Raleigh Titanium hardtail, lovely retro bike…
A guy in the cycling club used to have a lovely raleigh ti bike but it was lugged unlike this. Lovely blue anodised parts everywhere.
Looked lovely it really did, he now has a carbon frame he built himself.
This bike is also fantastic, love the colour scheme.Posted 4 years agom0rkMember
I remember selling these back in the day for my saturday job.
I seem to remember they weren’t made in Nottingham, but were imported – but loads better value than Litespeed etc.
That one ^^ looks a bit like it’s specced like the team bikes at the time I think? Or maybe I’m confused with X-Lite that use to have interesting bitsPosted 4 years agosomafunkSubscriber
Very nice, and just as much fun to ride t’day as back then – I still use my original Hope ti hubs on my ss road bike (70,000 miles+) and i still use a set of the original square taper middleburn cranks as well – that stuff was built to last.
If it was mine i’d lose the gripship and fit xt thumbshifters along with a sharks fin chainstay protecter and a DCD………..although i do have a brand new set of XT thumbshifters along with brake levers and canti brakes just waiting on that new/unused Dave Bradbury Manitou frame to appear on the classifieds (i live in a perpetual state of hope).Posted 4 years agosomafunkSubscriber
Here’s a Marin Muirwoods i got given the other week, totally unused and sat in a shed for 19years – not even any wear on the original brake blocks, it has got non-standard tyres but i do have a set of original marin rockstar tyres in the attic from my 1992 Bear Valley SE.
I may fit my onza chill pills to the brake straddle wire, and i’m sure i have a girvin flexstem somewhere along with my manitou 3 forks.Posted 4 years agohot_fiatSubscriber
Dyna-tech Taurus ti? Yep, same as the x-lite titanium frames. I think they were made by funky robots in Nottingham, ripped out and sent to taiwan when diamondbackPosted 4 years ago
asset-stripped the triumph road sitebought them out. There was something dodgy about the tubing though which made them cheap. They did a cro-mo version too, beautifully tig’d together and really light. That went on to form the front end for the dho frames.WaderiderMember
Mavic 217 SUP rims, eh? That’s nothing, I used to roll with a set of 117 SUP CD Ceramics built by Big Al to STX SE hubs. Okay, the hubs weren’t cutting edge, but they lasted the long life of the rims!
P.S. Still got a smoke/dart set….and an Onza Rip/Rail set for when I rebuild that frame in the roofspace. Orange 1991 Clockwork, also got a set of Pace RC30s and some DX thumbies in hibernation for the same rebuild. 😀Posted 4 years agoDeveron53Member
I had the first edition of the Raleigh Titanium which was painted a sort of light blue metallic. It broke at the seat tube / top tube junction. Raleigh then swapped it for one just like the bike in the OP. That cracked at the seat tube / BB area. My third bike was a matt finish one with rear disc tabs which got sold almost immediately!Posted 4 years agoMacavityMember
Contains some journalistic mis-information.Posted 4 years agobencooperMember
I imported some Russian titanium stuff years ago for that reason – the largest frames I could get were 19″ because that was the longest off-cut he could get out the back door 😉
Half the stuff I imported snapped in a month, the other half is still working 15 years later. QC was non-existent.Posted 4 years ago
ton – Member
one of the older sweary northerners used to race on one of those, got 2nd place in the uk vet champs on it when all the others were riding sussers.
that is impressive! apparently the bike in OP has a ride quality not far off his full sus Scott Spark, the only let down is the forks are a bit twangy/flexy LOLPosted 4 years ago
DezB – Member
and original Hope hubs
I think you’ll find that is ‘hub’ singular! My ex’s bike has them front & rear – in the same blue. Should go and nick them back really!
willej – Member
Is it just the photo or does that back wheel have titanium spokes too? If so where’s the matching front one?!
The matching front wheel on the same hope hubs cracked at the axle 😯
Spokes are simplon titanium.Posted 4 years agoflap_jackSubscriber
There was a CTC article about the Hope front hubs cracking many years back.
Thought was that they corroded, and that the rears didn’t because of the general amount of oil floating around.
Suggestion was to give a squirt of teflon lube every so often, which I have done ever since.
I have 2 hubs from that era still in constant use.Posted 4 years ago
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