Riese & Müller Charger Mixte GT Touring HS Review

Riese And Muller Charger Mixte Gt Touring Electric Bike Review
Riese And Muller Charger Mixte Gt Touring
Riese And Muller Charger Mixte Gt Touring Bosch Performance Line Speed Motor
Riese And Muller Charger Mixte Gt Touring Bosch Powerpack 500 Batery
Riese And Muller Charger Mixte Gt Touring Bosch Intuvia Display
Riese And Muller Charger Mixte Gt Touring Supernova E3 V6s Headlight
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Riese And Muller Charger Mixte Gt Touring
Riese And Muller Charger Mixte Gt Touring Bosch Performance Line Speed Motor
Riese And Muller Charger Mixte Gt Touring Bosch Powerpack 500 Batery
Riese And Muller Charger Mixte Gt Touring Bosch Intuvia Display
Riese And Muller Charger Mixte Gt Touring Supernova E3 V6s Headlight
Riese And Muller Charger Mixte Gt Touring Racktime Rack Bibia Rubber Straps
Riese And Muller Charger Mixte Gt Touring Bm Toplight Mini Led Light
Riese And Muller Charger Mixte Gt Touring Shimano Deore Xt Shadow Plus
Riese And Muller Charger Mixte Gt Touring Bosch Ebike Battery Charger


  • A mid-step version of the Charger hardtail electric bike from Riese & Müller that's easier to mount and stand over, two frame size choices and two color choices
  • Mountain bike level hardware including a longer handlebar, tapered headtube, 100 mm air suspension fork with thru-axle, wider 40 mm rims and 2.4" tires
  • Available with a high torque motor or the high speed motor from Bosch, 11-speed drivetrain with Shimano Deore XT Shadow+ that can be tightened to reduce chain bounce and slip
  • Upgraded hydraulic disc brakes with large 180 mm rotors and finger-adjust levers, more expensive and slightly heavier but very sturdy, only available in the single battery configuration

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Riese & Müller


Charger Mixte GT Touring HS



Body Position:


Suggested Use:

Urban, Commuting, Touring

Electric Bike Class:

Speed Pedalec (Class 3)
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2 Year Comprehensive, 5 Year Frame


United States, Europe

Model Year:


Bicycle Details

Total Weight:

57.5 lbs (26.08 kg)

Battery Weight:

5.7 lbs (2.58 kg)

Motor Weight:

8.8 lbs (3.99 kg)

Frame Material:


Frame Sizes:

18.11 in (45.99 cm)19.29 in (48.99 cm)

Geometry Measurements:

Small 46 cm: 19.5" Seat Tube, 23" Reach, 27" Stand Over Height, 75.5" Length

Frame Types:


Frame Colors:

Black Matt, White

Frame Fork Details:

SR Suntour Aion LO-R Air, 100 mm Travel, Lockout, Rebound Adjust, 100 / 15 mm Thru Axle with Quick Release

Frame Rear Details:

142 / 9 mm Skewer with Quick Release

Attachment Points:

Rear Rack Bosses, Fender Bosses

Gearing Details:

11 Speed 1x11 Shimano Deore XT Shadow+, Shimano SLX 11-42T

Shifter Details:

Shimano SLX Triggers on Right


Riese & Müller Branded FSA Alloy 170 mm Crank Arms, 20T Chainring


Saltplus Forum, Plastic Platform


Acros AZX-220 with BlockLock, Tapered 1-1/8" to 1-1/2"


FSA Afterburner, Alloy, 100 mm Length, 6° Rise


FSA Afterburner, Low-Rise, Alloy, 31.8 mm Diameter, 29" Length

Brake Details:

Shimano Deore XT Hydraulic Disc with 180 mm Rotors, Shimano Deore XT Levers with Tool-Free Adjustable Reach


Saltplus, Rubber, Flat, Ribbed


Ergon SMC4-L

Seat Post:

Post Moderne PM-705N Suspension (3 Swappable Springs), (31.6 m to 39.4 mm Shim)

Seat Post Length:

400 mm

Seat Post Diameter:

31.6 mm


Alexrims MD40, Aluminum Alloy, Double Wall, 32 Hole Front, 36 Hole Rear, 40 mm Width


