(The Gear Loop) - Raleigh’s highly modular Centros eBike range has been updated, featuring a new more-powerful battery, Modular Rail System and range extending technology ensure that it is great for both adventure-seekers and cycling commuters alike.
Updates include a new Bosch Powertube battery that sits alongside the Bosch Performance Line Motor. Power is up 125Wh to 625Wh, when compared to the outgoing model, meaning owners don’t have to worry about stuffing panniers full of kit and impacting performance.
According to Raleigh, the new Centros can manage up to 130 miles of assisted riding on a single charge, although those looking to go further can option a range-extending battery pack.
Cleverly, Raleigh has also introduced a new Modular Rail System - dubbed MRS - that allows owners to quickly and easily add all manner of extras. Situated inside the top and down tubes, this strip allows things like Fidlock magnetic bottles, bike packing bags locks and the range extender battery to be safely and easily attached.
Wheel size is down from 700c to 650b, which has allowed for fatter and more pliant tyres to be added for improved off-road performance. Here, Raleigh has opted for chunky Schwalbe Marathon Almotion tyres, while hydraulic disc brakes and front suspension allow it venture that bit further.
Although not a full-on gravel-munching machine, the bike comes with mud-catching SKS mudguards and a Racktime rear carrier for additional storage and panniers.
An integrated rear light, built-in rear-wheel lock and kickstand also come as standard, for those around-town bikers, while Raleigh continues to use Shimano gearing on both models, using an Altus 9 speed system on the rear derailleur model, and a Nexus 8 speed on the hub gear version.
There are four options coming soon, with the cheapest being the Centros Crossbar and the Centros Lowstep Derailleur at £2,999. The Centros Crossbar and the Centros Lowstep Hub cost £3,099.