2003  Raleigh  Pursuit
Bicycle TypeTandem (road)
MSRP (new) $1,529.99
SizesCaptain 54cm/stoker 47cm, captain 56cm/stoker 49cm, captain 59cm/stoker 52cm
Item ID39034

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Frame & Fork
Frame ConstructionTIG-welded
Frame Tubing Material7005 aluminum
Fork Brand & ModelRaleigh Tandem
Fork MaterialChromoly, unicrown crown
Rear ShockNot applicable

Component GroupTandem Mix
BrakesetTektro 926 Mini V brakes, Shimano 105 STI Dual Control levers
Shift LeversShimano 105 STI Dual Control
Front DerailleurShimano 105 Triple, bottom-pull/clamp-on 31.8mm
Rear DerailleurShimano 105 GS
CranksetTruVativ Elita Tandem, 30/42/52 teeth
PedalsWellgo aluminum
Bottom BracketTruVativ ISIS spline SL
BB Shell WidthUnspecified
Rear Cogs9-speed, 12 - 27 teeth
ChainKMC Z9000, 1/2 x 3/32"
SeatpostAlloy front, alloy suspension rear, 29.8mm diameter
SaddleSelle Italia Oktavia
HandlebarITM Spider
Handlebar ExtensionsNot included
Handlebar StemITM Spider/aluminum, adjustable
Headset1 1/8" Zero Stack Threadless Tien Hsin ZST retainer bearing

HubsFront: aluminum, Q/R, Rear: aluminum, Q/R 145mm
RimsAlex DM-18, 40-hole
Tires700 x 30c IRC Tandem
Spoke BrandStainless steel, 14ga. (2.0mm) straight gauge
Spoke NipplesBrass nipples

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6/10/2012 4:41:03 AM
More than 1 year
Raleigh Pursuit Tandem
Pros: Inexpensive Pretty Good handling
Cons: Rear wheel Only 3 bottle cages Ineffective rear brake Front brake squeals
Comments: I love this bike. I paid $850 with only 400 miles on the bike. The only major maintenance item has been replacing the rear rim with a Velocity Dyad. I have put about 3000 miles on it since '08. Keep in mind most of my riding is with a 225lb. blind stoker. Brakes on my bike are Avid Shorty 4's, notorious for squealing. My front squeals, and the rear is just not very effective. Still, I've never really wanted for brakes. I have not noticed any frame flex, even with a 400lb team. 3 bottle mounts for 2 riders is silly; I just wear a Camelbak on long, unsupported rides. Max rear tire size is 700X32, due to chainstay width. I have re-geared the bike for easier hill-climbing. These are great bikes, if you can find one. Just budget about $250 for a rear wheel rebuild.

5/9/2012 7:46:05 PM
More than 1 year
Raleigh Pursuit Tandem
Pros: Light and fast
Cons: frame flexes under load, brakes need upgrading for loaded touring, and the rear axle is not machined (threaded) for a drum brake.
Comments: We bought our Raleigh Pursuit new and quickly put it through its paces. Our first frame had a cut-out through the captain's bottom bracket. This frame failed, after about six months we received our new frame. We have had no problems since! I have put better V-brakes on the bike and stopping is about 15% better. We have toured fully loaded on our Raleigh. We really have not experienced any unusual problems. I have rebuilt the rear wheel once, we have gone through 3 sets of tires, and the stock shift levers went out. The bike shifts great, climbs well, rides great and handles well. We have thousands of miles on this bike! It still looks great and has given us great service. If you find a used one with the solid bottom bracket, buy it. Everything about the bike is functional, a great buy for us! We have passed many folks on their DeVinci's, Co-motion's, and C-dales. We don't see them again so I am not sure how they feel about being smoked by our "cheap" tandem!

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