Sea Otter 2012: Raleigh go with disc brakes for the 2013 RXC Pro

Other tweaks too for top-end cyclo-cross bike

Still doubt the wave is coming? Raleigh Bicycles in the US will make the bold move into the disc brake arena on their top-end cyclo-cross bike, the RXC Pro, and according to "marketing guy" Brian Fornes, it'll be available for sale well in time for the start of the 2012-13 season.

The rear Shimano CX70 cable actuated disc caliper is tucked inside the rear triangle and bolted to post-mount-style tabs on the chunky chainstays. Rear spacing is set at 135mm – the de facto standard for disc-equipped road and 'cross frames. The front caliper is bolted to ENVE Composites' awesome disc-compatible carbon 'cross fork.

Other changes to Raleigh's top-end carbon fiber 'cross frame include a newly tapered head tube, tubular looped stays, and a clever internal/external convertible routing system compatible with either electronic wires or conventional cables. Adding further to its versatility is the PressFit 30 bottom bracket shell, which not only reduces weight but also allows for an easy singlespeed conversion with the correct adapter fitted.

The complete bike will come with a Shimano Ultegra Di2 group and Cole C38 Lite carbon clincher wheels. Fornes told BikeRadarthat final pricing is still to be determined but he estimates it will be somewhere around US$6,000. Raleigh UK tell us they're likely to bring in the RXC Pro as a frameset only, with pricing to be confirmed.

James Huang

Technical Editor, US
James started as a roadie in 1990 with his high school team but switched to dirt in 1994 and has enjoyed both ever since. Anything that comes through his hands is bound to be taken apart, and those hands still sometimes smell like fork oil even though he retired from shop life in 2007. He prefers manual over automatic, fizzy over still, and the right way over the easy way.
  • Discipline: Mountain, road, cyclocross
  • Preferred Terrain: Up in the Colorado high-country where the singletrack is still single, the dirt is still brown, and the aspens are in full bloom. Also, those perfect stretches of pavement where the road snakes across the mountainside like an artist's paintbrush.
  • Beer of Choice: Mexican Coke
  • Location: Boulder, Colorado, USA
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