Our rating: 4.3
The Motus is a splendid bike at an affordable and competitive price (£2,799), it doesn’t try to be sporty but is ideal for leisurely rides, commuting and grabbing the shopping in the week. It has plenty of accessories included in the price such as the mudguards, built-in wheel lock, kickstand, reflective wheels and integrated lights at the front and rear of the bike.
The Bosch motor and battery are both reliable and this version of the bike has been updated a lot, the battery is internal and the frame shapes differ.
|Features||Gears: Shimano Nexus 7 Speed Hub
Pedals: Raleigh ‘Anti Slip’ Resin
|Available sizes||41, 46, 51, 56cm|
|Brakes||Tektro T285 Hydraulic disc brake, 160mm|
|Cassette||Shimano 18t Spocket|
|Chain||KMC E1 Chain|
|Cranks||38T Steel (Silver) with 170mm Alloy Crank Arms|
|Fork||RST Volant 50mm travel|
|Handlebar||Aluminium comfort handlebar 640mm|
|Motor||Bosch Active Line motor, Bosch Powertube 400Wh battery|
|Saddle||Selle Royal Saddle|
|Seat post||Allow Micro Adjust 27.2 x 300mm|
|Stem||Aluminium Adjustable Stem, 90mm|
|Tires||700c x 47 Mitas Flash|
|Wheels||700c double side wall rim with QR aluminium hub 36H|
Motor, Battery and Range
The centrally mounted 250W Bosch Active Line motor is 25% smaller than the previous version of this bike and also weighs less, it has an integrated Bosch PowerPack 400Wh that is removable and can reach full charge by 6 hours.
The motor is Bosch’s basic unit and delivers 40Nm of torque, it isn’t powerful as some of the better versions but can give you smooth assistance that is suited to urban usage with the ability to get up some hills, but you won’t find that you’ll be speeding up them without you pedalling too.
Bosch also provides a large LCD Intuvia display where there are easy to see buttons where you can reset the trip distance, operate the integrated lights, scroll through the screens information and of course turn the system on and off. To control the power you use the Intuvia remote located near the left thumb, you can go through the head units information and be able to cycle through the levels of assistance, the levels are:
- Eco 40W assistance and 30Nm torque
- Tour 100W assistance and 35Nm torque
- Sport 170W assistance and 38Nm torque
- Turbo 250W assistance and 40Nm torque
The system is easy to understand and the display calculates the range precisely but this all depends on which mode you are using and how much you are pedalling. The range that Raleigh claims the bike can get is 99 miles, and this is mostly when on paved areas, no hills and are using Eco mode the majority of the time. If you live in a hillier area you can find a range of just under 60 miles which is ideal for a commute via bike, this is also a good range for if you are out for a leisurely ride.
Warranty & Customer Support
Bosch PowerPack is fully guaranteed for two years (or 500 charge cycles)
Battery can be recycled and replaced for £500