Raleigh Pioneer Elite 2 Hybrid Bike with 8-speed Shimano Alfine hub gears & hydraulic disc brakes
£295 Stockport

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This advert is for my used Raleigh Pioneer Elite 2 Hybrid Bike. New it cost £649.

Following the specification is a description of the bike that I found on the internet.

Frame: 18” AIRLite Alloy premium Urban lightweight trekking frame
Fork: Lightweight oversize alloy fork
Gears: 8 speed Shimano Alfine internal gear hub
Shifters: Shimano Rapidfire Plus shifters
Crankset: 170mm Polished alloy cranks with 44 tooth chainring
Brakes: Powerful Avid Elixir 1 hydraulic disc brakes
Wheels: Doublewall alloy rims running on alloy hubs
Tyres: Kenda Keen 700x38c with K-Shield puncture protection
Handlebar: return style bar
Stem: Adjustable alloy A-headset stem
Saddle: padded City comfort
Seat post: Micro-adjust suspension seat post
Pedals: VP alloy city pedal with non-slip rubber insert.
Full Mudguard set
Rear alloy carrier
Hockey-style chain guard

Comment found on the internet

A relaxed and stylish commuting bike with looks and handling to bring a smile to your face, the Raleigh Pioneer is a great town bike.
Pioneer made our usual round-town routine a more relaxed affair with its stable handling and comfortable controls. Thanks to the upright riding position, the Raleigh gave great visibility in traffic. It provides a relaxed ride. Canal towpath and not too rough off-road routes are handled with ease thanks to the surprisingly grippy tyres and added comfort of the suspension seat post. On hillier routes, the Raleigh coasted the downhills with a solid, reassuring steering feel before powerful hydraulic disc brakes brought the bike to a halt. The same solid feeling was evident on the uphill sections of the route, which were only manageable thanks to the wide range of gears available from the eight-speed Shimano Alfine drivetrain.

Frame: Aluminium chassis combines classy looks with practicality
At the heart of the Raleigh’s ride is the all-aluminium frame, with geometry spot-on for solid handling and a comfortably upright riding position.
All fittings needed to accommodate a full set of panniers, mudguards and a bottle cages are present if needed. Clearances are adequate for larger tyres and the robust tubing should resist denting.
The all-black finish had a pleasing sheen when delivered which kept its looks throughout testing. Subtle graphics completed an eye-catching frameset.

Equipment: Hub gears and hydraulic brakes are low maintenance and good value
A single chainring drives a Shimano Alfine hub-gear, where the cogs and shift mechanisms are encased inside the rear hub. The system operated smoothly throughout the test, even when the gradient meant shifting gears while pedalling hard. The simplicity of a hub-gear is great for a commuter as there are no derailleurs to get damaged by careless locking, and the well sealed hub and straight chainline mean shifting should remain sweet with only minimal maintenance.
The Pioneer is a great bike to cruise through town on. The hub-gears and hydraulic brakes are low maintenance and good value given the £649 price tag. Confident handling and a sleek aesthetic make this laid-back town bike ideal for urban commuting.

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