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RALEIGH’S AFFORDABLE AURA COMP TT BIKE SCORES 3/5 IN TRI+ MAGAZINE REVIEW

If your idea of cycling is getting your head down and smashing your PB every time you leave the house then you’ve probably considered taking part in a time trial.

The race of truth is all about maximum speed and ensuring you’re in a position to generate maximum power for the duration of your ride.

The Aura Comp is our affordable sibling of our Aura Team super bike. Its aerodynamic form is hewn from Kinesium hydro-formed aluminium alloy and is designed to give you a stiff, stable and secure ride.

This month Tri+ reviewed the bike. Here’s what they said:

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“The Raleigh frame is certainly distinctive to look at, due mainly to the skinny, super-curved wheel hugger seat tube bending right back round the real wheel.

“The rubberised matt paint finish got a lot of admiring looks (as well as a few strokes).

“The SRAM S350 cranks and Apex gears give encouragingly positive pedalling and gear changing respectively. They also keep weight lower than their Shimano counterparts.

“Thanks to decent cranks and relatively low weight the Aura can lever itself up to speed relatively well though and once we got onto open roads and hit cruising speeds things started to make a lot more sense.”

“Importantly for novice aero riders, the handling of the Raleigh is extremely stable, even in cross winds. We were soon casually resting our hands lightly on the extensions rather than gripping them tightly, again helping to relax our shoulders and decrease overall fatigue on longer outings.”

Verdict: Unorthodox design requires patient fettling but once set up it’s a relatively lightweight and efficient-feeling machine.

View both Raleigh Aura models here.

 

 

UVEX RACE 1 HELMET SCORES 8/10 ON ROAD.CC

It seems like one of our favourite new helmets, the Uvex Race 1, is also turning the heads of the experts.

Road.cc reviewed the Race 1 helmet and gave it a strong 8 out of 10 score.

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They said: “The Uvex Race 1 helmet is an understated yet phenomenally competent road lid that oozes stereotypically Teutonic attention to detail and refinement.

“Overall, I’ve been delighted with Uvex Race 1. It’s extremely well finished, yet very light, intuitive to configure and those twenty vents gulp in plenty of cooling airflow.”

“9/10 for comfort. Barely noticed it – in the most positive sense possible!”

We wholeheartedly agree! Find all Uvex helmets distributed by Raleigh here.

NEW RANGE OF SUN CREAMS, MUSCLE BALMS AND CHAMOIS CREAMS FROM SPANISH SKIN CARE SPECIALIST GALIUS

Raleigh is now rolling out a range of sun creams, muscle balms and chamois creams from Spanish skin care specialist Galius.

Through extensive testing on professional cyclists, including Team Raleigh and Movistar, the Galius notes that it has developed some of the most advanced skin and muscle care products currently available. And, if recent successes by Movistar’s Nairo Quintana are anything to go by, the products are certainly being used by winners amongst the pro peloton!

Galius' range of skin care products

Galius’ range of skin care products

From long lasting, sweat resistant and high protection sun creams to fast acting muscle warm up gels, massage oils and its recently launched chamois cream, Galius has ‘developed product lines to cater for any situation that a cyclist should require.’

As part of the company’s continual development programme ‘new innovative product lines will be added during 2014.’

With an already established sales and distribution network throughout Europe, the company’s recent appointment of Raleigh as the exclusive distributor for the UK cycle market will give retailers access to the full range of advanced, high quality skin and muscle care products.

The Galius range includes: before and after sport muscle gels, basic massage oils, muscle relaxing oils, sun creams and after sun moisturisers.

As well as Facial SPF30/SPF50, Body SPF30/SPF50 and after sun skin care creams, the Galius Sun range has two unique products: a pre-competition (activity) fast acting muscle warm up cream that includes an SPF30 sun protector; and an after-sun Cooling Effect spray, which cools and moisturises the skin for 24 hours and can be used as an after exercise muscle massage cream.

Continuing to align itself with endurance sport participation, Galius Sun is the Official Supplier to the Movistar pro cycling team. Its creams have high SPF protection, are water and sweat resistant, non-greasy, long-lasting and come with an easy to use pump action bottle applicator.

Find your Galius products here or at any Raleigh stockists.

MILITIS ROAD BIKE AND STRADA URBAN BIKE REVIEWED IN WHAT CYCLE? MAGAZINE

New IPC Media magazine What Cycle? picked out our top-of-the-range £5000 Raleigh Militis Team road bike and our £650 Strada 6 urban bike in as their best bikes of the year. Both bikes scored fantastic reviews so read on for the best bits or pick up What Cycle? Spring 2014 edition from all good newsagents to read the full reviews.

Militis Team

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What Cycle? said: “Expensive, attractive and very very quick – the Militis Team show historic British bike brand Raleigh can do a lot more than just family cycling…. If you want one of the very best off-the-peg race machines, the Raleigh Militis Team is a staggering option… the Militis Team is one of the fastest race bikes in the world…” Rated 5 / 5 for handling and build quality

The Militis Team is available on Raleigh.co.uk or from any Raleigh road stockist.

Strada 6

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What Cycle? said: “As a general purpose bike it is hard to fault, combining efficiency, security and really a rather enjoyable ride experience with a laid-back manner. It’ll also take on weekend pub rides, charity events and a bit of mixed terrain adventurings…. For casual touring – as well as almost everything else you can think of short of day-long missions – the Strada 6 proves you don’t need much more than a hybrid.” Rated 4.5 / 5 for value.

The Strada 6 is available on Raleigh.co.uk or from any Raleigh stockist.

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.

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