Raleigh Sprint iE Review

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Raleigh Sprint Ie
Raleigh Sprint Ie Tranzx M25gts Mid Drive Motor
Raleigh Sprint Ie Active Velo Saddle Rack And Fender Bosses
Raleigh Sprint Ie Monochrome Fixed Display Panel Tranzx
Raleigh Sprint Ie Locking Grip Ebike Button Pad
Raleigh Sprint Ie 180 Mm Shimano 396 Hydraulic Disc Brakes Qr
Raleigh Sprint Ie Shimano Slx 11 32t Drivetrain
Raleigh Sprint Ie Sr Suntour Ncx 63 Mm Suspension Fork With Lockout
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Raleigh Sprint Ie Electric Bike Review
Raleigh Sprint Ie
Raleigh Sprint Ie Tranzx M25gts Mid Drive Motor
Raleigh Sprint Ie Active Velo Saddle Rack And Fender Bosses
Raleigh Sprint Ie Monochrome Fixed Display Panel Tranzx
Raleigh Sprint Ie Locking Grip Ebike Button Pad
Raleigh Sprint Ie 180 Mm Shimano 396 Hydraulic Disc Brakes Qr
Raleigh Sprint Ie Shimano Slx 11 32t Drivetrain
Raleigh Sprint Ie Sr Suntour Ncx 63 Mm Suspension Fork With Lockout
Raleigh Sprint Ie Ebike Battery Charger

Summary

  • A stealthy, fully-integrated speed pedelec (capable of hitting ~28 mph in pedal assist) with bosses for adding fenders, a rack or wiring in 6 volt lights to build a capable commuter
  • The M25GTS mid-drive motor from TranzX is smooth, relatively quiet and relies on a combination of cadence and torque sensing for dynamic acceleration, it and the battery are mounted low and center for improved balance
  • Quality M396 180 mm hydraulic disc brakes from Shimano, higher end Shimano SLX 10 speed drivetrain, 15 mm front and 12 mm rear thru-axles for stiffness and durability
  • The battery looks great but pops out when unlocking for removal so be careful to avoid dropping it, no shift sensing or brake lever motor inhibitors so the chain, sprockets and derailleur may take increased wear, excellent two year warranty

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Introduction

Make:

Raleigh

Model:

Sprint iE

Price:

$2,999

Body Position:

Forward

Suggested Use:

Urban, Commuting

Electric Bike Class:

Speed Pedalec (Class 3), Throttle on Demand (Class 2)
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Warranty:

2 Year Comprehensive, Lifetime Frame

Availability:

United States

Model Year:

2016

Bicycle Details

Total Weight:

51.5 lbs (23.35 kg)

Battery Weight:

5.6 lbs (2.54 kg)

Motor Weight:

8.5 lbs (3.85 kg)

Frame Material:

6061 Aluminum Alloy

Frame Sizes:

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

Geometry Measurements:

32" Stand Over Height and 74" Length on the Medium 17" Frame

Frame Types:

High-Step

Frame Colors:

Gloss Red with Black and Gray Accents

Frame Fork Details:

SR Suntour NCX Suspension with Lockout and 63 mm Travel, 15 mm Thru-Axle with Quick Release

Frame Rear Details:

Alloy 142 / 12 mm with Quick Release

Attachment Points:

Rear Rack Bosses, Fender Bosses

Gearing Details:

10 Speed 1x10 Shimano SLX, HG62 Cassette 11-32T

Shifter Details:

Shimano SLX Triggers on Right

Cranks:

Lasco EB05 Chainring with Alloy Guide, 42T

Pedals:

Wellgo R200 Aluminum Alloy Platform, Track Style

Headset:

FSA Integrated Cartridge Bearings, 5 Risers

Stem:

Alloy 31.8 mm Diameter, Lengths: 70 mm, 80 mm, 90mm

Handlebar:

Alloy 31.8 mm Diameter, 640 mm Width

Brake Details:

Shimano M396 Hydraulic Disc with 180 mm Rotors

Grips:

Flat Rubber, Black with Locker

Saddle:

Velo Active

Seat Post:

Alloy with Quick Release Collar

Seat Post Length:

320 mm

Seat Post Diameter:

