Raleigh Team Professional

Raleigh Team Professional

As the 2013 Tour de France braces itself for Stage 8, the first battle with an HC peak—scaling the Col de Pailhères—it’s sobering to remember these feats of climbing weren’t always performed upon ultra-light carbon bikes with electronic shifting. The 1980 Tour was won by Joop Zoetemelk on a Raleigh Team Professional like this one, restored by Klaus Hogrebe of Germany’s Eisenherz Bikes.

Raleigh introduced the Team Professional to their catalog during the early 70s as a top shelf racer. The ubiquitous red, black and yellow of the bikes were to become synonymous with the hugely successful T.I. Raleigh team, winning numerous World Championships, stage races, classics, team time trials and track races, but the pinnacle of the team’s resumé was Joop’s 1980 Tour victory.

A glance through a timeline of Raleigh catalogs dates this one at about 1982 or ’83. The Reynolds 531 frame was usually advertised with a Campagnolo Nuovo Record group, but Klaus restored this version with Shimano’s 600 Arabesque ensemble which, some might say, is even prettier. A fine example of Klaus’ collection, most of which are listed for sale on the Eisenherz Bikes website.

Raleigh Team Professional
Raleigh Team Professional
Raleigh Team Professional
Raleigh Team Professional
Raleigh Team Professional
Raleigh Team Professional

  • The difference in climbing efficiency between that Raleigh and a current UCI-compliant bike might be on the order of 3 or 4% if you include the rider. Once you account for rolling resistance and wind resistance, the overall difference in effort would be less than that. Enough to make a difference in a race but not enough to make much difference to a rider climbing at 85-90% of max. These climbs were and are sobering, but the bikes are the least of what’s sobering about them.

    Beautiful sample of a really beautiful bike.

  • Jeff3

    Like or similar the bikes of the time is correct. Actually the TI Raleigh bikes were made at Ilkeston at the SBDU which was a separate company making bikes for teams both pro an amateur elites .The team bikes were not made out of 531 they were made of 753 and at that time very few welders were certified to use this tubing . Each bike frame was hand made for a particular rider .The company was overseen by Gerald O” Dowell known through out the bike world at that time as GOD .If you have a frame from the SBDU now you have something! ,this one here is just a generic off the shelf lookalike .Nice but with the same color scheme from the Raleigh mass production factory miles away FROM WHERE HISTORY WAS BEING MADE ..

    • Jeff3 , thanks for your information. I’m looking forward to coming across an original SBDU frame one day!

      • jeff3

        Adam

        your welcome ,another name for famous frames are the Bilato bros .Billato must be one of the largest frame
        building outfits in Italy but
        their contract work is shrouded in mystery. I guess it’s because their
        clients don’t want it known who “makes their bicycles” and everybody
        concerned keeps mum. I believe that they are still producing (even
        selling under their own name in the EU) but these There frames were never marked as such and won more Tour De France ,Giro and made frame for all the major maker in Euorope for their teams .Greg Lemond won on a Bilato frame and his early bikes he had for sale were from this maker and sprayed in California.We are talking nearly every team was on a Bilato with someone else”s name on the down tube ,I am talking 1980″ 1990″. Huffy bike team frames were made by Land Shark for Andy Hampstien and marked Huffy .Badge engineering they call it to- day .

        Rgds Jeff3