2015 Raleigh Misceo iE Review

Raleigh Misceo Ie Electric Bike Review
Raleigh Misceo Ie
Raleigh Miscoe Ie Shimano Steps 250 Mid Drive Motor
Raleigh Misceo Ie Lithium Ion Removable Battery
Raleigh Misceo Ie Shimano Steps Display Di2 Button Pads Handlebar
Raleigh Misceo Ie 38 Tooth Front Sprocket Cranks Pedals
Raleigh Misceo Ie 160 Mm Hydraulic Disc Brake Rotors
Raleigh Misceo Ie Backlit Removable Lcd Display
Raleigh Misceo Ie Kenda Kwick Bitumen 700c Tires
Raleigh Misceo Ie Selle Royale Lookin Gel Saddle
Raleigh Misceo Ie Shimano Alfine 8 Speed Internally Geared Hub
Raleigh Misceo Ie Shimano Di2 Electronic Shifter
Raleigh Misceo Ie Size Guide
Raleigh Misceo Ie Electric Bike Review
Raleigh Misceo Ie
Raleigh Miscoe Ie Shimano Steps 250 Mid Drive Motor
Raleigh Misceo Ie Lithium Ion Removable Battery
Raleigh Misceo Ie Shimano Steps Display Di2 Button Pads Handlebar
Raleigh Misceo Ie 38 Tooth Front Sprocket Cranks Pedals
Raleigh Misceo Ie 160 Mm Hydraulic Disc Brake Rotors
Raleigh Misceo Ie Backlit Removable Lcd Display
Raleigh Misceo Ie Kenda Kwick Bitumen 700c Tires
Raleigh Misceo Ie Selle Royale Lookin Gel Saddle
Raleigh Misceo Ie Shimano Alfine 8 Speed Internally Geared Hub
Raleigh Misceo Ie Shimano Di2 Electronic Shifter
Raleigh Misceo Ie Size Guide

Summary

  • A light weight, super efficient, city style electric bike with electronic shifting in addition to motorized pedal assist
  • Available in four frame sizes (small through extra large), fairly comfortable to ride given the medium sized hybrid tires, gel saddle and carbon fiber fork (considering there's no suspension here)
  • The battery must be charged off the bike, shifting and motor operation produced a bit more electronic noise than other similar ebikes

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Introduction

Make:

Raleign

Model:

Misceo iE

Price:

$3,200

Body Position:

Forward

Suggested Use:

Neighborhood, Urban, Commuting

Electric Bike Class:

Pedal Assist (Class 1)
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Warranty:

Lifetime Frame, One Year Components

Availability:

United States

Model Year:

2015

Bicycle Details

Total Weight:

41.7 lbs (18.91 kg)

Battery Weight:

5.8 lbs (2.63 kg)

Motor Weight:

7 lbs (3.17 kg)

Frame Types:

High-Step

Frame Sizes:

15 in (38.1 cm)17 in (43.18 cm)19 in (48.26 cm)21 in (53.34 cm)

Geometry Measurements:

Small 15" (400 mm Seat Tube Length, 735 mm Standover Height, 560 Top Tube Length, 640 mm Handlebar Width), Medium 17" (450 Seat Tube Length, 765 mm Standover Height, 575 mm Top Tube Length, 640 Handlebar Width), Large 19" (500 Seat Tube Length, 800 mm Standover Height, 600 mm Top Tube Length, 640 Handlebar Width), Extra Large 21" (550 Seat Tube Length, 830 mm Standover Height, 615 mm Top Tube Length, 640 Handlebar Width)

Frame Material:

6061 Aluminum Alloy

Frame Colors:

Metallic Blue

Frame Fork Details:

Rigid, Carbon Fiber Blades

Attachment Points:

Rear Rack Bosses, Fender Bosses

Gearing Details:

8 Speed 1x8 Shimano Alfine Internally Geared Hub

Shifter Details:

Di2 Electronic Shifting, Button Pad on Right Bar

Cranks:

Shimano STePs 38T with Chain Guard

Pedals:

Aluminum Alloy Platform

Headset:

