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Raleigh Roker Sport Complete Bike – 2016

Frame Material: carbon fiber
Fork: Direct Connect Disc
Fork Material: carbon fiber

For years now, we now have been treating (or mistreating, slightly) our road bikes like gravel bikes. Dirt, gravel, patchy weeds–nothing used to be off limits. The brand new trend of bikes like Raleigh’s Roker Sport Complete Bike promise to avoid wasting our racing machines from the abuse of all-terrain cycling by combining the punchy responsiveness of carbon fiber with the frame geometry and tire clearance of a bike that’s not afraid to push on when the street ends. In comparison to a traditional, all-purpose road racing machine, the Roker’s bottom bracket sits about 7mm lower and its head tube is around 1. 5 degrees slacker. Even as dimensions like wheelbase, stack, and reach are all in a similar fashion gravel-minded, the Roker’s low slackness are the main contributors to the bike’s confident stability across all manner of surfaces. When paired with the above mentioned carbon fiber and the type of stiff thru-axles we would expect to look on enduro sleds, the frame’s geometry dispatches stretches of rough terrain with the similar ease that it punches up steep forest paths. As with the frameset itself, the Roker Sport’s component spec is eminently abuse-ready. It is in large part composed of Shimano Tiagra with a strong supporting cameo by TRP’s Spyre mechanical disc brakes. The build kit’s biggest highlight could be the surprisingly sexy finishing touch within the type of Clement tires. Raleigh assures us that the frame has clearance for 45mm tires, however the included 40mm X’PLOR MSO donuts ride so well across the whole thing from smooth tarmac to gravel and washboard fire roads that we will’t recall to mind any reason to switch them. A large a part of their success are the rims, of course, which boast a 24mm internal (28mm external) width. That Herculean dimension allows the tires to fill out excess of the standard plus-size rims, which top out at just under 21mm internally.
Frame Material: carbon fiber
Fork: Direct Connect Disc
Fork Material: carbon fiber
Headset: 1-1/8 – 1-1/2 in integrated
Shifters: Shimano Tiagra 4600