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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.


  1. bergerandfriesAugust 26, 2011 at 9:11 am

    I know 10spd is all the rage, but 9spd is a more durable chain, and commuters are all about durability, right? So if Raleigh would offer in a 9spd or 8spd, this would be a total no brainer. I LOVE the deep cross section, high spoke count wheels. I’m not a retro-grouch, just someone who needs sturdy wheels on my commuter (32 spoke count wheels fall apart at about 2k miles for me).

  2. WahWahAugust 26, 2011 at 11:53 am

    While I agree from a durability aspect, the same could (and has) been said about 8 spd mtn parts. The trick is, no one makes high end 8 spd mtn parts anymore… Same thing happening here. 8spd is dead beyond finding thumbies and friction bar ends, and 9 spd is well on it’s way. This is just a legitimate road company providing a bike specced correctly based off of the way the industry has behaved in the past…

  3. JeffSAugust 26, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    You do remember that manufacturers stopped making 9-speed shifters years ago right?

  4. scottAugust 26, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    single speed looks pretty nice and runs about $820.00 from what I saw. Starting to thing disc brakes should become standard. I like them way better.

  5. RaiynAugust 26, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    Great, just when i had the next bike picked out…….

    Now I have another one to compare to the Vaya

  6. dothebartAugust 27, 2011 at 6:56 am

    Using a Ridley X-Bow cyclocross for my bad weather commuting for allmost a year now.
    Though I already run the second chain, I definitely need 10 speed. I’ve got Campa Ergopowers on it, and a Miche 11-29 which I wouldn’t wanna miss – I need the bandwith for climbing in the woods – I’d rather like a little more bandwith, though wouldn’t want to miss the narrower gears for hunting roadbikers when leaving the forrest.

    Having used an SUV with two different Magura disk brakes, I would never again do that. You have to clean them frequently, they have high use of expensive brakepads, and they constantly break; Yes, it takes a while to get used to Froglegs, but I wouldn’t want to miss them; they always stop breaking when I want them to, and the roadbike brakes suddenly work much better for me ;-)

    Oh, and while using 36 spokes Mavic CXP33 on my roadbike for durability reasons, the Fulcrum racing 7 my roadbike dealer suggested me to use work perfect on the crosser; even readjusted the spoke tension a while ago, no problem.

  7. dynaryderAugust 27, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    Would prefer SRAM Apex,but just personal preference. Hope it will take some decently wide tires(like 38-42mm).

  8. Agung CahyadiAugust 27, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    singlespeed looks lovely.

  9. RaiynAugust 30, 2011 at 2:14 am

    @ dothebart

    I’m confused, what does any of that have to do with the Roper and why is your setup relevant to a new bike announcement? Seriously WTF?

    That said I found a couple of other perplexing points:

    Bandwidth? I fail to see how describing your not Campy (yes with a “y”) but Mighty Miche cassette will help your WiFi signal but I guess you meant gear range or ratios.

    As for what I guess was a complaint about the cost of disc pads: Are you serious? Shimano-branded pads for the BR505′s (stock on the Roper) are $20 and quality non Shimano versions can be had for half that. Throw in the fact that they brake better and don’t eat rims and I’ll take discs for my urban bike ALL DAY LONG.

  10. David TAugust 30, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    Let me know if you need a commuter reviewer for this bike in Pittsburgh… size Large :-)

  11. bradAugust 30, 2011 at 3:19 pmAuthor

    Funny enough a size large Roper just arrived in Pittsburgh today, but I think I know a tester who will fit it just right.

  12. Skid MarksAugust 31, 2011 at 9:41 am

    Nashbar has a steel cross bike with 105 and carbon fork for $799 now. Are disc brakes worth another $500?

  13. Poch MauiSeptember 17, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    This bike looks nice on single speed and bull horn handlebar. :) When will this bike be in Singapore? I want to buy one. :)

  14. AdamSeptember 21, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    I’m super stoked for this bike to come out! I’ve been shopping around for almost a year now for a road commuter. I’m a mt biker and I don’t want to break a road bike dropping off curbs and playing around so I was looking in to cyclocross, which seemed to be the way to go. But everyone I talk to told me that cyclocross are only good for cyclocross (too stiff and uncomfortable to go on a real road ride, and never as good as a mt bike on the trail). The roper will be my commuter, entry-level road bike, and weekend tourer…. my do it all bike for the pavement.

  15. AlanDecember 11, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    The Roper may just be the bike that replaces my Surly Crosscheck. I’m wait a year to see how they do long term though.

  16. JoelDecember 12, 2011 at 12:20 am

    These bikes are TOO Heavy!!! My God. They are trucks.

  17. BillyDecember 12, 2011 at 11:14 pm

    Does anyone know the what the rear wheel spacing is on this bike or the Furley?

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