2013 Raleigh Singulus Could Be Perfect Bike for Beginner Triathletes
For 2013, Raleigh has made minor but significant updates to their Militus, Revenio and Capri road bikes, all of which are posted on Bikerumor.com. But the real surprise is the Singulus, an incredibly well spec’d, lightweight alloy triathlon bike that signals their entry into more markets and their continued delivery of bikes that bring excellent spec at really, really good prices.
Brian Fornes, Raleigh’s marketing manager, says the new resources coming from their recent acquisition by Accell, is letting them do some pretty amazing things. The Singulus is a great example of that. Raleigh’s been getting behind more “cause” events like MS rides and Ride for the Cure, and this gives them a bike to put under riders on the Danskin series and others.
The frame gets almost all hydroformed tubes for a smooth aero shape, aided by internal cable routing. Given the price point and audience, they didn’t subject this model to the wind tunnel (though Fornes said this is just the beginning). Even so, the downtube, seat tube and seatstays are all tear drop shaped.
The Singulus will be available in two colors using the same frame and spec – SRAM Apex and FSA bits with Avenir house brand cockpit.
Little aero touches like the seatpost binder bolts and tear drop shaped seatpost make the bike look more expensive.
Fork is carbon with an alloy steerer. Retail should be about $1,500, and at just over 20 pounds for the complete bike, it’s highly upgradeable launchpad for beginner triathletes.