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 Post subject: What Raleigh???
PostPosted: Tue Aug 08, 2006 7:58 pm 
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I know it is a Raleigh and it is pretty old. Anyone knows more on this model? Desirable?

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 08, 2006 9:47 pm 
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 Post subject: Raleigh
PostPosted: Wed Aug 09, 2006 1:19 pm 
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Chainset and stem look non-original. Looks like it's from around 87-88


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 09, 2006 3:29 pm 
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Thnx! Okay, non original parts maybe. That is not good. Already thought it must be around '87 because of the equipment. Is pretty upscale with the Deore, right? I agreed with the selling woman on 50 euros, but I think her husband didn't like the idea as he behaved like a true assh*le after that and we lost contact. That was about 1 month. It is already up for sale for ages and I wish them all the luck the upcoming.

What they need is a 'MarinTi' that points his mega collector friend at it :wink:


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 Post subject: Ozark
PostPosted: Fri Aug 11, 2006 11:02 pm 
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Hiya !

That's an Ozark 18 - the 1987 model. I've had one from new and there are some pics in reader's bikes. It looks pretty original - the chainset is correct and it did actually come with those water bottles and cages from new. The stem and handlebars are original too.

The saddle isn't original I'm afraid.

The groupset probably looks like Deore, but it's not, it was Shimano's pre-Exage sub Deore groupset. do the shifters look like XT, but they don't actually say Deore XT on them? The front brake should be a horrible cheap cantilever with equally cheap levers.

The rear derailleur should have a special preselect feature that allows you to change gear before moving off - it's a little sprung part where the cable is secured so you can shift the lever, then ride off.

Hurrah, etc... !

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 12, 2006 10:33 am 
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Thanks for the info, terryhfs

So it isn't really that high end in all aspects. I have no clue whether the thumbies are really XT or Deore, but they look like that.

The seat is deffo not original :mrgreen:

Bike was said to be mint. Bike does seem to have a Reynolds sticker on the downtube. Maybe I will contact the seller again in a month or so. A bike that old is C 8) l

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 Post subject: Ozark
PostPosted: Sat Aug 12, 2006 12:19 pm 
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I'd say for 50E it's definitely worth a purchase !

It was kind of high end in its day, but bikes rapidly got cheaper and better equipped. Raleigh made the Maverick 5 & 15 in 1985-6 but that was part of their mass market range with a standard high tensile steel frame.

The Ozark and the Avanti were launched in 1987 and were from Raleigh's lightweight division - the specialist part of Raleigh that made high spec bikes - the frames were designed by Gerald O'Donovan who was their chief framebuilder and designer. He designed all Raleigh's pro bikes as used by many continental road teams. O'Donovan designing a mountain bike was a big deal as it was a sign that the older, traditional bike companies were beginning to take mountain bikes seriously.

The Ozark was the standard model, £380 at the time. 531 frameset, I think probably only the main tubes though, so the rear triangle and forks could be cromoly or just HTS. It had a mixture of sub-Deore and non-Shimano parts but having SIS and a U-brake was the height of fashion in 1987. I literally had a crowd of people examining it when I first took it to school. It was certainly a better frame and was probably slightly better equipped than the Muddy Fox courier, it's main rival.

The Avanti was the higher-end model. this had a full 531 frame and forks and the full deore groupset - this cost £580 and was blue and white in colour. As I was 14 at the time my savings only stretched to the Ozark, not the Avanti !

Daley Thompson, the British decathlete was given an Avanti by Raleigh, probably to try and match the publicity Muddy Fox got when they gave the boxer Frank Bruno an Explorer.

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so I was right then ;)


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