After many miles of testing the Raleigh Misceo iE it has proven to be an economical eCommuter with some features found on more expensive eBikes.
The new SR Suntour Performance drive has an intuitive pedal assist system that has a quick ride feel.
The Misceo iE has an efficient ride style that makes it easy to rack up the miles and you will see that in the impressive range test results.
With the full accessory package the Misceo is ready for the daily commute and weekend eTouring rides.
The Raleigh Misceo iE is affordably priced at $1,799 USD with free shipping and monthly payment options.
In this second part of the full review you will get an idea of the ride characteristics, range test results, pros, cons, and overall thoughts on this electric bike.
Make sure you check out part 1 of this review with large pictures and specifications to get a detailed look at this e-bike.
What you can expect from the Raleigh Misceo iE:
To get acquainted with the Raleigh Misceo iE, checkout this video:
Riding the Raleigh Misceo iE:
Overall there are some characteristics of the Raleigh Misceo iE that really stand out when riding this eBike. To summarize they are:
- A performance ride style that is comfortable
- An efficient ride for impressive range
- An intuitive pedal assist system
The Look & Feel of the Raleigh Misceo iE
The Raleigh Misceo iE has a classic commuter style and feel designed for many miles of getting to and from work as well as running errands.
Its ride style also works well for cruising along open roads in a touring fashion.
The SR Suntour Performance system is surprisingly quick and the torque sensor system offers an intuitive ride feel.
The large wheels with smooth tires roll along with a gliding efficient feel and the 45c tire width provides a stable ride.
The flat and wide handlebars with ergonomic grips also add to that stability while the SR Suntour suspension fork with 3” of travel smooth out rougher roads.
The fork has a very smooth, active, and quality feel that is impressive to have on an economically priced eBike like this.
The Raleigh performance style saddle is good for an efficient ride while still being pretty comfortable. If you ride on rougher roads a suspension seat post would be a nice addition.
The ride position is focused on a performance ride with a somewhat stretched out stem.
In addition to the step-over frame (used in this testing & review), Raleigh also offers the Misceo iE in a step-thru frame that makes getting on and off the bike a little easier with the lower top tube.
7005 hydroformed aluminum tubing is used to construct the frame to optimize the strength of the frame and to blend in the electrical components.
A good example of this is the battery platform that is designed on the downtube. The tube has been flattened in the center to provide the flat platform for the battery attachment points.
It provides a sophisticated look and the central low location of the battery is ideal for the balance and handling of the bike.
Another frame highlight is internal cable routing that has a clean look and provides some cable protection.
Now let’s take a look at the drive system.
The SR Suntour Performance system is a 250 watt (400 watt peak) geared rear hub system with 60 Nm of peak torque that provides pedal assist up to 20 mph. This a Class 1 electric bike per eBike laws that are applicable in many US states.
On paper those numbers may not seem like much but the ride feel is surprisingly peppy!
At the higher assist levels the Misceo iE can get up to speed fairly quick and hold the higher speeds on moderate climbs.
The lower assist levels provide an easy going ride style that is nice for casually riding around the neighborhood or for when riding in crowded areas.
The torque, cadence, and speed sensor combination does a nice job of providing a proportional amount of assist based on your pedal style.
It has an intuitive feel that blends in the assist based on your pedal power.
For instance, if you are lightly pedaling the system adds just a little assist. If you stand up and really crank on the pedals the system will provide a lot of assist.
The SR Suntour Active Torque Sensor (ATS) system ride feel is similar to that found on more expensive systems.
It is not quiet as smooth and refined as the more expensive systems but considering the lower price point of the Misceo iE it is an impressive feature for this economical eBike.
Like a lot of the geared hub motors the SR Suntour motor does create a whirring noise which dissipates a little at the higher speeds due to wind noise.
The Shimano Altus 8 speed drivetrain covers the speed range well with an 11 tooth to 34 tooth cogset and 42 tooth chainring.
The lower range is good for climbing steeper hills and the high range works well for pedaling at the 20+ mph range on flatter terrain.
The shifting system has a light and smooth feel that is easy to shift up and down the cogset.
Now let’s look at the frame mounted battery.
The SR Suntour 36V 11.6ah 418Wh lithium battery is attached to the downtube platform for good weight distribution.
This is good for the overall balance of the bike which helps with the handling of the bike and when picking the bike up.
Fully charging the 36V 11.6ah battery takes about 6 to 7 hours and it can be charged on or off the bike.
The plug for the battery charger has small connections and there is a locknut that is a little cumbersome to connect to the battery.
Removing the battery is easily done by unlocking it with one of the supplied keys and sliding it up and off the bike.
The battery weighs 5.7 pounds and removing it brings the weight of the Raleigh Misceo iE down to 49.8 pounds which makes it a little easier to load on a car rack.
