Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Upgrading Raleigh MV7

Just came across this Raleigh MV7 mini velo, looks pretty good! Although the stock components are nothing to shout about, the frame actually looks decent and very upgradable. Not sure what the frame material is, but the low price of $269 means that you can buy it and slowly upgrade all the parts.


Imagine changing the wheelset, crankset, brakes, shifters, rear derailleur and cockpit of the bike to that of the Dash X20. This might set you back around $1500? Add some extra money for the other little items like seatpost and stuff like that, and the total cost of the bike would be around $2000. Not nearly as good as the Dash X20, but certainly far more affordable. Also, it would be fun to upgrade and choose exactly which components you want, and can upgrade slowly in instalments.

After upgrading, the MV7 would still be slightly heavier, has only 10 speeds at most (because no front derailleur), and cannot fold. But once again, it would be much cheaper than the Dash X20 ($3200) or even the Dash P18.

19 comments:

  1. am i able to fit in a Shimano 105 crankset FC-5750? the set have shimano 105 bb together..

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  2. No problem. One of the guys have upgraded to a Shimano Ultegra 6700 crankset. The 105 crankset has the same construction and specifications and will fit with no problem.

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  3. where and what is best to upgrade this bike can suggest as I am a new to all this thanks in advance

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  4. wow that is a very open ended question. a lot depends on what you are looking for in the bike. I suggest you read up more and you might get some inspiration from this blog.

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  5. Hi! Just want to check if MV7 can only use 451 wheel size only? Is it possible to use 406 wheel size instead like Kinetix Pro? Thanks! :)

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    1. the default wheel size is 406 wheels. 451 wheels are bigger and are unlikely to fit.

      The kinetix pro wheels cannot be used, not because the wheel size is wrong. Rather, it is the front hub width that is different. I believe the MV7 uses a standard front hub OverLocknutDimension (OLD) of 100mm, whereas the Kinetix Pro (and Dahon/Tern bikes) use 74mm front hub width.

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    2. Thanks for your reply! Would you be able to advise which brand or model of wheelset I can use? Mostly i've seen are kinetix and such :( also, is there a way to modify the front hub OLD...like making it slimmer?

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    3. There are few wheelsets that can fit Dahon bikes as the front hub width is different. No way to make the hub slimmer.

      Kinetix wheels are pretty good.Taiwan do have many other wheels, but you have to be there to buy it.

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  6. I see...thanks for the info. I guess my choices are either to buy a 451 wheelset (with 100mm) ...or i bend the bicycle frame to make it slimmer :) Thanks again!

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  7. Wanna change to black rims. Any recommendations?

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  8. Hi, there's a qn to ask... about upgrading the crankset... i asked ard...rodalink... hup leong, etc... what they told me that if i wanna change the crankset to shimano 105, i will basically need to change everything like adding rd, fd, brakeset and crankset,etc. it is not possible for me to changejust the crankset, rd and the rear shifter alone... could someone enlighten me? thks

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  9. actually you can. change the crankset and bb, cassette and chain, Rd and rear shifter. brakes no need to change. if you not shifting the front then no need fd and front shifter.

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  10. Any recommendation for the crankset n rear dee?
    Btw is this suitable?
    www.chainreactioncycles.com/Mobile/MobileModels.aspx?ModelID=54762

    Thks

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    1. this one should fit provided you get the correct BB to fit the frame and crankset

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  11. I've managed to have a 105 crankset installed on mine, along with a Deore 10 speed RD, cassette. Litepro 451 wheels with Durano tyres. This thing is nice and fast.

    Next thing will be to add a FD using an adaptor to mount it. It works and I've seen with a dual crank chain ring up on the front that actually shifts and works.

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  12. it's been done. Friend of mine brought his MV7 (now MV20) to the bike wizards at the Rebound Centre.

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  13. hi steve, would you know of any single speed crankset for MV8? what specs of cranks or BB type/size should I be looking at?

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    1. Not sure of single speed cranks, you might want to check out Scootz bike shop for more advice as they are quite good at dealing with Raleigh mini velos and I think they have some single speed cranksets. Choose a compatible BB after you select the crankset. The MV8 frame can take standard English threaded BBs so don't worry about compatibility there.

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  14. Thanks steve. I was in crib sports wiz kids this weekend and chatting about my intention to upgrade the cranksets and one mechanic recommended to upgrade the cogs to 10 speeds and keep the stock instead. Sounds feasible though and might explore this option then. Thinking now to upgrade the 8spd to a sora 9spd or tiagra 10spd read D sets.

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