The Raleigh Mustang Elite gets 4/5 in Out and About Live Magazine

Gravel bikes are all the rage at the minute and I have been riding one of Raleigh’s mid-range offerings, the wonderfully light (10.5kg) Mustang Elite (RRP £1,000). A gravel bike allows you to ride sportily and fast but also to cover moderate off-road tracks such as towpaths and forest tracks and roads.

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The Mustang Elite sits in the middle of Raleigh’s large 2016 range of gravel bikes. A single chainwheel drives an 11-speed rear sprocket with a gear range of 386% and a lowest gear of around 29 gear inches. That’s a huge range off a single chainwheel, great for going fast and steep hill climbing whilst keeping the weight down and keeping the gears easy to use. Impressively, it’s all operated by single gear change lever.

The pimply, 40mm wide tyres have a very off-road look but the bike streaked away on tarmac, helped by the head-down position you adopt. On local tracks, the transition to a much more head-down approach took some getting used to.
The semi-hydraulic disc brakes were excellent, with nice gradual control in
the early stages of braking, giving way to quick and solid stopping power as
you squeeze harder on the levers.

It’s good value for what you get so the Mustang Elite is worth a look for sporty riders wanting to extend their road biking horizons.

Written by Richard Pearce

Find out more about the Mustang Elite here >


Raleigh Power bikes make their debut

A University of Brighton power-bike rental service for staff and students took to the streets for the first time (on Monday, 7 March).

The university’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Debra Humphris, gave the new ‘e-bikes’ a trial run and declared them “excellent and great fun.”

She said: “The issue around sustainable transport and sustainable living is absolutely imperative for not just this nation but for every nation on earth, and the University of Brighton is strongly committed to sustainability.

“If this project in some small way makes a difference to emissions, to healthy living, to transport sustainability, then these are the things we must do. But we must not just practice them, we must research them and to find ways to change our behaviour to a more sustainable lifestyle.”

Associate Professor Anne Mandy, from the university’s Centre for Health Research, was awarded £36,000 to trial a fleet of 10 Electrically Assisted Power Cycles (EAPCs), one of 11 such projects funded by the Department for Transport to “help tourists, residents and workers go further by bike”.

The projects were chosen by Carplus, the non-profit environmental transport non-governmental organisation, which is investigating whether electric bikes are the answer to congestion, transport and health problems. Southern Railway and Eastbourne Borough Council are collaborating with the university’s research which will explore the uptake of electric bikes.

The launch, at Eastbourne railway station, was attended by Eastbourne MP Caroline Ansell and Eastbourne Mayor, Councillor Janet Coles. Both trialled the bikes and gave them the thumbs up.

The Eastbourne EAPCs will be available between the university’s campus in Eastbourne and the town’s railway station. Staff members who have completed e-bike training will be given access to an e-bike booking system which will enable them to book one of the ten e-bikes based in Eastbourne station to use while on university business. Staff and students will also be able to sign up to a separate rental scheme enabling them to rent an e-bike for various periods of time.

Associate Professor Mandy, the project lead, said sustainability was one of the university’s core values: “The university’s Travel Plan shows that 43 per cent of staff and 21 per cent of students travel to university as single drivers in their cars. The strategy is to reduce single occupancy vehicle transport by 10 per cent for staff and seven per cent for students by 2016

“This project will demonstrate the value of EAPCs for linking rail and university locations, and will lead to more understanding of the role of storage solutions and innovative support services.”

Paul Best, Southern’s Project Manager which hosted the launch, said: “We are committed to promoting more sustainable ways of getting to and from the station and these bikes certainly fall into this category.”

The e-bikes will be stored at the station and will be able to move to and from campus, to be returned to the station by the end of the day. The scheme is also supported by Blacks Bikes bike shop at Eastbourne station car park. The shop will assist with charging and e-bike maintenance. Eastbourne campus estates and facilities department have also assisted with the initiative.

Earlier research into and trials of electronically-assisted bikes by the university in Brighton showed they encouraged more people to cycle. Dr Frauke Behrendt, Principal Lecturer in Media Studies and who helped initiate the project, said:  “This project will demonstrate the value of EAPCs for linking rail and university locations, and will lead to more understanding of the role of storage solutions and innovative support services.”

Transport Minister Andrew Jones said: “Electric bikes are a great way to encourage new people to get into cycling and I hope this interesting scheme encourages more people to take it up. Cycling helps cut congestion and is a healthy, affordable transport option.

“We want to double the number of journeys made by bicycle. That is why we are also investing over the next five years in cycle training and infrastructure.”


MP Caroline Ansel said the power bikes could revolutionise cycling in Eastbourne: “It’s an excellent pilot and I commend the University of Brighton for bringing it to Eastbourne – where we lead, others may follow. It’s good for the environment, good for finances, good for lifestyle – in every way, it’s a real winner.”

