Raleigh Venture iE Review

2018 Raleigh Venture Ie Electric Bike Review
2018 Raleigh Venture Ie
2018 Raleigh Venture Ie Bosch Active Line Cruise Motor
2018 Raleigh Venture Ie Bosch Powerpack 400 Battery
2018 Raleigh Venture Ie Bosch Purion Display Panel Swept Back Handlebars
2018 Raleigh Venture Ie Faux Leather Stitched Grips Tektro Auriga Brakes
2018 Raleigh Venture Ie Schwalbe Super Moto X Big Tires
2018 Raleigh Venture Ie 9 Speed Shimano Alivio
2018 Raleigh Venture Ie Velo Comfort Saddle Rear Kickstand
2018 Raleigh Venture Ie Bosch Battery Charger Electric Bikes
2018 Raleigh Venture Ie Bosch Ebike Charger 4 Amps
2018 Raleigh Venture Ie Electric Bike Review
2018 Raleigh Venture Ie
2018 Raleigh Venture Ie Bosch Active Line Cruise Motor
2018 Raleigh Venture Ie Bosch Powerpack 400 Battery
2018 Raleigh Venture Ie Bosch Purion Display Panel Swept Back Handlebars
2018 Raleigh Venture Ie Faux Leather Stitched Grips Tektro Auriga Brakes
2018 Raleigh Venture Ie Schwalbe Super Moto X Big Tires
2018 Raleigh Venture Ie 9 Speed Shimano Alivio
2018 Raleigh Venture Ie Velo Comfort Saddle Rear Kickstand
2018 Raleigh Venture Ie Bosch Battery Charger Electric Bikes
2018 Raleigh Venture Ie Bosch Ebike Charger 4 Amps

Summary

  • An approachable electric cruiser bike with reinforced single-tube frame that feels solid and stable, available in three sizes to fit a wide range of riders and two colors for variety
  • Beautiful faux leather touch points and battery box accents, oversized saddle, padded grips, swept back handlebar and riser stem provide a relaxed body position, high volume Schwalbe tires deliver comfort and durability
  • Bosch Active Line Cruise is the entry point in terms of power but it's also the lightest and quietest motor in their lineup, excellent battery position, compact charger is easy to bring along
  • Limited accessories and no bottle cage bosses but you probably could add fenders and rear rack if you wanted, lights can be wired in to the Bosch system, powerful hydraulic disc brakes, compact display panel with simple controls... though it's not removable

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Introduction

Make:

Raleigh

Model:

Venture iE

Price:

$2,499

Body Position:

Upright Relaxed

Suggested Use:

Neighborhood

Electric Bike Class:

Pedal Assist (Class 1)
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Warranty:

2 Year Comprehensive, 5 Years Frame

Availability:

United States

Model Year:

2018

Bicycle Details

Total Weight:

47 lbs (21.31 kg)

Battery Weight:

5.5 lbs (2.49 kg)

Motor Weight:

6.39 lbs (2.89 kg)

Frame Material:

Aluminum Alloy

Frame Sizes:

18.89 in (47.98 cm)19.68 in (49.98 cm)20.47 in (51.99 cm)

Geometry Measurements:

Small 48 cm: 19" Seat Tube, 22" Reach, 19" Stand Over Height, 27" Width, 73.5" Length

Frame Types:

Step-Thru

Frame Colors:

Satin Teal with Orange and Brown Accents, Satin Black with Orange and Brown Accents

Frame Fork Details:

Rigid Alloy, 100 mm Hub Spacing, 9 mm Skewer with Quick Release

Frame Rear Details:

135 mm Hub Spacing, 12 mm to 10 mm Tapered Thru-Axle with Quick Release

Attachment Points:

Fender Bosses

Gearing Details:

9 Speed 1x9 Shimano Alivio Derailleur, Shimano HG Cassette 11-36 Tooth

Shifter Details:

