Retro Raleigh

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  • This project is inspired by the modern groupset on old frame post. It is likely to take a month or two to complete so bear with me.

    I have a Raleigh Kellogg's Pro which I really like but it is slightly too long in the top tube for me so I started looking for a better sized frame. I was initially looking for a vintage frame but was having no luck and then I saw the frame for me on ebay. It took a little while for me to pull the trigger as my funds always seemed to be committed on other things.

    It arrives!:

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  • Unboxing complete

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  • A Ti Team Raleigh replica in Reynolds 525 so nothing exotic but it does seem to be quite light so I am hoping the final build will be no more than 10kg.

    I have a few bits already, but I am not 100% sure which groupset to get. The frame came with a campag record headset but this does not match a Dura Ace 7410 seat post I have and I could not find a campag seat post in silver that I liked so Shimano it is.

    I have got a Dura Ace 7410 NJS headset on the way courtesy of tomsvoboda (thanks Tom) so the campag will be swapped out next week.­17/#comment14683223

    I also managed to find a nice Raleigh branded stem at a local bike shop and with a bit of elbow grease it has shined up nicely.

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  • This stem is a little short so I am on the look out for a 90 or 100mm version. there are a couple on ebay at the moment but I am holding fire until the decision on which bars is made.

  • Is a retro groupset you after or are you doing a neo retro build

  • No it will be a modern groupset on a retro style frame - I am almost sure it will be 105 r7000 black but if I found a nice campag seat post I could go with potenza in silver, but that adds to the total budget. I think r7000 gives the best vfm and black will suit the frame.

  • Yes to neo retro

  • love these old raleighs

  • new headset installed

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  • Beautiful...I have a Lemond Alp D'uez made from 525 and it's butttery smooth. 525 is lovely So comfortable. I've got 105 on it and it weighs about 23lbs.

  • Thank you. I have just bought a bike that came with a set of campag hyperon wheels with new tubs and am deciding whether to keep the campag record groupset and put this on the Raleigh. The chainset is 53/39 and is clamp on fd where I need a braze on and lower gearing. If I can get a good price for the groupset I might reconsider 105 r7000 and go with campag potenza in silver. I will have to change the headset back out though!

    Not sure of the weight as yet but frameset and wheelset feels very light. weight was not my priority but I won't complain if it does end up being light:)

  • Look on internet for' Sunrace R80 compact crankset'-looks the part and is going for 43.00 new...

  • Have managed to score a wheelset - campagnolo hyperon tubulars hardly used no sign of brake pad wear spinning smoothly and true. Very pleased. Came with two tubulars and a brand new spare. Not used tubulars before so I am hoping it will be a good experience. I have a clincher wheelset if I don't get on with them.

    Wheels are very light and I pleased to have snagged them at a ridiculously low price.

    Next step is to decide on groupset. I was thinking shimano 105 r7000 initially but have seen sram red etap 11 speed at £949 with another £2/300 quid for force chainset, brakes, cassettes and a chain. The additional cost would set the build back by a few months but it would be great to go electronic on a vintage style frame. Is etap worth the additional monies? I could go with 105 and switch it over to my second bike a few months down the line but 11 speed etap may no longer be available then. Any opinions from etap users?

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Retro Raleigh

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