Raleigh Misceo iE Review

2016 Raleigh Misceo Ie Electric Bike Review
2016 Raleigh Misceo Ie
2016 Raleigh Misceo Ie 250 Watt Middrive Motor Shimano Steps
2016 Raleigh Misceo Ie Shimano Steps 36 Volt Downtub Battery
2016 Raleigh Misceo Ie Lcd Console Electronic Button Pads
2016 Raleigh Misceo Ie Flat Rubber Grips
2016 Raleigh Misceo Ie Carbon Fiber Fork
2016 Raleigh Misceo Ie Shimano Alfine Internal 8 Speed Chain Tensioner
2016 Raleigh Misceo Ie Shimano M445 Hydraulic Disc Brakes 160 Mm
2016 Raleigh Misceo Ie Kickstand
2016 Raleigh Misceo Ie Shimano Steps Charger
2016 Raleigh Misceo Ie Electric Bike Review
2016 Raleigh Misceo Ie
2016 Raleigh Misceo Ie 250 Watt Middrive Motor Shimano Steps
2016 Raleigh Misceo Ie Shimano Steps 36 Volt Downtub Battery
2016 Raleigh Misceo Ie Lcd Console Electronic Button Pads
2016 Raleigh Misceo Ie Flat Rubber Grips
2016 Raleigh Misceo Ie Carbon Fiber Fork
2016 Raleigh Misceo Ie Shimano Alfine Internal 8 Speed Chain Tensioner
2016 Raleigh Misceo Ie Shimano M445 Hydraulic Disc Brakes 160 Mm
2016 Raleigh Misceo Ie Kickstand
2016 Raleigh Misceo Ie Shimano Steps Charger


  • A sporty, light weight electric bicycle with automatic electronic shifting, improved geometry and motor mount since 2015, carbon fiber fork
  • Shimano hydraulic disc brakes with two-finger levers for nimble operation, quick release front wheel for easier transport, removable display and battery pack
  • Available in four frame sizes for improved fit (one color and frame style, high-step), nine speed drivetrain with well-protected internally geared Shimano Alfine hub
  • the battery pack has to be removed from the frame to be charged, power transfer is great but the frame is stiff, the display panel is small but highly adjustable and backlit

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Misceo iE



Body Position:


Suggested Use:

Urban, Commuting, Road

Electric Bike Class:

Pedal Assist (Class 1)
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2 Year Comprehensive, Lifetime Frame


United States

Model Year:


Bicycle Details

Total Weight:

43.5 lbs (19.73 kg)

Battery Weight:

5.8 lbs (2.63 kg)

Motor Weight:

7.05 lbs (3.19 kg)

Frame Material:

6061 Custom Butted Aluminum Alloy

Frame Sizes:

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

Geometry Measurements:

30" Stand Over Height and 72" Length on the Medium 17" Frame

Frame Types:


Frame Colors:

Metallic Blue with Black Accents

Frame Fork Details:

Rigid Carbon Fiber

Attachment Points:

Rear Rack Bosses, Fender Bosses, Bottle Cage Bosses

Gearing Details:

8 Speed 1x8 Shimano Alfine Internally Geared Hub with Di2 Electronic Shifting and Auto-Shift, 18T Sprocket

Shifter Details:

Shimano Di2 Electronic


38T Chainring


Welgo R200 Aluminum Alloy Platform, Track Style


FSA Integrated Cartridge Bearings


3D Forged, 31.8 mm Diameter, Lengths: 80 / 90 mm


Aluminum Alloy 31.8 mm Diameter, 640 mm Length

Brake Details:

Shimano M445 Hydraulic Disc with 160 mm Rotors


Raleigh Flat Rubber, Black


Velo Active, Raleigh Branded, Black

Seat Post:

2014 Aluminum Alloy with Quick Release Collar

Seat Post Length:

350 mm

Seat Post Diameter:

30.9 mm


Weinmann XM25 Double Wall, Aluminum Alloy


Stainless Steel 14 Gauge, Black

Tire Brand:

Kenda Kwick Bitumen, 700 x 40c

Wheel Sizes:

28 in (71.12cm)

Tire Details:

60 TPI, Folding, 50 to 85 PSI

Tube Details:

