History

The Raleigh Bicycle Company is a bicycle manufacturer based in Nottingham, England. Founded by Woodhead and Angois in 1885, who used Raleigh as their brand name, it is one of the oldest bicycle companies in the world. After being acquired by Frank Bowden, it became The Raleigh Cycle Company in 1890. By 1913, it was the biggest bicycle manufacturing company in the world. From 1921 to 1935, Raleigh also produced motorcycles and three-wheel cars, leading to the formation of the Reliant Company. After-all, fun makes people happy. And that’s something we proudly stand behind. If you’d like to know a bit more about Raleigh, watch the movie clip below:



1887

Sir Frank Bowden purchased an interest in a small bicycle company on Raleigh Street, Nottingham. Taking its name from the street, the Raleigh Bicycle Company was formed in 1890.


1890

As 1890 approached, the design of the safety matured and the tendency was for experimental types to declined. In 1890 saw the production of the first safety in the form of the modern diamond frame, with the exception of the slightly curving top tube.


1896

The new Raleigh factory opened and was powered by a phenomenal 16 gas engines. At the time the factory was the biggest bike manufacturing plant in the entire world.


1897

AA 'Zimmy' Zimmerman became Raleigh's first world champion.

A fun-loving, agreeable character, Zimmerman changed amateur racing from a sport for the wealthy to a sport with universal appeal. People were fascinated with Zimmy's effortless victories and bursts of incredible speed, where on the last lap he would surge forward to defeat his competitors.


1902

Sturmey Archer became part of the Raleigh group. The Sturmey Archer three-speed gear hub, the world's first practical gearing system, was offered to the public in 1903. It was a great technological breakthrough that help to change the face of biking.


1921

Sir Frank Bowden dies, aged 73 and succeeded by his son Sir Harold Bowden. Under his leadership the company continued to lead the industry, introducing many further innovations and acquiring other well known cycle companies such as Humber, Rudge, BSA and Triumph.


1938

Sir Harold Bowden retired from Raleigh after many years of strong leadership and devotion to the company and the world of cycling. Production had reached a staggering 62,000 cycles per year.


1950

Raleigh broke through the one million cycles barrier, the production figure hitting the 1,010,077 mark. Reg Harris turned professional with Raleigh after winning two silver medals in the 1948 Olympic Games. During his 9 year professional career, he was crowned the World Professional Sprint Champion 4 times - 1949, 1950, 1951 and 1954. Up to this time, all bicycles were manufactured in Nottingham and exported throughout the world. In Malaysia and Singapore, Robinson & Co were the sole distributors.


1966

Raleigh Cycles(Malaysia) commenced operations in Shah Alam, Selangor. The company also took over the distribution of bicycles in Malaysia and Singapore from Robinson & Co.


1970

The Raleigh Chopper was a huge success in Britain and America. The model achieved iconic status, early editions have become collectibles and fan clubs continue to operate around the world.


1980

Joop Zoetemelk of Holland riding for TI Raleigh Creda wins the Tour de France.


1982

The Raleigh Burner launched and sold 500,000 units in less than two years.


1995

The Raleigh Malaysia co-sponsored Team KL-Castrol swept the competition with podium finishes at every stage of the Jelajah Wilayah (Kuala Lumpur-Langkawi multi-stage road race). Overall, both Teams A & B, completed the route with a 1st and 2nd place finish.   


1999

Raleigh acquire Diamondback.


2001

The Raleigh companies world wide are acquired, by the management, from The Derby Cycle Corporation. A new site is chosen in Eastwood, Nottinghamshire which is to be used as the main distribution outlet.


2007

Raleigh relaunches the infamous Burner BMX in the Summer of 2007. The BMX is received with great interest by previous original owners of this classic bike as well as new generations too.


2010

Raleigh re-enter the world of professional cycling with the launch of Team Raleigh. The international squad of riders pick up wins in the Welsh National Road Race Championship, British National Hill Climb & Tour DoonHame.


2012

Raleigh celebrates its 125th birthday with the launch of a new classic range and the Me and My Raleigh competition for Raleigh lovers across the world to upload their pictures.