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Raleigh Sports Evolution: Components & Equipment

Below is our chart (thanks to Sheldon Brown for providing the original, base HTML chart from his site) showing the equipment available on the U.S.-spec Raleigh Sports throughout the years.

Applies specifically to the Raleigh "Sports Light Roadster" Model 22 prior to 1958, and the "Sports" DL-22 from 1958 through 1980.

Click on the links for specific details regarding each variant.

Year Brake equipment Crank Bottom bracket oil port Lugs Rims & spoking Gear cable pulley Sturmey-Archer shifter Raleigh "R" nuts Rear hub Pedals Rear fender reflector Rear fender white tail
1945 Raleigh Patent calipers, for soldered end cables Raleigh Heron w/braces Yes (up to when?)

Note to self: At least up to 1959, possibly up till '61 (? Warren, Oldroads forum)

Mk-I plain, w/conservative cutouts Raleigh-stamped Westrick, 32 spokes front, 40 rear Metal clamp-on Metal w/"Sturmey-Archer" & "3-Speed" or "Sturmey-Archer Trigger 3 or 4 Speed", Pat. 498820, black or silver face None Sturmey-Archer AW (Model No '22 AW')

Optional TCW (Tri-Coaster)

Singlespeed w/freewheel (Model No. '22 SG')

Raleigh rubber block, serviceable & rebuildable Black, 2" diameter, "RI" embossed in red lens Yes
1949 Metal pulley w/brazed-on top-tube boss (gent's models)

Metal clamp (lady's models)

1950 Metal, with SA logo and "Sturmey Archer", w/gear-indicator 'window', may have black or red lettering
1953 Same as 1952 or 1954, parts bin mix
1954 Metal, w/SA logo, "Sturmey Archer" & "3 Speed", gear-indicator window
1956 Mk-II transitional
1957 Metal, "Sturmey Archer" logo & "3 Speed", no window, estimated to have been used until 1963 (?) Sturmey-Archer SW
1958 Sturmey-Archer SW or AW
1959 Sturmey-Archer AW, TCW Tri-Coaster, or S3C
1960 Metal clamp-on
1962* Bottom bracket oil port ommitted Clamp-on w/plastic wheel, marked Sturmey-Archer White housing with no markings, 2" diameter, Fariylites reflector insert
1963* Metal, "Sturmey Archer" logo & "3 Speed", lettering printed for above-the-bar use
1965* MkII w/less pronounced nozzle cut
1966* Raleigh-stamped pinch-bolt calipers, for conventional cables Oval, no reflectors
1967* Clear facing, marked "Sturmey-Archer" (in white lettering on black) & "3 Speed"
1968* Beefier calipers are gradually introduced.

These run concurrently with the earlier pinch-bolt type until 1972.

1970* Clear facing, marked "Sturmey-Archer", in black lettering on chrome, modern italicized lettering Rubber-treads w/reflectors - Sir Walther Raleigh stamped in center, blocks are replaceable. Marked "Made In England"
1972* Mix of either '72 or '73 components New 'braceless' Heron chainwheel appears mid-year, models may have either variant Rubber-tread Sir Walter w/reflectors, nearly identical to previous years, but made in Germany by Union. Reflectors marked "TPP12", 1-3/4" in width White, housing marked Sturmey-Archer, large 2.5" diameter, Lucas reflector
1973 Raleigh Self-Adjusting brake levers make their official appearance.

The original '66-type calipers are phased out in favor of the '68-type; adjuster barrel is omitted.

Raleigh Heron, no "braces" Sturmey-Archer stamped Westrick, 36 spokes front & rear Raleigh "R" nuts on seat post clamp, front axle, and cotters
1975 Black plastic facing w/faux polished aluminum insert, marked "Sturmey Archer England" Same as 1973, reflectors widened to 2 1/4" in width
1976 Same as 1975, calipers feature hex-head bolt Sturmey-Archer AW or S3C
1977 Weinmann alloy levers and calipers, no rear brake on SA S3C coaster models Heron design revised to point counterclockwise on all stock chainwheels USDOT-regulatory reflector, rectangular shape, white housing
1978 Omitted
1979 Cat-Eye USDOT-regulatory reflector, rectangular shape, black housing
1980 Same as 1979, but no "R" on cotters

* = Spartan men's and ladies' models were available these years under the models S22 and S22L, respectively. These models featured mattress saddles vs. the Brooks B72 saddle of the deluxe model, a smaller saddlebag, economy tires (what these were, I would not know - the deluxe model came with Dunlops, according to Raleigh catalogues) and different rims, namely, box-section Endricks vs. the drop-center Westricks. Information on these models is sparse, and their variants are not well known. By 1968, both ladies' and gent's S22 models aquired unique gold paint jobs which lasted until the deletion of the S22 model in 1972. Keep in mind that it is not unusual to see a 1973 S22, even though the model was officially removed from the lineup in 1972. Surplus stock of S22 parts resulted in an overlap of the gold frames into the 1973 model year. Whether these were sold as S22's or DL22's is unknown.