Raleigh Strada Eight

Raleigh Strada Eight
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Raleigh Strada Eight

The Eight is the top bike in Raleigh’s Strada range of ‘street’ hybrids.

Its defining feature is its Sram G8 hub gear, which has ratios of 60.9, 71, 80.3, 90.3, 105.4, 120.4, 135.5 and 158.1%, a total range of 260%. That compares to a range of 307% for a Shimano Alfine 8. At 2088g, the hub is about half a kilo heavier than the Alfine. It’s significantly draggier too. Apart from 1st and 2nd, all gears operate through two stages; the treacliness is tangible. Sram recently discontinued it, citing market conditions.

My dissatisfaction with the hub rather soured my attitude to the bike. That’s a shame, as the Strada Eight has its good points. The Avid DB1 hydraulic disc brakes are a sound choice for an urban bike, and the Schwalbe Spicer tyres roll well; I’d only want them wider than 700x30C for improved comfort. The butted aluminium frame and fork are nice enough, with a rock-solid set of adjustable rear dropouts, plus fittings for mudguards and racks. Guards and rack(s) aren’t provided – annoying on a street bike, especially when Raleigh have treated us to a Hebie Chainglider. Genesis’s Borough costs the same as this and includes mudguards, a rear rack, and an Alfine 8 hub, while Cube’s Travel SL RF has all those things and dynohub lighting. Raleigh tell me that they will be revising the Strava range for 2016. I’ll be interested to see what they come back with. Sizes: 16, 18, 21in. Weight (18in): 12.5kg inc pedals.

Dan Joyce

This was first published in the June / July 2015 edition of CTC's Cycle magazine.

Pros

  • Chainguard

Cons

  • Heavy, draggy hub
  • No mudguards, rack, or lights

Cost

£850

Further information

raleigh.co.uk

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