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.
Click on thumbnails below for larger images:
|Fork||Straight bladed BMX|
|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|
|Handlebars||High rise steel|
|Stem||MIC BMX style, 4 bolt|
|Brake set||Raleigh BMX-style|
|Brake levers||Chang Star motorcycle style|
|Seat Post||fluted alloy|
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