The re-launch of the Chopper - revealed on this site mid-week - is now official: Raleigh has appointed a PR agency, product details are being firmed up, and IBDs are being asked to pre-order, but must book other Raleigh bikes at the same time. Halfords - said to have pre-ordered 10 000 of the cheaper Choppers - will initially stock one Chopper per store, and take customer orders from that.

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The press release below contains a few more details than the story link from Wednesday.

IBDs are currently attending Chopper presentations at the Raleigh in-house show and are providing with info.

The Limited Edition, numbered Choppers will be charged at full retail to IBDs. To get Chopper stock, IBDs need or also order a minimum of 20 bikes from the rest of the new Raleigh range. As well as Infra Red, IBDs will be able to order IBD-only Choppers in purple.

As well as coverage in The Sun and on Sky, here’s a link from…/3400205.stm


Every generation has its iconic products and the Chopper was the essential bike of the 70s. When those red lined tyres rolled onto our streets, cycling was never going to be the same again. And for a long time there has been a void in the style bike market… until now that is. Because for a limited time only, the Chopper is back.

A milestone in influence and design, the iconic Raleigh Chopper re-launches in April 2004. The first 2004 bikes all have their own production line number. The Limited Edition Choppers will retail at £249.99, all others will retail at £199.99. The bike’s original design by Alan Oakley, the then Chief Designer at Raleigh, remains largely unchanged on the new version. Available only in the original Infra Red, the materials in the bike’s production are taken from the original Chopper concept, even using the original tyre mould from the 70s. Chopper junkies will instantly recognise the legendary ‘ape-hanger’ handlebars, elongated seat, back rest, chrome seat hoop and mud guards that were instrumental to the bikes radical design. Previously positioned on the cross bar of the bike, the gearshift has been moved to the handlebars to comply with modern safety standards. The first 2004 Choppers will be limited edition with a personalised plaque featuring the production line number, where the gearshift once was. To pre-order and request one of the infamous bikes, call the Chopper hot-line on 01773 532679 and reservations are based on a first come, first serve basis. Loz Cox, Chopper Product Manager at Raleigh says: "Change in the bike market and demand for retro products like the VW Beetle and Mini Cooper sparked the idea for the introduction of the new Chopper. The new Chopper has been restyled for the new century and a new generation of kids who are looking for a highly stylised bike unlike any other on the market." "We have taken advantage of new materials, safety feature and production methods whilst retaining all the flair of the original look including chrome sissy bar and springs, arrow wedge frame and easy rider style handlebars. The biggest changes are the move to the lightweight alloy frame (the original was steel) and the position of the gear lever. The gears are still the Sturmey Archer 3 speed but now the shifter is on the handlebar and not on the top tube." "It’s taken us nine months to redesign the new Chopper in Nottingham with the bike being manufactured in the Far East. Here at Raleigh, we are confident that it’s going to prove as popular today as it did back in the 70s." A range of clothing for men and women has been designed and manufactured by *Revo to coincide with the launch of the Chopper. Items in the range include T-shirts (from £17.50), hoodies (from £45) and accessories including trucker caps, wallets, sweatbands, socks and sweatbands. Created by Raleigh, the original Chopper (or The Hot One as it is affectionately known) was launched in America in September 1968. The film ‘Easy Rider’ was released here in 1969; Raleigh saw the opportunity and released the Chopper to the discerning UK audience. The Chopper frenzy exploded taking the Hot One to cult status. As important to cycling as George Best to football, no other bike has ever provoked so many memories, or had such a great influence over one generation as the Chopper, so if you didn’t get to experience it the first time round, now’s your chance. Chopper (priced at £199.99) is available to pre-book at independent bike retailers and Halfords stores nation wide from March 2004

* Revo can be contacted on 01872 552 52

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