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

The 30 year old Peugeot frame has been modified for modern wheels, brakes & gears before being sandblasted to remove its original paintwork.  It was then clear powdercoated over the raw steel to show off the gold brazing.  With new decals also applied, the effect of the arrested patina is fantastic in the flesh!

With hugely improved performance, lower weight and stunning appearance this is a one-of-a-kind retro/modern custom machine, handbuilt in Chorlton.


Frame & Forks: 1987 Peugeot HLE (modified & restored, sandblasted to raw steel then clearcoated, new decals)
Size: ST: 62cm (c-t), TT: 59cm (c-c)
Headset: original (restored)
Stem: 3ttt Chromix Corsa Plus (NOS)
Handlebar: ITM
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
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 mudguards, new chainstay protector, new downtube cable adjusters
Weight: 11kg (24lb)