The Wisp was the concept of Yvonne Rix at Raleigh and it was launched in 1983. According to one website it sold 50,000 in the first year. There seem to be quite a few on eBay, all in the same two-tone blue and many in quite original condition. Mine seems unusual in having a flat bar rather than racing-style handlebars.
I’ve listed below as many features of the bicycle as I can and indicated what I have changed
|Bicycle manufacturer & model||Raleigh Wisp|
|Colour||Two tone blue: light & dark|
|Frame number||NE51391 84 (built in Nottingham, April 1985)|
|Decals||· On the down tube: (1) Raleigh Wisp B4.
· On the seat tube: (2) abstract design; (3) 345 Kirkstall Road, Woodrup Cycles, Leeds 4; (4) Guaranteed. Built with high tensile 18-23 controlled carbon cycle tubes. Raleigh; (5) Product of Raleigh Ltd. Made in England. Conforms to VS6102/1.
· On the chain stay: (6) Wisp.
· On the front forks: abstract design.
|Weight||14.6 kilos or 32 lbs|
|Frame size||21 inches or 53.5 centimetres (using the guide on this site to measure the frame)|
|Frame||Mixte, 18-23 hi-tensile steel|
|Rear derailleur||Sachs Huret ECO 8|
|No. of gears||5|
|Shifters||1, Sachs Huret friction gear on head tube|
|Chainrings||48 teeth. Chrome steel & alloy, Custom A cranks.|
|Cassette||14-28. Maillard. Made in France.|
|Chain||1/8 inch, unidentified. Replaced with KMC|
|Front / Rear brakes||Weinmann, Type 500 front callipers; Type 730 rear callipers. Fibrax brake pads – replaced with Ashima ASAP199 40mm brake shoe set|
|Grips||Dark blue wrap, suede. Replaced with VeloOrange comfy cotton bar tape – blue.|
|Rims||Raleigh, 700mm 280|
|Front/ Rear hubs||Maillard. Made in France|
|Spokes||36 (rear & front). Zinc coated steel|
|Tyres||700 x 32 Hutchinson, 32mm. Tan wall. Changed to Schwalbe Road Cruiser, 32-622, tan wall.|
|Saddle||Dark blue, suede. Unknown make. Made in Italy.|
|Seat binder||Red Raleigh R-nut|
|Accessories||Soubitez generator, front & rear lamps; ESGE Pletscher aluminium kickstand; rear rack with black elastic strap; bicycle pump (missing). Raleigh bell with brown bell pull.|
|Brake & gear cables||Original clear cables. Replaced with VeloOrange transparent braid.|