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Gran Sport // Carlton Cycles // 1977

Frame:
Raleigh/Carlton // Reynolds/Campagnolo

Fork/Headset:
Reynolds/Campagnolo // Dura-Ace HP-7410 NJS

Crankset/Bottom Bracket:
Dura-Ace FC-7402 // Dura-Ace BB-7400 NJS

Pedals:
MKS Sylvan

Drivetrain/Cog/Chainring/Chain:
White Industries Eno // Dura-Ace EX // Connex 808 // Dura-Ace NJS bolts

Handlebars/Stem:
Velo Orange Porteur // GB Spearpoint

Saddle/Seatpost:
Brooks B17 Imperial // Dura-Ace SP-7410 NJS

Brakes:
Gran-Compe GC450 // Dia-Compe DC189

Front Wheel/Hub/Tire:
HplusSon TB14 // Dura-Ace HB-7600 NJS // Hoshi NJS // Schwalbe HS392

Rear Wheel/Hub/Tire:
HplusSon TB14 // Dura-Ace HB-7600 NJS // Hoshi NJS // Schwalbe HS392

Accessories:
Brooks leather bar wrap // Brooks B4 frame bag // Stainless cable housing // Crane Suzu bell

Bike History

Click a link below to see past stages of this bike.

  1. Initial
  2. Stage 2
  3. Stage 3
  4. Stage 4

Current Stage Info:

New photos coming soon.

Added by Seamuis. Last updated 22 days ago.

18 Comments

Nathap470

Nathap470 says:

Oozing class

Posted 4 months ago

Caltex

Caltex says:

Nice, need more photos.

Posted 5 months ago

Seamuis

Seamuis says:

Thanks mate. I had quite a few, for pervious iterations, but chose to delete them after making quite a few changes to the setup. I’ll take more very soon.

Posted 5 months ago

steelbuddie

steelbuddie says:

Nice and classy :-)

Posted about 1 year ago

Seamuis

Seamuis says:

Thanks mate, much appreciated. You have some seriously classy bikes as well.

Posted about 1 year ago

dickeysezso

dickeysezso says:

Beautiful build. Love your style with the mix of old/new components. Looks like a super fun bike.

Posted about 1 year ago

pearleen

pearleen says:

so you ditched the pauls and threw mafac's on this ? what's the story here ? :-)

Posted over 1 year ago

Seamuis

Seamuis says:

Simply put, I noticed no discernible difference in performance between the Paul's and the MAFAC's when pushed to their limits. The Paul's offer a few advantages like larger choices in pad styles, slightly longer reach, a little lighter. But that's not worth the much larger extra cost to me. I hand polished the MAFAC's and they look every bit as good mounted on the frame as the Paul's, and I got a good offer from an employee at my LBS who was building a touring bike. The Paul's a great brakes, and offer things that will make them very appealing to most people over older brakes and I agree with that. But performance vs (the best) of the older models, it just isn't there. So $300+ vs $0 is an easy choice for me. I gave them a fair run, they just aren't better than what I had, where it counts to me.

Posted over 1 year ago

pearleen

pearleen says:

nice to know. i'm a daily (dual) mafac user... hell, with a non-machined 80es rim and original dot-pads I can block the front wheel quite easily. i just need to squeeze hard. rear wheel is another deal because of old cable, though.

granted my brakes are direct mount, that probably helps a little bit.

thanks for sharing your story !

Posted over 1 year ago

greg3rd48

greg3rd48 says:

Very eye-catching build. I love the '70s Raleighs. Now that is one heck of a chainring!

Posted over 1 year ago

sloman

sloman says:

61/11. WOW. Does Clark Kent know you have his bike? Never noticed the center pulls were any better or worse. Old school brakes are pretty horrid. Hope the Paul's are better. Enjoy.

Posted over 1 year ago

Seamuis

Seamuis says:

Most of the time I'm riding on 17t cog, middle of cassette. It's not about the size of the chainring it's about gear ratios. But when I want to put the hammer down, 11t. I'm doing a comparison between the Paul's and the best of the original MAFAC centerpulls. These competitions are nearly every bit as good as the Paul's, only lacking the ability to use more modern road brake cartridges. Very good brakes, that i pulled off a Peugeot py10 super comp.

Posted over 1 year ago

pearleen

pearleen says:

i hope brake 1 doesn't fail while you are pushing 61:11 :-D

Posted about 2 years ago

pearleen

pearleen says:

how's the braking power on the pauls ? i am wondering..

Posted about 2 years ago

Seamuis

Seamuis says:

When you're on 61:11, you aren't thinking about stopping, just going faster.

Posted about 2 years ago

Seamuis

Seamuis says:

They're great, expensive but great. I also have a set of dura ace 7800 side pulls, which are good brakes, but I prefer center pulls, and Paul is the best available.

Posted about 2 years ago

JaKrazyM8

JaKrazyM8 says:

Classic 531 with monster gears! Very Kool.

Posted about 2 years ago

FABEL

FABEL says:

^ agreed. hardcore build on a classic frame w/ timeless styling. well done

Posted over 1 year ago