Raleigh have carefully rebuilt the Pro model of their legendary 80's Burner BMX to match the exact specs of its original version, and only 350 will be made to mark the bike's 35th anniversary.
Anyone of a certain age; i.e. a teenager in the 80's; needs no introduction to this bike whatsoever, but for everyone else the Burner was originally released in 1982 in an array of loud colours. Raleigh shifted over half a million of them in just two years, and the Team Aero Burner was the highest spec version. It was ridden to glory in the 1985 World BMX Championships by Craig Schofield, and was used to win countless other titles.
The limited run of Burners to celebrate the bike's 35th anniversary is steeped in retro nostalgia goodness
The bike's specification is as close to the original as possible, with old school steel frame and forks remade by Tange. The wheels are white Skyway Tuff2's, and were some of the last to be made in the original California factory before it closed down last year, and the brakes are Dia-compe MX-1000. The Kashimax Aero saddle is etched with Raleigh's logo, and exact replicas of the original Tange bar grips have been produced by Raleigh to be even more true to the original. The only thing really different about the bike is the set of three matching pads on the top tubes and bars, which are nice additions to the package.
Anyone who wants to own this slice of nostalgia will have to register their interest by 17th July, and the sale will start at 9am two days later on the 19th. On Raleigh's website, the price is listed as £500.
After cobbling together a few hundred quid during his student days off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story), Jack bought his first road bike at the age of 20 and has been hooked ever since. He joined road.cc in 2017, having previously worked for 220 Triathlon magazine. Jack's preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking (the latter being another long story), and on Sunday afternoons he can often be found on an M5 service station indulging in his favourite post-race meal of 20 chicken nuggets, a sausage roll, caramel shortbread and a large strawberry milkshake.