Raleigh's 125th anniversary bike at the Taipei Cycle Show

An international Raleigh celebrates 125 years of the marque's existence.

by Max_Leonard   March 18, 2012  

Tucked away in a corner of the show was a nice surprise from Raleigh. The venerable British marque now manufactures in the Far East, and it seems the rest of the world is enthusiastic enough about its heritage to produce this special, limited-edition Raleigh Record Ace, to celebrate 125 years of the brand.

A Raleigh UK representative in Taipei talked us through the bike, which is, in essence, a re-issue of the old RRA. It’s a lugged steel frame made from 531, with a nice little rack, sensible mudguards and a set of randonneur handlebars.

Funny thing about it is, though, is that the project was brought together by someone at Raleigh Japan, so underneath that Brooks is a Nitto seatpost; the stem is also Nitto, and I’d wager the bars are too. Tyres are Kenda and the crankset is Sugino. It all looks proper - they’re classic Japanese brands after all - and the international mix is very nice.

Oh, and kids, those things on the frame are called down-tube shifters. Nice touch.

We were also liking the pictorial history of Raleigh advertising around the booth.

Raleigh Record Ace:  a venerable name to commemorate the brand's 125 years.


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Insert 'Ooooh I do like a nice rack' gag here, exit to Benny Hill theme...

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posted by John Stevenson [975 posts]
18th March 2012 - 16:54

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I think the small rack is a nice touch, always handy.


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posted by antonio [934 posts]
18th March 2012 - 20:40

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antonio wrote:
I think the small rack is a nice touch, always handy.

i have to disgaree, i prefer a bigger rack as you can do so much more Blushing

posted by fretters [30 posts]
19th March 2012 - 0:05

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I'm a big fan of that vintage logo.

posted by billsdon [28 posts]
19th March 2012 - 12:39

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Pity that they haven't fitted the front mudguard so that it follows the curve of the tyre.

two wheels good; four wheels bad

posted by cat1commuter [1332 posts]
19th March 2012 - 19:19

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...and when will this beauty be available here?

posted by sam_smith [48 posts]
20th March 2012 - 0:55

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