For those of us that love road bikes, we all get something different out of it. For some of us, it’s the thrill of competition and beating the rest of the peloton as we sprint across the finish line. For others, it’s the fitness: knowing that every day we’re getting faster, stronger, better than the day before. Or maybe it’s that feeling of freedom. Hopping on your bike and riding where you’ve never gone before, pounding pavement and gravel to reach that perfect, scenic spot you never could have in your car.
As we settle into 2014, and warmer weather feels a bit closer, we take a look at some of Raleigh’s newest road and gravel bikes. Whether you’re a racer, endurance rider, commuter, or just want to adventure on the road less travelled, we’ve got the bike for it. Need more? Check out some of the recent media reviews below.
So you want to race—or just love the feel of speed
The Militis 4 is Raleigh’s top-of-the-line road race bike. The layup for Raleigh Militis carbon frames is a unique, proprietary blend of high modulus fibers. More than just the highest fiber grade, though, Raleigh uses the right carbon in the right places. The 880 gram Militis frame – with the impressive carbon construction technique along with a tapered headtube, and oversized downtube and chainstays – has stiffness where it counts. The Miltis 4 is compatible with both mechanical and electrical cable systems.
Check out the video to learn more about the Raleigh Militis.
Looking for endurance and speed?
The Raleigh Revenio (available in both carbon and aluminum models) is an awesome option for road biking.
The Revenio Carbon 3 is a creation of beauty and beast. Equal parts both, this carbon steed is easy on the eyes but a hard competitor on the road. The Revenio 3 is a comfy carbon pleasure cruise at an affordable price. Featuring lightweight components that excel while grunting up climbs and our double wall Momentum rims for added durability. This not-so-modest carbon workhouse will love you forever.
The April publication of Road Magazine brought with it an outstanding review of the Revenio Carbon 3. “The blend of stability, comfort and responsiveness makes the Revenio an excellent option for long distance enthusiasts or even the budgeted racer.”
Elevation Outdoors says about the Revenio, “Lightweight and easy to control, the Revenio delivers solid performance with a relaxed fit.”
Yes, you can have it all
The women’s-specific Raleigh Capri Carbon 4 meets the demands of the endurance rider looking for a bike comfortable enough to pedal for hours. Updated geometry, including a slackened seat angle that shifts the rider’s center of gravity back and takes weight off the bars, means improved stamina and comfort on those long rides.
Highlights include an all-new full carbon fork and frame, Shimano Ultegra Di2 11-speed drivetrain, women’s specific saddle and striking colors.
Bicycle Times recently wrote about the Raleigh Capri, “All in all, the Capri hits its mark just about perfectly...If you're looking to challenge yourself, be it a race or just more miles than you've ever attempted, the Capri would be a great partner to help you get there.”
The Capri is also available in alloy, boasting many of the same benefits as the Capri Carbon at a lower price point.
Explore the road less travelled
Created to take you farther than where the road ends, the Tamland breaks down the boundaries of what is possible on a road bike. Designed specifically for long rides in harsh conditions the Tamland begs for the road less traveled. Custom Reynolds 631 Double Butted Chromoly tubing and longer chainstays with lower bottom bracket make the Tamland handle the high speeds and loose gravel with ease. We also use a 40c Clement adventure tire that makes sure you float over the rough stuff. Rack and Fender mounts ensure that daily commutes can be included in the adventure.
Velo writes, “The Tamland 1 and 2 could pull double-duty as commuters, tour rigs, entry-level cyclocross racers, or pit bikes.” And peloton says, “More than gravel racing, the Tamland is truly about exploring what is out your backdoor… the Tamland already has me picking out routes back home I would never tackle on my cross bike but would dread on a mountain bike. Forget materials, forget specs, forget price tags -- and just enjoy riding.”