Stainless Steel, 14 Gauge, Silver with Nipples

Tire Brand:

Schwalbe Supermoto-X, 27.5" x 2.4" (62-584)

Wheel Sizes:

28 in (71.12cm)

Tire Details:

30 to 55 PSI, Performance Line GreenGuard, Reflective Sidewall Stripes

Tube Details:

Presta Valve


Flick Bell on Right, ABUS Bordo 6000 Folding Lock Keyed to Match Battery (90 cm Length, 2.4 lbs), SKS B65 Plastic Fenders (65 mm Width), Riese & Müller Alloy Rear Rack with Racktime Compatibility with Bibia Adjustable Rubber Straps and Child Seat Approved (Racktime Compatible, 44 lb Max Weight), Hebie FIX18 Adjustable Kickstand, Plastic Chainring Gaurd, Supernova E3 E-Bike V6s Headlight (165 Lumens), Busch & Müller Toplight Mini LED


Locking Removable Battery Pack with LED Indicator, 1.7 lb 4 Amp Charger

Electronic Details

Motor Brand:

Bosch Performance Line Speed

Motor Type:

Mid-Mounted Geared Motor
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Motor Nominal Output:

350 watts

Motor Torque:

63 Newton meters

Battery Voltage:

36 volts

Battery Amp Hours:

13.4 ah

Battery Watt Hours:

482.4 wh

Battery Chemistry:


Charge Time:

3.5 hours

Estimated Min Range:

25 miles (40 km)

Estimated Max Range:

100 miles (161 km)

Display Type:

Bosch Intuvia, Removable, Adjustable Angle, Grayscale, Backlit LCD, (Hold Reset and i for Settings Menu)


Speed, Assist Level (Eco, Tour, Sport, Turbo), Battery Level (1-5), Odometer, Trip Distance, Estimated Range, Clock, Max Speed, Average Speed, Trip Time, Shift Assist Recommendation

Display Accessories:

Independent Button Pad with Tactile Feedback on Left, 5 Volt 500 mA Micro-USB Port on Display

Drive Mode:

Advanced Pedal Assist (Measures Wheel Speed, Pedal Cadence and Pedal Torque, Power Output Relative to Pedal Input: Eco 55% 40 Nm, Tour 120% 50 Nm, Sport 190% 55 Nm, Turbo 275% 63 Nm)

Top Speed:

28 mph (45 kph)

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Written Review

If you’re looking for an electric bicycle that’s outfitted for urban commuting but tough enough to ride on packed trails occasionally, that can be optimized for high-torque to move heavy loads and climb or high-speed to get you to the office quicker, the Riese & Müller Charger Mixte models might be just the thing. It’s the kind of bike that covers multiple bases but doesn’t compromise. Perhaps the only drawback is price and increased weight due to frame reinforcement, fenders and rack. With it’s oversized tapered head tube, 100 mm suspension fork with 15 mm thru-axle and longer mountain bike style handlebar, this thing is a blast to ride. I test rode the GT Touring HS model which stands for “grand tour” and “high speed”. You get fatter, more comfortable and stable tires along with the Bosch Performance Speed mid-drive and it worked great. Crusing around Brooklyn New York was a blast and I had no problem mounting or controlling the bike while stopping at traffic signals and stop signs. It didn’t feel flexy like some step-thru models do and even though I was on the smaller of two frame sizes, it fit alright when I raised the saddle. In addition to the suspension fork and larger tires, this model comes with a suspension seat post for added comfort. And you can change out the springs to increase or decrease stiffness depending on your own preferences and body weight. To this end, you can also lock out the front fork for more efficiency on smooth paved roads or increase the air pressure in the fork and insert tokens to match your load and body weight. Unlike cheaper electric bikes with coil forks and limited suspension, this one can be dialed in to suit your needs… and that’s critical when riding faster and further.

