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Raleigh Marathon help / info needed
A guy down the street has a Raleigh Marathon for sale for $50. Here is everything I could find written on the bike:
Sport Touring Geometry 12 Speed 39 - 100
Shimano FD Z202
Shimano RD Z503
Shimano shifters Z401
575 SL Trible Butted Main tubes chrome moly
Sealed bearings on front hub, rear hub and bottom bracket
Araya rims 27x1 1/4 Japan
Crank Sakae SA 52, 40
Dia-Comp brakes and levers, with suicide bars levers
I can't find any information on the Marathon on the web - all the Raleigh sites don't list this model. It does say Raleigh America on the tag but everything is metric hex and nuts / bolts.
The size fits pretty good, if a bit on the large size. It rides very smooth, breaks work good - pads not worn at all. The chain rings look good - not worn and it shifts very smoothly.
The bike is a dark green with a silver head tube and the red dragon emblem on the front. Raleigh decals are on the down tube and seat tube and hard stamped in the metal on the upper rear triangle, rear wheel holder and bottom bracket. The paint and decals are almost perfect - very good shape including the tires - they are holding 90 psi with me riding it (I'm 250 lbs).
The cranks are bolt on as are the front chain rings. The seat holder is alum. The wheels have quick release levers but the seat is has a metric hex bolt to hold it in place.
The bike strikes me as very nice and good quality. I found something on the web that said the Shimano Z series came out in 1986 which would mean the bike is from the late 80's???? The guy doesn't know what year it is.
Does this sound like a good price? Any idea of the year? Was the Marathon a low production model? Was this a road or touring bike? Any help would be appreciated.