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Shimano 600 groupset, 42 and 52 tooth up front, 2x6. Cinelli handlebars, Capagnolo downtube shifters, Mavic MA40 wheels, Shimano 600 brakes.

I was under the impression that it was a Road Ace or Competition 12, it seems to have a mish-mash of parts from the 80s Raleigh line. The cable guide under the bottom bracket is Raleigh branded too, no serial numbers anywhere. I took it to my LBS and the woman there pointed out the ornate looking lugs where the tubes of the frame attach rather than being just welds and I cannot find any info about this or which bikes had this. Any help is much appreciated.

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    That's a gorgeous bike right there. You should totally do it up and ride it. Or pass it on to someone else who will use it.
    – Criggie
    Commented May 10, 2018 at 23:29
  • The bottle mounts are relatively uncommon on a bike of that vintage, as are the mix of campy and shimano. I 100% believe that is a cassette and a freehub, not a freewheel, even though its only a 6 speed, the racer bikes had cassettes in that size.
    – Criggie
    Commented May 10, 2018 at 23:32
  • FWIW, one place you might check for a serial number is on the steerer tube. This is a bit of a pain, since you need to remove the fork to get at it.
    – Adam Rice
    Commented Sep 14, 2018 at 17:29
  • Possible duplicate of Why shouldn't I care what model/make/year my bicycle is?
    – Ross
    Commented Sep 14, 2018 at 17:54
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    @Criggie I’ve got a different British bike that only had a SN on the steerer, so “both”.
    – Adam Rice
    Commented Sep 15, 2018 at 13:22

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It looks to me like one of the better Raleigh bikes from maybe the 80's. The component group on it is not likely to be original at all, I would guess it was Campy, and someone "upgraded" to Shimano.

A note, there is no "correct" way, I am sure I'll be told, but on the rear wheel, having the skewer lever on the derailleur/hanger side would be something I would avoid. I would recommend it go on the other side, and either "point" back or down. ( many like to put it next to the seat stay, but I find it troublesome to use there, esp when it is cold and raining and such, unobstructed access is good ).

  • Some people prefer to put the QR lever on the derailleur side on disc-braked bikes, for what it's worth. (Not relevant in this case, of course.) Commented Aug 15, 2018 at 18:26

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