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79' Team Raleigh Rapide

Old 09-07-14, 12:34 AM
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79' Team Raleigh Rapide

Hi guys, greetings from Singapore.

This site has given me lots of infos already. Thank you

This is my first post and would like some opinion or more information on my frame.
I have already done my initial research and this is what I have:
Team Raleigh Rapide frame in stock red and black team colour
Its a workshop model made in England
Model year is 1979
531 tubing for frame

During my online search most of the team raleigh out there are:
Professional, record and the likes.

Unusual details of the frame includes round top tube brake cable guide mount which exposes the cable on top middle section. It doesnt have a left side FD shifter cable guide. But the right has one. Im guessing it uses a specific FD model?

Any more information on this bike will be greatly appreciated
Will post more detailed pics if needed

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Old 09-08-14, 08:33 AM
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Hi, Orzalana-

Welcome to C&V. Glad you are getting some background on your Raleigh. It is a Worksop bike and is roughly the same as a North American specification Raleigh Super Course. It has a slightly more expensive level of equipment than the NA Super Courses but the frame spec and details seem the same. Earlier Rapides had Weinmann centre pull brakes but later bikes switched to sidepulls with the divided "diver's helmet" cable stops like yours. Because the bike was built in the Carlton factory, Carlton offered a similar version in its own colour livery. While not produced in the SBDU, the Rapides were a cost effective way of riding the racing team's colours. Later, the name was used on junky, Taiwanese produced entry level bikes here in NA while in Britain, the bike was up-graded to a butted 531 frame with production shifted to the Raleigh Nottingham factory.



Regarding the front derailleur cable stop - is it routed under the bottom bracket and therefore doesn't need a cable stop on the downtube? Typically, the early models had such a stop and a guide on top of the bottom bracket shell. Regardless, it's a handsome bike.
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Originally Posted by bertinjim View Post
Hi, Orzalana-

Welcome to C&V. Glad you are getting some background on your Raleigh. It is a Worksop bike and is roughly the same as a North American specification Raleigh Super Course. It has a slightly more expensive level of equipment than the NA Super Courses but the frame spec and details seem the same. Earlier Rapides had Weinmann centre pull brakes but later bikes switched to sidepulls with the divided "diver's helmet" cable stops like yours. Because the bike was built in the Carlton factory, Carlton offered a similar version in its own colour livery. While not produced in the SBDU, the Rapides were a cost effective way of riding the racing team's colours. Later, the name was used on junky, Taiwanese produced entry level bikes here in NA while in Britain, the bike was up-graded to a butted 531 frame with production shifted to the Raleigh Nottingham factory.



Regarding the front derailleur cable stop - is it routed under the bottom bracket and therefore doesn't need a cable stop on the downtube? Typically, the early models had such a stop and a guide on top of the bottom bracket shell. Regardless, it's a handsome bike.
Hi Bertinjim,

Thanks for the response.
I really know that this model is not the premium one as compared with the professional and the other team raleighs out there. But it looks and feels vintage enough for me. Happy with the bike and how it rides as well.

Now I know there is a name for that cable stop on my top tube "divided "diver's helmet" cable stops". Nice!

My Bottom bracket doesnt have a cable guide though. I installed a vintage cable guide, mounted in the lower part of the down tube. The right side has a brazed on guide though.

Thanks for the infos and the complement

orzalana
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