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S is for Bicycle

Well, I suppose technically “S” is not for bicycle, but for spring, in this case. However in my mind as the weather turns towards spring, and the calendar turns to April, I turn to bikes.

Raleigh Sojourn Review

I’ve had my Raleigh Sojourn since the first week in December, but with the weather around here in Seattle I haven’t really had the time to focus on the bike, just to ride it now and again when it’s been nice out. I should also mention that I am by no means, a bicycle expert. I can name and change out any component you can point at. I know the principles of how to create a bike, and have ridden my fair share of them; but I think that only makes me a bike nerd, not an expert. I mainly enjoy transportational & recreational cycling. I’ve never ridden in a Crit; never owned a pair of spandex pants; and have never filled my face with dirt while single-tracking down the side of a mountain. I have however tried to bike to the golf course with my clubs on my bike; gotten a couple of kids all over the place by bicycle; tried to use my bike to lose weight, save gas, and feel better. I’ve used my bike for therapy. And if time was no object, I would bike everywhere.

For my entire adult life I have always purchased used bikes. Pre-Sojourn, my last “new” bike was a 14 speed Raleigh Technium I bought in the 10th grade. I worked and saved all summer for that, and if memory serves, my parents probably still kicked in. Every since then, I have picked up bikes at garage sales, swaps, ebay, and craigslist. At the end of last year I felt like I had ridden enough to treat myself to a new bike. The search went on for days and weeks and months, sure custom steel or titanium would have been nice, but it sure was hard to Justify spending upwards of $3,000 bucks on a bike. In the end I wanted something stylish, that could do it all.

1984 Centurion Elite GT

I certainly do not want to assume that I can tell you what a beautiful bike looks like to you … in fact for straight up looks it think it’s hard to be my 25 year old Centurion. The Raleigh looks good though, and luckily that’s only the half of it …

The Sojourn, as it turns out, is a very capable bike for me. First of all, out of the box it come with nearly everything you need to start commuting, sans water bottle cages. You’ll find a pump, spare spokes, even a bell. The bike is fitted with some real niceties, including a Brooks saddle, and matching leather bar tape, bar end shifters, SKS fenders, great tires, and a great Tubus rear rack. I’m not going to go into every spec because you can of course get them from Raleigh’s website.

Raleigh Sojourn on Seattle's Waterfront

The bike sports a pretty compact geometry, that at first glance made the bike look a little small to my eyes, but upon riding it, I’ve decided it gives it a bit of a spritely feel. I did the build up on it myself, and one of the things I noticed right away, is the quality of the crank arms was noticeably lacking, which automatically got me thinking that the bottom bracket was a place that may have been equally skimmed on. I immediately fitted this up with some new Ultegra kit, I had. The 140mm disc on the rear was a little thought provoking as were the wheel hubs, Joytechs.

I’ve put a few hundred miles on the Sojourn so far, and I have to say that I couldn’t be more pleased. The bike is solid, stable, and quick. Not fast persay, but quick. I’ve really become a fast fan of disc brakes. I know all of the arguments out there against them, but going down Seattle hills in the rain has proven to me that they are the right type of brakes for what I use this bike for. If I was going on a 3 month tour of Vietnam, I may think twice about the discs, but commuting and light touring here in the states, I think they are just perfect. I am a little disappointed in the selection of which brakes Raleigh went with. The Avid BB-5s, seem a little light in the “feel” department to me. I gave them a chance to break in, but still they seemed to go from nothing, to stopped, without much in the way of modulation. I have since switched these out for the Avid BB-7s and am much happier. The hubs and wheels that concerned me a first, have turned out to be just fine, I have dropped into many a pot-hole, off more curbs than I care to count, and into plenty of rocks on the trails, and haven’t so much had to turn a spoke. I suppose at some point these wheels will wear out (although with the disc, I don’t know how long that will be) and then I’ll think about what to replace them with, but for the time being these are great.

