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Road Test/Bike Review (1987) Loaded Touring Bikes (CLAUD BUTLER, RALEIGH, FUJI)

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Road Test/Bike Review (1987) Loaded Touring Bikes (CLAUD BUTLER, RALEIGH, FUJI)

CLAUD BUTLER Super Dalesman, RALEIGH Portage, and FUJI America are reviewed.














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This is interesting- the first time I've heard MII Cyclone referred to as "substandard" and "poor shifting."

But it's also noteworthy about the quality of these bikes- and the mention of bike companies dropping the top of the line grand tourers.
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Originally Posted by The Golden Boy View Post
This is interesting- the first time I've heard MII Cyclone referred to as "substandard" and "poor shifting."

But it's also noteworthy about the quality of these bikes- and the mention of bike companies dropping the top of the line grand tourers.
Maybe the guys at Rivendell get it, as well as Surly, but I still think Touring bikes make so much sense for most people. What is interesting, is that the Raleigh is effectively so close to a gravel bike.....so close. But it is amazing for a bike with tires such as that, to have basically race style clearances between tire and fork as to render fenders moot. Yet the clearance at the rear of the bike was such you have put a third water bottle back there due to the long chain stays.

Also - Fuji America went from bar end shifters in early 80's to downtube shifters in this version/model. I suspect, this was done for cost, but is interesting that they reverted to an older standard.

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Also - Fuji America went from bar end shifters in early 80's to downtube shifters in this version/model. I suspect, this was done for cost, but is interesting that they reverted to an older standard.
Not really a standards reversion. Bar-end and downtube shifters had been coexisting as road bike options for decades at that point.
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