Riese & Müller Delite GT Rohloff Review

Riese Muller Delite Gt Rohloff Electric Bike Review
Riese Muller Delite Gt Rohloff
Riese Muller Delite Gt Rohloff 4th Generation Bosch Performance Line Cx Ebike Motor
Riese Muller Delite Gt Rohloff Bosch Powertube 500 Ebike Battery Vertical Mount
Riese Muller Delite Gt Rohloff Humpert Ergotec Barracuda Evo Custom Adjustable Angle Stem
Riese Muller Delite Gt Rohloff Bosch Kiox Removable Color Lcd Display For Ebikes
Riese Muller Delite Gt Rohloff Ergon Gp1 Ergonomic Locking Grips Kiox Button Pad
Riese Muller Delite Gt Rohloff E 14 Button Pad
Riese Muller Delite Gt Rohloff Sks B65 Plastic Fenders Optional Fox 34 Float Air Suspension Fork
Riese Muller Delite Gt Rohloff Supernova Mini Pro 25 10 Led Headlight
Riese Muller Delite Gt Rohloff Suspended Rear Rack With Supernova M99 5 Led Brake Light
Riese Muller Delite Gt Rohloff Magura Mt5 Quad Piston 180mm Hydraulic Disc Brakes
Riese Muller Delite Gt Rohloff Selle Royal New Lookin Moderate Saddle 34 9mm Satori Seat Post
Riese Muller Delite Gt Rohloff Fox Float Dps Performance Air Shock Rear
Riese Muller Delite Gt Rohloff 60 Tooth Gates Cdx Chainring With Guard And Pulley Wheel
Riese Muller Delite Gt Rohloff Pletscher Esge Kickstand
Riese Muller Delite Gt Rohloff E 14 Electronic Geared Hub 526 Degrees
Riese Muller Delite Gt Rohloff Schwalbe Super Moto X 27 5 X 2 4 Reflective Tires
Riese Muller Delite Gt Rohloff Bosch Electric Bike Charger
Riese Muller Delite Gt Rohloff Bosch Standard Ebike Charger 4 Amp
Riese Muller Delite Gt Rohloff Stock High Step Grey
Riese Muller Delite Gt Rohloff Electric Bike Review
Riese Muller Delite Gt Rohloff
Riese Muller Delite Gt Rohloff 4th Generation Bosch Performance Line Cx Ebike Motor
Riese Muller Delite Gt Rohloff Bosch Powertube 500 Ebike Battery Vertical Mount
Riese Muller Delite Gt Rohloff Humpert Ergotec Barracuda Evo Custom Adjustable Angle Stem
Riese Muller Delite Gt Rohloff Bosch Kiox Removable Color Lcd Display For Ebikes
Riese Muller Delite Gt Rohloff Ergon Gp1 Ergonomic Locking Grips Kiox Button Pad
Riese Muller Delite Gt Rohloff E 14 Button Pad
Riese Muller Delite Gt Rohloff Sks B65 Plastic Fenders Optional Fox 34 Float Air Suspension Fork
Riese Muller Delite Gt Rohloff Supernova Mini Pro 25 10 Led Headlight
Riese Muller Delite Gt Rohloff Suspended Rear Rack With Supernova M99 5 Led Brake Light
Riese Muller Delite Gt Rohloff Magura Mt5 Quad Piston 180mm Hydraulic Disc Brakes
Riese Muller Delite Gt Rohloff Selle Royal New Lookin Moderate Saddle 34 9mm Satori Seat Post
Riese Muller Delite Gt Rohloff Fox Float Dps Performance Air Shock Rear
Riese Muller Delite Gt Rohloff 60 Tooth Gates Cdx Chainring With Guard And Pulley Wheel
Riese Muller Delite Gt Rohloff Pletscher Esge Kickstand
Riese Muller Delite Gt Rohloff E 14 Electronic Geared Hub 526 Degrees
Riese Muller Delite Gt Rohloff Schwalbe Super Moto X 27 5 X 2 4 Reflective Tires
Riese Muller Delite Gt Rohloff Bosch Electric Bike Charger
Riese Muller Delite Gt Rohloff Bosch Standard Ebike Charger 4 Amp
Riese Muller Delite Gt Rohloff Stock High Step Grey

Summary

  • Top of the line full suspension electric bike with sturdy suspended rear rack that will be gentle on a child-seat passenger or your cargo in a trunk bag and panniers. Custom hydroformed aluminum alloy frame positions the motor and battery weight low and center for excellent balance. Two color options and three frame sizes with adjustable stem provides excellent fit
  • Premium 65mm plastic fenders are durable and mounted with additional support arms to stay put on rough terrain, no chattering experienced... paint-matched arms that wrap below fenders to reduce snags. Super bright Supernova front and rear lights that run off of the rechargeable integrated ebike battery, the rear light goes bright when either brake lever is pulled
  • Gates Carbon belt drive is cleaner than a chain and more reliable, custom pulley system routes the belt over the rear swing arm for easier wheel maintenance and replacement (no frame cuts here). Electronically shifted Rohloff geared hub is durable and provides a huge 265-degree gearing ratio with 14-gears for use on any sort of terrain
  • High price point reflects the custom build and premium components, but I think you're also paying for the R&M name. International assembly and built-to-order means you could be waiting months to receive the bike if you live in North America. Only specced with the PowerPack 500 vs. higher capacity 625. Can't add a PowerPack or double-battery option later and the PowerTube is longer and heavier than PowerPack, so less portable to bring a second along in a bag

