The high speed and sporty Raleigh Lore iE is in for testing & review!
The Lore iE features pedal assist speeds up to 28 mph with the stability of high volume 27.5″ x 2.8″ Schwalbe Super Moto-X tires.
Some of the highlights of the Raleigh Lore iE are the Bosch Performance Line Speed system, Magura hydraulic brakes, RockShox Judy suspension fork, Shimano Deore 10 speed drivetrain, and more.
The Raleigh Lore iE is priced at $4,374.99 but currently on sale at $3,499.99 until the end of May.
In this first part of the testing & review you will get a detailed look at this bike with a BUNCH of pictures and the specifications.
Part 2 of the Raleigh Lore iE testing & review will give you info on the ride characteristics, results from the range test, pros, cons, and overall thoughts on this eBike.
Alright, let’s take a closer look at the Raleigh Lore iE!
The Raleigh Lore iE has its roots in a mountain bike design with the high air volume 27.5″ x 2.8″ Schwalbe Super Moto-X tires providing a stable and efficient ride style.
There are 3 different size options available:
Small: Rider Height: 5’3″ – 5’6″
Medium: Rider Height: 5’6″ – 5’9″
Large: Rider Height: 5’9″ – 6’0″
The bike tested in this review is the Medium size.
The Raleigh Lore iE frame is constructed of 6061 aluminum with hydroformed tubing. You can see in this picture that the top tube slopes down considerably to provide substantial stand over height.
Raleigh Bicycles was established in 1887 in Nottingham, England. Here is the story and timeline of all things Raleigh.
There is some internal cable routing in the downtube. Raleigh does a nice job of consolidating all the cables for a clean look and cable protection.
Here is a closer look at the low point in the top tube and reinforcing tube at the seat tube and seat stay intersection. There is structural reasons for this and it also creates some additional style for the Lore iE.
The hydroformed aluminum tubing that the Lore iE frame uses has some interesting shapes that vary from round to square to rectangular to triangular.
In this view you can see how the seat tube connection at the motor mount is somewhat triangular and enlarges at the connection for a large surface area and solid connection.
You can also see the lower battery attachment point that also has a very large connection area.
The energy source for this high speed eBike is the Bosch PowerPack 500. It is a 36V 13.4ah lithium battery that has a 500 watt hour capacity.
In this view you can see how the downtube of the frame has been designed to incorporate the battery so that it is centered and low on the bike.
There is a lock near the top of the battery that can be unlocked with the supplied key and the pack lifts up and off of the frame. Towards the bottom of the battery is a battery level indicator that will illuminate the number of bars of charge the battery has when the (-) button is pushed.
Here is a look at the downtube area when the battery has been removed. The connection at the bottom connects the battery to the overall Bosch eBike drive system.
When the battery has been removed the bike weighs 44.25 pounds which makes it a little easier to pick up and load onto a car rack.
This is the battery removed from the bike with the charger. The battery weights 5.75 pounds. The charger is about the size of a laptop charger and it takes 2.25 hours to charge 50% and 4.5 hours to charge 100%.
At the bottom of the battery connection is the charge port for charging the battery on the bike. There is a rubber cover that is moved to connect the charger to the charge port.
The PowerPack 500 can be charged on or off the bike.
And here is the Bosch Performance Line Speed mid drive motor that provides the pedal assist up to 28mph!
This motor is rated at 350 watts of nominal power with peak power of up to 575 watts.
In the highest assist mode it can provide 63 Nm of torque.
This is a mid drive that uses a torque sensor, cadence sensor, and wheel speed sensor to provide the proportional assist based on your pedal power.
The other side of the Bosch Performance Line Speed motor has a very clean look to it.
The Raleigh Lore iE is a Class 3 electric bike which is pedal assist up to 28 mph, 750 watts max.
To smooth out rough roads the Lore iE comes equipped with the RockShox Judy Gold suspension fork with 120mm of travel. It features a thru axle front wheel connection for lateral stability.
On the right side of the fork is a lockout dial so that you can lock out the fork on smooth roads. This keeps the fork from bobbing up and down for a more efficient ride.
The fork uses an air spring that can be adjusted using a shock pump.
The Raleigh Lore iE has a stealthy look with its grey frame and black components.