Driving the bike is one of my favorite motor systems, the Performance Line mid-drive from Bosch. Whether you get the high torque CX or Speed model shown here, the performance is great. It measures rear wheel speed, pedal cadence and pedal torque 1,000 times per second and rotates a smaller 20 tooth chainring about 2.5 times per crank revolution. This offers mechanical advantage to the motor but produces a bit more whirring noise at high RPM. It also limits the number of chainrings to just one. So thankfully, the rear cassette offers 11 sprockets to help you climb or hit and maintain the top assisted speed of ~28 mph. An alternative drivetrain on offer is the NuVinci continuously variable transmission hub which allows for shifting at standstill. Even with the traditional 11 speed, shifting feels smooth enough, you can mash gears and prematurely wear the chain, sprockets and derailleur if you’re not thoughtful because of the mid-drive setup. But Bosch has a software-driven shift sensing feature that works to reduce mashing by lowering motor power when it senses that you might be changing gears… but it’s not perfect. Given that this model uses a chain, it would have been nice to get a plastic chainring cover and short chain cover like I’ve seen on the Tern Vektro and Scott E-Sub Tour (both also powered by Bosch). Riese & Müller give you a curved chainring cover that does not fully enclose the sprocket or protect pants as completely from slumping down onto the chain and getting greasy. This is less of an issue if you opt for the belt-drive system with NuVinci internally geared hub because it doesn’t require lubrication and isn’t as sharp. All things considered, the motor is mounted well to the bottom bracket area of the frame keeping weight low and center and I only continue to hear great things about reliability from shops that sell bikes that use it including Propel in New York where I did this test ride. In the future, I’d love to see a tighter motor implementation on this and other R&M e-bikes. Some competing brands are starting to angle the motor and absorb it partially into the downtube instead of allowing it to stick forward and down so much. Minor grip but considering the high price here and emphasis on quality and style with the possibility for trail use, I feel that these angled designs could increase clearance and just look cooler. Here’s an example from Haibike.

Powering the Charger Mixte GT Touring HS is the latest Bosch Powerpack 500 with 25% more capacity than the older Powerpack 400. This is a big deal when you’re setup to ride at high speed because air resistance significantly draws power when you ride above 20 mph… like exponentially! The pack is mounted along the top of the downtube and protected well from above by an angled top tube. Mixte frames are stiffer than wave and deep step-thru models and in this case, the battery protection is an added bonus. The pack can be a little tricky to put on and take off because it clicks downwards and there isn’t a lot of space in the triangle area. I do appreciate how light the pack is and how easy it is to carry given the molded plastic loop at the top. You can charge this thing on or off the bike and the interface it connect to is the same as the older Powerpack 400 making it backward compatible. One drawback of the Mixte vs. standard high-step R&M Charger models is that it cannot accommodate a second battery pack. The frame just isn’t setup for it… but you could add a trunk bag or panniers and simply stow a second battery in the back (along with the charger and possibly a bottle of water since there are no bottle cage bosses on this frame). One final upgrade that the Bosch batteries offer is an LED charge level indicator. This readout allows you to quickly assess how full your pack is even when the bike is stored somewhere else.

Operating this bike is very intuitive. Once the battery is charged and connected to the frame (which by the way, uses the same key as the included Abus folding lock!) you just press the power button on the Bosch Intuvia display and it quickly loads some menus. The main dashboard shows bike speed, battery level (a five bar indicator), chosen level of assist (four levels) and a power meter to the right. As you pedal the bike, if you’re in any of the assist levels, a set of arrows may appear just above the speed readout and those are designed to help you determine when to shift gears for maximum motor efficiency. Just below the speed readout are trip stats like max speed, average speed and trip distance along with range. You can cycle through these menus using the i button on the display and also on the button pad mounted near the left grip. You really only need that i button and the up/down arrows on the control pad to use the bike once it’s turned on and they produce a satisfying tactile click that helps you understand what’s happening if you can’t look down while riding. The range menu mentioned earlier is cool because it calculates how far the bike can go based on remaining battery capacity, the last three miles of ride performance (based on terrain, speed and weight ont he bike) then factors in the chosen level of assist… so it dynamically updates as you change from Eco to Tour, Sport and then Turbo. I usually ride in Tour mode to maximize efficiency but it’s fun to climb quickly or dash ahead of fellow cyclists in Turbo mode. If you frequently ride above 20 mph and use Turbo a lot, you may not get more than 20 miles per charge, but that’s still pretty great compared to a lot of hub motor powered ebikes. The low-centered weight of the motor and battery here make the Charger Mixte stable and nimble.

