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Old 07-10-17, 10:23 AM
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Originally Posted by T-Mar View Post
We had a Royale in Canada but it didn't have the light mount and was late 1970s to early 1980s, with SunTour. FWIW, it was below the Record.

There is the often repeated story (and associated photo) of how Frank Donnelly and Kevin O'Donovan of Raleigh and Carlton, visited the Simplex factory and decided to order the Prestige based on it's ability to twist 90 degrees, without breaking. Given that this reportedly happened in 1967,I would think that this would be the earliest date for for OEM Simplex derailleurs on Raleigh. Regardless, the Raleigh serial number formats are well established, so there should be little, if any, confusion on year.

The fact that bicycle has been torn down does not prevent pictures from aiding with the identification. You may have to take a few more pictures, so that we can assess the major components for clues, but I'm pretty sure most of the members could envision what it would look like assembled, from frame and components photos.
The bike has a very Record feel to it. The hubs are definitely Record level (high flange, three piece steel rear, low flange front, with very Raleigh style acorn axle nuts), likewise the rims. But in Raleigh parlance, that I'm used to anyway, Simplex meant at least a half step above bottom of the line, which would use Huret Allvit.

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