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Old 04-26-13, 03:13 PM   #1
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1984 Raleigh Competition (England)?

I recently acquired this great bike from Craigslist and spent the last couple months rebuilding it. I can't find anything else like it on the internet, so I was wondering if anyone here could chime in with any info. According to Sheldon Brown's website, it was made in Warsop ( ser.# WP400133) in '84 I believe. The original navy blue paint and chromed fork are in good shape, but different from the all green frock/frame set I found here:

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The non-original parts are the Cinelli bars and stem, saddle, pedals, tires, spokes, freewheel, and rear derailleur.
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Old 04-26-13, 04:07 PM   #2
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Beautiful job Avlovats!
And Welcome to C&V!

BTW- that was "Worksop" England (not Warsop.)
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avlovats,

Do you have pics of the seatube transfers, the tubing decal & "made in"?

Never to doubt the Sheldon Brown data but that very clean frame looks like a Japanese Mfg. Raleigh from the mid-80's, reinforced by the Japanese components.

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There is a decal on the seat tube that says "Handbuilt in England" and the seat stays are the "shot-in" style.
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Welcome to C&V - you've brought a really nice specimen.
531C, racing geometry, etc - nothing lacking in quality.
Why worry about the color? Sorry I can't contribute, my Raleigh was '72.
I'd reposition the handlebars & saddle a bit - but that's just my preference.
Tell us about the ride, looks like a fast flyer.
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Interesting color, if it's an '84 Competition 12. They're supposed to be iridescent green. Whatever that is. There's a thread on these:

http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...d-to-be-a-GIOS
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My 81, says "Made in Japan" and has a funky headbadge. Insteead of Made in England it has ///////////////// hash marks. The serial # is N1F1625
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There is a decal on the seat tube that says "Handbuilt in England" and the seat stays are the "shot-in" style.
Not a Huffy/Raleigh USA market frameset, that explains it.
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Looks quite similar to my '84 Raleigh Gran Course, which was sold as frameset only and made from 531C tubing. Same decal style, at least:

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Welcome to C&V - you've brought a really nice specimen.
531C, racing geometry, etc - nothing lacking in quality.
Why worry about the color? Sorry I can't contribute, my Raleigh was '72.
I'd reposition the handlebars & saddle a bit - but that's just my preference.
Tell us about the ride, looks like a fast flyer.
Cool... I figured as much. I'm not worried about the color at all - just wondered if there were any others out there like it. I guess it may have been a custom paint job at the factory or something. It has the red primer under the paint like the ones in the above links.

Yeah I'm still messing with handlebar positioning and saddles. Haven't quite dialed it in perfectly yet.

As for the ride, it is superb. Very light and responsive and can get moving very quickly on the flats and down hills. I have a '73 Competition as well that I've frankenbiked into a flat bar commuter with a Nuvinci hub. Heavier and less responsive, but mostly because of the components. Also a nice smooth ride though.
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Looks quite similar to my '84 Raleigh Gran Course, which was sold as frameset only and made from 531C tubing. Same decal style, at least:

Sweet looking bike! Yeah the decals are pretty close. My 531 tubing sticker is long gone unfortunately.
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I just found these images. Don't remember where I got them from (sorry if they're yours). They were labeled "1985 Raleigh Competition 12 Ambassador Blue". As your bike was produced in late 1984 it might indeed well be a 1985 model. Thing is, I always thought the 1985 Competition was an entirely different bike.
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Yeah that looks just like mine except my dropouts are Gipiemme not Campy. Yeah the photos/specs of '85 Competitions that I've seen are completely different.
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From the couple I've had, '84 may have been the end of made in England, at least for sale in the US. I had some form of nice Raleigh that was made in England with a 531 Anniversary decal (84?) and have one labeled Raleigh USA but with a made in England decal. I believe it has the Anniversay decal too. 531c was the "new" name for the traditional 531 as they branched out.
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I'm beginning to think that the Competition pictured here is actually a 1986 model, built late in '85, and that the earlier model was continued in '85 in Ambassador Blue. Anyone got a 1985 European brochure?
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