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Old 06-21-12, 02:45 PM   #1
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Help me Identify my Raleigh Technium "DISCOVERY" Road Bike

I just picked up a Raleigh Technium with a 6013 T6 frame which dates it around 1986. However, It is not a 420, 440 or 460. On the top tube it is called a Discovery. It has all the typical other markings that the 420-440 and 460 had. This is not a mountain Bike, but a road bike. I can not find any reference of Raleigh USA every building a model called "Discovery" Also on a sticker on the downtube near the bottom bracket it says "This is a sample bike and not to be offered for resale" It appears to be a factory sticker.
Do I have a proto-type...or was this offered to shop owners for display during that time period.
Would love any information about the Technium between 84 and 86 when the aluminum frame was in development. Also I can not find a serial number anywhere on the thing----Tom

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Old 06-21-12, 04:54 PM   #2
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Pics?

As a Techie owner I want to give you the headsup that there is minimal spec info on the web for these bikes.

ETA: could you have one of the Discovery Channel Team bikes??

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How do the original components on it line up with the 420, 440 or 460 series techniums? the SAMPLE BIKE sticker certainly seems to indicate that it was not a regular catalog model. Raleigh did sell lower end DISCOVERY model MTB, might be that they intended DISOVERY to be a label for their entire line of lower end bikes but then cancled using the name for road bikes.

Search BF for technium, there are plenty of other threads with the history.

No chance this is a discovery team racing bike, about 20 years too early.

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Thanks, I'll post some spec infor tommorrow when I get my hands on it.
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I did notice that Raleigh did sell a lower end DISCOVERY MTB, and I am thinking like you that perhaps I have a very early release of the Road Bike, But no serial number? And that sticker is weird. I picked this up from a moving company for $40.00 and its in good shape except the tires, and a broken plastic lower cable stop.
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Here are the components


It is a 6013-T6 Frame
Derailers: Shimano Front and Rear
Freewheel: Suntour
Brakes: Di Comp sidepull
Pedals: Sp 154 Japan
Crank: Sakae SA
Seat Selle Royal
Quick Release Hubs: Sakae
Rims: ARAYA Japan
Color: that light metallic blue


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i love my tech - rides very nice - i remember picking it up with the intent to flip it - that was a year ago
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Here are the components


It is a 6013-T6 Frame
Derailers: Shimano Front and Rear
Freewheel: Suntour
Brakes: Di Comp sidepull
Pedals: Sp 154 Japan
Crank: Sakae SA
Seat Selle Royal
Quick Release Hubs: Sakae
Rims: ARAYA Japan
Color: that light metallic blue


Tom
Sounds very much like the original components from one of the 4XX series bikes. The lower tier had stem mounted shifters, the better outfitted models had downtube shifters. I had a technium that I used as my first "racing" bike 25 yrs ago. It originall came with suntour Lepree derailleurs but otherwise was very similar, some techniums instead used Shimano Z series deraillers. I refitted my technium with a different saddle, Shimano 105 deraillers and re-built the 27" wheels with 700c rims and tires. Raced on it for a year or so as a junior before I destroyed the frame if a crash. #1 thing I remember about that bike was the annoying sound that the internally routed brake cable made clanking around inside the top tube every time I hit a small bump.
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