Practical Caravan


Stylish looks combine with a powerful 250Wh battery in the Trace, which also offers impressive­ly low weight



Motor Ebikemotio­n X35 rear hub Battery Internal 250Wh Max battery range 50 miles Number of gears 9 Weight 16.5kg Also includes Front and rear lights, mudguard, rear carrier

If you’re keen to get out and about from your site with ease and without breaking a sweat, you’ll find a lightweigh­t, speedy machine like the Raleigh Trace is the perfect e-bike for the job. The Trace has a classicloo­king Raleigh frame, featuring stylish, sleek and straight tubes – so much so, in fact, that at first glance, you might not even know that this is an electric bike. The Raleigh Trace features a 250Wh battery that’s tucked tidily away in the downtube, while the Ebikemotio­n motor is in the rear hub. In terms of controls, the display and control panel is located on the top tube, giving you the power you want, when you want it, at the touch of a button. It’s freedom from gridlock with one simple action. Weight is important to caravanner­s, which is why the Trace is so appealing – it’s light for an e-bike. If you’re cycling on the flat to the shop or exploring country lanes, you could quite easily find yourself pedalling at speed without the electric assistance. But when you come to a hill, or you need to accelerate away from traffic lights, that’s when you’ll really notice the boost the Trace’s inbuilt motor can give you. In addition, the Trace has a maximum battery range of 50 miles. Of course, the Trace’s low, 16.5kg weight also means low stress when you want to fix your bike to a cycle carrier on the rear of your tow car, and it will be easier to retrieve the bike from the rack when it’s time to hit the road on two wheels.

Sam says… “As you’d expect of an urban legend like the Trace, it comes with all the fixtures and fittings – front and rear lights, mudguards, pannier rack and mounts for more racks, front and rear. There’s a Shimano 9-speed drivetrain with a 40t 1x chainring and Tektro hydraulic disc brakes – and it’s priced at a pretty competitiv­e £2199. ” Those who are looking for a well-specified, lightweigh­t bike that can be taken on caravan tours with ease

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