Video Review

Introduction

Make:

Riese & Müller

Model:

Delite GT Rohloff

Price:

$8,759 ($9,642 USD as Shown with Kiox Display Upgrade and Fox Float Air Suspension Upgrade)

Body Position:

Upright, Forward

Suggested Use:

Urban, Commuting, Touring

Electric Bike Class:

Pedal Assist (Class 1)
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Warranty:

2 Year Comprehensive, 5 Year Frame

Availability:

United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, United Kingdom, South Korea

Model Year:

2020

Bicycle Details

Total Weight:

62.8 lbs (28.48 kg)

Battery Weight:

6.4 lbs (2.9 kg) (6.8lbs with Plastic Rubberized Lower Cover)

Motor Weight:

6.39 lbs (2.89 kg)

Frame Material:

Hydroformed Aluminum Alloy

Frame Sizes:

18.50 in (46.99 cm)20.07 in (50.97 cm)22.04 in (55.98 cm)

Geometry Measurements:

Medium 51cm Measurements: 19.75" Seat Tube Length, 23.25" Reach, 28" Stand Over Height, 34.75" Minimum Saddle Height, 28.5" Width, 48.75" Wheelbase, 77" Length

Frame Types:

High-Step

Frame Colors:

Chili Matt, Urban Grey Matt

Frame Fork Details:

Stock: SR Suntour Aion Coil Suspension, 100mm Travel, Compression Adjust with Lockout, Preload Adjust, 110mm Boost Hub Spacing, 5mm Thru-Axle with Quick Release, Optional: Fox Float 34 Performance Air Suspension, 100mm Travel, 34mm Stanchions with Black Anodized Coating, Compression Adjust with Lockout, Rebound Adjust, 110mm Boost Hub Spacing, 5mm Thru-Axle with Quick Release

Frame Rear Details:

Stock: SR Suntour RS-19, 100mm Travel, Compression Adjust, 135mm Hub Spacing, Rohloff Specific 9mm Axle with Quick Release, Optional: Fox Float DPS Performance 100mm Travel, Compression Adjust, 135mm Hub Spacing, Rohloff Specific 9mm Axle with Quick Release

Attachment Points:

Rear Rack Mount, Fender Mounts, Two Bottle Cage Bosses, Two Bottle Mounts for Fabric Water Bottle

Gearing Details:

14 Speed 1x14 Speed Rohloff E-14 Electronically Shifted Internally Geared Hub, 526° Overall Gear Range, 22 Tooth Gates Carbon Belt Drive CDX Cog

Shifter Details:

Rohloff E-14 Electronic Shifter Button Pad on Right, Buttons: Up, Down, M

Cranks:

Riese & Müller Branded FSA, Aluminum Alloy, 170mm Length Crank Arms, 60 Tooth Gates Carbon Belt Drive CDX Chainring with Aluminum Alloy Guard and Pulley Wheel Lifting Cog

Pedals:

VP-183 or VP-538 Aluminum Alloy Platform with Rubber Tread

Headset:

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

Stem:

Humpert Ergotec Barracuda Evo (Custom for Bosch Kiox), Aluminum Alloy, 80mm Length, Adjustable Angle, 10mm Tapered Spacer, 25.4mm Clamp Diameter

Handlebar:

Humpert Ergotec Ergo XXL, Low-Rise, Aluminum Alloy, 720mm Length

Brake Details:

Magura MT5 and MT4 Hydraulic Disc with 180mm Magura Front Rotor and Rohloff Rear Rotor, Quad-Piston Caliper Front and Dual-Piston Caliper Rear, Magura Three FInger MT4e Levers with Brake Light Switches, Adjustable Reach, and Lights On-Off Button on Right

Grips:

Ergon GP1 Ergonomic, Rubber, Locking

Saddle:

Selle Royal New Lookin Moderate, 3D SKINGEL, Flexite System, Rear Light Clip

Seat Post:

Satori, Aluminum Alloy, 135kg Max Weight

Seat Post Length:

400 mm

Seat Post Diameter:

34.9 mm

Rims:

Rodi Tryp 35, Aluminum Alloy, Double Wall, 32 Hole Front, 36 Hole Rear, 35mm Inner Width, Reinforcement Eyelets

Spokes:

Stainless Steel, 14 Gauge, Black with Silver Nipples

Tire Brand:

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

Wheel Sizes:

27.5 in (69.85cm)

Tire Details:

30 to 55 PSI, 2.0 to 4.0 BAR, Performance GreenGuard, Reflective Sidewall Stripe

Tube Details:

Presta Valve

Accessories:

Flick Bell on Right, Secondary Lights On-Off Button (Built Into Brake Lever Clamp), ABUS Bordo Alarm 6000 Folding Lock (Keyed to Match Battery, 90cm Length, 3.2lbs), SKS B65 Plastic Fenders (65mm Width), Riese & Müller Custom Suspended Alloy Rear Rack with Bibia Adjustable Rubber Straps (Racktime Compatible, Child Seat Approved, 20kg 44lb Max Weight), Pletscher ESGE Adjustable Kickstand, Supernova M99 Mini Pro-25 Integrated Headlight (10 LEDs, 1,250 Lumens), Supernova M99 Integrated Tail Light (5 LEDs, Brake Light Activation), BETO Portable Shock Pump

