A little piece of history



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Saw this and thought of all those old folks that post here.

http://www.pinkbike.com/modules/photo/?op=view&image=67441

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so is this a four bar link?

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> http://www.pinkbike.com/modules/photo/?op=view&image=67441
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"Simon" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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> Saw this and thought of all those old folks that post here.
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> http://www.pinkbike.com/modules/photo/?op=view&image=67441
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> Simon

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Any UK ambers remember the Raleigh Activator 2? Very similar technology except for the cunning
top-tube mounted spring, which on the Raleigh was replaced by a rubber bung that in another life
stopped doors hitting walls. The ubiquitous transport of teenagers back round 1990-2, the Raleigh
Activator 2 was maybe one of the nastiest bicycles ever built. IIRC, the suspension was so sloppy
that the wheels tried to remain vertical when trying to corner.

Andy Chequer, had a Falcon Cheetah which first broke after 50 yards. Still have the thumbies though.
 
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"Andy Chequer" <[email protected](removethisbittosend)secretworldgovernment.org> wrote in message
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| "Simon" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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| > Saw this and thought of all those old folks that post here.
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| > http://www.pinkbike.com/modules/photo/?op=view&image=67441
| >
| > Simon
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| <snipped uber-sig>
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| Any UK ambers remember the Raleigh Activator 2? Very similar technology except for the cunning
| top-tube mounted spring, which on the Raleigh was replaced by a rubber bung that in another life
| stopped doors hitting
walls.
| The ubiquitous transport of teenagers back round 1990-2, the Raleigh Activator 2 was maybe one of
| the nastiest bicycles ever built. IIRC, the suspension was so sloppy that the wheels tried to
| remain vertical when trying to corner.
|
| Andy Chequer, had a Falcon Cheetah which first broke after 50 yards. Still have the
| thumbies though.
|
Apologies for the "uber sig" OE adds it for me and sometimes I forget to delete it. I need it
BTW for work.

Simon...still got a grifter somewhere!
 
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Bomba

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Andy Chequer wrote:

> <snipped uber-sig>
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> Any UK ambers remember the Raleigh Activator 2?

Remember them? I used to sell them...

Very similar technology
> except for the cunning top-tube mounted spring, which on the Raleigh was replaced by a rubber bung
> that in another life stopped doors hitting walls.

The bung was actually at the top of the rear triangle

> The ubiquitous transport of teenagers back round 1990-2, the Raleigh Activator 2 was maybe one of
> the nastiest bicycles ever built. IIRC, the suspension was so sloppy that the wheels tried to
> remain vertical when trying to corner.

A superb piece of machinery that seemed only to come in a 23" frame size.

And now, due to the wonders of Google, for those who have no idea what we're talking about:
http://www.trekking-web.de/equip/normal/activator.jpg
http://www.trekking-web.de/equip/normal/activator1.jpg

Schweeeet...

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"bomba" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]...
> Andy Chequer wrote:
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> > <snipped uber-sig>
> >
> > Any UK ambers remember the Raleigh Activator 2?
>
> Remember them? I used to sell them...

There was you thinking you had some sort of moral fibre. The 3-in-1's on your hands, boy.

> Very similar technology
> > except for the cunning top-tube mounted spring, which on the Raleigh was replaced by a rubber
> > bung that in another life stopped doors hitting
walls.
>
> The bung was actually at the top of the rear triangle

Yup. Still, it made the Muddy Fox Rock-n-Roll look good, which MF must have been happy about.

> > The ubiquitous transport of teenagers back round 1990-2, the Raleigh Activator 2 was maybe one
> > of the nastiest bicycles ever built. IIRC, the suspension was so sloppy that the wheels tried to
> > remain vertical when trying to corner.
>
> A superb piece of machinery that seemed only to come in a 23" frame size.

LOL! That's right. "You'll grow into it, son" - yeah right, after a few sessions on the rack maybe.

> And now, due to the wonders of Google, for those who have no idea what we're talking about:
> http://www.trekking-web.de/equip/normal/activator.jpg
> http://www.trekking-web.de/equip/normal/activator1.jpg

Horrifying.

I think that's a later model than the one I've got in mind - I remember them with the bung at the
top of the seattube, not half way up it.

But nevertheless, Horrifying.

Andy "Horrified" Chequer
 
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Andy Chequer wrote:

>>>Any UK ambers remember the Raleigh Activator 2?
>>
>>Remember them? I used to sell them...
>
>
> There was you thinking you had some sort of moral fibre. The 3-in-1's on your hands, boy.

