raleigh willard 3 gravel bike

Are you in search of a reliable, versatile gravel bike that doesn't break the bank? The Raleigh Willard 3 might be the answer to your needs.

Many riders face the challenge of finding a bike that can effortlessly handle varied terrains, from dirt trails to paved roads, without compromising on quality or performance. As an experienced cyclist and reviewer, I understand these issues.

In this review, we'll dive into how the Raleigh Willard 3, with its unique blend of a lightweight aluminum frame and carbon fork, superior groupset, and robust tires, offers a solution that caters to both off-road adventurers and city commuters.

Join me as we explore whether this bike is the right fit for your diverse riding demands.

Review of: Raleigh Willard 3

Uses: Gravel Bike

We Like

positive points  Versatile for gravel and road riding

positive points  Lightweight and durable aluminum frame

positive points  Superior carbon front fork for agility

positive points  Reliable SRAM APEX 1 groupset

positive points  Tubeless-ready HED Tomcat wheels

We Don't Like

negative points  Limited to 11-speed gearing

negative points  Heavier compared to high-end bikes

negative points  Mechanical disc brakes, not hydraulic

Raleigh History and Information

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Since its founding in 1887, Raleigh Bikes has been a prominent name in the world of cycling. The company's rich history is a testament to its commitment to innovation and quality.

In the early years, Raleigh quickly gained a reputation for crafting durable and stylish bicycles. Their iconic Raleigh Chopper, introduced in the 1960s, became a cultural phenomenon and symbolized the spirit of that era.

Throughout the 20th century, Raleigh continued to evolve, introducing groundbreaking technologies and designs. The Raleigh Team USA, ridden to victory by Joop Zoetemelk in the 1980 Tour de France, is just one example of their dedication to performance cycling.

Today, Raleigh remains at the forefront of the industry, offering a diverse range of bikes to suit various needs. Whether you're a casual rider or a competitive cyclist, Raleigh's legacy of quality and innovation ensures that you're riding a piece of cycling history every time you hop on one of their bikes. Join us as we continue to shape the future of cycling.

raleigh willard 3

Raleigh Willard 3 Review

  • Versatile for gravel and road riding
  • Lightweight and durable aluminum frame
  • Superior carbon front fork for agility
  • Reliable SRAM APEX 1 groupset
  • Tubeless-ready HED Tomcat wheels
  • Limited to 11-speed gearing
  • Heavier compared to high-end bikes
  • Mechanical disc brakes, not hydraulic

photo credit  Photo by 99spokes.com

The Raleigh Willard 3 is a mid-range gravel bike that stands out in the budget segment, offering a blend of performance and value. This bike is tailored for those who traverse varied terrain, including dirt trails, gravel roads, and paved stretches, making it a versatile choice for different riding conditions.

Frame and Fork

At its core, the Willard 3 features a lightweight and durable 6061 Aluminum-alloy frame common across the Willard series. However, it distinguishes itself with a carbon front fork, enhancing lightness, agility, and vibration dampening, which is particularly beneficial on bumpy roads.

Groupset and Braking System

The bike is equipped with an 11-speed SRAM APEX 1 groupset, known for its snappy and sharp performance. This component selection is superior to the previous models in the Willard series, offering efficient gearing for various terrains.

For braking, the Willard 3 uses TRP Spyre-C mechanical disc brakes, providing reliable stopping power and a noticeable improvement over the brakes used in lower-tier models.

Wheels and Tires

One of the key advantages of the Willard 3 is its wheelset. It comes with tubeless-ready HED Tomcat wheels, known for their longevity and lightweight construction. The bike is fitted with wider 40mm Donnelly X'PLOR MSO tires, offering better handling and control off-road, while still maintaining efficient rolling on pavement.

Ergonomics and Comfort

The Willard 3 maintains a balance of comfort and performance in its design. The saddle, handlebars, and frame geometry are designed to position the rider in a partially aggressive stance, suitable for both city commuting and gravel travel. Notably, the Willard 3 does not include pedals, allowing riders to choose pedals that best suit their riding style.

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photo credit  Photo by 99spokes.com


  • Frame: AL-6061 Alloy Gravel, Thru-Axle, Disc Tabs, Taper HT
  • Fork: Carbon/Alloy Tapered Steerer, Thru-Axle, Disc Post Mount
  • Headset: Integrated Cartridge Bearings
  • Cranks: Praxis Works Alba M30, 38 Tooth Direct Mount
  • Bottom Bracket: Praxis Works M30 External Bearings
  • Rear Derailleur: SRAM Apex 1, 11 Speed
  • Shifter: SRAM Apex 1, 11 Speed
  • Cogset: SRAM PG1130, 11 Speed, 11-42
  • Chain: KMC X11-1 EPT Anti-Rust
  • Front Hub: Alloy Disc, Cartridge Bearing, 15mm Thru Axle, 28 Hole
  • Rear Hub: Alloy Disc, Cartridge Bearing, Thru Axle, 28 Hole
  • Spokes: 14g Stainless with Brass Nipples
  • Rims: HED Tomcat Disc, 28 Hole, Tubless Compatible
  • Tires: Clement X'PLOR MSO, 700x40c, 60TPI
  • Brakes: TRP Spyre Mechanical Disc, 160mm Rotors
  • Brake Levers: SRAM Apex
  • Pedals: Resin Platform Pedal
  • Handlebar: HED Eroica, 31.8 with 16 Degree Flare, 38/40/42/44/46
  • Stem: HED Eroica, 31.8, Lengths: 90/100/110/mm
  • Seat: Raleigh Series Saddle with Chromo Rail
  • Seatpost: HED Eroica, 27.2
  • Extras: Tubeless Valves, Rack and Fender Mounts


52cm 54cm 56cm 58cm 60cm
Wheels 700c 700c 700c 700c 700c
Stack 549 566 580 603 617
Reach 378 372 383 385 395
Stack/Reach Ratio 1.45 1.52 1.51 1.57 1.56
Top Tube Length 530 545 560 575 590
Seat Tube Length 490 510 530 550 570
Seat Tube Angle 74.3 73.0 73.0 72.5 72.5
Head Tube Length 120 140 155 180 195
Head Tube Angle 71.0 71.0 71.0 71.5 71.5
BB Drop 75 75 75 73 73
BB Height 274 274 274 276 276
Front Center 598 598 614 619 634
Chainstay Length 440 440 440 440 440
Wheelbase 1,027 1,027 1,043 1,049 1,064
Rake 50 50 50 50 50
Trail 68 67 67 64 64
Standover Height 770 790 805 825 845
Stem Length 90 90 100 100 110
Crank Length 170 172.5 172.5 175 175

Pricing and Availability

Unfortunately, the Raleigh Willard 3 is no longer very widely available. Raleigh developed the Raleigh 4, which is easier to purchase.

If you're looking to buy a Raleigh Willard 3 you would be best looking on eBay, Pinkbike, or other second-hand websites; having said that, as of writing, I could not find anything second-hand in the UK.

Raleigh Warranty

Raleigh offers a comprehensive warranty for its bikes. This includes a 5-year cover on the bike frame for manufacturing defects, a 2-year cover on electrics like motors and batteries, and a 12-month cover on non-wearable parts such as handlebars, saddles, or stems.

The warranty does not cover damage from accidents, misuse, lack of servicing, normal wear and tear, improper assembly, maintenance, or modifications.

It's also non-transferable and valid only for the original purchaser. For warranty claims, contact the point of purchase or Raleigh directly if bought from their website or at an event.

For more details, visit Raleigh's Warranty Page.

2019 Raleigh Willard 3