Raleigh M600 2002 Hardtail

4.42/5 (12 Reviews)
MSRP : $800.00


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Reviews 1 - 12 (12 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Matt Bauer a Cross Country Rider from San Diego CA.

Date Reviewed: January 15, 2004

Strengths:    The bikes got great rims even though their quite heavy. good strong frame that can take more than you can. great disk breaks once you wear them in. stop on a dime. great gears, easy to shift. great handeling. though i do reccomend getting new handelbars and shortening them.

Weaknesses:    Its wieight and its noname parts. it'd be alot more expensive if it came with all name parts. one of the heaviest hardtails ive ridden but that can be fixed.

Bottom Line:   
This bike is a great buy. one of the best bikes you can find under $1000 bucks. shocks are good except for you have to pump them like a basketball, with a needle and all. i dont really like that. thats why i got new shocks. it needs a few upgrades to name parts and all, but other than that its a great bike.I really recommend it!

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Favorite Trail:   Anywhere that i can ride good hard dirt

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $450.00

Purchased At:   Bicycle warehouse

Similar Products Used:   Jamis Eurika. Banshee Morphine. various others

Bike Setup:   all stock except for handelbars(richey risers), pedals(primo platforms), and shocks(dirt bomber, 130 mm) big ass.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Vinnie Passeri a Racer from Duluth, MN

Date Reviewed: June 30, 2003

Strengths:    shimano deore lx, is a very good der. Think about it, just two steps up from it is xtr, TWO STEPS. I cant find a difference between deore lx and xt. And if there is a difference, it's very small. The disc brakes are a little weak at first, but once you wear them in they work great. The fork is very nice. It took me about a week to get the right psi and travel length for me. Yes the others were right, there are some no name parts (handel bars and seat post) but if the Raleigh company were to put all name brand parts on the m600, the bike would cost about $2000. I also like the company. They have been making bikes for a long time and they are well trusted.

Weaknesses:    Well,, there is not many weaknesses but I dont like the seat. It is a cross between a comport seat and a xc seat. I dont wan't to change it because it's still new. I wil change it in about 6 months (on my next tuneup)

Bottom Line:   
GREAT BIKE! This bike is the best bike I own. I love it and use it every day. If you think this bike sounds good, go try one at your raleigh dealer. Hurry! By 2004 they will most likely be gone because they are a '02 model not an '03. From what I heard, they arnt bringing it back in '04 or '05.

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Favorite Trail:   anywhere w/ a good review

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $550.00

Purchased At:   Ericks Bike Shop

Similar Products Used:   Trek 6700, Tassajara Disc, Kona Nunu. But over all get the m600 if you can.

Bike Setup:   Everything is stock except pedals and the chain (chain, ha duh!) You can view the bike and the specs at "http://www.raleighusa.com/dept.asp?deptid=2"

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jarod a Weekend Warrior from Racine, MN, USA

Date Reviewed: October 8, 2002

Strengths:    Price...

Weaknesses:    Cheesy bar, stem, seatpost, hubs, fork.

Bottom Line:   
Great bike to get started on, truly a chameleon of a bike. I use it primarily for urban assult riding, chose it for its huge headtube gusset and pricetag. Had to switch the ape hanger bars for something a little more my speed, and with that it needed a longer stem. Got the non-long-arm shimano deore discs on it, alright for the rear, sucks on the front (can't even lock up the front wheel). next purchase will be the brake unless I destroy the cheapy shimano crank first.

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Favorite Trail:   any set of stairs I can find

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $415.00

Purchased At:   LBS (Where I worked)

Similar Products Used:   Can't say its fair...Klein Pulse Pro w/9spd LX

Bike Setup:   Bontrager comp lite bar, longer stem, Freestyle alloy pedals, Bontrager FX+10 saddle, pnaracer fire xc tires.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Anonymous from United States

Date Reviewed: October 4, 2002

Strengths:    Great value, nice looking frame, decent parts.

Weaknesses:    Weight, for being a hardtail it is a little too heavy. The disc brakes are not the best stoppers.

Bottom Line:   
At $650 I could not go wrong. The bike has been totally reliable, and rides like a dream. It can handle everything you throw at it. With just a few upgrades (specifically the disc brakes)this bike can become the ultimite ultra versatile bike. Because of the value and despite the disc brakes, I give it 5 flamin' turds.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $650.00

Purchased At:   Local Bike shop

Bike Setup:   Stock, for now.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Justin McHenry a Weekend Warrior from Bath, MI, US

Date Reviewed: August 3, 2002

Strengths:    excellent components for the price, very durable, I smacked a tree going about 35, the bike didn't even have a scratch, but i ended up staying the night at the hospital

Weaknesses:    i guess it is a bit heavy for a hardtail, but it's still the best you can get for the money

Bottom Line:   
Wow, if you want a bike that can go anywhere quite easily and you don't want to spend a fortune, this is THE bike, the shocks in front and the enduro raptor tires give you excellent control, the disc brakes give you great stopping power in all conditions and the deore setup provides a very easy to shift machine, this bike has made me a big fan of Raliegh, i've gotten it up to 41 mph so far too

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Favorite Trail:   Red Pine

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $800.00

Purchased At:   Eric's Bike Shop in Lansing

Similar Products Used:   just department store bikes, but i've looked at specialized, trek, and a few other companies, and nothing under $1000 comes close to the m600

Bike Setup:   stock, RockShox Judy SL, Shimano Deore LX, mechanical disc brakes

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by christian mckenna a Downhiller from eagle, idaho ,usa

Date Reviewed: July 23, 2002

Strengths:    very strong frame, and it has a good thick head tube for hard riders. the frame still looks good after i crashed off a 6 foot drop.

