If something is light, it has to be fragile, right? Sometimes, but not this time. Let me go through this build and you’ll know how durable this build is despite its weight (or lack thereof). However, before I do, let’s get caught up on why this frame is as cool as I am making it out to be.
In 2010, Raleigh came out with some of the first production carbon singlespeed cyclocross bikes (along with many alloy ones that resemble some of Washington’s favorite cheap beers, too). It was ~1,100g and came with a painted to match Enve fork. Only 50 framesets were made and are still being ridden on local ‘cross courses to this day.
Here are the beer cans that helped bring the name of Raleigh into the ‘cross scene.
These bike were envied by many riders in the single speed cyclocross scene. In 2011, Raleigh released the “Hodala!” branded carbon single-speed. It, too, was a hit and more readily available for purchase, but numbers were still limited to less than 100 framesets.
The tapered headtube was a mid-production change shortly after the first batch of frames were released. In it’s final form, it was a full carbon bike that could easily be built to 17 lbs with alloy components. Not to mention, they all had an older ‘cross geometry that had a high bottom bracket that loved to be playful when bunny hopping barriers and pedaling through corners.
Now that we’ve had a brief history lesson on this frameset, let’s get into the build.
The bike has been raced a few times this season, and it feels like I’m cheating with each pedal stroke. Another successful build and a forever bike (until stolen or broken).