On the surface, Raleigh’s new Stuntman looks to be a fun bike no matter what. But if you’re
old experienced enough to remember The Fall Guy (admittedly I had to look it up), then this brown beauty will make even more sense given its inspiration from Colt Seavers’ pick up. Supposedly one of the last projects to involve Brian ‘Sally’ Fornes, the focus on fun isn’t surprising as the Stuntman blends big tires, drop bars, and dropper posts. The result is a truly unique bike that will crush anything in its path…
With a mini replica of Colt Seavers’ truck on display, it’s easy to see where the inspiration comes from. For Raleigh, it’s Skids, Wheelies, and Jumps – just on two wheels instead of four.
The bike itself is a ‘Go Anywhere’ build with 29 x 2.1″ tires, disc brakes, thru axles front and rear, a Reynolds 631 butted chromoly steel frame, and yes, an 80 mm dropper post with the lever tucked under the bar tape. Officially built with clearance for 50mm tires, the Stuntman includes a SRAM Hydro 1x group with Raleigh’s own crank and narrow-wide chainring for $1,999.99 this July or August.
If you want to stick with steel, but want the classic CX geometry and build, Raleigh’s new RXM looks very intriguing. The Reynolds 631 butted chromoly frame uses the same geometry as their aluminum cross bikes, includes a tapered carbon fork, and is built with disc brakes and thru axles front and rear. A Shimano 2×11 drivetrain, mechanical disc brakes, and even a Brooks saddle and bar tape finish the build for $1,999.99.
Moving on to the carbon race CX bikes, the RXC sees shorter stays, thru axles front and rear, a threaded bottom bracket, and SRAM Rival/Force 1x drivetrain with tubeless compatible wheels and tires. Additionally the 48 and 50cm sizes have been reshaped with shorter top tubes for better fit for smaller riders. Pricing is set at $3,499.99.
The women’s RXW runs an aluminum frame with thru axles front and rear as well as true women’s geometry that differs from the RXC. The SRAM Rival 1X equipped bike will sell for $1,399.00.
The men’s (or unisex) RX 2.0 uses the same aluminum frame material with standard CX geometry and also benefits from shorter chainstays, a threaded bottom bracket, and the SRAM Rival 1x drivetrain for $1,399.99.
Single speeders will still have the RXS to choose from, but the bike loses the belt drive in favor of a cheaper and easier to change gearing of the chain drive. The aluminum frame still includes a split seat stay so you could run belts if you wanted to, while chain tension is adjusted through the EBB. Other details include disc brakes and thru axles front and rear plus a carbon fork and a price of just $1,199.99.
Finally, Raleigh hasn’t forgotten the kids. Thanks to a number of programs around the country like the Lionhearts Junior Racing team, more kids than ever are getting into cross. With the RX24, Raleigh is providing a fairly affordable option with real parts like a SRAM Apex 1x drivetrain and mechanical disc brakes with adjustable reach levers and 24″ wheels and tires at $649.99.