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Old 03-01-17, 03:41 PM
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Originally Posted by Trakhak View Post
You're thinking of the Alyeska and/or Kodiak. The Olympian was the entry-level Technium model; main frame aluminum, forks and stays hi-ten, budget running gear.
See the bike in post #19. Cantis for sure. Looks like probably a triple there. I'll have to take his word on the Olympian label; the pic is too fuzzy to tell. @higgins617, we need much better pics of that one; it seems to be an oddity among oddities. Maybe you could get it out in the daylight and shoot some closeups of the details for us, especially brakes and decals.

For the record, the "Olympian" tag was also previously used on a heavy-ish entry level road bike made from the Raleigh 555 tubing with the label that looked like a Reynolds label. I flipped a very clean one a few years back. I believe it was a 1985, just predating the technium era.
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531 steel Technium with aluminum lugs
That's what the English-made SPDU Raleigh Dynatechs had. I know a guy with one who says it is 531c with the aluminum lugs. I didn't know that some Techniums implemented that same construction. Cool!
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...entry-level Technium model; main frame aluminum, forks and stays hi-ten, budget running gear.
My Technium was entry-level as well. Called the PRE, I examined the '89 Raleigh catalog before I bought, and noticed that all four "levels" of Technium were all the exact-same frame. I knew I would be upgrading components, so went for the least-expensive model.

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Any special reason? Do they differ from the rest of the line in any way that you know of? When I started this thread, I was hoping to find out more about the many, many variations Technium. I bought two of them from a guy last spring and they are very different bikes.
Silly you thinking it has to do with secret hidden performance factors.

I have a thing for top tube lettering. There, I said it
P R O L O G U E
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It has to be the lettering that goes all the way across the top tube
I also still have a thing for the Peugeot victory flag graphics

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So far I have been successful hiding my shameful lust from family and friends but fear time may be running out

I should probably start a thread about weird bike things so I don't feel so alone

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My Technium was entry-level as well. Called the PRE, I examined the '89 Raleigh catalog before I bought, and noticed that all four "levels" of Technium were all the exact-same frame. I knew I would be upgrading compnents, so went for the least-expensive model.
Just today I stumbled upon a 89 Pre - black with the pink stripes on the seat tube - pretty minty but he is asking a premium price. I'm gonna wait him out. Still don't know what I'm willing to spend on it.
Found a stock pic from the net


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Just today I stumbled upon a 89 Pre - black with the pink stripes on the seat tube - pretty minty but he is asking a premium price. I'm gonna wait him out

Yup...That's the paint scheme mine came with. I actually liked the dark pink accents. I got mine as a left-over for $319.00. I think the price was supposed to be $350.00 or-so. I think the bar tape was originally white cotton. I cut the dork disc off with wire cutters and rode with it that color for ten years before re-painting in yellow. The Accushift needed to be adjusted quite often, but now I make it easy on myself and just ride friction.

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Yup...That's the paint scheme mine came with. I actually liked the dark pink accents. I got mine as a left-over for $319.00. I think the price was supposed to be $350.00 or-so.
Remember what wheels came on it ? Light or heavy ? Good or bad ?
He was asking $225 and I told him I like it but couldn't pay that price.
20 minutes later he said he would let it go for $150

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Wow, Chuc, I had not seen anything like that before. Are they calling that bike Technium? Amazing stuff coming from Raleigh USA's R&D at that time.
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Remember what wheels came on it ? Light or heavy ? Good or bad ?
He was asking $225 and I told him I like it but couldn't pay that price.
20 minutes later he said he would let it go for $150
$150.00 is a good price. It came with Araya 32H alloy wheels. In 1988, Raleigh USA stopped using 27" wheels and went to the 700c. They weren't bad wheels, but when I went to the Sun Mistral, I realized there were better ones that were not a ton of money.
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$150.00 is a good price. It came with Araya 32H alloy wheels. In 1988, Raleigh USA stopped using 27" wheels and went to the 700c. They weren't bad wheels, but when I went to the Sun Mistral, I realized there were better ones that were not a ton of money.
Appreciate the info. $150 to me doesn't sound like a bargain by any means, but maybe I'll take a look at it.
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I hate to say it, but if you can't afford $150.00 for a quality bike, you might consider public transportation.
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Old 03-01-17, 08:42 PM
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Here's the '93(?) MT500 that I built probably a decade ago and still have most of sitting on the back porch.
I thought it was interesting because they had changed the technique to using just two bond points.
Front (head, top and down tubes) is 7005 aluminum, while the back including the entire seat post is Tange Prestige.
That makes only two bond points, and I guess gets it a stiff front section and more compliant rear?