FSA Orbit C-40B, Tapered

Stem:

3D Forged, 4-Bolt, 31.8 mm

Handlebar:

Alloy Flat Top, 31.8 mm

Brake Details:

Shimano M445 Hydraulic Disc with 160 mm Rotors

Grips:

Raleigh Closed-End Single Lock Ring

Saddle:

Selle Royale Lookin Gel

Seat Post:

Raleign 100 Series, Dual Bolt

Seat Post Length:

350 mm

Seat Post Diameter:

27.2 mm

Rims:

Weinmann XM25, 700c, 32 Hole Front 36 Hole Rear, 25.5 mm Wide

Spokes:

Stainless Steel

Tire Brand:

Kenda KWICK BITUMEN, 700 x 40 c

Wheel Sizes:

28 in (71.12cm)

Tube Details:

Presta Valve

Other:

Locking Removable Battery Pack, Quick Release Seat Tube, Quick Release Front Wheel, Shimano CN-E6090 eBike Chain, Sealed Cartridge Bottom Bracket

Electronic Details

Motor Brand:

Shimano STePs

Motor Type:

Mid-Mounted Geared Motor
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Motor Nominal Output:

250 watts

Motor Peak Output:

500 watts

Battery Brand:

Shimano STePs

Battery Voltage:

36 volts

Battery Amp Hours:

11.6 ah

Battery Watt Hours:

417.6 wh

Battery Chemistry:

Lithium-ion

Charge Time:

4 hours

Estimated Min Range:

35 miles (56 km)

Estimated Max Range:

75 miles (121 km)

Display Type:

Removable Backlit LCD

Readouts:

Current Speed (mph or kph), Average Speed, Max Speed, Battery Level, Odometer, Trip Distance, Estimated Range, Pedaling Gear (1-8), Assist Level (Eco, Normal, High)

Drive Mode:

Advanced Pedal Assist (Rear Wheel Speed, Pedal Cadence, Pedal Torque)

Top Speed:

20 mph (32 kph)

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Written Review

While the 2016 version of the Raleigh Misceo iE appears unchanged at first glance, the frame has actaully been extended and the rear tubing is box vs. rounded for improved torsional rigidity. The drive unit is horizontal instead of being mounted at 45 degrees and you get automatic electronic shifting along with some other improvements. Read the review for the latest Misceo iE here.

The Raleigh Misceo iE is one of the first electric bikes available in the United states to feature a Shimano STePs drive system… STePs stands for “Shimano Total Electric Propulsion System” and includes a battery, motor, LCD display and button pad for rider input. In addition to electric assist, you also get electronic shifting here in the form of Di2 (which stands for “Digital Integrated Intelligence”). Having never tried either system before this demo, I was impressed with how quickly and smoothly they both functioned and that they both ran off of the primary battery pack! Di2 has been around since ~2010 and usually requires a small servo battery which is tucked below the bottle cage mount or hidden in the seat post but that’s not necessary here. Most of the shifting, brake and electric cables are well integrated and tucked into the aluminum frame tubing and in my opinion the Miscoe iE looks very clean. This is your everyday, around the neighborhood or city type of ebike that’s capable of becoming a commuter platform if you add a rack and fenders but stays light weight and simple if not. There are four frame sizes to choose from and I tested the medium 17″ which weigned ~41.7 lbs including the battery and motor.

The motor driving this thing is a compact mid-drive that’s bolted directly to a specially designed plate joining the downtube, seat tube and chain stays. It offers 250 watts of nominal power and peaks around 500 watts which is comparable to the Impulse 2.0 system found on other ebikes from Focus and Kalkhoff. I found that the motor was powerful enough to zip me up to speed (20 mph tops) and climb medium sized hills. The front chainring offers 38 teeth and has a nice plastic chain guide along the outer edge that should keep pant legs grease and snag free. Despite the more traditional size of this sprocket, I found that it did not over-rotate when I ceased pedaling. This is important because there are no motor inhibitors present on the brake levers for this electric bike. It’s a pedal assist only system which does have shift sensing but relies on other sensors to start and stop the motor based on rider input. Just like the Bosch system, the Shimano electric bike motor responds to the rear wheel speed, pedal cadence and pedal torque. It’s satisfying and very efficient given the eight speed internally geared Shimano Alfine rear hub. At just over 7 lbs, the motor is smaller and lighter than most of the others I’ve tried and it blends into the frame very naturally.