Shimano Alivio Triggers on Right (Two-Way High Lever, Three-Shift Low Lever)

Cranks:

FSA, Forged Alloy, 170 mm Length, 42 Tooth Steel Chainring with FSA Alloy Guard

Pedals:

Wellgo R199 Steel Platform, Cage Style

Headset:

Integrated, Threadless Internal Cups, Sealed Bearings, 1-1/8" Straight

Stem:

Alloy, 90 mm Length, 15° Rise, 25.4 mm Clamp Diameter, One 20 mm Spacer, Five 5 mm Spacers

Handlebar:

Alloy, Mid-Rise, Swept Back, 670 mm Length

Brake Details:

Tektro Auriga Hydraulic Disc with 160 mm Rotors, Dual-Piston Calipers, Two-Finger Tektro Auriga WS Levers with Adjustable Reach

Grips:

Faux Leather, Stitched, Brown

Saddle:

Raleigh Branded Velo, Faux Leather, Wide with Rubber Bumpers, Brown

Seat Post:

Aluminum Alloy

Seat Post Length:

350 mm

Seat Post Diameter:

30.9 mm

Rims:

Alloy, Double Wall, 31 mm Outer Width, 36 Hole, Black

Spokes:

Stainless Steel, 14 Gauge, Black with Adjustable Nipples

Tire Brand:

Schwalbe Super Moto-X, 27.5" x 2.4" (62-584)

Wheel Sizes:

27.5 in (69.85cm)

Tire Details:

30 to 55 PSI, 2.0 to 4.0 BAR, Performance GreenGuard Puncture Protection

Tube Details:

Schrader Valve

Accessories:

Extra Large Rubberized Seat Post Quick Release Clamp Lever, Rear Mounted Adjustable Length Kickstand

Other:

Locking Removable Downtube Mounted Battery Pack, 1.3 lb 2 Amp Compact Charger, Maximum 100 RPM Motor Pedal Support, ABUS Locking Core, Faux Leather Stickers on Battery Pack to Match Grips and Saddle

Electronic Details

Motor Brand:

Bosch Active Line Cruise

Motor Type:

Mid-Mounted Geared Motor
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Motor Nominal Output:

250 watts

Motor Peak Output:

295 watts

Motor Torque:

40 Newton meters (Eco: 30, Tour: 35, Sport: 38, Turbo: 40)

Battery Voltage:

36 volts

Battery Amp Hours:

11 ah

Battery Watt Hours:

396 wh

Battery Chemistry:

Lithium-ion

Charge Time:

5.5 hours

Estimated Min Range:

38 miles (61 km)

Estimated Max Range:

88 miles (142 km)

Display Type:

Bosch Purion, Fixed, Backlit, Grayscale LCD Display with Integrated Button Pad, Buttons: Power, +, -, Walk, (Hold + to Activate Lights, Hold - to Cycle Through Readouts, Hold - and Press Power to Change Units, Hold - and + to Clear Trip Distance)

Readouts:

Speed, Assist Level (Eco, Tour, Sport, Turbo), Battery Level (5 Bars), Trip Distance, Total Distance, Estimated Range, Lights

Display Accessories:

Micro-USB Port for Diagnostics and Software Updates Only

Drive Mode:

Advanced Pedal Assist (Measures Rear Wheel Speed, Pedal Cadence, and Pedal Torque, Power Output Relative to Pedal Input: Eco 40% 30 Nm, Tour 100% 35 Nm, Sport 170% 38 Nm, Turbo 250% 40 Nm)

Top Speed:

20 mph (32 kph)

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Written Review

The full written review is still in the works but the video overview, detailed specs, some quick notes and pros/cons section below should be a great place to start. Check back soon for an update :)

Pros:

