“Raw Power” is another unique bike from Dead Rats Cycles, based on a vintage steel road frame fitted with carefully selected components then tuned to perfection.  Its raw steel and monochrome aesthetic is captured best in the stunning photo above by Tom Baker…

The 30 year old Peugeot frame has been professionally modified for modern wheels, brakes & gears before being sandblasted to remove its original paintwork. It was then lacquered over the raw steel, which shows off the gold brazing, with new decals applied. The bike’s had only had a few miles of test riding since completion so is in perfect condition with hugely improved performance, lower weight and stunning appearance. A truly one-of-a-kind retro/modern custom machine, handbuilt with no expense spared in my Chorlton workshop.

If you’ve any questions whatsoever, please contact Alex.


Frame & Forks: 1987 Peugeot HLE (modified & restored, stripped to raw steel then lacquered with new decals)
Size: ST: 62cm (c-t), TT: 59cm (c-c)
Headset: original (restored)
Stem: 3ttt Chromix Corsa Plus (NOS)
Handlebar: ITM Super Europa (NOS)
Bar Tape: Selcof (new)
STI Levers: Shimano 2300 (2×8 speed)
Brakes: Tektro R359 dual pivot (new)
Brake Pads: Tektro (new)
Brake Cables: Jagwire (new)
Front Derailleur: Shimano Sora (NOS)
Rear Derailleur: Shimano Tiagra (logo removed, BBB pulley wheels)
Derailleur Cables: Jagwire (new) with NOS Shimano SIS 5mm rear outer
Cassette: Shimano 8 speed HG40, 11-28t (new)
Chain: SRAM (new)
Crankset: vintage SR Super Custom, 52/42t drilled chainrings
Bottom Bracket: Sealed cartridge, 68x118mm (new)
Pedals: optional extra
Rims: Alex DA22 622-13 (logos removed)
Hubs: Formula, rear hub converted to solid axle with track nuts
Spokes: stainless steel (radial front lacing, three cross rear)
Front QR Skewer: vintage Sachs chromed steel (cam-type)
Tyres: Schwalbe Lugano 700x25c (new)
Tubes: Valvert (new)
Saddle: studded leatherette (new)
Seatpost: original chromed 24.0mm (restored, new clamp)
Seatpost Binder: original (restored)
Extras: new chainstay protector, new downtube cable adjusters
Weight: 10.9kg (as shown) 24lb