How does a veteran bike maker like Raleigh survive an increasingly crowded e-bike market? Promising more strength, apparently. The company renewed its strong Motus hybrid e-bike line with more power and range. The base Motus now starts with a 400WH Bosch Active Line motor (up from 300WH) and consequently an increase from 60 miles to 80 miles of range. You shouldn’t have that much trouble blasting a hill or completing a long course. You can also expect four levels of electric assistance, a seven-speed gearbox and hydraulic disc brakes.
More demanding riders have more options, of course. The Motus Tour and Motus Grand Tour have the option of a derailleur or hub gear, and include integrated front and rear lights, as well as a wheel lock. The Tour and Grand Tour include sleeker, easily removable Bosch PowerTube batteries, while the high-end Grand Tour includes a larger 500 WH battery and a beefier Active Line Plus motor. Raleigh claims up to 100 miles of range.
All bikes are available in the UK and Ireland with either a crossbar frame or an easier-to-assemble low-step design. However, expect higher prices in exchange for the added performance. The ‘entry’ Motus starts at £2,199 (about $2,987) while the Motus Tour starts at £2,499 for a derailleur version and the Grand Tour is £2,699. The Tour and Grand Tour hub versions add another £100 to the price. They’re a little more expensive than the models they replace (the previous Motus started at £1,900), but the additional outlay could be worth it if your bike is your primary mode of transport.
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