Claud Butler Regent

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Claud Butler Regent

Postby devans » 10 Nov 2008, 9:52pm

Hi all,

I've been road riding for a bit now on a MTB with slicks, but decided recently to upgrade to a tourer, so I went to a decent (i think) LBS and they suggested a Claud Butler Regent (right on my budget at £400ish).

I've got it now and all seems well to be fair, but I wondered if anyone has any experience of this bike and can offer any thoughts, suggestions or comments? Don't get me wrong, it feels right for me, which is all important - but I would still find any feedback useful.

Part of my interest stems from the fact that I have searched the web for reviews of said bike but have found few, despite finding several reviews for other bikes - this makes me curious...!

Thanks all :?

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Postby brianleach » 11 Nov 2008, 9:06am

Bought the 2008 model (lovely blue colour) last Juneish on the net and love it to bits generally .

I took it to Brittany on a short tour last August which wasn't a great success but that was nothing to do with the bike which performed excellently.

It's a really easy ride I think and can eat up the miles.

Components seem good for the price my only slight whinge is that they use some of their own parts so when I damaged the saddle on said tour I was unable to find a replacement. Tried the forum without success and also emailed Falcon but had no response which is not brilliant. Perhaps I should have written in Korean or whatever!

Not a very expert report I'm afraid but would unhesitatingly recommend to someone looking for a good tourer at that price.


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Postby burnsie » 11 Nov 2008, 2:23pm

Hi...I was getting worried that noone ever mentions CB the Dalesman this year, joined CTC and thought oops! Its all specialised, Dawes etc etc But most important thing as you say is is the bike right for you..mine is for least so far!! I had an issue with the pedals/toe clips..I also contacted Falcon (twice via their website), but never got a reply, so looks like they may not be the best at dealing with customer feedback.


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Postby NUKe » 11 Nov 2008, 4:25pm

Well if this is CB anamous I confess I ride a 2005 roubaix. In 2 1/2 Years its done 15000 miles and I wouldn't swap it for anything. It get ridden 6 days a week 5 days commuting and Sunday rides outs.

I replaced the saddle and pedals, and fitted mudguards when I bought, Since then its had a new set of wheels + the usual consumables Chains sprockets, bb tyres etc. Suprisingly the cables are all original apart from the rear gear cable.


Postby devans » 11 Nov 2008, 10:24pm

Thanks, that's comforting. I have the 2008 model as well (lush blue colour!) and I think it's lovely with a good comfortable ride. Strange that there isn't more on CB here though - was becoming paranoid for a while...!! I understand Dawes and CB are essentially the same people, but still......... :?

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Postby spinner_43 » 11 Nov 2008, 11:00pm

I bought one a few months ago, and so far it's done everything I want from a bike, and nothing's broken. Mind you, I'm getting on a bit (a lot ! ) and I haven't yet done any great distances- just working up gradually.
I would point out one drawback though, regarding the front brake (an Oryx Tetro ). The unshielded length passes between two brazed-on lugs which carry the gear-shift cables, and when the handlebars are turned about 45 degrees (either side), the brake cable fouls on the lugs and the front brake is applied without warning. This limits the bike's turning circle and, I think, brought me off recently, when I was attempting to start off on a hill in low gear and a bit unsteadily, with no momentum.
And the annoying thing about the incident is that I'd pulled over to allow an approaching car to pass on the narrow road obstructed by parked cars, and I don't suppose the driver even knew that I was on the ground after he'd passed!
PARKED CARS- the bane of my life !
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Postby random37 » 12 Nov 2008, 9:51am

If you like it great, but I would look at a secondhand tourer if it were me.
You could get something in a different league to that for £400.