If there’s one huge cycling name from the past that has been somewhat under-represented in the modern era of cycling, its Raleigh, but happily for those of us who remember the brand’s heritage, all that is changing as the new management drive the brand forward with the help of their professional racing team, both here in the UK and in the US. This September’s NEC Cycle Show will give British consumers their first chance to see the new Raleigh 2014 range developed in collaboration with Team Raleigh, which will feature over 25 new models.
The Militis road range has been expanded to include three carbon and two alloy models. Top of the range is the £5000 Militis Team bike with SRAM Red22 as ridden in the Tour of Britain by Tom Scully and his teamates (see our story from the Raleigh team car over on BritishCycleSport.com).
The Revenio endurance road bike range has also been expanded to seven models, including the new 2014 Revenio Carbon 4 which will have a Shimano Ultegra DI2 groupset.
There’s also new Aura time-trial models, an Equinox track bike coming in January 2014 and excitingly four new RX cyclo-cross bikes which all adds up to a very clear indication of Raleigh’s intent to return to the top of the performance road market.
Raleigh’s lifestyle and city range is expanded. Eight models will make up the Strada flat handlebar commuter range in 2014, with SRAM automatic and hub gears perfect for riders who want to avoid gear maintenance and enjoy hassle-free commuting.
Managing Director Mark Gouldthorp said: “From the media, from bike shops and from the public, the response to 2013’s Raleigh range has been absolutely fantastic. We’ve built on that positive platform by developing and expanding on our 2014 product range at the performance end of the market. We’ve also taken a look at other types of consumers that have a strong affinity with the brand and have partnered with SRAM to expand and develop the commuter and leisure market with exciting new technology options including hub gears and belt drive bikes, expected in store in early 2014.”
See the range at the NEC Cycle Show from Friday 27th until Sunday 29th September 2013.