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Old 04-02-19, 09:22 AM
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Originally Posted by Lemond1985 View Post
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The 531 frames on these take them to another level. If you're used to mid-range bikes, I think you'll notice a definite difference in stiffness and lightness. These have some pretty racy geometry too. And they'll take wide tires as well, 35's with a 700c wheel, and probably still room for fenders. I'd grab that thing myself if it was local (even though i already have a '76 Competition) they don't come around that often, and they're really something special. Especially at that price.
...I've had a few here over the years, have two of them now, and would echo the thoughts about plenty of space for tyres and fenders. It's essentially a Carlton frame (maybe this is where the guy got the "carbon" idea), with a full sloping fork crown in the Italian style, from a time when such frames were relatively high quality products. Those of us who were too poor for a Raleigh Pro often ended up on the Competition.

And those derailleurs do , indeed, seem to be pretty pricey on the used parts market right now.

There have been many fatter tyre, fender, and 650B conversion projects that started out with a Raleigh Comp. Which is probably why they are seen for sale less commonly now.
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Old 04-05-19, 10:15 PM
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Originally Posted by bikemig View Post
Really, these will work with suntour derailleurs? I thought these drop outs only worked with Huret RDs. I have one of these which has some issues and I thought one of the issues would be those Huret rear drop outs.
Freres Huret offers adaptor washers to travel in both directions -

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no worries as to expenditures.

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Old 04-07-19, 11:34 AM
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Those look like washers designed to convert Campagnolo and Simplex derailleur hangers to Huret though, not vice versa, right?

I was looking at a Raleigh Competition a while back, so I did some research on whether anyone made a washer to convert Huret hangers to Campy-style derailleurs. I found nothing.

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Originally Posted by juvela View Post
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no worries as to expenditures.

item now gone.

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Would have punched well-above its asking price.
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Originally Posted by samkl View Post
Those look like washers designed to convert Campagnolo and Simplex derailleur hangers to Huret though, not vice versa, right?

I was looking at a Raleigh Competition a while back, so I did some research on whether anyone made a washer to convert Huret hangers to Campy-style derailleurs. I found nothing.

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Reproduction Huret Duopar tabbed washer

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Old 04-07-19, 04:46 PM
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Originally Posted by Phamilton View Post
Seller is advertising it as a carbon frame, maybe ignorance will be in my favor!
It's an old frame but it is steel, an alloy of carbon and iron so he's not all wrong.

I have that same frame. Same size, same color. 531 with the chainstays Reynolds made exclusively for Raleigh with a short tapered portion to neck down the diameter from typical chainstay to a typical seatstay diameter to a softer ride on harsh surfaces. (Those frames are plush!)

I don't know what was original wheel-wise but you can easily run either 700c or 27" with fenders. Lots of room. (Edit: And as pointed out above, the brakes will work with just about any rim. If you want more braking power, use Mafac Racers.)

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Old 04-09-19, 08:04 AM
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I have the same year and model. The TA three-pin crankset is original. Original 531 decals stated butted tubes forks and stays. This is a really sweet ride. A couple years later Raleigh dropped the mention of butted forks and stays, and the frame rode much more harshly.

Originally came with tubulars. I converted mine to 27" early on as I found the tubulars a complete PITA, and 700c was quite uncommon at the time, having just come to the US market. No problems with brake adjustment. Note the brake levers were drilled-out with ovals on the front to 'lighten'. I also put a Suntour Ultra-6 on the back having replaced the original Normandy with a custom Regina before converting to the 6 for touring. At the same time put on a TA Cyclotourist. The Jubilee shifts just fine over the 46-43-26 chainset, just use a light hand and don't power through on the pedalling.

Rear mech-wise, took off the rear Jubilee to first replace with a SonTour Cyclone the wider range for touring. Then tried a Campy Rally (which I never got to work (Huret rear drop-outs? although not a problem with the SunTour). Finally ended up with a Hueret Duopar Eco, which is still on the bike. Oh, and I still have the complete Jubilee set -- a work of art. (Not for sale).
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