Strengths:    everything

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
get this awsome bike

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Favorite Trail:   gateway

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   eriks

Bike Setup:   m40

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by m40shumunu a Weekend Warrior from country

Date Reviewed: August 9, 2008

Strengths:    every thing

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
get this bike you wont regret it

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Favorite Trail:   gateway

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   eriks

Similar Products Used:   trekk 820

Bike Setup:   m40

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by byron a Cross Country Rider from tamworth

Date Reviewed: May 11, 2008

Strengths:    I live up north and have had this bike for five years. i ride four seasons and all i can say is that it has out preformed anything else if have used. The frame is rock solid. The fork takes anything I throw at it. The trigger shifters are great. when the brakes are calibrated they work just as well as disks.

Weaknesses:    The fork does not work to well on the small stuff. you have to push the shifter for the front derailleur a little bit past the three mark to get it to shift. it does not shift well under presser and i just broke the rear derailleur (but that is the only thing that has gone wrong on this bike.)

Bottom Line:   
the bottom line is this is the best bike you will find for under five hundred and will last forever no matter how hard you beat on it. this bike is great for any rider from a beginner to a seasoned veteran of the trails

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Favorite Trail:   what ever i can find

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $300.00

Bike Setup:   stock

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Aaron Eagan a Weekend Warrior from York PA

Date Reviewed: May 12, 2006

Strengths:    The frame is strong, light and sturdy. Love the shifters, never had any issues with shifting on any terrain.

Weaknesses:    Peddles and fork are cheap, could be up graded for the off roader but they get the job done. They dont make the M40 anymore but I think the Raleigh 5.5 is close to the same!

Bottom Line:   
I am a cheap cat in and out. I did my share of research and for the money this bike is the best! I have used my bike in all conditions not only off road, and I have been very pleased!
I was worried when all my friends bought $600 bikes this year and I didn't. However at the end of the trails my M40 is always in the mix of things!

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Favorite Trail:   Rocky Ridge

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $285.00

Purchased At:   Gung Ho Bikes

Similar Products Used:   Specialized HardRock Sport. (nice bike but more $$ than the M40)

Bike Setup:   Stock

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Matthew Boyagian a Weekend Warrior from Wayne, MI USA

Date Reviewed: January 1, 2006

Strengths:    The Gel Seat rocks , the overall experience is worthwhile! do not let others that slam this "MADE IN THE USA" bike tell you otherwise.

Weaknesses:    no rear shock.

Bottom Line:   
GET IT, it's a solid built AMERICAN MADE bike. It doesn't do fancy tricks, or long jumps, or whatever...IT'S MADE IN THE USA !! a great bike for ppl that don't want to spend a fortune on a sport or venture that they might not like. Don't blame the the bike, blame the rider. ENJOY YOURSELF!! And Ride a good bike, no matter what you choose!!

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $300.00

Similar Products Used:   HUMMER XL 21 speed by Montague USA


Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Jake Hostetler a Weekend Warrior from Bay Village, Ohio USA

Date Reviewed: November 26, 2005

Strengths:    Frame is solid, components work well overall

Weaknesses:    Handlebars bend EASILY, shock definetly does not have 2.5" of travel, or even close to that

Bottom Line:   
Great begginer bike, but If you have one and you're looking to upgrade for a more comfy ride, try to do what I did (look for someone with a broken 2004/2003 M-40 or M-50 and offer them $50 for it, then take the shock off that bike and put it on yours). For the money, this bike hold up well. Except the shock. I really hated the original shock. A lot.

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Favorite Trail:   Ray's indoor MTB park

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $330.00

Purchased At:   Century Cycles

Similar Products Used:   Giant, Trek, Kona

Bike Setup:   Stock

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by J a Weekend Warrior from Chicago

Date Reviewed: March 20, 2003

Strengths:    Solid frame, easy to upgrade...the frame alone is worth the cost of the bike.

Weaknesses:    Overall...what do you expect for $200?

Bottom Line:   
Here's the bottom line, I don't know what that moron below me was thinking he was going to get for what he paid. If your new to MTB and don't want to spend too much this bike is perfect. If you don't get into MTB then you didn't spend a fortune for nothing. However, I've upgraded the hell out of mine in the last few months from parts from ebay/nashbar. It's now as good as a $600 bike and I've only spent $300 in upgrading as I needed it.

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Favorite Trail:   Kettle/palos

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   GT, KHS, Haro, Giant

Bike Setup:   Basic Shimano, nothing high-end.

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