One thing that was a surprise for me was the WTB mountain drop bars. I have always ridden drops on the street, and never really given much thought to other bar configurations. These WTB bars, are still drops, but the have a huge flair out from the hoods down, and are exceptionally wide, too wide, I thought. After having spent some time with them though, I just love them. They are very much like the OnOne Midge bars, which I have now read many good things about.

My overall impression is that this is a wonderful bike. Great for commuting, and light touring. The specs might be a little light to consider it a fully loaded, world touring machine, but for me, it’s the perfect set up for a daily 26 mile commute, the occasional distance ride 75+ miles, and even hauling some kids around in the trailer.

Do you have a question about the Sojourn that I didn’t address? Leave a comment, and I would be happy to go into greater detail about anything you’d like … I know when I was looking around for bikes, I really couldn’t find much info on this one. I want to make sure people know what a great all-arounder this is.

55 Comments
  • mark

    Sunday the 3rd of May, 2009 at 5:16 am Reply

    I appreciate your review. I just bought a Sojourn, and was a little hesitant about the wheels/hubs. I rode it about 10 minutes and was sold. I'm planning on using it on one or two 2-3 week tours here in the US (fully loaed), but mainly as an everyday commuter bike. I was wondering if you had done any of that sort of touring on it, and what did you think?
    thnx.
    m

    • dartanyon

      Monday the 4th of May, 2009 at 4:33 pm Reply

      Mark,
      The longest trip I’ve run so far has only been about 80 miles or so. I really think that I would have no problem dropping a long tour on it though. I’d probably roll some front racks on there, my only concern would be that the steering might be a little sluggish, but not more than most other loaded tourers. I certainly think it would stand up to the abuse. I have complete confidence in the brakes being tough enough, and dropping my big self off more curbs than I care to count, has certainly done wonders for my confidence in the wheels.

      • mark

        Monday the 1st of February, 2010 at 5:38 am Reply

        Thanks for the replies. I've had (and used) the bike for some longer hauls, in snow, rain, mud etc… I've not had any problems with the exception of having the back brake stick a little (this was fixed in 10 minutes on the road, weather?) Heavy, yes, great bike though.

      • mark

        Monday the 1st of February, 2010 at 5:38 am Reply

        Thanks for the replies. I've had (and used) the bike for some longer hauls, in snow, rain, mud etc… I've not had any problems with the exception of having the back brake stick a little (this was fixed in 10 minutes on the road, weather?) Heavy, yes, great bike though.

    • Dylan Storey

      Thursday the 25th of June, 2009 at 5:43 am Reply

      I took this bike on an extended tour down the California Coast with no problems.

  • Vic Vale

    Friday the 12th of June, 2009 at 3:09 pm Reply

    Just bought last week, your review clinched it. What sort of front racks would you recommend? I've both read and heard that mounting them over disc brakes is problematic for reasons I can't grasp: There are braze-ons on the fork that would seem to support racks, and I highly doubt that the Raleigh design team hadn't anticipated / thought-out the configuration issues. Also, what would you suggest should be swapped-out in order to make it into a 'world tourer'? I'm only thinking of doing bicycle-oriented Europe and Eastern Canada, where components are readily available.

    • Dartanyon

      Friday the 12th of June, 2009 at 11:35 pm Reply

      Awesome Vic! I've got a Tubus Tara Rack http://www.thetouringstore.com/TUBUS/Tara/TARA%20… that works perfectly for front loading. I still stand by my idea of swapping out the cranks. I know that I am larger than most riders, but the crank and bottom bracket on the sojourn were definitely parts that were skimmed on. Other than that. I would feel comfortable riding this thing anywhere on the planet.

