Raleigh Inferno Older XC Full Suspension

5/5 (3 Reviews)

Product Description

The new improved 2005 Raleigh Inferno provides solid performance for epic XC rides or a trip to the local training race. Made of butted Atomic 13 SL Series tubing and equipped with a Fox Float RP3 shock with Pro Pedal damping, the Inferno delivers 3” of highly efficient travel. Disc or V-brake compatible.

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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Todd a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: October 8, 2014

Strengths:    Light weight. Great looking paint scheme (2004 model Black/Red/Yellow/White logo).

Weaknesses:    No loger made. Service parts probably non-existant. Paint chips just looking at it!

Bottom Line:   
Wow! 2007 was the last review....lol. Well I just found a NOS 2004 frame from the internet shopping site that begins with an "e" for a STUPID low price. I was in the market for a cheap frame to build up from the older framed converted SS that I was not into at all. I swapped all the components (along with various other old stored parts I had around) and only bought grips, stem, shifters and cables brand new. Complete the bike came in at 25.5 lbs! I was impressed. I was not impressed with the paint quality however, as it chips and scratches VERY easily (it could be that its 10 years old?).

I wasn't sure what to expect on the trail, but wow does this bike fly. My normal everyday bike is a 2012 Titus-X and this thing is just as fast and fun to ride even though it has very old school V-brakes and a 2001 Manitou fork on it. The 3inches of travel soak up most average hits well. And it tracks very nice around the twisties. Some rear end flex is noticable on steep climbs but not too bad.

I would have never thought of Raleigh when looking at XC full suspension frames. This one was a fluke "stumbled upon" occurance and a deal I couldn't pass up. Especially after I sold the old ridgid frame I had tore down for more than I paid for this one. I basically got a "new" full susp XC bike for about $100! It's a great "extra" ride to have around.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $100.00

Purchased At:   online action site

Similar Products Used:   Trek Y-33, Mountain Cycle SLiX, Gary Fisher Sugar, Jamis Dakar, Fuji Reveal, Titus-X.

Bike Setup:   New - 2004 Raleigh Inferno XC frame w/Fox Float RL (NOS)
New - Alivio 9-spd sift/brake combo levers
New - Bontrager Stem
New - ODI grips
Titec 5* bar
Cane Creek Zero Stack H.S.
2001 Manitou SX fork
Forte' Team V-brakes
Easton EA50 seat post
Bontrager Plus-10 saddle
Truvativ Fire-X crankset
Nashbar brand clipless pedals
UN-52 BB
XT frt Der
Deore rr Der
Sram PG970 cassette
Sram PC971 chain
Sun/Ringle RPM Lite wheelset
IRC Mythos II frt / Duro Matador rr, tires
25 Lbs!

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Bryan from Wylie TX

Date Reviewed: June 7, 2007

Strengths:    Weight around 5 pounds, Fox RP3 really allows for adjustment in suspension from plush to locked out, price

Weaknesses:    Paint chips a little too easily

Bottom Line:   
I have been riding this frame for a little over two years now, it has performed above my expectations. Frame handles well on all sections of the single track that I have ridden. It climbs well with the assitance of the RP3 shock and becomes plus for the downhill sections with the flip of the switch. I have really been impressed with how well it tracks through the corners. The linkage has remained tight with appropriate maintenance. I would definately recommend this for those riding any singletrack trail that is looking for a light frame at a reasonable price.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $500.00

Similar Products Used:   Giant Warp DS1

Bike Setup:   sram x9 drivetrain w/grip shifters, 06' Reba Race, wtb wheelset w/continental explorer and speedking tires, avid bb7 mechanical disk brakes, maxm carbon bar

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by James DuBose a Racer from Lexington, SC

Date Reviewed: September 19, 2006

Strengths:    Incredible handling, true XC race bike. No pedal bob.

Weaknesses:    Raleigh is no longer building these race machines. I have complained and got no response, I guess we racers are not important.

Bottom Line:   
In my first races or race season ever in XC racing, and starting out in the sport class. This bike has help me earn two 1st and one 3rd place finishes in the SERC Series, two 1st place finishes in the Cane Creek Series including the SC State Championship. And one 1st place in a local race (Race To the River) in Columbia, SC. And according to NORBA Rankings (without all races being posted) currently holding 11th in the nation. Can I stress any more how fast this bike is!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Favorite Trail:   FATS in Edgefield, SC

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   Harrell's Bicycle World

Similar Products Used:   Specialized Hardtail

Bike Setup:   XT Build kit, XT disc brakes, Manitou Black 100mm w/ lockout, Bontrager Race X Lite wheelset, Ritchey Stem, Bar, and Seat Post, and Egg Beaters.

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