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Raleigh R700 road bike(6 posts)

Raleigh R700 road bikeNeedySpeedy
Apr 17, 2001 11:27 AM
Hey all,
Does anyone have any opinions about the Raleigh R700 road bike. Its aluminum frame, carbon fork, and full ultegra. I race mountain bikes and through my shop sponsor I can get this bike for $900. I have a really crappy road bike now and with another kid on the way I have limited funds so this seems like my best "bang for the buck". I plan to do more road racing this year so I want something decent.

Check it out if you have a minute...

http://www.raleighusa.com/bikes/bike.asp?BikeID=63&Type_Folder=Road&Years=2001&TypeID=4

Any opinions/comments are welcome! Thanks!!
re: Raleigh R700 road bikeBruno S
Apr 17, 2001 1:02 PM
For $900 it sound like a great deal. A full ultegra group will cost around that. The R700 sold for $1400 about a year ago so go for it.
R700The Kid
Apr 17, 2001 1:07 PM
R700's are sized every 3cm (47,50,53,56,59,62), instead of every 2 cm like many other road bikes. Make sure the bike fits you before buying.
The components are nice for the money, even at full retail. Not "full" Ultegra, though, as the bottom bracket is a Shimano 105 unit and the wheels are less expensive WH-R535 units, not the WH-6500 wheels that are generally thought of as part of the Ultegra series.
I ride mine more than any of my other bikes, but it has been extensively modified from stock for comfort on long rides over rough roads.
Thanks! (nm)NeedySpeedy
Apr 18, 2001 7:53 AM
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I'd recommend getting a spare derailleur hanger or twoSpoke Wrench
Apr 18, 2001 8:02 AM
I think that the ones Raleigh uses are a little too fragile.
re: Raleigh R700 road bikemallfellow
Apr 19, 2001 10:11 AM
I've been riding the R700 (1999 model year) for the past thirteen months with hardly any problems. The only real problem that I had was that I kept breaking spokes, first on the front wheel and then on the real. The first time on the front wheel my LBS replaced the spoke and the second time on the front wheel they rebuilt the wheel. When I broke a spoke on the rear wheel they went ahead and rebuilt the wheel right off. I haven't had any problems since! I love the ride, it's stiff and responsive but also quite comfortable on longer rides. IMHO, it's a great deal for the price. Last thing I'll mention is that I'd suggest upgrading the saddle and the pedals. I didn't like to saddle at all and the pedals were cheap generic LOOK compatibles that weren't secure enough for my liking the couple time I rode with them.

just my 2 cents-