For 2018, Raleigh Electric Bikes has expanded their lineup of e-bikes and refined some past models that are being carried forward. I spoke with Keith Cozzens, a PR rep for the company, who introduced me to each bike and shared a few details while I filmed at Interbike.
The first bike we looked at up close is called the 2018 Raleigh Lore iE. It’s a hardtail cross country style electric bike with a mid-drive Bosch Performance Line Speed motor (so this is a Class 3 28 mph speed pedelec). It offers a Bosch Powerpack 500 for plenty of energy to help you climb and uses Schwalbe Supermoto X tires that are 27.5” x 2.8” plus sized for improved stability and cusion comfort. The thing is, the tires are setup for urban riding and don’t have big knobby tread which makes this a fun around town model (with rear rack bosses for utility) but still something that’s trail capable. It’s being offered in small, medium, and large frame size. It sounds like the MSRP on this mode is $4,199 USD.
Next, we took a look at the vintage styled Raleigh Retroglide iE which is more of a cruiser with swooping cantilever frame. It’s a carry-over with some upgraded graphics, I liked the tiki look and color-matched fenders, rear rack, and touch points. This model is powered by a TranzX battery and motor system which measures cadence only vs. cadence, torque and speed with Bosch, and that keeps the price lower. It sounds like the MSRP on this mode is $2,299 USD.
From here, we moved on to the Raleigh Tamlin iE which is like a gravel-grinder road bike with fatter tires and drop bar setup. This model is powered by a downtube-integrated battery pack and Brose mid-drive motor system. It’s a quieter, smoother, and more responsive motor than TranzX in my experience but it does cost more. It reminded me of the Raleigh Redux iE a lot, just the way that the battery was integrated and the same Bose removable LCD display panel. It sounds like the MSRP on this mode is $4,399 USD.
Next, we looked at the Raleigh Tokul Pro iE which is another hardtail cross country style e-bike but this time it has knobby tires, an inverted suspension fork, and is setup as a Class 1 model with 20 mph top speed for use on off-road trails. I loved the inverted suspension and integrated Bosch CX drive system. This one comes in Aluminum or Carbon fiber frame. This one also has the 650b plus sized tires. It’s going to come in multiple frame sizes and use the Bosch Powertube 500 integrated battery that looks beautiful.
We also looked at the 2018 Raleigh Sprite iE briefly towards the end and it’s priced at $2,099 and the Raleigh Redux iE is also being carried forward and will sell for $3,749.
You can see some of my previous Raleigh ebike coverage at https://electricbikereview.com/brand/raleigh/ and learn more about the company at their official website: https://raleighelectric.com/