Raleigh are not just a bicycle manufacturer, they’re a British institution – founded in 1885 in Nottingham, they are probably the best known British bike brand in the business. The iconic heron head badge has graced many a beautiful bike, and the name is equally intrinsically linked with the sport at the highest level.
Joop Zoetemelk and Jan Raas both achieved major success riding for TI-Raleigh in the 1970s and early 1980s, and the team’s red-and-yellow jersey is easily recognisable. So much so, in fact, that Raleigh’s latest pro team – competing on the British domestic circuit as a UCI Continental outfit – adopted the kit themselves in 2014.
Why is that relevant? Well a quick glance at the new Raleigh Militis Team bike shows that the iconic colour-way has made its way into the manufacturing side, creating the eye-catching beauty we see here.
Raleigh are not just a bike manufacturer, they’re a British institution. Founded in 1885 in Nottingham, they’re probably the best known British brand in the business.
But this isn’t just a machine pointing to the past from a long-standing company. The latest iteration of Raleigh’s flagship road bike is anything but, in fact, serving as proof this company is as much one for the future as it is an icon of the past.
Raleigh have used SRAM groupsets on their Militis Team for some time, but in 2016 have become one of the first to embrace the brand’s newly-launched wireless Red eTap. It was only unveiled in August, so you won’t find too many bikes equipped with it and as the Raleigh Militis Team Red eTap is limited edition you’ll have to be quick if you want to get your hands on it.