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Raleigh sport?

Old 02-01-11, 01:33 PM
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Raleigh sport?

I have the opportunity to buy a Raleigh Sport for about 200 inn nearly new condition...It has 2300 components, and a bunch low end stuff. I'm tempted because of the price, but is this bike junk? I do a bit off riding, but have just recently gotten into road biking and am doing some shorter club rides this year. And advice?

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Frame -Atomic 13 SL, Hydroformed Butted Tubing w/Replaceable Hanger
Fork - Chromo Road
Cranks - Truvativ ISO Flow Road 30/42/52t
BB - Sealed Cartridge
F.Derail - Shimano 2300
R.Derail - Shimano 2300
Shifter - Shimano 2300 8spd STI
Br.Levers - Shimano 2300 STI
Brakes - Tektro Dual Pivot
Gear - SRAM PG-850 8spd (12-26t)
Rims - Weinmann TR18 Double Wall
Tires - Vittoria Zaffiro 700x23c
Pedals - Road Pedals w/Clips and Straps
Handlebar- Alloy Road
Stem-Alloy 3D Forged Ahead
Seatpost-Alloy Micro Adjust 27.2x350mm
Seat-Avenir 200 Series
Headset-FSA Integrated Cartridge Bearings
Colors-Black
Spokes-14g Stainless Steel
Grips-Raleigh Gel Tape
Extras -Rack and Fender mounts, Cateye Reflector Set, Clear Coat, Owners Manual
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If this is a recent model year newer than 2008, and it looks like it may be, then $200 is certainly good for such a bike in very good condition. The specs are typical of some of the models offered by a few companies at this price point. Shimano 2300 gets a bad rap but it functions well in its intended use.

This bike will get you underway nicely and cheaply. If you find yourself really liking it then you may look to upgrade, in which case I would sell the Raleigh and get a whole new bike. You may even be able to sell the Raleigh for close to $200 2 years from now. On the other hand if the $200 is all you can afford for the foreseeable future then it will work fine for years to come. The only low point is the triple crank, which is common at this price range despite being more of a hassle than benefit.

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If it fits that's a good deal
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Originally Posted by K. Olsen View Post
If it fits that's a good deal
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I'm concerned about it's durability and reliability of the OEM components and the 2300 group set? What are the real drawbacks of the 2300? Would Ultegra 8 speed barcons work?
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If it's in good shape, get it. I just sold my Fuji that was similarly equipped for $500. Worst case, get it, clean it up, make it look nice, adjust a few things and put it on Craigslist for $400 and see what happens.
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