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    can anyone identify this Raleigh model?

    its advertised as a Raleigh firebird, looks great, I was thinking of converting it into a single gear commuter or fixed gear. Any ideas or input is welcome. Pics are attached.
    One last note, at 22.5 inches would this frame fit well for someone who is 5'9''?
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    It's a pre 70's bike in great shape.
    Made in Nottingham England.
    All the components are steel so it is very heavy.
    If you replace all the steel with Al you will remove 8 lbs from the bike.
    The date of manufacture is stamped on the bb spindle.
    If it is a 57cm frame it is probably too big for you unless you are all legs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by powers2b View Post
    If it is a 57cm frame it is probably too big for you unless you are all legs.
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    If the frame really is a 57cm its too big for me and I'm 6'-0".
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    It looks like the top tube says "Firebird" which doesn't ring a bell. I had a '72 Raleigh, and whatever that is looks older. But the suicide brake levers mark it as low-end, something with lower componentry than the old Raleigh Record. Probably a hair too big for someone that's 5'9"; but if you have long legs, there's a chance.

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    I believe it is a late 70's Euro/Canadian spec bike. Definitely low end, but if the price is right and it fits...

    I suspect a 22.5" frame would be a bit large for someone at 5'-9", but try it and see.

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