31.6 mm

Rims:

Weinmann Disc Bull Double Wall, Aluminum Alloy

Spokes:

Stainless Steel 13 Gauge, Black

Tire Brand:

Kenda Kuick Bitumen, 700 x 45c

Wheel Sizes:

28 in (71.12cm)

Tire Details:

30 TPI

Tube Details:

Presta Valve

Accessories:

Single Side Adjustable Length Kickstand, Aluminum Alloy Chain Guide

Other:

Locking Removable Battery Pack, 2 Amp 1.8 Pound Charger, KMC X10 Chain, Modus Alloy 36h Hubs, CAN Bus Communication (Diagnostic and Firmware Updates)

Electronic Details

Motor Brand:

TranzX, Model M25GTS

Motor Type:

Mid-Mounted Geared Motor
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Motor Nominal Output:

500 watts

Motor Peak Output:

550 watts

Motor Torque:

70 Newton meters

Battery Brand:

Samsung or LG

Battery Voltage:

48 volts

Battery Amp Hours:

8.7 ah

Battery Watt Hours:

417.6 wh

Battery Chemistry:

Lithium-ion

Charge Time:

5 hours

Estimated Min Range:

15 miles (24 km)

Estimated Max Range:

40 miles (64 km)

Display Type:

Fixed Monochrome Backlit LCD with Adjustable Angle

Readouts:

Speed, Odometer, Battery Capacity (5 Bars), Assist Level (0-4), Range Estimation

Display Accessories:

Independent Button Pad on Left, Optional Boost Button on Right

Drive Mode:

Advanced Pedal Assist (Measures Speed, Cadence and Torque)

Top Speed:

28 mph (45 kph) (Optional 20 mph Button Throttle)

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Written Review

The Raleigh Sprint iE is one of the sleekest, most unassuming electric bikes in the lineup for 2016 because the battery is integrated directly into the downtube and the motor is compact and circular… mirroring the chainring sprocket. It’s fast, capable of hitting 28 mph in the highest level of assist when pedaling with the higher gears, and surprisingly quiet. The motor used here is a new one from TranzX called the M25GTS that uses speed, cadence and pedal torque to adjust power output. I found that it operated quite well but did suffer from some mashing of the chain, sprockets and derailleur when shifting due to the lack of shift detection and standard brake levers without assist. This motor still isn’t as responsive as Bosch but it’s much improved over earlier generations from TranzX and this keeps the price of the bike lower at $2999.

You get a commuter style suspension fork that’s narrower and offers less travel at ~63 mm but includes lockout adjust and threaded eyelets for adding a fender and support rods. Both wheels are and hubs are upgraded with brass nipples, larger 13 mm spokes and thru axles (15 mm front and 12 mm rear) which should handle the increased forces of higher speed riding and the large 180 mm hydraulic disc brakes. Both wheels also offer quick release for easy transport or tuneups and I love the Shimano SLX drivetrain components. Ten speeds is just enough to hit the 28 mph top speed where the motor cuts out and SLX is one of the highest groupsets I’ve seen on any of the Raleigh electric bikes. The chainring features an aluminum alloy guide that should keep the chain on track if you encounter bumpy terrain and protect the sprocket teeth if you hop a steep curb and bash the middle of the bike. The tires are slick but oversized compared to most traditional city and road bikes so you get some comfort there and you could always replace the 31.6 mm seat post with a Body Float to dampen vibration at high speed.

The Sprint iE would make a solid commuter or just a fun high-speed electric bike for zooming around the neighborhood or city environment. You could replace the tires and go off-road but being a Class 3 ebike, it might not be permissible in as many locations and the fork might get beaten down. One extra bonus with the TranzX system is that you can purchase a $50 boost button to add throttle on demand and the motor is so strong it will literally carry you up hills (when using the lower or mid level gears). While I wish that this thing had bottle cage bosses, there aren’t too many other things to complain about, it’s solid and the price makes sense given the warranty, multiple size options (small, medium, large) and high level components.

