Jul 11, 2002 6:38 AM
|I've been looking for some time to into getting a road bike (I'm a mtn. biker) and I don't have that much money to spend. I was thinking about the Raleigh R700 as my first road bike. I plan to ride roughly 100-200 miles per week, do a few races, and compete in some triathlons. Does anyone have any experience with this bike or even a good, honest opinion on it. I was very impressed with the sub-1500 price tag with full Ultegra (excluding BB). Any help at all would be appreciated.|
|re: Raleigh R700||muncher|
Jul 11, 2002 6:54 AM
|There are quite a lot of them around here (UK) - including some in my club, and the LBS around the corner sells them for pretty big money.
They are not the most exotic of frames (just because they also make shoppers etc), but they are very well made, and I've not heard of any problems with them at all. Big, long established company quality. The geo is pretty standard, and I have seen triathletes riding them. A good all-rounder I think.
I think at that price for that spec, you really can't go wrong.
|My friend has one...||biknben|
Jul 11, 2002 7:09 AM
|He picked one up last year. He too is a MT biker.
The Raleigh is a good deal. The highlights are the Al frame and Ultegra. They cut some corners on the rest but that's how they keep the price down.
It is a race worthy bike for those new to racing or on a budget.
A couple things worth mentioning:
-Those are not the Ultegra wheels. They are a step down.
-Wellgo pedals on my friend's bike were trash. Pedal body came off the spindle during a ride. He's replaced them.
|re: Raleigh R700||nym|
Jul 11, 2002 7:48 AM
|I've been riding my R700 for the past two years (going on 10,000 miles) with few problems. I did replace the stock pedals and saddle as soon as I got the bike but, other than that, I've made no changes. The only real problem I've had was with the wheel set. I kept breaking spokes. My LBS rebuilt the front wheel once (which took care of the problem there) and rebuilt the rear wheel twice before finally replacing the hub (all at no charge of course). I haven't had any wheel trouble since. I'm not sure if it was a problem across the board or if I just got a bum set of wheels. In anycase, my LBS was great in getting me all fixed up and I haven't had any other problems since. |
As for the ride, it's stiff and responsive, definitely a step up from my old beat-up Cadex. I've only ever riding AL frames so I can't really compare to Steel, Carbon or Ti but I can comfortably ride for 4-5 hours no problem. All in all, I've been very happy with the bike.
|re: Raleigh R700||novagator|
Jul 11, 2002 8:05 AM
|I have a 1999 R-700, nice bike, but I also had the problem with broken spokes, LBS finally switched the CXP 21's for some Open Pros, only one broken spoke since (over the past 3 years). The R-700 is a very good bike for the price, it served me well as my primary and continues to serve me well as my backup bike.|| |