Full Review: 2012 Raleigh RX 1.0 Women’s Cyclocross Bike

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2012 Raleigh RX1 Cyclocross Bike

For the past month I have been cruising around on the 2012 Raleigh RX 1.0 Women’s cyclocross bike. A good amount of people emailed and tweeted about the bike, so there must be an interest in women’s cyclocross! You can read the preview over yonder.

Spec’s of the Raleigh RX 1.0 You Should Know

Weight for the 56cm is 21.5 lbs
The drivetrain is mostly SRAM Apex, other than TRP brakes and FSA BB30 cranks
MSRP is $1,650
The colors are stunning and I really enjoyed the sea foam green 

Overall Feelings

The bike for the price point is solid. I’m sure you’ll be able to find it a bit cheaper out there, as it is MSRP advertised and most shops run lower than MSRP in store. The setup is proven, the brakes stopped, the tires hooked up beautiful and are some of the best tires I’ve seen on a stock cross bike under $2k.

Raleigh RX1 Womens Cross Bike


After my first real ride I swapped the seat. You should know my love of Fizik Vesta saddles and that is what was put on the seatpost. I didn’t change out anything else, not the handlebars, stem, seatpost or tires. This bike (other than saddle which is personal preference) is out of the box ready to race and be ridden hard. My only other recommendation is to take some very fine grit sand paper to the braking surface of the rims. Painted rims aren’t my favorite and after a couple tacky races the paint started wearing off the braking strip and the brakes worked much better.

If you are a first time cyclocross racer, or using this bike for commuting/general purpose riding, leave the sissy brakes on the handlebars. They come in handy and I really enjoyed them there even though I have made fun of them in the past.

Fit of a Women’s Cyclocross Bike

Raleigh women’s line fits me. It always has. Out of the box I can take their 56cm and set the seat height and be done. I don’t need to change the stem length or angle. With that, I am biased on the fit of this bike. Normally for a cyclocross bike to fit me I either have to ride a size bigger with a shorter stem in order to have the head tube height I need, or I run a size that “fits me” and end up with lower back pain on long rides.

Final Thoughts

This is a great option in the women’s cyclocross bike market. The colors are very neutral and appealing to many different types of women. I hope shops stock them and once cyclocross season is over they sell them with a commuter tire. With rack and fender eyelets this is a great year around bike. The spec of the bike is solid, the wheels are stout and it should take any road or cyclocross course you throw at it. At 21.5 lbs some women may complain they need a lighter bike, but this is a price point cyclocross bike. Either a great 2nd pit bike, or a 1st bike to try the sport, or to try commuting and general purpose riding.

Go check out Raleigh and all they are doing for cyclocross in the US.

Disclaimer: Raleigh USA provided this bike for review, I wasn’t paid or bribed. 

23 Comments on “Full Review: 2012 Raleigh RX 1.0 Women’s Cyclocross Bike”

  1. I’m glad you’ve changed your mind on so-called “sissy” (bar top, in-line) brake levers. Not to be too dramatic about it, but Katie “Ef’in” Compton races with them, as do many other pros. They particularly make sense for riders who spend lots of time moving their hands around on the bars, either for leverage on climbs, to sit up a little higher for recovery during races, or to avoid the numb hands issue. However, riders should remember that their center of gravity changes up there, so using those brakes in anything but a straight line should be practiced.

  2. Have you heard anything about the Women’s RX (not the 1.0), the one selling for about $1000? The 1.0 is a bit more than I’d like to spend.

    1. Jennie –

      The frame, fork and rims are all the same. The shifting bits and other components are what different. If you can’t afford the 1.0 the RX would be a great place to start and as you ride a ton, (wear out parts) just replace with nicer!

      Hope that helps!!!
      -Arleigh (Bike Shop Girl)

  3. Great, thanks! If they make one small enough, that’s the one I’m going to buy. I’m only 5’0 tall so I’ve been having a problem finding bikes to fit me. I’m hoping since they’re women specific, the smallest one will fit…

    Thanks again!

    1. Let me know what you end up with! I always love hearing new bike stories, especially what made you decide on one over the other.

  4. I ended up buying a Surly Cross Check in a 42 inch frame and am having my local bike shop build it up for me. I’m spending more than I wanted to, but the end result should be a great product. I had a hard time finding the small size of the Raleigh in stores and given the size I ended up buying, I suspect even their small might be too large for me.

