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Raleigh have announced their 2015 range and here are four models that immediately caught the eye of us lot at road.cc.

Dave will be visiting Raleigh next month to get the full story behind the entire range, but in the meantime see what you think of this little selection.

 

Maverick Elite £850

Raleigh have a new Maverick range of bikes with frames built from various types of Reynolds double-butted chromoly tubing.

“The original Raleigh Maverick was one of the first ever mountain bikes, opening up a new world of trails and routes to off-road explorers,” say Raleigh.

“The new Maverick opens up the route less travelled once again. On gravel, on mud or in the urban jungle, it’s a true all rounder with the personality to match. The Maverick takes classic day touring geometry and tweaks the handling to be better suited for multi-terrain use.”

So, the Mavericks are designed as do-it-all bikes that can handle everything from commuting to gravel riding – gravel, lest you haven’t noticed, being the latest buzz word in the cycling world.

There are three Maverick bikes in the range, priced £750 to £1,150. The £850 Maverick Elite comes equipped with a Shimano Sora groupset with TRP Spyre cable-operated disc brakes, and 35mm Schwalbe Spicer tyres on Raleigh’s own RSP CX2.0 wheels.

This bike looks like it could be a lot of fun.

 

Revenio 4 Disc £1,150

If you’re sick of disc brake road bikes, look away now because Raleigh have added three to their long-standing Revenio range of endurance bikes for the first time. There are both carbon and aluminium frames in the Revenio range; the disc brake models are aluminium ones.

The Revenio 4 Disc, the mid-priced of the three disc options, is built up with SRAM’s new Rival 22 groupset and TRP’s HyRD cable-operated hydraulic disc brakes.

The Revenio bikes have a more relaxed geometry than standard road bikes so you get a fairly upright ride position. The on-trend 25mm tyres used across the range are designed to provide a bit more comfort and reduced rolling resistance.

 

Criterium Race £1,600

Raleigh are introducing a new Criterium series for 2015 which they reckon consists of their best value carbon road bikes ever.

The range kicks off with the £1,000 Criterium Elite and tops out with this £1,600 Criterium Race which is built up with Shimano Ultegra shifters and mechs, FSA Energy brakes and chainset, and Cole Rollen Lite wheels.

The geometry of the Criterium bikes is a little less aggressive than that of the Militis bikes but it’s still a racing setup.

 

Raleigh RX Pro £1,500

The Pro is a new addition to Raleigh’s cyclocross range, built around a butted alloy frame with a tapered head tube and an all-carbon C5 fork with a 15mm thru axle.

The Pro comes with a SRAM Rival 22 group, including the HRD hydraulic disc brakes, and Cole Rollen CX wheels shod with 33mm Schwalbe Racing Ralph tyres.

Unlike a pure cyclocross race bike, the RX Pro comes with rack and mudguard eyelets so you can press it into service as a commuter or an all-rounder if you like.

All of Raleigh’s 2015 models are available to pre-order at www.raleighb2b.co.uk and will be available for collection from Raleigh stockists from next month.

Mat has worked for loads of bike magazines over the past 20 years, and been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. He's been road.cc technical editor for seven years, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a past winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer.

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Konazing [7 posts] 2 years ago
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Snob

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Joeinpoole [439 posts] 2 years ago
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Airzound wrote:

Eye catching and Raleigh shouldn't appear in the same sentence.

They can if preceded by the word 'not'.

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Gkam84 [9086 posts] 2 years ago
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That carbon Militis Team in velvet red is a great looking bike

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Mr Turning [116 posts] 2 years ago
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Airzound wrote:

Eye catching and Raleigh shouldn't appear in the same sentence.

Yeah, that's clearly nonsense.

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Grubbythumb [61 posts] 2 years ago
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Said it before, said it to Raleigh and I'll keep saying it. They are making some really attractive bikes, but try as I might, I could not find a single dealer (in the South West and South Wales) with anything over £600 in stock.

I was recently in the market for a £1500 carbon bike, Raleigh were on my short list and I hoped to have a look at the range at the Welsh Cycle Show, but they were not there, so in the end I bought something else.

It is all well and good relying on the dealers, but any dealer who is looking to put £1500 to £2500 bikes into stock, is not very likely to put a Raleigh of that value on his list, hence why I could not find one.

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darrenleroy [212 posts] 2 years ago
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Some seriously sexy looking bikes here. Clean, tidy graphics, tidy angles and bright, bold paint jobs. They're ahead of the game. Don't know how they'll ride but seeing these has just made me think for the first time I'd consider a Raleigh.

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SamShaw [265 posts] 2 years ago
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Right... I'm saving* for an RX Pro!

*Probably... though I'm not really, but if I could actually save money, I'd save for one of those to replace my winter bike as a do-all trainer/CXer/light tourer/[buzzword alert]gravel bike.

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outcastjack [9 posts] 2 years ago
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Evans can get them in

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s_lim [177 posts] 2 years ago
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Criterium has made my 'interested' list

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Pauldmorgan [223 posts] 2 years ago
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I have a 2012 Raleigh SP team (the predecessor or the Militis) - the paint-job is lush and it's a great ride. Fast, direct and comfortable. The brand has a lot of positive associations for me: some great bikes when I was a kid and my Grandad worked there in the '50's. Just a shame they're not British owned these days.

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Beatnik69 [320 posts] 2 years ago
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I would love a Raleigh for nostalgia reasons. My first ever bike was a Strika.  1 Though I did come off it and break my arm when I was 4.  20

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seven [150 posts] 2 years ago
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Did my first ton, won my first thirty, took part in my first race, climbed the test hills, completed my first TT, all on a clunky 501 tank of a Raleigh that had been driven over and left lying trashed in a car park before I found it. Fond memories... but this is the first time in the twenty years since that I've found myself thinking I could see myself buying one.

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JesseS [1 post] 1 year ago
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Hey Mr Turing,

Just read your comment, I work for a newly established Bike shop in the heart of Wiltshire (approximately an hours drive from Bristol) called Pewsey Velo. We are a Raleigh stockist, and have many models including the Revenio Carbon, Sp Elite and even a Revenio Di2 demo model. Currently the carbon models have £200 off! Furthermore we have just signed on for next years stock so if you're in the area feel free to pop in. The owner Nick, is incredibly experienced and actually rides a Raleigh himself so we should be able to help you out.

Visit our website www.pewseyvelo.com or send us an email/call if you're interested!

Thanks
Jesse