KENT, Wash. — Continuing to build and grow their legacy in the mud, Raleigh Bicycles introduces their new lighter and faster cyclocross (CX) bike line for 2014. With deep roots in the sport, Raleigh launches five high-performance CX steeds that are lighter, brighter, and better. The new line debuted at the Sea Otter Classic last week in Monterey, Calif., and will be available in June.
“There really isn’t a single element of our CX bikes that we didn’t review and think through about how we can improve the product. Wheels, parts, saddles, and frames all went through significant changes, which is resulting in huge improvements on an already solid line," said Chris Speyer, COO of Accell North America. “Our continuing collaboration with our pro athletes on the Raleigh-Clement team and listening to the market, is resulting in some exciting leaps forward. We’re committed to growing CX in the North American market and I think this line reflects that.”
The new CX line is all about style, enhancing performance, and shaving weight – with every model going on a diet. Everything was examined and improvements were made across the lineup including new alloy frames, carbon forks, wheels, and components. No detail was too small as the bikes now feature new cross-specific handle bar tape with better grip in wet conditions, as well as a redesigned dual-bolt seatpost to eliminate unwanted saddle shifting when remounting the bike.
Meet the Line:
RXC Pro Disc: The king of ‘cross bikes – and Raleigh-Clement Team rider Ben Berden’s rig – the RXC Pro Disc is a 10-speed carbon race machine. Weighing in less than 19 pounds, the lightweight bike features Shimano Ultegra Di2 electric shifting, Enve carbon fork, new, wider American Classic wheelset, and Clement Crusade PDX tires. Cable routing is compatible with electric and mechanical cable systems courtesy of CDS plates. Sizes: 50, 53, 55, 57, 59cm. MSRP: $5,000.
RXC Disc: This lightweight, 10-speed carbon course slayer is a notch down from the Pro Disc that offers a nice package. Complete with Shimano 105, wider American Classic wheelset, Clement tires, and internal cable routing, the RXC Disc is a stiff bike that demands respect. Sizes: 50, 53, 55, 57, 59cm. MSRP: $2,700.
RX 2.0: Perfect for racing and commuting. The alloy RX 2.0 features an upgraded Raleigh carbon fork, new flat oval downtube and seatstay, Hayes disc brakes, wider wheelset, and Shimano 105. Sizes: 52, 54, 56, 58, 60, 62cm. MSRP: $1,750.
RX 1.0: Sharing some of the same new frame attributes as the RX 2.0, the RX 1.0 boasts a Canti set-up, wider wheelset, and SRAM Apex. It’s the ideal entry-level CX bike. Sizes: 52, 54, 56, 58, 60, 62cm. MSRP: $1,550.
RX 1.0 (Women’s-specific): The new women’s-specific CX bike raises the bar for female riders. Offering a shorter stack height and cockpit length, narrower handle bars, and sexy paint job, the women’s RX 1.0’s geometry is built with a woman’s body in mind while featuring the same high-performance as the men’s RX 1.0. Sizes: 48, 50, 52, 54, 56cm. MSRP: $1,550.
Raleigh continues to be a key player in the cyclocross community and is dedicated to helping grow the sport at all levels. The Raleigh-Clement Cyclocross Team - home to international, world-class riders Berden and Caroline Mani, as well as Seattle-based singlespeeder Craig Etheridge - posted impressive results in 2012 with numerous podium finishes. Both Berden and Mani won their elite class Raleigh-sponsored CX races at Sea Otter last week. Cyclocross team riders are an integral part of the R&D process at Raleigh, providing invaluable feedback to help produce the best CX bikes on the market.
For more about Raleigh Bicycles, visit: www.RaleighUSA.com.
About Raleigh Bicycles:
Raleigh Bicycles offers a broad spectrum of bicycles including road, mountain, cyclocross, and commuter for all ages and abilities. Raleigh focuses on supporting the commuter, the family and local cycling, and partners with numerous non-profits around the U.S. each year to help grow the sport, including Ride2Recovery. Raleigh also sponsors Raleigh UK and Raleigh-Clement competitive cycling teams. For more, visit: www.RaleighUSA.com.
Media Contact:Lauren Fallert