Presta Valve


Single Side Adjustable Length Kickstand, Plastic Chain Guide


Locking Removable Battery Pack, 3.1 Amp 1.7 Pound Charger, KMC X9E Chain, Shimano Center Lock Front Hub 36 Hole

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

Motor Torque:

50 Newton meters

Battery Brand:

Shimano STePs

Battery Voltage:

36 volts

Battery Amp Hours:

11.6 ah

Battery Watt Hours:

417.6 wh

Battery Chemistry:


Charge Time:

4 hours

Estimated Min Range:

30 miles (48 km)

Estimated Max Range:

50 miles (80 km)

Display Type:

Fixed, Adjustable Angle, Monochrome, Backlit LCD, Model SC-E6000


Speed (mph or km/h), Average Speed, Max Speed, Odometer, Trip Meter, Battery Level (5 Bars), Assist Mode (Eco, Normal, High), Time Clock

Display Accessories:

Independent Control Switches near Left and Right Grips

Drive Mode:

Advanced Pedal Assist (Measures Wheel Speed, Pedal Cadence and Pedal Torque, Power Output Relative to Pedal Input: Eco 50%, Normal 100%, High 200%)

Top Speed:

20 mph (32 kph)

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Written Review

The 2016 Raleigh Misceo iE is a sporty city bike that could be used for road riding or commuting. The geometry is a bit more aggressive with a flatter handle bar, standard round grips and a firm saddle but it comes in four sizes and offers a carbon fiber fork to improve fit and address vibration (the frame is all Aluminum). Compared to the 2015 version you now get automatic shifting by default (people who have a 2015 model can take their ebike into a certified Shimano dealer to get the firmware upgrade) along with a thicker seat post, longer frame with box tubing on the seat stays and chain stays for improved lateral stiffness, the motor has been tipped down and is now horizontal like the other Shimano STePs powered Raleigh bikes vs. a 45 degree angle in 15″ and you get a pare of bottle cage braze-ons on the seat tube!

The frame improvements seem to have added ~2 pounds over the 2015 model but this is still a light weight electric bike at just 43.5 lbs (depending on the frame size you get, I was riding the Medium ~17″). Amazingly, the price tag is lower than 2015 as well with a listed price of $2,699 and you still get the two year comprehensive lifetime frame warranty. Other highlights for me are the quick release front wheel, removable battery and display (and just how easy the display is to navigate for things like disabling backlighting or the beeps) and the carbon fork. Some of the challenges I encountered include having to remove the battery for charging vs. leaving it on the frame.

The motor driving this bike is plenty powerful with a peak output at 500 watts and 50 Nm of torque, it responds proportionally to your pedaling input but also senses cadence so it’s not just as tiring to use and can be operated at slower speeds if you just pedal more gently (perhaps in crowded areas). With three levels of assist the range can per charge can be upwards of 50 miles if you’re on paved surfaces with higher tire pressure (up to 85 PSI) but the ride is stiffer… I’d probably grab a Body Float seat post suspension and 27.2 mm to 30.9 mm shim to make it work (Thudbuster also has a short travel suspension post that’s less expensive but also less responsive). There’s no throttle on this bike, you always have to pedal but that keeps it Class 1 (legally permitted in more locations) and this is the only Shimano STePs powered electric bicycle I’ve tested with shift detection! That’s due to the electronic shifting which is powered by the same battery and interacts with the motor. Similar shift sensing technology comes stock on Bosch and Impulse powered ebikes and helps to reduce chain, sprocket and gear wear. You can hear it in action during the test ride in the video review above.


