This article originally published on BikeRadar
Still doubt the wave is coming? Raleigh Bicycles will make the bold move into the disc brake arena on its top-end cyclo-cross bike 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 chain stays. 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 the versatility is the PressFit 30 bottom bracket shell, which not only reduces weight on the bare frame 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 Cyclingnews that final pricing is still to be determined but he estimates it will be somewhere around US$6,000.
The rear disc brake caliper is neatly tucked away inside the rear triangle. The Shimano disc caliper pictured here is just a placeholder - the production bike will come with a nicer unit.