Raleigh have really been upping their game recently, with ‘Team Raleigh’ doing well since their conception in 2010, as well as receiving rave reviews for their high end road bikes. 2012 marks the 125th anniversary for Raleigh, and to commemorate this they’ve released a range of classically styled bikes.
For starters we have the Sojourn; a modern take on a classic touring bike, with a Reynolds 631 frame, mechanical disc brakes and matching Brooks saddle and bar tape. It comes complete with mudguards and a pannier rack, making it ready to tour straight away. Retail is £1,100.
Next is the Clubman; more of a light tourer/audax bike, with a Reynolds 520 frame and a Shimano Tiagra groupset. Also equipped with Brooks finishing kit, the Clubman also benefits from colour matched mudguards to complete the classic look. Retail is £950.
And finally is the Royal, the cheapest of the bunch, but by no means at a disadvantage. It features a chromoly 4130 frame, with Shimano 24 speed gearing, complete with mudguards and a rack. If you’re looking for a tourer on a bit of a budget, then this is definitely the best option for the money. Retail is £500.
Also, this summer will see the arrival of a very special limited edition replica of their classic T.I. road bike. Modernised for current times but with, the frame will be constructed from Reynolds 725, with a Campagnolo groupset. There’s only going to be 300 of these made, and we’ll have one of them! Watch this space.