This is a 1983 Raleigh Olympian in Maroon with Gold head tube and Gold decals. It is a 23.5″ / 60 cm / Large (center of bottom bracket to top of seat tube) lugged Cro-Mo Steel frame with a steel fork. The stand over height is 32.5″ directly in front of the saddle.
There are 12 speeds available through the alloy Sakae Ringyo two ring (52/42t) alloy crank with 170mm alloy crank arms and the Suntour Perfect 6 gear (14/30t) gold freewheel. The original Suntour spoke protector is in very good condition.
The rear derailleur is a Suntour 7 and the front is a Suntour 7. Shifting is through stem mounted Suntour Power Shifter Friction Shifters.
Both wheels are Araya alloy rims drilled for Schrader valves laced to Raleigh branded alloy hubs. The front is quick release and the rear is nutted. Both wheels have brand new 27″ x 1 1/4″ gum wall tires.
Braking is handled by Dia Compe side pulls with quick release on the front. The brake levers are alloy Dia Compe levers with safety levers.
The tan vinyl saddle saddle is mounted to a chrome seat post that moves freely in the seat tube.
Alloy handlebars are mounted to an alloy stem. The stem is not frozen in the steering tube.
There is a bottle cage on the down tube, eyelets for front and rear fenders and it 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. This was Raleigh’s Top Line Sport Touring bicycle, combining the speed of a Sport bike with the comfort of a Touring bike. A classy looking bicycle in a very pleasing shade of maroon which is accentuated by the gold head tube and decals, and the tan handlebar tape and saddle. Probably best suited for a rider 6’0″-6’3″.
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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