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Just in: Raleigh Roundsman, a £2,300 electric cargo bike with Bosch motor

Here's a bike designed for doing the shopping with

Don’t say we’re all about road race bikes here at This Raleigh Roundsman (£2,300) is all about utility, with a Bosch electric motor mounted between the small 24in wheels and front and rear load lugging racks. It's designed for the doing the shopping trip or making deliveries.

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Yes, the bike is branded as a Raleigh Roundsman, after a 1950s delivery bike of the same name. It was even made with an engine in the rear wheel, and used as a  factory runaround by the Morris/MG parts dept. You can read more about this fascinating bike and its history here.

Raleigh is part of the Accell group and benefits from shared knowledge with companies like Haibike and Winora, both of which have been rapidly developing e-bikes over the past few years. This Raleigh is based on the Winora eLoad. In fact, early bikes supplied by Raleigh will be the Winora, before delivery of the Roundsman later this year. 

E-bikes have been hugely popular as a form of transport in Germany for many years, but they’ve yet to really catch on in the UK. The tide is slowly changing, and we reckon e-bikes are going to get a lot more popular in Britain in the next couple of years. 

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The bike features an aluminium frame and fork with SKS Chromoplastic mudguards and a front and rear rack integrated into the frame. It’s a step-through frame design so you can ride it in normal clothes. No silly spandex needed. 

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Driving the bike is a Bosch 250 Watt motor, mounted low down in the frame between the cranks, so the weight is nice and low. There are several electric bike motors on the market, but the Bosch is generally accepted to be the current benchmark. 

The battery is slung between the seat tube and rear wheel, well out of the way, but easily accessible for removing when it needs charging. An Intuvia multifunction display mounted on the handlebars helps you keep tabs on things like remaining battery life and choose one of five modes (Eco, Tour, Sport, Turbo, Off). 

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So you don’t have to fix some cheap disposal lights to the bike, Winora has sensibly fitted a B&M Eyc LED front light and Trelock LS621 rear light powered by the Bosch battery. The 24in wheels are constructed from stainless spokes wth sealed aluminium hubs and aluminium rims and fitted with Schwalbe Big Ben tyres.

The saddle is a Selle Royal Loire atop a 30.9mm XLC seatpost and there is a XLC Evo Ergobar overSize handlebar.

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Gearing is taken care of by a Shimano Nexus 7-speed gear hub, operated by a rotary gear shifter with an indicator window. Winora uses its own crankset with an 18t chainring and a 22t sprocket on the back wheel. A chainguard keeps your trousers out of the oily chain.

Bringing the 30kg bike to a stop, or, at least, scrubbing off some speed, is a pair of Magura HS 11 hydraulic rim brakes. When you have stopped, an integrated kickstand saves leaning the bike against a wall, and there’s a lock on the rear wheel to stop someone riding off with your bike. And shopping.

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The Winora eLoad certainly isn’t going to appeal to everyone. It’s not one for your sportives or club runs, obviously. But it could replace the car for those very short journeys to the shops to do a small food shop, to collect a loaf of bread and bottle of milk. The bike has a maximum weight limit of 180kg, so you could fit quite a lot of food on it, provided you can fit it in the two racks and you don't weigh 180kg... 

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It’s a bike unlike any we’ve ever tested before, but we’ll press it into service with the daily chores, such as taking parcels to the post office and collecting more reserves of coffee, cake and beer from the supermarket. 

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David worked on the tech team from 2012-2020. Previously he was editor of and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds, and you can now find him over on his own YouTube channel David Arthur - Just Ride Bikes

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severs1966 | 8 years ago
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With the electric motor entirely located at the bottom bracket, freeing the hubs up to be any type the manufacturer chooses, there is no excuse for not fitting enclosed hub brakes to this bike.

It is obviously intended to be a sturdy, daily utility machine and that's what hub brakes are for. No degradation from weather, immunity from mildly out-of-true rims, lond intervals between brake shoe changes.

Its current braking setup makes about as much sense as low-profile tyres and alloy wheels on a builder's pickup truck.


Also, why doesn't it have a fully enclosed chain to keep the cack off your normal clothes, which the article implies that you will be wearing? And to keep the weather off the chain so that you don't have to fetishise chain lubrication?


Apart from that, it is nice to see this kind of thing for sale in the UK, assuming that decent 24" tyres can be had. Can you get Schwalbes in that size in the UK? The spec says that it comes fitted with Schwalbe Big Bens.

Al__S | 8 years ago

20kg+ for a bike without motor of this style would be pretty normal. This isn't the place to find lightweight steel and gossamer thin tyres, this is a world of heavy duty dent-proof tubing and tyres that can ride through broken glass.

Agree that the rim brakes and exposed chain are curious design decisions.

kie7077 | 8 years ago

30 kilos / 66 pounds is silly, what's it made of, lead? God forbid the batteries run out. No mention of milages, I bet the economy mode barely even makes up for the absurd weight of the bike. And this rubbish costs £2k+.

KiwiMike | 8 years ago

No enclosed hub brakes - rims will be eaten by hydro pads, which will needing regular replacing and be unpredictable in shite weather.

No enclosed chain.

Both fundamental longevity mistakes on a £2,300 bike. 

StuInNorway | 8 years ago

 ... I see one significant failure in their design, the front light is hidden under the front luggage rack. Take the eyeline of a truck driver and work out how far back he is when the light disappears from sight.
Living in pat of the world where "dark O'clock" comes early for a chunk of the year (then doesn't get dark until WAY after bedtime for the summer) being visible is an important thing. A simply change of extending the cable and hanging the front light under the front edge of the basket where the front reflector is would make a huge difference.

harrybav | 8 years ago

Looks great. Not sure about the overall capacity - the beer and shopping I fit into 2 panniers (plus rack top for squashables like bread) would not fit in those boxes, I think. Agree with Dodgy, discs would be the thing, no dearer than maguras. Maybe the euro market prefers maguras.

dave atkinson replied to harrybav | 8 years ago

vbvb wrote:

Looks great. Not sure about the overall capacity - the beer and shopping I fit into 2 panniers (plus rack top for squashables like bread) would not fit in those boxes, I think. Agree with Dodgy, discs would be the thing, no dearer than maguras. Maybe the euro market prefers maguras.

certainly the euro market prefers maguras

as to panniers, nothing to stop you using them on this bike and still having the front box for your 12 bottles of wine...

KiwiMike replied to dave atkinson | 8 years ago

dave atkinson wrote:

vbvb wrote:

...Agree with Dodgy, discs would be the thing, no dearer than maguras. Maybe the euro market prefers maguras.

certainly the euro market prefers maguras

How so Dave? given the choice between a decent rollerbrake and Maguras, do Europeans go for the rim ones? Or is this Raleigh spec'ing something that cost less?

This English resident would be recommending people don't buy this bike based on the brakes alone. Happy to be proved wrong in a longevity test, but given our Workcycles FR8 is now 5 years and counting with zero maintenance to the Shimano hub brakes, I just can't see how having rim brakes would be 'better'. We'd have had to have it into a shop for new pads, might have done a rim in, etc. It's been missing three spokes for a few years after someone munched a bungee cord in the front, but the wheel wobble is un-noticeable because it's hub-braked. 

dodgy | 8 years ago

Shame there's no discs, not for a performance advantage, just to lower the maintenance that pads scraping against rims inevitably brings.

I'd buy one, maybe at £1000, which will perhaps be the price point when these become very popular in the UK. 

Edit to add: Also it's crying out for a gates belt drive.


Darkerside | 8 years ago
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Looks well kitted out. The Bosch motors in particular seem to work really nicely.

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