  • The deep step-thru frame is approachable, sturdy (reinforced with alloy gussets near the head tube and seat tube), and available in three sizes for optimal fit
  • Most of the cruiser style electric bikes I have seen use a rear rack mounted battery (which can feel unbalanced and contribute to frame flex) or a downtube mounted battery (which can raise the standover height and get kicked), so I like that Raleigh went with something a little bit different here, mounting the battery vertically in front of the seat tube to keep it low and center but still balanced and out of the way (just be careful when unlocking and removing it because it seems like it could tip forward and fall off more easily)
  • I was surprised that the Venture iE only weighs ~47 lbs because most cruisers are 50+, this is probably a result of using the lightweight Bosch Active Line Plus motor and smaller Powerpack 400 battery, and having no suspension, fenders, or rear rack included… but it does have mounting points for fenders if you wanted to add some
  • The bike is fairly comfortable to ride because of the upright body position, oversized saddle with rubber bumpers, swept back bars with padded grips, and high-volume Schwalbe Super Moto-X tires! Great choice from IZIP here, the tires are high quality and offer a unique 27.5″ x 2.4″ size vs. 26″ x 1.95″ on many of the older models
  • The larger wheel size of 27.5″ provides a lower attack angle so you don’t feel bumps and cracks as much, the wide pressure range of the tires, 30 to 55 psi, means that you can ride more comfortably if you are willing to sacrifice some rolling efficiency (which isn’t as big of a big deal on an electric bicycle)
  • Great aesthetics here, I love the two color choices (aqua or black) and appreciate that the paint extends from the frame through the fork and saddle, the grips, saddle, and battery stickers all match beautifully and that helps it to not look so much like an electric bike, note also that the spokes, hubs, bars, and other minor hardware pieces are black vs. a mix of silver and black
  • The Bosch Active Line Plus motor is known for being lightweight, quiet, efficient, and easy to pedal unpowered because it uses a standard sized chainring without reduction
  • Great kickstand choice and placement, I like the chainring protector (because it will keep your pant legs or dress ends from snagging and reduce chain drops), and the rigid stem provides good positioning and strength here vs. an adjustable angle stem… it’s a personal preference with the stem, but this part won’t come loose as easily and still offers good rise and positioning with the five spacers
  • Both wheels offer quick release and I was very impressed with the thicker 12 mm thru-axle at the rear (vs. a standard 9 mm axle and skewer), it should further reduce flex and provide support for the larger tires
  • This bike coasts efficiently and balances well because of the wider tires and relaxed geometry, I didn’t detect any speed wobble and was able to ride with no hands easily
  • Cables are internally routed to look clean and stay out of the way, most of the weight is positioned low and center for optimal handling
  • Bosch has been expanding their motor offerings and the Active Line Plus is meant to be smaller and cheaper but it is still very powerful and climbed well for me
  • The price is reasonable considering that the bike has hydraulic disc brakes and a Bosch drive system with shift detection, great Shimano Alivio 9-speed drivetrain and is sold through a network of dealers with good support and warranty
  • Hydraulic disc brakes tend to require less hand strength to operate, are easier to adjust (in terms of hand reach on the brake levers), and are more consistent than mechanical brakes which stretch over time
  • Durable and reliable battery, I like that the pack has a big handle built in on the top and that it comes with a lightweight and compact 1.3 amp charger with a durable proprietary plug end
  • Minor thing here, I appreciate the large rubberized quick release lever that makes adjusting saddle height easier
  • Bosch PowerPack batteries are interchangeable so you could borrow or rent a 500 watt pack to go further, this is one of the most common battery packs globally and that makes it easier to replace
  • I’ve been told by many ebike dealers that it is possible to wire in 6 volt lights that will run off of the Bosch drive system, that’s a nice upgrade for people who ride in the dark or simply want to stand out more to traffic (hold the + button to activate lights if you add them)

Cons:

