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Raleigh Technium Olympian

Old 03-25-20, 01:18 PM
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Raleigh Technium Olympian

Sorry for the poor pics, but anyone have a clue what year this is? I'm debating if its worth fixing up and selling as a bike or just grabbing a few parts and ditching the rest. The frame is in good shape. I would have very little $ into it as a purchase. No cracks, dents or rust. Needs lots of little things like bar tape, cables and tires.








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Techniums (Technii?) were made in Kent, Washington, just south of the Boeing plant in Seattle, between 1986 and 1993 if memory serves. Raleigh needed Boeing's expertise in bonding dissimilar metals - which is what the Technium process is.

In your case, I believe the Olympian frame consists of aluminum main tubes bonded to cromoly lugs, the most common configuation.

I like these frames. I've always thought they rode better than their pay grade, almost like a better grade of steel. Not soft, but definitely not harsh either, a nice balance. And no, I've never seen a frame come apart, if you have fears of the bonding process.

When times were good, ~$150, fully refurb'd & ready to go. Today, no clue what these bring.
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With a good overhaul and some TLC that will make someone a great commuter
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Unfortunately nothing special. As noted above, a good commuter/campus bike.

As is, $50. Cleaned, overhauled and ready to ride, $125.
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Thanks to all!

Yes, the components are decent but nothing great. I do hate to see a bike parted out, especially when the frame is still good and the components have no extraordinary value. I think I will get it in good, rideable condition, and let someone else enjoy it.A nice home project while I am waiting out the storm.
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The subject bicycle is 1990 Raleigh Olympian FT. It was 7th in a line-up of 9 Technium road models and had a retail price of $400 US. Olympian was actually a series of 3 sport bicycles during this era, with the other two being Olympian and Olympian CX.
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Originally Posted by T-Mar
The subject bicycle is 1990 Raleigh Olympian FT. It was 7th in a line-up of 9 Technium road models and had a retail price of $400 US. Olympian was actually a series of 3 sport bicycles during this era, with the other two being Olympian and Olympian CX.
Thanks T-Mar. Much appreciated.
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Front tire too close to down tube and, the front fork looks like toast in the next to last picture. Looks like an early 3X7 set up. Exage is decent stuff. Main frame triangle looks OK. Might be good for a parts bike. Worth $50 tops as-is.
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MAn -

if it weren't for that fork being punched with a hammer , that bike would have potential !

everyone is gaga over bigger tires , and with cantilever brakes, you might be able to squeeze a decent size set of skins on there for some entry level gravel exploring on the cheap
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Originally Posted by ramzilla
Front tire too close to down tube and, the front fork looks like toast in the next to last picture. Looks like an early 3X7 set up. Exage is decent stuff. Main frame triangle looks OK. Might be good for a parts bike. Worth $50 tops as-is.
The fork is actually perfect. I'm not sure why that image shows a distortion.
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MAn -

if it weren't for that fork being punched with a hammer , that bike would have potential !

everyone is gaga over bigger tires , and with cantilever brakes, you might be able to squeeze a decent size set of skins on there for some entry level gravel exploring on the cheap
As I said, the fork is actually perfect. I'm not sure why that image shows a distortion. Yes, it would take a good size tire.
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Originally Posted by kross57
As I said, the fork is actually perfect. I'm not sure why that image shows a distortion. Yes, it would take a good size tire.
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Id be all over that then -- but ive been looking for a deal on a canti braked touring bike for a while now ---- ive been pining for a Bianchi Volpe, but they never come up in my area in my size
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Must be dirt and/or lighting but it sure looks mangled on the right size.

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Originally Posted by TugaDude
Must be dirt and/or lighting but it sure looks mangled on the right size.
I know, but that isn't the case. Lighting, dirt, and a squiggly computer cable.
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Originally Posted by T-Mar
The subject bicycle is 1990 Raleigh Olympian FT. It was 7th in a line-up of 9 Technium road models and had a retail price of $400 US. Olympian was actually a series of 3 sport bicycles during this era, with the other two being Olympian and Olympian CX.
Looks like this is a 91 rather than a 90. Correct?

