I stopped by a local bike shop that I've been wanting to visit today (The Peddler-awesome shop that seems to like steel bikes and stuff that most normal bike riders should ride). I was talking to one of the guys there about the Surly LHT and CrossCheck. He mentioned that there was a couple Raleigh bikes I might be interested in. One was the Clubman and he mentioned that there was a new bike they were coming out with. I forget what the bikes actual name was, however, he said it's a Randonneuring bike. They were in the middle of building one up so he let me see it on the stand. I was a low trail bike with a front rack, Compact gearing (I think), bar end shifters, steel frame, wide tires (I believe he said it had 35mm tires on it), Sora components and at a great price-$850. Now, I know that the component set is not great. However, it seems to be a really nice price point for a Low trail front load bike. Seems like a nice starting point that you could use to upgrade as components wear out.
Has anyone else heard about the bike? The shop said that it's new and he thought they were bringing it out at the bike show this week. I for one know it has me interested since I have the bug to buy a new bike and I've been thinking a randonneuring bike would fit what I'm looking for.