In a modern market-as uncool as Pluto
In a forum about old classic and retro bikes i'd have thought it would received more positive votes
They lost their reputation through management incompetency where they didnt have a clear direction to follow and tried to stick to their proven methods,even when the market was screaming out for them to do something else.
At least we got the special products division out of all this
Trying to pioneer new materials and bonding techniques,using the best or most suitable materials available,somehow attracting the top riders to their teams[or did they pay the most
I,like many here ,have worked on very early Raleigh bikes where little more than new bearings and some grease was all that was needed to bring them back to working condition.After the bike had spent 40yrs in someone's shed.
But these are the really old bikes where everybody made them the same.built like tanks
IMHO I think they should go not just on the uncool wall,but be totally consigned to history.
They had it all ,and then threw it away
[and according to their Glasgow rep,dumped the majority of their archives in a skip
Im very happy with mine though,could do with an inch here and there and inot having disc tabs has been troublesome to sort out.but overall im happy,and i do like its quirky backward threaded Friday afternoon bottom bracket.
I couldnt afford any other handbuilt,handwelded custom titanium frame.
1976 Raleigh Chipper,1991 Muddy Fox Adventurer, 1992 Raleigh Diablo ,1992 Rudy Project, 1995 Cannondale M200 ,1997 Santa Cruz Tazmon ,1997 Specialized Stumpjumper ,1997 Specialized Rockhopper ,1997 Marin Quake 9.0,1998 Marin Pallisade trail ,1998 Raleigh Torus,1999 Orange Clockwork , 2005 Kona Hahanna , 2010 Orange Pure7
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