Raleigh Talus 29 Elite
Raleigh deems the Talus 29 series as its versatile trail 29er. The ‘Elite’ model, here, is Raleigh’s top-end aluminum model. Retailing at $1,800, we feel the Raleigh Talus 29 Elite comes with a pretty solid parts spec, complete with a Fox F29 CTD 100-millimeter fork (with a 15-millimeter through axle) and a full Shimano drivetrain and brakes including Deore shifters and derailleurs and solid, two-piece rotors. The Raleigh Talus 29 Elite is fairly lightweight for its price too, coming in at a claimed 28.1 pounds.
The Raleigh Talus 29 Elite’s frame comes stock with Shimano’s Deore Shadow Plus rear derailleur.
The Raleigh Talus 29 Elite’s chainstays are bent the way they are for optimum brake placement. It looks to us like the bend (dropped chainstays) could also help eliminate some chainslap too. The brake mounts on the frame are post-mount style, which is certainly nice to see at this price point. Even nice to see is the 12-millimeter through-axle keeping the Raleigh’s frame/wheel interface nice and stiff.