opinions on this frame

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opinions on this frame

Postby stephenjubb » 28 Jan 2010, 1:43pm

opinions on this frame, is it suitable for touring,
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Re: opinions on this frame

Postby MLJ » 28 Jan 2010, 2:09pm

At a guess, this frame is for Audax or light-weight touring. It does not have enough eyelets for racks and the frame angles seems to be steepish. A good touring frame is unlikely to be steeper than 73 stem and seat angles. Also, there needs to be sufficient clearance for mudguards and 28 or 32 mm tyres. You would need to check on those.

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Re: opinions on this frame

Postby gaz » 28 Jan 2010, 9:14pm

I'm sure I've seen that one on ebay. :wink:

If it's the same one then it's listed as 531 with an inferior replacement fork. IIRC Raleigh's only canti-bossed "road" frames were all tourers, Classic, Randonneur and Super Randonneur and all were 531ST. 531ST forks are fairly indestructible, well definetly not sacrificial lambs in a crash. I wonder what happened to them?
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Re: opinions on this frame

Postby robwa10 » 28 Jan 2010, 9:37pm

I would venture a guess that the forks are not the originals. The rear brakes are canti and there are no bosses on the forks. You'd need to measure the chainstays and check the angles as said previously. But that will mainly determine how the bike feels loaded. Essentially you can tour on anything, it might just not be comfortable.
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