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Old 01-07-07, 08:10 AM   #1
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What made the Raleigh Super Record super?

The "Raleigh Super Record" is a mystery to me. I've search all over the internet and have only found other people asking the same question: what made the "Super Record" super? It appears very similar to the standard Record set-up. Does anyone know anything about this model?

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Pretty sure the Super Record used the Shimano Positron RD and the Front Freewheeling System on it, while the standard Record did not.

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My thoughts exactly. It is the only "vintage-era" item that I have located NOS examples of in nearly every bike shop I've visited.

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Pretty sure the Super Record used the Shimano Positron RD and the Front Freewheeling System on it, while the standard Record did not.

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My Super Record has a Suntour RD.
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Old 01-07-07, 09:26 PM   #7
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Japanese versus English manufactured frame.
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The components are Japanese. I don't know about the frame.

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My best guess at this point is that the Super Record was an early-80s successor to the Raleigh Record Ace.
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Here are some comparison specs from the Raleigh catalogs:

1979 Record: 20-30 high-tensile steel frame and fork; Raleigh/Weinmann cp brakes; Raleigh/SR alloy crankset; 27" steel rims w/ Normandy high flange hubs; Shimano FFS/PPS mechs.

1980 Super Record: "Light weight" high-tensile steel frame and fork (some other models are listed as 20-30, so this is a different grade of steel); Raleigh alloy cp brakes; Raleigh/SR alloy crankset; 27" steel rims and Raleigh-labeled large flange hubs; Raleigh/Sun Tour 7GT RD and Compe V FD. It's about a pound lighter than the '79 Record.

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1979 Record: 20-30 high-tensile steel frame and fork; Raleigh/Weinmann cp brakes; Raleigh/SR alloy crankset; 27" steel rims w/ Normandy high flange hubs; Shimano FFS/PPS mechs.
I just bought a small Record at a Thrift Shop. It must be a mid 80's. No tubing sticker but I'm confident its hi-ten steel. Kind of a nice bike for a casual user like my wife. I bought it for the upgraded wheelset - a set of campy Strada wheels with a Chorus front and 8-speed Athena rear and a beautiful pair of Suntour XC Pro pedals.

The bars say Raleigh USA. I couldn't find any other indications of origin (well, a Union Jack sticker on the seat tube.).

Gotta love those Raleigh headbadges!

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It's about a pound lighter than the '79 Record.

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I think Raleigh got carried away when it called it "Super!"

Neal, thanks for the specs and the comparison.
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Sorry to dig up old threads, but would anyone pay $30 for a Super Record in good rideable condition? thanks....
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Raleigh Super Record

I realize that this is an old thread. However, I recently picked up a Super Record frame made sometime in the early 80's. It is a silver/gray bike, and the sticker on the seat tube says it is made with 23-30 high tensile steel and has "12 Speed" decals on the lower chain stays. It also originally had down tube shifters. I am curious as to it's actual age, but more than that, am looking for info that might help me as I try to build it up with more modern components. I already have a 700c/7 speed rear wheel and will be getting a front to match (Shimano hub & Mavic rim). Has anyone tried putting the 700c wheels on one of these, and what length brakes did you have to use? When I measure from the rear brake mounting hole to the middle of the rim, I get a measurement of 68mm. The modern long reach brakes that I am finding only go to 57mm. Does anyone have any suggestions of make and model brakes that would work? Also, has anyone ever tried to take an older set of clamp on down tube shifters and convert them by installing Shimano SIS units?

I realized from the start that taking on an old to new rebuild would have a few challenges, but isn't that part of the fun of doing them? I already have a '68 Grand Prix that was done as a retro rebuild, and it is a very nice riding bike. Hopefully this new project will come out at least as nice.
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