  • Fast and efficient wheels and tires, a more aggressive geometry with low-rise straight bar and carbon fiber fork for a sporty responsive feel
  • Improved frame geometry over 2015, the bike has been slightly elongated, the motor is horizontal vs. 45° angle and the rear stays have been transitioned from circular tubing to box which is stiffer – reducing lateral flex (side to side)
  • The Shimano Alfine 8 speed internally geared uses a compact electronic shifter that does not protrude beyond the frame so it’s more protected if it tips or is scraped against other bikes at the rack
  • Nice looking paint (but only available in one color, metallic blue) with black accents on the frame and black hubs, spokes, rims, bar, saddle and grips, the cables are internally routed for improved aesthetic and fewer snags
  • The carbon fiber fork should reduce vibration when riding and helps to keep the overall weight down, I also like that the front wheel uses quick release for easy transport
  • Plenty of mounting points for adding a rear rack, fenders and a bottle cage, folding lock or mini-presta pump to adapt to your environment and ride style (road riding vs. commuting)
  • Excellent two year comprehensive warranty and with lifetime on the frame, the price has been dropped since the 2015 model and is now more inline with competing offerings
  • Very light weight at ~43.5 pounds… though it’s a bit heavier than 2015 due to the reinforced, elongated frame and larger seat post diameter
  • The battery pack is locking, removable and only weighs ~5.8 pounds! I love that it fits on the downtube keeping weight low and centered but they still made room for bottle cage braze-ons
  • Quick release front and seat post for doing maintenance or adjusting fit on the go, I’d remove the front wheel and turn the bars sideways to fit in a car or smaller elevator
  • Quality hydraulic disc brakes from Shimano with medium sized 160 mm rotors for easy smooth stops, should reduce wrist fatigue, two-finger pull levers
  • Available in four frame sizes to suit a range of rider heights and leg lengths, I noticed the top tube is more nicely curved than it was in 2015 and the geometry is slightly less aggressive (seat tube and head tube seem more forward angled than before)
  • I was told that the bike comes with a kickstand and the demo model I reviewed had one! As someone who parks at shops and leaves his bike in the garage I like having it… it’s easy to take off but can be tricky to find a good matching kickstand to start
  • Just like the battery pack, the display panel is removable for safe storage… I like that it’s also easy to adjust (hold the up and down arrows simultaneously to enter the menu) so you can mute the beeping noise or turn off back lighting
  • Automatic shifting is a neat feature and I love that the 2015 model can get it with a firmware upgrade! It’s cool that you can also set the default gear to switch back to at rest and use manual shifting easily with the black button on the right button pad
  • It’s neat that the two electronic button pads are basically the sam and can be swapped right or left based on your preference, I found the menus simple to navigate and understand (hold the up and down arrows to ender settings to disable the beep, disable backlighting and change auto shift rpm activation)


  • This ebike is more efficient and offers great power transfer but the tires are high pressure (50 to 85 PSI) so bumpy streets can feel a bit jarring, the fork is carbon fiber which helps with vibration but the saddle is firm, consider an aftermarket seat post suspension like the Body Float or Thudbuster with 30.9 mm diameter
  • The battery pack has an on/off button that is used to power cycle the bike vs. doing it up at the button pad and you have to completely remove the battery in order to charge it which increases the potential for drops and just takes extra time
  • Pedal assist only electric bike with no way to add a boost button or twist throttle, this keeps it rated at Class 1 which is usable in the most locations and also extends range by making you contribute to the ride and reducing air resistance at higher speeds compared with a speed-pedelec
  • The Shimano STePs display panel uses a smaller LCD display unit than Bosch, Yamaha, TranzX and some other leading suppliers so reading your speed and settings isn’t quite as easy for near-sighted folks like myself


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Jack Tyler
2 years ago

Court, you are obviously on a real ‘roll’ right now with the many iZip & Raleigh reviews you are pumping out. I especially appreciated you explaining, in the Dash review, the ‘brand differentiation’ between the almost identical iZip and Raleigh models. Takes me back to those Dodge vs. Plymouth or Oldsmobile vs. Buick days, which didn’t produce much product differentiation but rather just added overhead. Two Q’s about the Misceo iE please: There’s much that appeals for my intended purposes (around town + maintained trails with some elevation changes): decent mileage, the protected internal hub gearing, shift sensing and, perhaps most important, lighter weight. Q1: Being an older guy, I favor an ebike with a front suspension, even an inexpensive one, to help mitigate joint pain on longer rides. How much difference would the carbon fiber fork really make in helping me avoid cumulative shock loading on elbows/wrists/hands? Or more generally, does it in reality boil down to ‘front suspension’ or ‘no front suspension’? And Q2: Alpine’s IGH looks like a pretty specialized piece of gear, while I expect to be riding in a somewhat remote community (Bozeman, MT), not unlike your Uncle in CO. How reliable are these Alpine IGH units proving to be…and if a problem develops, is it likely I could ship off just the wheel/hub assembly for service or repair? There’s no nearby Alpine expertise available where I’ll be located.

