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Old 05-01-12, 08:30 PM   #1
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What can you tell me about this Raleigh Technium road bike?

I've been looking for road bikes for quite a while on craigslist and this one caught my eye as looking in good shape for the money. Problem is I can't dig up much as far as a Raleigh catalog goes to tell me more specs. Can any of you classic bike gurus point me toward some more info? I'm looking for stuff like geometry, components and weight. I know this isn't the appraisals forum, but if it's okay to ask here, he wants $160 and I'm not sure if that's a good deal. If that's a taboo question disregard it.

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Very nice looking bike with low miles from around the mid 80s. Rides really nicely no noise, smooth, quicker handling that could be expected from size and design. Has indexed suntour shifting on down tube, 12 speeds, Very nice paint with just a few nicks on the top tube. Completely tuned and comes with new handlebar tape. This bike seems to be all original. Would make an awesome commuter, joy ride bike, may be appropriate for entry level triathalons, mostly just an inovative classic. Techniums were made with the three main tubes being aluminum and were joined to steel alloy rear tubes and forks. They are well tried and proven and are one of the earliest successful aluminum designs.
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Hard to find info. Looks to be an '86 440. Aqua metallic with quicksilver trim.
http://www.kurtkaminer.com/TH_raleigh_cat_usa86.html

This appears to be the only place that has geometry listed.

http://www.velo-pages.com/main.php?g2_itemId=22008
http://www.velo-pages.com/main.php?g2_itemId=21968

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23.25 inches or 59 cm : 590 mm (physical seat tube C-t-T) - 570 mm (physical top tube C-t-C) - 440 mm (chainstay) - 105 cm (wheelbase) - 266 mm (bottom bracket height) - 70 mm (bottom bracket drop) - 33.5 inches (standover height with 27 inch wheelset) - 450 mm (trail) - 50 degree (fork rake) - 73 degree (head tube angle) - 73 degree (seat tube angle)

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Metallic Teal / Turquoise with Metallic Silver head tube
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Old 05-02-12, 05:45 AM   #3
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Try Retro Raleighs
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We have quite a few Technium riders here in this forum, some of which have started threads in the past 2 weeks. Check out mine for good responses.

Ignore the negative speculation on the frame construction. The ride is classic aluminum. If you like speed, hillclimbs and long rides you will love the quick response that the stiffer frame brings. It's not as harsh as your typical cannondale because the stays are steel and take up the shock with some flex.

I have an '89 PRE and love it. Just bought it 10days ago and have put over 100mi on it. It just might replace my Trek 460 racer.

Welcome to the Technium world of biking.
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Hard to find info. Looks to be an '86 440. Aqua metallic with quicksilver trim.
http://www.kurtkaminer.com/TH_raleigh_cat_usa86.html

This appears to be the only place that has geometry listed.

http://www.velo-pages.com/main.php?g2_itemId=22008
http://www.velo-pages.com/main.php?g2_itemId=21968
Thanx for the links!
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Hard to find info. Looks to be an '86 440. Aqua metallic with quicksilver trim.
http://www.kurtkaminer.com/TH_raleigh_cat_usa86.html

This appears to be the only place that has geometry listed.

http://www.velo-pages.com/main.php?g2_itemId=22008
http://www.velo-pages.com/main.php?g2_itemId=21968
Thanks a lot! Those links are a huge help!

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We have quite a few Technium riders here in this forum, some of which have started threads in the past 2 weeks. Check out mine for good responses.

Ignore the negative speculation on the frame construction. The ride is classic aluminum. If you like speed, hillclimbs and long rides you will love the quick response that the stiffer frame brings. It's not as harsh as your typical cannondale because the stays are steel and take up the shock with some flex.

I have an '89 PRE and love it. Just bought it 10days ago and have put over 100mi on it. It just might replace my Trek 460 racer.

Welcome to the Technium world of biking.
Thanks for the input! I'll go look through your threads - excuse my faux pas of not searching first lol
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Better to come here first ,
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and always .
Found that out through trial,
and lots and lots of error .
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Better to come here first ,
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Found that out through trial,
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Quite true. I'm going to have to watch myself though - 99% of my 1,725 posts are from the SS/FG forum so excuse me if I post random gifs while I'm getting acclimated.

I knocked the guy down to $140 since I have to drive an hour to pick it up but I'm going to go get it today. (leaving in half an hour)

I'll have to see what it needs maintenance-wise. It's owned by a mechanic and he said he's been over it with a fine-tooth comb. Wheels have been trued and tensioned and most adjustments have been made.

If everything is in good shape my first changes in order of priority would be
1. Panaracer Pasellas - He says tires need to be replaced
2. Temporary saddle - going to put my Charge Spoon on. Will probably buy a tan one and tan tape later.
3. Good dual-pivot brakes
4. Aero brake levers and new cables. With internal cable routing, why use old style levers?
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It only needs a chain, brake pads and handlebar wrap.

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It only needs a chain, brake pads and handlebar wrap.

Dont know if I'd mentioned it on the other thread, our bikes are even identical down to the size of the frame. Exact.
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