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Old 09-30-07, 08:23 PM   #1
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Raleigh Touring Bike

Raleigh displayed its new touring bike at Interbike in Las Vegas this weekend:

http://sheldonbrown.com/lasvegas/200...ring-disc.html

Looks like a solid build. I question the use of disc brakes but people like them. The crank is a road triple, but if you want lower gears you could swap the 30T ring for a 26T.

Supposed to retail for around $1100.

Always glad to see more touring bikes on the market
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Old 09-30-07, 08:31 PM   #2
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That is a beautiful bike, although I would prefer canti brakes.
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Old 09-30-07, 08:57 PM   #3
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Very cool bike.
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Old 09-30-07, 10:19 PM   #4
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What a beautiful bike
Where did they buy the bar tape ?
1100$ is very competitive. All the competition should start working NOW!
Its nice that it comes with fenders and rear rack. I wounder if the rear rack worth something.
I would like to see the geometry and specs of the bike.
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Old 09-30-07, 10:45 PM   #5
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I would like to see the geometry and specs of the bike.
I'll try to get that info soon.
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I'm a little disappointed that the rear derail is only Deore. It suggests that the rest of the drivetrain is similar. I would've like at least LX.
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Old 10-02-07, 02:00 PM   #7
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32 spoke wheels...
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Looks like they got the disc brake mount right. Looks like a beautiful bike.
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Old 10-02-07, 05:24 PM   #9
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It's up on Raleigh's site: Sojourn
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32 spoke wheels...
Yeah, not enough spokes

Looks like it comes with a Tubus Cargo however
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Well, it's not a Trek 520, or a Novara Randonee, or Fuji Touring-- the big boys in touring bikes.

Nice bars however, and Brooks trimmings. The drivetrain seems cheap but would work fine, but the wheels are junk. And the disc brakes add nothing.
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a little disappointed

But I await the geometry data.
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For the price it commands, I will settle for Trek 520 or Cannondale T800.
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Just noticed there's no front rack eyelets or mid fork brazeons. The front fender is attached using a clamp.

They should have done a little more RESEARCH and Development.
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Just noticed there's no front rack eyelets or mid fork brazeons. The front fender is attached using a clamp.

They should have done a little more RESEARCH and Development.
Nope,
Look at the site http://www.raleighusa.com/items.asp?deptid=5&itemid=427.
Put the zoom on the fork, and you will see the brazeons.
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32 spoke wheels...
This wheel have 32 spokes and disk brakes. Hehe, its like a 28 spokes with cantis, because of the dish the disk require.
Well, R&D is not the strongest part of Raligh, just the hype of the Brooks. I think they made the bike to fit the Brooks saddle and bar tape
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Nope,
Look at the site http://www.raleighusa.com/items.asp?deptid=5&itemid=427.
Put the zoom on the fork, and you will see the brazeons.
What's odd is that it has the mid-fork braze-ons, but no dropout eyelets. Do they really expect customers to use the clamp they're using for the fenders?
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Old 10-03-07, 08:08 AM   #18
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someone shoot me! I had my Raleigh Alyeska since new (1990?) and haven't ridden it in 5 years (was always too tall for me) So I sold it on craigslsit, neeeded new tires and let the guy have it for $40 or something. Never realized how much people liked the bike and that I should have gotten $200min. for it.

My point is, the bike was great, held up wonderfully and maintained a nice look (no rust or wearing) THus I wonder how nice this new bike will be.

Are disc brake tough to get use to?
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Well, it's not a Trek 520, or a Novara Randonee, or Fuji Touring-- the big boys in touring bikes.
The Trek is the only big-boy in that bunch.
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What's odd is that it has the mid-fork braze-ons, but no dropout eyelets. Do they really expect customers to use the clamp they're using for the fenders?
That is just plain weird.

At first glance it is very pretty, but... 32 spoke wheels with disc brakes? No dropout eyelets on the fork? Deore components (ok, but not in that price range)? What are they thinking?
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They're clearly just trying to find the cheapest platform possible to pimp the Brooks appeal.

This isn't a balanced touring bike, and I don't think anyone planning a loaded tour should buy the Raleigh.
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They're clearly just trying to find the cheapest platform possible to pimp the Brooks appeal.

This isn't a balanced touring bike, and I don't think anyone planning a loaded tour should buy the Raleigh.
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Loved the "pimp the Brooks appeal"
You can't state better what they have done.
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But it's =so close= to being good! Maybe they'll pay attention to the market and fix the shortcomings. After all, with better wheels and fork eyelets, it would really be ready.
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I like it. I still haven't vetoed building up an LHT but now there is some competition. I like the bar end shifters, the saddle, the fenders. Things I would definitely be buying, anyway.

I know this is weird, but I have an almost identical drivetrain setup on my clunky mountain bike, and the deore has been very kind to me. I have had to tweek, adjust, and tune up far less with it, than I have with my Ultegra setup on my roadie. I would definitely give it a shot.

I've always paid less than MSRP for my bikes. So with all this in mind, I think it looks like a hell of a deal. Yeah, I'll probably upgrade the wheels, but it seems in my budget range, I always have to do that anyway. IF I don't build up the LHT that is.
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Eeew. The Sora crank has got to go, though.
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