New foldable Raleigh Modum ebike can carry heavy loads
Modum has foldable handlebars, compact frame and space for a child or dog seat
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By Jack Evans
Published: May 2, 2023 at 12:00 pm
Raleigh has released the Modum electric bike, said to be an alternative to bulky cargo bikes, that can carry a child or dog in a seat on the rear rack.
The brand says the Modum's foldable handlebars, 20-inch wheels and one-size-fits-all 40cm frame help it fit on public transport and into narrow spaces, such as hallways.
The Raleigh Modum costs £3,399 and is available in blue and green from June.
Despite its small size, the Modum electric cargo bike retains practicality through a sturdy and spacious rear rack, according to Raleigh.
The rack uses the same MIK mounting system as the Raleigh Motus Tour electric bike. The system enables you to click other MIK-compatible accessories on and off, from a child seat to a dog bicycle basket.
The brand says the Modum is the first Raleigh to be fitted with the Bosch BES3 Performance Line electric bike motor.
The Modum's 500Wh battery is housed in the down tube and has a claimed range of 100 miles. This will suffice for a week of commuting or a weekend of exploring, according to Raleigh.
Raleigh says the battery will charge in five hours.
Additional commuter bike accessories include integrated front and rear lights, an alloy kickstand and SKS mudguards.
Raleigh has specced the Modum with five-speed Shimano Nexus hub gearing and Shimano MT200 disc brakes.
The Selle Royal Vivo Ergo saddle sits atop a dropper seatpost. Unlike on mountain bikes, on electric cargo bikes this feature is designed to make it easier to maintain stability when putting a foot down, for example at traffic lights.
Jack Evans is a digital writer for BikeRadar.com Jack learnt to ride on rough Cotswold trails before switching to tarmac in his teens. Gravel riding and cyclocross racing (badly) has since taken him back to his roots. Most at home scaling south Wales climbs, Jack more commonly escapes his home in Birmingham via the lanes and bridleways of Worcestershire, riding either his Canyon Ultimate road bike or Canyon Grail gravel bike. He wishes he was as good at riding as he is drinking espresso. But he has completed the 296km Dragon Devil sportive in under 10 hours and finished in the top 100 at the 2022 UK National Hill Climb Championships. Jack is an NCTJ-trained journalist and a former press agency hack with bylines in The Times, Daily Telegraph and Daily Mirror. He was once electrocuted for a Sun frontpage exclusive and taste-tested camel milk for The Times.
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