Inspired by a few threads recently about bringing old Raleigh team issue bikes back to life, I though I should get back to my pet project of trying to collect all the Raleigh team liveried framesets in as many tubesets as possible. Very borderline-OCD I know, but why would I let that stop me ...
Anyway, the Team frame that I'm having the greatest difficulty finding anything much about is the Team Dynatech variant from the early 1990's. MTB's in this particular livery are more frequently seen - I'm sure that most of us have marveled at sinnett177's recreation of Adrian Timmis' old race bike in this thread
. There have also been a couple of 531-tubed MTBs showing up on this site, while the gas-pipe ATB version is a regular feaure on ebay. But the road bikes, team issue or replica are a different proposition. They certainly existed, as the catalogue spread in the archive shows:
but where-oh-where are all these team road bikes and frames now?! I had a brief exchange with Adrian about it and he confirmed that he had 'some' road frames in these colours during his time on the team and that the riders got to keep them at the end of the season - but he had no idea of the whereabouts of any of his team frames by now.
So can anyone shed any further light and share any details about roughly how many of these Team-coloured road frames were made, and what tubeset/s was/were normally used. Also, how to set about tracking one down? Also whether there were replica versions available to the public, and if so in what tubing? With Raleigh being fully aware of the value of marketing, I find it unlikely that there was no Team replica in these colours - but at the same time I don't remember seeing them around.
Looking forward to any and all replies, especially from luminaries like bikemeister2000. I'd dearly love to know a bit more about these road frames, even if it doesn't take me any closer to obtaining one.