Raleigh Misceo iE w/ Shimano STePS Mid Drive: Pictures & Specs
The Raleigh Misceo iE just arrived for testing and review and it is the first electric bike in the U.S. to feature the new Shimano STePS mid drive system!
In addition, the Misceo iE also has the high tech Shimano Di2 electronic shifting for the Alfine 8 speed internally geared rear hub.
The Misceo iE is a sporty commuter/recreational road style e-bike that is priced at $3,199 USD.
In this first part of the review you will get a detailed look at this bike with a BUNCH of pictures and the specifications.
Part 2 of the Raleigh Misceo iE review will give you info on the ride characteristics, results from the range test, pros, cons, and overall thoughts on this e-bike.
Alright, let’s get into the details!
The Raleigh Misceo iE looks fast!
Here’s a closer look at the Misceo iE aluminum frame. The top tube and down tube have some curvature to add to the style of this sporty e-bike.
The Shimano STePS lithium battery is a 36V 11.6ah (418 Wh) sits on the down tube of the frame for centered and low weight distribution. Both the battery and mid drive motor are in a good location for a balanced bike (not too heavy in the front or back) that has good overall handling characteristics. That is important for a sport style e-bike like the Misceo iE.
This is a look at the left side of the frame. There is internal cable routing in the frame for the rear disc brake hydraulic cable and the Di2 electronic shifting wire that goes to the Shimano Alfine 8 speed internally geared rear hub.
On the left side of the battery is the lock that is unlocked with the supplied ABUS key.
On the left side of the pack there is an on/off button and a battery charge level indicator. There is also a battery charge indicator on the display in addition to an estimated range remaining. More on that in a bit.
When the pack is unlocked it slides to the side for removal. The STePS battery weighs 5.7 pounds.
Here’s a look at the bike when the battery pack has been removed. In this picture you can see the ABUS key that can be matched with an ABUS lock so that you only need one key for the battery lock and lock for the bike. Here is my review of 2 of the folding ABUS locks.
The Shimano STePS charger is about the size of a laptop charger and it takes about 4 hours to fully charge the battery. The battery can only be charged when it has been removed from the bike.
And here is the STePS mid drive motor! This is a 250 watt motor (500 watt peak) that leverages and powers through the 8 speed drivetrain of the Shimano Alfine internally geared rear hub. The pedal assist system uses 3 measurements: torque sensing, cadence sensing, and wheel speed sensing.
Here’s a look at the left side of the motor. It is mounted to the frame with 3 bolted connections. Shimano claims that it weighs 7 pounds; one of the lightest on the market.
And this is one of the highlights of the Misceo iE. Raleigh decided to go all out and spec the Shimano Alfine 8 speed internally geared rear hub with Di2 electronic shifting! There are no cogs, derailleurs, or shifting cables. Instead all the gearing is in the rear hub and there is an electronic shifting mechanism (right of the chain) that takes care of the shifting work. The electronic shifting is integrated with the STePS system and the power for this comes from the e-bike battery pack. When you comes to a stop at a stop sign or stop light, the system will automatically shift to a lower gear (you can choose which gear) so that you can efficiently accelerate from the stop in the right gear. Very cool!
In this picture you can see the wiring that connects to the electronic shifting mechanism . There is a derailleur looking chain tensioner on the Misceo iE.
Shimano hydraulic disc brakes are used front and rear and they provide solid stopping power. This is the rear disc brake attached to the Alfine hub.
This is the front Shimano hydraulic disc brake.
The Misceo iE uses a carbon fiber front fork to lighter weight and for absorbing something of the road shock.
Here’s another view of the carbon fork and the Kenda Kwik Bitumen 700 x 40mm (28″ x 1.6″) tire.
This is a view of the same tire on the rear wheel. These Kenda tires have a good centered ridge for rolling efficiency with with side grooves for shedding water.
Now let’s take a look at the control center on the Misceo iE.
The STePS display is front and center on the handlebars with the traditional info like: the battery level, current speed, time, pedal assist level (walk, off, eco, nomal, high), trip distance, odometer, average speed, max speed, and……….
Estimated range! In this view of the display you can get an idea of how much range you have based on the current battery level and which pedal assist level that you are using. Eco, norm, and high are basically low, medium, and high pedal assist. You can also take the display with you when the bike is locked up. There is a quick release lever under the display.
