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Rare-color Raleigh Competition, 1971 $150

Old 10-16-16, 10:57 AM
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Rare-color Raleigh Competition, 1971 $150

I found a seller for a blue and white Raleigh competition that apparently didn't make catalogs around 1971. I've been sent a bunch of pictures and it seems to be in fairly good shape, mostly original parts from what I see except the seatpost. I'm being offered 140-150 ish to buy it. Is this a fair price? Is this a steal? I can't quite tell because it seems like some years' models of this frame seem to be worth quite a lot while others are just average.

From the pictures I can see a suntour front derailleur, simplex shifters and simplex rear derailleur (with red "simplex" badge) Top tube simply says "Competition" in cursive with "Raleigh" on the bottom tube in the same font, brakes look like dia-compe or weinmann, and the wheels actually look like ugly standard 27 x 1 1/4ths or something like that, but I can't tell if the hubs are nice or not. They have a medium flange.

Anyone have an opinion? The frame color is rare and only was produced for a year, but this seems to be more of a mid-range competition instead of high end. Maybe I'm mistaken, I can upload some pics if that would help. Thanks!
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Old 10-16-16, 11:08 AM
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Pics would help...
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Pics would help...
Unfortunately I guess I'm not allowed to post pics till mod approval
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Welcome to the forum. I think you can upload your photos to a site like imgur or a photobucket type site and paste the link here.

I can't wait to see pics of this one.
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...I can't think of a Raleigh Comp that was considered to be more than mid-range. That said, $150 is a solid price if it's all there and the paint's decent, even if you need to service everything and buy new rubber. Which you probably will if it's been sitting around for any length of time.

With the color, components you mention, and your inability to find it in a catalog, you ought to consider that it is not from 1971. But all things are possible. I'd do a Google image search for "blue and white Raleigh Competition" and see what pops up.
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...i can't think of a raleigh comp that was considered to be more than mid-range. That said, $150 is a solid price if it's all there and the paint's decent, even if you need to service everything and buy new rubber. Which you probably will if it's been sitting around for any length of time.

With the color, components you mention, and your inability to find it in a catalog, you ought to consider that it is not from 1971. But all things are possible. I'd do a google image search for "blue and white raleigh competition" and see what pops up.
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I recall that color combo in the early 1970s. This one is so trashed that it's not worth the money.

By the way, that white plastic mount on the rear triangle is for a wonder light, a french import to the US that had a unique battery that pretty much became unobtainable.
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...I can't think of a Raleigh Comp that was considered to be more than mid-range
You guys are nuts. It was typically 2nd down from the top, a full 531 frame & fork with Campagnolo (or sometimes others) dropouts... It is a high end bike for a production bike company. The frame alone would normally be worth the $140 asking price.

That said, in this case, the frame is rough and the bike is not well set up. Is the fork bent? It looks a little wonky. If the fork isn't bent, the rust is minor, and the bike could be had for $100 I would still absolutely buy it.
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Originally Posted by howsteepisit View Post
I recall that color combo in the early 1970s. This one is so trashed that it's not worth the money.

By the way, that white plastic mount on the rear triangle is for a wonder light, a french import to the US that had a unique battery that pretty much became unobtainable.
If you tore the cardboard cover off of the 4.5 volt Wonderlight battery you found three 1.5 volt AA batteries soldered together. I fashioned some brass strips to do the same connections and taped the three cells together with masking tape. No more need for their supposedly "proprietary" battery......
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I ended up spending 120 on it. From what I can tell, this isn't quite the high end bike that some competitions were but it is still a nice frame and test rides very smoothly. I'm not 100% sure it was worth it but I think the frame can be cleaned up with some work. The rear plastic holder is for some kind of light and the front generator actually still works. Maybe I'll work on it and get some progress pics!

EDIT: the fork is also not bent and the rust is spotted on the surface, not spreading.
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I ended up spending 120 on it. From what I can tell, this isn't quite the high end bike that some competitions were but it is still a nice frame and test rides very smoothly. I'm not 100% sure it was worth it but I think the frame can be cleaned up with some work. The rear plastic holder is for some kind of light and the front generator actually still works. Maybe I'll work on it and get some progress pics!

EDIT: the fork is also not bent and the rust is spotted on the surface, not spreading.
Cool. I think it's worth that. I'd strip the whole bike down to the bare frame, treat the rust, and rebuild from the ground up. It certainly looks like it needs some TLC.
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