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Anyone riding a recent vintage Raleigh? Opinions?(5 posts)

Anyone riding a recent vintage Raleigh? Opinions?Rev Bubba
Oct 1, 2002 7:25 AM
I was looking at a 2003 International and it looked pretty nice for a first timer's road bike. Any opinions? I did a search and did not come up with much under Raleigh.

Yes, I know they are part of the Derby group and are made in Taiwan, etc. but I have not been able to find out much on their recent quality.
re: Anyone riding a recent vintage Raleigh? Opinions?marcmarc
Oct 1, 2002 11:52 AM
i've recently owned one of their mid level alum mtn bikes. it was a sound bike frame but lasted only one season as i sold it and bough a very much lighter c-dale ht.

Those stickers peel off easilyMike P
Oct 1, 2002 1:29 PM
I ended up with a Professional as a replacement frame from Raleigh. I built it up with Ultegra components from the dead bike. The frame, Zona steel, rides better than I expected and is lighter than I figured it would be. I do not care for the paint style at all. I plan on keeping it for a while, until I find something else (well actually, until my girl friend forgets I just built another bike).

All in all, I like to ride it but I don't care to look at it.

My wife has an '02 International...Dale Brigham
Oct 1, 2002 1:30 PM
And she likes it just fine. I am the head mechanic in our household (and a former shop mech), and I deem the bike to be well-made and trouble-free (so far). It's my wife's first "real" road bike (she used her Kona cross bike for road duties before receiving the Raleigh), and I think it's a good bike at a fair price. Of course, I'm partial to steel bikes and Campy components. The wheelset is a low-spoke count/aero profile rim/proprietary name ("Equation") item, but they seem to be holding up well and staying true. The Centaur Ergo 10 speed stays in better adjustment thay the 9 speed Chorus setup on my bike. We have changed only the saddle (to a women's model) and the stem (to a longer one). You could do worse than to get one of these Internationals.

Happy Shopping!

Thanks to all who respondedRev Bubba
Oct 2, 2002 4:11 AM
I did not really expect to find many people here riding Raleigh road bikes but I appreciate those of you who do getting back to me.

Yet another lower cost option in my on/off search for a road bike.