Now let’s take a look at the handlebar area of the Raleigh Lore iE.
The Lore iE has a flat mountain bike style aluminum handlebar with a slight angle.
On the left side of the handlebar is Raleigh Ergo Comfort Control grip that provides some wrist support with its larger wing area on the end. The grip also has a lock on collar to prevent the grip from rotating.
Next to the grip is the Magura Fifty4 hydraulic disc brake lever.
Then there is the Bosch Purion display and control pad.
The Bosch control pad changes the pedal assist levels with the (+) and (-) buttons.
Here is a closer look at the front of the Magura Fifty4 hydraulic disc brake lever. The reach of the brake lever can be adjusted to fit your hand size.
Also in this picture is the on/off button for the Bosch Purion display.
The compact Bosch Purion display and control pad provides information on the battery level, speed, pedal assist mode, odometer, trip distance, and estimated range remaining.
There are 4 levels of pedal assist with the % of assistance:
- Eco 55%
- Tour 120%
- Sport 190%
- Turbo 275%
Stay tuned for part 2 with more info on the ride characteristics of these levels.
The display has a backlight for good visibility day and night.
On the right side of the handlebar is the Raleigh ergonomic grip, Magura Fifty4 rear hydraulic disc brake lever, and Shimano Deore 10 speed shifter.
The Shimano Deore 10 speed shifter uses the lower paddle to shift to lower gears for climbing hills and the uses the upper paddle to shift to higher gears for flat to downhill terrain.
The Bosch Performance Line Speed mid drive blends in the motor power with your pedal power and transmitts it back to the rear wheel with a KMC x10ePT eBike specific chain.
A Shimano Deore 10 speed derailleur shifts the chain between the 11 tooth to 42 tooth gear range on the back wheel.
This derailleur has a clutch that keeps the chain tight and prevents it from slapping the frame when riding over rough terrain.
On the front wheel of the Lore iE is the Magura Fifty4, 4 piston hydraulic disc brake caliper with 203mm disc brake rotor.
The rear wheel is slowed by the Magura Fifty4, 2 piston hydraulic disc brake caliper with 180mm disc brake rotor.
The wide 27.5″ x 2.8″ Schwalbe Super Moto-X tires have a fairly smooth profile for an efficient ride and channeling to dissipate water. The large tread patch on the ground makes for a very stable ride feel.
The high air volume of the tires provides a bit of suspension effect to make the ride smoother.
The Wellgo aluminium pedals have wide grippy platform with reflectors on both sides.
The Raleigh Custom Ergo Performance saddle has a narrow profite with a center relief section to match the performance style of this eBike.
Raleigh Lore iE Electric Bike Specifications
Frame: Hydroformed Aluminum Alloy 6061 T6, Trail Speed Geometry
Fork: Rock Shox Judy Gold 120mm suspension fork with lockout option
Motor: 350 watt Bosch Performance Speed, up to 28 mph with pedal assist
Battery: Bosch PowerPack 500 Performance, 36 V, 13.4 Ah 500Wh. The battery weighs 5.75 pounds.
Assist Options: 4 pedal assist levels: Eco, Tour, Sport, Turbo
Speed: Pedal assist up to 28 mph which makes this a Class 3 eBike
Display: Bosch Purion display & control pad that provides information on the battery level, speed, pedal assist mode, odometer, trip distance, estimated range remaining.
Drivetrain: Shimano Deore 10 speed shifter and derailleur with 11 tooth to 42 tooth cogset.
Brakeset: Magura Fifty4 hydraulic disc brakes. 4 piston front 203mm rotor, 2 piston rear 180mm rotor
Tires: Schwalbe Super Moto-X 27.5″ x 2.8″
Seat: Raleigh Custom Ergo Performance
Sizes: Small: Rider Height: 5’3″ – 5’6″, Medium: Rider Height: 5’6″ – 5’9″, Large: Rider Height: 5’9″ – 6’0″
Weight: 50 pounds. 44.25 pounds with the battery removed.
Price: $4,374.99 (on sale now for $3,499.99 until the end of May)
Now checkout part 2 of the Raleigh Lore iE review with info on the ride characteristics, the range test, pros, cons, and overall thoughts!
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