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.
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!
Favorite Trail: Anywhere that i can ride good hard dirt
Duration Product Used: 1 Year
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.
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)
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.
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"
a Weekend Warrior
from Racine, MN, USA
Date Reviewed: October 8, 2002
Weaknesses: Cheesy bar, stem, seatpost, hubs, fork.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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!
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
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.
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.
Bike Setup: thomson seat post, easton bars/barends, nuke proof stem, michelin kevlar bead tires
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.
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).
Bike Setup: Shimano XT Hollowtech cranks. Shimano XTR front Derailleur Shimano 545 clipless pedals
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
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.
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
a Weekend Warrior
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
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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