Raleigh have responded to the electric bike boom with the new range for 2017 consisting of fourteen models. At the top of the range are the Bosch-powered Motus and the Shimano Steps fully-auto Strada Electric, and at the £1,000 entry-level mark is the new Array.
Coming in both crossbar and step-through versions, and in three different colour combinations (Navy, Black, and Denim - light blue!), the Array is sure to satisfy anyone looking for a commuter / runabout electric bike that is very simple, very smart, and very kind on the wallet (£42 a month on Raleigh’s interest-free credit).
There’s no skimping on the mileage on the Array. A 300Wh battery will get you around forty miles, pretty impressive for a leisure-focused electric bike. Both the E-motion front-hub motor and the battery have been designed by Accell Netherlands, the parent company of Raleigh and other big brands in Europe. Five assistance levels on the clear grey/green display and the battery life keep things simple. There’s even a ‘walk’ mode, a button you can press to help the bike move along if you walk beside it.
The Array comes with mudguards, lights, and a rear carrier, everything you need from an entry-level electric bike. And it looks modern but classic with it!
As you can see from the photos, it’s a surety that at least one of the three Array styles will suit you. And none of them are clearly aimed at a woman or man, which is refreshing. Array means ‘an impressive display’. Perfectly titled.