    • Greg

      Thursday the 11th of February, 2010 at 11:46 pm Reply

      I managed to outfit my Sojourn with the Surly Nice Front Rack. Although Surly claims that the rack isn't intended for disc brakes, it can easily be fit to the Sojourn with a bit of skill and patience

      • dartanyon

        Friday the 12th of February, 2010 at 12:05 pm Reply

        Greg, What kind of modifications did you have to make to fit the surly rack on there?

  • Dartanyon

    Friday the 12th of June, 2009 at 11:34 pm Reply

    Awesome Vic! I've got a Tubus Tara Rack http://www.thetouringstore.com/TUBUS/Tara/TARA%20… that works perfectly for front loading. I still stand by my idea of swapping out the cranks. I know that I am larger than most riders, but the crank and bottom bracket on the sojourn were definitely parts that were skimmed on. Other than that. I would feel comfortable riding this thing anywhere on the planet.

  • mikebikeart

    Sunday the 21st of June, 2009 at 9:40 pm Reply

    Just finished a ride from Seattle up Whidbey to Anacortes then across Route 20 to Twisp dropping down through Grand Coulee to Coeur d'Alene on Sojourns. We were fully loaded but no front packs. Could still lift my bike up steps but it felt loaded. The ratio made the climb up Washington Pass doable and we weren't in great shape. No troubles with the spokes, brakes or gears on mine and I weigh 190 pounds. But we hadn't had a chance to tune my wife's bike at the shop before starting out and she suffered cable stretch problems and needed adjustments on the disk brakes throughout the trip. It was quite simple to make field adjustments but gears and brakes needed a tweak now and then. Again, mine had no problems at all. A very comfortable ride but have to be careful about the toe overlap at slow speeds. We want to add front packs next time. Used Top Peak bags. Overall, a wonderful bike.

    • Dartanyon

      Thursday the 25th of June, 2009 at 6:02 am Reply

      [Mike] hey that's great news. I just ran mine in the Seattle Livestrong, several folks commented on how nice the bike actually looked, fit & finish wise. It's certainly not a light bike, but very few capable tourers are. I didn't even bother to take off my racks, and actually ran the course with my saddlebags still attached (which may have been a little over the top). Are you guys planning any other tours this summer?

  • Peter

    Tuesday the 30th of June, 2009 at 4:05 pm Reply

    Thanks for the great review.

    After years of living in the country, I'm moving to the city and looking for a nice commuter/tourer with which I can transport groceries and supplies…and maybe do a little touring. On sale at REI, the Sojourn looks like a great fit. A few questions…

    1. How do you find the weight? I've seen some people complain.
    2. How do you find the gearing? Seems like it could use to be lower?
    3. Beyond the bottom bracket and brakes, anything else you'd consider upgrading? (I've got random bits of bikes hanging around)

    Thanks again.

    Peter

    • Dartanyon

      Tuesday the 30th of June, 2009 at 5:50 pm Reply

      Peter,

      I'm happy that you found the review useful! I am still very much enamored with my Sojourn, which is saying a lot.

      1. I think that the bike is a bit on the heavy side, certainly compared with most of today's Aluminum frames, but this is a steel framed tour bicycle, designed to be beaten up. Fully dressed (racks, fenders, and 3 water bottles, but WITHOUT luggage) Mine weighs in at 31 pounds.
      2. I take no issue with the gearing, it has plenty low gearing for me. Matter of fact, I thought that it might be too low, but after riding day in and day out for months, It's perfect.
      3. The only other things that I have swapped out on this were my brooks saddle (I've broken mine in over years), the bell (I prefer the old Japanese style brass bell), and I have finally solved my kickstand issue with a double Pletcher.

      Happy riding!

      • jason

        Friday the 10th of July, 2009 at 3:31 am Reply

        So the double Pletcher fits around the spoke holder on the chainstay? I have been wondering about that…

        • Dartanyon

          Friday the 10th of July, 2009 at 3:58 am Reply

          I actually had to cut the corner off, but now I couldn't live without it.

