Product Overview

Overall rating:

Score 7


  • Some Shimano 105


  • Not not so great components to help pay for the 105 parts
  • Slack geometry


Raleigh AirLite 400


Price as reviewed:


In giving the AirLite 400 Shimano 105 mechs and shifters, it appears Raleigh is playing the sly hand of up-speccing parts for showroom magpies.

It’s great to offer 105 kit at this price but of course we noticed the cheap Tektro brakes, R600 chainset, low-end wheels and unspectacular finishing kit compared with others too.

A better strategy would have been to use Tiagra throughout, which has proven itself on other bikes here.


The geometry is quite slack and delivers a comfortable, stable ride, but with some odd handling characteristics. Out of the saddle, steering felt strange, probably because of the additional fork rake Raleigh has opted for.


Group Set:Shimano 105/R600/Tektro brakes
Frame:6061 butted alloy
Tyres:Schwalbe Durano
Weight:9.32kg (20.08lb)
Wheels:Shimano R500