A couple of years ago I had a blue Record Ace of that vintage, a junker I made a fixed gear out of. I don't think it was 531 at all. It was a tub of a bike. Frame geometry is tall and long wheel base, not a race geometry. I heard the "Ace" part was "decal engineering", it was still the bottom of the line.
I have an '84 Grand Prix, nice frame, good paint, generic 27" alloy wheel & hubs, alloy stem & bars. Better components than the Record. These were sport touring bikes, not race, but not full touring either. Good depends on what you want to use it for.
Fishing for a frame review of an early 80's Raleigh Road Ace with 531C tubing. Were these frames any good? What were they best for, racing or touring?
Did you ever find one of these?
I bought one in 1987, my first 'decent' racing bike, got it almost half price, trade money in fact.
Fitted the shimano 600 seat post too this was adjustable without undoing the seat, also replace the cheap handlebars with Cinelli bars and had to change the shimano 600 stem too as cinelli bars only fitted a cinelli stem those days. also had a pair of the campagnolo aero water bottles I fittted!
The bike was built to very tight tolerances therefore the wheels were too close to the frame to fit mudguards, but this also made sure it was a very tight ride, I upgraded the wheels along the way too the raleigh supplied ones were real rubbish, Mavic rims on a set of Dura Ace hubs, tubular tyres. this made it roll easier and also far stronger rims too, could hit the rough roads without fear of the wheels collapsing!
the one problem it did have was the frame geometry, it sat you too tall, too upright I suppose on the larger frame sizes. all in all tough a good bike, heavy by todays standards but back then very light.
Have a great day