  • Minor complaint, there are no bottle cage bosses on this e-bike, there is room on the downtube but perhaps that would reduce frame strength and be in the way when mounting (could get kicked when stepping over)
  • I didn’t see a slap guard on the right chain stay so you could end up with some chipping over time if you ride across bumpy terrain, consider a clear piece of box tape or an aftermarket slap guard protector
  • The Active Line Cruise motor offers a bit lower torque than the Performance Line products and has a limited 100 RPM pedal rate top speed vs. 120 RPM so you have to switch gears a bit more frequently to go faster vs. pedaling faster, it offers up to 40 Nm of torque vs. 75 on the highest torque Bosch motor
  • The Bosch Purion display panel isn’t removable and doesn’t have an active Micro-USB port built-in like the Bosch Intuvia displays, I also found that sometimes the buttons aren’t as easy to push because they pivot inwards (towards the screen) vs. straight down
  • The all-aluminum frame is lightweight but doesn’t offer the same vibration dampening properties as steel or carbon fiber, since there’s no suspension that comes stock, I’d probably consider a cheap suspension seat post like this to smooth out bumpy rides
  • Many electric cruisers offer trigger or twist throttles to help get moving from standstill, it makes them Class 2 (which isn’t allowed as many places), and can expend the battery capacity more quickly but is nice to have if you want to take a break from pedaling
  • Minor gripe, the Wellgo cage pedals are pretty basic and don’t offer as large of surface area or good of grip as something like these Wellgo BMX pedals that are pretty affordable… I’d definitely swap them out for myself if getting this bike
  • Minor gripe, Bosch does offer a faster four amp charger that would fill the battery pack faster… but it weights a bit more, is physically larger, and adds to the price of the bike, I feel that the two amp charger included with the 2018 Raleigh Venture iE is a good fit for the smaller PowerPack 400 battery, do be careful when charging the pack while mounted to the bike because the plug port is very close to the right crank arm and could get bumped
  • Even though the display cannot be removed and may be a little small for people with limited eyesight, it’s intuitive enough that you can kind of guess what’s going on without looking down and those who want the larger Intuvia display can pay an electric bike shop to install the upgrade

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Mike R
2 weeks ago

Not sure why you always call charging at normal rates (2 amps) a ‘con.’

Fast charging requires two things for it not to kill off the battery sooner 1) a battery that is designed for it, and 2) a charger that will only charge the battery at a faster rate from 0% to 50%, before slowing down. This is called a step charger, and to my knowledge none of the ‘fast’ chargers for e-bikes are designed like that unless you order an expensive one that monitors the condition of the battery.

Otherwise if you fast charge the battery all the way, it stresses the battery and results in shorter overall battery life. The ironic part of buying a special charger (often as much as $300), is you can nearly buy a battery for that amount. Slow (2a) charging also reduces risk of battery fires, or explosions. With li batteries, I call it “Keep it simple, and Keep it SAFE!”

A more sensible approach – charge the battery at night, under a normal (2A) charge rate. Ebike is ready to use next day. If you REALLY need to have more range right away, then carry a spare battery to eliminate the need for so called ‘fast charging.’ The xtra weight of a 2nd battery, is mitigated by the power assist anyway.

P.S. most laptops have nearly always used step charging, where the battery charges faster for the first 50%, and then slows for the remaining charge.

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court
2 weeks ago

This is great feedback, Mike! Thanks for taking the time to share these details, I’ll keep this in mind with future reviews but have filmed ahead quite a bit so you may hear similar feedback for a while :)

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Onoff314
1 week ago

Can't see why that's 2.5k

InSight Show
1 week ago

Court are you going to the Eurobike 2018 in friedrichshafen?

