Raleigh's new Stuntman starts with a Reynolds steel frame and incorporates disc brakes, a dropper post, and 50c tires to give it a versatile range of usability.
Raleigh is a brand that can sometimes be dismissed by the enthusiast rider since the company had undergone a lot of change over the years, including multiple changes in ownership. Even today Raleigh's most expensive road bike is under $3600.
But they have several new models for 2017 that are worth any cyclist's attention. The latest model lineup offers not just value, but a marked return to styling that is based upon Raleigh's rich heritage. Highlighted here are the Roker Sport, Tamland 1, Willard 2, Grand Vitesse, Super Course, Clubman and my personal favorite, the Stuntman.
The all new Stuntman from Raleigh is targeted towards the gravel rider who likes to get a bit more rowdy than the average road cyclist. If you have a mountain biker background, the Stuntman should appeal to you. The frame is Reynolds 631 custom-butted cromoly built to be durable, yet affordable. It features post mount rear brake mounts, 142x12mm axle spacing and a tapered head tube. The frame is matched with an alloy fork with post mounts, internal cable routing and a 15mm thru-axle.
The parts spec on the Stuntman is highlighted by the SRAM Rival Hydro disc brakes with 160mm rotors front and rear. The SRAM Rival 1x11 drivetrain has an 11-42 cassette and a 40-tooth single ring in front. The frame is also equipped to handle wide tires. How wide? The Stuntman comes stock with Clement X'Plor LZY tubeless folding 700x50c tires. The Stuntman comes in six sizes (52, 54, 56, 58, 60, 62cm) and is available now with a retail price of $2300.
Raleigh Roker Sport
Raleigh's series of gravel bikes are called All Road and besides the Stuntman, they have three models all named after various weatherman (real and fictional), the emphasis being that no matter what the conditions are outside, you can still ride. All models in the All Road line come with disc brakes and each series has a frame made from either carbon, steel or aluminum.
The Roker is available in two versions, the Comp and the Sport shown here. The Roker Sport has a carbon frame with post mount disc brakes, 142x12 rear axle spacing, tapered headtube, fender mounts, three water bottle cage mounts and is Di2 or mechanical drivetrain ready. The carbon fork has a 15mm thru-axle and fender mounts. The Roker Sport rolls on Clement X'Plor MSO tires in 700x36c size. The Shimano Tiagra 2x10 drivetrain highlights the spec and the TRP Spyre C mechanical disc brakes create a capable ride with a retail price of $2300.
The Tamland 1 (any Anchorman fans out there?) uses a Reynolds 631 steel frame to handle gravel or commuter duty.
Raleigh Tamland 1
Like the Stuntman, the Tamland uses a Reynolds 631 steel frame matched with a carbon fork. This bike rolls on Clement Strada USH tires in 700x32c size. The Shimano 105 drivetrain is a 2x11 compact system and the mechanical disc brakes are TRP Spyre. The Tamland is also available in two versions with the Tamland 1 having a price of $1800.
Raleigh Willard 2
Last but not least, the Willard is a gravel bike with 6061 aluminum frame and a carbon fork. What sets the Willard apart most is the SRAM 1x11 drivetrain that uses a 38 tooth ring up front and a 11-42 cassette in the rear. If you are an extra hard on your bikes, the Willard is probably the best choice for you. The Willard 2 rolls on Clement X'Plor MSO tires in 700x40c size. This alloy model is also the only version to feature an anti-shock stem and a seatpost with dampening elastomers to help smooth out the bumps. TRP Spyre mechanical disc brakes with 160mm rotors front and rear provide the stopping power. The Willard 2 has a price of $1400.
Raleigh Grand Vitesse
Raleigh's new Grand Vitesse is their flagship model from the endurance/heritage line. It features a Reynolds 853 cromoly steel frame with a monocoque carbon fork with Shimano Ultegra compact gearing. With its riveted seat, gumwall tires and classic, simple red paint, the Grand Vitesse's vintage look compliments the bikes overall appeal. Clearly, this is not the kind of bike to race after KOM titles on your local group ride. But if you want a simple, comfortable bike that will serve you equally well as a grocery getter or riding a local fondo, the price is appealing at $2400.
Raleigh Super Course
Raleigh's Super Course comes from the same model line as the Grand Vitesse, the endurance heritage line. But, it is a women's specific bike with a 4130 cromoly frame matched with an alloy fork. Helping keep the price down is the Shimano Claris 2x8 drivetrain. The frame features women specific geometry for better comfort and fit. The Super Course also gets more color options then the men's models, with blue, green and sky available in five (48, 50, 52, 54, 56cm) sizes. The Super Course is available now with a price of $900.
The Clubman combines high performance carbon with a retro look to create a bike that can pull commuter duty or provide weekend ride fun.
Raleigh Clubman Carbon
Of all of Raleigh's bike for 2017, the Clubman is an interesting mix. It combines a lightweight, high modulus carbon frame with decidedly retro look to create a bike that can double as a commuter or a weekend group ride steed. The Brooks saddle, matching bar tape and fenders all scream retro commuter. But the carbon frame, TRP Spyre disc brakes and Shimano Tiagra drivetrain give it enough performance to hang when the pace increases. The Clubman Carbon is available in six sizes and is available now for $2000.
More info at www.raleighusa.com.