Raleigh Activator II

Raleigh Activator II, originally uploaded by spinneyhead.

This is a piece of bike history- the second generation of Raleigh’s early attempts at full suspension. They must have sold well enough for a while, but were ultimately a dead end.

This one turned up at the tip a while ago and was grabbed for nostalgia value. Not sure what will become of it, the headset is very stiff and makes a horrible screech as it turns and the rear mech is knackered. I’ll see what magic WD40 can work.