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New shop will stock Raleigh's brands, including DiamondBack and Haibike

Raleigh have opened a Cyclelife store at the start of the Bristol-Bath cycle path selling bikes, components and accessories from the Raleigh stable.

As well as Raleigh’s own bikes, that includes the DiamondBack, Dahon and Haibike ranges and components and accessories from the likes of Mavic, SRAM, Vaude and OTE.

This isn’t quite a concept store in that it covers more than one brand, but all of the products are distributed in the UK by Raleigh, so it’s a similar kind of proposition.

Brands like Specialized, Trek Giant and Cube have all opened concept stores in the UK over recent years, as have Brooks England, and Pearl Izumi have one opening in South East England very soon.

The Cyclelife store sits in a 3,000 square foot (280 square metre) site in one of the Victorian soap factories just off the floating harbour in Bristol city centre, and it stocks road, electric, leisure, kids’ and classic bikes. The aim it to satisfy both hardcore enthusiasts and leisure riders.

Cyclelife Bristol is also offering:

• ‘Try before you buy’ across a full range of bikes.
• Courtesy bikes for commuters available while your bike is booked in for service/repair.
• Recycle Scheme – dig out your old bike, bring it into Cyclelife and get a 10% discount on a new bike. Your old bike will be re-worked and sent to Africa via the Re-Cycle charity.
• Interest-free credit.

Cyclelife Bristol is at Gardiner Haskins Home Centre, Broad Plains, Bristol, BS2 0JP. www.cyclelife.com

Mat has worked for loads of bike magazines over the past 20 years, and been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. He's been road.cc technical editor for seven years, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a youthful 45-year-old Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a past winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer.

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chokofingrz [404 posts] 1 year ago
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Wasn't there always a Raleigh shop at that location?

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Redvee [220 posts] 1 year ago
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chokofingrz wrote:

Wasn't there always a Raleigh shop at that location?

There has been a Raleigh concern within Gardener Haskins for a few years now. The old Cyclelife store is still there but now an independent run by one of the old cyclelife employees I think going by the name of the new business, TDP cycles.

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Grubbythumb [61 posts] 1 year ago
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chokofingrz wrote:

Wasn't there always a Raleigh shop at that location?

I didn't know that.

Shame Raleigh didn't tell me about it last year, when I contacted them several times about trying to locate a Militis.

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BigDummy [314 posts] 1 year ago
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Shame Raleigh didn't tell me about it last year, when I contacted them several times about trying to locate a Militis.

They definitely wouldn't have one. It's been pretty Walmart the last 4-5 years at least.

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pedalpowerDC [334 posts] 1 year ago
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I've always appreciated that Raleigh didn't sell out their brand for a pile of cash when the cycling industry shifted in the late 90s.

To me, Diamondback will always be a failed (mountain) bike brand along with the likes of Schwinn, GT, and Mongoose.

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Grubbythumb [61 posts] 1 year ago
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BigDummy wrote:

They definitely wouldn't have one. It's been pretty Walmart the last 4-5 years at least.

Glad I didn't waste my time then, like I did with the other stores I visited around the South West.

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truffy [653 posts] 1 year ago
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Raleigh, bikes of my happy childhood!  1

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Web Wiz [1 post] 1 year ago
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BigDummy wrote:

They definitely wouldn't have one. It's been pretty Walmart the last 4-5 years at least.

If you had called TDP (formerly cyclelife) in stokes croft I'm sure Tim, the owner (and previously the owner of cyclelife), would have ordered you one. He's a lovely chap and always goes out of his way to help.

Raleigh shops may be a little 'Walmart' as you say but that's only down to their main clientele wanting cheap bikes.

You can't honestly expect a Raleigh shop to keep a bike worth between £1400 and £4k in stock can you.