Monday, April 21, 2014

Raleigh Races into the New Year with the 2014 Militis 4

Raleigh’s 2014 Militis 4 continues the tradition of cycling excellence.




The new year always brings with it the latest and greatest from bicycle developers, and the 2014 Raleigh Militis 4 is no exception. Since its start in 1888, Raleigh has been on the cutting edge of cycling innovations, and this history shows itself in every bike they produce. Although recent years have seen a decline in the use of Raleigh bikes among top-of the line racers, the Militis series strives to restore Raleigh's racing reputation, and looks like it may do exactly that.

One notable new feature on the 2014 Militis 4 is the addition of the CDS plate inserts on the 880-gram Direct Connect Carbon Evolution frame. Like all Militis frames, this Direct Connect Carbon Evo was specifically designed by Raleigh engineers, and is made of a blend of high quality carbon fibers.

Image: Roadbikereview.com

As with all their bikes, Raleigh prides itself on optimum construction and distribution of these fibers to create a strong yet lightweight frame designed for peak racing performance. Other important features of the frame include the in-frame cable system and tapered headtube that were so popular with the 2013 models. Driving this frame is the full carbon monocoque fork, ensuring that steering and handling remain steady, even in the heat of the toughest race.

Shimano Dura Ace 9000 11 Speed

Moving on from the frame, the new 2014 wheels have been re-designed, boasting slightly wider rims than the previous models. The Mavik Yksion Pro SSC Griplink tires and Formula hubs' new CNC machine sealed dust caps make for a smooth, controlled ride perfect for outdoor races. Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 front and rear derailleurs combined with Shimano's 11 speed Di2 shifter and cogset make this a bike you will never want to stop riding.

But when it is time to stop, the super-responsive Shimano Dura-Ace brake and lever system makes
sure you can do it quickly and smoothly, and elicits a huge sigh of relief from any big-city riders, who know that a top of the line braking system like this is one of the most important features of any bicycle. And for those long-distance riders worried about spending several hours on a seat, the Prologo Zero II Nack seat mounted on a FSA K-Force Light SB25 seatpost guarantees comfort throughout your ride.

The New 2014 Militis 4 is working to put Raleigh back on the map, and working hard. Online review "The Cycle Life" calls the Militis series "a high-value, great-riding family of bikes... a big step down the path toward adding back some prestige to its brand." With a reception like this, look for good things ahead for Raleigh racing bikes.

Specs:

Frame: Direct Connect T800 Carbon Evolution w/PF30, Tapered Headtube and CDS Internal Cable Routing
Fork: Full Carbon Monocoque 1-1/8" to 1.5" Taper
Headset: FSA Integrated Cartridge Bearings
Cranks: FSA K-Force Light BB386 Evo 36/52t
Bottom Bracket: FSA PF8200
Front Derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2
Rear Derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2
Shifter: Shimano Dura-Ace 11spd Di2
Cogset: Shimano Dura-Ace 11spd (11-28t)
Chain: Shimano Dura-Ace
Brakes: Shimano Dura-Ace
Brake Levers: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2
Front, Rear Hub, Spokes: Included with Wheelset
Rims: Mavic Cosmic Carbone SLR
Tires: Mavic Yksion Pro SSC Griplinnk/Powerlink 700x32c
Handlebar: FSA K-Force Light Nano K, 31.8 Short Drop
Grips: Gel Tape
Stem: FSA 0S99 CSI
Seatpost: FSA K-Force Light SB25, 31.6x350mm, Internal Di2 Battery
Seat: Prologo Zero II Nack




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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.