About the Raleigh Centros Crossbar w/ derailleur
I like adventure. I also like comfort. Is it possible to have both? Yeah! Why not? The Centros achieves the comfort trekking style by giving the rider the features you need to go anywhere, carry your stuff while also making sure that the contact points of the bike are designed for maximum comfort on long rides. This is the type of bike you take to the New Forest, the Isle of Weight, the North Downs...basically all our favourite riding places.
For the Adventure
The Bosch Performance motor is probably the most versatile motor for our customers. Originally developed from mountain biking, the Performance motor is able to climb pretty much any slope you put in front of it but unlike the most powerful Bosch motor (the CX) it won't greedily take from the battery in order to do that. It's a little more economical with draining the battery power.
The Marathon AllMotion tyres by Schwalbe are a great choice as well for this type of riding. It has a smooth profile which makes it good for going on tarmac, but they're wide too, so you can ride with lower pressures if you need to go over rougher ground. It's a great confidence booster to have that extra traction when you unexpectedly come across a looser surface half way through your journey.
For the Comfort
The Centros has a suspension seat post which will soak up a good level of bumpiness should you hit a pothole, or just when you're off the tarmac.
It's also set up for you to add lots of different accessories to the bike thanks to the Modular Rail System by XLC. You can add an extra battery, or water bottles and bags (sold separately) to the rail system which lock in place with the aid of a easy to attach fixings.
"Ocean Blue" is how this bike's colour scheme is described but it also describes the whole feeling of riding this bike: serene, powerful, relaxing and restorative. It's also just nice to see an e-bike that isn't charcoal grey.
Summary: For a cycling day out on a National Cycle Route, or just riding around the local woodlands and parks, a Raleigh Centros will serve you extremely well.