Not only is the Raleigh one of the oldest cycling brands of the world, it also is popular for its racing heritage. At the peak of sportive triumph stood the Dutch cycling Team TI Raleigh which was extremely successful from the 1970s to the 1980s. Many famous champions rode in this équipe, among them Joop Zoetemelk, Jan Raas, Gerrie Knetemann, Hennie Kuiper, Dave Lloyd, Urs Freuler, Johan van der Velde and Didi Thurau.Success does not come without fans and admirers who are keen to identify themselves with the stars and some marketing to feed their needs.In these years several 10- and 12-speed models tried to give amateurs and professionals alike the possibility to join the ranks of Raleigh road bike racers and especially the team coloured bikes sold very well.Our Raleigh is one of these bikes. After the Dutch rider Joop Zoetemelk won the Tour de France in 1980s, Raleigh issued a mid to low range model baring the famous name on the top tube. And of course, it was painted in the vibrant colours of the successful Team TI Raleigh. The frame itself is made of stable high tensile steel tubes, which have been connected the traditional way with lugs.
As for the components, a nice mix, namely the Raleigh branded parts, Weinmann brakes, Tange bottom bracket, Normandy hubs or Mavic Special Sport rims have been chosen.
This reliable and at the same time pretty piece will serve you well on your daily rides or even for some occasional tours.
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