Now let’s take a closer look at the controls and display.
The SR Suntour display is centered on the handlebar and provides easily readable info at a quick glance.
It is pretty simple with the battery level, trip distance, odometer, current speed, and pedal assist level (4 levels).
The control pad on the left side of the handlebar is also pretty simple with the pedal assist buttons (+ -), the info button, light button, and walk mode button.
The walk mode moves the bike at a few mph and is useful when walking the bike uphill.
Under the display is a USB port for charging a smartphone, tablet, or other USB chargeable device while out and about.
The Kenda 700x45c tires are a good size to keep the bike efficient while still being comfortable for many miles of riding.
The Raleigh Misceo iE carries momentum well and a lot of that has to do with the 700c road tires.
They do a good job of rolling down the road with minimal effort.
Another spec highlight for this price point are the Tektro hydraulic disc brakes with 180mm rotors front and rear.
Typical of hydraulic brakes, these Tektro brakes have a very solid feel and they have a wide spectrum of braking power that is easy to control.
Each brake lever has a set screw to adjust the lever reach to fit your hand size.
The Raleigh Misceo iE also comes with a full accessory package to make it ready for the daily commute and/or touring ride.
Full coverage plastic fenders add some style and helpful functionality.
The rear rack works with traditional bike bags and panniers and supports up to 55 pounds of cargo.
Front and rear LED lights run off of the eBike battery so that you don’t have to charge separate batteries for the lights.
Rounding out the accessory package is a bell and kickstand.
Okay, let’s see how the Raleigh Misceo iE did out on the open road!
Raleigh Misceo iE Range Test Results:
Here is the real world information on how the Raleigh Misceo iE electric bike performed on a riding circuit that includes hills, flats, traffic, wind (when available) etc.
While testing these bikes I like to put them through the toughest conditions to see where their bottom line is in regards to range and speed. I tested the Raleigh Misceo iE in the highest pedal assist level (Sport) with average pedaling on paved roads.
Range: As you can see from the GPS info that I recorded, the Raleigh Misceo iE traveled 29.5 miles and did a total elevation gain of around 2,400 ft. Considering that I weigh 190 lbs and I pedaled at an average pace this is very good range for a 36 Volt 11.6 ah battery pack (418 Watt Hours) with a 250 watt motor assisting up to 20 mph.
Watt hours are the total energy in a battery pack and it is based on the volts x amp hours of a pack. This is a way to compare the size of the “gas tank” of electric bikes.
Please keep in mind that if you pedal more, weigh less than me, ride slower and/or you use the bike in terrain that is not as hilly you will get more range. These results are from tough testing.
Speed: The Raleigh Misceo iE will assist up to 20 mph with pedal assist only (there is no throttle).
Weight: The Raleigh Misceo iE tips the scales at 55.5 lbs which is on about average for an electric bike like this. Removing the battery brings it down to around 49.8 pounds which makes it a little easier to load onto a car rack.
The weight distribution of the Raleigh Misceo iE is pretty good with the low and centered battery and a rear hub motor.
Intuitive Pedal Assist: The new SR Suntour Performance drive with the Active Torque Sensor (ATS) system provides an intuitive ride style that does a good job of blending your pedal power with the motor power. This is a feature generally found on more expensive eBikes.
Impressive Range: Nearly 30 miles of range in the tough range test is impressive for this eCommuter with a 418 Wh battery. If you ride on easier terrain and in the lower pedal assist levels you can expect to get even more range.
Affordable: $1,799 with free shipping is a good price considering some of the features that are normally found on more expensive eBikes. The SR Suntour Performance system offers an intuitive ride feel and the Tektro hydraulic disc brakes and full accessory package are nice additions for this price point.
Motor Noise: Like a lot of the geared hub motors the SR Suntour motor does create a whirring noise which dissipates a little at the higher speeds due to wind noise.
Charger Plug: The plug for the battery charger has small connections and there is a locknut that is a little cumbersome to connect to the battery.
Overall the Raleigh Misceo iE is a good value because it offers a lot of features that are generally found on more expensive eBikes.
The new SR Suntour Performance system has a performance ride style and intuitive pedal assist feel.
The Misceo iE is set up very well for many miles of commuting and touring open roads with its efficient ride qualities and full accessory package.
The Raleigh Misceo iE is affordably priced at $1,799 USD with free shipping and monthly payment options.
Please keep in mind that this is a relatively short term test. This testing can’t really give you the long term review of durability and reliability. My thoughts on the quality of this bike are from previous experiences with similar bikes. If you own this bike and have some input on the long term durability, please share your comments with the Electric Bike Report community below.
Where to buy a Raleigh Misceo iE? Check with Raleigh for purchasing options.
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