For 2013, Raleigh has made minor but significant updates to their Militus, Revenio and Capri road bikes, and we’ll get to those. But the real surprise is the Singulus, an incredibly well spec’d, lightweight alloy triathlon bike that signals their entry into more markets and their continued delivery of bikes that bring excellent spec at really, really good prices.
Brian Fornes, Raleigh’s marketing manager, says the new resources coming from their recent acquisition by Accell, is letting them do some pretty amazing things. The Singulus is a great example of that. Raleigh’s been getting behind more “cause” events like MS rides and Ride for the Cure, and this gives them a bike to put under riders on the Danskin series and others.
The frame gets almost all hydroformed tubes for a smooth aero shape, aided by internal cable routing. Given the price point and audience, they didn’t subject this model to the wind tunnel (though Fornes said this is just the beginning). Even so, the downtube, seat tube and seatstays are all tear drop shaped.
More on this, plus the road bikes and a weigh in for the cyclocross bikes they introduced at Sea Otter, below. Mountain bikes are over here…
The Singulus will be available in two colors using the same frame and spec – SRAM Apex and FSA bits with Avenir house brand cockpit.
Little aero touches like the seatpost binder bolts and tear drop shaped seatpost make the bike look more expensive.
Fork is carbon with an alloy steerer. Retail should be about $1,500, and at just over 20 pounds for the complete bike, it’s highly upgradeable launchpad for beginner triathletes.
2013 RALEIGH ROAD BIKES
The Militis is their top end racing road bike. The frame stays mostly the same with a one-piece monocoque head- and downtube with Direct Connect construction elsewhere. This, and all other BB30 road bikes, switch to PFBB30. All models use the same ~880g (average) frame, only spec changes across the line. Also, all carbon road bikes also get a carbon sleeve molded into the frame for internal cables, letting you or your favorite shop wrench thread the cable directly through the frame without having to pack a lure.
The Militis3 top model gets full Dura-Ace 9000 and retails for $7,000. Complete bike weight is 15lb 1oz, but this is with “fake” non-rideable samples of the new Dura-Ace levers, so expect the actual bike to be maybe an ounce heavier.
Revenio is their endurance road bike and gets a Di2 specific model for 2013. It uses a standard threaded bottom bracket and will only have Shimano spec all the way down through both carbon fiber and alloy models.
Top model is now the Revenio 4.0 with Ultegra Di2, above. Flattened stays help give it a bit of compliance. Complete bike weight is 17lb 9oz.
Women’s version is the Capri and shares the same spec as the Revenio line including the new Ultegra Di2 4.0 model. Sizing goes all the way down to a 45 with 700c wheels, and they’re also available in carbon and alloy.
2013 RALEIGH CYCLOCROSS BIKES WEIGHTS
Raleigh’s 2013 cyclocross bike lineup was unveiled at Sea Otter Classic, full coverage here. Above is the complete lineup with the higher end models in the foreground and less expensive ones in the second row. Back row are Capri road bikes.
The carbon fiber RCX Pro is the top model and is available in either cantilever (left, 17lb 2oz) and disc (19lb 1oz).
Below that is the RX 2.0 Disc (23lb 1oz) and RX 1.0 Canti (20lb 13oz), both with alloy frames.