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1986 Raleigh USA Competition

Old 10-13-16, 09:10 AM
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1986 Raleigh USA Competition

From the seller: A collector's dream! A time capsule condition 1986 Raleigh USA Competition racing bike with the legendary Reynolds 531 frame and full Shimano 600 group! Fully refurbished and ready to display or enjoy. 63cm frame is ideal for cyclists 6'0" or taller. Don't miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to buy this bike! Direct price of only $540!

That seems kind of high? no? Looks pretty mint.
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Old 10-13-16, 10:17 AM
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"Tuned up, lubed and detailed" but apparently not overhauled, which one would expect at this price.

In my neck of the woods, maybe $350, perhaps a bit higher in certain metro areas. But certainly not $540 or $599.

FWIW, I recognize the shop sticker - Wares in Milwaukee. That business went belly up a few years ago when the owner failed to pay his suppliers. The store was locked up and the remaining stock was seized so that the suppliers could be at least paid something - that's how bad the situation was.
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Old 10-13-16, 10:30 AM
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First, I'm assuming you are 6'3" or taller for that bike.

That is a Huffy era Raleigh Comp, made and assembled in Taiwan. Stiff riding, perhaps less so as a 63cm frame.

Seller sells a lot of bikes in great condition and fully overhauled. I wish I could do as well.

For $600 or so with sales tax on a local pickup, there are a lot of other very nice racing bikes with newer and better components. Albeit some opinions suggest an Asian built Raleigh is better crafted than a UK bike, I would rather have a UK Raleigh which I do; a Super Course MK II, an International, and picking up a Grand Sport tomorrow. I do have a Japanese built Alyeska, but that is a different beast. I'd also rather have an Italian made Bianchi, a USA made Trek, a Japanese built Miyata, etc. About the only exception are a few Japanese sourced Schwinns from the 1980
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I concur, this is priced far too high. I suspect the prime reason for the high BIN is that the owner is trying to recoup the LBS labour costs. Please note that the bicycle is not full Reynolds 531. Only the main tubes are butted Reynolds 531. The stays are an unspecified material and the fork is an unknown grade of Tange CrMo. The Shimano New 600EX is not the SIS version that came out in 1986, but the older friction shifting version. Raleigh USA totally missed the boat on SIS. Maybe they were trying to cut costs just like with the frame. Regardless, $599.99 is far too high for a mass produced model that had an original retail price of $450.00, especially when it's a harder to offload, extra large size.
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Old 10-13-16, 04:23 PM
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I would agree that it is a very nice bike but is priced too high. Considering the excellent condition and cosmetics I would think $350 or so all in with shipping, which is about top dollar for a Huffy era Raleigh that wasn't an actual team level race bike.
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Old 10-14-16, 06:29 PM
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I'm an owner of an '84 Competition and love the bike. The 84-86 Raleigh USA bikes look cool and are great riders, fairly lightweight and quite responsive. My personal preference is the 84/85 models with loads of chrome. Raleigh chaneged the chrome parts to paint in 86.

As much as I endorse the purchase of one of these bikes, I agree the price for this one is too high. I'm with the rest of the group in the $350 range. Maaaaaybe up to $400 given the combination of the condition and size make it a pretty rare find.
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Originally Posted by plonz View Post
I'm an owner of an '84 Competition and love the bike. The 84-86 Raleigh USA bikes look cool and are great riders, fairly lightweight and quite responsive. My personal preference is the 84/85 models with loads of chrome. Raleigh chaneged the chrome parts to paint in 86.

As much as I endorse the purchase of one of these bikes, I agree the price for this one is too high. I'm with the rest of the group in the $350 range. Maaaaaybe up to $400 given the combination of the condition and size make it a pretty rare find.
+1 The 84/85 Competitions are some of the nicest budget racers of all time. Yet it's still a mass produced budget racer so your looking $400 tops with the nicest of somewhat budget racers from the 70's and 80's including stuff like PX-10's and some nicer Treks, Canaondales and Bianchi's your hard pressed to get more than $500 in the current market.
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