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PostPosted: Sat Dec 31, 2011 6:36 pm 
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Not offended at all

Bad points are,steering and brakes ,suspension is almost non existant
Good points ...it will take as much abuse as you give it,and no one will nick it :!:

I weighed it to compare with my work mates kona.....his is 15 kilo .......:

The craptivator...............18 kg so not much in it

The fork lift was included as a joke ....just my sense of humour :lol:

You would enjoy owning one but may need better forks and brakes :twisted:


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 31, 2011 6:50 pm 
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well they would on the basis to weigh it in,
sorry only kidding,more of these should be saved


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 31, 2011 6:53 pm 
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Im not saying its better than anything else on this forum ,I was all ready to flog It
until I read up on the history

Raleigh are a bit like British leyland , they made mistakes,made a few gems

Then they made the activator,copying other manufactures,it was raleigh's 1ST
full suspension mtb although not that good,it still deserves to be preserved

And I like to collect obscure oddities :o


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 31, 2011 6:54 pm 
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18kg? That's not bad. My Scott Arapahoe tipped the scales at over 23kg (51lbs) ... after I replaced the default fork and front wheel with one that I took off a honda MT-5.

Wish I had taken photos of that one, it was hilarious to look at and a hoot to ride


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 31, 2011 7:00 pm 
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Not offended at all

Bad points are,steering and brakes ,suspension is almost non existant
Good points ...it will take as much abuse as you give it,and no one will nick it :!:

I weighed it to compare with my work mates kona.....his is 15 kilo .......:

The craptivator...............18 kg so not much in it

The fork lift was included as a joke ....just my sense of humour :lol:

You would enjoy owning one but may need better forks and brakes :twisted:


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 31, 2011 7:39 pm 
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johntomjoe wrote:
Im not saying its better than anything else on this forum ,I was all ready to flog It
until I read up on the history

Raleigh are a bit like British leyland , they made mistakes,made a few gems

Then they made the activator,copying other manufactures,it was raleigh's 1ST
full suspension mtb although not that good,it still deserves to be preserved

And I like to collect obscure oddities :o


I agree - the FS Activator was also pretty early for a production FS bike, built to price point but strong as an Ox.

I remember a 17 stone mate of mine hitting a large lump of granite flat out on his Mustang (same frame) and bending the front front wheel almost to 90 degrees :lol:

Frame was straight and it took a couple of people jumping on the wheel to get him home. Fun times :D


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 31, 2011 8:43 pm 
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i want one....added to me list :wink:


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 31, 2011 9:16 pm 
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JeRkY wrote:
Only just read through all this.

I'd like to welcome the original poster to the forum, fantastic sense of humour, even if your choice in bikes is a little off what most of us consider to be the centre of the target!

Happy new year to you and your activator!


I'll echo this 100%, just read through it all too :)


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johntomjoe wrote:
i want one....added to me list :wink:


Mine was the red (I think 1994 model) one. Here's a random pic of one I saw on the net.

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Keep in mind that it handled like a truck, even in its original state.
The front end replacement actually improved the handling. The different weight distribution (the MT-5 fork was as heavy as the rest of the bike) and 19x3.0" front tyre really killed the understeer.


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 31, 2011 11:46 pm 
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Maybe trials motorbike forks and knobbly tyres,

Can't wait to get a welder ...I envisage a ratro ,Frankenstein,klunker ready for summer :roll:


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