While I wish this ebike was less expensive, I understand that it’s using premium parts and truly appreciate the frame size and drivetrain options. Riese & Müller build each bike to order, so it can take longer to receive them, but their reputation is fantastic and the bikes look beautiful. As a cyclist with limited space and budget, I think long and hard about which products to buy for myself and I tend to go for a “one size fits all” solution that will be capable in utilitarian circumstances like commuting to work and grocery shopping but I also love trail riding and enjoy taking the scenic route too. The fenders on this bike felt very solid and were wide enough to fully cover the 2.4″ tires… but they didn’t rattle a lot. I love that it comes with wired-in lights so I don’t have to worry about replacing batteries or forgetting to turn them off and I appreciate the reflective tires and optional white color scheme (to stand out more at night). Note that most of the shifter, brake and electronic wires on this bike are routed through the frame for protection and a cleaner look. You can enter into the display by holding i and reset to change from miles to kilometers, update the clock and adjust other settings. I havent focused on it yet but I was also very impressed with the XT drivetrain (which has a clutch to tighten the chain) and the oversized hydraulic disc brakes. This is mountain bike level componenentry but it makes sense on a speed bike. One gripe I have is that the lights automatically come on and stay on anytime the high-speed version is powered up. Apparently this is a European requirement, even though there’s a lights on/off button on the display panel. I was told that dealers in the US can disable this “always on” feature and I would probably do so because there are moments when I don’t want to blind fellow riders or just want to enjoy the evening mood out on a path away from automobiles where safety is less of a concern. There isn’t a lot I’d change about this bike, it performed well and felt solid. It’s a product that stays sporty and cool without intimidating shorter riders. I hear all the time from cyclists who are disappointed with high-step frames because they can barely balance when stopping and stepping down from the saddle. If you have a heavy bag or a child seat in the rear, it’s important to feel secure and in control and the Charger Mixte offers that. Big thanks to Riese & Müller for partnering with me on this post and to Propel and Chris for helping me with the side-by-side review!


  • Strikes a balance between comfort and cost (at least in the R&M lineup), this is a hardtail but the front suspension is air to reduce weight and allow for more adjustability using air pressure and you get a Post Moderne suspension seat post, fatter 2.4″ tires also help
  • The large tires are supported well by wide 40 mm rims from Alex, this way they don’t roll or pinch as easily if you decide to lower the PSI for comfort (the tires are rated from 30 to 55 PSI)
  • The mid-step frame is easier to mount and stand over than a diamond high-step but stiffer and lighter than a deep-step wave frame, I love that it’s available in two frame sizes for improved rider fit
  • In addition to multiple frame sizes, you also get two color choices and a range of drivetrains such as a 10 speed Shimano, internally geared hub or the continuously variable transmission from NuVinci
  • Not all of the Charger Mixte models offer high speed operation but this version does and it’s great for commuting, you still get solid range because of the Bosch Powerpack 500 watt hour battery
  • Great utility and safety features included stock, wide plastic fenders, integrated LED lights, a flick-bell, sturdy rack with adjustable rubber bungee straps and a folding lock!
  • As a bicycle commuter myself, safety is a big issue in high-traffic areas and this bike does a good job keeping you visible with those lights, reflective sidewalls on the upgraded Schwalbe tires and giving you the option of a white frame which will reflect more from the sides
  • Upgraded hydraulic disc brakes with large 180 mm rotors (front and rear) provide the stopping power you need for a heavier bike that could be carrying extra cargo and going faster than normal, I like that the brake levers are adjustable (even without tools!) so you can bring them in close if you have smaller hands or put on a pair of gloves
  • Battery and motor weight are kept low and center which improves balance and handling, I like that the battery is positioned between the top tube and downtube so you won’t kick it when mounting like some other designs
  • The front end of the bike is stiff and sturdy feeling thanks to a tapered head tube,
    mountain bike suspension fork and 15 mm thru-axle, when you lock the front fork it rides stiff and solid which is great for flat hard surfaces at speed
  • In many ways, this bike is setup like a trail or mountain bike (longer handlebars,
    longer travel suspension, fatter tires) and it is off-road capable but being a speed bike, it’s neat to see it setup more for commuting, Chris said that many of his customers used to buy mountain bikes to then convert to urban commuting platforms and this one is already setup that way with a nice rack
  • Great kickstand, it stays put and doesn’t rattle but is also adjustable (without tools) so you can extend or shorten it to suit the load on your rack or the angle of terrain you’re parking on
  • The derailleur has a one way clutch (little grey lever on top) that tightens the chain and makes shifting snappier, this was designed for mountain biking and high-torque applications but is useful for speed pedelecs with mid-drive motors like the Charger Mixte GT Touring HS
  • Bosch makes awesome motors and their Performance Speed product offers some of the best power and response that I have experienced, it also detects shifting and tries to back power down to reduce mashing and drivetrain wear
  • The included Abus folding lock uses the same key as the battery pack! Since you already get multiple keys with the bike, it makes things less confusing and reduces clutter on your keychain
  • I love having a removable battery pack and display panel, this keeps the fancy delicate parts safe if you park at a public rack, it’s neat that the display also has a 5 Volt Micro-USB port on the right side but it isn’t powerful enough to charge some devices like iPhones which require 1 Amp vs. the 500 mA here (Samsung devices and others should work)


