Raleigh Militis 2 Road Bike 2015
A Loyal Race Horse
For some, to throw a leg over a carbon bike is to bolster their status as a cyclist. For others, saddling a carbon road bike is to saddle a loyal steed. A steed that responds without hesitation when you tell it to "giddy up!" This isn't to say that all carbon frames are good listeners, as many might achieve the svelte weight, but may lack the snap to gallop in a hurry. This is not the case for the Raleigh Militis 2.
The layup for the Militis frame is a proprietary blend of high modulus fibers. Not being content with merely using high grades of carbon, Raleigh stringently used the right carbon in the right places in order to achieve the Militis's impressive stiffness-to-weight ratio. When paired with a tapered headtube, oversized downtube and chainstays, the Militis's careful construction results in a light 880 gram frame that has all the stiffness where it counts. With this kind of rigidity surrounding a Shimano 105 drivetrain, this ride doesn't need to be bribed with your wallet in order for it to lash out and attack.
Raleigh Militis 2 Features:
- Direct Connect Carbon Evo Frame achieves race-worthy stiffness-to-weight ratio, weighing in at mere 880 grams.
- PowerTap Rear Wheel with Joule GPS Head Unit allows you to know your location and your power output.
- Shimano 105 11-speed drivetrain delivers Ultegra-like performance in an affordable package.
- FSA Energy 36/52t crankset finds middle ground between a standard and compact crankset
|Frame||Direct Connect High Modulus Carbon w/PF30, Tapered Headtube and CDS Internal Cable Routing|
|Fork||Full Carbon Monocoque 1-1/8" to 1.5" Taper|
|Headset||FSA Integrated Cartridge Bearings|
|Shifters||Shimano 105 11spd STI, Jagwire Housing w/ Slick Stainless Cables|
|Front Derailleur||Shimano 105|
|Rear Derailleur||Shimano 105|
|Crankset||FSA Energy Compact BB30 36/52t |
Length: 170mm (50cm-53cm), 172.5mm (55cm-57cm), 175mm (59cm-62cm)
|Bottom Bracket||FSA PF30|
|Chain||Shimano HG600 11 speed|
|Cassette||SRAM PG 1170 11spd (11-28t)|
|Brakes||Calipers - Tektro Quartz Dual Pivot |
Levers - Shimano 105 STI
|Wheelset||Rim - Weinmann Momentum SL 23mm wide |
Front Hub - Formula OV91 Alloy QR, Sealed Bearings, 24h
Rear Hub - PowerTap G3, 28h
|Tires||Kenda Kountach Folding Bead, 120TPI, 700x23c|
|Handlebar|| Raleigh 200 Series Road, 31.8 Short Drop |
Width: 40mm (50cm-53cm), 42mm (55cm-57cm), 44mm (59cm-62cm)
|Stem|| Raleigh 7° 3D Forged, 31.8 |
Length: 90mm (50cm-53cm), 100mm (55cm-57cm), 110mm (59cm), 1210mm (62cm)
|Bar Tape||Gel Tape|
|Seatpost||Raleigh Carbon Series 31.6x350mm|
|Saddle||Prologo Scratch Pro 143mm wide, T2.0 Rails|
|Intended Use||Race, Sport|
Note: Components are subject to change without notice.
|A: Seat Tube Length||500 |
|B: Effective Top Tube||525 |
|C: Stack||514 |
|D: Reach||383. |
|E: BB Height||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|F: BB Drop||68 |
|G: Head Tube Length||115 |
|H: Head Tube Angle||73.0°||73.0°||73.5°||73.5°||73.5°||74.0°|
|I: Seat Tube Angle||74.5°||73.5°||73.0°||73.0°||73.0°||72.5°|
|J: Standover Height||745 |
|K: Chainstay Length||405 |
|Suggested Rider Height|| 160-165cm |
| 170-175cm |
| 175-180cm |
| 180-185cm |
| 185-190cm |
| 190-195cm |
Raleigh has been building some of the finest bikes for over 3 centuries. That makes them the longest continuously-operating bicycle manufacturer in the world. Raleigh as a brand has spanned some serious history and we know that doesn't happen as a result of delivering mediocre product. They create bikes with a purpose and an intent that is relevant to us, the customers, and how we are using and experiencing these mechanical wonders that are bikes. The first Raleigh models rolled out in 1885 England amongst the horses and steam engines of the time which brought increased mobility and freedom to many individuals. Raleigh, today, still develops their product around the idea that bikes are fun, convenient and practical.
Would highly recommend for any beginner trying to save a bunch of money to get a 17 pound bike. This thing will make you want to ride often.
Only complaint would be - go back to the old matte finish!
8 months ago
I did, however, immediately upgrade the tires to Gatorskin Hardshells.
Jenson did a good job setting up & tuning the bike, only a little assembly required out of the box. No adjustments yet. These guys and gals take the anxiety out of online purchases.
All in all a great buy and a great value. Oh, and this bike looks much better in person then the photos.
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