Raleigh joins the urban cargo e-bike revolution with the new compact Modum

The Raleigh Modum compact urban cargo bike
(Image credit: Raleigh)

Hot on the heels of Specialized introducing its Tero X urban adventure e-bike branded as a full-suspension cargo bike. UK bike brand Raleigh has now entered this rapidly growing market with their new foldable Raleigh Modum e-bike, which they say is capable of carrying all sorts of heavy loads, including your best adventure dog.

Raleigh has released the Modum electric bike and says its an alternative to more bulky cargo bikes. The brand says the compact 40cm frame, foldable handlebars, and 20-inch wheels will help it fit on all forms of public transport and into narrow spaces, such as hallways.

Side on view of the Raleigh Modum e-bike

The Modum comes with a Bosch BES3 Performance Line motor with a 500Wh battery (Image credit: Raleigh)

Raleigh adds that despite its small size, the Modum electric cargo bike is extremely practical with its sturdy and spacious rear rack that can accommodate space for a child or even a dog, how big a dog is still to be determined. The rack uses the same MIK mounting system as the Raleigh Motus Tour electric bike which handily allows the addition of other MIK-compatible accessories like a children's seat or the dog carrier. There is also a range of additional add ons including integrated front and rear lights, an alloy kickstand and SKS mudguards.

The Modum is the first Raleigh to be fitted with the Bosch BES3 Performance Line electric bike motor with a powerful 500Wh battery,  housed in the down tube and has a claimed range of 100 miles, that Raleigh says will allow for a week's worth of commuting, and will fully charge in five hours. Raleigh has also specced the Modum with five-speed Shimano Nexus hub gearing, Shimano MT200 disc brakes, and a dropper post – which allows you to put your feet down while remaining seated.

View of the Raleigh Modum cargo carrier

The Modum is capable of carrying all sorts of cargo from shopping to your dog in its mop bucket-like rear carrier (Image credit: Raleigh)

Lee Kidger, managing director at Raleigh, said, ‘’We are delighted to offer this innovative and exciting new compact urban utility bike. Its sleek looks will make it a head-turner whilst its technology and design put it in a class of its own. It’s the perfect solution for modern urban living.“

Price and availability

The Raleigh Modum is available now with pricing at $TBC / £3,399 / €TBC and comes in either blue or green. More information available at Raleigh.co.uk.

Side view of the Raleigh Modum in blue

Side view of the Raleigh Modum in blue (Image credit: Raleigh)

Raleigh Modum spec

  • Frame: Aluminium 6061 Compact frame
  • Motor: Bosch BES3 Performance Line
  • Battery: 500Wh
  • Size: One size 40cm
  • Drivetrain: Shimano Nexus 5 hub gear 
  • Brakes: Shimano MT200 disc brakes 
  • Seatpost: Dropper post 
  • Saddle: Selle Royal Vivo Ergo
  • Color: Blue or Green
  • Price: $TBC / £3,399 / €TBC
Paul Brett
Staff writer

Paul Brett is a staff writer for BikePerfect.com. He has been an avid cyclist for as long as he can remember, initially catching the mountain biking bug in the 1990s, and raced mountain bikes for over a decade before injury cut short a glittering career. He’s since developed an obsession for gravel riding and recently has dabbled in the dark art of cyclocross. A fan of the idea of bikepacking he has occasionally got involved and has ridden routes like the North Coast 500, Scotland and the Via Francigena (Pilgrim Route), Italy.

Current rides: Marin Alpine Trail 2, Ribble 725, Cube Stereo 160

Height: 175cm