  • The suspension seat post is decent, definitely an upgrade from the really cheap circular posts, note that using this and most seat post suspensions will will raise the minimum saddle height which could make mounting difficult for riders with shorter legs
  • Riese & Müller builds each bike to order so it takes a month or more two for processing and shipping, you might not get to experience the exact bike you want before purchase
  • This bike is on the expensive side but it does come with a two year drivetrain warranty and R&M have a great reputation
  • No bottle cage bosses here… the included folding lock is great and is one item I use bosses for so that sort of makes up for it but if you want hydration you might need a backpack or trunk bag with bottle holster like this
  • At ~57 pounds, this is not the lightest electric bike around, even with the same components and accessories… I think Riese & Muller just builds their frames to be more sturdy,
    which isn’t a bad thing! it just weighs more
  • The motor and battery aren’t as hidden on this ebike, they blend in with the black frame a little bit more, the benefit is that the battery is very easy to take off for storage or independent charging
  • I was a little surprised that the rear rack is rated at 44 lbs vs. 55 lbs on a lot of others (that don’t look or feel as robust as this), perhaps they are just being conservative?
  • The lights always stay on by default… even though the Bosch Intuvia display panel has a lights on/off button, I think that’s silly
  • Unlike the high-step Riese & Muller Charger, the Mixte frame does not have the ability to support two Bosch battery packs so you won’t be able to go as far (though you could simply bring an extra battery in a bag on the rack)


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11 months ago

Bonjour, Comme toujours, j’apprécie vos essais, merci.

Pour ce qui de l’essai de R&M Charger, j’ai l’occasion de rouler souvent sur ce vélo dans la version 25 km/h et avec la transmission NuVinci.

Par rapport à ce que vous décrivez lors de votre essai, je confirme vos impressions, c’est un très bon vélo. Mais seulement voilà, la version NuVinci n’est pas satisfaisante sur quelques points :

  1. la démultiplication est trop courte sur le rapport le plus long (il faut pédaler beaucoup trop vite à 25 km/h)
  2. le changement de rapport par poignée tournante n’est pas confortable et il faut beaucoup utiliser cette poignée (peut-être faudrait-il choisir la version Harmony ?)
  3. le couple du moteur est diminué pour cette version (cela signifie-t-il que le couple du moteur Bosch est trop élevé pour le système NuVinci ?)
11 months ago

Merci Cosmike!

11 months ago

Great review, thanks! I was wondering what is the clutch on the drivetrain? Why tighten the chain?

11 months ago

Hi Christian, the Shadow+ clutch tightens the derailleur which reduces chain bounce and slip. It’s used on higher end mountain bikes so that the chain doesn’t flop off or bang the chainstay as much but it also makes shifting a little stiffer, requiring more effort. So you can adjust this little grey lever on top of the derailleur in the up position (tighter) or leave it down (normal) to fit the terrain in question. Here’s a video about it that shows the differences… with a smaller chainring on the front of this bike it becomes especially useful and is popular with one-by setups on non-electric bikes for the same reason.