Pros:

  • Stealthy frame… the battery pack is completely integrated into the downtube and paint matched, the TranzX M25GTS motor is round so it hides behind the chainring, is smaller, lighter and quieter than some of the earlier TranzX / Currie Electrodrive designs like the M07
  • The motor is smooth, even though it doesn’t offer shift sensing the combination of cadence and torque sensing feels like a higher quality product
  • High speed pedal-assist performance (up to 28 miles per hour with active rider input) means you’ll arrive quicker but also drain the battery faster above 20 mph due to air resistance
  • The suspension fork, larger diameter wheels and thicker tires provide comfort when traveling over longer distances, bumpy terrain and at higher speeds… the grips and saddle are firm for active riding and the fork does offer lockout for efficiency
  • Braze ons and threaded eyelets for adding fenders and a rear rack, unfortunately none for adding a bottle cage on the seat tube
  • Since the Sprint iE is a speed pedelec the wheels and frame will endure more stress and strain so both axles have been upgraded (12 mm rear and 15 mm front) for improved stiffness and better alignment of the disc brake rotors with the calipers and pads
  • Even though this model only comes in a high-step “diamond” frame design, it has been engineered with a sloping top tube to lower stand over height which makes holding the bike at rest or walking over it easier, I measured ~32 inches on the Medium 17″ frame
  • Because the motor is mounted at the center of the frame along with the battery pack, weight is kept lower which improves stability and would leave a rear rack completely open for gear (if you add one)
  • The center-drive system leverages your chain and 10 speed cassette to operate more efficiently for climbing or reaching higher speeds, it offers better range than a similarly rated hub motor if you manage your gears properly and the SLX drivetrain is solid mid-level (better components)
  • Higher-end parts all around including Shimano hydraulic disc brakes with a larger 180 mm rotors , Shimano SLX derailleur for precision shifting and stiff alloy platform pedals (track style) for stability and grip
  • If you want even more control, a boost button can be added which offers two drive modes: a 6 mph starting speed (almost like walk mode) and a 20 mph throttle button which has to be held down to operate, most Raleigh dealers can add this for ~$50
  • Nice wire management, all of the cables and electronics are run through the frame and there are even some extra support points to keep them from getting in the way, there’s a 6 volt wire at the head tube and near the motor for adding integrated LED lights

Cons:

  • When unlocking and removing the battery pack it sort of pops out of the side so be extra careful not to drop it, the pack looks great but the cover is plastic and can get scratched easily
  • Given the beautifully integrated downtube battery design, the seat tube and downtube are wide open… I wish they had put bottle cage bosses here given the city/commuter use and the fact that there are rear rack and fender braze-ons
  • The display panel can be a bit confusing at first, holding the power button icon for a couple seconds when you’re in assist level 1 will take you down to zero (so you can the display without the motor), it would be nicer if you could just arrow down to zero, this also becomes confusing for people who want to turn the bike off by holding power… you have to hold it down again or push the button on the battery itself to completely shut down
  • The display unit is not removable so it could take more damage when the bike is parked outside or in a public location, thankfully the battery is
  • This model feels a bit expensive compared with the very similar IZIP E3 ProTour (also from the Accell Group) which offers fenders, a rack, integrated lights and suspension seat post at the same price (but weighs ~3.5 lbs more as a result)
  • The battery pack must be activated before the display unit can be powered on, it’s a two step process that takes extra time and can create confusion when going straight for the display on/off
  • There’s also no shift sensing with the M25GTS TranzX motor so the chain, sprockets and derailleur may take more wear if you don’t make an effort to shift when the motor is not adding force to the drivetrain, there are also no brake lever motor inhibitors which could otherwise help with shifting gears smoothly

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Vicki
6 hours ago

I don't understand one thing with Magnum. the battery brand is mentioned as "Samsung / DLG / Panasonic ". So do they use random batteries or mixed ones as i see no way to choose one of them.

Ravi Kempaiah
3 days ago

Haibike, Rlaeigh and Izip uses TranzX motor on several bikes. They have a long business history with TranzX and a company like Accell that owns Haibike, Izip, Raleigh would not have any problem sourcing a motor if the issue arises.
If you use the bike regularly, you get the money back within a year and after that it's all profit!

mid drive merv
7 days ago

I have a Raleigh Tekoa IE (2015) with the Tranzx mid drive and based on my experience with it, agree very much with the others who responded. I am 64 years, 71 inches tall and 172 pounds and can hold 28 mph on flat ground with decent effort on my part. But that is with no headwind. It does not take a lot of wind in the face to force me to drop down a gear and reduce speed if I am to keep my input at the same effort level. I consider the front suspension on the Tekoa to be vital to enjoying those higher speeds. Take away that front suspension fork, and I do not think I would enjoy the experience.

