Thought I introduce you to my Raleigh Max Cromo. I've had this from new, it being my first "proper" MTB. I bought it in either 94 or 95 (could be 95, based on a 95 Shimano Catalogue, can't seem to track down a Raleigh Catalogue from those years) from Crays in Maghull; Part Bike Shop, Part Electrical shop. It's still going I think.
I used the Bike until 98 when I built my Zaskar, at which time I passed it on to my dad. The changes I made were, Club Roost IDB Bar, X-Lite Endure Ski Bar Ends, Tektro Canti Bridges, STX Heasdet, and a set of Ballistics Forks. The Forks were removed and used on the Zaskar for 12 months until I got my Pace RC 36 Evo's. Sadly the Ballistics have gone (read: dad threw them out, I think) though I do have 2 unused red Elastomers if anyone wants them. I Loved the bike but I always wanted a Zaskar. It did get hammered though. I did the Red Bull Trail in Coed y Brenin, and a lot of trails int Dalby Forest, as well as The Inside Park trails. I Went over the bars at least once! For some reason I de-badged it as put a load of stickers from MBUK on it. I think it was to hide the fact it was a Max, and not an M-Trax or something cooler.
I know the bike spent quite a few years up in my parents loft and then was moved to the Lake District to my Parents Caravan, where its spent the last few years outside under a bike cover.
It was the last steel framed bike I bought, but I've been looking for one to build up as a winter commuter when my dad told me he no longer wanted the Max, so I grabbed it and moved it to my caravan and give it the once over.
Its in pretty good shape as far as I can tell, but there is some paintwork damage to the frame and the stem is pitted.
Here it is with all the crap my dad added to it:
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This is the paint damage
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The Stem Is in bad shape. Removing the sticker show's how it should have been
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The Mech's don't look too bad, same with the shifters. The levers are a bit corroded.
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Here it is with the dodgy crap and stickers removed. Looking better Already!
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It still has it original tyres, wheels, saddle, etc. the groupset is as standard. I replaced the seat post but I do have the original, though it looks like this style is still available so I might get a new one.
So, the plan is, strip it and clean it, give it a thorough examination, and decide what to do about the paintwork, I don't think the amount of damage warrants a re-spray, but I don't know what its like underneath, there is no sign of bubbling.
The canti's are Alivio and are a bit corroded, but I am awaiting a lovely set of STX canti's from Crantinope (Thanks) so they'll go on, and i'll remove the multi coloured Tektro bridges, the Club Roost bar and the X-Lite Bar Ends. Sadly we havent found the original bar and bar ends, or grips, but I have an X-Lite Expert Cross County straight bar and a pair of silver X-Lite Enduro Stubbies that might look nice. Just need to decide what to do about the stem.
The Headset cups are starting to rust but I have a new pair which i bought BITD.
More pics soon.