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NEW RALEIGH JUNIOR MOUNTAIN BIKE MODELS UNVEILED

There’s nothing more exciting than taking that first ride on a new bike and now Raleigh are making that even easier for kids by bringing out two new ‘transition’ bikes, bridging the gap between child’s bikes and adult bikes.

The new Raleigh Talus 24” mountain bikes are rugged but lightweight bikes designed for the adventures of 7-11 year old boys and girls.

ImageThe Talus 24″ uses a lightweight aluminium frame design with junior geometry, tapered top tube, hydroformed down tube and suspension forks. Powerful alloy V-brakes combine with 18-speed Shimano gears to produce a bike that’s ready for almost anything. Boys and girls versions available.

Part numbers: TA24BOY and TA24GIRL

Product Manager Jason Boness said: “We’re introducing these new bikes to bring a sophisticated adult look to our junior category. The Talus 24″ is very well spec’d up and just the bike for challenging adventures.

There’s a growing number of children looking to ride a serious bike and we feel that we’ve nailed it with these great looking bikes.”

These new models are available to buy now from any Raleigh stockist.

ROAD.CC REVIEW OUR UVEX SPORTSTYLE 104 CLEAR LENS GLASSES

Road.cc have been testing a pair of our Uvex Sportstyle glasses recently. They say: “Smart and comfortable cycling glasses with interchangeable lenses to suit different conditions,” rating them 4 out of 5.

Reviewer David Arthur was a big fan of the interchangeable lens construction, direct frame ventilation and the adaptable soft nose pads and earpieces. 

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Read the full review here: http://road.cc/content/review/115439-uvex-sportstyle-104-glasses

Click here to see all the Uvex glasses distributed by Raleigh.

JVC ADIXXION ACTION CAMERA REVIEWED BY BIKERADAR.COM

There’s been massive interest in JVC’s entry into the bike camera market and that’s partly thanks to their highly rated Adixxion cameras.

The folks at Bikeradar.com are the latest the review these pocket sized cameras and yet again they’ve scored highly.

They say: “JVC seems to have got everything right with the Adixxion. This rugged unit takes all the best features of the highly competitive action camera market and packs them all into one small, user-friendly package.”

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Bikeradar tested the JVC Adixxion camera for a number of criteria, including weight and size, preview and review, mounting, battling the elements, battery run time and the JVC app, and it scored highly across the board

Summing up they said: “The Adixxion GC-XA2 packs a lot of punch into a small package. With features and specifications that equal and sometimes surpass the competition in its price range, this tough, compact camera can take a lot of serious abuse. We used our test unit quite a bit in cold, wet conditions – including part of a nasty season of cyclocross – and it performed flawlessly.”

Find the JVC Adixxion camera on the Cameras section of the Raleigh website here.

ELECTRIC BIKE MAGAZINE GIVE THEIR VERDICT ON THE MOTUS ELECTRIC BIKE

The folks over at Electric Bike Magazine have been test riding our latest Motus e-bike model recently and found a lot to like.

The Motus is the first bike to come from our partnership with Bosch motors and as such comes with the backing of a substantial warranty period, plus the piece of mind that comes from such well-established brands. The Motus has a five year warranty on the frame, two on electrics (including battery), and one year for all other non-wearing parts.

ImageThe rest of the components on the Motus come from similarly high quality partners like Suntour and Schwalbe, who supply e-bike specific ‘Energiser’ tyres with high levels of puncture resistance and reflective sidewalls. At the front there’s a Shimano dynamo hub driving the headlight and the rear light. Not to mention Via Centro 10-speed gears from SRAM.

“Brakes are the excellent Magura HS11 hydraulic rim brakes – very powerful and with a lovely feel. In my experience they’re also almost maintenance free: if the blocks wear out you simply snap the old ones out and new ones in.” says reviewer Peter Eland.

Talking about the Bosch Active Line assistance Eland said: “This cuts in smoothly as you pedal off, with a light low buzz very much in line with other crank drives I’ve tried.  When in the top ‘turbo’ mode, acceleration is applied smoothly, with a quick ramp up rather than cutting in at full force.”

“Gear-changing is smooth and accurate: the SRAM gears work nicely both with and without the motor operating, and I certainly gave the gears a good workout as I was trying to figure out the ‘gear shift detection’ function. When it operates it’s a joy: the motor audibly cuts out for a fraction of a second as the chain snicks across onto the new sprocket. It’s essentially seamless as you ride:
you hear it, but the pause is too short to really notice from any effect on bike speed.”

In summary Electric Bike Magazine say: “Raleigh have built the Bosch system into a very competent package with the Motus. As their flagship bike, and for £2000, you’d expect good fit and finish and that’s certainly delivered. You gain a comfortable, well-suspended ride and a discreet but very classy machine all round.

“The Motus is keenly priced: as we go to press there are very few other comparably-equipped bikes using the latest Bosch drive at or around the £2000-mark. Add in the decent warranty, plus the relative ease of finding a local dealer for test rides and post-purchase backup, and Raleigh’s overall offering looks really rather attractive. If you’re in the market for a premium, comfortable bike for dignified assisted riding, add this to your shortlist.”

Read the full review in issue 8 of the Electric Bike Magazine, given away free at all good e-bike stores. Electric Bike Magazine is also available online here.

Find your local Raleigh e-bike stockist here.

MILITIS TEAM BIKE GOES UNDER THE PRO CYCLING MICROSCOPE

Cycle racing fans will have seen our velvet red Militis Team bike propelling Team Raleigh to victory in bike races across the UK and Europe this season but few have had the chance to see the bike up close… until now.

Pro Cycling’s Jamie Wilkins took an in-depth look at the Militis Team bike recently, examining how the £5000 price tag makes this bike sit head and shoulders above most other bikes in the cycle market.

ImageThe Militis name itself comes from the Latin for miles, which is exactly what this bike is built for. Soaking up miles and miles of Tarmac. At 6.73kg the lightweight Militis Team will fly as soon as the hammer goes down. With a compact geometry it is well suited to sprinting and rapid acceleration. The frame itself weighs only 880g using a unique high-grade never-twisted carbon fibre weave that allows for reduced frame thickness. The Militis’ ultra-thin seatstays also provide a degree of compliance and comfort.

We don’t want to give the whole review away (you’ve got to buy the magazine for that) but here’s a few choice phrases:

“The Militis was designed as a crit bike so it has a voracious appetite for corners… The high-spec build kit on this bike is deserving of the ‘Team’ moniker, consisting of SRAM Red 22 groupset, FSA SL K carbon cockpit and seatpost, a colour-matched and carbon-railed Fizik Arione R1 saddle and Cole carbon clinchers. It certainly looks good on paper….

On the road is what counts, though, and the Militis really delivers. The power transfer is very good when you stamp on the pedals… The Cole wheels are as light and stiff as the frame so they suit it very well and serve to sharpen the way the Militis responds to your every input. Specifically, the wheels impress by being light for clinchers and stiff for their weight. At 38mm they offer a slight aero advantage over shallow rims without compromising stability in crosswinds.”

See May’s Pro Cycling page 137 for the full review.

For more on the Militis Team bike see Cycling Weekly’s photo gallery here or see the bike on our website here.

 

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