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Old 02-23-15, 04:13 AM
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Older Raleigh Identification

Hi, I recently acquired a 12 spd. Raleigh bike from my father's garage and am having trouble identifying the exact model. I just finished tearing it down, cleaning it up, and putting it back together to make an excellent daily rider. He was somebody known to mix parts from various other bikes, so I'm positive that not all of these parts are original. Some of them could be off of his 1984 Trek. It looks like it's from the late 70s/early 80s.

Serial Number: N2G0xxx.

Derailleur: Suntour Cyclone [TJ] (1977; according to Date of Manufacture of Bicycle Components can be used to date a bike: component dating).
"Suntour PRO" is embossed onto the frame where the derailleur is attached.

Front Derailleur: Campagnolo.
There is a blue and yellow Campagnolo sticker on the top frame tube - doesn't look to be original.

Shifters: Suntour.

Wheels: Mavic MA40.

Dropouts: SunTour Pro.

Crank: Sakae AX.

Brakes: Dia-Compe side-pull (Believed to be off a 1984 Trek). SunTour Superbes were on it when found.

Reynolds 531 Tubing.

"Made in Japan" decal on the lower part of the vertical frame tube. Rear brake cable travels along the top of the frame.

Attached are some pictures. (All of that white stuff is Chain Lube that I kind of went crazy with). Any questions please feel free to ask, and thank you for your time!

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Old 02-23-15, 07:48 AM
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My suspicions are it is a 1982 Competition GS built by Bridgestone. Logo change was in 1983. The 1981 catalog is online at theheadbadge.com, but no 1982 USA catalog.

If the Reynolds 531 decal says butted main tubes, then it is a Super Course.
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Old 02-28-15, 03:37 AM
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Interesting. Are you saying it's not a Raleigh? I have a mystery Raleigh mtb that I havent been able to find anywhere online. It has a similar face plate to this one, in fact I think its the same emblem. Ill post a picture when I figure out how to do that on my cellphone
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Old 02-28-15, 09:00 AM
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Interesting. Are you saying it's not a Raleigh? I have a mystery Raleigh mtb that I havent been able to find anywhere online. It has a similar face plate to this one, in fact I think its the same emblem. Ill post a picture when I figure out how to do that on my cellphone
It is a Raleigh, but at this time they were shifting manufacturing to other factories in Japan. In this case, probably the Bridgestone factory.
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Thanks for the feedback. A 1981-2 Competition GS looks like the closest match so far. The Reynolds 531 sticker on the vertical frame tube says "Butted tubes, forks, & stays," and the sticker on the front fork says "Fork blades," so it's not likely a supercourse. It also doesn't have any print on the horizontal frame tube where the model name would normally be. I still haven't found any pictures of the exact bike model anywhere, but I am still searching. The part that keeps tripping me up is how my front and rear forks have been painted over the chrome areas (looks like from the factory), and it's more of a metallic indigo color rather than black.

My father believed it came with Campy components (even though the Campy sticker is on sort of crooked...), and that would make sense more than the rear Suntour derailleur being from 1977 while the frame-top rear brake cable stays resemble an early 80s time period.
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Clearly made in Japan (always check the head badge, if it has '//////////' rather than 'Nottingham', that's the first indication it is NOT a UK built bike.) I am very certain that the 'thicker' head badge was never used on a UK bike. This is post my separation from Raleigh, but the wheels were certainly turning in that direction as the downward spiral continued.
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That's exactly the same as mine - same lugs, paint color/lug lining, 531 decals, RALEIGH DT decal, no TT model name decal, Suntour Pro drops, Japanese headbadge, and painted over chrome stays and blades. I actually have bought two identical bikes in the Maryland/DC area in the past year. One was a bit big (and in very nice condition) which I sold to a taller friend. The other is my size and in the build queue. If I remember correctly the fork steerer tube was stamped TANGE, and fork blades had 531 decals. Both bikes had a random mix of Suntour Superbe, Campy, Dia Compe, and Avocet parts. Which leads me to suspect these may have been sold as framesets. One had period correct Mavic 27" rims, the other 700c. Someday a decent 1982 catalog scan will turn up. Until then, enjoy the ride - it's a very nice frame.
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Thanks for the feedback! It's been reassuring to find somebody with the exact same model.
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