Raleigh

Raleigh

Raleigh has a rich history. It was founded in 1887 by Sir Frank Bowden. It is a cycling brand that is a household name in the UK, something quite rare these days.

During the second world war, it’s attention shifted to the war effort. In particular, munitions work but it still managed to grow it’s cycling business boosting production to over 5000 bicycles a week.

In 1969, one of the most recognisable and famous bikes in the world was introduced. The Raleigh Chopper. It’s iconic design led to 1.5 million units sold! Furthermore, in the mid-1970’s another iconic Raleigh bike was introduced, the Raleigh Grifter. This cemented Raleigh’s position in the marketplace.

By the 1980’s Raleigh had already made waves in the professional peloton. In 1980 their Ti-Raleigh team  achieved the pinnacle of professional cycle racing. They won the Tour de France with Joop Zoetemelk from The Netherlands.

As the BMX craze of the 1980’s began to subside. Consequently, the 90’s saw Raleigh become the first UK cycle maker to mass produce suspension equipped mountain bikes and electric bikes too.

In 2012, Raleigh was purchased by Accell Group, one of the largest bicycle companies in Europe. It has an extensive portfolio of eighteen bicycle brands including LapierreHaibike which ecycledirect.co.uk sell alongside Raleigh electric bikes.

In 2017, Raleigh celebrated it’s 130-year anniversary and firmly remains one of the most iconic and oldest cycling brands out there. It’s old and may not be British owned anymore but it is still a UK household name and it’s still in its hometown of Nottingham. Something the UK can definitely be proud of.

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