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Old 02-09-16, 12:21 PM   #1
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Raleigh MV8 Mini Velo Thread

In September, I bought a Raleigh Mini Velo 8 from my LBS in Singapore, I thought it looked nice and would be a rather affordable commuting rig.

Stock version


upon purchasing it, I made some upgrades to the bike as I preferred a road bike-like position. end of the day , it stepped out of the LBS looking like this


After riding it for several months, bringing it with me along road bike group rides, I detested the fact that the stock wheel was crap, not only was the wheel untrue, but the bearings was lousy, I was also constantly on the last 4 cogs of my cassette, always out spinning it when the going gets going and wanted a more mordern feel to the bike. went back to the LBS and after a week or so of tinkering with it came back with this



Full build list


The full build has a rough estimated weight of 9.3-9.4kg (measured using weighing machine + body weight)

Opted for the 61t gehardt chainring as i felt i could use a bigger chainring, mated to a SRAM S300 courier crankset. Didnt get to weight these as the LBS had to destroy the old 48T chainring and bolts to get the new chainring on






Wheels are the litpro S42 406 wheelset. which is basically a 42mm rim height 406 rim. Didn't get the weight as it was delivered to the LBS and by the time i remembered about it, tires and wheels are mounted Tires are some Kenda 20x 1.0 tires. Braking are handled by a pair of SRAM single digit 7 Brakes, the promax that came with the bikes are lighter, but the single digit 7 are easier to maintain and wheel removal is easy.





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Old 02-09-16, 12:21 PM   #2
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Handlebar are some Time egrodrive handlebars which i grabbed cheaply off a sale. it came with a channel to run the cables smoothly










Shifting duty is done with a mix of tiagra, ultegra and 105 stuff.








was rather surprised by shifters still work as I stored it for about a year from my old race bike and rust and grime was everywhere.


saddle is the fizik antares which i use on all my bikes.


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Very nice and admirable job.

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1. What shop in Singapore sells that 61T ring? How much and does it come in silver? What's the bcd?
2. How did you get v-brakes to play nice with road brake levers? They have different pull, don't they?

A suggestion: a 451 wheelset, caliper brakes and Panaracer Minits Lite 7/8.

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Old 02-10-16, 01:38 AM   #4
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Looks good. It's always nice to see a different minivelo since they are so under appreciated.
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The bike looks great. How has it been working as your commuter?
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Nice!
The Raleigh MV8 frame is really nice for upgrading.
I think you may have got the last few since they now have a new design for the mini velo series.


Interesting option for that 61T, did you get it locally?
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Very nice and admirable job.

Questions
1. What shop in Singapore sells that 61T ring? How much and does it come in silver? What's the bcd?
2. How did you get v-brakes to play nice with road brake levers? They have different pull, don't they?

A suggestion: a 451 wheelset, caliper brakes and Panaracer Minits Lite 7/8.
1. ordered online from bike 24, comes only in black, its a 130 bcd. im not gonna pass the link here, but a search on the site for gebhardt will get you the chainring

2. it doesnt work as well but it still it brakes okay had no issues with it

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The bike looks great. How has it been working as your commuter?
havent had the chance to do so since I cant find a shower at work, but my test ride from bike shop to home feels okay, like a road bike
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Nice!
The Raleigh MV8 frame is really nice for upgrading.
I think you may have got the last few since they now have a new design for the mini velo series.


Interesting option for that 61T, did you get it locally?
I like the older curved downtube version but only way to get it new is to get it second hand. it doesnt make sense to me.

what i like about the frame is the long top tube proportionally to the wheels, its quite stable and not twitchy
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I actually have this bike too and its good to see someone else post about it.

Mine's built to be cheap though since its a commute and I do just lock it outside while I go about other matters.

Raleigh MV8 by jenkwang, on Flickr

Stock shifter and deraileur.
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The bike looks great. How has it been working as your commuter?
His bike should ride great.
Stiff frame that feels like a road bike geometry.
Rather long wheel base makes the bike stable.

The pull ratio will be different, but it is certainly not a problem imo (YMMV)
The 20" wheels don't need as much to decelerate compared to 700c, so the brakes are no problems at all.
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Luv it!!!
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I managed to find one of the few remaining brand new sets of the mv8 online and got one for myself, only because of this thread! I was initially torn between the 2016 mini 7 and 8 - glad I found the older mv8 as this turned out to be the best option for me. The 2 bikes here look great and really inspired to start upgrading mine soon.
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I managed to find one of the few remaining brand new sets of the mv8 online and got one for myself, only because of this thread! I was initially torn between the 2016 mini 7 and 8 - glad I found the older mv8 as this turned out to be the best option for me. The 2 bikes here look great and really inspired to start upgrading mine soon.
Thats lucky! I am not too sure if Raleigh is still manufacturing this model for next year. I got mine at a rather good price though.
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I actually have this bike too and its good to see someone else post about it.

Mine's built to be cheap though since its a commute and I do just lock it outside while I go about other matters.

Raleigh MV8 by jenkwang, on Flickr

Stock shifter and deraileur.
60T chainring




His bike should ride great.
Stiff frame that feels like a road bike geometry.
Rather long wheel base makes the bike stable.

The pull ratio will be different, but it is certainly not a problem imo (YMMV)
The 20" wheels don't need as much to decelerate compared to 700c, so the brakes are no problems at all.
I lock mine with a u lock.

I thought about adding racks but decided against it as I am fine with travelling around with a bag strapped to my back.
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