And there really is an exponential curve in play on your battery's resources when going from 20 to 23 to 28 mph. I enjoy the speed when doing treks where I have enough battery to allow the extravagance. But probably like many others here, many of my trips require me to not use my battery resources for that higher speed. It is not fun on an ebike to run out of battery before the designated trip distance is complete.

So yes, my answer would be that you can maintain that type of speed on level ground, no wind conditions, without coughing up a lung. But at the distance you are looking at, agreed that a dual battery will be a necessity. The model you mentioned is neat in offering that. Those who own R&M bikes seem, on average, to be highly pleased with the money spent.

Olrocker
2 weeks ago

I'm selling two sets of RadMini fenders, new in box, never installed. Selling them because they won't work with the way I transport and store the bikes. $75 for each set or $140 for both, plus shipping from Raleigh NC.

mhs7386
3 weeks ago

I’d love to hear what Ravi thinks about the Pedego Interceptor vs. the Raleigh Retroglide.

mhs7386
3 weeks ago

I r0de a similar Raleigh. Rode nice. The throttle is something they add on, not built with throttle at factory. I rode three Pedegos for a good 20-30 minutes each. They all rode beautifully. Just can’t get over the look of the battery in the rear. Guess I could hide it with a couple of panniers. I am not handy at all but the Pedego store is near me and if I get the Raleigh, Ajo Bikes is one of their dealers.

vincent
3 weeks ago

Cool, I did not know there was a pedego store here now
I buy most of my bikes from ravi at crazy lennys

rode a few pedegos in phx a year or so ago and did not like the pedal assist, I don’t know if they are different now
But it’s nice to have a shop to work with for repairs etc.

Did you get a chance to ride the raleigh? Don’t know anything about that bike, sorry

mhs7386
3 weeks ago

I rode the Interceptor at the new Pedego st0re in Tucson. I like the ride, fit and finish and high quality parts. I don’t like the look of the battery in the rear.

The other bike I’m considering is the 2018 Raleigh Retroglide. Has battery in the center downtube and a mid drive motor.

mhs7386
3 weeks ago

Nirmala, Pedego is coming out in spring with a mid drive with Gates belt drive. It’s called The Conveyor.

Nirmala
3 weeks ago

I sometimes dream about a extremely low maintenance ebike with mid drive, Gates belt drive, Nuvinci hub, mag wheels, flat free tires ( http://www.tannus.com/ ). Raleigh even once offered self-adjusting brakes!

Over50
4 weeks ago

Raleigh Tamland coming soon:

Ann M.
7 months ago

Moved this post by @FredBam to the appropriate IZip & Raleigh threads:

My LBS just emailed me the following "Raleigh Electric would like to notify dealers about a recent decision to implement a rework that upgrades all units of 2016 IZIP Protour and Raleigh Sprint IE with a new M25 motor & controller. The factory redesigned M25 motor & controller improves performance & durability of the flagship TranzX M25 system. Note that this is not a safety concern, but rather a quality improvement that Raleigh Electric is providing to dealers that purchased bikes featuring the M25 system."
Was there a fundamental flaw with the M25 system?
An I reading this correctly that I will get a new motor and controller?

Ann M.
7 months ago

Moved this post by @FredBam to the appropriate Raleigh threads:

My LBS just emailed me the following "Raleigh Electric would like to notify dealers about a recent decision to implement a rework that upgrades all units of 2016 IZIP Protour and Raleigh Sprint IE with a new M25 motor & controller. The factory redesigned M25 motor & controller improves performance & durability of the flagship TranzX M25 system. Note that this is not a safety concern, but rather a quality improvement that Raleigh Electric is providing to dealers that purchased bikes featuring the M25 system."
Was there a fundamental flaw with the M25 system?
An I reading this correctly that I will get a new motor and controller?