A cute feature is the "Satellite" stem which has a lever that loosens the stem angle and the handlebar clamp simultaneously, which means a quick switch from sporty to city.
That thing is awesome! Is that the original fork it came with? Any other pictures?
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I hate to say it, but if you can't afford $150.00 for a quality bike, you might consider public transportation.
LOL - It's not the money. I just usually find better bargains on bikes I have access to better info on. This one is a bit of a mystery to me that's all. Not a lot of info out there on it
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...Trek used the T6, though, while Raleigh USA used the T8. These are the only companies I know of, in the 80's, that used Alcoa, or, at least, advertised it on their bicycles....
There was a company called Vari-Wall that worked with Alcoa in the late 80's to produce butted alu frame tubing for both Schwinn & Klein. As the link below states, that green Klein in Jerry's apartment on Seinfeld was made with it.

Vari-Wall, the brand-behind-the-brand. Part One
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You're thinking of the Alyeska and/or Kodiak. The Olympian was the entry-level Technium model; main frame aluminum, forks and stays hi-ten, budget running gear.
From what I've been able to find, this Olympian came with some mix of Exage gear, mostly 300LX with Exage country canti brakes I'm led to believe. And this is far from scientific, but I would hope the previous owner wouldn't have paid to put Campy wheels on a junk level frame. I'll be back home Saturday and will get cleaner pics, phone's lens is cracked.
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There was a company called Vari-Wall that worked with Alcoa in the late 80's to produce butted alu frame tubing for both Schwinn & Klein.

I knew that Klein was one of the few fore-running bicycle companies in aluminum research and production, but I didn't know they used the Alcoa. Raleigh USA and TREK probably shared notes (and tubes?), both being located in Kent, WA. The employees of both companies would meet for lunchtime rides, which seemed more competitive than casual.
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There was a company called Vari-Wall that worked with Alcoa in the late 80's to produce butted alu frame tubing for both Schwinn & Klein. As the link below states, that green Klein in Jerry's apartment on Seinfeld was made with it.

Vari-Wall, the brand-behind-the-brand. Part One
Some good Thursday morning learnin! Thanks for the link.
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Few more/better shots of the Technium Olympian I'm going to be working on soon. Really odd bike.
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I still need to tear down this Technium. This is how I found it:



I built this one up for my son. He lives in Midtown Atlanta and needed a "city" bike to ride a short distance to his office. It's definitely a frankenbike with a hodgepodge of assorted parts from the parts bin, but it rides nice and shifts great.
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531 steel Technium with aluminum lugs
I've got one that matches that description, too. But the graphics make it appear to be a different model year from yours. Anyway, Reynolds 531 main tubes with aluminum lug assemblies, which is bass-ackwards from your average Technium. Seat-of-the-pants impression is this one is a bit stiffer than the bike I showed in post #1.

Don't know just why this one is sporting an Alan aluminum fork. It's pretty buzzy with those skinny tires. Haven't ridden it more than 20 miles at a stretch, it'd interesting to see how long I can tolerate it.





I think this sticker means the main tubes are 531 and the stays are 4130 CroMo:


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resurrecting the thread post-image bucket fail...

well ! the big technium tour...

technically it's only for a 110km x 2 (= round trip) ride to a country house.
but I think i'm far beyond recommended use here...
in particular, the weight on the back made it akin to riding an overcooked noodle.
still, the ride was smooth.
anyway, this proves that the bonding can withstand great stress...

my french randonneuse had a BB+HS issue and I couldn't get french parts quickly enough so I resurrected my old Technium Olympian (cantilever version)
it has a big fat dent on the DT and one of the dropouts has been re-welded.

having used only regular columbus SL steel (or similar) rides in the past year, it's become quite clear now for me that this frame is filtering vibrations way more efficiently.

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I refurbished a friend's Technium Competition recently. Full 600 tricolor, looked to be late 80s. Reynolds 531 bonded to aluminum lugs. The headtube is fully aluminum. Here are some pics of the frame from mid-overhaul.









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Any concerns about the corrosion at the seat cluster?
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What kind of calipers are those?
a tribute to our dear sheldon brown
see https://www.sheldonbrown.com/cantilever-geometry.html (somewhere mid-page)


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