11 months ago

Thank you, I understand now!

Kevin Willis
7 months ago

This is the bike I want! The Charger Mixte Nuvinci HS. However, living in the US Midwest equates to an E bike desert.There is one Riese $ Muller dealer in Excelsior MN -Minneapolis suburb – that carries Riese & Muller. I drove 8 hours from Chi (Chicago for the non natives) to get there! There stock of bikes to test ride was limited to five, with no 28 mph pedelecs. I like speed! Three of them were to large for me to even consider riding. I did ride a Roadster and CHarger Cruiser (swept-back handlebars). The was very nice. But it did not have the wider tires and was limited to only 20 mph. The Cruiser had a Nuvinci hub, but the handlebars and upright seating position took out most of the joy of riding in my opinion. That’s why they call it a cruiser! Dummy! The Minneapolis area is very hilly when compared to the Chicago land area I reside. The speeds on the downhill were exhilarating! I plan to order in the spring of 2018 – just don’t have five grand laying around right now. I also hope that maybe the new year will bring a 600 watt battery? Maybe a Riese & Muller dealer also? A man can dream? Right!

7 months ago

Hi Kevin! I’m not sure about 600 watt hour batteries, we just got the 500 wh upgrade, but the double-battery design from R&M is pretty cool. It would be nice to see more dealers in your area… I hope you’re able to save up and get this bike, I’d love to hear your thoughts on it again someday :)

Jim Lamb
4 months ago

Propel Bikes in Brooklyn had a medium Charger GT Nuvinci HS in stock and decided to take the plunge. I just picked it up today (they shipped it by freight last Friday) and I took it for a brief test ride after getting it unpacked and adjusted. It’s quieter than I was expecting – having test ridden a Trek Super Commuter+ (which has the same motor). I’m charging it now and can’t wait to ride it into work tomorrow. I’ll post again once I’ve had a chance to put some miles on it.

4 months ago

Awesome! I’d love to hear how the ride goes, congrats on finding a bike that you like. Chris from Propel does a wonderful job :)


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Ravi Kempaiah
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2 days ago

Hi Everyone!

Thank you, in advance, for reading this through and providing any insight or advice!

About 4 years ago, frustrated with the rising cost of public transportation, I decided to eliminate my dependence on it as much as possible and purchased a bike. It's a folder; Tern P24h and I've loved it. It's a workhorse and has taken all the that abuse I, and nature, could through at it. It also manages our many hills like a champ.

My ride is about 12 miles round trip. I use one form of public trans to get me in the City. It's a regretful compromise and also the reason I have a folder.

Lately I've been thinking about getting an upgraded ride for my commute and discovered the cost of a higher-end folder is close to that of an e-bike! Why pay for folding, when I could pay for power? :)

And this brings us to one of the main reasons I'd like to go electric: to exchange my current route for a picturesque, pub-trans-free route which goes up and down the Hudson River (for those who know the area). It's a 40 mile round-trip journey. I have taken this route with my folder and found that life keeps getting in the way of being able to build the endurance needed to make this a typical weekday commute.

Other reasons include just being able to take longer trips, pick up more groceries, visit friends with ease...normal stuff that probably most of us here want to do.

My budget is about $5k.

I've tried the Bosch CX, Performance, and Active line. I like Performance the best (if that's the one that reaches 28 mph).

These are four bikes I'm considering and I'd love your opinion about them, and am open to suggestions if you have a better option:

[*]Cannondale Contro-E 2017
[*]Bulls Urban Evo 2018
[*]Kalkhoff Endeavour Advance B10 Speed
[*]Riese & Muller Roadster HS

The main issue that concerns me is durability. I could put 10,000 miles on the bike in a year, in all kinds of weather and in all temperatures. Will these engines last? Which bikes are the easiest to maintain? Which need it the least?

Thank you for reading this and for offering any experiences and/or advice you have. I really appreciate it! :)

3 days ago

Considerations: First with full suspension you are basically looking at what the manufacturers define as a mountain bike. Second, to my knowledge the only full suspension ebike with two batteries is one you already own...the R&M Delight.

