BikeP0RN – Raleigh RX Race Cross Bike


World champion Phil Roach talking about the Raleigh RX cross bike – “Until you get the bike, you don’t appreciate it how good it is”

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BikeP0RN – Raleigh RX Race Cross Bike

I’ve seen Raleigh producing bikes for a long time and in the last decade, the range has got better and better with the race bikes especially very competitive with the best in the market. On the road, the Militis is a fantastic machine which is very light, responsive, stiff, and durable and the pros have spoken highly of it off the record with me.


Phil Roach and his specially painted Raleigh RX Race cyclo-cross bike

In cyclo-cross too, Raleigh are selling bikes that the top riders speak highly of. No surprise that a director at Raleigh, Geoff Giddings has for a long time raced ‘cross and more and more riders are using them. To find out more about the Raleigh cross bike, VeloUK spoke to Phil Roach, who won a  World title on one last year and as an engineer, knows his bikes!

His 2015/16 cross season weapon is the Raleigh Race that uses the same frameset as the race proven RX Team bike. The speed blend direct connect carbon frame and fork was developed in conjunction with cyclo-cross champions and is designed to be lightweight, stiff and super compliant to produce the optimum in comfort, control and power. So says Raleigh’s blurb …

The Raleigh C6 is an all carbon fork with 15mm thru axle that improves the bike’s handling and makes it easier to align disc wheels.


If you’re world champion, you may as well have stripey handlebar tape! The extra high hoods are because of the hydraulics in the levers


But what does Phil think of the bike? “Until you get the bike, you don’t appreciate it how good it is” is how he summed it up.

The bike that Phil has is a custom paint job in blue to match his world champions blue jersey (instead of green) with the rainbow stripes added. The SRAM equipped 11 speed (single chain ring)  carbon bike has SRAM Force disc brakes which are really exception says Phil.

“With discs you can leave the breaking that much later and just apply them with one finger. They are also the same all race. It is lucky that Raleigh supply my bikes! Geoff (Giddings) mentioned I’d get new bikes and he said he was enjoying the use of the disc brakes and I said to him I’d be pleased to have them because there was a race in Milton Keynes where I had to trail the brake all the way from the top of a hill to the bottom.


Director at Raleigh, Geoff Giddings, also racing on an RX Race at National trophy

“Now, I know I can go in and just touch them at the bottom.  I will save so much time on muddy and hilly races”.

More and more bikes are going single chain ring as well and Phil has just that on his race bikes. “It’s the first time I have ridden single chain ring but for me, as long as the ratios are good which they are on the Raleigh, and you can have a selection on the front, it suits all age categories.”

“There is less weight on the bike and less to think about in the race. There is also less chance of it dropping off the chain ring because they have a new system of ‘deep tooth’ on the front”. The 40 tooth chain ring is standard and that package out of the box is fantastic”.



Above: Hydraulic disc brakes front and back

The bike is finished off with carbon wheels from American Classic (TCX Tubeless rims), also standard on the Raleigh Race.

“It is very nice the way Raleigh have got it set up. The cables go through the frame which means there is less chance of anything getting hooked up in them especially in our race where we are duelling side by side”.

“The steering angle on the Raleigh frame is really good too. They get it so you don’t really need to turn it to steer the bike so the bike is working for you and you don’t really need to push it”.

“And the big tubeson the frame helps with the rigidity.  What is also great about the frame is that it’s got a flat top tub so you haven’t got point contact on the shoulder so you have a nice spread across the shoulder when running with it”.


40 tooth single chain ring


The rainbow stripes on the bike to let everyone know it belongs to a world champion!


Phil shows me the hydraulics on the brake lever


SRAM Force on Phil’s bike with the gear cable inside the frame


The Raleigh RX Race as standard …

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