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Cool Wall - Raleigh
Cool 41%  41%  [ 59 ]
Uncool 59%  59%  [ 86 ]
Total votes : 145
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 Post subject: Cool Wall - Raleigh
PostPosted: Thu Nov 26, 2009 11:08 am 
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Raleigh bicycles. A British insitution. But is it cool or uncool - you decide.
Do the likes of the Team Dynatech, 753 Pro and Aero Burner make up for the Activator? Here's a few Raleigh images to get you going :wink:

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Raleigh 753 Team Pro


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Andy Ruffell


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David Baker on a Dynatech


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Tomac


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The Raleigh Activator


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 26, 2009 11:32 am 
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I'm afraid I'm going to have to go with Uncool here, although that early-90s Baker-era team stuff had a certain something. The Tomac Raleigh isn't anything to do with the Baker Raleigh, so I'm thinking that any attempts to leverage the Coolness of Tomac should be disallowed ;-)

The British Raleigh always tried hard but never quite made it to Cool status IMHO. Also I had an MT4 which bent (twice) ;-)


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 26, 2009 11:38 am 
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Raleigh Vektar, hands down the most coolest thing ever produced, ever, by anyone, anywhere, ever.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 26, 2009 12:03 pm 
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unfortunately i don't think the few good things they did, which i think were very good, outweigh the piles of crappy metal they produced over the years.

sorry, uncool. :(


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 26, 2009 12:09 pm 
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uncool for me too .


they tried to be cool with the JT bike and the Burner , but in my eyes never quite managed it .

The JT bike was just overpriced and rare and only had the Raleight name on it .

the Burners were nice but could not quite cmompete with the Starways and Haro of that era .


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 26, 2009 12:11 pm 
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so un cool


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 26, 2009 12:15 pm 
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MikeD wrote:
. The Tomac Raleigh isn't anything to do with the Baker Raleigh, so I'm thinking that any attempts to leverage the Coolness of Tomac should be disallowed ;-)



Up to you to decide on criteria. All we say is that the vote is on Raleigh :wink:


Looks like Raleigh is getting an early doors battering. Only one cool vote (from me). Perhaps the memories of the Lizard is stronger than memories of Raleigh Special Products.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 26, 2009 12:18 pm 
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Uncool I'm afraid from Hammond Headquarters.

Reasons cool: Race Team. British chaps and chapesses. Baker, Clarke, etc team were persistant and yielded great results.

Raleigh USA and Tomac - speaks for itself.

Dynatech brand was cooler - but still plagued with issues (tubes detaching from bonded lugs seemed to be a big problem)

Uncool:
Generally seen as poor mans bike - mustang, lizard etc. Dragged the brand down.

Tomacs bike wasnt even made by Raleigh was it? Wasn't it a Merlin built thing?


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 26, 2009 12:19 pm 
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Putting aside juvenile feelings for choppers grifters and burners and since its retro mtb, the Raleighs were just sad sad sad. Very uncool. Did they not discredit mountain bikes as a fad?


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 26, 2009 12:56 pm 
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I would have chosen the seriously uncool option if there had been one...


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