1980s Raleigh Triumph Gran Course (pic heavy)
After some conversation over in "What's it Worth?" I decided to pick up this early/mid 1980s Raleigh Triumph Gran Course. More pics were requested, so there will be quite a few here.
In case someone else is looking for info in the future and comes across this, I'll summarize a few things I think are correct here. The Gran Course was apparently only available as a frameset and was intended for the European market (however, mine has a sticker from an American bike shop, so maybe some dealers were able to get a hold of them). It seems Raleigh owned the Triumph brand and produced some Gran Course frames with Triumph badging instead of Raleigh badging (I've read of other examples marked "Triumph" but otherwise matching the Raleigh version of the frame, and the seller I got this one from had a virtually identical one also marked "Triumph").
Since Raleigh licensed Huffy to use the "Raleigh USA" name in 1982, I'm curious whether the Triumph-badged Gran Courses represented a way for Raleigh England to sell those frames through American shops without violating their agreement. Anyone know more about that?
So here it is: 531c frame, Suntour Sprint throughout, 3TTT cockpit. To be honest, I'm not in love with the fade paint job. I probably won't repaint, but I might try some lug lining. Also, this thing is fast... and geared high. I don't want to give up the Sprint components, but I've got hills and beat up knees. Anyone have a source for 130 BCD triple-izer chainrings?
One other thing - mine has a chromed fork rather than a painted fork like in the catalog. One guy said it matches the fork on his son's Italian racing bike of the same era. But another person suggested maybe this chromed fork was an option since the fork crown lugs seem to match the head tube lugs. Can anyone identify the fork?
(Click for larger versions).
Thanks for taking a look.