Other:

Locking Removable Downtube-Integrated Battery Pack, 1.7lb 4 Amp Bosch Standard Charger, Maximum Cadence 120+ RPM Motor Support, ABUS Locking Core (Keyed-Alike Code Card), Maximum Weight Rating for Bike 140kg 308lbs

Electronic Details

Motor Brand:

Bosch Performance Line CX (Gen 4)

Motor Type:

Mid-Mounted Geared Motor
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Motor Nominal Output:

250 watts

Motor Torque:

75 Newton meters (Eco: 40, Tour: 50, Sport/eMTB: 75, Turbo: 75)

Battery Brand:

Bosch PowerTube 500 Vertical, 18650 Cells

Battery Voltage:

36 volts

Battery Amp Hours:

13.4 ah

Battery Watt Hours:

482.4 wh

Battery Chemistry:

Lithium-ion

Charge Time:

4.5 hours

Estimated Min Range:

35 miles (56 km)

Estimated Max Range:

80 miles (129 km)

Display Type:

Bosch Kiox, Removable, Magnetically Attached, 1.9" Transmissive Backlit Color Display, Automatically Adapts to Lighting Conditions, Buttons: Power, Lights

Readouts:

Clock, Assist Level (Off/Gray, Eco/Blue, Tour/Green, Sport/Yellow, Turbo/Red), Light Icon, Batter (Percentage and Infographic), Units (MPH or KM/H), Current Speed, Power Meter Infographic (Shows Rider Input and Motor Input), Range Estimator, Trip Distance, Trip Time, Power (Watts), Cadence (RPM), Average Speed, Max Speed, Heart Rate, Double Battery Readout, Settings

Display Accessories:

Independent Button Pad on Left, Buttons: Walk Mode, +, -, Left, Right, Select, 5 Volt 1 Amp Micro-USB Port on Lower Edge of Display, Settings: Navigate to Settings with Left Arrow then Click the Select Button

Drive Mode:

Advanced Pedal Assist (Measures Rear Wheel Speed, Pedal Cadence, and Pedal Torque over 1,000x Per Second, Power Output Relative to Pedal Input: Eco 60%, Tour 140%, eMTB 140% to 340%, Turbo 340%)

Top Speed:

20 mph (32 kph)


Written Review

To run the forums, host the website, and travel, I charge a universal service fee for most of my reviews (not this one). This in-depth review was not sponsored by Riese & Müller. My goal is to be transparent and unbiased with you, this video and writeup are not meant to be an endorsement of Riese & Müller products or Cit-E-Cycles… I covered it for the sake of variety and based on interest from site visitors! I welcome your corrections, additions, and feedback in the comments below and the Riese & Müller electric bike forums.

Observations:

  • The Delite model from Riese & Müller comes in several configurations. This review is for the GT Rohloff which uses an electronically activated 14-speed Rohloff internally geared hub with a Gates Carbon belt drive. It has city tires, along with the GT Touring (uses a cassette and chain drivetrain) and GT Vario (uses an Enviolo continuously variable transmission hub and Gates Carbon belt drivetrain). For those who want to go off-road, check out the Delite GX model, which has longer 140mm suspension travel (vs. 100mm on all GT models), a dropper seat post, and Schwalbe Rock Razor knobby trail tires
  • R&M now offer a two-battery Superdelite model, for those who want to ride further. I prefer the lightweight standard Delite, but acknowledge that the PowerTube 500 batteries are heavier and longer than the older PowerPack 500 batteries that Riese & Müller used to use. This means that carrying a spare battery is less convenient, and it might not fit as easily into trunk bags or panniers
  • While the rear swing arm suspension design is kind of basic, compared to many four-bar systems that support vertical travel of the rear wheel vs. a rainbow arc, it still reduces a lot of back, neck, and knee pain. This is one of the only full suspension ebikes with a sturdy suspended rear rack, and the bike supports over 140kgs 308lbs! To me, it’s a platform best suited to urban riding… especially if you get a HS (high speed) version. Note that I reviewed a Class 1 model here, and that they will be allowed on more bike paths and mountain trails than a Class 3 speed pedelec (HS version). Consider the R&M Charger hardtail model for a sturdier rear rack. It still offers back and neck support with the suspension seat post, but your knees won’t get as much cushion from a hardtail
  • Riese & Müller offers two display upgrades, the Bosch SmartphoneHub or Kiox. Both of these connect to the Bosch app, which allows for pedal assist level power configuration. The SmartphoneHub lets you use a smartphone for GPS directions and music while the Kiox uses Bluetooth to connect to a heart rate monitor. Keep these factors in mind at time of purchase, because the default Intuvia display is great (removable, has a Micro-USB charging port) but won’t connect to your smartphone or heart rate monitor.
  • One more unique upgrade that Riese & Müller is advertising for the Delite platform (but only in Europe) is ABS (anti-lock braking) from Bosch. This is a good option for people who are concerned about skidding and sliding out, especially in unstable or wet/icy conditions. We tested it in Europe when it was first launched, and came away feeling impressed.
  • The Rohloff E-14 electronically shifted geared hub provides 14 gear choices and a huge 526-degree ratio, so you can ride almost anywhere comfortably. There’s no derailleur hanging down to get bumped at bike racks or off-road, and the electronic servo is powered by the Bosch ebike battery vs. a stand-alone battery