When I was in the choose and decide phase I test rode a bunch of bike down in Seattle. One of the most impressive, in terms of ride was the hardtail mountain bike Cube Reaction Race 500 with a Bosch CX 500 watt battery and Shimano Diore XT 11 speed. It was vigorous in assist, very stable in the turns, felt solid and responsive. It uses the old style, more universal Bosch battery and integrates it into the down tube in a very attractive way. You could mount a beam rack on the seat post with a trunk bag that could hold your second battery. It does come with the Purion display/control which I would swap out for a Nyon. https://www.cube.eu/en/2018/e- bikes/mountain/hardtail/reaction/cube-reaction-hybrid-race-500-blacknblue-2018/

Although I am awaiting a Riese & Muller (it has been six weeks so far) I was able to buy a new 2017 Cube Touring Hybrid Exc 500 on eBay for the cost of the 500 watt battery. It has the Bosch CX with the same Shimano Diore XT 11 speed 11-46. In my estimation this is a killer combination. I can spin it up to 35 mph going down 6 percent grade and go up a 12 percent grade at 10 mph in second gear. Shifting is smooth and powerful.

Cube does have a fat tire version but it is a hardtail, not full suspension. https://www.cube.eu/en/2018/e-bikes/mountain/hardtail/nutrail/cube-nutrail-hybrid-500-iridiumnred-2018/

Cube has a nice range of full suspension ebikes in their lineup https://www.cube.eu/en/2018/e-bikes/mountain/fullsuspension/ I would consider taking the bike below, putting fatter tires on it, adding a beamstyle rear rack with a trunk bag and a second battery, replace the Purion with a Nyon add some good fenders and lights. I think it would all add up to a really great bike.

Nova Haibike
1 week ago

Any bike can replace a car; it just depends on what one needs to do with it. Yeah, the Packster 60 can carry more than stuff than a regular bike, but if most of the time you aren't carrying a huge load, would you want to ride it? It is long, heavy, and not as easy to ride as a regular bike. I'm not saying your friend made the wrong choice; it might be perfect for him. But not one size fits all as "a true car replacement."

1 week ago


1 week ago

Some nice cargo ebikes there, a friend just ordered a Riese & Muller Packster 60 and from what I've read it can be a true car replacement. I'd be wary of getting a Bionx converted cargo bike because they have gone into receivership and used a proprietary system so batteries and parts may be hard to get in future. To be fair the 2018 Rad Power bikes use a custom battery case which can't be swapped out for a generic replacement but at least those can be https://ebikemarketplace.com/collections/rebuilt-batteries with new cells unlike a Bionx battery.

1 week ago

I have not considered that alternative... I dont know if im comfortable with that route though, maybe.

Did you order from http://www.elovelo.se/?

Today im going to the http://cykelmassan.se/ to look at some bikes and hopefully get closer to a decision!

1 week ago

2017 Cube Touring Hybrid Exc 500 - Bosch CX 500w - 11 speed Diore XT
2018 Riese & Muller Nevo Nuvinci GH - Bosch CX 500w (on order - should be arriving within a week or so)

1 week ago

No argument here

Nova Haibike
1 week ago

$4995?! One could get a Trek or Riese & Müller for that kind of money.

1 week ago

Don't worry about the law. I'm in Sweden too and ordered a Riese & Müller HS bike for my 35 km one way commute. It's scheduled to be delivered in three weeks. I intend to do proper registration and get traffic insurance but not using the license plate. The plate immediately distinguishes it as a s-pedelec/moped and thus makes it impossible to ride on bike lanes/paths.
The rules are ridiculous, just because the bike can do 45 kmph it doesn't mean the cyclist will be going that speed always and everywhere. Of course common sense will apply, ride as you would ride on a normal bike where others may appear. And use the 45 kmph capabilities on empty bike paths and country roads. There is little to no chance that anyone will ever get offended if you use it wisely. If by any miracle the cops would get you, the bike is insured and you'll only be paying fines for not riding with the license plate.

1 week ago

congrats and have fun!!!!

