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Raleigh RX Review

Over a hundred and thirty years old, the Raleigh Bicycle Company has produced some winning bicycles in its time, and has supported many a pro cyclist. Which is why we were not very appreciative of some of the negatives we noticed.

We took several Raleigh RX bikes for some test rides, and the first thing that stood out was the lack of grip. We did like the European geometry and componentry for the most part, but the wheelsets were disappointing. They not only slid out a little on occasion, but they were a little on the heavy side too.

On the high end, the full carbon frame and fork was inspiring, with Shimano Ultegra Di2 parts and hydro discs. That was definitely the highlight of our review, and the price wasn’t bad compared to competitors in its class.

For these specs, the handling is expectedly smooth overall. Climbs seem to be effortless, and all our test bikes were quite responsive. The lightweight frames are particularly ideal for any need.

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+Pros:

  • Lightweight frames
  • Good prices considering the componentry
  • Excellent on the climbs
  • Smooth and easy handling
  • Highly responsive

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-Cons:

  • Some models seem to lack grip
  • Wheels a little heavy

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The Verdict

A mostly great choice of cyclocross range from Raleigh, with some choice components and Euro-style geometry.

The Raleigh RX series has some minor annoyances to deal with, but none that can’t be upgraded. For this price range, the specs are pretty awesome, so we would definitely recommend these bikes for competition and for leisure. Moreover, there are kids’ versions available for family fun. The pro model is especially ideal for competing.

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