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Old 02-07-08, 08:40 PM
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So now that I'm willing to spend a little more....

You guys have convinced me to spend more to prevent headaches and I'm willing to do so.

So my next question is...are any of you familiar with the Raleigh Grand Sport?


It has an aluminum frame and carbon fork, with basic shimano components, but is it worth the price tag of $685?

You guys were extremely helpful in my previous thread asking whether I should use my LBS and the answer seemed to be a resounding yes. So now knowing that, can you guys tell me if this is a decent entry level bike?



I'm also negotiating a purchase of a Trek 1000 bike from a guy on this forum and like the look of that bike more and the components seem to be comparable with a lower overall price tag.

So is the Raleigh Grand Sport a solid bike or should I go with the Trek 1000 at a lower price and pay for the bike to be put together? If you only answer one question though I'd like to know whether the Raleigh Grand Sport is a good bike or not.


Thanks again, you guys have been a great help and I hope to be a member of this forum for a long time to come!
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*cue myself and universal suggestions*

3...2...1... 2007 Trek 1500. Best deal right now, almost bought one before finding my dream bike on Craigslist.
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Frames at this price level are going show very little difference. They'll all be just fine. Go with whatever has the best mix of components and wheels for the price.
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I personally tend to stay away from Ralieghs. I'm sure that you can get a better bike for around the same amount. Try a Trek or Lemond perhaps
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Originally Posted by Youngin
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3...2...1... 2007 Trek 1500. Best deal right now, almost bought one before finding my dream bike on Craigslist.
sorry, I didn't mean to ask a generic question


I know the feeling on your side of things however...if you guys were to start asking computer questions, I'd be on the flip side! Not much I can do though other than to ask the noobish questions and hope you guys are willing to help me out.


I was happy to find such an active forum for bikes, and have been pleased with the results so far!
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Remember, this is a slippery slope of a hobby. If you get bitten, in a few short seasons you're likely to be an Assos-clad, shorn-legged Road Nazi killing machine ordering Cytomax by the metric ton and thinking $1500 for a pair of wheels is a good bargain.

Enjoy the early years. This may well be the last time you ever shop for a sub-$1000 bike.
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I love Assos
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Originally Posted by pseudobrit
Remember, this is a slippery slope of a hobby. If you get bitten, in a few short seasons you're likely to be an Assos-clad, shorn-legged Road Nazi killing machine ordering Cytomax by the metric ton and thinking $1500 for a pair of wheels is a good bargain.

Enjoy the early years. This may well be the last time you ever shop for a sub-$1000 bike.

I paid 850 for my first bike, and am now building another bike less than a full year later. Price tag so far is $1795 not counting wheels, stem, seat post, handlebars..... and I actually think I am getting a great deal.
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i looked at grand sports at one time but they run kinda heavy. over 24 LBs. a spec. allez,
trek 1000, giant ocr will be in the 21 lb range. i ended up with a jamis ventura. also
21ish. like ralieghs you can get good deals on nos '06s and 07's.
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I hope I can help you here...being an owner of a Raleigh Grand Sport. My Grand Sport is my backup bike, and it serves that purpose quite well. For $685 I would look elsewhere though. The Raleigh is a very entry level bike and it is a bit on the heavy side. The ride is a bit rough and (at least for me) I found that my LeMond is alot more comfortable. If you can get that Trek 1000 for a lower price...even if it was a few $ more, I would certainly go that route. You will likely find it a much nicer ride overall and certainly a few lbs lighter. The componentry won't differ much but at that price range it usually doesn't. I would go with the Trek.

Don't get me wrong though, for what it is my Grand Sport fits the bill (a backup bike). Of course you want to be sure either bike fits.

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Originally Posted by Amen
I paid 850 for my first bike, and am now building another bike less than a full year later. Price tag so far is $1795 not counting wheels, stem, seat post, handlebars..... and I actually think I am getting a great deal.
Congratulations. The conversion into the inane world of recreational/weekend/warrior/high-expense-justifying cycling ..
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Originally Posted by FrankBattle
Congratulations. The conversion into the inane world of recreational/weekend/warrior/high-expense-justifying cycling ..
Otherwise known as "enthusiast gear". Applies to any other hobby. Like audio for example.
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Otherwise known as "enthusiast gear". Applies to any other hobby. Like audio for example.
Audio is a far worse hobby to get hooked on.....
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Originally Posted by HokieHooWVU
You guys have convinced me to spend more to prevent headaches and I'm willing to do so.

So my next question is...are any of you familiar with the Raleigh Grand Sport?


It has an aluminum frame and carbon fork, with basic shimano components, but is it worth the price tag of $685?

You guys were extremely helpful in my previous thread asking whether I should use my LBS and the answer seemed to be a resounding yes. So now knowing that, can you guys tell me if this is a decent entry level bike?



I'm also negotiating a purchase of a Trek 1000 bike from a guy on this forum and like the look of that bike more and the components seem to be comparable with a lower overall price tag.

So is the Raleigh Grand Sport a solid bike or should I go with the Trek 1000 at a lower price and pay for the bike to be put together? If you only answer one question though I'd like to know whether the Raleigh Grand Sport is a good bike or not.


Thanks again, you guys have been a great help and I hope to be a member of this forum for a long time to come!
Think I would go for the Trek over the Raleigh but in the overall plan of things to come- it doesn't matter. The first bike is only to get you better informed on what the 2nd bike will be.

18 months ago I bought a Giant OCR3 -just to see what these road bikes are like after 15 years of Mountain biking. Still have the OCR and a Boreas Ignis and a Giant TCR C.
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