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 Post subject: 1999 Raleigh RSP 300
PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2018 10:11 pm 
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After thinking about buying a project for a couple of years, and a major hit to my health over the past 6 month, I've finally taken the plunge and got myself a frame to hopefully rebuild and slowly get myself back into sports.

Since I've always been into the old school bikes and living within a short walking distance of where the old Raleigh factory used to stand it only felt right to get an old Raleigh, so after a couple of months of searching I've got my hands on a yellow and blue 1999 RSP 300.

The frame arrived Tuesday and so the project began!

My plan is to do a thorough rebuild of the bike with updated parts while sticking to a very tight budget, so after a while of trying to split the frame ready for painting and new bearings, and with my slight lack of experience and tools, I've had to drop it off at a local bike shop since all 6 bearings and bushings are determined not to budge and are in desperate need of replacing.

Hopefully I'll have it back by Thursday so I can get some pictures and properly start!

With this being my first build all advice you'd wished you'd had at the start will be greatly appreciated :lol:


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 09, 2018 4:06 pm 
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Some things have been happening to the frame since I last posted, I picked the bike up Thursday evening after a long day of driving and sitting in hospitals so I completely forgot to take any new photos and only have the ones from the original eBay ad which I've attached:

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Friday morning came round and since I'm off uni for a few weeks yet I decided to go out and get the new bearings and also find a company that will powder coat the frame in the original colours it left the factory after trying a few places I decided to use a Nottingham based enamellers called Thornix Coatings Ltd, they're swamped with work at the moment so they said it may take a couple of weeks but they gave me a very reasonable quote, I'm not sure if anyone else on here has used them but I'll post pictures of the end results when I get it back.

That then brings me to today and after getting some professional advice on the original RST 22a shock which appears to have a slight oil leak I've decided it will have to be upgraded since I cant find any information on sourcing new seals and also the poor reviews the original shock has, which is a shame since I was hoping to keep the bike looking rather original and also since I cant really afford to replace it :lol:. Anyway I've just managed to get my hands on a brand new Rockshox Monarch RL someone bought for a project but never used, which I think is quite a steal at half the price of a brand new one, so hopefully it will be arriving later this week and when the frames finished I'll be able to start assembling it again and will actually have something to show for all the money I've spent so far!


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 Post subject: Re: 1999 Raleigh RSP 300
PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2018 8:17 pm 
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I have never heard of this bike, which surprises me. I had an M Trax Ti 2000 which was a 1994 hardtail. I later fitted a Rockshox Quadra 10, my first suspension fork. Anyway, I found this picture of one like yours............Image


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 Post subject: Re: 1999 Raleigh RSP 300
PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2018 8:24 pm 
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I see that the suspension compression relies on flex in the blue seat/chain stay part. That's years ahead of it's time. Some contemporary FS bikes rely on this but most use an extra pivot around the rear axle location.


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 Post subject: Re: 1999 Raleigh RSP 300
PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2018 1:45 pm 
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Yeah I'm not too surprised you haven't heard about them, when trying to find information on the bike apart from a couple of old forum posts there isn't really much, from what I have read though they all agree that its an excellent frame and like you say quite ahead of its time, I'm suspecting it may be to do with the state of Raleigh's reputation around that time, although thats just from what I've read, I was 2 when this bike was originally built :lol: , Ive heard a lot of good things about the old m-Trax Ti frames.
I should hopefully be getting my frame back tomorrow, I've already messaged Gil about getting some decals done but they're a bit out of my student budget at the moment so theyre on pause. Im considering getting some Rockshox xc30 forks for mine, they seem to be quite good value but im not too sure since I've only recently got into mountain bikes but I know theyre one of the best brands, I'm also on the look out for a used groupset, if only I had a better budget theres so gorgeous ones about :lol:


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