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1983 Raleigh Gran Sport 12 - 62cm

This bike is mostly original. I upgraded to a honey Brooks Swift Ti saddle which cost more than what I paid for the bike on Ebay! The original Weinmann concave rims needed to be replaced. The rear one had a flat spot that could not be removed. Had Mike the owner of my LBS (Tony's Bikes & Sports ) re-lace the wheels with SUN CR18 rims (from Harris Bike Shop per a suggestion by Sheldon Brown) and then mounted the wheels with Continental Gaterbacks. It made a huge improvement in the ride. Swapped to a longer Cinelli 1A stem - the original one was too short. Changed to a Shimano hyperglide freewheel to get a wider ratio for the hills. The modern ramped design made the shifting response much quicker and almost noiseless.

1983 Raleigh Gran Sport 12 - 62cm, Reynolds 531c (c for Competition) double-butted Cro-Moly steel with Prugnat S4 lugs, GIPIEMME forged dropouts, fittings for one water bottle, painted in caramel metallic paint. Made in England.

Fully Chrommed Reynolds 531 taper gauge fork blades with VITUS crown and GIPIEMME forged ends, OMAS headset.

Crankset/Bottom Bracket:
Campagnolo Gran Sport 170 mm crank arms with Campagnolo Super Record chainrings, Campagnolo Gran Sport bottom bracket

Campagnolo Gran Sport pedals with Christophe Sport Steel toe clips and yellow leather straps.

Shimano Hyperglide 14-28 6 speed Freewheel, 52/42 Campagnolo Super Record chainrings, SRAM PC58 chain

Campagnolo Nuovo Gran Sport rear derailleur, Campy Gran Sport front derailleur, Campagnolo Gran Sport downtube shifters

Cinelli No. 65 engraved handlebar with Cinelli 1A stem

Brooks Honey colored Swift with hammered copper rivets and Ti rails, Campagnolo Gran Sport seat post

Campagnolo Gran Sport brakes and levers with original Campagnolo gum hoods

Front Wheel/Hub/Tire:
Campagnolo "Nuovo Tipo" small flange 36 hole hub, Sun CR18 rim, Continental Ultra Gatorskin 700 x 25c tire

Rear Wheel/Hub/Tire:
Campagnolo "Nuovo Tipo" small flange 36 hole freewheel hub, Sun CR18 rim, Continental Ultra Gatorskin 700 x 25c tire

VO (Velo-Orange.com) brass bell, alloy water bottle cage, black Cinelli cork tape over gel handlebar pads, Cateye rear flashing light, Cannondale Saddle Bag, and a clear plastic chainstay guard. Replacement "Raleigh" Decal.

More Info:
More pictures can be found on my "1983 Raleigh Gran Sport" set on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/97652170@N00/sets/72157622352572797/

Added by sibkis. Last updated almost 12 years ago.



sibkis says:

It handles the 28th tooth sprocket just fine. Unfortunately this large frame being built with Reynolds 531c makes it very flexible. If I try to stand up to climb a hill the bottom bracket flexes so much side to side and it won't stay in the 28 tooth Cog and auto shifts down :-( For this bike I just have to stay seated and spin or grind my way up the hill.

Posted over 5 years ago


Velogarden says:


How does that Gran Sport derailleur handle the 28 tooth cog? No upper pulley interference? Beautiful machine.

Posted over 5 years ago