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Raleigh Bikes RX 2.0 Cyclocross Bike Review

excellent racer…

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PROS

  • Excellent Racer
  • Lightweight frame
  • Highly Responsive
  • Fair Price Considering the Components
  • Smooth and Easy Handling
  • Great on Climbs

CONS

  • Heavy Wheels
  • Cables Routed Externally

Review Summary

Raleigh has one hundred and thirty years of experience in manufacturing winning bikes. The manufacturer has also supported many professional riders. This particular model is manufactured to allow the rider to experience intense off-road adventures in a safe manner.

The RX 2.0 cyclocross bike features a lightweight butted alloy frame that makes riding it a breeze. There are also the lightweight carbon-alloy tapered steer disc brakes, thru axles and disc tabs. The model is also equipped with TRP spyre dual actuated mechanical disc brakes and SRAM Rival Shifter for eleven gears.

The brakes offer great stopping power no matter the terrain nor the weather. As the name promises, the machine is great for cyclocross and is an excellent choice for both beginner and pro riders.

It comes partially assembled, and it takes about two hours to assemble it if you don’t have any prior experience. If you are a bit more experienced, you can expect it to be finished in half an hour. The frame comes in five sizes: S, M, L, Xl, and XXL.

Specifications

  • WEIGHT – 21.6 lbs

  • FRAMESET – Raleigh 6061 double-butted aluminum lightweight alloy frame and Raleigh Alloy Fork

  • FRAME SIZES – S through XXL

  • DERAILLEURS – SRAM Rival 1

  • BRAKES – TRP Spyre mechanical disc

  • BRAKE LEVERS – STAM Rival 1

  • SADDLE – Prologo Kappa EVO

Raleigh Bikes RX 2.0 – Features

Frame and Fork

The frame is the lightest and best performing 6061 alluminium frame the manufacturer has to offer. It has a tapered butted seat-tube and 1.5-in tapered headtube for maximum torsional stiffness. Raleigh’s new double butted and formed downtube offers excellent vertical compliance when paired with their Flat Oval seatstay, as it is the case with this bike.

The top tube offers ample room for convenient shouldering. The model comes with a new carbon fork with a tapered steerer and post-mount tabs. The bike’s frameset has just what you need for snappy acceleration. It is matched with quick handling up from, because of the 72° headtube angle.

The frame can accept racks, two bottle cages, and and fenders without a problem. It also makes it excellent for commuting or gavel-road adventures.

Wheels

The RX 2.0 wheels are stiff and come with better hubs and wider rims compared to the previous model. They are lightweight, but perhaps as not as light as they could be since there have been some complaints by pro cyclists regarding their weight.

The wide rim cross-section ensures a better grip and allows the cyclist to run lower tire pressure with less tire roll. It also enables the cyclist to corner faster with more confidence.

The wheelset is absolutely race-ready. It comes with Novatec sealed bearing hubs that are sure to withstand any cyclocross course.

The Clement MXP are quite wide – so wide that one might think they are too wide to meet UCI regulations. Since the model doesn’t have a carbon fiber frame, the tires are tasked with smoothing out the extra harshness.

Raleigh Bikes RX 2.0

Bar Type

Typically, one might consider the handlebar a negligible detail, but the RX 2.0 handlebar is specifically designed for cyclocross. They come with a special cx tape that ensures an excellent grip – be it hot, cold, wet, dry or muddy. The handlebar features soft backing material that maximizes shock absorption on dry and bumpy trails.

Downsides

 

Cables Routed Externally

It would have been much better if the manufacturer routed the cables internally. This way they collect mud and are an encumbrance when one wants to shoulder it. Considering that this bike is specifically manufactured for cyclocross, it’s something that should have been handled better.

Heavy Wheels

The whole ride weights approximately twenty-one pounds. It’s fairy light, without a doubt, but the overall weight could’ve been much lighter if it weren’t for the heavy wheels.

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Verdict

The RX 2.0 is a bike one can rely on as it comes with top specs and performs exceptionally well. Both beginners and experienced riders can get a lot from it. The machine is comfortable, extra-safe, and built to last.