This is a c1980 Raleigh Reliant in Merida Blue with  Black decals. It is a 20″ / 51cm / Medium (center of bottom bracket to top of seat tube) lugged Steel frame with a steel fork with chrome ends. The stand over height is 30″ directly in front of the saddle. 

There are 10 speeds available through the Raleigh branded alloy Sakae Ringyo two ring (52/42t) crank with 165mm alloy crank arms and the Suntour Perfect 5 gear freewheel. The Suntour chrome spoke protector is in very good condition.

The rear derailleur is a Shimano and the front is a Suntour 7. Shifting is through stem mounted Suntour Power Shifter Friction Shifters.

Both wheels are chrome rims drilled for Schrader valves laced to Raleigh branded high flange alloy hubs. The front is quick release and the rear is nutted. Both wheels have brand new 27″ x 1 1/4″ black wall tires.

Braking is handled by alloy side pulls with quick releases. The brake levers are alloy Dia Compe levers with safety levers. 

The black Vetta saddle saddle is mounted to a chrome seat post that moves freely in the seat tube.The fabric on the saddle is loose.

Chrome handlebars are mounted to an alloy stem. The stem is not frozen in the steering tube.

There are eyelets for front and rear fenders and a rear rack. It has a kickstand and retains all of it’s original reflectors.

The bicycle rides, turns, stops and shifts through all of the gears and rings as it should.

I bought this bicycle from the original owner. It’s a very nice looking, well cared for bicycle. The chrome wheels and forks really stand out against the beautiful metallic blue paint. Probably best suited for riders 5’2″-5-6″.

For less than the price of a generic Bike Shaped Object that anyone might buy online or from a store that sells bicycles in the Toy Department, you could be riding this vintage bicycle with quality components. The fact that it is still rolling down the road is a testament to how well it was built.

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