          _______
          Sent from my mobile – please excuse any terseness.

          • keal

            Sunday the 26th of July, 2009 at 5:34 pm

            Hi! I just got my raleigh sojourn yesterday.
            I upgraded the cranks to slx 42-32-22 too and I am so glad I followed your advice.
            How did you manage to fit the Pletcher on to the bike?

            Did you remove the spare spokes in order to accomplish that?

          • Dartanyon

            Sunday the 2nd of August, 2009 at 3:53 pm

            Hey Keal. I just had to cut the corner of the top of the kickstand off. 1/2 an inch or so and then it covered around the spoke holder perfectly.

          • Cliff

            Thursday the 6th of August, 2009 at 9:32 pm

            I'm just now reading this thread for the first time. I hope I can horn in. I live in Seattle and I just bought a Sojourn a few weeks ago. I've got to get this kick stand thing figured out, too.
            I'll take a look at this Double Pletcher, but I'm no metal worker. I had been thinking of looking into one of those Dutch-style one piece stands that connects to the rear axle such as on older roadsters. I'm obsessive about having a kick stand.

            Cliff

          • dartanyon

            Thursday the 6th of August, 2009 at 2:53 pm

            Cliff,

            Really doesn’t take much in the way of metal working. Just a regular household hacksaw. 1 square centimeter out of the offending corner, and now this kickstand is rock solid. I’d be happy to shoot you off some pictures, if you’d like?

          • Cliff

            Friday the 7th of August, 2009 at 1:04 pm

            Dartanyon, thanks very much. Since I'm more of a visual-type it would be great to see your photos. My email address is salish25@comcast.net.

            Thanks again.
            Cliff

    • Vic Vale

      Friday the 3rd of July, 2009 at 4:30 pm Reply

      I concur with D.: The only time the weight's an issue is if you have to dismount and hustle up and down stairwells / fire escapes on your commute, or to get into your apartment. The longer wheelbase and extra 5 pounds doesn't allow it to be the snappiest commuter when you're hauling it around like a cyclo-crosser, but I still manage. One thing to swap or upgrade (for an extra 50$) might be the rear derailleur, perhaps to the Deore XT.

  • Tonydtr45

    Sunday the 16th of August, 2009 at 12:23 pm Reply

    Just put 450 front and back loaded miles up the Maine coat on mine. Plenty of rain. no problems. Wonderful bike for sure!!

    • Dartanyon

      Sunday the 16th of August, 2009 at 7:51 pm Reply

      Awesome Tony. It really is a wonderful bike. Point us in the direction of some pix when you get some posted. Love to see sojourns in action!

  • justbarb

    Tuesday the 1st of September, 2009 at 12:04 am Reply

    I noticed that all the comments are from men, so I thought it was time a woman responded. I have a RS and just love it! I had my LBS get a stem that raised the handlebar and brought it in closer, so that my arms are properly aligned. I find that I can be more upright when I ride, which was a big consideration for traveling by bike…I want to see the landscape, not just the pavement. I have found that the gearing is a little low in the flats and when not hauling gear, but the lower gearing is so great on my knees with the inclines (aka, hills). I am just about to take off for a few days of solo, self-contained traveling, and I am one excited woman! I hope that a posting by a woman will help others who are looking into buying a RS.

  • Dartanyon

    Tuesday the 1st of September, 2009 at 7:45 am Reply

    Love a little female perspective! Thanks Barb. I've actually raised my stem up a bit too, and couldn't agree more on the gearing … I solved my issue with that by finding route with more hills or carrying more stuff 🙂
    Thanks for commenting, and I hope to see more people out on the Sojourn too.