Marco Prolo
6 months ago

Also the New Charger Supercharger 2018 is a great bike and looks even better than the previous model 2017! Visually a very successful concept. At all, the Charger is a basic, reliable workhorse. BUT: If you decide for the HS variant (eg for a faster way to work), you should know that the maximum speed is not possible like a 25-kmh-Ebike (especially not in connection with a performance-inhibiting Nuvinci) , At Tacho 40 to 41 km / h is definitely close (and there is also no remedy or possibilities). At this speed it throws because of the high crotch frequency almost also from the buck. One notices the slowness at first and already not at a test drive, also because the speedometer about 3 to 4 km / h too much indicates. In fact, a deceleration to a real 38 km / h max. 41 km / h. In addition, an early Bosch-typical power drop already comes from about 34 km / h. This is a basic Bosch flaw, presumably because of the middle-engine concept with only 350W (for which Riese & Müller can not do anything), but tuning and regulation is, despite all, the responsibility of the wheel manufacturer. And for the inexperienced buyer, a reachable maximum speed is reached. of 45 km / h. Too bad, because the Charger would otherwise be the perfect means of transport for the way to work, but with the "HS-disadvantage" is for some the disappointment preconceived. I have now resigned myself with it and try not to look at the speedometer. Too bad. CONCLUSION: The HS variant I can not recommend from my own experience.

Baron Of Hell
11 months ago

Can you get insurance for these bikes?

Propel Electric Bikes
11 months ago

Check out Velosurance

Kristof Lossie
11 months ago

I got to test ride a Charger GT Nuvinci HS today. Most comfortable non full suspension I've ever driven. The front shock + the excellent seat post suspension + the moto-X tires makes for such a smooth ride even at higher speeds. For urban area it makes you wonder why you would pay the €1000 extra for the similarly spect Delite with the rear suspension. #impossibledecisions Again a great review.

J. Michael Salvetti
11 months ago

I've been voraciously watching as many of your review videos as I can because I'm looking to buy an electric bike for the upcoming summer. One category of bike that I've never seen you cover are Carbon Belt Drive Electric Bikes. Why don't you review these bikes and what are your thoughts on them?

Kristof Lossie
11 months ago

Or the cube hybrid one

Kristof Lossie
11 months ago

J. Michael Salvetti check de Delite review a few videos back

11 months ago

Bad form to ride on sidewalks in NYC.

Ephesus RH
11 months ago

shut up

11 months ago

I've been riding a standard (not, GT, not mixte) Charger Touring with the CX motor for a year now, and it has been utterly flawless. The Big Ben tires by Schwalbe have proven to be incredibly puncture resistant. I use the bike to and from work, plus on weekend adventures. It really shows in use, that every component has been thoroughly thought through by the designers. Mine has nice Ergon grips instead of circular ones that are in this video. I'm sure the bike will outlast me, even though I am still young.

first name
4 weeks ago

What's the top speed?

11 months ago

Hi there! Cool. It's under 10 miles, but quite mountainous. I'm really enjoying the commute actually, especially when the weather is nice.

11 months ago

We have the same bike. I'm only a month in. I like it alot too! How long is your work commute?

Ed E.J.Shonka@cox.net
11 months ago

for that kind of money you might as well buy the Vintage

moinsen mann
11 months ago

Riese und Müller have such great naming... It is always fun hearing people trying to say the bikes name especially in Germany

brighton dude
11 months ago

It is solid and comprehensive. The only thing I'd like to see is more protection from the chain.

11 months ago

This looks a lot like my BMW Cruise E-bike, same motor, battery etc. Any plans to film a test on the BMW?

11 months ago

Hey,i recently commented on your previous video,about helping me out with finding a good deal for a E bike...sorry to bother,can u help me asap? sry to bother,but I am really impatient..

11 months ago

Hey. Are you anywhere near Brooklyn NY? If show, you should visit Propel Electric Bikes. I wasn't sure what to buy and they helped me + let me test ride a few bikes to help decide. It really helped me choose the right bike for me.

Javier Peletier Maura
11 months ago

Help yourself. You have a lot of good reviews to take notes and learn; and then take your best decision. Good luck¡

Fred Haag
11 months ago