The 2018 Raleigh Mustang E Comp has arrived in store, and we have to say, we’re psyched. From the moment we opened the box to reveal the awesome deep metal flake black finish, excitement levels were rising. First impression were good. An all round awesome frame designed by Kenesis, who really know what the gravel customer wants and needs.
A 650b gravel eBike powered by Shimano Steps e6000, how does the 2018 Raleigh Mustang E Comp fair up against the rest?
Firstly, what is the purpose if the 2018 Raleigh Mustang E Comp? Well, put plainly by Raleigh themselves, versatility. The Mustang E Comp is designed for real world riding. The daily commuter and the weekend warrior. performing superbly on road, path or even a short cut home through the woods.
On our initial test ride around the local area, we all couldn’t believe how rapid the Mustang E Comp performs out of the blocks. Obviously assisted by the Shimano Steps e6000 System, acceleration is your first smile when you jump onto the Mustang.
Secondly was the thought of “Am I actually riding a 650b gravel eBike?” The 2018 Raleigh Mustang E Comp feels like a race ready road bike but with the comfort of a gravel/adventure machine. This is helped by the 650bx42mm tyres running on XLC A250 wheels with bolt thru axles. This complimented by the carbon fork creates perfect combination of comfort & stiffness.
Like most eBikes and certainly gravel bikes of late, the Raleigh Mustang E Comp comes 1×11. Sram Apex 1 is a super simplistic style of shifting with Double Tap. The Mustang boasts a huge range of 11-24t cassette and 42t chainring. Meaning you can climb with ease, especially with the assistance of the Shimano Steps e6000 and gain excellent top speed without spinning out. With all that to get you upto speed, your going to need something to slow you down. Never fear, the Mustang E Comp comes with Apex 1 hydraulic brakes with 160mm rotors front and rear.
Now for the POWER
Shimano Steps e6000 System
Shimano have proudly created two eBike systems, the e6000 as their city/touring system and the e8000 as the eMTB system.
The Shimano Steps e6000 system is one of the lightest on the markets. With the motor only weighing in at 3.2Kg. As Roadies cower away in the corner shuddering at the thought of 3.2Kg, in the eBike world this is extremely low weight for a motor. Not only that the motor produces a whooping 50Nm of torque, giving the Raleigh Mustang E Comp that awesome acceleration. Shimano have fitted the Steps e6000 system with 504Wh battery, giving you plenty of life to mount up those miles. As with every eBike, the question crops up, “How far will it take me?” Shimano have claimed the Steps e6000 System will take you upto 150Km. Obviously depending on a number of variables such as rider weight, weather, mode etc.
The Shimano Steps e6000 System is extremely user friendly. The healthy sized display is easily readable whether your just commuting along the road side or through your local woods. To change modes and cycle through your display, Shimano has equipped the Step e6000 system with a super friendly shifter that attaches to your handle bars, allowing you to keep full control of the 2018 Raleigh Mustang E Comp.
The 2018 Raleigh Mustang E Comp is set to become a best seller. An ideal bike for the masses. Whether your pedalling to work every day, hopping on and off kerbs, cutting through the woods to get to the next cycle path and then finally get into town and nipping through traffic. The Raleigh Mustang E Comp is going to perform superbly. Why wouldnt you want a drop bar gravel bike to do everything extremely well and keep a smile on your face.
We are all convinced and it has our backing. So much so were waiting to get our hands on one for an even longer test period, really push its boundaries. Keep your eyes peeled for updates.
If your still not convinced, come in store to check out this GAME CHANGER!