What can I say? I was young, impressionable and I needed the money.

>>Very similar technology
>>
>>>except for the cunning top-tube mounted spring, which on the Raleigh was replaced by a rubber
>>>bung that in another life stopped doors hitting
>>
> walls.
>
>>The bung was actually at the top of the rear triangle
>
>
> Yup. Still, it made the Muddy Fox Rock-n-Roll look good, which MF must have been happy about.

Oh my, forgot about those...

>>>The ubiquitous transport of teenagers back round 1990-2, the Raleigh Activator 2 was maybe one of
>>>the nastiest bicycles ever built. IIRC, the suspension was so sloppy that the wheels tried to
>>>remain vertical when trying to corner.
>>
>>A superb piece of machinery that seemed only to come in a 23" frame size.
>
>
> LOL! That's right. "You'll grow into it, son" - yeah right, after a few sessions on the
> rack maybe.
>
>
>>And now, due to the wonders of Google, for those who have no idea what we're talking about:
>>http://www.trekking-web.de/equip/normal/activator.jpg
>>http://www.trekking-web.de/equip/normal/activator1.jpg
>
>
> Horrifying.
>
> I think that's a later model than the one I've got in mind - I remember them with the bung at the
> top of the seattube, not half way up it.
>
> But nevertheless, Horrifying.

As far as I remember, that was the only model, however, I could be wrong. Prior to that was the
Activator, which only had front suspension. I say 'front suspension'...

I suggest we start a new thread: 'bikes that we loathed'.

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guys i'm nearly crying here. i've just recently got a Raleigh Activator II (for free, i didn't pay for it) and i was getting used to it. it's not that bad a bike! mine's got 21 gears with the thumb shifters (is that what you call the ones that are under the bars, and there are two buttons, one goes up, one goes down?).

k the suspension is ****, but for me i find that it's the easiest to ride. from what i've tried.

and i love it when my friends come up to me and say "what kinda bike is that?", and i reply "the first full sus mtb". they just look at it in amazement. am i right at least? 1st?

well it's lasted this long so it cant be that bad. i need new wheels though, they don't spin straight.

and one more thing, anyone know if i can fit v brakes onto a cantilever moutned bike? i know i have to replac ehte levers as well, but will teh brakearms fit on the frame?
 
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"rudeboymcc" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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> guys i'm nearly crying here. i've just recently got a Raleigh Activator II (for free, i didn't pay
> for it) and i was getting used to it. it's not that bad a bike! mine's got 21 gears with the thumb
> shifters (is that what you call the ones that are under the bars, and there are two buttons, one
> goes up, one goes down?).
>
> k the suspension is ****, but for me i find that it's the easiest to ride. from what i've tried.
>
> and i love it when my friends come up to me and say "what kinda bike is that?", and i reply "the
> first full sus mtb". they just look at it in amazement. am i right at least? 1st?
>
> well it's lasted this long so it cant be that bad. i need new wheels though, they don't spin
> straight.

you can get them trued.

>
> and one more thing, anyone know if i can fit v brakes onto a cantilever moutned bike? i know i
> have to replac ehte levers as well, but will teh brakearms fit on the frame?
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rudeboymcc wrote:
> guys i'm nearly crying here. i've just recently got a Raleigh Activator II (for free, i didn't pay
> for it) and i was getting used to it. it's not that bad a bike! mine's got 21 gears with the thumb
> shifters (is that what you call the ones that are under the bars, and there are two buttons, one
> goes up, one goes down?).

Pictures! We need pictures! Get some pictures and put them up on the web - if you need help with
hosting, let me know. There are only about 2 pics of Activators on the 'net - they definitely
deserve more coverage!

> k the suspension is ****, but for me i find that it's the easiest to ride. from what i've tried.
>
> and i love it when my friends come up to me and say "what kinda bike is that?", and i reply "the
> first full sus mtb". they just look at it in amazement. am i right at least? 1st?

Not really. It was the first _cheap_ full suspension bike and to describe it as an 'mtb' is a
misnomer, but it definitely holds a special place in history.

> well it's lasted this long so it cant be that bad. i need new wheels though, they don't spin
> straight.

Just get them trued.

> and one more thing, anyone know if i can fit v brakes onto a cantilever moutned bike? i know i
> have to replac ehte levers as well, but will teh brakearms fit on the frame?

Yep, V-brakes will go on there no problems, however, the power may give you major grief with flexing
tubes - the 'engineering' on Activator's was truly terrible.
 
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