RE: [CR]Info wanted: Rampar Superbe

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Subject: RE: [CR]Info wanted: Rampar Superbe
Date: Thu, 1 Sep 2005 10:53:49 -0400
Thread-Topic: [CR]Info wanted: Rampar Superbe
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From: "Bingham, Wayne" <>
To: "Classic Rendezvous" <>

I have the Raleigh version, but have never heard of a Rampar version of the same bike. Maybe that was for a specific market. Sounds like the same bike though. Mine is pretty complete and original, save the cable/housing and bar tape. The complete Superbe group, including a stem and seat post, is really nice. It can be seen here:

Wayne Bingham Lovettsville VA

>>>>>> My 1980 Raleigh catalog lists a Raleigh Superbe with the same specs and components. Tange DB tubing and a full Superbe group.The finish is gold lacquer over chrome. I also remember the Rampar which was I believe was the same bike. As I remember it Rampar was the brand name Raleigh used for it's Japanese built bikes. When I first saw this bike I thought it was gorgeous and the Superbe components, at that time Campy clones, had a really nice finish. Maybe it doesn't have the panache of a Euro brand but it is still a nice bike.

Norm Lafleur

> Howdy folks.
> My riding buddy Phil Roberts was given an interesting bike. It is a Rampar
> with the remains of a full Suntour Superbe group, even a stem. It is Tange
> Champion tubing (see below for more details). It has pretty nice looking
> lugwork and a sloping internal type crown. I am not sure what the finish
> is
> ,
> but it almost looks like it was copper or brass colored or perhaps some
> kin
> d
> of colored chrome. It has faded to a silvery color except where clamps
> etc.
> shaded the finish. Anybody know anything about this bike? Sheldon Brown
> isn't familiar with it... Thanks!
> Doug Van Cleve
> Chandler, AZ
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: Phil Roberts <>
> Date: Aug 31, 2005 4:05 PM
> Subject: Re: Silk Hope
> To: Doug Van Cleve
> Seat tube sticker sez "Rampar built for Raleigh".
> Another sez something about Champion tubing. Another
> sticker touts the Suntour Superbe components. Top
> tube sticker sez "Superbe". Downtube sticker sez
> "Rampar". I have no clue on the finish, since no one
> seems to even know anything about the bike. I just
> know that Rampar was mostly a cheezy bottom-feeder
> line, and while the first ones came from Japan (where
> mine evidentally originated) the latter ones, mostly
> BMX and cheap low end, came from Taiwan.
> Sheldon surmised:
> "My guess is this is late '70s or early '80s, probably
> toward the end
> of the Rampar brand. I don't recall ever seeing this
> model."
> I know it's late 70's (pre-pro). And I would think it
> was more toward the beginning of the Rampar brand.
> Maybe a Raleigh dealer somewhere might remember. Oh
> well, it doesn't make much diff to anyone but me.
> ~Phil~