Pros:

  • Beautiful appearance with tightly integrated motor, downtube-integrated battery pack, internally routed cables, and two premium color choices. The hydroformed aluminum alloy frame is a custom build with unique suspended rear rack that won’t subject your cargo or child to the bumps of the road.
  • Full suspension provides neck, back, and knee support compared to a hardtail with a suspension post that would only support your back and neck. For those with knee sensitivity, this is one of the best urban commuter platforms around, in my opinion, event hough the rear suspension swing arm is less fancy than a four-bar setup found on many electric mountain bikes (that almost exclusively do not have rear racks)
  • Available in three frame sizes for optimal fit, the Delite also has an adjustable angle stem to help you dial in body position (forward or more upright). The adjustable stem is very durable, and shouldn’t rattle loose like some of the cheaper products out there.
  • Motor and battery weight is positioned low and center on the frame, for improved handling. The top tube is sloped down, providing an easier entry and lower stand-over height if you have to step down unexpectedly
  • Premium fenders with additional support struts won’t rattle. These are extra wide 65mm fenders that keep you dry, even with the wider 2.4″ tires. Note that the black fenders have matching black support arms, and that they are set to a fixed length and attach below the plastic fender vs. on the sides. They’re some of the best fenders and mounting design I’ve seen anywhere
  • For those who don’t want to waste efficiency on flat sections of road, given the comfort that higher volume tires offer on their own, both suspension shocks have compression adjust with near lockout. You have to dial each one separately and it’s probably best to pull over, but this lets the bike perform efficiently or comfortably depending on your terrain. This is the case for the default SR Suntour spring coil suspension or the upgraded Fox air suspension.
  • If you do upgrade to the air suspension from Fox, you’ll be able to sag the pressure to match your body weight. You get compression adjust as well as rebound, so the shocks will be less bouncy
  • Premium integrated lights are extra bright, super sturdy (with metal housings), and the rear light goes bright when you activate either brake lever. They both run off of the main rechargeable bike battery, and they have decent viewing angles (though the headlight does not have side cutouts).
  • For all GT models, the tires have puncture protection and reflective sidewall stripes! This is great for traveling across varied terrain and in different lighting conditions. Having integrated lights and reflective tires makes this bike great for commuting or touring, especially if you opt for the faster HS (high speed) motor option.
  • If you get the belt drive system, available with the Enviolo or Rohloff versions of the Delite, you can expect a high level of reliability and less grease-grime compared to a traditional chain. The Gates Carbon CDX belt uses a center track that keeps it from sliding off to the sides. R&M did a really great job with their metal guide, chainring guard, and pulley wheel system to elevate the belt so they wouldn’t have to cut the rear portion of frame (adding weight and cost, reducing strength)
  • The Bosch Performance Line CX motor used here is fourth generation! It’s roughly 27% lighter at 6.39lbs vs. 8.8lbs and physically smaller. It works with a full sized chainring (belt ring in this case) that spins one-to-one with your crank arms vs. the older reduction gearing system that introduced drag with a 2.5x step-down, and the motor offers just as much torque at 75nm and 120+ rpm pedal support. The motor is efficient, capable, and provides some level of shift detection to reduce drivetrain stress
  • I was really impressed with the display and headlight mount, which swivels so you won’t get glare but can also still aim the light effectively AND change your stem angle. It’s all sturdy, but independent and adjustable
  • Whichever display option you choose, there’s a Micro-USB port for charging your portable electronics, including smartphones! This is great for people who want to use GPS or add additional lights. All displays are also removable, so you can protect them from the elements and potential scratches or tampering at public bike racks
  • As you would expect, the bike has comfortable ergonomic grips from Ergon that are locking, so they won’t twist or spin around if you really bear down. The pedals are decent, offering a good platform with rubberized grip to reduce slipping… and if your foot does slip off, they won’t cut your shins
  • Some electric bikes have zero bottle cage mounting points, most of the nice ones have at least one… and the Delite has two sets of bosses (on the downtube and below the top tube) as well as two sets of pins that interface with custom Fabric water bottles near the head tube. This setup allows you to mount a folding lock or mini pump accessory on the bike frame while positioning fluids high up, within reach, and vertically to reduce spilling and dripping
  • Black rims, hubs, and spokes look great and they’ve chosen high-quality Rodi Tryp 35 rims with reinforcement eyelets to reduce the potential for cracking under heavy load. I was impressed that the bike is rated to handle so much weight… even the Satori seat post is rated to 135kg (279lbs)
  • Most ebikes, especially with motor inhibitors or brake light activation switches, have a cluttered cockpit with wires everywhere. Riese & Müller made theirs beautiful by routing them underneath the stem and directly into the frame. It’s part of what makes this ebike stand out… in a good way
  • One of the unique benefits that the Enviolo or Rohloff internally geared hubs offer is shifting at standstill… so you could downshift half way up a hill if you needed to stop unexpectedly. This will help you regain speed and climb easier (easier on your knees and the motor)
  • The Rohloff E-14 allows for multiple shifts if you hold the up or down arrow, and it automatically downshifts the bike when you stop, which means less finger interaction. Your fingers won’t get as tired with an electronic shifter as they might with a mechanical derailleur shifter
  • There’s some friction if you try to spin the cranks backwards, which is great so you don’t smack your shin on the pedals if you slip off. However, one downside of the Bosch Performance Line CX motor is that it doesn’t actually cycle the chainring (or belt ring in this case) backwards, so you can’t perform drivetrain maintenance the same as with a traditional non-electric bike, and you might need a bike stand to lube the chain or adjust the derailleur properly on the Touring model
  • This ebike weighs roughly 63lbs (without the folding lock) and I think that’s fairly decent given the wide fenders, ultra bright lights, and unique suspended rear rack. Even though it’s still on the heavy side, the weight actually dampens vibration a bit and gives it a solid smooth feel. For me, this ebike is in between a bicycle and motorcycle platform, and it’s a nice feel with the premium Fox suspension that slides so smoothly… especially when the air pressure is setup just right for your body weight
  • The Gates Carbon belt drive will stay cleaner and last longer than a traditional metal chain, this is the sort of belt you might find in your car engine, like a timing belt
  • The Bosch CX motor (which peaks at 20mph) offers high response time, torque, and ride feel for urban or mountain biking applications, so it’s very capable of dealing with extra weight on this bike, Bosch uses three sensors to measure wheel speed, pedal cadence, and pedal torque 1,000 times per second and offers shift detection to reduce impact on the drivetrain
  • Sometimes bicycles have kickstands that are mounted too close to the pedal crank arms and they get in the way when backing the bike up (because the cranks automatically turn) but none of the Riese & Müller ebikes have this issue. They use adjustable rear-mount stand that stays out of the way and also offers some height adjustment, they also don’t collide with the larger 180mm disc brake rotor or Rohloff shifting servo box here