Powering the display, electronic shifting and motor on this electric bike is a handsome, removable Lithium-ion battery pack mounted low and center on the downtube. This pack occupies most of the triangle space above the downtube but Raleigh has managed to add bottle cage bosses on the seat tube for the production version (they aren’t present on the demo model I reviewed). I was surprised that the pack has to be completely taken off of the bike in order to be charged. And, I was kind of shocked with how large the charging port interface is? I feel like Shimano should just hop onboard with the small, circular magnetic EnergyBus charging standard and definitely add a port to charge while mounted to help users save time and avoid accidental drops. The pack weighs about 5.8 pounds which is fairly light given the healthy capacity it offers. Once off the bike, it has a little integrated handle which makes transporting it easier and safer, and there’s also an LED charge level indicator on the left side so you can quickly determine whether to plug it in if you haven’t ridden for a while. To help extend the life of this and most other Lithium-ion packs I recommend storing it in a cool, dry location and keeping it between 20% and 80% charged at all times, check to make sure it’s at 50%+ every few months if you aren’t using it. The pack offers 36 volts of power and 11.6 amp hours of capacity for a total of ~416.6 amp hours which is a touch above average.

Activating the Raleigh Misceo and navigating through its three drive modes and eight gears is surprisingly easy. There’s just one power switch and it’s a little round rubber button on the left side of the battery pack, near the LED power readout. Press this for a couple of seconds and the primary display comes on. It’s designed to be backlit all the time and I imagine this only skims a bit of battery while de-cluttering navigation options and buttons. The display is about the size of a book of matches and can swivel front and back to help reduce glare, even with the protective sticker still on the demo model I tried it was easy to read. Located just to the inside of the brake levers on either bar is a rectangular button pad with a black button at the top which navigates through the different menus. There’s a traditional speed, battery level and distance view as well as one that estimates your range in all three levels of assist and two other screens that show your drive mode setting or the pedal gear setting. Given the electronic servo noise of the Di2 system, I didn’t feel like I had to look down often to see which gear I was in… I just rode this thing like a bicycle and the systems responded naturally. If I wanted to go faster, I pressed the up gray button on the left for more drive power. If I wanted to change my pedal cadence for climbing, I pressed the down arrow on the right side to shift to an easier gear. Pretty simple, motor up and down on the left and gears up and down on the right :) I did like that Shimano included a zero level here for riding the bike in normal pedal-only mode. This works surprisingly well given the efficient 700c ~28 inch diameter wheelset, efficient near-slick tires and stiff responsive frame. Unlike some other ebikes with heavy frames and obtrusive batteries, the Misceo felt fun as a bicycle only and could easily pass as a normal bike if you completely removed the battery pack… but then the gears couldn’t be shifted because the Di2 system is electronic.

Raleigh is a bicycle company that has been around for over 100 years, since the late 1800’s, and it’s neat to see them being an early adopter in the electric bike space. This, more than almost any other electric bicycle I’ve seen to date, just feels like the next step in what a bicycle should be. It’s a fairly traditional platform with a dash of new technology refined to stay out of the way and work intuitively. Opting for an internally geared hub instead of sprockets keeps the drivetrain cleaner, can be shifted at standstill and keeps the chain shorter and tighter. Opting for electronic shifting allows for more precise control, requires less effort (if your hands are cold or strained), is not affected by stretched or worn cables and reduces shock on drivetrain components. Opting for electric assist in general helps you ascend hills, avoid sweating, travel further and reduce joint pain. A few of the highlights on the Raleign Miscoe-iE for me were the carbon fiber fork which keeps the bike light and reduces vibration. I also liked the Selle Royale gel saddle and the Shimano M445 hydraulic disc brakes. It’s neat that this ebike automatically switches gears back to level three after five seconds of rest if you’ve been pedaling in a higher gear (this makes it easier to start from standstill at a stop light or stop sign) and that the two electronic control pads are so small, symmetrical and well integrated. You can actually switch the functions on the control pads so that shifting is done through the left pad instead of the right if you so prefer (note: this will require the help of a Di2 certified technician). In my opinion, the Misceo iE is a solid offering that’s lighter, sleeker and more affordable than some of the other fancy mid-drives out there.

