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Raleigh Team Panasonic


Brand: Raleigh
Full bike weight: 10.5kg
Frame weight: 2880g (frame 2040g, fork 840g)
Size: 57cm
Markings: 76808 frame, 00133450 frame sticker, 17103 fork
Year: 1985 (estimated)
Notes: Frame was acquired on Facebook market, the parts comes from a bit of everywhere.

A mystery frame that could be a Raleigh Corsa or Cadet. Might be a custom built or a respray (which I doubt). I was able to contact the owner of the shop that sold the bike throught the shop sticker that was still on the bike, to quote what he said:

"As you suggest that is a Raleigh Team Panasonic 501 they were around mid to late 80's as them and the Team Panasonic Burner were used for their Centenary Calendar in 1987 (still hanging in my office). The model was very similar to the Record Sprint which was a massive seller and most service parts we would still carry in stock. Gear levers changed during production run as did the frame its self if memory serves rightly. Sorry we have no records as to this individual bike."

If you're really curious or fancy more informations there is a full thread I opened on retrobike. I fell in love with this Raleigh paintjob when I first moved to London. When I saw the frame on facebook market I jumped on the occasion and impulsely bought it. No regrets. It was a great and fun build, costed me quite a lot in the end but the bike rides very smoothly and I enjoy using it a lot. 


Tubing: Reynolds 501
Groupset: Shimano Golden Arrow
Shifters: Simplex SLJ
Wheels: Mavic MA2 on Mavic 500 hubs
Cassette: Shimano 11-28
Tyres: Hutchinson Speed'N'Stop 28C (now replaced by Panaracer Race Evo 4)
Saddle: San Marco Rolls (now replaced by a Turbo)
Seatpost: SR Laprade
Headset: 1" 27.0 / 30.0mm JIS 36mm
Stem: Raleigh
Handlebar: Sakae
Bartape: Tressorex cotton
Brake lever hoods: Dia Compe
Bottom bracket: Shimano BB-UN5
Pedals: Made in England (now replaced by Kyokuto Top Run) with Christophe toe clips and straps
Chain: KMC