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Raleigh R700(11 posts)

Raleigh R700Kunfoochi
Sep 17, 2002 3:10 AM
I think I'm at the end of my quest for a new bike, so let me know what you think of this bike. It's full Ultegra with a 105 Bottom Bracket, and I can get it for $995 at
great deal, I have had one built up for a couple of...IAmtnbikr
Sep 17, 2002 3:41 AM
years now. Basic frame is nice and solid and not terribly harsh riding for me in a 53cm size. Under 1K for the components on this bike as it comes is a killer deal in my opinion. I have my frame built with Ultegra, some D-A, soon-to-arrive 1323g AC CR350 wheelset to replace what I have now, and a mix of other parts. If you get the complete bike, it is very upgrade-worthy. The OEM stem and seatpost are two heavy items that are easily upgraded.
re: Raleigh R700mleptuck
Sep 17, 2002 4:13 AM
I bought a left-over 2001 R700 a couple of months back, and have not been disappointed in any way.

For around a thousand bucks where else can you get an Al frame, a carbon fork, and essentially a full Ultegra package? Add in quality tires (mine came on Axial Pros which would cost around $40 a pop to replace) and a good-quality saddle, and I'm a happy camper. The only beef I have (and it is a small one) is the lack of a mounting peg for a frame pump on the top tube, but I guess you can't have everything.

For someone on a budget, I don't think you can beat this bike.

re: Raleigh R700Pygme
Sep 17, 2002 4:32 AM
My first road bike was a 99 Raliegh R600. I was very happy with the bike. Unfortunately, I fell vitim to roadie snobbery and upgraded a couple of years later for a fancier name. I dont think you can go wrong with the R700.
re: Raleigh R700GregJ
Sep 17, 2002 6:43 AM
Not a bad choice. Are you sure you will fit on a 56 c-t frame? That is the tallest that GVH has left, according to his website. Didn't you say you were 6'2"?
re: Raleigh R700Kunfoochi
Sep 17, 2002 10:16 AM
Yes, I am....He had a 59cm but I guess he sold it...I'll probably be able to pricematch at a local Raleigh dealer, though(?). As far as the value, what's the MSRP? Is GVH's deal an amazing one or does everyone sell at about that price?

re: Raleigh R700Kunfoochi
Sep 17, 2002 10:35 AM
I just called one of the LBS here, and when I told him about GVH and it was online, he gave me a whole story about how he builds his bikes and takes cash upfront....(He's selling it for $1200) I'm probably going to get a lot of that, I love how these bikes shops all have the policy "we'll decide if we want to match your price or not."
Be careful out thereGregJ
Sep 17, 2002 11:46 AM
Even a 59 measured c-t sounds a bit on the small side for you. But really it depends more on inseam than height.
re: Raleigh R700aliensporebomb
Sep 17, 2002 12:06 PM
I seriously looked at this bike when I was shopping. One
of my LBS did not have one in my size. If they had, it
would have been mine - no questions asked. A terrific deal
for the money.
what size?Jackie Chan
Sep 17, 2002 2:06 PM
I am 6'. Is 56cm too small for me you think?
what size?Kunfoochi
Sep 17, 2002 2:45 PM
I honestly don't know much about sizing yet but from what I understood and absorbed, that would be a little small for you. Of course it all depends on your build.