Pros:

  • Extremely well balanced and light weight for an electric drive, relatively smooth given the gel Selle Royale saddle and carbon fiber fork
  • Available in four frame sizes for improved fit, the seat tube has a quick release for adjusting saddle height and the front wheel has quick release to make the bike easier to load into cars
  • Fast and responsive Di2 electronic shifters, there’s even a special setting that drops you back to gear level 3 when you’re stopped for five seconds to make starting easier
  • Intelligent pedal assist measures your rear wheel speed, pedal cadence and pedal torque to deliver near-instant power that’s both satisfying or gentle depending on how you’re riding (not overpowering or jerky like some systems)
  • LCD panel is backlit, adjustable to reduce glare and removable for storing off the bike (reducing wear and vandalism potential)
  • Internally geared eight speed Shimano Alfine hub keeps the gears clean and hidden, less maintenance required and easier on the chain than a cogset
  • Hydraulic disc brakes are powerful but easy to activate and very smooth, they look great and also stay cleaner than rim brakes would if you ride in wet or muddy conditions
  • The battery is designed to automatically stop powering the motor as capacity is drained to near-empty so you can still use the shifters for a time and hopefully make it home to refill

Cons:

  • Produces more electronic noises for shifting and motor whir than comparable high-end middrive motor systems I’ve tried
  • No integrated kickstand on the demo bike but it appears the production version will have it, for a city-style electric bike this surprised me, there are mounting points on the left chain stay for your own aftermarket stand
  • The battery must be removed from the frame to charge, this introduces more opportunities for accidental drops and may expose the shell of the pack to more scratches and wear than if it were left on the frame at all times
  • The battery charging interface is very large, much larger than Bosch or Kalkhoff, I’m surprised they didn’t just use the EnergyBus platform which is small, round and magnetic
  • Only available in high-step frame style and one color for now, thankfully it’s offered in several sizes to fit a wide range of riders
  • Since the battery is required to shift gears using the Di2 system, if you wanted to reduce the weight and ride the Misceo iE as a traditional bicycle you wouldn’t be able to shift…

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brian
1 year ago

I really value your reviews. I purchased a raleigh misceo ie recently, and was thoroughly impressed with how accurate your review was. I also picked up the aftermarket kick stand you had recommended, but found that the Raleigh Misceo frame does not support this fit. Just thought I'd update this and see if you had any other recommendations for a kickstand that would fit. thanks! -brian

Court Rye
1 year ago

Ahh, that sucks... So sorry Brian. I try to identify the exact products that will work together but it sounds like I messed this one up. The link has been taken down so nobody else gets mislead. I'd suggest working with your local shop to identify the proper stand (or risking it and ordering another one online based on your best guess). I don't have access to a Misceo right now so I can't provide any useful feedback :/

Anonymous
1 year ago

What about waterproofing the battery

Court Rye
1 year ago

Most batteries and displays are well sealed against water in terms of splashing and rain... but you wouldn't want to completely submerge the bike ;)

Jack
1 year ago

Court, after reading your & several other Misceo reviews my #1 impression is summed up by your statement, "This, more than almost any other electric bicycle I’ve seen to date, just feels like the next step in what bicycle should be." The only 'old school' aspect to this bike seems to be its non-integral, off-bike charging battery. Otherwise, what a great blend of price, weight, performance, quality and innovation.

Court, do you have any indication that Raleigh is considering a similar but hybrid model with front suspension & wider tires? This is somewhat beyond my budget but I'd consider stretching for it if it was closer to my mixed needs of cross-town commuter and riding on the city & county's packed & mostly maintained trails.

