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    Raleigh LTD-3 vs. Raleigh Sports

    Quick question, what is the difference between and LTD-3 and a Raleigh Sports? Is there a difference?

    I’ve always admired these old cruisers, and I’m supposed to be looking at one tonight…but all I know is it’s a “Raleigh 3 Speed”…is there any differences I should look for and/or note?

    Thanks!

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    http://backroom.hardsdisk.net/raleighltd3.html

    There isn't much information about the Raleigh "Ltd-3" model on the Web. This is partly due to the fact that it's really just a feature-challenged Raleigh "Sports" model. When my wife and I came into possession of two Ltds, I thought it might be worthwhile to take some pictures and share them.
    The Raleigh Ltd-3, an Economy Version of the Sports

    The Ltd doesn't have mounting points for a pump (or the pump), nor did it come with a saddle bag. The tires are all black rubber not gum wall. Instead of the leather version from the Sports, the Brooks saddle on the Ltd is an economical, albiet fully sprung, vinyl model. The headlight bracket, also standard on the Sports is conspicuously absent. In some years, the Sports came with self-adjusting brakes. The Ltd never did. However, the frame, hubs and wheels and all other parts of the Ltd are common to those that you find on a Sports that was made at the same time
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    Quote Originally Posted by gamecat View Post
    There is also a version of the Sports floating about that is very similar to the LTD-3 but not labeled as such (possibly a Sports Standard?). I have one, no hub date but it does have a small sticker at the bottom of the seat tube just above the bb that says it was made under license in Malaysia. It also has Endrick pattern rims which are lighter than the Westricks and don't have the substantial center ridge as is common on most Raleighs.

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    My Raleigh Ltd-3 had a sticker stating it was made by Gazelle in the Netherlands. Early 70's model.

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    Thanks for the info everyone...couldn't get to the bike in time...it was already sold...!

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    LTD-3 = Sports minus pump peg, w/Brooks B.72 substituted for a Brooks vinyl mattress saddle, and Endrick rims in place of Westricks. Essentially identical to the secondary-brand Sports models of the same era (e.g., Robin Hood Sports, Triumph Sports, et. cetera)

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