Shadow Girl
2 weeks ago

Wait what?! *pauses video* Throttle doesn't work well with mid-drive motors? o.O
The ONLY truth to this is with regard to rider ignorance. If you arn't smart enough to use gears (who would that be?) then maybe it's not as wise to use a throttle (or even bother riding a bike), but in general that statement is false. In fact you could even say the opposite is true... for example if you're going down a steep street, that sharply curves back up, being able to use a high gear+throttle as you go down it, you can gain enough speed to go up the other side very effectively and efficiently, whereas if you had a hub motor the motor wouldn't be able to generate enough torque to gain you extra speed as you go down because the RPM of the tire would be too high already, plus it would require pedaling which in a situation like this you'd rather just focus on handling the speed safely and braking when need at the top of your ascent. Its typical when going down a hill fast, to stand up rather then remain seated, so again a throttle (and a mid-drive) would be an advantage not a draw back.

Side note:
The way to wear out mid-drive motors is to use them often in situations where the RPM of the motor isn't able to get above a certain threshold, like using a throttle at too high a gear to where its barely able to assist but it's still trying hard to do so. Therefor if you're clueless about gears and you have a mid-drive with a throttle you COULD actually hurt your motor... still you'd have to be pretty clueless to damage it, or be in a situation where its worse off that you had a throttle.

Shadow Girl
2 weeks ago

Here is a few numbers to consider, low RPM for this kind of motor is likely below 15 RPMs, about 20-25 for motors designed to go up to 120-140 RPMs.

Richárd Puska
2 weeks ago

I actually really like this bike

M. Molli
2 weeks ago

I like it.

Dean Cade
2 weeks ago

Crazy place for the battery on a ladies bike. My partner said she wouldn't like it. Maybe a woman should review ladies bikes.

NWforager
2 weeks ago

been waiting to see this exact frame/ battery design pop up . missed the e3 vida

ElectricBikeReview.com
2 weeks ago

I've shot a review on the E3 Vida that is in the works, keep an eye out :)

Martin Schmidt
2 weeks ago

Very chic bikes. I like the Design. I prefere the darker colors. Amazing cruiser for cali weather. Nice Review again. Always watch them. :)

ElectricBikeReview.com
2 weeks ago

Awesome! Thanks for the props Martin, I appreciate your feedback and agree that these are perfect for clear weather relaxed riding ;)

MisterKraky
2 weeks ago

Man, your reviews are soooo thorough and balanced. I really appreciate that. Great job, again!

ElectricBikeReview.com
2 weeks ago

Awesome... that's my goal, I try to be honest and thorough so you know as much as possible going in and can find the best product for your activities, budget, and style. Always open to input but it's wonderful to hear that my work is close to the mark, and I have to give kudos to my friends who help as well ;)

JPO Orr
2 weeks ago

REDUX!

ElectricBikeReview.com
2 weeks ago

Sweet, thanks for the reminder!

Allan Gascon
2 weeks ago

Great review Court. Beautiful bikes in my opinion.

ElectricBikeReview.com
2 weeks ago

Thanks Allan! So many more bikes in the works right now, I'm behind... but doing my best. Your encouragement helps :D

Nicolas Cares
2 weeks ago

Buen vídeo interesante.

Lance McGrew
2 weeks ago

I don't think the typical person riding this bike would likely be concerned about that 100 RPM limit. And I too agree, these would be a great "his" and "her" combo especially for the aging couple. Really glad step through bikes have become a common term so guys can ride girl bikes :) However, after 46+ years in manufacturing, I remain amazed at the profit margin these ebikes have maintained (so far).

ElectricBikeReview.com
2 weeks ago

Yeah, it's cool to see step-thru models like this in two colors and in three different sizes! Really opens it up to friends and partners :)

Kevin Holland
2 weeks ago

Court, I wish that on all your reviews you would tell us where they are made. Yeh' I know they are made up of components from different countries, but it would be nice to know you were not getting China made bikes. Thanks for your reviews. You do a better review than your partner. Just my opinion.

