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Old 03-07-16, 07:50 AM
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Unknown Raleigh bike

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I help out at a local (here in Penang malaysia) little bike shack, I'm pretty OK on general bike mechanical work, & this one has come his way, as the guy has no internet I said I would try & help identify it for him, I've looked at many sites but cannot seem to pick this one out, its definitely a Raleigh made in UK, & the serial number can clearly be seen on the offside above the crank it would seem to be 1980 ?

any help on what it is very much appreciated
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It doesn't seem to have a BMX style front fork on it. So not sure what it is. But it's a nice find.
Cannot see the rear wheel drop out. Does the wheel enter the dropout from the back?
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Old 03-09-16, 03:33 AM
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Thanks for the reply appreciate, I'll look next time I'm there & see also if I can notice any other points.

Its funny I cannot find any photos like it on the web,
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Nice bike, but the fork appears to be a bit bent back.
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Yes looking at the photo they do, agreed when I'm there next I'll check the forks also, my buddy has double wedding this weekend so he has more to think about ! maybe next week he will have recovered & open.
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Originally Posted by elmore leonard
It doesn't seem to have a BMX style front fork on it. So not sure what it is. But it's a nice find.

Cannot see the rear wheel drop out. Does the wheel enter the dropout from the back?
Yes the rear wheel is slotted in from the rear.

also from OldTryGuy yes on close examination the front forks are slightly bent back, its interesting the front rim is not original, although 20" its smaller, ally & newer than the rear which is 20 x 1.75 on broad steel rims.

On close check gain there is a decal that reads " Manufactured under Licence by Raleigh Cycles Malaysia Berhad Selangor Malaysia"
So along with many other models I guess this frame was shipped out from UK as it states on frame "made in England" then all local components were sourced in Malaysia, seems this was very common on several Raleigh bike models in this era.
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Strangest looking BMX frame I have seen.
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Probably a Grifter. I think they were only available (according to the US catalogs, anyway) from 77-78

https://www.jaysmarine.com/1977raleighcat_us_18_lg.jpg
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Originally Posted by bmthom.gis
Probably a Grifter. I think they were only available (according to the US catalogs, anyway) from 77-78

https://www.jaysmarine.com/1977raleighcat_us_18_lg.jpg

Thanks for the reply but no, please the difference in thetop tubes in this attached photo totally different to the catalogue you kindly supplied.
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Originally Posted by Bike tinker man
Thanks for the reply but no, please the difference in thetop tubes in this attached photo totally different to the catalogue you kindly supplied.
That was from the US catalog. If it isn't that bike specifically, it is something similar that wasn't available here. Actually, if that photo is of the bike, then the model is right there...it's a Raleigh Rangler MX. Looks like that wasn't a model we had over here.
1976 Raleigh Rangler MX - BMXmuseum.com

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Originally Posted by bmthom.gis
That was from the US catalog. If it isn't that bike specifically, it is something similar that wasn't available here. Actually, if that photo is of the bike, then the model is right there...it's a Raleigh Rangler MX. Looks like that wasn't a model we had over here.
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Thanks bmthom-gis excellent really got it that's the one, I really appreciate you posting this, I had tried looking around on Google but not found this, I was there again today at his shack helping out, I'll show him this next time I go.

Thanks again.
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@Bike tinker man - no problem! I always enjoy hunting through old catalogs.
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