2010 Raleigh Record Ace

Record Ace 01.jpg

First off, next year will be 2010. Now, when you read that, did you say Two Thousand Ten? Get with the program, it’s read as Twenty Ten. That’s right, it’s been ten years now, no one’s gonna party like it’s 1999 anymore. Soon saying Two Thousand Ten will sound as antiquated as saying “gramophone”, “jitterbug”, or “music television”. And I don’t have time for extra syllables. It’s onward to Twenty Ten, to the future!!

Thank you.

Now back to the 2010 Raleigh Record Ace, which for a bike of the near future looks a lot like a bike of the somewhat distant past. Lugged steel frame and fork. One nice feature of the bike is the 1-1/8” steerer. Just because you like the aesthetics and ride of a good steel road bike doesn’t mean you should be shackled to dead equipment standards.

Oooooh, double tapered seatstays. Yeah, nice short point racing lugs, not the pansy scrollwork numbers that look like my Nana’s lace doilies. A bike built for riding, not coddling.

Record Ace 03.jpg

Also, check out the new Shimano Ultegra 6700 drivetrain and crankset. And the bike comes standard with a Brooks saddle too (if you’re into that kinda thing). To be honest, the wheels and brakes are obviously what allows Raleigh to control the price of the bike, but all the good and expensive Ultegra bits are present and accounted for.

Record Ace 02.jpg

The bike was being ridden for the Raleigh catalog shoot, and it came into my shop for a quick adjustment. This seems like it’ll be a really hot bike next season.


can we discus the sandal sock in the background of image 3? Is that the future of footwear in twenty ten?

That was a rep from [PEMCO insurance](http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z59fQ12OR0A). Ya know, working in product placement in our blogging.

This looks just like my Raleigh Team USA nine-speed from 1984. I loved that bike, although my dad bought it a little large (thinking I’d grow into it, being only 13 at the time—I never did). What makes the Record Ace awesomer than my Team USA is that it actually can fit a modern rear cassette. What makes my Team USA awesomer than the Record Ace, however, is it’s great red white and blue paint job. Perhaps Raleigh can do one up like that for me?

no one said the future was going to be all good.

I am very excited about this bike. I never did like the new Ultegra (or Dura Ace) crank, though.
I think re-introducing a lugged steel frame w/ Brooks Swallow saddle, coupled with modern components is sheer genius.

have one of these on order, should be here next week, can’t wait! Thanks for the close up shots, do you have any others?

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