Anna Stefanaki, from the university’s Environment Team, said the team was hopeful the scheme could be the first of e-bike initiatives across university campuses in future.

For more information about renting an e-bike here: and for more information on the university’s e-bike research, go to:

To view a video of the launch, go to:

Cycling Weekly New Tiagra 4700 groupset: first look

Raleigh’s new Criterium Sport comes equipped with Shimano Tiagra 4700. Here are our first impressions of the new groupset.

Shimano’s new Tiagra 4700 groupset looks much more like Shimano’s higher end groupsets than its predecessor. Gone is the “dinnerplate” chainset, in favour of a new four-armed design which looks much more like the offerings in the 105, Ultegra and Dura-Ace ranges. It is available in 50/34 compact and 52/36 semi-compact versions with crank lengths of 165 to 175mm as well as a 50/39/30 triple.

We’ve got in the 50/34 compact version attached to Raleigh’s new 2016 Criterium Sport aluminium bike. Raleigh claims that the £750 Criterium Sport is the first bike available in the UK with Tiagra 4700.

New Tiagra shifters: no gear indicator windows and under-bartape cabling

The other major visible change is in the shifters which have lost their gear indicator windows and also look much like Shimano’s higher end groupsets. Gear cables have followed the brake cables under the bar tape, rather than coming out of the side of the shifters – again like the higher-end groupsets.

Gearing remains ten-speed rather than being promoted to the eleven-speed of 105 and above. The double set-up will take a largest sprocket of 34 teeth whilst the triple tops out at 32 teeth. Shimano quotes a smallest sprocket of 12 teeth for this set-up. The Raleigh comes equipped with a SRAM cassette which has a range of 11-32 sprockets. The rear derailleur comes with a long cage to allow it to handle the wider range options.

Rear mech has long cage to handle a wide gear range

The front mech has been redesigned with a longer cable arm to provide more leverage and lighter shifting option, which again reflects the design of Tiagra’s stablemates. The new 4700 Tiagra brakes also bear more than a passing resemblance to 105 and Ultegra and Shimano claims lower friction within the calipers, a 30% increase in braking power and better modulation relative to its predecessor.

Tiagra brakes are more efficient and better modulated

Tiagra brakes are more efficient and better modulated

Overall, despite remaining ten-speed, Tiagra 4700 has much more of the look and feel of Shimano’s higher-end groupsets. We’ll report further once we’ve got out on the road and seen if it matches them in performance.

Road CC Just in: £750 Raleigh Criterium Sport with new Shimano Tiagra 4700 groupset

This is the brand new 2016 Raleigh Criterium Sport, a £750 aluminium road bike equipped with the latest Shimano Tiagra 4700 groupset. It’s just arrived in the office for testing so before we hit the road and get it all dirty, here’s a quick overview of the key features.

While it’s easy to get distracted by the glittery bikes at the top-end, with price tags that’ll have your jaw hitting the floor, there has been a lot of progress in the sub-£1,000 road bike market in recent years. A lot of the technology once only seen on range-topping bikes is filtering down the price ranges, meaning your pound goes a lot further than before.

On paper, this Raleigh Criterium Sport looks very good value for money. You get a really smart looking aluminium frame with full internal cable routing, and a carbon fibre fork with a tapered steerer tube. Those are the sort of details you just wouldn’t expect to see on bikes in this class a few years ago.

Raleigh has given the frame ‘Endurance Race’ geometry, which basically means it’s taller in the front so you don’t have to possess the flexibility of a yoga instructor to get comfortable on it, but not so tall if you do want to adopt a racy position. Raleigh describes the bike as “fast enough to race, comfortable enough to ride all day,” which provides a good indication of the sort of cyclist this bike is aimed at.

Onto this frame Raleigh has bolted the all-new Shimano Tiagra 4700 groupset. It’s a full groupset too, no mix-and-match here. This is actually the first time we’ve seen the Japanese company’s new Tiagra, after seeing it launched earlier this year. We’re pretty excited to see how it performs, and if it’s anywhere near as good as the new 105 (which we loved) Shimano is onto a winner.

Like 105, the new Tiagra borrows a lot of technology and styling from the more expensive groupsets in the Shimano range. In case you’re wondering, Tiagra is Shimano’s fourth-tier groupset, and will feature on a lot of bikes in this price range in 2016.

While it’s still a 10-speed groupset, it does have the same four-arm chainset as first seen on Dura-Ace a few years ago (Shimano doesn’t wait long to trickle down tech from the top-end). This bike has a compact chainset, but it’s available in 52/36 and 53/39 – the 50/34 is right for this bike. That’s paired with an 11-32t cassette, so plenty of ratios for getting up the hills.

The other big visual, and ergonomic, change, is the new shifters. The cables are now hidden,  routed as they are underneath the tape. The shape of the hoods and levers very closely resembles 105 and Dura-Ace, and in the hands they feel pretty much identical.

