Thought it was about time to add to the retro Raleighness...
- Taken last spring, when I swapped it's (abysmal) Fulcrum winter wheels for it's summer hoops (Ambrosio SSC's reworked onto Mavic Helium hubs) - I've had this for about 6 years now, and it is pretty much a 'daily driver', although over the last year it has been rotated back to best bike status.
I bought this on ebay, although, at the time they seemed to be everywhere; I can remember Samways cycles shifting loads, and most of my mates in Derby Mercury had one at some stage. I paid £100, without forks but a pal of mine who worked at RSP sorted me out some deadstock Mizuno's and the Ronde headset - the Mizunos, sadly, split and it has had the Alpina's ever since. I've lost track of the bikes I've had over the years, but I 'd never want to get shut of this
Current spec - Microshift 9 speed groupset, Dura Ace crankset, Cinelli Grammo stem, 105 calipers, Fred Salmon seatpin, Flite Ti saddle, BBB cassette, KHS chain, Jagwire cables, Ronde headset, SRP and ti bolts throughout
Pending - UN91 Bottom Bracket and Stronglight chainrings
another ebay purchase; £320 with RC36 forks, which was more than I wanted to pay, but c'est la vie. XT 9 speed throughout, apart from SLX shifters - FRM stem, Giant carbon bars, KHS chain, X Lite bar ends, Ringle Moby stem and wheels are a mixture of Suntour XC Pro and XT, with Fir Impes rim. Again, a pleasure to ride and, in my opinion, a much underrated bike.
'Killing me won't bring back your apples'