Maybe your Grandpops rode a Raleigh back in the day, or your parents still have matching 3-speeds in their garage. Whatever the case may be, the bicycle brand Raleigh is arguably the most recognized bicycle brand in the world.
When you do a bit of research, and visit the Raleigh Bicycle USA website , one of the first images you’ll see is of local Seattle legend Brian “I prefer Sally” Fornes. For those of you who raced the MFG series this year, you probably ran into Sally here, or maybe here, or maybe even here. Regardless of where you saw Sally this year, one thing is for certain: Sally, the Marketing Honch at Raleigh USA has been the single-handedly the biggest and most vocal supporter of MFG.
As the Presenting Sponsor of MFG, Raleigh–in conjunction with Robert T and Recycled Cycles help–provided a fleet of the new RX 1.0 cross rigs for the entire series available for demo, free of charge. When you take a close look at the RX specs, here is what stands out to us:
- Full SRAM Rival Group: This group is light, works very well, and has a really good weight/cost ratio
- Uses a lightweight Easton carbon CX fork
- Features a BB30 bottom bracket for weight reduction, BB stiffness, and lower Q-factor
- Integrates fender eyelets on the frame, and the fork spec’d (EC 70X) also has fender eyelets; this bike is a full-on race bike, but has the versatility of a commuter.
- Offered in a very clean, simply, and race-specific paint scheme
In addition to the RX 1.0, Raleigh has done a series of limited edition CX single speed frames, giving a nod to different CX events. Some of our favorites include the Raleigh “R” bike, the SSCXWC bike in brown, and the SSCXWC in white.
But beyond bikes, and models, and fancy, paint, one of the things we love most about Raleigh is that they get out, in the field, and support local cycling. A HUGE thanks to Sally for the Raleigh Love this year, and when you see him on the streets, or riding Raleigh carbon team road rigs, make sure to say “whats up!” and thanks.