Here is my Raleigh Centros Review which I consider an excellent choice of ebike regardless of height, health and fitness levels and in my view is one of the best ebikes for seniors on the market right now.
Raleigh have done well here to integrate the battery into the low step frame which gives a discrete stylish look overall and comes in a Black gloss finish with Grey accents on the battery. Although there are no other color options available it makes for a good unisex bike and does not draw unwanted attention to itself. Its overall look in my view is very understated as its built for its usability rather than cutting edge frame design, but the Centros still invites you to want to get on and take it out for a ride.
Riding position, comfort and controls
The riding position on this bike is perfect in my view for the older rider as the handlebars are raised meaning you don’t need to lean over to ride it. The Saddle is comfortable enough and well padded ( selle Royal Milo +) meaning long trips will be kind on your behind!
The Bosch ‘Intuvis’ display is located right in the centre of the handlebars which clearly displays your speed, distance, battery level and remaining range. It also illuminates which is handy in the dark and comes with a USP port so you could charge your phone while riding. Controls are located next to the left-hand grip where you can select assist levels and turn lights on or off.
So what is the Raleigh Centros like to ride?
This is a very comfortable bike to ride and I like the upright position which for people like my Aunt 78 ( who rides this bike on a daily basis) is perfect for her. There are 5 levels of assist, 0 being no assist at all and rides like a normal bike – there is very little resistance from the motor which can be the case on some ebikes.
5 is the highest level of assist which gives you a nice little boost as you start peddling. The sensor in the motor works in conjunction with your peddling so it does feel very natural and the motor delivers power smoothly. Up the hills it performs extremely well, I switched between the 2 highest levels of assist depending on how steep the hills were and it went up with ease. The gear Changes were smooth and I did not really need to go below 5th gear for much of the journey which was effortless. I was very impressed with the brakes which were also excellent and very responsive.
I found everything on the bike just easy from the controls to switch up assist levels and turn on the lights while riding the bike, through to gear changes and braking which made me feel very much in control of the bike at all times. Ebikes are heavier due to the weight of the extra components like the battery which can add a further 3kg, but when riding it did feel quite nimble and was not a problem.
Battery and Range
The bike is powered by a Bosch PowerTube 500WH ( Watt Hour) lithium iron battery which is nicely integrated into the frame which I really liked as there are no obstructions when getting on and off the bike.
On a single full charge the range on the Centros is outstanding. My Aunt who owns this bike let me test this and I achieved over 63 mile on a single charge using maximum assist until the anxiety kicked in and I dialled it down just to get me home! I am sure had I used lower assist levels then I could have easily got 100 miles on a single charge out of it which Raleigh claim is possible. The battery can be removed easily for charging or you can charge while on the bike if preferred – it is locked onto the frame with a key for easy removal.
The Centros comes with a standard charger which takes 4.5 hours to fully charge from flat yet there is a ‘fast Charger’ option you can buy which will reduce this to 3 hours displayed as per the below table but I’m not sure if it’s worth the extra cost.
Performance / Power and Assistance
The Raleigh Centros Tour has a powerful lightweight Bosch Active Line Plus electric motor which gives out 40NM of torque – this basically means it will ‘assist’ you up to 270 % of your pedal power and makes going up hills an absolute breeze.
Bosch have been in this game for a while and their motors are at the top end of the market alongside the main rivals Yamaha, Brose and Shimano. The active Line Plus is very quiet in comparison to some if its competitors and is certainly what I would not call noisy.
The components on this bike ( what we call the Gearset) such as the chain, gearing system and brakes are all high quality from reputable brands which means the Centros is a reliable machine. The Tektro Hydraulic disc brakes front and rear are excellent and gear shifting ( 10 speed) is very easy and responsive.
The Centros comes equipped with rear pannier rack where you can attached pannier bags, integrated front and rear lights which can be controlled by a switch on the handlebars, mudguards to keep the dirt off and a chain guard to protect your cloths. The kickstand is also very handy when parking the bike up and I thought the integrated wheel lock is a very nice touch, perfect
as an extra security feature when you pull up at a cafe and just want to pop in for a coffee.
The Raleigh Centros is an excellent urban ebike well suited to seniors looking for a comfortable ride with plenty of range on a single charge. The components are of a good quality and is from a reputable brand.
What I liked:
1. Rider Comfort – Very comfortable saddle and riding position
2. Battery Accessibility – Can be easily be removed and charged on or off the bike
3. Good Range – approx 60 mile on ‘Full assist’ mode, potentially capable of 100 mile +
4. Practicality – Has rack, mudguards, lights and kickstand and wheel lock included
5. Performance / Power – Powerful Bosch Motor copes well with hills
6. Build Quality – good quality components from well respected manufacturers
My Score: 4.2/5
I hope you found my Raleigh Centros Review helpful as I believe this to be a great ebike. Please leave a comment below if you already own one of these I would love to hear what your thoughts experiences have been.