Raleigh Cadent & Alysa
One of Raleigh’s strongest catagories of bikes is their performance hybrid group (also known as flat-handlebar road bikes). The Cadent models (for men) and Alysa models (for women) pack a lot of great components and smart design into some surpisingly affordable bikes.
The Cadent FT2 and Alysa FT2 come with complete Shimano Alivio component groups (not mix-and-match parts), light-weight wheels, and carbon fiber front forks. The hydroformed and internally butted aluminum framesets deliver quick handling, good acceleration, and flat-bar bike comfort in the same weight range as a similarly priced road bike.
2013 version Cadent FT2s are on sale right now for $679!