FredBam
8 months ago

My LBS just emailed me the following "Raleigh Electric would like to notify dealers about a recent decision to implement a rework that upgrades all units of 2016 IZIP Protour and Raleigh Sprint IE with a new M25 motor & controller. The factory redesigned M25 motor & controller improves performance & durability of the flagship TranzX M25 system. Note that this is not a safety concern, but rather a quality improvement that Raleigh Electric is providing to dealers that purchased bikes featuring the M25 system."
Was there a fundamental flaw with the M25 system?
An I reading this correctly that I will get a new motor and controller?

Daniel-san
2 years ago

I have an almost brand-new Raleigh Sprint IE for sale. It has a 28mph assisted-top-speed. Size Medium (5'6" – 5'10"). $2500 OBO

It has just over 50 miles on it. I am selling it because it is not right for me. I broke my neck 18 months ago and was hoping this would get me back out on the bike but I am still having too many complications. It is located in in the Denver area. I can ship—buyer pays shipping.

goldendorp
2 years ago

Has anyone tried the Raleigh sprint ie? What would it be comparable to?

Ann M.
2 years ago

Larry Pizzi shared all the nuts and bolts of a wide range of new products for Raleigh, some utilizing the smartphone connected Cobi system and all with mid drive motors. BTW waterbottle bosses included ;)

Larry Pizzi, the SVP of Raleigh Electric Bikes met with me to share some of their new ebikes. The 2016 ebikes are all center drive (mid-drive) and use Shimano STEPS and TranzX.

- One of the most affordable is the Detour iE which comes in high-step and step-thru along with several sizes for $2,299 and that one uses the Shimano S.T.E.P.S. the brakes are hydraulic disc, is pedal assist only (Class 1).
- One of the sportier urban commuters is the Misceo iE Sport that sells for $2,799. The frame is lighter and more nimble (uses a carbon fiber fork). The bike is only ~43 lbs and includes bottle bosses! It uses a Shimano SLX 11 speed drivetrain.
- The Misceo iE (non-sport version) has electronic shifting and has two shimano button pads that use the E Tube system that dealers tend to be more familiar with. They also use a Can Bus electronics platform for updates.
- The Sprite iE uses the Currie Electrodrive system by TranzX and goes for just $1,799 using a 400 watt battery pack with Panasonic cells. It’s a pedal assist only ebike but does have an optional throttle boost button (the bike is pre-wired for these). The boost button “throttle” goes between the grip and the brake lever adjustment. I like the magnetic handle on the battery pack… and that it weighs less than 4 pounds :) this model comes in low-step only but is available in three frame sizes.
- The Route iE is a speed pedelec that senses torque and rotational sensing and is capable of reaching 28 mph. It offers front suspension.
- The Takoa iE is more of a hardtail off-road or trail electric bike. It uses Shimano Deore XT and has an 11 speed cassette. It has 29” wheels and also has hydraulic disc brakes.
- The Sprint iE is also a speed pedelec and this one uses an internal battery pack that goes into the side of the downtube, this one uses the TranzX M25 that is a 500 watt motor that can reach 28 miles per hour offering 75 Nm of torque for under $3,000 and has a Shimano SLX drivetrain. This model comes with Cobi but you can add it to other systems for an additional $179.

The TranzX motor can generate 70 Nm torque output which is pretty high. These ebikes are all using rotational speed sensing “cadence sensing” and use upgraded chains that offer more strength (important given the extra stress of mid-drive motors) but some also have torque sensing.

The new Cobi system has been introduced as an option on many of the Raleigh electric bikes and this brings signaling feedback, route guidance (using LED lights). This technology was first introduced from Frankfurt Germany (it was only 15 months old when this video was filmed). The idea is to put the smart phone at the center of the cycling experience. The system works with iPhone 6, 6+ and Android devices like Samsung Galaxy S6. The system charges your phone while using it as a control panel for the bike. You can get a universal case for other phones. The system includes a very cool light that automatically adjusts based on the ambient environment lighting. The Cobi system has a 6,000 miliamp battery but can also be used with a dynamo hub. You can also control your music playlist, navigate your phone book and call or take cals with your smart phone. They were able to integrate it with the bike as a “hands free” device because they use bluetooth to connect. It connects with canbus to other electric bike models. visit http://www.cobi.bike for more information.