On the left side of the handlebar is the control pad that adjusts the pedal assist levels with the up and down buttons (walk, off, eco, normal, and high). The “walk” feature is also controlled with the down arrow and that provides a little bit of assist if you are walking with the bike up a steep hill or pushing the bike up stairs. The top black button cycles through the different info on the display like trip distance, odometer, etc.
On the right side the control pad adjusts the gears up or down and black button also cycles through the display information. Since the control pads are the same, you can decide which side you want to control the assist or gear changes.
Here’s a look at the Shimano hydraulic brake lever. You can adjust the lever reach to fit your hand size.
The saddle on the Misceo iE has a narrow performance style front and a moderately wide back part for a comfortable ride.
Stay tuned for part 2 of the Misceo iE review with info on ride characteristics, results from the range test, pros, cons, and overall thoughts on this e-bike.
Raleigh Misceo iE Electric Bike Specifications
Frame: Aluminium frame.
Fork: Carbon fiber fork.
Motor: Shimano STePS 250 watt mid drive motor. 500 watts peak power.
Battery: 36V 11.6ah (418 Wh) lithium battery. ~5.7 pounds.
Assist Options: 3 pedal assist options; eco, normal, and high. Walk option for assist when walking the bike up steep hills or stairs.
Display: Large LCD display with information on: battery level, current speed, pedal assist level, trip distance, odometer, average speed, max speed, estimated range.
Drivetrain: Shimano Alfine 8 speed internally geared rear hub with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting system.
Brakeset: Shimano hydraulic disc brakes front and rear with 160 mm rotors.
Tires: Kenda Kwik Bitumen 700 x 40mm (28″ x 1.6″) tires.
Sizes: Small, medium, large, extra large.
Weight: 42.3 pounds.
Price: $3,199 USD at the time of this review.
Here is a link to the specifications page of the Raleigh Misceo iE electric bike.
Now checkout part 2 of the Raleigh Misceo iE review with info on the ride characteristics, the range test, pros, cons, and overall thoughts!
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andrew ffoulkes says
this is a good price for a top name mid drive
next year shimano is bringing out auto-shifting which should be a software download as all the hardware is in place already
will it be possible to retrofit auto-shifting, cost?
Larry Pizzi says
Great question Andrew. Our understanding is that yes, the firmware is capable of being updated as new functionality becomes available.
i refuse to call them ladies frames but unisex, the step through frames
i’ve been riding one for a season now and
they’re just so much easier to mount/dismount
do you have plans to bring a step through frame ebike with a shimano or bosch edrive, over in the near future?
Larry Pizzi says
Andrew – Yes, we do have plans to introduce another model that will become available this fall that will be available in a low-step configuration, using the Shimano STePS system. Stay tuned!
Don Gerhardt says
I agree with Andrews comments on the advantage of a step through frame. The advantage was apparent in the Danville VA E-Bike project where citizens from 18 to 70 years old were given E-bikes to ride for 3 weeks. Some of the riders were overweight and had not been on a bike for 10 years. The step through bikes were the most popular.
I have been on several bike-boat trips in Europe. They have over 100 step through bikes on board.
I have a custom step through in my private E-bike fleet. It is setup to operate legally as a low speed E-bike, a moped and a neighborhood electric vehicle. I can switch modes between 36, 48 and 72 volts. I can program the motor fom 250 watts to 3000 watts.
One issue with a step through is frame flex. This issue can be solved by using finite element analysis and a mid step through design. Image has not been a problem for me since I can out perform any other bikes.
Don Gerhardt says
Excellent overview and photos.
Tnx for your contribution 😉
Perhaps you can give us more info regarding your ‘programable’ motor voltage, etc ??
Im ready for my 3rd ebike and need a commuter-type machine with at least 500 watts available …
butch eflow says
very good review, thank you.
currie tech is benefiting hugely after being bought out by the european Accell Group much better quality,, big name mid drive ebikes are being brought over from europe, that we may , not have seen for a few more years, well done Accell
I like this nice Raleigh VAE bike ( e-bike ).
Unfortunatelly there is NO dealer in France.
Have a good ride.
Gregory Fox says
Does the electronic shifting permit gear shifts when the battery is dead or if the rider chooses to ride with the power turned off?
Larry Pizzi says
Another great question! Thanks – The Shimano STePS drive system does not allow the battery pack to get to a state of total discharge and will continue to enable shifting beyond drive system cut-off and yes, you can continue to shift when the drive is on ‘off” mode.
Chris Kirk says
looks like a GREAT bike and a Great concept all around—Please keep me informed about updates and new mods!!!
Chris Kirk says
It’s a GREAT BIKE!!!!!!!