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Raleigh Super Course with nisi evian super sport light alloy wheels

Old 01-07-17, 08:36 PM
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Raleigh Super Course with nisi evian super sport light alloy wheels

I was digging around in the pile at the Bike Exchange today and pulled out a 1972-3 Raleigh Supercourse to work on. It has Nisi Evian super sport light alloy wheels on it along with a Shimano Eagle rear and Huret front derailleur , Huret down tube shifters, and a stronglight cottered crank.

I have been looking for info on the wheels but can't find anything on this model Nisi(clinchers) . Has anyone seen these before. If they are very rare / valuable I could sell them and use something else.

I am planning to replace the derailleurs and levers with Suntour and keep the beautiful Stronglight crank.

The bike is green metallic and in pretty good shape overall . I think with a complete service and a clean/ polish it should look great. This one will definitely go in the Sale pile.

One thing, the rear dropouts are spaced at 120 mm. so it can't take a 6 speed freewheel. Should I re space it to 126 or leave it stock? I would love to put a 6 spd Shimano hyperglide freewheel on it for the ease of shifting.

I guess I am torn with keeping it stock / period correct or modernizing it for better performance. What do you all think eh?
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Old 01-07-17, 08:48 PM
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I once owned a '78 Super Course that was a stock 10-speed, and I wouldn't describe as being in need of improvement. The Sun Tour mechs likely had something to do with that. Shifts with reliable friction components just become second nature after a week or so of regular riding.
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Those Nisi rims were fairly common as OEM rims on lower middle level 10 speeds of the era. I can't say whether they're rare or collectible now, but if they are it's because they were very plain vanilla and nobody would have considered them worth saving for posterity.

As far as going to 6s and spreading the frame, strictly your call, and might depend on whether you want it as a B bike to ride, or a restored collectible. One factor might be the rear wheel's spoke nipples, and whether they're free enough to allow you to redish. If you're saving the wheels for posterity, then the choice is easier because you'll be buying new wheels and might as well go 6s.
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I've seen lots of those Nisi rims on Super Courses that have come my way. Nothing particularly special about them and with 27" wheels and Normandy hubs known for pitting of cones, not very desirable.

As far as mods, go for it. The Super Course is a great platform to build on as nothing it came with originally is particularly rare or valuable. Here's my '73 w/ Capella lugs in its latest configuration:

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I recently restored a 1972 Raleigh Super Course and was faced with the same decisions. I chose to stay with the 120mm dropout spacing, but I did replace the stock 14-28 freewheel with a new IRD 13-32, 5-speed freewheel to afford slightly lower gearing. Everything else was kept intact, including the existing Suntour VG-T Luxe rear derailleur, and the Huret front derailleur and friction shifters. Oh, I changed the original chain to a new KMT X8 chain and the bike shifts really well now.

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Best I can tell, those Nisi rims were single wall without eyelets. I doubt if they were hooked. It doesn't seem to me that anybody would choose those rims for a vintage bike unless they were the original rims and someone was trying to make the bike original. Certainly wouldn't choose them for performance, though I bet they're light. Super Course bikes have a tendency to go all Frank, so it seems unlikely that those rims would be valuable to an SC owner.

We have a 74 SC MKII that we bought new in 1975. The original rims were unremarkable and got replaced in the mid 80s and I don't recall what they were, other than not impressive.

The Huret derailleurs always worked ok. With a Sedisport chain and Suntour Ultra 6 freewheel, the rear shifted pretty good. With a new IRD seven speed and a 7/8 sp chain, it shifts remarkably well. People like the Sun Tour RDs better, but the old Huret Challenger is good enough for me.
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Originally Posted by Scarbo View Post
I recently restored a 1972 Raleigh Super Course and was faced with the same decisions. I chose to stay with the 120mm dropout spacing, but I did replace the stock 14-28 freewheel with a new IRD 13-32, 5-speed freewheel to afford slightly lower gearing. Everything else was kept intact, including the existing Suntour VG-T Luxe rear derailleur, and the Huret front derailleur and friction shifters. Oh, I changed the original chain to a new KMT X8 chain and the bike shifts really well now.

Here she is:
You keep posting that bike, and everytime I think, "nailed it!"
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Originally Posted by gugie View Post
You keep posting that bike, and everytime I think, "nailed it!"
Thank you!

Apparently, my Dad thought so too and so he took it back from me! Now, I'm stuck looking for another nice old bike to fix up. I have my eye on a 70s vintage Raleigh International; but have not come to terms yet with the seller. We'll see. I want to start work on something soon.

Oh, and to the extent that I did "nail" it, I could not have done it without the help of many of you in C&V. You guys are the greatest!
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The rims you inquired about are the Sport Toro Stretto model. No box section, no hook bead, no ferrule. The Evian label is there because that is the name of the British importer/distributor, EVIAN (GB) LTD.

VeloBase.com - Component: Nisi Sport Toro Stretto

https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/company/00444760

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Thanks for all the info folks.

I think I am going to give the Raleigh some upright bars and thumbies , Suntour derailleurs, and a 6 speed freewheel. It should make someone a nice city bike.
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