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Interbike 2008 – Raleigh Bicycles

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2009 Raleigh Ranier cyclocross bike bicycle 'cross interbike 2008

Raleigh had some really cool retro commuters, city bikes, single-speeds, 29ers and this very limited edition cyclocross bike called the Rainier.  Only 50 were made and were sold out quickly.  They’ve got another run of 75 on order, and you have about one week left to get an order in if you want one.

Read “more” to see how to get one and peep their other stylish bikes…

The classic logo work and white frame present an elegant feel to the bike.  The exclusive-to-Raleigh white Easton EC90x carbon fork and ERP magnesium white brakes tie the whole package together nicely.  Speaking of putting the package together, this bike started life as a tribute to Rainier Beer (hence the stylized “R” and logo treatment) and you can read that story on Raleigh’s blog.  Click on any of the pics to enlarge them.

It’s an alloy frame, and comes with stainless inserts in the horizontal dropouts (rear).  Ready to order yet? Here’s the deal.  They’ve got a production order on the books for 75 frames, and all of them are basically pre-sold.  But, if you act quickly, Brian (Raleigh’s marketing man) said there’s a chance they can increase the order if you want one.  That means you need to run to your local authorized Raleigh dealer and have them order one for you…like, yesterday.

If ‘cross ain’t your thing, but you still wanna roll some big tires on the dirt, check out their XXIX Pro Limited.  It’s a Reynolds 853 tubed bike with Mavic CrossMax 29er wheels, RockShox Reba w/ Maxle, SRAM XO, Avid CR Elixir disc brakes and Easton bits and pieces.  They’re taking orders through November, see your dealer if you want one. MSRP is $4,000.

A few more specs on the XXIX Pro Ltd.

Back to single speeds, this is the Rush Hour, Raleigh’s all black street affair.  Note the mini-brake levers on the flats and old school rounded handlebars.

Per the spec card, the Rush Hour is also available with gears and brown leather trim.  Personally, the black SS looks like more fun if only because it’s all black.

The Superbe Roadster is their civilized city bike, available in both men’s and women’s frames with Brooks leather saddle, Shimano Alfine 8 speed internal gear hub, woodgrain-look fenders and disc brakes.

The Raleigh Clubman is their “café racer”-style bike.  It comes with some nice touches to make your cycling experience all the more pleasant, like flat-top handlebars

Horizontal dropouts with multiple mount points for racks, fenders, etc.

Silver Lezyne mini pump comes standard.

The always classy Raleigh badge atop the lugged Cro-Mo fork.

The rest of the specs.

Similar to the Clubman, but more commuter-styled with fenders and a larger Brooks saddle.  Also includes the Lezyne pump.

For someone just looking to get into 29er mountain bikes, the Mojave has decent spec for the price considering the frame is a pretty solid base to build on if you decide you like the 29 inch wheels and start upgrading.

The full Shimano drivetrain is full Deore.

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