Raleigh are showing off their new cyclocross bikes for 2014 at the Sea Otter Classic. Redesigns and process changes have improved the bikes across the board.
RX 1.0 and 2.0 alloy bikes
Besides the obvious new colorways (tangerine on the RX 2.0, sky blue for the men’s RX 1.0, and black with orange and blue highlights for the women’s RX 1.0), Raleigh has stripped from a half pound to a pound off of each of these alloy bikes. Raleigh claims their “flat oval” design improves greater vertical compliance in their aluminum frames; I’ll give the RX 1.0 a test ride on the track later and let you know how the ride feels.
The entry and mid-range RX 1.0 and 2.0 also come with lighter wheels with better hubs and wider rims, which spreads the contact patch for better cornering.
The RXC Disc and RXC Pro Disc use the same high end carbon frame featuring internal cable routing compatible with mechanical, electrical and singlespeed. Built bikes come equipped with American Classic wheels.
The RXC Disc is the more affordable build with a Raeleigh carbon monocoque fork, Shimano 105 components and FSA Gossamer cranks, Clement Crusade PDX tires, and Hayes CX5 disc brakes. The “Pro” build uses Enve carbon fork, Shimano Di2 shifters, and Shimano CX75 disc brakes.
All 2014 CX bikes come with two-bolt seatposts so don’t worry about your saddle jerking out of place on a hard mount. Raleigh also lie the new “sticky” bar tape on these bikes that help you keep your grip in muddy race conditions. Conditions are sunny and gorgeous in Monterey so this is impossible for me to test out.