Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 4 of 4
  1. #1
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Posts
    1,191
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Raleigh Gran Course

    I was going to post this craigslist find as a 'Catch of the Day' but I'd like to know more about the bike. It's a 'Gran Course', full Reynolds 531C frame/forks. Serial no. is WG4000825. Purchased as a frame/fork only and built up with Japanese components. 'Handbuilt in England' decal on seat tube. No pictures until tomorrow as camera hasn't resurfaced from Christmas chaos.

  2. #2
    Disraeli Gears Charles Wahl's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    NYC
    My Bikes
    Riding: 1960s Falcon commuter; Queued: 1977 Bob Jackson, 1983 Serotta Club Special, 1984 Motobécane Team Champion, 1983 Guerciotti SLX, 1974 Harding (like Holdsworth Pro), 1974 Peugeot PX10LE, 1970s Jeunet Franche-Comté, 1974 Raleigh International
    Posts
    3,003
    Mentioned
    2 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I have one from the same year. It's a criterium sort of frame, with 74-degree head and seat tubes, 41.5 cm chainstays. Mine is very nicely constructed; equal in quality to the more common Competition model, maybe better, I'd say. The "fade" paint scheme is, sadly, very 80s. Check out Mark Bulgier's catalog archive, and look at the '84 Raleigh catalog -- the frame is pictured there. I can send you a spec sheet, and the catalog from Michael's Cyclery in Ames IA, where I bought mine in '85. It cost $225 then, and indeed, came only as a frameset; I built mine with Campagnolo SR "reduced" group.

    Also, you could check out my Flickr set:
    Raleigh Gran Course
    This is a Worksop-built frame, from the years when the Competition and International were already outsourced to Japan.

    What size is yours? Mine's a 57 c/t.
    Last edited by Charles Wahl; 12-26-07 at 10:47 PM.

  3. #3
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Posts
    1,191
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Some additional searching on the Gran Course turned up some answers. Raleigh offered it as a frameset in the 80's which matches what the seller told me. I'm going to call it a 1984 based upon the serial no.

  4. #4
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Posts
    1,191
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Charles Wahl View Post
    I have one from the same year. It's a criterium sort of frame, with 74-degree head and seat tubes, 41.5 cm chainstays. Mine is very nicely constructed; equal in quality to the more common Competition model, maybe better, I'd say. The "fade" paint scheme is, sadly, very 80s. Check out Mark Bulgier's catalog archive, and look at the '84 Raleigh catalog -- the frame is pictured there. I can send you a spec sheet, and the catalog from Michael's Cyclery in Ames IA, where I bought mine in '85. It cost $225 then, and indeed, came only as a frameset; I built mine with Campagnolo SR "reduced" group.

    Also, you could check out my Flickr set:
    Raleigh Gran Course
    This is a Worksop-built frame, from the years when the Competition and International were already outsourced to Japan.

    What size is yours? Mine's a 57 c/t.
    Great response. Your Gran Course, while nicer in appearance and components, is the exact frame I have. Mine is 57cm also. All Japanese components from 84-85. Sew ups on Arc en ciel rims, Sugino cranks, Superbe brakes, Suntour Cyclone Mark II RD. Well cared for by original owner. Paid $100 for it. Destined for Ebay or craigslist in Jan. or Feb. Your photos are great! Thanks for the info.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •