Raleigh USA C700 Hybrid Bike

DESCRIPTION

Frame Material: 7005 aluminum, double-butted
Frame Angles: Unspecified
Sizes: 15", 17", 19", 21", 23"
Colors: Unspecified
Fork: Raleigh
Rear Shock: Not applicable
Brake Levers: Tektro Tenera
Handlebar: Ritchey Rizer
Stem: Ritchey Comp
Headset: 1 1/8" threadless aluminum
Front Der: Shimano FD-R443
Crankset: TruVativ Elita, 30/42/52 teeth
Rear Der: Shimano 105 GS
Pedals: Shimano PD-M505 SPD
Tires: 700 x 35c Vittoria Randonneur

USER REVIEWS

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[Dec 13, 2006]
Anonymous
Recreational Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Fairly light weight, good quality for the price, higher than normal end Shimano components... it is a great start on a better quality bike and not breaking the bank.

Weakness:

Breaking spokes... I am not fond of the Alex rims. Sure, 215 pounds does not help but when you on the pedals and pump hard... and hear a ping! They have stayed true, but I think I'll put a set of Mavic Ksyrium Elite Clinchers on; besides I'll get some more speed going from 28 to 23. Only reason for the "4" is the rims... tires are great.

I love my 2005 Raleigh C700. It is the last year made and now it is the Route series. Switching from a mountain bike in the flat lands of Florida was a smart move, but I could not get use to a normal road bike. This bike is built for some speed yet you still have some upright position. It is a day and night change between a mountain bike and this hybrid. At 6'3" , 215 pounds, over 300 miles in less than a month; it has been a great ride for money.

Similar Products Used:

OLD 1980s Mountain Bike rebuilt three times.

[Apr 25, 2006]
Anonymous
Commuter

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Shimano 105 / Truvativ Touro drivetrain shifts quiet and smooth. Carbon fork is forgiving on rough pavement. A great city commuter bike. Fantastic closeout price for components.

Weakness:

Brake levers tend to rattle while riding. Low-end clipless pedals not worth dealing with.

Actually 2005 was the last year for this bike. The C200,500,700 line was replaced by the Route 1,24,66 line in 2006.

I orginally bought a C500 for $399, but I didn't like its Sora derailleur or how stiff the bike felt. For not much more, I upgraded to the C700 and got a much better 105 rear derailleur and a carbon fork (among other various upgrades). The C700 rides faster as well. I've been quite happy.

Similar Products Used:

Jamis Coda Sport (great bike, but wasn't on sale), Raleigh C500 (stiff ride and not as a good a deal considering its components)

[Apr 25, 2005]
Anonymous
Recreational Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Performs well as a road bike, touring bike, light cyclocross and also as commuter. Excellent price for component group.

Weakness:

Had to replace seat(but that is standard), also a bit of toe overlap on 50 cm

I think Raleigh stopped making this bike after '04. Shame because it is an amazingly versatile bike. Great spec's, good looks and fast smooth ride.

Similar Products Used:

None. Have my old steel 10 speed and Giant mountain bike

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