Kane’s retro bike project

I may live to regret this impulse buy but I just couldn’t say no!

What is it?

Raleigh Dyna-Tech 705 frame from the early 90s (1993?)

raleigh dyna-tech 705 aloft

Why I got the frame

I’d been looking for an old retro frame to build into a fixie for a while. Mike (Merlin’s customer returns chief) had recently bought this frame and it really caught my eye.

Not long after building it up he was after selling it to put the money towards a new bike. Mike is something of a serial bike builder! It was a no brainer, I snapped it up straight away. Even though is a little too big.

How to build it up

The next issue is encountered was everyone’s opinions on what to build it up with.

Whether to match the silver lugs or go with full black components..? Shiny silver stuff is hard to come by these days. Black would be the easier option.

Whether to go a little earlier than 90s and fit an 80s Selle Turbo saddle or to fork out for a 90s period Selle Flite saddle..?

I don’t want to break the bank in the process but I also don’t want a nice frame to be built into a tacky-looking bike.

Gears or singlespeed or fixed?

I began my initial search for a frame in order to build up a fixie.

Not long after though I changed my mind and was swayed towards going singlespeed. I’m not too sure why. Maybe because I’m a bit of a wuss and I like the piece of mind of having a front and rear brake. The adjustable drop-outs would make it a good fixie though…

Let me know your opinion in the comment section below.

raleigh dyna-tech 705 head tube badge

First things to find

Sourcing new parts shouldn’t be too hard. Although I am thinking of going with silver components to match the polished lugs which will restrict my options.

Silver singlespeed wheelset. Perhaps flip flop hubs so I have the option of going fixed if the temptation becomes too much?

The most important bit for me is getting a polished silver ‘7’ quill stem. They really do make a retro bike look classy.

Ask the audience

If it was your bike what would you do with it?

If you have any ideas on what to build it up with – or what to definitely avoid – leave a comment in the section below. It would be greatly appreciated!

Here’s some more pics

raleigh dyna-tech 705 shifter mount

raleigh dyna-tech 705 seat collar

raleigh dyna-tech 705 bottom bracket

raleigh dyna-tech seat tube sticker


  • Kane Nightingale

    The young apprentice at Merlin Cycles. Finding his feet before he begins to kick down the doors of the marketing world. Or something like that.

2 comments to “Kane’s retro bike project”
  1. I have this bike – bought sometime in the early 90s in Edinburgh. Putting 25mm tyres – Fulcrum wheels – makes it really nice on the rough roads in the Alps where I live. I have a hard time seeing it as “retro” – it’s still a great bike and handles really well. Of course it’s a lot heavier than my carbon bike at 6.2kg but for some weird reason I get uphill faster on it than on the lightweight bike.

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