Raleigh was on hand at the recent Winter Bike Press Camp event showing their new 2016 Misceo commuter bike featuring the all new Shimano STEPS drive system. This was first shown at Interbike, but the bike is much closer to public release and should be in Raleigh dealers by April. STEPS stands for Shimano Total Electric Power System.
Raleigh Misceo e-bike with Shimano STEPS
Shimano is giving Bosch a run for their money with their own version of the mid-drive (motor is located in the oversized bottom bracket area). Shimano started their foray into electric bike drive systems in Europe last year, with Europe adopting electric bicycles much quicker than here in the U.S. The system also features down tube mounted battery pack that has a built-in battery level indicator and locks on to the bike with keys. The Misceo integrates Shimano's Di2 electronic shifting into their Alfine 8 speed internally geared rear hub. This way, everything the rider needs is viewed through one display, whether it be info about the gearing or the motor system. There are electronic push button controls on the right side for the pedal-assist controls and push buttons on the left for electronic shifting of the Alfine rear hub.
We chatted with Larry Pizzi from Currie Technologies (Currie Technologies is in charge of many e-bike brands electric models including Raleigh and other brands under the Accell North America group) who explains, "What's neat about the Shimano electronic system is that you can shift it while you are at a stand still. The drivetrain doesn't have to be moving (like traditional bicycle gears). Generally when you are riding an e-bike, you are pushing a higher gear than normal due to the power assist. So getting started from a stop when you're in a real high gear can sometimes be problematic. The Shimano system can be programmed to automatically shift down two gears when the bike comes to a stop. This is just tip-of-the-iceberg type stuff that Shimano can do since they make the drivetrain components as well as the drive system."
Highlights of the Raleigh Misceo:
- Speed: Pedal assist to 20MPH, with 36 volt, 250 watt center motor
- Range: 25-35 miles depending on conditions
- Batter: 36 volt 11.6 AH 418WH lithium ion battery
The Misceo frame is 6061 aluminum and the fork is carbon for performance, light weight and comfort. The bike has Shimano hydraulic disc brakes, Kenda 700x40c tires and will come in four frame sizes (SM, MD, LG, XL). There will also be a follow-up model featuring Shimano's STEPS system that will be released later this summer. As mentioned, the Misceo should be in dealers in April and the suggested retail price has not yet been set but expect the price to be in the $3500 range.
For more information visit https://www.raleighusa.com/