Cons:

  • In addition to being very expensive, since Riese & Müller is one of the most premium ebike brands around… only using the highest quality parts and custom frames, their bikes take longer to receive. This is because each one is assembled after the order is placed, and then shipped from Europe to North America. Unless you buy a pre-assembled model from a showroom floor (accepting the frame size and component upgrades they chose) you could be waiting as much as three months to get your bike.
  • With the new Delite models, you have to choose a single or double battery configuration at time of purchase. The double battery model is called the Superdelite and starts at $8,169. I was surprised that they didn’t offer a Bosch PowerPack 500 adapter that could mount on top of the downtube like I’ve seen from Trek with their Allant+ models and some other brands.
  • The PowerTube batteries look beautiful, they they aren’t as lightweight or easy to transport as the PowerPack (5.7lbs vs. 6.8lbs for the PowerTube). I was a little surprised that Riese & Müller chose the PowerTube 500 vs. the high-capacity 625 battery… but that may be due to the longer size of the PowerTube 625 and them offering three frame sizes.
  • If you purchase the Rohloff drivetrain with Gates Carbon belt drive, you’ll be adding some weight to the bike, along with some friction and added noise due to the elevated pulley wheel. In my experience, this internally geared hub can also shift a bit slower and be more prone to issues than a cassette derailleur setup. Be careful not to over tighten the rear axle or shift rapidly during hard pedaling or high motor power
  • This isn’t necessarily Riese & Müller’s fault, but the charging port location is located way down near the motor on the non-dirvetrain side. This is the side that tips towards the kickstand, so the bike is leaning towards you and you have to bend way down to plug in. Additionally, if the Bosch charger cable is connected and the crank arms are turned, the left one will collide with the cable and possibly unplug or damage it. The Bosch charger is great, and their cable end connector seems pretty tough… it would just be easier and less vulnerable if the charging port was up high on the right side of the bike (drivetrain side)
  • This may be due to the Rohloff geared hub and proprietary disc brake mount on the Delite GT Rohloff, but I noticed that R&M specced the older spoke magnet rear wheel speed sensor. Bosch now has an integrated magnet and speed sensor that’s tucked away and won’t get dirty or knocked out of position as easily. Given the higher price and possible off-road application for the Delite platform, it would be nice to see that being used instead
  • Pretty minor gripe here, but the bell is kind of basic. It’s not bad and it works fine, but it seems out of place with all the quality parts throughout. I actually thought that the bike had an electronic horn! But it turns out the rubber button on the right is actually for turning on/off the integrated lights
  • The Bosch Performance Line CX motors are the loudest and use energy the fastest (compared to other Bosch options). All of their motors have a wider 175mm Q-Factor, that probably isn’t an issue on a wider bike like this, but it does change the layout of the drivetrain a bit compared to Shimano, Yamaha, and Brose motors
  • The custom rear rack looks cool, but it actually has a lower weight rating than most other racks I see (it’s 20kg vs. 25kg – 44lbs vs. 55lbs), and it doesn’t use standard gauge tubing that’s compatible with more panniers, and it doesn’t have a bungee loop at the bottom. It does however, have a fancy blade piece of metal on the sides, which might serve as a blocker to keep your panniers from touching the rear wheel during hard turns
  • In order to mount the battery pack into the downtube, you actually need to insert the key and twist to unlock it (and it’s spring loaded, so this is a bit trickier than you might think), while balancing the battery and pushing in from below the downtube – while avoiding the fender. This is why some other companies have opted for side-mounted battery designs. Trek does this on their ebikes, and their pack casing has a handle! but Trek’s solution weighs more as a result and also requires the key inserted/twisted to mount the pack
  • Minor complaint, the battery doesn’t have a handle or strop for secure lifting and handling. Be extra careful with it because a replacement can be $900+ and it would be easy to drop… even with the two-step dismount, I struggled more trying to re-mount it to the frame because of the key locking design
  • The bike must be powered on in order to shift gears, if you opt for the Rohloff E-14 internally geared hub. The Bosch battery system and controller automatically stop providing assist when the capacity reaches 10%, and that’s designed to make sure there is enough juice leftover for the lights and shifting… I like that there isn’t a secondary battery just for shifting (as is the case for the Shimano Di2 electronic derailleur), but I just want to call out the requirement here, this is not an ebike that you can fully ride as a bicycle without power, you just couldn’t shift gears in that case

