Raleigh Record Ace

Raleigh is one of the few bike manufacturers that never gave up on steel, and the latest Record Ace model goes a step further by offering Campagnolo components, in a polished silver finish, no less! Built around proven Reynolds 631 alloy, the Record Ace comes in a respectable range of five sizes. While I’s be more enthusiastic about a polished Athena grouppo, the Veloce parts spec probably makes more sense for a 631 frameset. The fork is lugged steel with a flat crown, which matches every other part of this bike nicely; a carbon fork just wouldn’t look right on this bike. The downsides? Well, the parts spec isn’t fantastic – while the FSA headset is nice, the Joytech hubs are nothing to write home about, and it would be really nice to see Campy hubs. Also, I’m not a big fan of the sloping top tube, but it’s a pretty mild slope and only detracts slightly from the classic lines of the rest of the bike. The Record Ace comes in any color you want, as long as it’s black. Cheers!
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above: the Raleigh Record Ace (raleighusa.com)

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