    1. Jennie – the cross check is a great bike! shoot me a photo when you get her all built up.

  5. I’m looking to invest in a Cyclocross Bike. From researching it seems to be the best overall bike. There may be days I just want to ride to a place for breakfast, ride laps around the park, or bike trails. I’ve had a older Mongoose mountain bike for years. Nothing special, didn’t really invest much in it. However it’s really heavy and I don’t enjoy riding it. I’ve been comparing bikes and I stumbled across your review. My question is.. would the Raleigh be a good cyclocross bike to start with and build on from there? Or should I just take the plunge and invest in a different bike? I’ve recently moved to Denver, CO so I know I’ll be getting plenty of use out of a new bike.

  6. I’ve been trying to choose between this bike, the Surly Cross-Check or the Salsa Casserole (I think I’ve eliminated the Cannondale CAADX). Only problem is I can’t find the Surly or Salsa in my size to test ride. Hoping to find one in stock in my area soon, but they all seem to be great bikes, so on paper having a hard time choosing. And admittedly don’t have enough bike knowledge to really know much difference – hence wanting to ride each bike. Your reviews have been very helpful so far.

    1. I’m in New York City so not hard to find good bike shops – just no luck finding a built out Surly or Salsa in my size. I do have 2 shops that will call when they have them.

      I ride my bike to work in NYC everyday – about 3 miles on Manhattan Streets. I enjoy riding through Central Park – the big 6 mile loop, or up and down the rivers. I like to ride long distance, but not for speed. Don’t plan on any type of competition. Would like to train to do RAGBRAI next summer or century rides in my area.

    1. And if you had any words of wisdom regarding my choice, it would be AWESOME!

  7. Awesome, thanks for your review! I’m thinking of getting a cyclocross style bike after currently owning a mtn bike,road bike, and converted single speed. Might be a great choice to consolidate for one do it all quality machine?! I do urban commute and light trail riding mostly..

  8. Hey Bike Shop Girl, I am new to riding and have had a difficult time deciding between a MT and road bike…so I have decided to compromise with a cyclocross bike. This Raleigh fits my budget; however, I am trying to decide on the right size…and I am unable to test ride the bike. I am 5’9″ with a barefoot inseam length of 32″. Would you recommend going with the L-which has a stand-over height of 31.85″ or the M-which has a SO height of 30.5″? I think either bike would probably work, as I have no intentions of doing any extreme riding or cross racing…but thought your opinion would be nice. Thank you in advance for any information you may have to offer!

  9. Hey newgirl!

    I would say the length of the bike is the most important. If you have a 32″ inseam you are pretty proportional.

    What shop are you working with to get the bike through? Maybe I can sync up with them?


    1. I have been searching online and gathering info because there are two bike shops in my area (Cedar Falls, Iowa) and neither carry Raleigh. Do you have any recommendations other than the Raleigh RX 1.0…that would still fit within the same budget?

      Thanks again!

  10. Hey there!

    There are a lot of great cyclocross bikes in this budget. My personal favorite is the All City Macho Man. It isn’t a “women’s fit” but it’s a true fit and I love how it rides as it’s steel!!

  11. Hey Bike Shop Girl,
    I am actually looking at the men’s Raleigh RX 1.0 2012 and want it to be used more as a touring bike. I figure it would be identical for the women’s. Do you know how well panniers might do? It looks like there aren’t many eyelets for a back and front rack. Do you think it could hold most of the weight for multi-day trips? The reason im looking at this bike is because it is cut back almost 40% to about $950. I have a giant TCR and like road bikes, but wanting something that can handle touring on rough roads.

  12. Ethan, It has room for rear rack/fenders. The front fork due to being carbon does not allow for a front rack.

    How many days of touring? How heavy duty? Credit card touring with a front handlebar bag would be rocking. More than 3 days.. you’ll need a backpack and maybe a frame bag.

    1. I don’t have any set length, but I would like to not be limited by the bike. Also, I would be hauling tent, bag, food, and other things. It seems like I may need to look at a different bike that is more targeted for touring. The reason I was caught by this model was the deal. I have seen it priced on multiple sites at around 40% off ($950) http://www.rei.com/product/845195/raleigh-rx-10-cyclocross-bike-2012-closeout This is why I was so interested. Do you know if it is common for last year models to be dropped 40%.


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