Once again, congrats on these super helpful reviews. I feel like I’m getting much closer to what I really should be purchasing due to these reviews and these follow-on ‘discussions’ you offer.

Court Rye
2 years ago

Hi Jack, glad you found some value in the crossover comparisons, I’m trying to be respectful to the companies and allow each bike to stand on its own but my real goal is to help potential buyers navigate the space and find the right fit for their budget and intended use.

Q1: I personally would only ever ride the Misceo iE or Sport iE on paved surfaces… and they would have to be smooth. You really feel the bumps and a suspension fork and larger tires goes a long way. This is why I appreciate the Raleigh Route iE and IZIP E3 Dash so much. These models offer suspension, cost about the same as the Misceo iE but don’t have the shift sensing or internally geared hub. For me, the body comfort outweighs the cool internal gearing and shift sensing… you can replace your chain and derailleur if they wear down prematurely due to lack of shift sensing but you can’t replace your back, neck headache etc.

Q2: I have way less experience and feedback here… I’ve heard that the NuVinci variable speed transmission can work well on ebikes since there are no gears inside (just a slide and range of “gears”) and also that the Rohloff Speedhub often used on Optibikes is sturdy. Here’s a conversation from the EBR forums about this topic (though it’s a bit outdated).

Glad the site and my feedback has helped, if you have any feedback about the videos, writeups or other work I do please chime in. I’m always trying to evolve and adapt the work I do. Recently I’ve emphasized more pro/con bullets and shorter writeups letting the video do more of the discussion. My aim is to continue doing a higher number of reviews to help convey the landscape vs. just a handful of bikes.

Bill Ostrowski
2 years ago

Court, I picked up my Misceo iE and the 2016 is pretty nice to look at. There are a lot of changes over the 2015. I do have a question about bike stems. After riding it for a while a realized I would like a more relaxed ride. Any high rise stems you might recommend? Maybe something with suspension?

Court Rye
2 years ago

Hi Bill! Glad you’re enjoying the latest Misceo iE… I also prefer a more relaxed (comfortable) ride and have purchased seat post suspensions like Thudbuster in the past (Body Float makes one that’s a bit more expensive) but I have not heard of suspension stems? Maybe a suspension fork could useful, I’m not sure on the measurements or details, consider contacting Raleigh for help, their website has live chat :)

Bill Ostrowski
2 years ago

Court here is a suspension stem that is coming out. It sounds like it’s releasing in May-June 2016. If you could get a demo unit, it might make an interesting YouTube video.

Court Rye
2 years ago

This looks awesome! Excellent suggestion Bill, thank you. I just reached out to the company and offered to buy one at cost for review and am hoping to test it for commuting and do a full review this summer :D

Ray T
2 years ago

I really like this bike because it looks like a standard fitness hybrid bike. I’m glad you reviewed it, I like the overview of the Shimano StePs system.

The only thing I wish is that they didn’t have that chain tensioner in the back that looks like a derailleur. Other regular bikes that have a Shimano internal hub manage to avoid it. That’s one of the advantages of internal hubs because it’s doesn’t have a derailleur hanging out to get bent.

The fact that it has DI2 electronic shifting for this kind of price is pretty amazing. The Alfine Di2 hub is a pretty expensive part by itself that are usually on bikes $1000+ and it seems that Raleigh’s MSRP has been lowered this year making it even better value.

As a guy that owns a few regular bicycles, I tend to like e-bikes that are based off regular models of bikes, because 1) they usually offer them in more sizes 2) they tend to look more like regular bicycles and don’t stand out as much. This Raleigh looks like any other $700 hybrid, rather than something that screams e-bike.

Court Rye
2 years ago

Good points, I agree with you about the sizes and style. Not sure why they felt it was critical to include a chain tensioner? Perhaps it’s more important with a mid-drive system to prevent chain slip or maybe they were having trouble with the chain coming off which I’ve experienced on a lot of cheaper ebikes.

