Raleigh Stride 2 eCargo Bike review - we had three families try and find the limits of this bike

Does the electric cargo box bike provide enough tricks to meet a variety of rider needs?

This image shows the Raleigh Stride 2 e-cargo bike on grass with a colourful wall in the background
(Image credit: Carl Peachey)
Cycling Weekly Verdict

All riders have loved this bike: the kids loved this bike, the customers love this bike, and the people you ride past loved the bike. Wherever you ride, you will be followed by the phrase ‘oh, nice bike' (or 'that's sick' if it's the youth in the park) as you cycle past. The Raleigh Stride 2 has a lot to offer, and copes brilliantly with heavy loads and steep hills, and in terms of a box cargo design, there is very little you'd want to change. However, it is big, both in width and length meaning the day to day practicalities of owning and riding will need careful consideration to make sure it's the perfect addition to your household, as long as you are tall enough.

Reasons to buy
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    Great alternative to a car for many households or businesses

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    Huge cargo capacity

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    Powerful battery and motor

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    Excellent stopping power

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    Game changing step-less gears

Reasons to avoid
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    Overall size for storage and riding on bike paths

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    No visual feedback from front wheel will take some getting used to

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    No ability to bespoke the internal tub with storage compartments

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    Hard for anyone below 5ft6" (170cm) to ride

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Hannah Bussey

Hannah is Cycling Weekly’s longest-serving tech writer, having started with the magazine back in 2011. She has covered all things technical for both print and digital over multiple seasons representing CW at spring Classics, and Grand Tours and all races in between.

Hannah was a successful road and track racer herself, competing in UCI races all over Europe as well as in China, Pakistan and New Zealand.

For fun, she's ridden LEJOG unaided, a lap of Majorca in a day, won a 24-hour mountain bike race and tackled famous mountain passes in the French Alps, Pyrenees, Dolomites and Himalayas. 

She lives just outside the Peak District National Park near Manchester UK with her partner, daughter and a small but beautifully formed bike collection.