'90 Raleigh Massif

carnerd

Retro Newbie
Hi all,

Backstory: (tldr: wanted a pub bike. Bike was free but needed welding among other things, now a little project)

The brief I set myself for this project was... A bike that I (a 20 year old Automotive Design student with no previous knowledge fixing up bikes...) could fix up with a limited budget and toolkit to ride to the local pub and back.

And so the search began. Initially I had my eye on one or two vintage road bikes that came up on Facebook (including a very nice Raleigh Banana which I very almost bought...) but eventually I started looking for a late 80s/early 90s mountain bike, as I fancied a few gravel trails nearby. Along popped up the Raleigh Massif, which I picked up for free locally from an older couple who'd given up cycling.

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However the little Massif wasn't to stay free for long... The rear seat stay had come apart from the frame and required welding. I didn't have the knowledge to fix this, but upon the recommendation of this welcoming forum (wow! Everyone here is so much friendlier than the classic VW groups! 😆) I got a local welder to fix it for a couple of quid. He even painted over it for me saving me an extra job!

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I could now assemble the bike and take it for its first proper ride since I picked it up! Its very heavy but surprisingly smooth to ride.

Here was the maiden voyage - a trip to the beach with a pack of beer and my friend (whos bike is worth a little bit more than the poor massif 🤣) in Mumbles, South Wales.

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I've since grown to love the little Raleigh - it's by no means the best bike in the world (it is much heavier than my bike back at home, and hurts my backside a lot more too with no suspension!) but it's a charming little thing.

Turned a few heads too, and a passerby even mentioned that he liked it! Something I'd never have thought would happen with 35 year old push bikes.

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I've bought some ODI Vans grips and a Charge Spoon saddle, both in tan, so will fit these when I have the chance. It also needs some new tyres so will be getting those soon too. After that I think it's just going to be general maintenance (now I have the bug I might need to get myself another bike or two... Or spend a fortune on this one, we'll see😆)

Thanks, Oli



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Looks great, my friend had a massif when we were kids in the 80’s and his sister had the girls version called the Montana. We rode miles on those bikes I had a Raleigh mustang at the time. I picked up a massif about 3 years ago locally and gave it to him for his birthday last year he was over joyed and is out on the same bike he had so long ago! It’s a great color scheme too, enjoy riding it.
 

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