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  • MSRP: $6,389
  • MODEL YEAR: 2018

A full suspension electric mountain bike with 120 mm Fox air suspension, specced for cross country and light trail use with plus sized tires and boost hub spacing, optional dual-battery setup for extra power on longer rides. Comes stock with quality integrated lights from Busch & Müller and Supernova so you can…...

January 14, 2018

Riese & Müller Packster 40 NuVinci Review

  • MSRP: $6,369
  • MODEL YEAR: 2018

One of the most compact electric cargo bikes on the market, capable of hauling gear or a passenger up front, the frame is stiff and sturdy with a large double-leg kickstand, available with 20 mph or 28 mph motors. Optional Gates carbon belt drive and NuVinci CVT are durable, quiet, and can be shifted…...

January 8, 2018

Riese & Müller Nevo GH NuVinci Review

  • MSRP: $4,979
  • MODEL YEAR: 2018

A heavy-duty version of the standard Nevo with reinforced frame tubing, upgraded stem, handlebar, pedals and a nicer Thudbuster ST suspension seat post, available in two sizes and three colors. This electric bike is easy to approach because of the step-thru wave design but doesn't…...

December 25, 2017

Riese & Müller Roadster Mixte Touring Review

  • MSRP: $3,879
  • MODEL YEAR: 2018

An approachable hybrid city electric bike with sturdy plastic fenders, integrated lights, a suspension fork and seat post, and optional rear rack and front porteur rack. Available in the mixte mid-step frame style for lower stand-over height in two frame sizes…...

December 19, 2017

Riese & Müller Delite 25 Review

  • MSRP: $11,099
  • MODEL YEAR: 2018

An ultra-premium urban commuter with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting, Fox front and rear air suspension, Bosch CX high-torque centerdrive, and Shimano XTR hydraulic disc brakes. Everything matches and blends beautifully, the gloss black frame, fork lowers, fenders, rear rack, battery…...

July 9, 2017

Riese & Müller Nevo NuVinci Review

  • MSRP: $4,599
  • MODEL YEAR: 2017

One of the stiffer, more capable, deep step-thru electric bike that I have tested, sturdy thru-axle, strong tapered head tube, reinforced downtube, and fatter tires for stability. Focus on comfort and safety with suspension fork, suspension seat post, gel saddle, and ergonomic…...

June 30, 2017

Riese & Müller Tinker NuVinci Review

  • MSRP: $4,489
  • MODEL YEAR: 2017

A premium compact electric bike with unique partial-folding features, the handlebar folds down completely but can also be raised and angled forward to accommodate taller riders. Sturdy rear rack, full-length fenders, reflective tires, and integrated Supernova lights offer utility and safety,…...

June 15, 2017

Riese & Müller Homage NuVinci HS Review

  • MSRP: $5,799
  • MODEL YEAR: 2017

A high speed 28 mph, full suspension, easy approach step-thru, urban electric bike available in two sizes for optimal fit, removable battery and display with quick charger. NuVinci N380 continuously variable transmission shifts instantly whether you're riding or stopped, it's smooth, quiet,…...

June 6, 2017

Riese & Müller Charger GX Rohloff HS Review

  • MSRP: $6,119
  • MODEL YEAR: 2017

A rugged, high-step, Bosch powered electric bike that can handle two battery packs for increased range, the GX would make an excellent touring or bikepacking platform. Available in three frame sizes and two color options, upgraded touch points include ergonomic grips…...

May 28, 2017

Riese & Müller Load Touring HS Review

  • MSRP: $6,679
  • MODEL YEAR: 2017

One of the only full suspension electric cargo bikes I've tested, the suspension is adjustable and provides a lot of comfort to you and your cargo when paired with the premium Schwalbe tires. Excellent safety features including integrated LED lights, the headlight points where you steer and has…...

May 6, 2017

Riese & Müller Roadster Touring HS Review

  • MSRP: $3,919
  • MODEL YEAR: 2017

A sporty speed-pedelec capable of 28 mph assisted rides, large efficient wheels with hybrid tires that balance comfort with speed and handling, color-matched plastic fenders, three frame colors. Available in three frame sizes for improved fit, 60 mm suspension fork improves comfort and…...

April 27, 2017

Riese & Müller Packster Touring 80 Review

  • MSRP: $5,149
  • MODEL YEAR: 2017

One of the longest electric cargo bikes on the market (comes in 60 cm or 80 cm), responsive and stable but also comfortable thanks to larger tires and a 50 mm suspension fork up front. Integrated lights run off the main battery pack and the headlight aims where you steer,…...

April 17, 2017

Riese & Müller Charger Mixte GT Touring HS Review

  • MSRP: $4,799
  • MODEL YEAR: 2017

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…...

