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PostPosted: Sat Jul 11, 2009 9:53 pm 
Lincs AEC
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Back in 1992 my passion for MTB riding began.

At the time, I has just been given my first proper MTB off my Dad and it was one of these, a 1990 Raleigh 'Mountain Bike Team'.

I rode the backside off it. A real go anywhere, do anything bike. This was the first bike I raced, and managed a 3rd place on it in ESCA (English Schools Cycling Association) Area Championship.

At the time, the modifications I made were L-bend bar ends, toe clips, put some fat tyres on it (Tioga Psychos I think) and a black Girvin Flexstem.

I then chopped it in for a Raleigh Ravine.

Fast forward to June 2009, and I log on to retrobike.co.uk and see member legrandefromage has just found a new bike, a Raleigh 'Mountain Bike Team'. I immediately pick up my mobile and call him, a deal is done and the following Sunday its in my shed.

It is 99% original as I remember it. The only change is the stem, as Mark told me it was shot. 18 speed Suntour XCT drivetrain may not be comparable to M900 XTR, but it works and brings back wonderfull memories of my youth.

I dont know as yet where to go with it. The forks were an impulse extra deal with Mark, but as you can see I have the originals which may go back on.

Give me a few weeks and I'll have it up and running, so updates are to follow.


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 11, 2009 9:59 pm 
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Excellent stuff, I keep peering at these on ebay and thinking...

I put tioga psychos on my 1st MTB too (a raleigh ascender). Did you learn to live with the lethal wash out and clearance issues too??

I have a huge soft spot for raleigh, good work :D


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 11, 2009 11:02 pm 
retrobike rider / Gold Trader
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Is this the 501 frame set (based on the Montage and Mirage) or the 531 Lightweight edition one (based on the Thunderroad or Ozark)?
If it's the 531 one I want one of these myself.

Carl.


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 15, 2009 8:17 pm 
Lincs AEC
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Just brought a new stem so the original forks can go back on. Will save the silver forks for the Stumpjumper.


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 15, 2009 8:57 pm 
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Nice one Jon, I vote for the original forks 8)


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 15, 2009 8:59 pm 
retrobike rider / Gold Trader
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This will be an interesting project to watch just to see what parts it ends up with 8)

The Silver forks that you are not using do you happen know what they are by any chance ??

Cheers


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 15, 2009 9:15 pm 
Lincs AEC
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jango wrote:
Nice one Jon, I vote for the original forks 8)


Cheers mate :wink:


Gravy Monster wrote:
The Silver forks that you are not using do you happen know what they are by any chance ??


No, I dont actually. Will have to ask Mark and get back to you.


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 16, 2009 4:12 pm 
King of the Skip Monkeys
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the silver forks are some sort of switchblade copy from the dim and distant past


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 09, 2009 7:21 pm 
Lincs AEC
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A little update.

Forks back to original and stem changed due to the slightly differing sizes.

All that leaves to do is souce a 1" canti hanger, fit some new cables, change the saddle, grips and bar ends.

Also think skinwall tyres may suit the era better.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 13, 2009 1:57 pm 
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Very Nice bike, but thats to be expected of the guy trying to hold a Raleigh Rally in the Pentland hills this Sunday :D


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