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New Build: 1978 Raleigh Pro Mk V

Old 10-21-21, 08:56 AM
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New Build: 1978 Raleigh Pro Mk V

Starting another build, this time a '78 Professional Mk V. It's interesting to note the differences between this one and my '74 Mk IV. As others here have noted, the color is a little different, the stays are different, and there is much more limited chrome... My goal is to go back to mostly stock, but with period upgrades as might have been done back in the day. For example, will put on a Cinelli 1/A stem and model 66 bars, my favorites. Also thinking about using a set of Mavic SSC bleu rims mated to Campy low flange. One great bonus about this bike was he threw in a set of wheels that have second generation Phil Wood hubs, very cool. I will be divesting most of the non original parts that came with the frame.

Down to the bare frame after cleaning. Lots of patina, but I like it, no plans to repaint. The prior owner was a racer, bought it second hand in 1980 and used it up through the 2000s. Last had it set up for cyclocross. Most of the parts on it will be divested or used for other projects

One thing that will stay is the Super Record seat post, not stock but cool...

I've been following the discussion around the seat post binder bolt. This has a bolt in there, not stock. Following Jim Merz's recommendation, I ordered a bolt that is more appropriate, from British Fasteners site...

Confirmed it's from the 6th fortnight (F) in 1978 (8), so around March or April '78

Here is a mystery splotch of paint on the steerer tube.... Looks a lot like the lilac you might see on certain Competitions...?
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I picked up a frame and fork recently with the Campy BB and headset. Mine has lots of patina but I plan to ride it for a year before deciding if I want a paint job on it. I just had my Colnago done and I am finishing putting it back together before I continue Frankensteining the Raleigh. I have a start but still bouncing around ideas. I don’t know where you are on your build since this post but I thought I would chime in and show mine. Joe

I will probably put the five pin NR crank on even though I like the three pin GS crank. The wheels will be different , this bike needs 700’s. I have a complete Campy NR drive set and brakes as well as a Brooks Pro saddle from the seventies so I am trying to stay true to the original build.
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