  • justbarb

    Friday the 18th of September, 2009 at 2:42 pm Reply

    I just completed my first bike journey…short but wonderful. I only rode for 50 miles but learned how the Raleigh Sojourn handles with two rear panniers and a handlebar bag, set up camp to my specifications twice, and celebrated my accomplishment. Nothing like being a 60 year old grandmother and giving my adult children something to talk about!:-)

  • Dave Simo

    Sunday the 21st of March, 2010 at 1:42 am Reply

    Hi Gerry,

    My name is Dave Simo and I think you are the cyclist I met near Oberlin, OH in June of 2009, during your cross country trip to San Francisco. I followed your entire trip online at the crazyguyonabike website. I also distinctly remember your issues with the stock rear wheel on the Raleigh Sojourn. I am excited to read this review and almost find it amazing if you are Gerry Laplante. I also would like to congratulate you on your accomplishment.

    Take care

  • Barb

    Monday the 29th of March, 2010 at 10:18 pm Reply

    Did you follow a pre-set route (i.e. Adventure Cycling Association) or your own? Congrats on your ride and thanks for the info about the rear wheel for those of us who are the "large cyclists." Barb

  • JustinRister

    Wednesday the 14th of April, 2010 at 1:55 pm Reply

    Great Info everyone! I just picked one of these up and am looking forward to many miles! I'll let you know how it goes!

    • Dartanyon

      Wednesday the 14th of April, 2010 at 4:16 pm Reply

      Justin. I'm sure you're going to love it! You've got tons of great area up there in Rochester to explore. Do keep us updated.

  • Rick

    Saturday the 24th of April, 2010 at 2:02 am Reply

    Justin! I live in Rochester, NY, too! Any chance you'll be getting a blog setup where you'll chronicle your journey with your Sojourn? …did you get a 2010 model?

    • JustinRister

      Friday the 28th of May, 2010 at 7:31 pm Reply

      Rick,

      I have been thinking about adding a blog page to my website http://www.justinrister.com. Currently I'm only posting things pertaining to my music ventures like The Moho Collective (www.themohocollective.com) but with my new ride springing up my bicycling; a page is going to have to go up!

      I bought a '09 from Bike Zone in Greece. So far so good!

  • Ben

    Saturday the 15th of May, 2010 at 3:11 pm Reply

    I just took my RS on a 2000 mile journey. It held up great! I had no major issues… the only one being I had the front wheel trued after It developed a slight wobble. I put a Tubus Ergo rack on the front. The bike weighed in at around 100-110 lbs fully loaded.
    I love this bike. With over 2600 miles on it thus far and no major issues, I think it is great!
    The batteries in my trip computer are the only component that has worn out thus far.

    • Carl

      Friday the 28th of May, 2010 at 12:10 pm Reply

      What did you do to attach the lower screws with the disc brakes in the way. I was thinking a extra long screw and a bit of tubing. Is there an off the shelf solution>

  • mark

    Wednesday the 2nd of June, 2010 at 2:59 am Reply

    Nice review! I've put app. 3000 miles on my Raleigh Sojourn since buying it last July. This is the 1st review that I've written since putting the miles on it. The bike is a little heavy (app. 35 lbs), but I feel the gearing makes up for the weight, and with a little upgrade here and there (seat post etc…) you could probably drop some of that. All in all, the weight is not a deal-buster. I really like the gearing of the bike. While I use it primarily as my "SUV" (grocery shopping, work, goofing off on longer excursions), I plan on doing some longer tours on it, and have ridden it a few times fully loaded. I live in Colorado, and found the gearing to fit just fine.

    This is a fine riding mid-priced machine that rides smooth and is trustworthy enough for about anything you would like to throw at it. Issues for me? I would upgrade the BB-5 brakes to BB 7's, and would eventually upgrade the cranks/derailier (sp?) if/when problems arose. In the long term: I would replace the hubs. I've been told, however, that the cheap hubs are fine, but just need greasing every now and then.

    This is my go-to bike in rain and snow, and when I don't feel like pulling out the Ferrari or 2 wheeling it up in the mountains. Rock solid buy for the price.

