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The luxury "Superbe" models were very similar, except for the saddles, the use of a locking front fork, and the inclusion of a Dynohub lighting system. Coffee color w/bronze head tube, bronze panel on seat tube. Red "R" front axle nuts & seatpost bolt, but not on the cotters.
(The Dynohub was also available as an extra-cost option on the Sports.) Lower end models, such as Dunelt, Phillips, Robin Hood, Triumph etc. Chainguard encircles chainring, bolted to tapped hole under bottom bracket. CPSC front reflector mount instead of lamp bracket.
That is not what a Raleigh Sports was about...these were designed to provide solid, dependable transportation for the British public, at a time when only the upper classes had motorcars.
These bikes were built to last 100 years, with reasonable care.
Contemporary bicycles have many parts made of aluminum (or "aluminium," if you prefer) for lightness, strength and corrosion resistance.
Contemporary bicycles that have steel rims, or cranks, or handlebars, or brakes do so as a way of cutting corners and saving a little bit of money, for a low-end bicycle.
In general, the quality reached its peak in the 1950s, and quality started to go down around the early 1960's, as management kept searching for ways to make the bicycles cheaper.
This table is focussed on the mainline Raleigh/Rudge/Humber "Sports" model.
It is possible that some of the equipment listed is anachronistic, but I believe this information is good.
Raleigh, in its glory years (up into the 1960's) was the absolute opposite.
In their enormous Nottingham factory covered 40 acres and employed nearly 7000 workers.
The mystique of steel caused the British cycle industry to be slow to adopt newfangled materials such as aluminum, and many British cyclists believed, even well into the 1960's, that steel rims, for instance, were superior to aluminum ones.
These days, this seems laughable..if you look at an older Dunlop steel rim, you'll find a very respectable, well-made product.
A Raleigh bicycle of this era would have a Raleigh frame, made of Raleigh Tubing conected with Raleigh lugs, with a Raleigh bottom bracket, Raleigh cranks, Raleigh pedals, Raleigh headset, Raleigh handlebars, Raleigh stem, Raleigh seatpost, Raleigh hubs (Sturmey-Archer was a Raleigh subsidiary) and even Raleigh spokes.