2012 Raleigh Roper
For the all-weather commuter, sometimes ‘crosser, and road rider looking for gravel the 2012 Raleigh Roper might be worth a look. The full 4130 steel frame has disc brakes and published geometry specs that match those of Raleigh’s cyclocross bikes, making it a tempting choice for people not looking for a super light racy bike that still appreciate aggressive geometry. The $1500 bike ships with 10 speed Shimano 105 and Shimano road-pull mechanical disc brakes, and features a BB30 bottom bracket shell and integrated headset. Fender/rack mounts make it commuter capable, or perfect for a bad weather road trainer. The same frame is also available as the single speed Furley, using a BB30 eccentric adapter for chain tension. We expect to receive a review Roper shortly—look for updates once we have one in our hands.
Edit: We’ve since reviewed this bike. Read the Urban Velo Raleigh Roper review here.