April 2, 2017

Riese & Müller Delite GT NuVinci HS Review

  • MSRP: $6,229
  • MODEL YEAR: 2017

A premium full suspension speed-pedelec that's built to order in Germany then delivered internationally, solid but heavy frame with dual-battery option for increased range. Integrated fenders that don't rattle, suspended rear rack and wired-in headlight and tail light offer…...


Comments (12) YouTube Comments

Mike
1 month ago

Nice review. It comes off more objective than what I’ve seen from distributor websites. This review is also well timed for me as I’ve been considering an R&S bike for some time. I live in a very hilly area, often best suited for a full suspension bike given the poor condition of the roads as well. I currently own a Surface 604 Shred. Would you consider this a worthy and significant upgrade? I use my bike 90% of the time so you can consider this upgrade like a car for me. Thanks and keep up the great reviews!

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Court
1 month ago

Thank you so much, Mike! That means a lot… I see dealers making review videos that tend to only show the positives. I understand, there’s a conflict of interest (for me too with some advertisers), but our goal here at EBR is to be as objective and data driven as possible. Many of the “considerations” I list require insights and perspectives that I’ve gleaned from actual owners and many years covering all sorts of ebikes. It’s also why I don’t bash the super cheap basic bikes… they have their own pros and cons and can be a great fit for someone on a budget :)

Anyway, I’m glad the review is well timed for you! It sounds like you’ve already purchased a decent bike… the Shred offers great value and can be fairly comfortable because of the suspension fork and knobby tires, even more-so if you get a suspension seat post. The biggest differences between the Surface 604 and this R&M Delite is that you’ll feel less knee strain with a full suspension ebike, your gear will be treated better on a suspended rack, and you’ll probably get better range with a mid-drive. You will lose throttle support, however.

If I were to purchase one “do everything” ebike, the Riese & Müller Delite GT Touring HS (or standard Touring if you don’t care about the extra speed) would be at the very top of my list. If money was a big consideration or I wanted to keep the throttle support, I’d keep the Shred and check out a suspension seat post and stem from Redshift Sports (which can feel a little sloppy but does improve comfort on the wrists, arms, and shoulders). Bulls also has an amazing full suspension mid-drive called the ICONIC EVO TR 1 that’s worth checking out, but the rack isn’t suspended like the Delite. It uses the same Bosch PowerTube 500 battery but only comes with the Class 3 Bosch Performance Line Speed motor. Due to the different rack design, it weighs about 3.5lbs less and the MSRP is lower at ~$5.1k. I hope this helps! Thanks again for your comment :)

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Mike
1 month ago

Wow! Incredible response. Super helpful. I wasn’t aware of that Bulls option. It looks like it’s due for a refresh this year so I’ll keep an eye out.

Tom
4 weeks ago

I suspect a 250W nominal euro-spec mid drive might feel a little underpowered relative to your Shred which has a 500W nominal rear hub. It depends. How well does your Shred do on hills? That is where a mid-drive might shine a little more. If you want full suspension and more power, look at the Frey CC. The rack is not suspended (similar to the Bulls that Court mentioned) but more than twice the power for $3K + shipping. Also check out Watt Wagons. They are pricey but @pushkar is very well regarded on the forums and offers a custom FS build.

Ravi is also looking to offer a FS bike with dual battery, sprung rack with Bosch speed motor that won’t cost a small fortune. You may find this post and thread interesting.

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Court
4 weeks ago

Awesome, great reply and thanks for the forum link and mentions of Watt Wagons and Ravi here Tom!

Kirk
4 weeks ago

I purchased the Superdelite GX Rohloff with Fox upgrade in March and am awaiting an early-June delivery. Comprehensive technical reviews such as yours did help me distinguish which bike would properly serve as my car replacement.

And replace my car is precisely what this bike will do. I reside in an urban environment, so long distances for everyday travel are not an issue, even with the Delite version. The issue I was focused on was battery longevity. Having two batteries will ensure that neither is fully-depleted during regular use. And having maximum range built in, right from the start, increases utility for touring.

These bikes are, indeed, costly. But they are nowhere near as costly as the cheapest ‘city car’ on the market, which was twice the price of this fully-kitted-out $12,500 model (incl. tax). My thorough spreadsheat analysis comparing 10-year ownership costs, including taxes, license, full insurance, maintenance, occasional car rental or rideshare, and depreciation made it abundantly clear that switching to an ebike would save me $3,250 per year. Lesser ebikes would save money upfront, but would not perform nor wear as well, and certainly would be less comfortable.

Why would anyone give up the comforts that even the lowliest car has as standard unless they could approximate those functions in an ebike? The answer is: they wouldn’t. Nor should they.

The Riese & Müller Delite/Superdelite are not intended for casual weekend riders, though they are luxurious for that. They are purpose-built to replace your car and are the only bike on the market, configured with a Rohloff hub, that can do that in a manner that makes financial sense.

The Superdelite is not a toy. It is a vehicle that can readily replace your car. And it is the only bike on the market today that legitimately can make that claim.

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Court
4 weeks ago

Hi Kirk! Thanks for the testimonial and tips about owning this bike. I hope it arrives soon and lasts a long long time for you. If you’re open to it, I’d love to either have a video chat about how you did the cost comparison to a car, or look at your spreadsheets because I’d love to make a video about why “expensive” ebikes can be worth it. You can reach me through the contact page or text me at 650.930.0342 thanks man!

