Raleigh say the new RXC Pro disc-equipped carbon ‘cross bike will be available around July or August. Cost is still to be determined but will likely be in the neighborhood of US$6,000 complete with a Shimano Ultegra Di2 group, Cole Products carbon wheels and an ENVE Composites carbon cockpit (James Huang/BikeRadar)

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

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 BikeRadar that 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.

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