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Old 07-31-10, 10:37 AM   #1
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1984 Raleigh Grand Prix

Picked this up this morning from the local CL....needs new consumables and a thorough cleaning...but it's in overall good shape....am I right in thinking this was Raleigh's "entry level" sport/racing bike? It's going to be a looker when it's all cleaned up....



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That is much nicer than a 1970s Gran Prix! What's the seatpost diameter? (This may help determine the pedigree of the frame tubing.)
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The sticker at the bottom of the seat tube says it's Raleigh 555sl...all tubes double butted cro-mo....might it be similar to 531?
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The sticker at the bottom of the seat tube says it's Raleigh 555sl...all tubes double butted cro-mo....might it be similar to 531?
555SL some form of seamed cro-mo. Nobody knows what it is, though I suspect Tange Infinity. Only Raleigh 555RSL is Reynolds 531. 555T also exists; yet another unknown cro-mo.

It was entry-level only in the sense of the Road Sport lineup. Below it were the Sport Touring, which consisted of:

Team U.S.A.
Olympian
Marathon
Record
Pursuit
Sportif

...in that order. I listed the entire lineup here:
http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...1#post11205269

Retro Raleighs has the '85 catalog images.

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Thanks, Kurt....!
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Like Kurt said, It's the low end of their high end line. I bought mine new and have happily ridden it for years.

The frame is full chrome under the paint and loose bearings with rubber seals throughout.

Brakes are 14mph brakes on a 20mph bike unless you upgrade the pads.

The Raleigh USA bikes are underrated and good values for the features to price - at least around here.
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