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Old 05-15-11, 07:33 PM
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gold raleigh pro

only 5K!
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Oh my god, that's cool!
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Though not my style, a beautiful bike.....funny though that for all the temperature controlled, never been ridden perfection of this example, the tubing decal is still cracked and partly separated.....must be that reynolds decals were designed to self destruct!

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It's a 1980-82 Raleigh Superbe.

I'm not going to say this isn't an excellent surviving example, but this seller is ripe for "liar of the week."

A. The "Professional" designation was never used with this model. Not as a suffix, not as a prefix, not as anything. It's a 1981-1982 Raleigh Superbe.
B. I've never heard a single claim about a production run limited to 200.
C. Those Superbe Pro pedals are much later additions, even if NOS.
D. How can it be "one of a kind" when 200 were produced, and at least seen 5 or 6 others have been fully documented by their owners online (much less whoever has not done the same)?
E. The Superbes were made in Japan (note that the decal is visible in the photos, but he says nothing about it) with Tange tubing, not 531SL.

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Originally Posted by cudak888
Not a Pro - it's a 1980-82 Superbe.

I believe the Superbe Pro pedals are not original to the mix. That 531SL decal is a fake addition too - these were made with Tange.

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Not necessarily so.I have one of these models which is made from 531SL .I have the same decal and you can see reynolds stamped into the fork legs.I believe the early ones were 531SL the later ones Tange.
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There was one on Chicago CL this weekend for $400. Gone now! Maybe it'll turn up on eBay for $4999.00.
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Another on ebay,looks to have 531sl decals also!
https://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...=STRK:MEWAX:IT

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Hmm. This would be a very opportune time to find a 1980 Raleigh catalog and see if there was a substitution between '80 and '81.

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Originally Posted by cudak888
It's a 1980-82 Raleigh Superbe.

E. All of these Superbes were made in Japan (note that the decal is visible in the photos, but he says nothing about it) with Tange tubing, not 531SL.

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I do not know if all of these were made in japan,my serial number begins with an N as does the other bike which I always assumed to be Nottingham.

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In my opinion, that's a wall hanger! Nice score!
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TT is a tad short for me...... but OMG.

wondering what else was in that estate sale.
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I'd be happy to apply some patina to that.
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Originally Posted by schwinnderella
I do not know if all of these were made in japan,my serial number begins with an N as does the other bike which I always assumed to be Nottingham.
Could N also be for Nippon? This was at the beginning of Raleigh moving production to Japan, and they weren't exactly advertising the fact that they were doing this.
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Originally Posted by cudak888
Hmm. This would be a very opportune time to find a 1980 Raleigh catalog and see if there was a substitution between '80 and '81.

-Kurt
Originally Posted by cudak888
It's a 1980-82 Raleigh Superbe.

I'm not going to say this isn't an excellent surviving example, but this seller is ripe for "liar of the week."

E. All of these Superbes were made in Japan (note that the decal is visible in the photos, but he says nothing about it) with Tange tubing, not 531SL.

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Kurt is correct on the tubing.

The NY CL tubing decal:



The tubing decal on my "Goldilocks."



It has all the "Patina" RHM wishes for. And if you want all the Suntour Superbe gear, you will need to speak to ScottRyder. I paid something like $250 for mine.



$5000!?! That's what I call NYC hyperinflation! Sheeeeeeesh!
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[QUOTE=cudak888;12647540]It's a 1980-82 Raleigh Superbe.



A. The "Professional" designation was never used with this model. Not as a suffix, not as a prefix, not as anything. It's a 1981-1982 Raleigh Superbe.

My bike has a sticker reading PRO under the 531 sticker on the seat tube.Perhaps that is what he is refering to.

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Originally Posted by pastorbobnlnh
It has all the "Patina" RHM wishes for....

Nosirree, you misunderstand! I don't want a bike with patina; I want to personally put the patina on it.

Yours looks just about right, on that score. Well, mebbe a little air in the rear tire would be in order, lest one get a little too much patina on the tube....
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Rudy,

Twist my arm enough and you can put all the patina you want on it. The rear Tufo Tubular holds air. Just needs to be reglued to the rim. I had deflated it to let my nephew do the rest of the dirty work.
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What's your S/N, Bob? '80 or '81?

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Another Superbe with 531 markings

I am finding too many examples with these markings to believe that they were only made with Tange. Maybe the first year was 531?

Something I noticed on the CL bike. It has Sugino Super Mighty rather than Suntour Superbe crank arms. I know they are the same, but find that interesting.

There is also a difference in fork crown vs, the frames I see marked Tange. Also compare attachement of the rear drops on the 531 vs Tange frames.
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Too much bling for me but ...how did they do that finish, oh learned ones?
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Originally Posted by cudak888
What's your S/N, Bob? '80 or '81?

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Kurt, I'm embarrased to say I don't know it. I never thought to look. I'll be back in Atlanta for a ride the end of June. I'll take a look.

I see the head lugs are the same.

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Gold can be plated onto almost any electrically conductive surface.
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Gold can be plated onto almost any electrically conductive surface.
Not gold plating. Clear gold paint shot over chrome.
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Yep, I noticed some nicks in the paint on the bikes that actually get used. I couldn't see those photos until now. What a great paint job; gaudy but great.

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