Raleigh are now a Dutch owned company, and do make some modern plastic tat as do most manufacturers, the main problem with Raleigh is one of perception. In the late 80's they made the Maverick range which to all intents and purposes was every bit as good as Dawes ET AL, with even a GO'D designed Maverick 18 Pro getting seriously into Saracen and Overbury's territory.
Then in the early 90's the Off road series came out, Summit,Peak,Apex all good bikes though some were blighted by breakages. Then appeared the New kids on the block, Orange, Pace, Kona became affordable and cool, suddenly Raleigh appeared stodgy and old fashioned to some and alas I think they never quite regained their kudos.
This was only part of the problem though, it was also a lot to do with how many brands were available and a watering down of traditional brands Falcon, Dawes, Holdsworth, Elswick, and Claude Butler all amalgamated under one banner, Raleigh bought out BSA, and re-released Carlton, Halford bought out the Carrera brand too. Once all this happened things went mad American, Japanese, Canadian brands flooded the market and the genie was out of the bottle, really Raleigh were lucky to last as long as they did
I want to live in a better world, one where chickens can cross the road without their motives being questioned !!
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