First look: New Shimano Tiagra 4700 groupset

The bike is then finished with an aluminium handlebar, stem, seatpost and saddle from Raleigh’s in-house RSP brand. And it’s fine kit, not flash, but it looks the part. The RSP AC2.0 wheels are fitted with 25mm Schwalbe Lugano tyres with a K-Guard puncture belt.

The Raleigh Criterium Sport is available in six sizes from 49 to 61cm. The test bike is a 56cm and weighs 9.95kg (21.94lb).

And you like the like of this bike but your budget won’t quite stretch to £750, then the entry-level Criterium at £475 is worth a look. It has the same frame but swaps out the Tiagra parts for Shimano Claris.

It’s a good looking bike don’t you think? We’re (well I am) going to hit the road immediately to put it through its paces, so watch out for the review soon.

Raleigh Mustang features in Cycling Weekly’s “Top 5 adventure bikes to see at The Cycle Show”

With over 280 exhibitors to choose from at The Cycle Show it can be hard to see everything, but if you’re into gravel biking make sure you don’t miss these five beauties

So what separates a gravel bike from a road bike? Geometrically speaking, a longer wheelbase, shorter toptube, slacker headtube angle and they all have a much wider space for chunkier tyres.

These five bikes will all be exhibited at this year’s Cycle Show at the NEC in September, for more information head to

Raleigh Mustang Elite £1,000


Raleigh Mustang Elite[1] copy
Raleigh introduces the Mustang this year, featuring SRAM’s 1x groupset, offering all the gears you need with only a single chainring on the front. The Mustang will be on show for the first time at this year’s Cycle Show.


NEW! The Raleigh Captus colour now in stock

Raleigh have bolstered their best selling range of eBkes with today’s launch of the Captus Colour.

The Captus Colour shares the same specification as the current Captus but with an emboldened blue colour scheme.

“Electric Bikes are leading a quiet revolution, gaining respect from enthusiasts and encouraging both the young and the less able to enjoy the freedom and health benefits of cycling.  The Captus Colour is available in both light blue low step frame and electric blue cross bar frames and will appeal to the fast growing younger eBike target ” commented Pippa Wibberley, Sales and Marketing Director for Raleigh.

Raleigh have seen its electric bike sales double year on year and are now the biggest electric bike company in the UK.  With a broad range of eBikes from Raleigh, complemented by specialist town and mountain eBikes from Koga and Haibike, Raleigh stockists have an eBike for everyone.

To find out more about the new Captus colour click here >>

Raleigh becomes bike sponsor for the Racing Team

Three of the Racing Team’s young riders will be tackling the forthcoming 2015-16 Cyclo-Cross season on Raleigh’s RX Race bikes, thanks to a new deal with the cycle manufacturer.

CXmag jersey

The team’s three under-23 category riders Hannah Saville, Joanna Rycroft and Edwyn Oliver-Evans, will be competing in both National and Regional race series, plus the season ending National Championships in January 2016. They will all be riding bikes from Raleigh’s new 2016 Cyclo-Cross range, which for the first time includes female specific bikes.

The trio have already tasted success on two wheels in 2015, with Hannah the reigning Yorkshire Junior Champion, Joanna holding the Three Peak under-23 title and course record and Edwyn a recent double medallist in GB colours at the European Mountain Bike Orienteering Championships.


The Racing Team is run by veteran riders Steve Smales and Ted Sarmiento and Ted believes the Raleigh deal will give the team a significant boost: “We are all super excited by the additional help Raleigh is offering the team. Having top-class equipment is crucial in a sport which puts both riders and bikes through extremely demanding conditions. Hannah, Joanna and Edwyn will all benefit hugely from Raleigh’s support. All three are training hard and can’t wait to test their new hardware in race conditions. Roll on winter!”

Pippa Wibberley, Raleigh Sales and Marketing Director commented. “Raleigh has always been committed to supporting young riders to help progress their careers in cycling. Cyclo-Cross offers us an excellent chance to help these young riders become the World Champions of the future.”

Hannah, the team’s newest and youngest rider is hoping to live up to Raleigh’s prestigious reputation as a world-class bike builder: “I’m really looking forward to racing the ‘cross season aboard a Raleigh bike, especially at the Three Peaks race this September, where, hopefully, the bike will help me be competitive. I really appreciate the support from Raleigh and I’m stoked to be able to try out a race orientated female specific bike. It’s a vast improvement from the current bikes I’m riding and I hope I can do them justice this season by racing hard and getting them muddy!” Racing Team

Team managers:

Steve Smales and Ted Sarmiento

Supported Riders 2015-6:

Hannah Saville (U23)

Joanna Rycroft (U23)

Edwyn Oliver-Evans (U23)