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Intro: Review of 2014 Raleigh RX 1.0 Women’s Cyclocross Bike

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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 position2014 Raleigh RX 1.0 Women's Cyclocross Bike
  • 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

Initial Conclusion

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.

About the Author

Bike Shop Girl has over 12 years of bicycle industry experience and hands on knowledge. Hoping to empower women and others on the bike so they too can feel the freedom and power that two wheels can give someone.

4 Comments

  1. I just bought this bike. I have terrible toe overlap with the tire. I need to get new shoes, I am using my road shoes which are to big but I still think moving my cleat and getting a smaller shoe isn’t going to make enough of a difference. Do you ever run into this problem? I have the compact/medium frame. I just moved from CO to NC. Using the bike to tow kids and check out the greenways in NC, having fun going “off road”. Also do you have a “go to” cyclocross shoe. I was thinking of getting a MTB shoe or commuter shoe. Thanks!

    • Amy – toe overlap is an unfortunate problem on many bikes, even on my 56cm I can have overlap!

      If you were to ask my personal advice, I would tell you to learn how to ride with it. Changing your fit to deal with a overlap that you’ll only experience when track standing or taking a very tight turn is a handicap. Learning how to pedal kick (not pedal all the way through a circle) is much more effective and won’t hurt your knees!

      Cyclocross shoe = Pearl Izumi X-Project
      Commuter shoe = anything that doesn’t break the bank as the stop and go of stop lights will wear out one of your shoes over time (a few years.)

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