The Chopper was launched in the USA in 1968, the UK in 1970. The bike featured a 3-speed Sturmey Archer gear hub, a unique frame design, long padded seat with backrest, sprung suspension at the back, high-rise handlebars, and differently sized front (16") and rear (20") wheels. Tires were wider than usual for the time, with a chunky tread on the rear wheel, featuring red highlights on the sidewall.
The Mk2 Chopper was an improved version from 1972. It had the option of five-speed derailleur gears. The Mk2 also moved the seat forward, to help prevent the bike tipping up. The Chopper remained in production until 1982, by which time BMX had taken over its market.
A new version of the Chopper, the Mk3, was launched in 2004, after being out of production for almost 25 years. The Mk3, in deference to modern safety concerns, adopts a more conventional saddle design to discourage "backies," and has dropped the groin-catching gear lever in favor of handlebar mounted gear controls – to commemorate this former feature the Mk3 has a sticker where once the lever had its place. It is also built from aluminum alloy rather than the originals' steel, which should make the bike lighter. The wheels are again, 20 inches for the back wheel and 16 inches for the front wheel.
This is a New 2004 Raleigh Chopper Mk3 in Red with Yellow details. A great revival of the classic chopper. Fun for your kids to ride around on and a great looking functional piece of cycling history! Rides easily, 3 speeds shift smoothly whenever you like, pedaling, coasting, or at a stop. Easy to set up and tons of fun. Make everyone on your block jealous with this throwback to cycling at its finest!
This bicycle has been on display for a few years and has a couple scratches - seat tube, non-drive chainstay, chainguard, driveside - right by the dropout. Also, the pedal dust covers are a bit marred. The bicycle has been test ridden by our mechanic and the owner of the shop.
Bike has been professionally built and tuned but will be broken down for shipping and will require a professional build before it is rideable
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