Raleigh-GAC’s road captain shows us the 2015 Raleigh Militis Team bike he piloted to third in Eddy Soens. Photos: Andy Jones
Fully decked out in red and yellow livery to match Raleigh’s distinctive kit, Ian Wilkinson’s Raleigh Militis Team bike is designed to be the perfect all-round race machine. The team use SRAM’stop-of-the-range Red 22 groupset, with FSA SL-K seatpost, stem and bars, and a Fizik Aliante perch.
The team’s mechanics have added a Fizik silicone ring to the seatpost — a good decision for early-season riding and racing. This prevents dirt and water from penetrating between the frame and seatpost.
Wilkinson opts for FSA’s carbon-fibre SL-K compact bars. There’s also no computer mount here, with the Raleigh man opting to ride on feel alone at Eddy Soens.
The Militis frame is matched with Raleigh’s own C6 fork, while the cable routing is internal. This makes it suitable for upgrade once SRAM releases its electronic groupset later this year.
Raleigh stuck with Cole wheels for 2015. For Eddie Soens, Wilkinson plumped for the T50 carbon tubulars, a 50mm deep model with ceramic bearings and straight-pull aero profile spokes that hit the scales at 1,300g.
This article was originally printed in the March 19, 2015 issue of Cycling Weekly