  • natagurl

    Saturday the 5th of June, 2010 at 11:17 pm Reply

    Thanks so much everyone!! I think I'll be the proud owner of a Sojourn very soon 🙂

  • andrew

    Wednesday the 18th of May, 2011 at 12:33 pm Reply

    What's the tire clearance like for the rear triangle?
    I'm thinking of riding a super-fat tire to do route roads. Like MTB-style fat tire. Am I crazy? Thanks for any help.
    happy riding
    ac

    • Dartanyon

      Thursday the 19th of May, 2011 at 10:30 am Reply

      Hey Andrew, I can masure it again, but I'm nearly positive I thought about putting some BIg Apples on there for a while and those are about 2 inches, I currently have the Schwalbe Hurricanes and those are 40mm. There is plenty of room for wider tires I believe, but I'll get an exact number for ya tonight.

  • James

    Tuesday the 2nd of August, 2011 at 12:27 pm Reply

    I'm looking into retiring my 1978 Schwinn Varsity and it is not easy finding new bikes that are built the way Schwinn used to build them in Chicago. The Raleigh Sojourn appealed to me based on the touring set-up and reasonable $1200 price. I am also looking at the Surly Long Haul Trucker and the Trek 520.

    It seems that the touring bicycle market is not as large as it used to be and many bike shops don't stock touring bikes. They special order the bike and the customer gets to try it out after he has paid for it. That's why reviews such as yours are so valuable. I appreciate all of the information presented here and it is helping me to make a decision. It seems that the Sojourn is a good bike but I may be better off buying a frame and building up exactly what I want.

  • James

    Wednesday the 3rd of August, 2011 at 10:54 am Reply

    Well, it has been a couple of years since you wrote that review on the Raleigh Sojourn. Can you add any more info on the durability or reliability of the disc brakes?

    • Dartanyon

      Thursday the 4th of August, 2011 at 11:27 pm Reply

      James, I’m glad the review is helpful to you. It’s really on my list to write another one, now that I have spent a few years with the bike. In the mean time of buying this bike and now, I’ve owned several other whips, but the one staple in my stable is my Sojourn. I still really love it. I’m not sure where you are in the world, but I now a that between all the shops up here in Seattle, I did have a chance to test out the Surly LHT and the 520, and I am glad I chose the Raleigh. I’m not saying those other were bad, I just really liked what I ended up with.

    • Dartanyon

      Friday the 5th of August, 2011 at 10:12 am Reply

      The disc brakes have been great. The bike is my primary commuter and in Seattle, that means lots of hills, and lots of rain. There is nothing that beats them when they are wet. "mostly"-loaded touring they have been winners too. I had to replace the discs earlier this year [an easy process] from wear, I am sure it was a little premature, but I had some extra bucks in my pocket and felt like I hadn't bought anything nice for my bike in a while. I didn't want it to feel neglected. 😉

  • Mukhtar Kojo Ali

    Friday the 5th of August, 2011 at 1:32 am Reply

    @Dartanyon – in Maryland and looking to buy the Sojourn. Does Raleigh still make this bike? Haven't been able to locate a 2011 model or any earlier models (for sale).

    • Dartanyon

      Friday the 5th of August, 2011 at 10:06 am Reply

      Mukhtar, Raleigh definitely is still making the Sojourn [you can find it on their site here: http://www.raleighusa.com/bikes/steel-road/sojour…. They have a dealer locator on their website, and it looks like there are a few shops in MD, that are stockists.

      • Mukhtar Kojo Ali

        Tuesday the 16th of August, 2011 at 11:49 pm Reply

        Thanks, after some research and contact with dealers in the area, i came across one (2009) on Craigslist. Yay! Thanks, again.

  • Blackie

    Friday the 6th of January, 2012 at 6:36 pm Reply

    Hey, thanks so much for your review. I’ve just gone and bought a new Sojourn here in Singapore. I’m intending to use it to commute to work (about 12km per day) and will do some touring through S.E Asia. I’m concerned about the disc brakes, I know nothing about them… Are they easy to maintain for someone not overly familiar with bikes? Also, you mentioned you changed the cranks… would that be something you would recommend early on or would you wait?

