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Raleigh Team Professionals and Team USA
If you want the whole story, there's no simple answer.
Raleigh Team Professional & Raleigh Team USA are different beasts...
Dates are approximate, you can find specifics on the web.
Around 1969 Raleigh introduced the Raleigh Professional model which they continued producing through at least 1978. It was their top of the line "off the rack" production model.
In the early 1970s Raleigh got involved it professional cycle racing in Europe. Prior to that the Carlton brand was their racing outlet. In 1974 Raleigh offered a limited edition Team Professional model that was hand built in the same small shop at Ilkeston, UK where their official team bikes were built. These were custom built frames and came in the Raleigh red, black and yellow team colors. Here's a page from the 1976 catalog.
There is a group that covers these bikes. It requires joining to access the information and group:
Over the years Raleigh offered a number of different models of bikes in the team colors ranging from entry level gas pipe clunkers to some near the top of their model offerings but not quite the custom built Team Professionals.
In the 80s Raleigh fell on some hard times and had some models made for them in Japan. They also got into some arrangements with some Americans and Raleigh USA was formed.
Raleigh USA set up operations in Kent, WA in the 1980s and produced some bikes there for the US market. They also brought in bikes from Asia. The Team USA bike pictured may have been made in the US or Asia? The 555 tubing was not the same as Reynolds 531 but made of chrome molybdenum steel instead.
To muddy the water further, Raleigh USA brought in a few real Raleigh Team Professional frames made in the UK. Most of those were marked TEAM USA Many of those were made with Reynolds 753 tubing. A few of those had red main tubes with black forks and stays (but no stars???).
In the late 80s Raleigh USA started making frames with aluminum tubing glued into steel lugs. These later became steel tubes glued into aluminum lugs. Some of these glued style frames were labeled TEAM USA too.
Last edited by verktyg; 08-20-10 at 03:55 AM.