Monday, April 15, 2013

2013 Raleigh Militis 1 is "Raleigh's take-no-prisoners race bike"

The 2013 Raleigh Militis 1 (Shimano 105 group) was raved about in the March 2013 issue of Peloton Magazine.

 They had this to say about Raleigh cyclocross bikes: "Jumping into the cyclocross world with both feet, RaleighUSA created one of the sport's true superbikes, the RCX Pro. The crucible of elite cross and RaleighUSA's passion for the discipline is infectious, and the entire line is beginning to reap the rewards, including the Militis line, Raleigh's take-no-prisoners race bike."

 Raleigh utilizes T800 high modulus carbon fiber in the bike's construction. Raleigh uses these T800 fibers to design smooth interior tube walls through increased internal pressure in the mold. These fibers produce stiffness with a minimum amount of material. This process ensures that every piece of the frame, down to the fibers, aid to the structural integrity and stiffness of the frame without weighing it down.

All of this high-end carbon is kitted in a very entry-level build for the Militis 1- Shimano 105 deraiulleurs and shifters with an FSA Gossamer Pro compact crankset and aluminum clinchers. An Avenir saddle with carbon rails keeps you comfortable while you power through.

The Peloton Magazine shares their experience with the bike:

"To be fair... we need to compare the Militis to other $2,300 bikes — and there is no comparison. While other bikes are dumbing down the carbon recipe, or using aluminum steer tubes at this price point, Raleigh is giving riders a full-tilt Militis platform: high-mod carbon and all the performace (...) This makes it a wonderfully aspirational bike. New to racing? Get a Militis 1 and know that if you fall in love with the sport your bike is worthy of any upgrade (...) The reality is there are multiple brands asking more than $2,300 for a frame alone, a frame that cannot match the Militis on the scale or on the road."

Along with Militis 1 and its entry-level build, Raleigh offers the Militis 2, a SRAM Force build, with the same wheels and cockpit as the Militis 1. At the top of the line is the $7,000 Militis 3, with an 11-speed Dura-Ace 9000 build, Cole carbon clinchers, ENVE carbon bars and seat post, an FSA OS99 CSI stem and the same great Avenir RMC carbon rail seats as the other builds.

Check out our video on the 2013 Militis 3

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Brantley SmithAbout Me
Hello, I am Brantley Smith and have been riding road and mountain bikes since the mid 90's. I previously worked here at Ride-A-Bike from mid-97 to mid-2000 doing repairs and other duties around the shop. I attended Wester Carolina University and graduated in 2004 with a computer information systems degree. Add my to your circles.