Raleigh is one of the world’s oldest and best-known bike brands. Established in 1887 in Nottingham England, Raleigh is still based in its home town. Raleigh is renowned for iconic bikes such as the Burner, Grifter and Chopper, as well as cutting-edge bikes like TI-Raleigh.

This blog post answers some of our most asked customer questions about Raleigh, such as the history and heritage of the brand, as well as exploring the premium range of Raleigh bikes, including the electric Felix and Evo bikes, which are available exclusively at Halfords.

When was Raleigh founded? 

Raleigh was founded in 1887 by Sir Frank Bowden. Bowden who discovered a love for cycling after experiencing its health benefits after a spell of bad health. Despite the rising popularity of the car, the 1920’s saw Raleigh become a world leader in bicycles, capable of producing 100,000 cycles annually as well as 250,000 hub gears, 15,000 motorcycles and 50,000 motorcycle gearboxes.

When was the Raleigh Chopper launched?

In 1969 the infamous Raleigh Chopper was introduced to the market and sold an incredible 1.5 million units. It was quickly apparent that a follow up to Chopper was needed, and so the Raleigh Grifter was born. The Grifter was launched in 1976 and resembled a BMX bike, but had mudguards and a 3-speed hub.

When did the Raleigh-TI team win the Tour de France?

In 1980 cyclist Joop Zoetemelk won the Tour De France riding for the TI-Raleigh-Creda team. TI Raleigh also won the team prize which set a record for the number of stage wins.

When did Raleigh launch the first electric bike?

In the 90’s, Raleigh was the first UK cycle maker to market electrically assisted bicycles or e-bikes as they are known today. Electric bikes are just like regular bicycles but with a little bit of added assistance. The bike’s motor will add power as you pedal, to assist you at a level of your choice.

Which Raleigh electric bikes are stocked at Halfords?

Halfords have an incredible range of Raleigh electric bikes to suit various budgets and needs. Whether you’re looking for an electric folding bike for your commute like the Raleigh Evo or an electric hybrid bike for exploring like the Raleigh Felix – Halfords have got the bike for you.

What motors are used in Raleigh’s electric bikes?

Raleigh’s electric bikes come in different styles, each of these have their own benefits and have been chosen specifically for the design and needs of each electric bike. Raleigh use new re-engineered Bosch ebike systems on the Felix range, as it offers an innovative new motor which is quiet and reliable.

Based in Taiwan, TranzX are at the forefront of development, creating smart solutions for E-bikes. Raleigh uses the latest system to provide a compact and powerful motor in the Evo Electric.

Which hybrid bikes are stocked at Halfords?

Halfords stylish range of Raleigh hybrid bikes are popular for weekday commutes and weekend adventures. Comfort and function are at the forefront of the Raleigh Evo, Felix and Strada designs. Raleigh has combined top technology to ensure you have an enjoyable ride every time. Plus, the high attention to detail resulted in a highly sophisticated look, so you can ride around town in style.

Which ladies’ bikes are stocked at Halfords?

Halfords range of Raleigh ladies’ bikes ensure optimal comfort and performance for female cyclists. The Raleigh Felix, Strada, Evo and Mustang bikes are designed to be powerful and durable, so no matter what the terrain you will always have a smooth ride.

Which kid’s bikes are stocked at Halfords?

Halfords range of Raleigh kids’ bikes cater for all skill levels and have several innovative safety features, such as non-slip pedals and smooth braking systems. The Raleigh Atom, Zero and Chic bikes come in a range of fun colours and help to build the confidence of any budding cyclist.

For over 130 years, Raleigh continue to produce iconic bikes. Raleigh continue to use technology and existing product knowledge to develop modern, innovative and stylish bikes. There has never been a better time to explore the collection of high-quality Raleigh bikes at Halfords.

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