This review, like some others, suffers from one significant omission: after-sales support. What does one in SC, NE, WI or ID do if (eventually, when) the drive & control systems hiccup and need some attention? Wouldn't it be fair to list a Con that widespread technical support for STePs & Di2 is not yet widely deployed? Or might always be located exclusively in major biking areas? Just something to think about as you conduct your future, excellent reviews.

Court Rye
1 year ago

Hey Jack! Glad the review resonated with you :) I know Raleigh + Accell Group are capable of great things so I was a bit more critical with this review but the system is indeed really cool. As for widespread technical support... Raleigh was actually proud that Di2 service providers would be more familiar with STePs and should be able to help at a higher level. I can't think of very many brands that have the same reach and service with ebikes as they do with traditional human-powered models (I'm thinking Specialized which has lots of dealers but very few Turbo models in ALL or even MAJORITY of their dealers). Anyway, the space is growing but you're right, there's room for improvement and I'll work to include this sort of qualitative feedback in future reviews. Just keep in mind, a review can be live for a long time and in that time dealer support can grow :)

Bill Ostrowski
12 months ago

Questions about the Raleigh Misceo iE. I can buy the 2015 or the 2016 for the same price. Besides the water bottle stays you stated that the frame has been modified. What are the advantages of the new frame design? Right now my dealer doesn't have the 2016 model in stock. Because of the changes would you avoid the 2015 model or try to negotiate a better price?

Court Rye
12 months ago

I'd request that the firmware be updated and negotiate for a lower price given that the battery is likely older and thus slightly degraded (from what I understand batteries degrade over time even if you aren't using them).

dan stevens
2 months ago

Hi. Is $900 a good deal for a used 2015 Misceo iE? The frame is beat up, but the motor looks and runs okay. There's not many used ones yet, so hard to find comps. Also, is this a better bike than the Magnum Ui5? Thanks for all the help. Big newbie here.

Court Rye
2 months ago

Hey Dan! That's a pretty good price for the used Misceo... Frame dings and scrapes don't worry me as much as older batteries or a messed up display. You can (and probably should) take it to a shop after to have the drivetrain cleaned and aligned, they might also true the spokes for ~$100 total. This would get you set for riding. I do believe Shimano will be offering their STEPs battery for a while but this is your chance (maybe the next year or so) to get a replacement. I'm guessing it would cost ~$700 but it would ensure that you'll get at least a few more years use if you take care of it (store in cool dry locations, not super hot or cold). So now, add some of those costs to the used price and compare it with a new bike or the Magnum Ui5. I personally think Magnum does a great job and offers good value but the Misceo iE is a pretty sleek bike with good components. It might come down to your personal preference. If you can get the Misceo used and it runs for a while without that battery then you're doing pretty well!

Dan
2 months ago

Thank you very much Court for you (extensive and very helpful reply). One last question if I could be so bold... I could also get a new Evelo Aries Review 500w bike for about $1100. Is that a better deal? It's so hard to compare these bikes... not even apples to apples; feels like apples to pineapples. And there really isn't any sense of a real price for used bikes. I guess they're so new that people haven't sole 'em yet. Thanks again. Wonderful (and informative) site.

Court Rye
2 months ago

Hi Dan! I was initially attracted to the Aries but didn't enjoy their drive system quite as much. For me it felt slow pedaling and I found the bike to be fairly heavy. They offer good support, the website is nice and I think it's a tempting price point but it just didn't feel right to me. Here's the review I shot on the Aries a while back. Perhaps it has changed since then, I wish you the best either way :)

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Ryan Nelson
8 months ago

what if it is dumping rain?

Douglas Kmiotek
1 year ago

Slightly noisy, but an excellent bike. The possible 75 mile range is killer!!!

Dan McCall
2 years ago

+ElectricBikeReview.com Do you know if there is a way around the 20mph limiter? I really like the Misceo over the Tekoa, because I'll be using it as a commuter and I'd like to put fenders on it, but if the limiter can't be bypassed somehow I might be leaning towards the Tekoa.

Darren Brown
2 years ago

i wonder can you put a higher capacity battery on this bike?

