MOMBAT LogoMOMBAT LogoMOMBAT LogoMOMBAT Logo

    1982 Raleigh Trail Rider

Interesting twin-lateral type frame.  During this era, manufacturers were still unsure about the future of mountain biking and were reluctant to dump a bunch of money into them.  That helps explain the use of BMX-derived parts such as the crank, stem, brakes, pedals, handlebars and forks.  This bike still uses caliper brakes and a double crank.  The crank may have given and acceptably low gear when used with the 38 tooth cog on the back.  Raleigh got a little more serious the next year by offering more of  a true mountain bike.

This was the response from Joe Breeze on the similarity of the frame designs:

"I remember that Raleigh. I don't recall seeing them in the US though. I think I saw it in a British "Crane's" publication at that time. There's little reason to doubt that the first 10 Breezers were the source of influence.

The Raleigh design is of course a cheap imitation. The Raleigh twin-lateral design negates most of their benefit as the tubes hug the seat tube and kink around the tire. The Breezer twin lats made a bee line between the head tube and rear tips and had more bending stiffness. Granted, subsequent designs
(diamond frame) were far better.

Soon after I built my first Breezers I determined that, with a diamond-frame design, I could make a frame 3/4 of pound lighter, requiring 10 fewer welds and 9 fewer tubing cuts, while achieving greater laterally stiffness and greater strength overall.

Cheers,
Joe"

   Click on thumbnails below for larger images:        

Raleigh   Raleigh   Raleigh Raleigh
 
Frame 4130 Cro-Moly
Fork Straight bladed BMX
Rear Shock NA
Rims Araya 7X
Hubs Suzue
Spokes Zinc 3 cross
Tires 26 x 2.125 Gum wall
Pedals Alloy rat-trap style, 1/2" spindles
Crank One piece with stamped steel double chain ring set
Chain 1/2" x 3/32
Rear Cogs Suntour 5 speed freewheel with 38 tooth cog
Bottom Bracket American style for 1 piece cranks
Front Derailleur Suntour Spirt
Rear Derailleur Suntour AG
Shifters Suntour Mighty
Handlebars High rise steel
Stem MIC BMX style, 4 bolt
Headset Steel
Brake set Raleigh BMX-style
Brake levers Chang Star motorcycle style
Saddle Sprung
Seat Post fluted alloy
Colors Metallic Red
Size 20" c-c
Serial #   MD2013890

 

MOMBAT links

Share this page with your friends:

Share




Delicious Bookmark this on Delicious


Home MOMBAT home page

 Bikes List of bike in the MOMBAT collection

 History  Manufacturer histories and timelines

Parts  MOMBAT parts museum

Contact Talk to us or come see us!

 Store Buy MOMBAT merchandise

For Sale  Parts and accessories for sale

First Flight Bikes Check out the shop

 Mountain Goat Cycles Design your own

 

MOMBAT friends

More MOMBAT-themed resources.

Mountain Bike Hall of Fame

Charlie Kelly

Vintage Ritchey

Cunningham

Vintage Trek

Vintage Cannondale

Fat Chance

Yeti

Mantis

Vintage Catalogs

 

"I’ve seen mountain bike rides transform people – not just their bodies but their way of thinking. Their spirit." Charlie Cunningham