I bought one of the above recently from eBay and am curious to find out a bit more about it. The overall design and details (straight-blade steel fork, race number braze-on on underside of top tube, etc.) of the frame & fork are similar to the green/black '98 example featured in this brochure:http://www.retrobike.co.uk/gallery2/d/1 ... alogue.pdf
Mine is silver (with white decals) all over, however, and has a "r.s.p. team issue" decal on the seat tube; based on memories of Raleigh bikes of that time it probably dates to 1998/99, lacking the rear vertical dropouts, oversize down tube and circular silver head badge of the final R700 RSP models. Unlike the '98 models the seat stays are directly welded to the seat tube rather than being of the "capped" type attached near the seat cluster. Size is 56cm C-T which should just about be big enough for me. The frame has SC 1160 stamped on the underside of the BB shell; the frame number is also repeated in marker pen on the steerer tube.
As you can tell it is in rather tatty nick (still, what would you expect for just over 45 quid?) but is off to the powder coaters on Thursday morning.
Thanks in advance for pointers; I've attached a pic or two.
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