Scott Tucker
2 years ago

Hey Court, do you know how to go about the firmware update? I don’t see any computer compatible plugs on the controller? Also, I love my Misceo except am interested in a little more top speed. Looking at the Specialized turbos and wondering how you would compare the Misceo vs. the Turbo for commuting. I have a rolling 18 miles commute each way. Thanks for your knowledge. Scott

Court Rye
2 years ago

Hi Scott! I believe you’ll need to take the bike into a Raleigh dealer so they can hook it up to their diagnostics system for a firmware update. There might be a special dongle and software required that consumers can’t get themselves :/ as far as the Turbo… I really like that bike, it looks cool and goes faster (between 26 and 28 mph depending on the model you get) which can shorten commute times but also drain the battery faster. Another consideration is the lack of suspension with the Turbo and some other road-oriented Class 3 ebikes. You’ve probably already experienced the sportier rigid feel with your Misceo. The Turbo is cool because it operates very quietly thanks to a gearless hub motor vs. mid-drive and that motor re-captures some energy with regenerative braking. Same with the Stromer ebikes.


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3 weeks ago

Ok, here’s my uninformed opinion!

I’m in somewhat of a similar position to the OP. However (and this isn’t an argument, just stating my preference here) I have zero interest in building my own ebike. Additionally, I own 6 bikes and none of them imho are really built to be ridden consistently over 20 mph with the added stresses of a motor, whether it’s a hub or mid drive.

I prefer to purchase a purpose built ebike that’s designed from the ground up to accept motor assist and ride at speeds nearly twice what I average on a regular bike (25 mph vs 13-15 mph). I want integrated rack, fenders and lights, thoughtfully designed to complement the bike, not chosen because the color matched. For the money I’m going to spend, I want elegance in the design, an ineffable quality that my favorite possessions tend to have and which makes me smile whenever I use them- think cables run through the frame rather than tied to the outside and electronics that work and give me the information I need without hassles.

I want to spend zero time waiting for my bike to be delivered and zero time on the phone wait8ng to talk to support. I want a 2+ year warranty on the motor/battery/electronics and when I have a hiccup during that time I want my lbs to happily deal with my problem so I don’t have to. I want knowledgable salespeople to walk me through my purchase decision and help me choose accessories that perfectly complement my bike. I want my bike to be supported by a company with a near-100% chance of being solvent for a few years at least.

So, with all that assumed- unless I’m buying a demo, used or last year’s model, I don’t think I can get all this for $2K. I think a more realistic budget is ~$3K, and that’s what I’m planning to spend. OP, I think you can get a decent ebike for $2K but not without giving up some things (or finding a great sale... Look at the $1700 sale price on 2106 Raleigh Misceo!)

Finally, while I wouldn’t put too much emphasis on this I do think ebikes have the potential to make a ride safer: Fewer cars will pass you when you’re traveling at a higher speed. Their speed relative to you will be lower as well. Assisted acceleration could conceivably get you out of dangerous situations. That said, higher riding speeds carry their own risks.

4 months ago

I just did a demo ride of a 2016 Misceo IE in Missoula (I live in Hamilton) today. What a nice bike! It's very quiet and smooth. The gears shift nicely and quietly. I didn't have a chance to get it out to try anything other then ECO mode. The guys at the shop didn't know anything about the auto shifting but it probably would have needed a software update anyway. I plan to give it some thought over the weekend but I think I'll get it. I just want it for riding around Hamilton running errands. I'm 78 so I'm not going to go conquer mountains anymore . I understand the issue with the front fork and lack of suspension but it's a class 1 pedelec so probably can get away without the front suspension but I will get a ThudBuster suspension seat post straight away. With a nice Topeak rack and MTX trunk bag, fenders, kickstand, larger size pedals, and Ergo grips, it should be a great commuter/urban bike. I'm sorry there are no bosses for a bottle cage and/or pump.

Oops! Just did a little more research and discovered that the Misceo IE that I test rode was actually a 2015 model. The Raleigh dealer didn't know the difference. No bottle bosses, no kickstand, narrower tire (I think), and smaller diameter seat post. Won't be buying a Misceo IE. Raleigh says that it's the end of the model. I'll have to keep an eye out for what's shown at the upcoming InterBike expo.

