Raleigh celebrate 125th anniversary with a new 'old' bike

New limited edition Reynolds 525 bike harks back to the 1980s

by David Arthur   November 10, 2012  

Raleigh have delved into the history books and, to celebrate their 125th anniversary, produced a replica of the bike raced by the TI-Raleigh Team during the early 1980s.

It's constructed from a Reynolds 525 tubeset and emulates the look of the original with its horizontal top tube and dashing paint job. In keeping with how the original was built, there's a full complement of Campagnolo, Cinelli and San Marco components.

Just 125 bikes will be sold (see what they've done there?), and half of these have gone already, so you'd best get on down to your nearest Raleigh dealer or over to their website if you want to get your hands on one of these gems.

It costs £2,000 and will be built with a Campagnolo Veloce groupset and Athena brakes, Mavic Open Pro rims on Campagnolo Record hubs with Challenge Criterium tubular tyres. A San Marco Concor Super Corsa saddle and Cinelli Giro d'Italia handlebar on a Cinelli quill stem complete the build. Weight is a claimed 9kg (19.8lb).

TI-Raleigh was actually a Dutch team but they raced with a British licence. They had much success, most notably during the Tour de France in 1980 with Joop Zoetemelk winning 11 stages. There were also five World Championship titles plus a string of victories in races like Paris-Nice, Amstel Gold Race, Ronde van Vlaanderen and many more.

Geoff Giddings, Raleigh Marketing Director told us, “We take a lot of pride in the fantastic achievements of the professional athletes we’ve supported over the last 125 years. This bike celebrates possibly the greatest achievement in Raleigh’s sporting history, Joop Zoetemelk’s victory in the 1980 Tour de France.

“With over 50% of these bikes sold on pre-orders it’s clear that there is a huge demand for classic bikes, one which we’ll be continuing to explore through our Classic and Heritage range in 2013.”

Head over to www.raleigh.co.uk for more info.

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I'd want more than Reynolds 525 and Veloce for two grand.

Rob

posted by robert.brady [146 posts]
10th November 2012 - 9:36

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I have got an original hanging up in the garage! Not with all original parts or in good nick but now it is a piece of cycling heritage!

posted by SideBurn [828 posts]
10th November 2012 - 10:17

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2k sounds about right I think. I was expecting more considering the sort of repro-but-modern-kit build this is.

posted by Nick T [817 posts]
10th November 2012 - 10:37

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Where was this "heritage" bike built? If the answer ain't Nottingham then, while it may be perfectly good bike, it hasn't got much to do with the history of Raleigh (at least not the first 100 years of the company, when they weren't just a marketing company selling low-quality tat.)

posted by handlebarcam [529 posts]
10th November 2012 - 14:09

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bit steep for what your getting, i know there is nothing wrong with 525 and veloce, but you can get better for less and that includes custom frame builders.

Although using Record hubs must account for a fair chunk,

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posted by mrmo [1173 posts]
10th November 2012 - 14:15

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Wouldn't buy it but I do have a soft spot for Raleigh tbh.

posted by Super Domestique [1623 posts]
10th November 2012 - 14:44

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When I were a lad the dream Raleigh was the ten-speed Arena. However, that was superseded by the Record in black with gold anodised parts. Nerd

posted by one_bad_mofo [32 posts]
10th November 2012 - 15:07

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Just seen one at LBS (the excellent Ken Fosters in Chorlton ) where they have an original to compare it with. Both look stunning. Frame seems to be 725 (heat-treated 525). I'd love one..

posted by chorltonjon [34 posts]
10th November 2012 - 17:48

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rather amusingly i bought a Raleigh RSP 753 frameset for £50.00 had it resprrayed as a cinelli and run veloce and slightly better wheels and modern finishing kit (cinelli/fizik) cost me £700 to build. i feel the sales of this will be very heart string orientated.

good on them but i wouldnt open my wallet for this. you could probably build an Enigma for this money

posted by russyparkin [579 posts]
10th November 2012 - 18:29

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How exactly does one fit tubular tyres on Open Pros?

posted by Shanghaied [41 posts]
10th November 2012 - 18:44

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http://www.raleigh.co.uk/company/news/

the press release says 725 not 525.

so makes it a bit better VFM.

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posted by mrmo [1173 posts]
10th November 2012 - 21:26

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In a similar retro-vein, Falcon cycles released this rather excellent looking retro bike:
http://www.falconcycles.co.uk/Corporate/HOLDSWORTH/HoldsworthR1.shtml#

I think Raleigh have gone for the real '83 feel though. Put some downtube shifters on it and take it to l'eroica:
http://road.cc/content/feature/68646-l’eroica-good-old-fashioned-bike-ride

posted by kitkat [212 posts]
11th November 2012 - 10:41

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mrmo wrote:
http://www.raleigh.co.uk/company/news/

the press release says 725 not 525.

so makes it a bit better VFM.

But then the product page says 525:

http://www.raleigh.co.uk/ProductType/ProductRange/Product/Default.aspx?p...

Odd.

Rob

posted by robert.brady [146 posts]
11th November 2012 - 12:40

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Shanghaied wrote:
How exactly does one fit tubular tyres on Open Pros?

Good spot Wink

posted by Nick T [817 posts]
11th November 2012 - 18:12

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Weren't the shifters located on the down tube?

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posted by mingmong [203 posts]
12th November 2012 - 10:00

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