Raleigh has two new disc brake equipped cyclocross bikes. The RXC Pro is the top of the line carbon version that’ll get Cole carbon rimmed wheels (currently made exclusively for Raleigh), Shimano’s new ‘cross brakes and full Ultegra Di2 and ENVE fork, bar and stem.
Retail will is TBD, probably be in the 6-ish range. A frameset will also be available, and Raleigh’s marketing guy Brian Fornes says that’s probably going to be the bigger seller. Why? Because it’s got some trick features…
Cable ports are removable and will accommodate electronic, mechanical or hydraulic.
Or nothing. The bottom bracket is PressFit 30 to accommodate an eccentric bottom bracket and let you set it up singlespeed. Fornes says they’re converting all of their BB30 bikes to PFBB30 for 2013 model year for the same reason.
The primary change from this year’s canti brake equipped RXC Pro is the rear brake mount. These are Shimano’s commute style disc calipers as the new ‘cross ones weren’t ready by Sea Otter, but production bikes will have the new ones.
Claimed weight is around 16.5 pounds complete. The bikes and frames will be available by August, but likely in short supply. If you’re interested, talk to your dealer now and get them to preorder.
The alloy version will get an FSA/Shimano 105 mix with their Avenir cockpit and secondary brake levers. Fork is alloy, too. Probably looking at around $1,500.