First touring bike - Raleigh Royal?

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First touring bike - Raleigh Royal?

Postby tinribs » 27 Dec 2008, 12:05pm

Hi there

Going to invest in a new touring bike soon, am currently deciding between Revolution Country Traveller or Dawes Horizon, both of which I have read loads about on the forum. However, I have also noticed that the Raleigh Royal 2008 has a steel frame and I've seen one for £310. Does anyone have any experience of this bike in particular?

Any info appreciated

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Postby Cyclefrance » 2 Jan 2009, 10:23am

I bought a Specialized Tricross this year using the Cyclescheme to save me half the cost - great bike that's light for unloaded work, and strong enough for touring (it has pannier rack mounting points front and rear)

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Postby TerryJ » 5 Jan 2009, 9:09pm

Two riders at least have these in our club. They are good. I went on a tour of the highlands alongside one last summer, and the rider looked pleased with it. It carried the camping load well and was lighter than mine.
Of course , if you pay more you get shinier parts, but they do not necessarily work better and the weight is not very relevant for touring within reason.

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Postby TerryJ » 5 Jan 2009, 9:11pm

referring to the raleigh royal, of course.

And shinier parts is also referring to the bike.

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Postby gbnz » 6 Jan 2009, 10:13am

I've a Specliazed Tricross, which I used for touring in 2007 and 2008. I wouldn't recommend it for touring, the list of isues is too great

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Postby tinribs » 6 Jan 2009, 12:25pm

Cheers for all the advice

I decided to go with the Royal in the end as the price seemed a good deal. Rides nicely.

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Postby JC4LAB » 7 Jan 2009, 9:46am

[quote="tinribs"]Cheers for all the advice

I decided to go with the Royal in the end as the price seemed a good deal. Rides nicely.[/quote


Folders apart I have been loyal to Raleigh for years..Once they left Nottiungham then quality obviously then came into question.as this may have been compromisaed to keep the price low..I have a Pionerr trail made in Taiwan.Slackish brakes and not the best tyres but for the price a pure bargain and I guess the raleigh Royal is the same..but what a great price....

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Postby hewittj » 24 Jan 2009, 12:06pm

Hi there

Ive been trying to find a Raleigh Royal at a local bike shop to test ride and cant seem to find one anywhere. Im in London but wondered where it was that you bought your bike from?


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Postby stephenjubb » 24 Jan 2009, 2:07pm

the bikefactory are selling for £310 until 31/1/9 with £60 postage.

http://www.thebikefactory.co.uk/product ... ctid=46917

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Postby tinribs » 24 Jan 2009, 5:36pm

Hi

Yes I got it from The Bike Factory in Chester, I picked it up but I'm sure at the time postage was about 14quid, 60 seems a bit steep. I think it's only the 55in frame that is 310. Still very pleased with it so far, would certainly recommend it for the price.

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Postby hondated » 25 Jan 2009, 6:17pm

vote for the Royale. I had one for years and loved it. Definitely good value for money.