Really like that bike. I hope to see more bikes soon with the STEPS system, I'm not sure but is this the first big company bike with it? One thing occurred to me while viewing the video review was that I'm really liking a lot of bikes that have come out in 2015, it's quite a contrast from 2014. Court better stop putting up these videos or I might start shopping again! In reality I never stopped...Court just posted a review of http://www.raleighusa.com/bikes-ebike-metro-misceo-is
Interesting new entry by Shimano Mid Drive
I agree it's hard to stop shopping and reviewing. Eventually you'll pull the trigger on one and realize this doesn't have to be the ebike for the rest of my life, just one until a better one that I can afford comes along. Until then find one you like and enjoy the ride .Really like that bike. I hope to see more bikes soon with the STEPS system, I'm not sure but is this the first big company bike with it? One thing occurred to me while viewing the video review was that I'm really liking a lot of bikes that have come out in 2015, it's quite a contrast from 2014. Court better stop putting up these videos or I might start shopping again! In reality I never stopped...
There's a little more opinion of the Raleigh and one test ride here:This is a tempting, tempting bike.
Need to offer a suspension fork option.
I rode a Misceo iE at the IZIP Store in Santa Monica and thought it was great. I'm more in the S-pedelec camp and also prefer ebikes with front suspension, so I won't be buying one, but I was very impressed by the Misceo iE, and it's one of the best lightweight city bikes for tooling around town. I'm currently testing a pair of Faraday Porteurs that behave similarly so I'm starting to understand the appeal of lightweight electric city bikes. They're so much easier to carry up the stairs!I purchased a Raleigh Misceo IE for my wife about a month ago after a careful comparison to the Specialized turbo. THe Raleigh was the clear winner for her - it rides much more like a 'real' bike, is considerably lighter with better weight distribution, and has much longer effective range. I'll put some more comments here: http://electricbikereview.com/community/threads/shimano-steps.1780/
I did some looking around online and I did not find one posted specifically for this bike. Its my understanding that it is not the mid drive that determines the max weight, but the overall build of the frame, forks, cranks etc. that determine how strong a bike is. Thus the determining max weight capacity. In general an average ebike weight capacity is 250 lbs. For some heavier duty ones, built with stronger steel or different welds, the weight capacity will be higher.What is max. rider weight of shimano steps bike (250w)?
250lbs should be a good approx estimate for the Misceo iE. Industry standard weight capacity for carbon forks is about 280. I'm about 240 and can get around on the Misceo fine.I found link of Volt Infinity e-bike specs. It looks like Misceo iE.
Max Person Weight: Max 100 Kg (220 lbs)
Max Weight (rider + luggage): 125 Kg (275)
Court's review of the updated, lower priced 2016 Misceo iE was just recently posted. It seems to meet most of my requirements with two exceptions, and I'm especially impressed that all this capability can be found in a 43# bike. One of my two reservations has to do with the lack of a front fork suspension, which I prefer because I'm an older guy who wants to mitigate elbow/wrist/hand shock loading on longer (20 mi) rides. Can I please ask for some comments about what's involved in swapping out the fork assembly. The added weight (the amount depending on the kind of fork) and cost (air suspensions are more costly than spring types, yes?) both argue against doing this. A non-starter? I'm not sure that carbon fork is going to make that much difference on worn paved roads and maintained trails of mixed composition. Any thoughts about that, too? Thanks, everyone!
Two weeks out from moving to Montana...