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 Post subject: Raleigh Skyhawk
PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2012 11:14 pm 
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saw this on marktplaats, could not resist (got it very cheap), not sure why but I have a bit of a soft spot for old Raleighs (still trying persuade my father in law to part with the old pink Mustang in his garage so I can give it a bit of TLC). Pretty sure it will split opinion here, but you've got to admit there's a whole lot of nice Deore XT on there. Actually expect most will not like it, but I'm kind of pleased with it, if only for what seems to me to an endearing combination of an odd looking, slightly overweight frame with high end kit.

I don't know much about the history of this one, seems to be the same frame as late 80's Haro Extremes (found this thread, http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=145962). Main difference seems to be the front fork and the rear brake mounts. It's definitely not the lightest frame.

Anyone know the year, I'm assuming 88 to 90 ??

Other than that I'm amazed by the quality of the components and the general condition of the bike. BB is still solid, no issues with the seat post, wheels run smooth and the rear cassette clicks like it was new. As far as I can tell it just needs some new cables, a bit of a lube and the front wheel is a bit out of true.

I seem to be the third owner. Original user raced it (??), then the last owner kept it for occasional city use. Bought in NL, so nice that this is a Raleigh version not the Gazelle badged one.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2012 12:21 am 
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Nice kit on it but, errr, wow, thats an "excitingly" designed frame!


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 Post subject: Re: Raleigh Skyhawk
PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2012 9:41 am 
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johnv wrote:
Anyone know the year, I'm assuming 88 to 90 ??

M730 XT was mainly 1987/1988. Some bikes in 1989 still had it but most switched to 7 speed M732 "XT II" which was new for that year.

Had no idea Raleigh had re-badged Taiwanese frames... I guess in other markets Raleigh was just a marketing brand rather than a company making bikes.

Still looks in great condition, only the brake levers need a polish :wink:


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2012 10:00 am 
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If it said 'Fat' on the tube instead of 'Raleigh' everyone would be wetting themselves about now... :wink:

It's an interesting bike and makes a change from the usual monotonous parade of trendy old tat! :P


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2012 10:24 am 
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We_are_Stevo wrote:
If it said 'Fat' on the tube instead of 'Raleigh' it would still be utterly, utterly hideous


:P :lol:

Well, it's good to divide opinion sometimes, but it's eye-bleach time for me I'm afraid...

Good score on the XT though, and so long as you like it then happy days 8)


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2012 10:40 am 
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We_are_Stevo wrote:
If it said 'Fat' on the tube instead of 'Raleigh' everyone would be wetting themselves about now... :wink:

It's an interesting bike and makes a change from the usual monotonous parade of trendy old tat! :P




Exactly, and just one reason why I am spending less time here lately, other than to purchase necessary stuff

Innovative design, good components, known histroy... whats not to like?
Abssoluetely loving the placement of the headtube crest on the stay-bridge 8)


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2012 11:01 am 
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Gazelle had a Skyhawk like that too. Both Derby companies back in the day.


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2012 11:44 am 
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Interesting frame design love to know the reasoning behind it.


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2012 12:29 pm 
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Gazelle Skyhawk

Raleigh Skyhawk

For Gazelle the Skyhawk was the top end model of the off the shelf bicycles. Above it sat the handmade in Dieren, Holland Champion Mondial ATB frameset.


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2012 1:39 pm 
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I like it, even the ladder-stem up to the handlebars :)


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