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PICK OF THE PRODUCTS I FEBRUARY 2014


Raleigh Sojourn - £1100 www.raleigh.co.uk


The Raleigh Sojourn is something of departure from the traditional 700c tourer, not surprising since it was originally a US home market machine and one I’d been itching to swing a leg over since catching a glimpse of it at Eurobike back in 2009. Semi-sloping geometry and disc brakes are obvious nods in mountain biking’s direction widely adopted by the like of Kona, Jamis and Surly’s long haul trucker. This confi guration enjoys some obvious practical advantages - generous clearances accommodating spiked tyres without ditching mudguards while cable operated discs keep maintenance low and stopping predictable no matter what. Verdict: Speaking subjectively and with minor misgivings


aside, I steadily fell under the Sojourn’s spell. For the most part it’s my perfect daily driver that will laugh at ludicrous loads and foul weathers. However, while there are some genuinely beautiful touches, I fi nd myself struggling with some surprisingly low-rent spec - specifi cally hubs and disc callipers. Otherwise, excellent manners, generous clearances and rugged build bode extremely well for outings along hostile winter roads with spiked tyres. Upgrading those Avid to B7s, adopting bar cons and introducing a dyno hub in exchange for less prestigious saddle and handlebar coverings aren’t particularly outlandish, or expensive changes but would, in my opinion bolster its appeal amongst UK consumers.


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