The famous British bicycle brand Releigh is set to make a comeback this year, with the legendary Chopper due to be relaunched in June. Built to match the original Mk2 released in 1972 as closely as possible, the newly-resurrected Raleigh is the product of meticulous research and careful product design.
31 May 2023
Certain products become synonymous with an era. Raleigh is one of those special brands, alongside Slinkys and Space Hoppers, that have come to define the Seventies. For readers of a certain age, the legendary Mk2 Chopper will bring to mind memories of long, endless summers cycling through the streets or that yearning heartbreak that you never got to own one for yourself. Well, for now, that is.
That’s because Raleigh’s most well-known bicycle is making a return this June. The Raleigh Chopper, recognisable by its distinctive, towering handlebars and rear-positioned seat, is due to become available again in a matter of months. News of the re-release will surely be music to the ears of fans and collectors, who otherwise have to stump up a small fortune for original models on online auctions.
Bringing back a classic from yesteryear often involves a few tweaks to make it suitable for modern audiences, and the Raleigh Chopper is no exception. The one-piece saddle, mid-frame gear shifter and sissy bars are all present and correct, but the sissy bars have had to be lowered ever so slightly to meet legal requirements.
The decision to bring back the Chopper ties into the success of heritage remakes […]