The folks over at Electric Bike Magazine have been test riding our latest Motus e-bike model recently and found a lot to like.
The Motus is the first bike to come from our partnership with Bosch motors and as such comes with the backing of a substantial warranty period, plus the piece of mind that comes from such well-established brands. The Motus has a five year warranty on the frame, two on electrics (including battery), and one year for all other non-wearing parts.
The rest of the components on the Motus come from similarly high quality partners like Suntour and Schwalbe, who supply e-bike specific ‘Energiser’ tyres with high levels of puncture resistance and reflective sidewalls. At the front there’s a Shimano dynamo hub driving the headlight and the rear light. Not to mention Via Centro 10-speed gears from SRAM.
“Brakes are the excellent Magura HS11 hydraulic rim brakes – very powerful and with a lovely feel. In my experience they’re also almost maintenance free: if the blocks wear out you simply snap the old ones out and new ones in.” says reviewer Peter Eland.
Talking about the Bosch Active Line assistance Eland said: “This cuts in smoothly as you pedal off, with a light low buzz very much in line with other crank drives I’ve tried. When in the top ‘turbo’ mode, acceleration is applied smoothly, with a quick ramp up rather than cutting in at full force.”
“Gear-changing is smooth and accurate: the SRAM gears work nicely both with and without the motor operating, and I certainly gave the gears a good workout as I was trying to figure out the ‘gear shift detection’ function. When it operates it’s a joy: the motor audibly cuts out for a fraction of a second as the chain snicks across onto the new sprocket. It’s essentially seamless as you ride:
you hear it, but the pause is too short to really notice from any effect on bike speed.”
In summary Electric Bike Magazine say: “Raleigh have built the Bosch system into a very competent package with the Motus. As their flagship bike, and for £2000, you’d expect good fit and finish and that’s certainly delivered. You gain a comfortable, well-suspended ride and a discreet but very classy machine all round.
“The Motus is keenly priced: as we go to press there are very few other comparably-equipped bikes using the latest Bosch drive at or around the £2000-mark. Add in the decent warranty, plus the relative ease of finding a local dealer for test rides and post-purchase backup, and Raleigh’s overall offering looks really rather attractive. If you’re in the market for a premium, comfortable bike for dignified assisted riding, add this to your shortlist.”
Read the full review in issue 8 of the Electric Bike Magazine, given away free at all good e-bike stores. Electric Bike Magazine is also available online here.
Find your local Raleigh e-bike stockist here.