Ravi Kempaiah
3 years ago

Thanks, Joe

motostrano
3 years ago

One of my favorites is a $3449 high torque mid-drive model called the Sprint Ie that has the battery integrated into the frame much like a Turbo or a BH Easymotion, but with a mid-drive motor. 350W Currie mid-drive motor 48V but only 8.7 AH battery. No weight is listed. There's also a new step-thru model called the Sprite IE for $2099 that will be a great commuter. The Misceo will continue for 2016 and it also gets a Misceo iE Sport with Shimano SLX drive, full fenders rack and lights for $2999 in all black. . Good stuff.

Steven Tracy
2 months ago

You and your bottle cage mount blues...whine.

Steven Tracy
2 months ago

8.7ah says it all..... WEAK.

Paintbrush 1962
7 months ago

Would this be as good as my Raleigh chopper from the 70s ; ] ?

melonbarmonster
10 months ago

$3,000

Fine Line Painting
1 year ago

flo mo Musta Had a good experience with his bike because I bought this bike and did not I replace the motor two times replace the controller 2 timed and had to configure the battery because it was too loose in the bike would always shut off its a big pain in the ass $3,000 pain in the ass shirt warranty took care of it but I had to keep on bringing it to the shop buyer beware bike is not perfect. I had the bike for a year just so you know

ombra306
1 year ago

will you review the E bikes from Italjet?

Juan Roman
1 year ago

by any chance where did you buy the boost string or thumb throttle? I would also like to add this to my raleigh sprint

The4Heck
1 year ago

The sprint is all ready gone! They went to a different motor and it has less power. I am kind of disappointed. I am a fan of the torque on trans X. The update has a different name and I am interested to see what else is different. I love my Tekoa and was looking for anther bike that was more of a road bike in a larger size. They got rid of the larger sizes and that is also disappointing. Makes me glad I got mine before they got rid of them. I was looking forward to the sprint being my next bike.

Barry Hadar
2 years ago

For 2100$ it's worth it

floydavila
2 years ago

With the Boost Button, how fast will it take you up too? At what speed does the Boost button cut off? Thanks

FRANK ROBY
2 years ago

definitely my favourite e-bike at the moment.

Fredmullegun
2 years ago

This is the same price as the bottom trim Specialized Stealth? Mid drive system is superior but I think I would still go Specialized.

Thordur Hognason
2 years ago

There is no specialized stealth

Brubaker037
2 years ago

How does it climb on fairly steep hills?

total_gamer1989
2 years ago

Why do you say the top speed is limited to 28 mph? Does the assist from the motor cut out over that speed? Can't I, just pedal harder to go faster than that?

250 watts
2 years ago

If you want far greater range on a E bike like this add time trail bars and its comfortable as the handle bars are high on a mountain style bike.

Jay Kae
2 years ago

Have you done a review on the ktm macina?

nerdexproject
2 years ago

I'm sure, buying this ebike is a great choice! The price is absolutely reasonable!

Jerry Scott
2 years ago

Looks a lot like the iZip you reviewed a few days ago. Does Raleigh make iZip also?

Christopher Moltisanti
2 years ago

With a thumb throttle and in matte black would be perfect. A city bike never needs a water bottle unless your city has no corner stores,or drinking fountains.

Christopher Moltisanti
2 years ago

I see your point.  Different people with Different situations.  

MotorheadRedo
2 years ago

+Christopher Moltisanti Convenience store water is double the price, and most people don't want city water. Also stopping at a corner store involves securing the bicycle while you run inside, which is a pain. He's right about ebikes needing Braze-Ons for a water bottle cage, or for other accessories. I have a touring bike with several sets of Braze-Ons, and I use one set for a water bottle cage and another set for an Abus lock. An ebike with no Braze-On's or no way to secure a rack is a deal breaker for a lot of people. Its like the people designing these frames don't ride bicycles.

DrZarkloff
2 years ago

I don't know that I'd use any bike to commute 23 miles to work. It's still dark out when I head off to work in the morning and the deer in my area are suicidal.

Jay Kae
2 years ago

Just shoot the deer before they crash.