Raleigh for the Chop(per)
It looks like Raleigh may be sold to the owners of Batavus and Lapierre.
It could of course be good news. Although I can’t see manufacturing returning to the UK a company that wants the brand must believe that it can market ‘British’ bikes.Posted 5 years agoAngus WellsSubscriber
Even if there is no manufacturing it does mean that the name and hopefully some jobs in the warehouse at Nottingham will live on. The use of the name may be a good or a bad thing. It depends where the new (potential) owners pitch the brand. If it’s higher end (and the current Raleigh road bikes are definitely in that bracket), then all well and good. If the aim is Toys R Us then it is doomed.
For no other reason than nostalgia these are the Raleigh’s I owned:
1977 – Raleigh Olympus. My parents wouldn’t let me ride it to school until I had passed my Cycling Proficiency test.
1990 – Raleigh Team Banana. Looked like a TDF bike but was pretty shonky really.
1995 – Dyna Tech Aspin. Came with a card from the Special Products Division that included the name and a photograph of the man who built it in Nottingham, showing off his 1970s Noddy Holder side burns. Loved it.Posted 5 years agojimc101Member
The (potential) buyer is Accell, who own Koga, Lapierre & Ghost among others.
Would see the move as very good, as it’s a long time since Raleigh have made anything decent. Once they got rid of the Special Products Division, they seemed to die, the budget area of their market has been taken by supermarkets, and the low end has lots of competition they never had in the 70’s-90’s. Hopefully Accell can refocus / rejuvinate the brand.Posted 5 years agochivesMember
I had a bunch of Raleigh Kingpins (all hand-me-downs from elder cousins) as a kid, which I guess these days you’d call a 20″ rigid single-speed; either way, I used to drop 4 foot to flat without batting an eyelid, and could out-wheelie the only kid we knew with a BMX (his dad worked in America) – 36 of the white chevrons in the middle of the main road early most Sunday mornings (blatant willy waving..). God bless Raleigh – I for one shall remember them fondly.Posted 5 years ago
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