Wheels were again from a fellow RBer - Avenir (Sun) rims from the US, appropriate as Avenir USA is a division of Raleigh USA - so keeps it all in the family.. so to speak..
And mounted to gorgeous XTR M900 hubs! Very nice & 1,895g for the pair (excl skewers).
I had decided to go full XTR throughout (the original bikes were supplied with XT) simply for a known quantity of reliability and performance, but the weight helps too to keep it all in check. Managed to get a full set of XTR-everything, split between M900 wheels & M952 running gear with an XT cassette for, well, the fact it won't collapse under a gear-change!
Maguras all fitted very nicely, with a black brace replacing the red one - more in keeping with the feel of the original plan, which was to 're-create' my old Black & yellow Raleigh..
Another thing I had to have - in keeping with the original feel of my first bike was to have polished finishing kit, with bare Alu replacing the original chromed steel.
The stem was a real find as far as I'm concerned - replicating the original look & feel in the cockpit of the top-loading BMX-style stem, but with a 55mm reach for usability. Riser bars are again essential to recreate the feel & look of the original plan.
I don't know if it was specifically part of the design, as it's a non-disc frame, although Maguras were pretty widespread at the time the frame was made (1999), but the hose for the rear brakes clips in between the rear gear and brake cable guides at the front & rear of the frame - if it wasn't a design feature it's a very happy coincidence, but I'd love to find out if it was integrated into the design for anyone running Maguras at the time..
I love the brushed Grey of M952 - it just functions.. Doesn't shout about it, doens't need polished sheen, just does the job very effectively, and lets the paint job do all the shouting..
Middleburn cranks - again quality British kit to match the frame - and the bargain Octane One pedals.. And some very light TA Specialites chainrings, again to continue the yellow/black theme with polished silver kit. Okay, the pedals are decidedly 'un-retro', but frankly, does it matter!?
They spin well, and have great grip & a perfect platform. There is some bad feedback about flaky paint on the coloured versions, but I wanted silver pedals in any case, so went with the bare metal versions.
The WTB Silverado saddle was an eBay find. Okay it's not the original WTB saddle, but frankly I couldn't pass up the chance to match the colours with the frame! It's a VERY comfortable seat, even after a couple of hours off-road. The Ritchey classic post was an eBay bargain too.. light at 240g, strong and just perfect.