Re: [CR]Original Derailleurs on a Raleigh Grand Sport(s)

(Example: Component Manufacturers:Cinelli)

Date: Mon, 6 Aug 2007 14:15:03 -0700 (PDT)
From: "John Barry" <>
Subject: Re: [CR]Original Derailleurs on a Raleigh Grand Sport(s)
To: Jerome & Elizabeth Moos <>,
In-Reply-To: <>


I know you have doubts, but what is the serial number? I believe that in some years, the Gran Sport was offered as a frameset only.


John Barry Mechanicsburg, PA, USA

--- Jerome & Elizabeth Moos <> wrote:
> Having finally completed one Raleigh project, a 1974
> Competition, I'm faced with another, a 70's Grand
> Sport(s). It is the classic white and blue paint
> scheme. This particular bike has the Grand Sports
> decal (plural), but many, probably most, are
> decaled Grand Sport (singular). The serial number
> doesn't conform to any system I've found on
> RetroRaleighs, and I'm told that Grand Sport(s) did
> not use the same numbering scheme as other 531
> Raleighs, at least not consistently. Anyone know
> the Grand Sport(s) serial # code? Does the spelling
> of the model name give any clue as to the year?
> So far, I'm guessing this bike is somewhere
> between 1973 and 1979. My primary question for the
> list is if the SunTour derailleurs are original. It
> has a VGT, or maybe VxGT RD with a matching SunTour
> FD and the ratcheted SunTour DT shift levers. The
> most recent catalog on RetroRaleigh to show the
> Grand Sport is 1976, which shows a long cage
> Criterium-quality Simplex plastic RD (called the
> Simplex "Maxi"), a pushrod plastic Simplex front,
> and the truly dreadful plastic Simplex Prestige DT
> shift levers. The same setup is shown in the 1973
> catalog on RetroRaleigh. A couple of Raleigh gurus
> on the list believe the derailleurs are not
> original. However, if the bike is late 70's, maybe
> 1977-1979, I think it is possible it might have come
> with SunTour, as Raleigh did use a lot of SunTour
> stuff in the late 70's, including the original
> derailleurs on a Grand Prix I bought my wife in that
> period.
> Anyone know of a blue and white Grand Sport(s)
> with original SunTour derailleurs?
> Regards,
> Jerry Moos
> Big Spring, TX
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