First Look: Raleigh adds new models, expands for 2015

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Raleigh looks to have a very interesting selection of bikes for 2015, including new road, adventure and mountain bike models.

The bike above, the Grand Prix, wins my “most interesting” award. If you look closely, the Reynolds 530 butted steel frame uses the Ritchey Break-Away system, so this bike can pack away in an small enough bag to escape airline fees. It also is equipped with Campagnolo Veloce, a rare spec these days, and even more rare on a mid-priced bike. The frame includes rack and fender mounts, and is designed for 28mm tires. The $2,300 MSRP includes a travel bag.

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The Record Ace is similar to the Grand Prix, but has a non-Break-Away Reynolds 631 frame, and a very similar parts kit, including the Campy Veloce drivetrain. MSRP $1,900.

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The Grand Sport is the entry level steel road bike, with a Shimano Claris drivetrain, 4130 chromoly frame, and plenty of room for the stock 28mm Kenda Kwick Roller Sport tires. Rack and fender mounts, natch. MSRP $850

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The Clubman Disc updates a classic with modern brakes. Color matched fenders come stock, as well as a Shimano Tiagra 10 speed drivetrain and mechanical disc brakes. MSRP $1,100

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The Port Townsend is a bit of a tweener machine, part road bike, part city bike. A front “12 pack” rack and upright bars say urban cruizing, but 28mm tires and wide range gearing speak to longer ranging rides. A sweet all around ride at $850 MSRP.

Raleigh has been successful in the all-road/gravel bike market with the Tamland 1 and 2, so successful we haven’t managed to shake one loose to review! Now there are two aluminum siblings to the Tamland, Willard 1 and Willard 2.

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The aluminum alloy frames and carbon forks make these bikes both lighter and cheaper than the steel Tamlands, but do they offer the same ride quality? It sounds like a side-by-side comparison review in in order.

The Willard 1 ($1,300 MSRP) has Shimano Sora 2×9 drivetrain, Clement X-Plor 700×40 tires, and TRP Spyre mechanical disc brakes. The Willard 2 ($1,750 MSRP) shares the same frame and fork, but bumps up to a Shimano 105 2×11 drivetrain.

Also new are two shorter travel 29-inch full suspension designs, the high-end Skarn, and the entry-level Kodiak.

The Skarn series all feature an aluminum frame with carbon fiber swing link and seat stays, 100mm of travel front and rear, and a 2×10 Shimano drivetrain.

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The Skarn Expert is top of the line, at $4,300 MSRP. Highlights include American Classic tubeless wheels, Fox F29 with FIT damper, Shimano XT brakes and drivetrain.

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The $3,500 Skarn Comp has a Fox F29 for with EVO damper, SLX drivetrain and brakes and a Novatech wheelset.

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Last but not least is the $2,700 MSRP Skarn Sport. Rock Shox Recon fork, Shimano Deore drivetrain and Tektro Gemini hydro brakes.

The Kodiak is a basic single pivot suspension design, with 120mm of travel, a tapered headtube and thru-axles front and rear.

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The Kodiak 2 sports an impressive parts spec for the low, low, low MSRP of $1,600. Rock Shox XC32 Solo Air fork, Monarch R rear shock, 2×10 SRAM X7/X5 drivetrain,  Tekro Auriga hydro disc brakes with 180/160mm rotors, and Kenda Honey Badger tires.

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The Kodiak 1 is even less expensive, at $1,100 MSRP. That includes a Suntour fork and rear shock, a 3×8 drivetrain, and Tektro Auriga hydraulic disc brakes.

These are just some highlights, expect Raleigh’s website to be updated soon, with the full 2015 line including kid’s bikes, women’s bikes, carbon road racing bikes, cyclocross bikes, hardtail mountain bikes, etc…

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