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Looking at a Raleigh Professional Purchase(3 posts)

Looking at a Raleigh Professional Purchaseazcyclist
Sep 25, 2002 9:35 PM
I'm looking to upgrade from a Schwinn 564 Aluminum to a Raleigh Professional w/Chorus groupo. I've recently returned to road biking and have caught the fever again. I'm 195lbs and log about 150 MPW. A few of my concerns with the purchase are steel vs. aluminum ride quality/durability and Campy vs. Shimano performance.....
re: Looking at a Raleigh Professional PurchaseJK_Northend
Sep 26, 2002 5:17 AM
Other than the issue I'm having with the Ritchey Pro Seat Post (see earlier posting) (the stock seat post works fine) I love the bike. I had the bike shop put Mavic Open Pro wheels with Chorus hubs instead of the stock Equation wheel set. I just couldn't find anyone who knew anything about the Equation Wheels. So I went with the Mavics. I like to do a lot of climbing so I also upgraded to a Record 10S Triple (Record F & R derailleur, Crank, BB, Chain Rings, etc.). My 2nd ride on the bike was a 135 mile with 15,000 feet of climbing and it felt really light and smooth (Carbon Fork). Even with the stock components you get a lot of bike for the money. I started favoring this bike over the LeMond Zurich because of the Campy components (My Shimano loving friend thinks I'm crazy). Both the Dean and Bianchi light weight steel models I was looking at had Campy Centaur components (slight step down from the Chorus). Bottom Line I think it's a great bike!

JK
re: Looking at a Raleigh Professional PurchaseMike Prince
Sep 26, 2002 8:15 AM
"A few of my concerns with the purchase are steel vs. aluminum ride quality/durability and Campy vs. Shimano performance....."

In general a steel frame will give a much more compliant ride quality over inexpensive aluminum. As far as durability, in my mind it's not an issue. Aluminum purportedly will fatigue and fail and steel will rust - do some searching here and you'll find prople who have ridden both materials 20+ years with no durability problems. I would worry about fit much more than materials.

Campy v. Shimano - a whole different can of worms. Bottom line is that both work well. My experience from riding both is that Shimano replacement parts are easier to get quickly (LBS) and that Campy needs some unique tools if you like to do your own work. Do an archive search and you'll be even more confused. Each has its disciples that think the "dark side" (the other brand) is to be avoided. IMO at this level you will be happy with either. What is on your Schwinn now? If it still has downtube shifters, you'll have a new shifting system to learn either way.

Again, make sure whatever you buy fits. That really is most important. Have you looked at any other options other than the Raleigh? Not that there's anything wrong with the bike, but at this price point there are almost endless choices.