Raleigh USA 1999 R500 Older Road Bike

DESCRIPTION

1999 Raleigh R500, road race & triathlon, Shimano RSX Triple components, Raleigh fork

USER REVIEWS

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[Jun 20, 2021]
teresastrohl13


OVERALL
RATING
5
Strength:

i Love this bike. I bought it brand new in 1999. My husband and i both bought one. It was about $600 and it shifts and rides Wonderful. I recommend this bike to anyone. We still have the bike

Weakness:

No weaknesses that i can Note. The bike still rides and shifts AMazingly well. I only took it to the bike shop once for a basic tune up.

Price Paid:
600
Purchased:
New  
Model Year:
1999
[Mar 08, 2003]
steven salkowski
Recreational Rider

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Strength:

none it was a big dispointment junk eveything went wrong on 500.00 bike it was the bigest piece of junk I ever bought

Weakness:

wheels front and rear headset durailleurs shifts came loose all the time had to replace the rear axles and hubs chain rings were not spaced right chain fell between them durailler went in to the spokes it had a mind of its own crank axle was grinding brakes were off set real bad also the cable gide broke off the frame wrote the comp and they did nothing

I bought a raleigh touring 18 speed one year looked like a great bike had raleighs be for wanted to up date to the touring 18 speed

Similar Products Used:

my other raileigh that was cheaper worked better then this bike steel frame

[Jul 16, 2001]
Anonymous
Recreational Rider

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Strength:

Cheap, looks great (Ive got the 2000 model thats plain aluminuim) Great to ride when its going... accelerates well and is stiff but reasonably supple.

Weakness:

Shimano Sora doesnt work! This gear set will work its way out of adjustment mid-ride leaving you stranded without bottom gear on a steap hill. So while the other guy is power off up the hill your stuck in a gear thats more suitable for going down than up.

The mech tab has broken on several occasions resulting in a bent mech, brocken spokes, scratched frame, bent wheel and several weeks wait to get it fixed under warranty.

This bike is a little heavy, but for the price its pretty reasonable weight wise. I have grown out of this bike very quickly, 6 rides and Im already craving something lighter.

More problems... the wheel strip (the plastic/rubber strip that sits between the wheel and tube to cover the spoke ends) plastic on this bike over time will get small folds in it and cause flats... Replace it with a rubber strip.

Dont buy this bike. Its super un-reliable; Im 6 breakdowns for 6 rides. Very dissapointed and I think Ill stick to my mountain bike.

I have to give this bike the lowest of ratings as I have been stranded with a broken mech tab 3 times now... not fun.

If your at all fit, know what a good bike rides and like to spent more time riding your bike than fixing it... dont buy this bike! Oh did I say that before... dont buy this bike!

Similar Products Used:

20 year old Citane Jaguar (1000's of kms), 2000 Specialized S-Works FSR (My main ride)

[Nov 02, 1998]
Anonymous
weekend warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
Strength:

None

Weakness:

None

I purchased the 1998 for about $600 dollars. The Rsx group works reasonably well for the money. I ugraded the pedals to 535's not a bad value for a mountain biker that cross trains on a road bike. For serious road fun I would probably invest more money on a bike. A great entry level bike.

Similar Products Used:

None

[Aug 07, 1999]
Anonymous
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
Strength:

Light, stiff frame

Weakness:

seat post, fork

Hard to review this by category. My R500 is a warranty replacement for my RT600. All the components were transferred, so I guess this is more like a R700 with a steel fork. My seatpost went after a year, and the steel fork does not match the rest of the frames ride quality, but the frame itself is a joy. Rides quite well... beyond my expectations for aluminum, and is pretty darned light too. Excellent starter bike, with a frame worthy of upgrades down the road. Plus, the folks over at Raleigh USA were outstanding in their handling of my warranty.

Similar Products Used:

1986 Trek 560 (531 steel)
1992 Raleigh RT600

[Apr 14, 1999]
Anonymous
Cross-Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
Strength:

The price. As a mountain biker-in the process of switching more to road biking, it is a great change-over bike. Its cheap, and it works well.

Weakness:

Heavy. my Gary Fisher Paragon Mountain Bike is a pound lighter. ALso, there are no treads on my tires, so I slip occasionally

I bought mine used 3 times for 350. I enjoy riding it alot. Its very fast, though the components have a stiffer feel to them that my MTB. I enjoy rding it.

Similar Products Used:

None.

[Nov 02, 1999]
Anonymous
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
Strength:

Light weight, RSX works well. good company, backs products. Low cost.

Weakness:

Replaced seat post already, bolt head stripped out(covered by warranty) Harsh ride on rough roads.

This is my first road bike, I have been riding MTB for several years. this is a good transition level bike.

Similar Products Used:

Mongoose road bike, model unknown.Same price range

[Apr 18, 2000]
Anonymous
Recreational Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

light weight, durable, easy handlebar shifting

Weakness:

None, I love this bike, it's my prized possession!

I love this bike. I haven't ridden the high end road bikes so its hard to compare, but for someone who rides maybe 80 miles a week tops, it's perfect! I've never had any trouble with, not even a flat tire. I highly recommend the Raleigh R500 for beginner road bikers.

Similar Products Used:

It's my first road bike, but I like it more than my Mtn. or beater bikes...

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