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Raleigh 555 tubing - what is it?

Old 03-22-11, 08:02 PM
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Raleigh 555 tubing - what is it?

Hey gang,

Bike newbie here, first-time poster. In looking for a new-to-me bike I've found a couple of Raleighs from the early-mid 80s that have "Raleigh 555" tubing.

Is 555 chromoly? Is it as good as 531? Any info or tips are appreciated!

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As far as I can tell Raleigh USA rebranded Tange chromoly tubing as their 555 tubing. Some 555 are seamless and some are seamed, some are butted and some are straight. Yes, some 555 are as good as 531.
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There's a thread in the framebuilders forum on this same topic. There's conjecture that 555 was rebadged 501, but that doesn't seem likely to me. Why call it "Raleigh 555", when "Reynolds 501" has more selling power? Word on the street back then was that 555 was Taiwanese CrMo. Probably not as good as 531 either - if it was, why would they have used 531 in the higher-priced bikes?

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Originally Posted by bobbycorno View Post
Why call it "Raleigh 555", when "Reynolds 501" has more selling power?
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Maybe because Reynolds didnt want their name on 'fake' Raleighs?
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