For more info on Clelands take a look at this earlier "for sale" thread.viewtopic.php?f=2&t=208719
The 1982 bike for sale here and on eBay has some improvements compered to its original 1992 specification. These changes were made by David Wrath-Sharman at Highpath Engineering. The seat tube reinforced area at the top where the top tube and seat stays connect has been lengthened so that it now ends bellow not above the cluster of tubes. This is to correct a weakness in the original frames that too often caused the seat tube to crack just below the quick release lever. The original Super Champion wheel rims have been replaced by the stronger Mavic 'Module 3' rims and the narrow Leleu front hub brake has been replaced by a wider flanged Leleu brake identical to that found on the rear of the bike. This improves the lateral strength and stability of the front wheel. Finally the Original TA chainset has been replaced with a Highpath MicroDrive made from modified Japanese components. This was a forerunner of the later Suntour MicroDrive chain-sets.
Despite the rarity of this bike, if you know where to look spares or replacement parts are still available . And because of the mud guarding and low maintenance ethos of the design, its parts hardly ever need replacing. Despite all weather riding, most of the parts and bearings on my 1983 Aventura are original. After 30 years the headset did seize but this was because the grease had completely dried out. The one exception to the low-maintenance ethos are the bottom bracket bearings that require frequent oiling. On my bikes I have replaced them with modern units designed for use on Fat-Bikes with 100mm wide bottom bracket shells. Riding a Cleland
Firstly, the Cleland is a very different dynamic experience to that of riding a mountain-bike. The high bottom bracket takes a little getting used to. But once you get used to it it is not a problem and it means that this bike has excellent stability and ground clearance. With its original Hakkapeliitta tyres this bike weighs about 36lbs. But with modern tyres and tubes could weigh a more respectable 32lbs. Despite the opinions of people who have never ridden these bikes they are not in fact sluggish and slow. I am not a strong rider but can keep up on the local club run and with modern tyres I can even hold my own on the road sections though when hill climbing, lighter modern bikes have a noticeable advantage. When it comes to steep hills it can still out climb many modern machines.
9/16" Suntour BMX MP-1000 pedals / 56 tooth TA 6-bolt chainring.(I'm not bothered if the teeth are worn or damaged)