TI-Raleigh 40th anniversary road bike review

Raleigh harks back to its glory days with this evocative, limited-edition replica of the bike Joop Zoetemelk rode to victory in the 1980 Tour de France – and it's a real blast (from the past)

Cycling Weekly Verdict

Regardless of whether the TI Raleigh 40th anniversary bike is an accurate replica or not, it’s made of the legendary 753 tubing, has a beautifully smooth ride and 100% looks the part. If you’re a Raleigh collector or want to ride L’Eroica in style, you’d probably better be quick because there were only 250 of these made!

Reasons to buy
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    753 tubing

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    Smooth ride

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    Luscious paint

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    Sensible modern ratios

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    Iconic look

Reasons to avoid
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    Brazing at rear dropouts

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    Not made in Britain

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Yes, I know, we’re a year late with this and now it’s 41 years since Joop Zoetemelk won the Tour de France on the iconic TI-Raleigh.

This bike only came to us in December when the lanes were rivers of mud and although it’s only a replica of Zoetemelk’s, I’ve no doubt if it could talk it would say what all ex-pros say: “I’ve done my time riding in foul weather and now that I don’t have to any more, I won’t.”

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Simon Smythe

Simon Smythe is a hugely experienced cycling tech writer, who has been writing for Cycling Weekly since 2003. Until recently he was our senior tech writer. In his cycling career Simon has mostly focused on time trialling with a national medal, a few open wins and his club's 30-mile record in his palmares. These days he spends most of his time testing road bikes, or on a tandem doing the school run with his younger son.