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Designed to appeal to the racer in all of us, Raleigh’s Militis range are road bikes conceived with one purpose in mind – speed.
Ridden by the UK-based Raleigh pro team, the carbon Militis Team is the top model with a price to match (£5k). Tested here is the Comp model which features Raleigh’s lightest aluminium frame and a full SRAM Rival groupset.
Aluminium is very much a player at this sub £1.Sk price point, with a number of brands offering carbon-rivalling levels of frameset weight and performance.
Finished in a matt blue with black decals and matching wheels, the Comp is a stunning looking bike in the metal.
Raleigh claims a frame weight of l.2kg which compares well to a carbon frame at this level. There’s nothing fancy about the rounded tube shapes of the Kinesium aluminium spars that make up the main triangle. Same goes with the stays, which are skinny and straight and designed to work with a conventional caliper back brake. The head tube is not extended for a panoramic riding position. There’s a few spacers to drop out if you want to lower it further.
It’s basically a traditional race frame with no threaded eyelets for mudguards, two bottle cage mounts and internal cable routing. Disc brake mounts would add extra grams and rule the Comp out of the lightweight club.
Keeping the weight down are carbon blades in the fork, which has a pleasingly flat aero look. There doesn’t look like there’s much vibration damping there but that’s not a priority on a race bike.
SRAM Rival 22 is SRAM’s number three road groupset. Updated last year with trickle down tech from SRAM Red and Force gruppos, Rival 22 also offers hydraulic and disc options.


That feeling you get from a pure race bike, from the razor sharp steering to the raw, uncompromising ride quality – the Raleigh Comp delivers on every level when it comes to no-frills speed.
There’s not a lot of comfort from the frame or the sparse Selle Royal saddle. On rough surfaces you will be relying on the quality of your padded shorts, but that’s all part of the appeal of this type of bike. Sports cars bang about a bit and you put up with it so why shouldn’t a sports bike be the same?
SRAM Rival 22 impressed. SRAM’s single lever long throw to go up the block (two clicks) with one short one to go down, is so easy to use it makes the other systems look overcomplicated.
The whole drivetrain (all SRAM) works smoothly with a nicely engineered feel to it. Rival brakes remind you what a pleasure it is to use calipers with enough feel and power to help maintain speed, not lose it.
On steeper climbs the mid-compact gears (36/52t) with a 28-tooth sprocket will suit fitter riders. Even so the Militis is light enough to roll up the hard bits at a lower cadence.


All the Raleigh Comp needs to go racing is a set of light tyres and a licence. Everything about the Comp is thought through and oriented towards fast, precise riding. You could blow another grand and still be embarrassed by a similar rider on one of these.
For many racing cyclists there is another plus to the Comp. It’s a very affordable machine. The occasional knock and small crash will not hurt nearly as much as on many pricier race rigs.
Not a racer? No matter – the Comp would make a superb fast sportive or training bike. The appeal of a light bike with a lively ride, quality gears and brakes is universal. You don’t need a licence to ride a Comp, but it might help

Find out more about the Militis Comp here >>


Author: raleighuk

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