ForbinColossus
2 years ago

a new system from the corporate giant -("Shimano product sales constitute 50% of the global bicycle component market. "). Finally, the Bosch system has real competition - does this equal the Bosch at a lower price?

ElectricBikeReview.com
2 years ago

+ForbinColossus Great question... Every Bosch powered ebike I've reviewed costs at least $4k and considering the Raleigh Misceo is only $3,200 I think it definitely presents a price challenge and may lead to adjustments from all sides, including Impulse :D

zwarst
2 years ago

Shimano STePs with a Bofeili carbon mid drive - ooh lala..

zwarst
2 years ago

Bofeili carbon bike reminds me of the high end "Look 986 mtb". For $2800 for Bofeili + Di2 is $3800 - not bad considering.. A 90 unit order reduces to $2100ea.. good luck with the other 89 eh?!! :-)

William Warren
2 years ago

+zwarst We tried to negotiate with Jason awhile back. He eventually came down to $2800, and wouldn't consider less.

zwarst
2 years ago

or from another bike brand - http://vicciebike.com/product/vicciebike-carbon-edition-coming-soon/

zwarst
2 years ago

or http://www.pedelecs.co.uk/forum/threads/new-bofeili-mid-drive-mountain-ebike.20479/

zwarst
2 years ago

Google - Bofeili carbon mid drive

zwarst
2 years ago

This is a nice bike & credit goes to shimano for pushing the inovation envelope. Ebikes are full time ebikes regardless if its a kit or factory fitted. This more so when the motor is intergrated into frame thus goes without saying that the battery needs to be also intergrated into frame - go shimano!

zwarst
2 years ago

The bike I suggested is $2k in carbon with intergrated battery & mid-motor! With the electronic Alfine Di2 included add another 1k. You get all above for 3k. Yes the the Misceo is cool - but come-on someone will get it right :-)

ElectricBikeReview.com
2 years ago

+zwarst Ahh, the sandwich approach! Compliment, criticism, compliment ;) I agree that a frame-integrated battery would be nice but the price here is pretty attractive considering the advanced tech.

Eskil Eriksson
2 years ago

When mounted on the bike frame, the camera picks up vibrations in the material. Really ruins the sound. Otherwise a nice review, as always. I have been looking forward to seeing this system in action and it seems to work just fine.

Eskil Eriksson
2 years ago

Just do what you normally do, it works perfect. This is the first time I have ever had any issue with the sound or video quality in your videos. Otherwise, mount the camera on your body, seems to be what everyone is doing. Or maybe the kind of cheap homemeade camera mounts they use on quadcopters to reduce jellying of the picture could be a solution.

ElectricBikeReview.com
2 years ago

+Eskil Eriksson You're correct, I'm not sure how to address this? Normally I lower the audio slightly with on-frame shots but in this one I was also narrating. Any ideas for how to reduce the vibration sound?

Gardener Rob
2 years ago

That is awesome, those electronic gears are so advanced it probably feels more like a motorbike, I bet its fun to ride ha-ha. I've always wanted to try a bike that has electric shifting. Must be a very nice experience. How much more does that cost over a regular derailleur setup?

Gardener Rob
2 years ago

+ElectricBikeReview.com Yeah defiantly worth it.

VideoNOLA
2 years ago

+ElectricBikeReview.com My immediate thoughts: Despite the recent flurry of new models appearing to be very "1.0" (which of course bodes well for the future!), I'm kind of amazed mfrs aren't already leveraging the battery more to power aux features like headlights and tail lamps. Secondly, if they've come this far with internal gearing and servo shifting, I have confidence that a few more steps will get us to chainless/CVT/wireless/intelligent gear trains that could really lighten the overall package and extend battery life manifold!

ElectricBikeReview.com
2 years ago

+Gardener Rob It was definitely cool! I love how both systems run off of the same primary battery. I've heard that Di2 adds at least $1k to most bikes. Since this is an ebike it's already a bit pricier... given the mid-drive, internally geared hub, carbon fork and multiple sizes it feels like a pretty reasonable deal to me :)