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Old 02-11-10, 03:39 PM   #1
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1982/1983 Raleigh Ultimate Bike

I'm looking for references to a bike that was a prize in one of the Australian bicycling magazines and touted at the time to be the ultimate bike. I believe it was all black and had the following component groups.

Mavic GP4 Rims, Campagnolo Record Hubs
Reynolds 753 Frame
Campagnolo Super Record drivetrain
Modolo Kronos brakes
Cinelli 1R stem, Giro d'Italia bars
Campagnolo Super Record seatpost
Selle Italia Turbo saddle
Ofmega Sintesi pedals, Alfredo Binda straps

It was an interesting shot at cherry picking the best and lightest components currently available and the whole bike added up to a couple of grand which was a stratospheric amount for the time.

I built my bike of the era to match as closely as possible to their specifications. Didn't quite end up that way as the Kronos brakes didn't work (replaced with Suntour calipers/Dura Ace AX levers) and the crankset was Suntour as well as the owner of the LBS convinced me that they were every bit as good as the Campagnolo but a lot cheaper.
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