Weaknesses:    weight

Bottom Line:   
i think this is a great bike and its great for downhill and freeriding. its one of the best bikes i`ve rode. this bike is awsome on x-country too. i think any one could ride on this bike. but i think any hard core rider should buy this bike. its strong and can take more than you can!

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Favorite Trail:   bobs

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   dad works for raleigh

Similar Products Used:   raleigh m200

Bike Setup:   2002 raleigh m600, mavic rims, shimano lxcrank set, control tech bars, pro max rear disc brake, shimano v brake in front.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Don Dykstra a Weekend Warrior from New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Date Reviewed: July 3, 2002

Strengths:    Good component selection for weekend warriors. Disc brakes are sweet. Judy SL on a $500 bike. Clipless.

Weaknesses:    Stem, handlebars, hubs, seatpost. Not ugly enough - My Cannondale was irredescent purple with green tires.

Bottom Line:   
Sweet Bike. Bit heavy. Hope it's as bombproof as the weight makes me think.

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Favorite Trail:   Most things in NJ

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $550.00

Purchased At:   Kim's Bike Shop

Similar Products Used:   Finally got off my Cannondale M500 with no shock after nearly killing myself on a downhill ride at Killington last year.

Bike Setup:   Titec Stem (kim's tossed it in free), Michelins, Coda Bar Ends, Control Tech Seat Post & Handlebars, switched the clipless for toestraps

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by mike a Weekend Warrior from paducah, ky

Date Reviewed: May 6, 2002

Strengths:    great brakes, stop on a dime. great shift package and nice looking wheelset, great value overall.

Weaknesses:    junk seatpost, stem, handlebars--had to replace all of them immediatly, also bike is too heavy.

Bottom Line:   
great bike, great value, nothing else touches it for the money, they made some good component choices where it counts and poor ones where it doesn't, which are easily correctable. change a few things and you have a great all around ride for a lot less money than your buddies.

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Favorite Trail:   canal loop-land between lakes

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $800.00

Purchased At:   bikeworld

Similar Products Used:   trek 6700

Bike Setup:   thomson seat post, easton bars/barends, nuke proof stem, michelin kevlar bead tires

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Offroader a Weekend Warrior from Santiago, Dominican Republic

Date Reviewed: May 2, 2002

Strengths:    Good components.
Shimano Deore Mechanical Disc brakes offer great control for downhill.


Weaknesses:    Too heavy: 32 pounds.
No name Seatpost, Stem, Headset and Handlebar.
Cheap "Joytech" hubs.


Bottom Line:   
I'm disappointed with this bike's overweight.
I don't understand why a bike with good components like this one is so heavy (32 lb), even after replacing the factory installed Shimano Deore cranks with Shimano XT HollowTech cranks.
Don't get me wrong: It's great for the price, but I wonder why it is five to seven pounds heavier than it looks.
Is this frame unusually heavy?
The folks at Raleigh USA don't know the frame weight, so I suppose I would have to completely disassemble my bike to find out (which I won't).

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Favorite Trail:   Cibao Mountains

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $815.00

Purchased At:   Local Bike Shop

Similar Products Used:   Raleigh M50

Bike Setup:   Shimano XT Hollowtech cranks.
Shimano XTR front Derailleur
Shimano 545 clipless pedals

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ted a Weekend Warrior from Salt Lake City

Date Reviewed: April 9, 2002

Strengths:    Awesome Brakes, Strong Frame, Comfortable Saddle, Excellent Value

Weaknesses:    Needs different handlebars

Bottom Line:   
I rode at least 50 different bikes before setteling with this one. The bike has absolutely no flex and the brakes make the bike stop on a dime. Hard ti fill the shocks with air. The bike looks like it should be in the $1000 range. If you are in Utah, buy your bike at Highlander Bikes. One year free service and lifetime 20% discount on accesories! Thats the second reason I bought it there. Can't beat that deal.

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Favorite Trail:   Moab

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $725.00

Purchased At:   Highlander Bike Salt Lake City

Similar Products Used:   Specialized Rockhopper A1 Comp FS and Haro Extreme 8.2

Bike Setup:   Rear Deore LX, Front Deore, Shimano Mehanical Discs, Judy SL Air Shock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Andy a Weekend Warrior from Sheffield

Date Reviewed: April 5, 2002

Strengths:    Actualy I have The Rsp 200 which is very similuar which only has strengths

Weaknesses:    dare you to find one

Bottom Line:   
A very good bike I got mine for half price which pissed people off who had paid more i my bike was still better. the Rsp has Magnum R forks so can't help with those but the frame is fantastic it's very strog and has somewhere to bolt a disk brake on when i can afford to and looks great.much better spending the cash on this then on a full sus bike and get better componants theat can handel anything in my opinion and in most people I know. If you can get one do it's a fantastic bike.

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Favorite Trail:   common

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   local bike shop

Similar Products Used:   other bikes in same price range

Bike Setup:   factory apart from pedals

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by guy fidro a Weekend Warrior from new brunswick, nj usa

Date Reviewed: March 13, 2002

Strengths:    great brakes, decent components, forks have pressure and rebound adjusting, and the bike looks great. I would highly recommend the bike for this price range.

Weaknesses:    kind of heavy. goofy handlebars that belong on a piece of gym equipment.

Bottom Line:   
well worth the price

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Favorite Trail:   hartschorne

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $700.00

Purchased At:   kims bike

Similar Products Used:   Yakota Quicksilver

Bike Setup:   20" Frame. Swapped clipless pedals for toe-clips. Installed Easton 5 deg bars.

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