Raleigh updates classics with gorgeous Clubman Carbon, plus new steel endurance road bikes

2017 Raleigh Clubman Carbon endurance road bike with paint matched fenders

The Raleigh Clubman model name goes back to the 1940’s when it was a steel road bike. Now, they’ve introduced a thoroughly modern and stunningly gorgeous Clubman Carbon.

It’s a disc brake bike with thru axles, color-matched full coverage fenders front and rear hiding 28mm skinwall Clement Strada LGG tires, and a Brooks Cambium saddle with matching cotton bar tape. It gets a mostly Shimano Tiagra group with a non-series polished double crankset and TRP Spyre brakes. Full internal cable routing, even for the front disc brake through the fork leg, keeps the focus on the beautiful sky blue paint with red and white accents.

It will fit up to 32mm tires without the fenders.

Hidden fender mounts sit above the cassette and disc brake rotor for optimum clearance and versatility.

Available now, retail is $2,299.

The Grand Vitesse is in the line for a second year and is a Reynolds 853 steel bike with carbon fork and modern endurance geometry and a full Ultegra group save for the brakes.

It will also fit up to a 32mm tire. Retail is $2,399.

The Super Course is a women’s specific 4130 steel bike that comes with the same Clement skinwall tires, Brooks Cambium saddle and matching bar tape.

Rack and fender mounts on the rear, plus fender mount tabs on the fork dropouts. Both it and the Grand Vitesse get tapered head tubes.

Retail is $999 with a Shimano Claris group. Sizes drop down to a 48 to fit even the smallest riders, up to a 56 in even size increments. Color options are this green, a dark blue and a light sky blue.

RaleighUSA.com

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Andrew Spaulding
5 years ago

Shock, Raleigh is crawling it’s way out of the supermarket getter and into credibility. These actually look pretty nice!

Andrew Spaulding
5 years ago

*gutter

Comrad
Comrad
5 years ago

You missed its too

Sammo
5 years ago
Reply to  Comrad

Ha ha!

Andrew Spaulding
5 years ago
Reply to  Comrad

I have iOS autocorrect to thank for these linguistic atrocities

Dockboy
Dockboy
5 years ago

Andrew, Raleigh has had some nice cross bikes and grinder type bikes for a few years. I do agree that this is another step up, though.
I am surprised they didn’t go 650b for the women’s bikes especially.

lop
lop
5 years ago
Reply to  Dockboy

I think all the big brands are playing chicken with 650b. No one wants to be the first to take the plunge, but apparently Specialized it going to have a 650b AWOL soon.

Greg
Greg
5 years ago

Love that Clubman. Would be totally into it if available as a frame or Ultegra level spec.

gringo
gringo
5 years ago

Is Curt responsible for these beauties?

typevertigo
typevertigo
5 years ago

Fair play to Raleigh for making the Clubman look like it’s a retro-ish bike made of steel, when it really isn’t. It looks all the more interesting for it IMHO.

I wonder what particular crankset they use?

Stephen B
Stephen B
5 years ago
Reply to  typevertigo

It looks like one of these http://www.spacycles.co.uk/m2b0s109p3051/SPA-CYCLES-TD-2-Touring-Cranks

I use (three sets) of them, one on my winter bike with 48/34 tooth SRAM 10 speed rings and two of them on other bikes with a single (outer) ring and a 105mm bracket as 1×10 setups.

Stephen B
Stephen B
5 years ago
Reply to  Stephen B

Sorry, that should have said 107mm bracket

typevertigo
typevertigo
5 years ago
Reply to  Stephen B

Thanks, I appreciate the nudge toward the right direction!

If these are indeed the SPA Cycles square-taper cranks, then that means the carbon Clubman uses a threaded bottom bracket shell. I counter-checked on Raleigh’s website just now and that appears to be the case.

OldTimerCat1
OldTimerCat1
5 years ago
Reply to  Stephen B

Not even close. Look at the non drive side arm. Hollowtech II.

Lumpa Lumpa
Lumpa Lumpa
5 years ago

Nice

Collin
Collin
5 years ago

That clubman looks sweet. Love the classic look

arp
arp
5 years ago

Wow, really nice bikes and price points. I love the integration of the fenders on the clubman. The steel bikes look “meh” from a distance, but the close up shots show how clean and elegant they are with nice details (eyelets for example) for practical use. They would make nice club ride/century/fondo bikes for the non-competitive rider, or great commuters. Nice job Raleigh.

JBikes
JBikes
5 years ago

No Grand Vitesse disc? Weird.

matt
matt
5 years ago

A practical bike at an affordable price that isn’t painted black, red, or white?!? The horror! Seriously, I am pumped that Raleigh is making these. This is all the bike 99% of the world ever needs. The carbon one is nice too.

dave
dave
5 years ago

Hopefully the clubman has hidden rack eyelets? Very nice and practical bike.

James Fryer
5 years ago

Seems pricey.

Reek Hovac
Reek Hovac
5 years ago

My favorite is the Record Ace with the Campagnolo drive train. Is this a model that Raleigh is still committed to make?

1111
5 years ago

So is Raleigh not circling the drain then?

Reek Hovac
Reek Hovac
5 years ago

If “circling the drain” has become a new meme on Bikerumor…well, I like it.

David Tollefson
5 years ago

“Full coverage fenders”? If you like wet feet…

Brian Kennedy
5 years ago

I had a 2011 Clubman for about a year (until it got stolen) and I thought it was an amazing commuter — rode great, looked good, well-built, pretty cheap, had all the mounts I needed, etc. I think they’ve been seriously under-rated for some time.

I also think that’s what’s traditionally hurt their sales is that they’re trying to appeal to the retro crowd but they have a sloping top tube. People are superficial like that. 🙂

John Ferguson
5 years ago

“32 mm without fenders” shows that Raleigh still doesn’t get it.