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As part of the Accell Group, the team behind Raleigh has access to a lot of electric bikes. Siblings to Currie Technologies, Haibike, IZIP, and eFlow as well as Raleigh all fall under the same roof. Because of that relationship Raleigh has been able to easily slip in a few e-bikes to test the waters with U.S. dealers. After exceeding their expectations with their entry level hybrids, it was time to step it up.

The Misceo is not Raleigh’s first ebike, but it is certainly the most advanced. One of the very first bikes in U.S. to use the new Shimano STEPS electric bike drivetrain, the Misceo will slot into the product range as their top end model. However, thanks to the Shimano system the Misceo will end up less expensive than comparable Bosch equipped bikes. Technically a 2016 model year product, Raleigh is giving consumers a chance to buy the future with Misceos available soon…

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When speaking to the differences between the Shimano STEPS system and the Bosch powertrain, part of the appeal of the Shimano system to Raliegh is the fact that for dealers, Shimano is already known. Rather than risk dealing with a company new to the bike industry, the Shimano system is seen as possibly a less intimidating platform for dealers just starting to branch off into e-bikes. The fact that STEPS is lighter and integrates with Di2 drivetrains certainly helps as well.

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Using a Shimano Alfine Di2 8 speed internal gear hub, the Misceo offers an interesting blend of technologies. Riders are able to control the entire system through the User interface without having to move their hands from the grips. Each side of the bar has its own “shifter” which includes three buttons, two grey, one black. Mimicking the up or down arrows on a remote control, the grey buttons allow riders to shift through the gears or to increase or decrease the electric assist. Because the system utilizes the same Etube wiring platform as other Di2 drivetrains, the shifter can be switched from one side of the bar to the other allowing for user customization. Currently both black buttons have the same function of cycling through the display screen on the User Interface, though they will have the ability to turn integrated lighting on and off in the future. All of the typical e-bike vitals are displayed on the centrally mounted screen, with the addition of what gear you’re in thanks to the Di2 system.

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Both of the Misceos on hand at Press Camp still had prototype versions of the STEPS system, but functionally they worked quite well. Offering a similar ride to most center mounted e-bikes, the Di2 drivetrain brings the added bonus of shifting down two gears automatically when stopped for more than 5 seconds. Slightly smaller and more compact than the Bosch motor, STEPS also allows for a normal sized front chainring – in this case a 38t.

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When discussing e-bikes it’s always important to point out that the Misceo does not have a throttle. You pedal, it goes. No pedaling? You’re coasting. Thanks to the 250 watt, 36 volt center motor, the Misceo will provide multiple levels of pedal assist up to 20 mph. Any faster and the motor will cut out and you’ll be under your own power. The rechargeable and removable battery is claimed to provide 25-35 miles of assistance depending on conditions.

Raleigh spec

Built as a hybrid with 700 x 40c tires, the Misceo should fit the bill for anyone looking for a fitness bike or a solid commuter. Eventually, Raleigh plans to have a fully accessorized commuter model, but for now the Misceo includes rear rack mounts plus full fender mounts so you can build your own. Available in 4 sizes, Raleigh’s Misceo will retail for $3,000 and should be available this April.

 

 

19 COMMENTS

  1. Fitness bike? I guess that doesn’t mean what I assumed it meant.

    As for Shimano versus Bosch, I’m happier with my Bosch washing machine than with most Shimano gear I’ve used, but that may be an unfair comparison, since at the higher end I use Campagnolo and assorted exotic manufacturers, and only use Shimano for commuting purposes. Still, I can see dealers preferring known distribution channels.

  2. Raleigh could justify making bikes like these if they had the warranty department to support them. Cool bike tech though, looks like it would be a fun bike to ride. Yay no derailleurs.

  3. IGH with a chain tensioner? When it could have had sliding dropouts, eccentric bottom bracket (if no motor), forward facing dropouts, or even track ends?

  4. @Gunnstein: One advantage with the vertical dropouts is ease of wheel installation. Especially with disc brakes and fenders (likely on many Raleigh bikes), horizontal or adjustable drops are more difficult for the average user. You or I might be fine with dealing with 2 or more wrenches to get a wheel off, but some are put off by it.

  5. Scott B: what do you mean? Size wise Raleigh is enormous, just because they don’t have a pro tour team doesn’t mean they are a small company. Tech wise no one fixes electronics. Something breaks you just replace it.

  6. Like others have said above, can we please stop using the word fitness and ebike together? I think the public would actually accept these more if we stopped grasping at straws by trying to fit the ebike into every category of cycling. Used for commuting? Sure, why not (although I would be interested at what park and greenway directors thought on the subject with them on dedicated non motorized bike paths) but the mtb and “fitness” side can eff off.

  7. @Dockboy: Wheel installation with eccentrics or sliding dropouts is even easier than on this one. Just insert wheel and tighten axle bolts. Could even use a quick release. No need to fiddle with the chain tensioner, and no trouble with disk brakes and fenders, if the frame is built right. Chain tension adjustment is only done on the first install, and very occasionally later as the chain wears. (Forward facing dropouts and track ends are more trouble, yes.)

  8. Gunnstein: you’re right, a chain tensioner completely ruins the pure, clean lines of a bike with batteries and a motor bolted onto it.

  9. We just got an electric Raleigh in our shop on Friday. It’s really quite a nice bike, though nowhere near as nice as this one promises to be. We may have to grab one of these when they become available. It’s an interesting segment that has the potential to get bike shops some business.

  10. That rear axle mounted kickstand looks really dumb.
    A commuter bike, especially a heavy bike like this, ought to have a center stand like the double leg Pletscher.

  11. All of you are so narrow minded and hung up on the word/term “fitness”. My 75 year old uncle who’s under-powered legs would benefit from the motion of cycling rides a trainer indoors; but now he could ride outside. Not everyone is 30 and fit.

  12. I would hope for $500 less than the $3,000 asking price on this bike.
    Why? Because if you spend $3000, you are better off spending $3,500 on a Stromer ST-1 that is much more advanced and provides 500W. For an extra $700 you can increase the speed to 28mph as well and double milage than the Raleigh.

  13. Just bought one a week ago. I tested the Stromer ST-1 at the same time. The Stromer was too heavy for me to pick up and put on my car bike rack and the fact that weight was mostly on the rear axle made it doubly unwieldy. Another problem with the Stromer is that 28 mph cutoff means you cannot legally ride it on a bike path in most states. What I like about the Misceo is that it doesn’t weigh a ton, it rides similar to my Kona Dew Plus when the power is off and the weight is very balanced. The computer shows the remaining estimated range at each power level. With a full charge at the economy setting, you should get 57 miles. I was getting more than that because I turn the motor off except for steep hills. I did find that the shifting was rough if don’t downshift early enough on a steep hill. Like all shifting systems, it doesn’t shift well under heavy load. The fact that there are no brazons for water bottles is bad. There is room for one under the top tube, but any water leaking would run down the battery casing directly to the battery contacts, a good recipe for corrosion. I ended up putting a bottle cage on the handlebar. The kickstand is definitely an issue. The dealer did not have a kickstand that fit and did not know how to find one. A dual kickstand like a pletscher would be great, but I don’t think it will fit. Since the bike isn’t too heavy, a standard single-sided kickstand should be okay – if you can find one that fits the bike.

  14. Hello. I have a female Trek lift with the same shimano steps technology. I got it for my wife but she doesn’t like riding bike. The parts are great but the frame is really small for me. Does anybody know where I can buy a male large frame to replace the Trek? Thank you

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