Thursday, August 7, 2014

2015 Raleigh RX 2.0 NOW AT THE SHOP! Come Check it Out!

Read about the Entire 2015 Raleigh Cyclocross Line!

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At the top of the range, the RXC Pro gets updated thanks to the direct feedback of pro racers like Ben Berden. Nearly every inch of the frame has been changed with one of the biggest changes being the move to a 142x12mm rear thru axle dropout. One of the biggest concerns of going to a wider rear end has always been heel clearance of the frame, yet somehow Raleigh worked some of their magic to make the 142mm frame 7mm narrower than the comparable 135mm QR frame. So it’s wider, but it’s narrower. Got it? The front also stiffens up with a new proprietary 15mm thru axle post mount fork with captured hose routing along the back.

Other tweaks include a new lower chain stay bridge for much better mud clearance which prevents mud from accumulating behind the front derailleur. Raleigh felt the frame was already plenty stiff, so the PF30 equipped frame is only 2% stiffer than the previous version which is probably due to the through axle. What Raleigh really wanted to improve on was the vertical compliance at the seat so they dropped the post diameter to 27.2mm and thinned out the top tube and seat stays which resulted in a claimed 37% more compliance.

Cable routing has been slightly improved to keep things running cleaner and easier to replace while the system uses swappable housing stops for mechanical or Di2 drivetrains. The RXC and RXC Pro share the same frame, and differ only in spec with the Pro using Di2/hydraulic and the RXC using full mechanical.

The company has offered single speed specific frames  for a number of years, but never a complete bike. As their first full bike, the new RXS looks dialed.

Raleigh’s Brian Fornes tells us that they were so excited about the TRP Hylex single speed hydraulic brakes that they wanted to offer a full build around them so they did. The RXS is a true single speed frame with no shift cable braze ons, derailleur hangers, or otherwise – just a Gates Center Track belt drive system tensioned with an pressfit eccentric bottom bracket and a split seat stay to load the belt. The wheels use Raleigh’s own 23mm Impulse rims which are of course wrapped in Clement MXP 33mm tires.  Unlike the RXC and RXC Pro, the RXS sticks with quick releases front and rear.

Raleigh 2015 RXC Pro RX5 single speed belt drive cross bike womens RXW RX2 RX1 (2)

The RX 1.0 and 2.0 get a new coat of paint with the sweet Gulf Racing inspired colors, and the 2.0 also gets the upgrade to the excellent TRP Spyre mechanical discs.

Raleigh 2015 RXC Pro RX5 single speed belt drive cross bike womens RXW RX2 RX1 (7)
Raleigh 2015 RXC Pro RX5 single speed belt drive cross bike womens RXW RX2 RX1 (9) Raleigh 2015 RXC Pro RX5 single speed belt drive cross bike womens RXW RX2 RX1 (8)

Better turn out and better prize money for women means cyclocross is attracting more females to the sport, and Raleigh is responding by offering a new higher level womens’ specific build with the new RXW Comp. Using the same frame as the RXW, the comp receives and improved monocoque full carbon fork and an upgraded spec. Thanks to the American Classic Racing wheels, SRAM Force 22 group, and high end TRP cantis, the Comp is 2 pounds less than the RXW at 19 pounds.

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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.