Carlton criterium

Discussion in 'Vintage and Classic Bikes' started by Johnymak, 12 Aug 2018.

  1. Johnymak

    Johnymak Regular

    Location:
    Ballymoney
    I've been researching about a Carlton deuterium I'm thinking of buying
    I know Raleigh bought them out but I'm lead to beleive this was the last range to be made in the Carlton warehouse

    I'm looking for more info on the bike itself the frame and components to gather if it actually was a lightweight reputable bike in its day

    Thank you in advance for any info
    John
     

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  2. midlife

    midlife Veteran

    Carlton used the criterium name for years, the name disappeared 1974-5 when it had steel chainset and pitched back up 1979 I think in that pale green livery with alloy chainset and 12 speed kit . Not a 531 frame so came below the Pro-Am 12 and above the Grand Prix and Cyclone.

    Having said that the frame geometry was probably the same as a the Pro-am so will have ridded well.

    Just not 531.....
     
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  3. raleighnut

    raleighnut Guru

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    Nice :becool:

    Need a few better pictures to tell more, Raleigh bought out Carlton back in the 50s but the works (in Worksop) carried on until the early 80s.
     
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    Johnymak

    Johnymak Regular

    Location:
    Ballymoney
    Than you for the replys
    I just sourced the catalogue and see there's the pro am and super course with the 531
    The bike looks in good condition I'm going to look at it tommorrow and will post up pics

    I'm just getting into retro and vintage lightweights
    And just don't want to get in bikes that aren't really lightweight or of a decent quality as my garage is pretty small
    Again Thank you for info
    John
     
  5. swee'pea99

    swee'pea99 Legendary Member

    I'm a tad baffled by the different names in the header and the text, but if it is a Criterium, that was the bike that got me back into cycling, and a very nice bike it was too.
     
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    Johnymak

    Johnymak Regular

    Location:
    Ballymoney
    Sorry for the mistakes
    Yes it is a criterium
    I've looked into the rear mech and at the time Sun tour vx was pretty light I know the frame isn't reynolds 531 and the catalogue I looked at doesnt mention frame type

    If i get it I might upgrade the changing to a drilled one like on the super course
    It does look like a nice bike to look at
    And havnt read any bad reviews about it so far
     
  7. Cycleops

    Cycleops Guru

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    Nice one. @Spokesmann is well versed in all things Carlton so I'm sure he'll have something to add.
     
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  8. Spokesmann

    Spokesmann Keeping the Carlton and Sun names alive...

    Location:
    Plymouth, Devon
    That is a late 70s Criterium, produced near to the end of Carlton production. The frame number on the BB shell will give its manufacturing date.
     
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    Johnymak

    Johnymak Regular

    Location:
    Ballymoney
    Thankyou spokesperson
    Would it of been a reputable bike when released or would it of been used more for training
     
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    Johnymak

    Johnymak Regular

    Location:
    Ballymoney
    Here are photos of the bike
    Think I'm going to invest what should I offer
    Advice please
     

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  11. raleighnut

    raleighnut Guru

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    I wouldn't pay much more than £50, it's probably not even got a Brooks on it. However people do pay for the name Carlton.
     
  12. Spokesmann

    Spokesmann Keeping the Carlton and Sun names alive...

    Location:
    Plymouth, Devon
    All Carltons were good bikes, this would have been below the Pro am 12 and the Super Course.
     
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