Raleigh has revealed the latest e-bike to join its range – an electrified version of its Strada model.
The new Strada range introduces the 650B rim size on all the bikes. Popular on adventure and gravel bikes, these rims are coupled with deeper, wider tyres that are suited to the bumps, lumps and pot holes present in Britain’s roads, supposedly providing ‘cushioning and comfort’, without compromising on speed.
The wheels have the same rolling diameter as standard 700c wheels, but are more capable when the surface turns to gravel and dirt giving riders the best of both worlds.
The Strada Electric range features a new, lighter aluminium frame. The size of the rear triangle has been reduced, making it stiffer and the chainstay shortened making the bike more responsive. The seat stay has also been dropped to provide more flex. The battery for the top of the range Shimano E6000 drive system has been semi-integrated in to the frame and light weight carbon forks with alloy have been added to improve shock absorption and handling.
Both the Strada Elite Electric and Strada Comp Electric are equipped with the Shimano Steps E6000 e-bike system featuring a powerful 50NM centre mount motor. The motor boasts reduced drag that makes it quicker off the mark and faster when the bike is traveling over 15mph. The key to the Shimano STEPS system is the integration of the gears, motor and controller to produce a quiet, powerful and efficient riding experience. The 400wh battery boasts a range of between 40 and 125km dependent on the level of assistance selected.
Similar to its non-electric counterparts, the Strada Electric bike is equipped with rack and mudguard mounts to allow riders to customise the bike. A Selle Royal gel saddle has been fitted to ensure a comfortable ride and Shimano hydraulic disc brakes provide stopping power.
The Strada Comp Electric boasts the Shimano Alfine Di2 electronic hub gear allowing riders to shift smoothly, quickly and precisely with the option to shift automatically. This model comes in metallic gunmetal grey with rose gold detailing. The Strada Comp Electric retails for £2500 and is available online here.
The Strada Elite Electric uses the 1×9 Shimano Alivio derailleur gearing system, providing a great range of gears but keeping weight to a minimum and focussing on speed. This bike comes in silver and blue colours, retails for £2250 and is available online here.