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TBR
2 weeks ago

I got my SuperDelite HS Rohloff GX in mid-January and, even with me not being able to ride for 4 weeks (travel, illness…) I crossed the 4,000km mark yesterday (May 8th), did 100km today and likely will do another 30-40km or so as soon as the sun goes down (SuperNova Lights!). I am in a totally new level of riding intensity, the SuperDelite with the Rohloff E14 is the best money I ever spent on a bike. And this is my third “S-Pedelec” (class 3), I have been commuting with them since 2011. The predecessor was a R&M Charger with a NuVinci 360 and BeltDrive. The double battery setup is very important for me, I really enjoy the 115km+ range in “Tour” on the weekends, especially in these Covid times where it is difficult to impossible to recharge during a tour, e.g. at a restaurant or café. All in all I consider the 2020 R&M SuperDelite to have reached a new pinnacle in class 3 pedelecs with the confluence of the new gen4 Bosch Speed motor, the Rohloff E14, Gates Carbon Beltdrive, robust full suspension frame with in-tube batteries and suspended rack (important for commuting and shopping). I had been waiting for this “jump” (new motor generation and in-tube on the Delite) for the last two years and the wait was worth it. The SuperDelite/Delite is an allrounder though, if you want an offroad machine, i.e. an optimized E-MTB, I would recommend a Nicolai EBOXX E14, or for those wanting the most robust pedelec possible to cross the Andes or the Australian Outback (or just the most robust frame to carry a heavy rider and massive luggage @185kg total payload) I would recommend the Rennstahl 853 E-Reiserad Rohloff E-14. And then there are the cargo bikes…

Price is a matter of perspective. The most expensive bike is one you do not (or very rarely) ride, regardless of price. The 2020 SuperDelite/Delite with Rohloff E-14 and BeltDrive can be ridden without isssues and minimal (if any) maintenance for many more km/miles than any previous pedelec, and if you do so your cost per km/mile will quickly be lower than that of the overwhelming majority of customers who buy “cheap” pedelecs. And if the latter try to ride those cheaper bikes as intensely as a R&M (or Rennstahl) can be ridden their maintenance costs will go up and they will begin to effectively “use up” the cheaper components of those bikes to the point of costing them more than if they had gone with a R&M (or like quality) to begin with.

With now more than 4,000km there were no critical issues with the SuperDelite 2020, only minor quibbles. Brake pads needed replacement (of course!) and I had the Rock Razors switched for Super Moto’s because my profile is way more road than gravel and I wanted some more confidence in high-speed curves. Still enjoy the GX option’s drop post, pedals and longer suspension travel though. Only regret is going SunTour and not ordering FoxFloat. Had to learn to go with more pressure on the cylinders for high speeds on roads (or lock out) and I gather that adjustment could be done more situationally with the Fox Floats. The biggest design flaw in the 2020 SuperDelite and Delite is the charging cable connector position, that is in the review. All other issues are minor and the below (not really R&M issues) will probably be corrected by software updates:

In cold weather, with the forced cooling at high speeds against stiff cold winds, the Rohloff can sometimes act up a little (loosing calibration after 40+minutes at 40km/h+ in 5 degrees Celsius or less, leading to “lost” gears that are switched “over”) but that is easily ameliorated by doing a short stop and switching off and on again. Also in cold weather, but just once in more than 2,000km at less than 10 degrees Celsius, I had an operating voltage loss when the bike wanted to switch from one battery to the other (it does that automatically so that the two batteries are always at most at +/- 5% of charge relative to each other, usually you do not notice anything), I was at full speed (45km/h) with high beam on the lights and the switch was from the top battery (at 22%) to the lower/front one (at 27%). Guess the battery was just a little bit too cold to instantly provide the full voltage required at that power consumption level. It re-booted within 2-3 seconds, before I lost much speed. The loss of light for that time was a bit scary, I could have done a safe stop though. I consider this more of Bosch a software issue (i.e. a slight timing adjustment in the switching algorithm could fully avoid this) than anything, just as sometimes the Kiox not showing the current gear selection and needing to restart. As written above, I fully expect these issues to be corrected with an update.

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Court
2 weeks ago

Great review! Thanks for sharing your insights, I’m so happy you’re enjoying the bike. Yes, the most expensive products are indeed the ones we don’t actually use… possibly followed by the one we use a lot, but didn’t get the correct size or version of (think shoes that don’t fit right or let water soak in easily etc.) so it sounds like you made a very good choice.

I love your point about having two batteries during the COVID situation, since charging opportunities may be scarce. I also love your feedback about riding in the cold and how switching from one pack to the next caused a little delay that cut out your motor and lights. Glad you’re safe! Feel free to drop updates here anytime, especially as you get up to 10,000km and beyond!

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TBR
2 weeks ago

That power loss during a battery switchover only happened once in all my riding on one of the coldest days I rode the bike when I was truly maxing power consumption with both batteries fairly low. I do not expect this to happen again, especially since I expect some future firmware update will take care of this issue before next winter truly hits.

At the intensity I am going 10000km will not take all that much time, I will be more than halfway there before the end of the month. If I can ride at all I am doing at least 40km on weekdays and more than 100km on Saturdays and Sundays. And for me COVID means there are fewer days I cannot ride as the job travel is almost non-existant ATM.

TBR
2 weeks ago

Oh, and an addendum to the Rennstahl E14: Now also in Titanium (!) as the Falkenjagd Hoplit E14.

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