Hugh Caldwell
8 months ago

Looking to purchase my first ebike and would like to spend less than $2000. From what I've seen on line I'm very attacted to the Raleigh Misceo Sport IE which you can purchase for $2200. I was wondering what other bikes I should consider that wouldn't cost more than the Misceo?

These are the things I like about the Misceo:
Mid motor
Quick release wheels
Weight (< 50lbs)
Range (40miles+)
Looks (who wants a bike that makes them sad to look at? (aka no low steps))

What I don't like about the Misceo
Removing the battery to charge
20mph cut off. It would be nice to be able to cruise at 20mph without the motor cutting out but it's not critical.

I'll be riding the bike 99% on roads and bike paths and maybe 1% on hard dirt roads.


9 months ago

Great site! Thanks to all of those involved.
I have some mid drive bikes in my compare bucket. It's rarely possible to test ride everything I'm interested in even tough I live in a major city (Chicago). That's the toughest part about having the desire to buy an electric bike. I couldn't possibly buy a bike I've never been on but with a little extra help I can certainly narrow it down. I would really appreciate some input from anyone that actually rides any of the following bikes:
Trek XM700+
Gazelle CityZen C8 HM
Walleräng M.01
Raleigh Misceo Sport IE
BULLS SIX50 E2 Street
Thank you in advance!

9 months ago

I rode the Trek XM700+, the Raleigh Misceo iE with the Alfine hub, and the Raleigh Detour IE. I liked them in that order, although none of them were an XL frame. Hoping to ride a Juiced Cross Current next week.

Cross and 29er are similar but 29er is lot more versatile and has better componentry (better shocks, drive train and MTB rims). You could always run street tires on them and make it a nice commuter.
Also, the Large frame of 29er is slightly bigger than the cross. and I think for your size, large- 29er would be a more apt.

What bikes have you tried so far?

Gibran Ramos
1 year ago

Do you know if the beeping (shift indicator) can be turned off?

1 year ago

great review. That auto shift if neat. I might have to wait to find a more upright bike with this combo.

1 year ago

Yeah, I am sure there will be more in 2017 and that Shimano will improve their battery design ;)

Thordur Hognason
2 years ago

is Raleigh from US or UK?

Bill Ostrowski
2 years ago

Great reviews. I bought this bike after watching your videos. Because of your video I schooled the bike shop on the differences between the 2015 and 2016. They ordered in the 2016 for me and were thankful for info. Thanks Cort.

Raleigh Electric
4 months ago

That's awesome! We're happy the review helped you. Hope you love it!

Mark Elford
2 years ago

Impressive machine.

Raleigh Electric
4 months ago

Thank you!

2 years ago

Such a nice bike!

Raleigh Electric
4 months ago

Thanks! We like it, too!

Jone Gomez
2 years ago

I was living under a rock coz didn't know Shimano had their own e-bike system, sweet bike!

Jone Gomez
2 years ago

+brighton dude accidentally deleted the previous comment. That's a sweet alternative, unfortunately don't have the space. And yes bicycles suffer in this Finnish weather, but is almost the rule to leave them outside (unless you have the space). Thanks for replying.

brighton dude
2 years ago

+Juan Nieve - Do you have room for something like the Trimetals bike store?


I think any bicycle will be better protected from the elements.

Tanish Skanda G
2 years ago

can u do a Audi ebike review please I want to see it

2 years ago

just checked your review of last years model this is $500 less than last years and better.

2 years ago

Great review - do they make a bike with all the features you listed - plus a throttle control and bigger digital screen as well - Class 2?

Brentt Moore
2 years ago

Love the automatic shifting!

Bao Dang
2 years ago

I'm loving these daily reviews. keep it up!

2 years ago

Electronic shifting, awesome. Now I wait for an internally geared hub in the back(also electronic) and a band instead of a chain. When those two come to a nice mountain bike like the Haibike, I'll look to purchase. I like the Haibike completely carbon rims to have even less maintenance(truing) but the price is already high enough...

2 years ago

thats a very good bike.

Sita van Waarde
2 years ago

Love your reviews thanks man !

Sita van Waarde
2 years ago

Nice Bike ! ,... Ian from Holland where can i buy this .??!