First Look: Raleigh RXC Pro Disc adds thru-axles, improves ride

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Raleigh RXC Pro Disc

Raleigh’s new ‘cross rig complete with thru-axles front and rear.

Add Raleigh to the growing list of cyclocross bike makers going the way of the thru-axle. Joining the likes of Giant, Felt, Focus and others, Raleigh has revamped its full carbon RXC Pro Disc model with a 142x12mm-100x15mm thru-axle set-up it claims improves both handling and braking performance.

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Improved mud clearance and a 27.2mm seat post should conspire to improve overall ride experience.

Change did not stop their. The new rig, which will be raced by the U.S.-based Raleigh-Clement racing team and be available starting in July, also boasts a host of frame modifications: reshaped chainstays that avail 7mm more heel clearance to counteract the wider axle spacing; a reshaped BB bridge that provides more tire (and mud) clearance; thinner top tube and seat stays claimed to improve ride quality; and a lower BB height, which should improve handling but will reduce pedal clearance.

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Raleigh is now making its own carbon forks. The rear end beefed up thanks to a 142x12mm thru-axle.

Raleigh also made the switch to a 27.2mm seat post for more vertical compliance, and scrapped last model year’s ENVE carbon fork in favor of one built in house and designed to work with the bike’s new thru-axle set-up. Additional enhancements include smoother cable routing, which should reduce drag when shifting front and rear derailleurs.

Raleigh RXC Pro Disc

Clement tires wrapped around American Classic tubeless-ready wheels complete the new package.

Exact pricing is not set yet, but Raleigh says to expect the top end model to come in around $5,000 and be spec’d with tubeless ready American Classic wheels and a Shimano Ultegra Di2 electronic shifting and Shimano R785 hydraulic disc brakes. One step down will be a Shimano 105 model with the same frame and fork, and an MSRP around $3,000.

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About the author: Jason Sumner

An avid cyclist, Jason Sumner has been writing about two-wheeled pursuits of all kinds since 1999. He’s covered the Tour de France, the Olympic Games, and dozens of other international cycling events. He also likes to throw himself into the fray, penning first-person accounts of cycling adventures all over the globe. Sumner, who joined the / staff in 2013, has also done extensive gear testing and is the author of the cycling guide book "75 Classic Rides: Colorado." When not writing or riding, the native Coloradoan can be found enjoying time with his wife Lisa and daughter Cora.

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  • Mykel says:

    Sweet. The geometry seems quite similar to my 09′ Raleigh Gran Prix. I love! My Raleigh! I use it for a an incredibly zippy touring/commuter. I’ll be checking to see if I can get the new RXC without the components. Campy only on my rides!

  • Michael says:

    I want to use bike on gravel. Your thoughts? Any idea how large a tire will fit?
    Thank you

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