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1978 Raleigh Grand Prix

I got the original Grand Prix minus the 27" wheels from my former landlord. He purchased it new from Rick Cycle Shop in Buffalo NY which is still in business with the same phone #. He kept it in storage most of those years and was pretty neglected but no rust. It sat in my garage a few years until I decided to get new wheels. I went with 700c so I could install big 35c tires. The original GP was listed at 29 lbs. My set up weighs in at 25 lbs. It was manufactured in Canada at the now defunct Waterloo Ontario factory. The Grand Prix was considered an entry level road bike.

Raleigh 25-1/2" (64.5 cm) 20-30 high carbon steel with Bocama cut lugs". Brazed on cable guides. This was their largest GP frame.

"Raleigh 20-30 high tensile steel with Vagner Crown forged". 26 tpi.

Crankset/Bottom Bracket:
Shimano 105-170mm, Raleigh BB.

Free Agent BMX, sealed bearings.

Sugino chainring 46t, White Industries Trials Freewheel, 18T. A WI freewheel is a bit overkill for this build but I can always use it on another bike. KMC Kool Chain 3/32.


Nitto Technomic Stem 70mm x 25.4. Generic flat bar, O.D.I. grips.

Selle Italia/Kalloy 25.4.

Weinmann center pull 750 rear .NOS Dia Compe 750 center pull front. Kool Stop Dual Compound pads. Avid levers.

Front Wheel/Hub/Tire:
Formula Hubs/Sun CR18 rims, 36h. Clement X’plor Ush 35x622 tire.

Rear Wheel/Hub/Tire:
Formula Hubs/Sun CR 18 rims, 36h. Clement X’plor Ush 35x622 tire.


More Info:
The 35c tires feel huge. They're great for riding on uneven sidewalks and going off curbs. They glide over pot holes that would destroy a rim with 25c tires. Best riding bike I have.

Added by Caltex. Last updated about 6 years ago.



Nathap470 says:

Love the brake setup! I have a similar setup on my single speed

Posted over 6 years ago


Caltex says:

Thanks! They're a fun alternative and have nearly as good stopping power as newer side pulls.

Posted over 6 years ago