The Modele Superbe X Frame had been the star of Raleigh catalogues, but was ‘demoted’ from its pole position after 1932. As a result of the Great Depression, cycle companies now needed to focus on cheaply-produced machines. The X Frame was no longer promoted in Britain, though it was advertised in some years’ catalogues as either the ‘Service Model’, ‘Police Model’ or the ‘Irish X Frame.’
Raleigh had also enjoyed a flourishing market in The Netherlands, where cross frame models were very popular. The bicycles were assembled there using Dutch components. This example has a Gazelle chainwheel rather than a Raleigh one and a Dutch front fork, etc. Apart from some different components, it’s in good all round condition and ready to ride …and considerably cheaper than other Raleigh X Frames with Ebglish parts.
1937 Raleigh Modele Superbe X Frame
with Dutch components
1936 RALEIGH CATALOGUE EXTRACTS
THE RALEIGH X FRAME AS THE IRISH POLICE MODEL