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Originally Posted by kross57
Looks like this is a 91 rather than a 90. Correct?

No, it's a 1990 model, as I previously stated. Based on the serial number, this frame was the 1?98th manufactured on day 140 of 1990. That would make it May 19, 1990. The format used by Raleigh's Kent facility used the 1st and 5th characters as the year indicator. Characters 2 through 4 indicate the day, while the remaining characters are the sequential frame number. Sometimes, there is also an A or B suffix to denote day and evening shifts respectively.
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Originally Posted by T-Mar
No, it's a 1990 model, as I previously stated. Based on the serial number, this frame was the 1?98th manufactured on day 140 of 1990. That would make it May 19, 1990. The format used by Raleigh's Kent facility used the 1st and 5th characters as the year indicator. Characters 2 through 4 indicate the day, while the remaining characters are the sequential frame number. Sometimes, there is also an A or B suffix to denote day and evening shifts respectively.
Got it! Thanks.
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Originally Posted by kross57
I do hate to see a bike parted out, especially when the frame is still good and the components have no extraordinary value. I think I will get it in good, rideable condition, and let someone else enjoy it.A nice home project while I am waiting out the storm.
Not a good candidate for part out. Its all about high end parts. With lower end parts best to make it rideable and enjoy.

Part out candidates, list is not complete. There are always exceptions:

Road bikes:
Campy
Shimano Dura Ace, Ultegra or 600
Suntour Cyclone, Sprint, Superbe, Superbe Pro
Any good quality triple crankset
Some Sugino doubles


MTBs:

Shimano XT or XTR, Shimano Deerhead
Suntour XC Pro
Thumb shifters
Any good quality triple crankset


Now on really desirable bikes, best to leave original and unmolested!!

+100 The "best" part outs is when the frame has a fatal flaw, like crash damage or similar.
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Waded into it today - bottom bracket and wheel bearings serviced, derailleurs repaired, cables replaced. Waiting on the tires. Then rewrap the bars, replace the saddle, clean her up and done!
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Not trying to hijack the thread. But, I've got an old Technium myself. I believe it's the first year model. I've been using it for about 6 years myself, no problemo. Techniums came equipped with nice Araya wheels. My frame can handle big 27" x 1-3/8" (35mm) Michelin Pro-Tek tires. I think the Technium is one of my sweetest rides. (All my bikes are for sale but, I think I'll keep this one).

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Originally Posted by ramzilla
Not trying to hijack the thread. But, I've got an old Technium myself. I believe it's the first year model...
This appears to to be a 1986 Technium 440, which would make it 1st year. Serial number?
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Originally Posted by ramzilla
Not trying to hijack the thread. But, I've got an old Technium myself. I believe it's the first year model. I've been using it for about 6 years myself, no problemo. Techniums came equipped with nice Araya wheels. My frame can handle big 27" x 1-3/8" (35mm) Michelin Pro-Tek tires. I think the Technium is one of my sweetest rides. (All my bikes are for sale but, I think I'll keep this one).

I had a 480 that I wish I hadn't sold. It was in pristine condition. Sold it to a very happy college student. You should keep it!
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Originally Posted by T-Mar
This appears to to be a 1986 Technium 440, which would make it 1st year. Serial number?
I'm out of town for the next couple weeks. So, no way to check the serial number. I did find an older picture of the bike back when it still had a pair of Kendas & stem shifters on it. I can't remember how long I've had this bike. I think I got it around 2014. I've put quite a few miles on it. It's a keeper.

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Just a follow up. Despite the lower estimates here, once serviced and clean, it sold for $175 the first day Ilisted it. There was a lot of interest,so, it probably could have sold higher. Good to know. If you are selling a similar bike I would offer it at $200-$250.

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