Oh,Yeah Baby! We Gotta Have More Cowbell!!! If there is one thing that is going to get you t the finish when your lungs are blown, your legs are burning, you’ve just swallowed what you hope is mud, and your vision is going black, it’s a crazy hooligan clanging that dang thing at you from the side of the course.
Even though you can run to the finish line, I’m pretty sure you would rather ride. This season, the Recycled Cycles Racing crew teamed up with Raleigh USA and rode their sweet RX 1.0 Cyclocross bike. After a solid season, here’s what one racer had to say…
What’s there to say about the Raleigh RX 1.0 cross bike? The first words that come to mind would be “insane value.” The Easton EC90 CX for alone retails for $400, and the Tiagra/105 drive-train coupled with Truvativ Elita GXP cranks are a steal on a cyclocross-specific bike that barely clears $1,000.
Compared to some other ‘cross bikes that come spec-ed with 10 spd, the RX 1.0 might seem lacking, but ‘cross is about durability, and 9spd is the way to go for bomb-proof shifting.
The handling qualities are perfect, not too twitchy, but not so sluggish in corners that you can’t make your s-turns like a pro. Low weight and and a shaped top-tube make for a comfortable experience when it comes to run-ups or barriers.
I’m a racer, and therefore, tough on wheels, so I upgraded those prety quick, but that means I’ve got pit-wheels!. I’m in love with older style mtn cantilevers, so I gotta recommend older XT or XTR cantis.
My own personal setup shows I work at a shop, as I have plenty of parts just lying around waiting to swap here and there. I run a 1 x 9 setup. Shimano parts, Mavic rims with tubulars (the only way to go!) with a Thomson post carrying a Flite saddle. This whole setup comes in at 19lbs and change for the 54cm frame. For me this ends up being a good balance between lightweight, value (Yay used parts at Recycled Cycles!), and durability. In the end, the truth of the matter is the frame-set is pure gold, and is begging to be raced on, serving novice and pro alike no matter what configuration it’s in.
Brendan Flynn is a Cat 4 Cyclocross, mtn, and track racer, as well as a mechanic at Recycled Cycles.
Check it out at Raleigh’s site HERE.