Intro: Review of 2014 Raleigh RX 1.0 Women’s Cyclocross Bike
This past summer Raleigh Bikes released photos and spec of their 2014 cyclocross line, including the RX 1.0 Women’s bike. The bike didn’t change too much other than paint and some small part upgrades. I was excited about the bike (mainly due to the paint job and price) for women and thought it would be a perfect do-all bike for my better half. So here we are doing a second review of the women’s RX 1.0!
This second review of the Raleigh RX 1.0, in the 2014 model, is to look at it as an all purpose bike. This is how most women are looking to purchase a cross bike in this price range as a do all, fun finder. There could be road rides, green-ways, Rail to Trails, commuting, baby hauling and maybe a cyclocross race thrown in there to say you did it.
A refresher of spec and pricing can be found here. The original review over here.
What Makes This Bike a Great All-rounder
- Room for fatter tires & fenders
- More upright position
- Brakes that work in less than ideal conditions
- Wide range of gear for easy spinning on commutes, or climbing with weight strapped to the bike
- Strong wheels for potholes, gravel roads and adventuring
- $1,500 price tag
Any bike that fits and can tackle the adventures specific to your life is great. Any cyclocross bike that fits your budget and is aesthetically pleasing deserves to be in your stable. This RX 1.0 women’s bike was all of those things for my adventuring, bike commuting, girl friend.
The next question is how durable are the parts as we enter this Colorado winter. That will be left to be seen as we pedal into the darkness. Look for a review after more miles and nailed potholes.
Disclaimers: My girlfriend doesn’t aim for potholes, and this bike was provided at no charge by Raleigh Bikes for review.