Raleigh SP Race review

Raleigh SP Race
Cycling Weekly Verdict

It's hard to fault the component spec here; the wheels feel super-quick and the Ultegra brakes work like a dream. I'm not a huge fan of the colour scheme - it reminds me of an Eighties watch - but that Casio look is certainly on-trend at the moment. A good riding, good value bike, if you can live with the image.

Reasons to buy
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    Good spec

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    Good value

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    Stiff frameset

Reasons to avoid
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    Colourscheme may not appeal to all

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    Race-ready gearing may not suit your riding

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I'm fast becoming CW's Raleigh specialist after testing three (count them) of the Nottingham manufacturer's bikes.

Last year, I rode the Comp version of its SP Series as part of a long-term test, so got to know the bike better than most. This year, I've swapped to the SP Race to see if the step up in price (£450) is matched by a step up in performance.

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