    Cheers

  • Blackie

    Friday the 6th of January, 2012 at 7:26 pm Reply

    Oh, just one thing more I’d like to hear your thoughts on. I did not like the bar end shifters, I don’t ride down, my back is bad and I can’t stay down over the bars more than 2 – 3 mins. So, I had the bike shop move the shifters down to the tube. I also changed the pedals to the ones that have SPD’s on one side and blank the other. I changed the aged leather for a non-aged leather saddle (like the look better.) What would the downside of the BB-5’s be for me? Should I look at upgrading to BB 7’s immediately? I ride in S.E Asia – hot, wet and humid. Roads are generally good… but sometimes not so great!

    Cheers again

    • Dartanyon

      Sunday the 8th of January, 2012 at 9:44 pm Reply

      Blackie, glad you found the review helpful. I still love my Sojourn and am currently using it as my daily driver. I don’t think you should be concern with the discs from a standpoint of failure, but it’s probably worth mentioning that if you should get into some sort of trouble and damage them they’ll be harder to repair. I didn’t have any problem with the BB5s, but I can certainly tell you that I like the bb7s better, better feel, more modulation on the brakes. Our Seattle streets are probably as wet and humid and crappy as your roads, but certainly not as hot.

      The cranks I see as worth changing out right away, it’s certainly an area where Raleigh tried to save some money in the construction, and you can certainly find much better cranks and not that much of a cost to you.

      Cheers and happy trails

  • Blackie

    Sunday the 8th of January, 2012 at 9:57 pm Reply

    Hi again, thanks so much for your reply! I wonder, what cranks would you recommend? I’m fairly new to this stuff… I’d rather get any changes done now. Can I ask, what benefit it would be and why you thought you’d change them? Not giving you a hard time, just that I have minimal idea! ha..

    Many thanks

    • Dartanyon

      Wednesday the 11th of January, 2012 at 3:35 pm Reply

      Absolutely not a hard time. I happed to have some Dura-Ace off of another bike that weren’t in use so I put those on, but something of that level was necessary. I’d go with any triple chain ring, that you can justify the price on. If it were me I’d look at anything in the Shimano line above say the Deore … which can be had for about $80 here, Tiagra is about $95. Ultegra runs about $300, and I think there is a “105” line triple that is about $220 or so. I saw the new FSA Gossamer for about $165, which is a nice looking crank too.

      Cheers

  • Lisa

    Saturday the 2nd of February, 2013 at 3:37 pm Reply

    Is it heavy? Currently my bike is at 50 lbs.

  • Glen

    Tuesday the 28th of May, 2013 at 10:25 am Reply

    Why would you say its good for only commuting and light touring? Would it be because of the group set and 50t big wheel and larger bail out wheel? I like you like the bike. I am leaning toward getting one but the components really have me shying away from it. I love the frame but below that Raleigh sure went mediocre. If I get the bike I am changing out the breaks like you did? Would you change out the gearing? What would make this a world class touring model for you?

  • Blackie

    Friday the 25th of July, 2014 at 3:20 am Reply

    Wondering, I’ve had my Sojourn for a fair while and still love it. BUT… a big BUT here… the front guard is a nightmare, the metal holders keep falling out of their casings and the guard itself is just too close to my feet (ie it touches my feet when turning tight)….

    Anyone else have this problem? How did you solve it? I’m thinking of taking the front guard off completely… its a pain in the …….

    • Dartanyon

      Friday the 25th of July, 2014 at 10:26 am Reply

      My fenders are only installed in the rainy season, so that eliminates some of the problem. I found that I was getting hung up on the mounting points, more than the fender itself, so I bent the supports up about 8 inches and then my toes stopped striking the mounts.

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