50cm Raleigh Ti-Team Pro SBDU c.1983 Vintage British Track Bike Frame

✓ Original vintage frame - built in the 1980s
✓ Super lightweight for the era - only 2.5 kg!
✓ Thoroughly checked over & photographed in detail
✓ Worldwide shipping

Raleigh are one of the oldest and most well-known bike companies in the world, thanks to their huge success with early safety bicycles; lightweight Roadsters; cult classics like the RSW and Chopper, and some big professional bike race wins in the 70s and 80s. Beginning in Nottingham in the late 1880s, the company expanded rapidly and by 1913 it was the largest manufacturer of bicycles in the world, though production slowed down through the two World Wars, by the late 1940s the lightweight Roadster was selling phenomonally well in the US and their high profile continued in to the 1970s. Raleigh bought out several smaller brands over the years adding Carlton, Humber and BSA to their portfolio, they were themselves then bought by competitor Tube Investments creating the massive Ti-Raleigh business in 1960. Raleigh's racing success arguably reached a peak in 1980 when Joop Zoetemelk won the Tour de France riding an iconic red Team Ti-Raleigh, they continued to sponsor road teams and also had some success racing MTBs in the 90s with Dave Baker.

Raleigh's Specialist Bicycle Development Unit (SBDU) came about soon after Raleigh had acquired Carlton in 1960, the plan being to get a high quality, low volume handbuilt frame workshop of their own. The legendary Gerald O'Donovan, whose family owned Carlton, was asked in 1974 to head up a new factory facility in Ilkeston that would make a small number of very high quality, sometimes experimental machines designed for their new high profile racing team, and to develop for sale. In the early days the factory built about 1000 frames a year (Carlton had been building 2500 frames per week previously!). With Peter Post in charge of the team Ti-Raleigh won the Tour de France in 1980, and at that time you could have the same builders, in the same factory build you a bike from the same materials - if you could afford it!

This amazing example of the sought after TI-Team frame was built in 1983, and was re-finished by Bob Jackson in Leeds to an incredibly high standard. The frame and fork steerer have matching SB serial numbers, and since being re-finished it hasn't yet been re-built. The paint is still fantastic, with just a few very minor marks from storage. There genuinely aren't many of these Ilkeston built Raleigh team track frames left, and with the recent re-issue of the road version, this is the perfect opportunity to build up an original frameset into the perfect homage to one of the most iconic bikes Britain has ever produced.

The frame's been carefully checked by one of our mechanics to confirm the alignment's correct and there's no damage to the threads. If there are any minor issues worth noting we will do so in the overview section below. Please take a good look at the detailed photos so you can see the cosmetic condition of the frame before you buy.

OVERVIEW


Era - 1980s
Country - British
Frame Material - Steel
Tubing - Reynolds 531
Weight - 2.495 kg
Stock Code - U-F-T3V

SIZING


Size Guide* - Small (Approx 29 1/2" Inside Leg)
Seat Tube (ctc) - 50 cm
Top Tube (ctc) - 54.5 cm
Head Tube - 105 mm
Chainstay Length - 41 cm
Wheelbase - 95 cm

*This is just a guide, not a guarantee the frame will fit as every rider is different. If you're unsure of your size we'd always recommend trying out a bike with similar frame dimensions first.

TECHNICAL INFO


Rear Spacing - 120 mm
Front Spacing - 100 mm
Seatpost Diameter - 27.2 mm
Wheel Size - 700c/28"
Brake Fixing - Recessed Allen Key
Brake Drop - 37 mm (front only)
Bottom Bracket Thread - English/British/ISO Thread
Headset Thread - Standard ISO (24 TPI - British/Italian)
Headset Stack Height - 40 mm
Fork Crown Race - 26.4 mm (ISO)
Headtube Internal Diameter - 30.2 mm
Steerer Internal Diameter - 22.2 mm (Standard)

SHIPPING, TAXES & RETURNS

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We accept returns, please notify us within 14 days and ensure the item arrives back with us no later than 30 days after the order was received.

We don't charge VAT, however, if buying from outside of the UK please remember that there may be import fees to pay directly to the delivery company before receiving the order. Unfortunately we can’t advise on the exact costs as it varies from country to country, so please check your national rates before purchasing.