Raleigh has released its 2011 line up. Of course Raleigh is a massive company and it covers all the bases model-wise, but we’re just going to softly focus on some of the higher-end models here. And, if it’s OK with you guys, we’ll skip the hybrid, comfort, and cruiser bikes for now…if not forever. Unless you’d like to see BR “thrash test” a Retroglide 7 Cruiser, in that case, we’ll reconsider.

Pictured above is the International. It’s a $6,000 bike, with a Reynolds 853 steel-lugged frame and a flat crown lugged Reynolds 853 fork. It’s full DuraAce, and we mean FULL DuraAce. Right down to the wheelset. No skimping on this bad boy.

Raleigh saved all its skimping for the mountain bike line, as we shall see in a moment…

The Revenio 4.0 is Raleigh’s highest-end aluminum framed bike, and it’s really just entry level high-end with its Ultegra mix, Weinmann TR18 Double Wall Wheelset, and $1,650.00 price tag. It comes stock with a compact crank, so it’s obviously not geared toward the racing crowd anyway. That, and it’s got rack and fender mounts.

The Record Ace is another steel-lugged frame, but unlike the 853 International, it is made of Reynolds 520 Butted Chromoly. It’s got a mixed Ultegra spec, Weinmann CR19 Double Wall wheelset, and a more reasonable price tag than its more blingin’ cousin, the International, at $1,950.

The $3,250.00 Prestige is Raleigh’s carbon “flagship” with its Sram Force gruppo, Aksium Race wheels, and HM2 High Modulus Monocoque Carbon frame.

The Capri 4.0 is Raleigh’s highest-end women’s specific bike with an Ultegra mix, Weinmann wheelset, and $1,650.00 price tag.

The Steel framed, SLX-mix equipped XXIX + G is about as high-end as it gets in the mountain bike department at Raleigh. If you want a high-end 26er, you’re out of luck.

The XXIX Steel is the single speed version of the XXIX G (maybe the G stands for “gears”). BR wasn’t able to locate MSRP for Raleigh’s mountain offerings, but it would be interesting to know how low this guy comes in at.

Raleigh wouldn’t be a proper massive bicycle company if it didn’t weigh in on the urban fixed/single thing, hence the Rush Hour, a Reynolds 520 Butted Chromoly steel frame. It does come with brakes.
Then there’s the Rush Hour FB. The “FB” might stand for facebook, we’re not sure. If you can come up with a better idea, we’re all ears.
The Rush Hour FB is a Reynolds 520 Butted Chromoly frame as well.
The Back Alley is another Reynolds 520 framed bike that makes a bit more of an attempt to be hip and urban than its counterparts.
For more info and full specs, visit the Raleigh website.


  1. Great bikes, and great post. I’m glad to see that steel is making a resurgence, and Raleigh is, along with Bianchi and Jamis, leading the way. FB probably means “flat bar,” no?

  2. “Then there’s the Rush Hour FB. The “FB” might stand for facebook, we’re not sure.”

    The FB stands for flat bar, as Bianchi did with the San Jose.

  3. $6,000???? Wait, so now I can buy something that was around 20 years ago for much much more? Wow…I’d better call and reserve one at my local shop right away! They should ditch the colored cables and Shimano. Then spec the bike with black (or silver) cables, Campy Athena, and classically spoked 32h wheels. That would give the bike a lot more classic look. Right now it appears to have an identity crisis.

    The Record Ace on the the other hand seems to be a lot more reasonable. Nicely done Raleigh. I’d also say the rest of the line is fantastic. Raleigh has been growing the last few years and I think it’s apparent why. Nice collection, minus the International model.

    As far as not having a high end 29er, maybe unlike other manufacturers they are aiming at making that segment of the market more accessible. I’d rather invest in something nice but not over the top if I’m trying a new style of bike. Maybe Raleigh argees.

What do you think?