The sporty Raleigh Redux iE mid-drive speed pedelec (28 mph) has arrived for testing & review!
A high torque Brose mid-drive with a nearly 500 watt hour integrated frame battery powers this agile commuter up to 28 mph.
At $3,199 the Redux features a well designed frame and a solid component line up from Brose, Shimano, Schwalbe, and more.
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 Redux iE 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 Redux iE!
The Raleigh Redux iE is a stealthy commuter that is also a great eBike for long weekend rides through the country. It also has the capabilities to become a solid touring eBike for longer adventures.
Raleigh put a lot of thought into the design and construction 6061 aluminum Redux iE frame. Here is a look at the clean integration of the battery into the downtube of the frame.
The headtube has been formed to provide strength where its needed while reducing the material in lower stress areas for weight savings.
You can see more of that in this side view of the headtube. Also note the smoothed welds that create a clean look with the tubes flowing together.
The seat tube, top tube, and seat stay junction also has the smoothed welds. There are attachments for a rear rack on the frame. In this view you can see the upper rack attachments at the seat stays.
This is the seat tube connection at the mid-drive motor mount. The hydroformed tubing has been shaped to provide a large surface area connection for added strength and stability.
The 250 watt Brose mid-drive motor provides the pedal assist up to 28 mph and it has a peak torque of 90 Nm. This pedal assist system uses a torque sensor.
And here is a look at the left side of the Brose mid-drive motor. The motor is fully enclosed in the aluminum frame for protection.
Here is a video from Brose that gives you a look inside this mid-drive motor:
Brose has its roots in automotive components “Our years of experience as a specialist for mechatronics systems and as a global market leader for electric motors in the automotive sector, were the optimal preconditions for developing an innovative motor concept for high-quality e-bikes. We brought the entire team together within an e-bike centre of excellence at the Brose engine plant in Berlin. Production of the drive system takes place at the Brose manufacturing plant in Berlin.”
The basis for the Brose eBike motor is a steering motor produced millions of times over for cars.
The Raleigh Redux iE is a Class 3 electric bike per California law which is a speed pedelec providing pedal assist up to 28 mph.
The 36V 13.8ah (496.8 Wh) lithium battery is mounted inside the downtube of the frame providing a low and centered weight distribution, which is good for overall bike handling.
The battery pack charging port is located at the top of the pack near the headtube. There is a magnetic charging port cover that is easily removed for charging (cover removed in this picture). The battery can be charged on or off the bike.
The stylish on/off button is located at the bottom of the pack and the battery is removed by unlocking it from the frame with the supplied key (2 keys supplied) and lifting the pack out of the downtube.
Here’s a look at the frame after the battery pack has been removed.
This is the connection point for the battery near the headtube of the frame.
The battery can be charged on or off the bike and the charging port is at the top of the battery pack. The charger is about the size of a laptop charger and it takes 4 to 5 hours to charge a completely empty battery.
The battery pack weighs 6.7 pounds.
The aluminum fork has a thru axle for solid side to side wheel stability. The internal cable routing is a nice way to provide some protection for the hydraulic disc brake cable and it looks pretty cool too! There are connection points for fenders and a front rack.
In the center of the handlebar is the Brose LCD display that shows the pedal assist level (there are 3 levels), speedometer, odometer, trip odometer, battery level, trip time, trip average speed, and current time.
The display has a backlit for good visibility both day and night. There is also a button to control front and rear lights (not included) that can be added to the Redux iE and they run off of the main eBike battery. The Brose system is designed so that even if the battery does not have enough charge for pedal assist, it will still provide 2 hours for the light system.
The display can be easily removed from the handlebar mount by pushing down on a tab and sliding the display off. There is also a way to fix the display to the mount with an optional fastening bolt. At the base of the display mount is a USB charging port for charging a smartphone, tablet, or other USB chargeable device from the eBike battery.
A simple control pad on the left side of the handlebar adjusts the pedal assist levels (up and down arrows) and cycles through the display settings (center button).
Here is a look at the Raleigh lock on grip, front Shimano M365 hydraulic disc brake lever, and Brose control pad.
On the right side of the handlebars is the Shimano M365 hydraulic brake lever and the Shimano Deore 10 speed shifter. The reach of the brake levers can be adjusted with an allen wrench to fit your hand size properly.
Here’s a look at the paddles of the Shimano Deore 10 speed shifter and the Raleigh lock on grip. The grips have a very solid and stable feel.
A Shimano Deore rear derailleur shifts through the 10 speed Shimano 11-32T cogset. The gearing range works well for cruising up to 28 mph and for climbing steep hills. A rear thru axle provides for solid side to side stiffness of the rear wheel.
Shimano M365 hydraulic discs brakes are used front and rear. The front disc is a 180mm diameter rotor. These hydraulic brakes have a very solid feel with progressive modulation.
Here is the rear Shimano M365 hydraulic disc brake with 160mm rotor and a look at the quick release for the rear wheel through axle.
The Schwalbe Big Ben 27.5″ x 2.0″ tires have nice tread pattern for an efficient ride with channels for dissipating water. These tires have significant air volume for a smooth and comfortable ride.
Wide alloy pedals provide a stable platform and solid grip.
The Velo Raleigh saddle has a narrow performance style profile.
Raleigh Redux iE Electric Bike Specifications
Frame: Double butted 6061 aluminium frame with hydroformed tubing, smoothed welds, rear through axle, rack and fender connections
Fork: Aluminium fork with through axle and fender/rack connections
Motor: Brose mid-drive 250W with 90 Nm of peak torque
Battery: 36V 13.8Ah (496.8 watt hour) lithium battery. The battery weighs 6.7 pounds.
Assist Options: 3 pedal assist levels: Cruise, Tour, Sport. Torque sensor pedal assist.
Speed: Pedal assist (no throttle) up to 28 mph which makes this a Class 3 eBike
Display: Brose LCD display with information on: pedal assist level (there are 3 levels), speedometer, odometer, trip odometer, battery level, trip time, trip average speed, and current time. Backlit for good visibility both day and night.
Drivetrain: 44T chainring with Shimano 11-32T 10-speed cogset. Shimano Deore 10 speed shifter & rear derailleur
Brakeset: Shimano M365 hydraulic disc brakes, 180mm front rotor and 160mm rear rotor
Tires: Schwalbe Big Ben, 27.5″ x 2.0″
Sizes: Small (5′-3″ to 5′-6″), Medium (5′-6″ to 5′-9″) Large (5′-9″ to 6′-0″)
Weight: 47.7 pounds. 41.0 pounds with the battery removed.
Price: $3,199 USD at the time of this review
Here is a link to the specifications page of the Raleigh Redux iE electric bike.
Stay tuned for part 2 of the Raleigh Redux iE review with info on the ride characteristics, the range test, pros, cons, and overall thoughts!
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