Technium Prestige – Raleigh
Proposed by Stefano
I was living in La Jolla, California, while attending UCSD in the early 1990s. I enjoyed motocross racing and I stayed fit by road cycling. I’ve always been in the habit of choosing the best sports equipment and, in those days, the best came from Nottinghamshire, England, where Raleigh bicycles have been produced since 1885. Put simply, John Tomac – one of my heroes, an American road racing, mountain bike and BMX champion during the late 1980s and early ’90s – raced on a Raleigh. Over the years, I’ve customised three different Technium Prestige bikes for friends who wanted a bike like mine. This is the fourth one and it was customised to become a designer item. Stefano Tarticchio, the founder of the Desgenà workshop in Turin, helped me out (a guarantee in itself).
As well as fitting genuine Shimano RX100 gears, we added a three-lever Desgenà break system, BLB bullhorn handlebars with anodised aluminium bolts, BLB Track pedals, BLB Notorious wheels with white spokes, Vittoria Rubino Pro tyres, a Selle Italia saddle and carbon fibre mudguards to the Technium Prestige frame. The result was a bike that looks as good as it rides.
Nei primi anni Novanta vivevo a La Jolla, in California, dove frequentavo la UCSD. Praticavo agonisticamente motocross e mi tenevo in forma col ciclismo su strada. Ho sempre scelto il meglio dell’attrezzatura sportiva e allora il meglio arrivava dalla contea di Nottingham, in Inghilterra, dove dal 1885 vengono prodotte le biciclette Raleigh. Per capirci, John Tomac, uno dei miei idoli, campione statunitense di ciclismo su strada, mountain bike e bmx a cavallo fra la fine degli Ottanta e l’inizio dei Novanta, correva su una Raleigh. Negli anni ho customizzato 3 Technium Prestige, l’ho fatto per degli amici che volevano una bicicletta come la mia. Questa è la quarta ed è stata personalizzata come un oggetto di design. Mi ha aiutato Stefano Tarticchio, fondatore dell’officina Desgenà di Torino, e questa è più che una garanzia.
Su un telaio Technium Prestige, oltre al cambio originale Shimano RX100, abbiamo montato un impianto frenante a 3 leve Desgenà, manubrio BLB Bullhorn Bar con attacchi in alluminio anodizzato, pedali BLB Track, cerchi BLB Notorious con raggi bianchi, tubolari Vittoria 'Rubino Pro’, sellino Selle Italia e paraspruzzi in carbonio. Il risultato è una bicicletta bella da guardare, oltre che da guidare.
After World War II, Raleigh became known for its lightweight sports roadster bicycles, often using Sturmey-Archer three and five-speed transmissions. These cycles were considerably lighter and quicker than either the old heavy English utility roadster or the American “balloon-tire” cruiser bikes. In 1946, Raleigh and other English bicycle manufacturers accounted for 95% of the bicycles imported into the United States.
In 1987, the leading German bicycle manufacturer Derby Cycle bought Raleigh USA from Huffy. In 1988, Derby opened a factory in Kent, Washington where Raleigh Technium bicycles are built. This factory closed in 1994, So all Raleigh Cycle Company of America parts and frames from 1995 onward are mass-produced in China and Taiwan for Derby Cycle and assembled in other plants. Raleigh of Denmark still offers traditional rod-brake models. At Raleigh of England, the “Carlton” factory in Worksop experienced strikes and was closed and a few select employees were transferred to Nottingham in 1981. The High-end, one of a kind bicycles and framesets were produced in Ilkeston Special Bicycle Developments Unit (SBDU) from 1974 to 1989 under the guidance of Gerald V O’Donovan, this production was moved to a new “Raleigh Special Products” division in Nottingham.