Allan Gascon
2 weeks ago

According to INC Magazine, Rad Power bikes are made in China. Rad Power is a Seattle based company so the only assurance you have is the warranty that they offer. Like Court said, just like most things now are made in China but engineered in the US, Europe or Japan. It's a global economy. The only Chinese bikes that I will stay away from are the cheap knock off ones. If it's me, I would not take a chance on a motor like the one that you describe. Dicey! I live in Hawaii and we have one or two e-bike stores here but I got my bike from Propel just because my LBS does not have a Riese and Muller. It's pricey but I plan to use it for my 28 mile round trip daily commute which in the long run is all worth it. Bosch seems to have a pretty good reputation so I went with it. Just the peace of mind and the hassle free experience of owning an e-bike for me is priceless. https://www.inc.com/profile/rad-power-bikes

Desert Monk
2 weeks ago

It's all made in China.

ForbinColossus
2 weeks ago

See this epic article "WHO MADE YOUR BIKE" (MANY BRANDS - ONE SUPER-FACTORY IN CHINA) http://inrng.com/2012/02/who-made-your-bike/

Kevin Holland
2 weeks ago

I knew that Taiwanese bicycles have been great for years. I have an old Yakota 21 speed mountain bike and it has held up. Do you know were the Rad Mini is made? That fat tired folding bike intrigues me; but the nylon geared hub motor sounds like a disaster. I am a tall guy and weigh about 250#. I think I would destroy nylon gears. What do you think? Unfortunately, Utah does not have any electric bicycle stores and I could not buy one . If I bought a Rad Mini I could have Velocity set it up. I see Utah has that service.

Allan Gascon
2 weeks ago

Just to chime in, I'm also particular where bikes are made. There's China made and there's Taiwan made. There's a big difference between the two. Most reputable companies in Europe and the US have their bike frames and components that are made in Taiwan. Taiwan is the biggest bike manufacturer in the world and they make bikes for different companies like Trek, Specialized, QBP which have different brands or pretty much known brands. Tern is Taiwanese made. The more expensive line-up are made here in the US and Europe hence another reason why they cost more. Riese and Muller are made in Germany though they may use some parts that's made in Taiwan but not really sure. Brompton is still made in the UK. Raleigh is a UK based company but the frames are most likely Taiwan built. The China made ones are mostly the no name brands and the cheaper ones. Reputable bike stores like Propel, New Wheel sells bikes that you can be sure to be of high quality. Amazon bikes are hit and miss and mostly will have cheaper Chinese bikes. Ebay will have a bunch of knock offs and counterfeit stuff so I think it's always important to buy from a reputable store. Personally I don't have a problem with bikes that come from Taiwan from known brands as I know they adhere to strict quality standards. It's pretty much you get what you pay for.

gulpilhares v. n. Gaia Porto
2 weeks ago

Será sem duvida o meio de transporte favorito para as pessoas amigas do planeta ...Saúde!!!

ElectricBikeReview.com
2 weeks ago

Sim! Ebikes são divertidos de pilotar, saudáveis ​​para o seu corpo, positivos para o planeta, e eles te ajudam a fazer amigos e a ir a novos lugares ... Eu os amo :D

Mark 73573
2 weeks ago

Good review, Court.

ElectricBikeReview.com
2 weeks ago

Thanks Mark! The Venture iE changed a lot since the last time I saw it, I really like the improvements :)

Dennis Dowd
2 weeks ago

I am always surprized at your misplaced sexizing ebiks. I instantly liked the aqua color, and I dislike black as a bike color in total, but then stating this could be a his & her combination, is totally a misplaced gender thought process. I wish you would rethink your beliefs around this. I truly love the look of these ebikes. Simple straight forward design.

ElectricBikeReview.com
2 weeks ago

Hi Dennis! It's true, I'm playing on trends that ladies in America and Canada tend to prefer bright colors while guys often go for silver or black. In general, people tend to couple up as male and female which is why I say "his and hers" but I have many gay friends and people who are not in traditional relationships who might still want to buy the same bike but have different colors to keep them separate. I was conscious not to specify that black is for guys or vice versa, just imply that multiple colors means that you have some choice and opportunity to personalize <3