Riese & Müller Nevo NuVinci Review

Riese And Muller Nevo Nuvinci Electric Bike Review
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Summary

  • 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 grips, as well as reflective tires and premium integrated lights
  • Backward compatible Bosch Powerpack 500 battery is fast charging and removable, along with the Intuvia display panel, I love that you can tap into the system with a Micro-USB
  • The NuVinci is smooth and can be shifted at standstill but adds weight, the bike is nearly 60 lbs which is heavier than average, available in two sizes and three colors, built to order takes longer

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Introduction

Make:

Riese & Müller

Model:

Nevo NuVinci

Price:

$4,599

Body Position:

Upright

Suggested Use:

Neighborhood, Urban, Commuting

Electric Bike Class:

Pedal Assist (Class 1)
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Warranty:

2 Year Comprehensive, 5 Year Frame

Availability:

United States, Europe

Model Year:

2017

Bicycle Details

Total Weight:

59.8 lbs (27.12 kg)

Battery Weight:

5.7 lbs (2.58 kg)

Motor Weight:

8.8 lbs (3.99 kg)

Frame Material:

Aluminum

Frame Sizes:

18.5 in (46.99 cm)22 in (55.88 cm)

Geometry Measurements:

19.25" Seat Tube, 22.5" Reach, 17" Stand Over Height, 73.5" Length

Frame Types:

Step-Thru

Frame Colors:

Midnight Blue Metallic, Racing Red, White

Frame Fork Details:

SR Suntour NCX Spring, 63 mm Travel, Lockout, Preload Adjust, 100 / 15 mm Thru Axle with Quick Release

Frame Rear Details:

135 / 10 mm Threaded Axle with Nuts

Attachment Points:

Rear Rack Bosses, Fender Bosses

Gearing Details:

1 Speed 1x∞ NuVinci N380 CVT with 380% Ratio Range, 28T Cog

Shifter Details:

NuVinci C8 Grip Twist on Right

Cranks:

Riese & Müller Branded FSA Alloy 170 mm Crank Arms, 22T Cog for Gates CDX Belt Drive

Pedals:

VP-191 Alloy Platform with Rubber Tread

Headset:

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

Stem:

Humpert Ergotec Charisma, Alloy, 90 mm Length, 45° Rise

Handlebar:

Humpert Ergotec Ergo XXL, Low-Rise, Alloy, 31.8 mm Diameter, 26" Length

Brake Details:

Magura MT4 Hydraulic Disc with 180 mm Rotors, Magura MT4 Three-Finger Levers with Adjustable Reach

Grips:

Ergon GP1 Ergonomic, Rubber, Locking

Saddle:

Selle Royale Lookin, Gel

Seat Post:

Satori Elegance-LT OB Suspension (3 Springs, Preload Adjust), Aluminum Alloy

Seat Post Length:

400 mm

Seat Post Diameter:

34.9 mm

Rims:

Mach1 650, Aluminum Alloy, Double Wall, 32 Hole Front, 36 Hole Rear, 23 mm Width, Reinforcement Eyelets

Spokes:

Stainless Steel, 14 Gauge, Silver with Nipples

Tire Brand:

Schwalbe Big Ben Plus, 28" x 2.0" (50-622)

Wheel Sizes:

28 in (71.12cm)

Tire Details:

Reflective Sidewall Stripe, 35 to 70 PSI, Performance Line GreenGuard

Tube Details:

Presta Valve

Accessories:

Flick Bell on Right, ABUS Shield 5650 Cafe Lock Keyed to Match Battery, Curana CLite-55 Alloy Fenders (55 mm Width), Riese & Müller Alloy Rear Rack with Racktime Compatibility and two Bibia Adjustable Rubber Straps and Child Seat Approved (44 lb Max Weight), Hebie FIX18 Adjustable Kickstand, Alloy Belt Cover, Integrated Supernova E3 E-Bike V6s Headlight (165 Lumens), Integrated Busch & Müller Toplight Mini LED

Other:

Locking Removable Battery Pack, 1.7 lb 4 Amp Charger

Electronic Details

Motor Brand:

Bosch Performance Line CX

Motor Type:

Mid-Mounted Geared Motor
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Motor Nominal Output:

250 watts

Motor Torque:

75 Newton meters

Battery Voltage:

36 volts

Battery Amp Hours:

13.4 ah

Battery Watt Hours:

482.4 wh

Battery Chemistry:

Lithium-ion

Charge Time:

3.5 hours

Estimated Min Range:

25 miles (40 km)

Estimated Max Range:

75 miles (121 km)

Display Type:

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

Readouts:

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 50% 40 Nm, Tour 120% 50 Nm, Sport 210% 60 Nm, Turbo 300% 75 Nm)

Top Speed:

20 mph (32 kph)

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Written Review

Riese & Müller makes some of the cleanest, sturdiest, and most comfortable electric bikes I have reviewed to date. They’re a German company with a rich history of designing and producing traditional bicycles but recently, transitioned almost completely to e-bikes. And all of their models use the trusted and highly efficient Bosch drive system and are built to order. This means they tend to be more expensive and take longer to deliver, but the warranty, shop support, and custom engineering set them apart from competing products. So the Nevo is an efficient sturdy step-thru model that’s priced $1,200 less than its full-suspension sibling, the Homage. Both of these models are going to be easier to approach and handle, you won’t have to swing your leg up and over the rear rack (which can be a pain if you’ve got gear or a child seat loaded on it) and both can be outfitted with a 20 mph drive or high-speed 28 mph drive units. The Nevo is lighter than the Homage because it’s a hardtail, but you don’t sacrifice as much comfort as you might think because the seat post is a suspension too! It comes with three springs so you can adjust for your body weight and there’s a preload adjustment as well. Additionally, the gel saddle, steep angled stem, and ergonomic grips do a lot for body position and comfort. The ride is more upright than forward so your arms and shoulders can relax as you look around to spot traffic. Furthermore, your cargo, or child, will benefit from fatter 2″ tires and large 28″ diameter wheels which span cracks, absorb vibration, and improve stability. No, it’s not going to be as smooth as the full suspension design but it’s still pretty good. And as a safety nut myself, I love that this electric bike comes stock with quiet alloy fenders, reflective tires, name-brand hydraulic disc brakes, and high-end integrated lights. The headlight has an alloy casing and can be aimed up or down to suit your environment. The tail light is tucked beneath the rack so it won’t be blocked by trunk bags or a panniers. They really thought this thing out and it shows. Even your pants will be protected because there’s a mini chain cover in place just behind the chainring. This is important if you commute to work in slacks or a skirt, and I love that the battery pack and display are removable for charging and protection if you park at a public rack. The bike is feature rich and the features are very well thought out vs. just slapped on. Everything matches and the bike is sold in two sizes and three colors so you can make it your own. One big downside however, is a 1+ month wait time and limited dealer outlets around the US as of this review.

Driving the Nevo is one of two Bosch Performance Line mid-motor options. You can get the 75 Newton meter high torque CX option or the fast 60 Nm speed motor. While we were only able to test the CX option for this review, I am very familiar with the Speed drive and feel that it is quite powerful for climbing and satisfying to use if you tend to ride further and want to make up time. I usually average 25 mph on that motor vs. the 28 mph because it requires increasing pedal torque to really reach the top assisted speed and on a heavier ~60 lb urban bike like the Nevo, my focus tends to be on handling and spotting traffic vs. speed… and I don’t want to get to work and be all sweaty. In most cases, I probably would not get a speed motor on a wave lowstep frame like this because they tend to flex and can produce speed wobble. But R&M have resolved that issue with battery placement, a thru-axle, and stiffer frame. This is one of the few designs I know of where it feels comfortable to ride fast vs. risky. And again, the larger wheels help a lot. So once you’ve chosen a motor, you can determine whether the lighter and less expensive Shimano Deore XT 10-speed drivetrain makes sense or you want to pay more for anytime-shifting and the clean durability of a NuVinci N380. The N380 weighs several pounds more but won’t require as much maintenance. It can be shifted at standstill and produces less noise because it works with a Gates Carbon CDX belt drive. One thing I noticed during the test ride however, was that the quiet belt and CVT made the motor noise stand out. And this is something Bosch Performance Drives are known for, they produce a high pitched whine (especially at high speed). The chainring on this bike is smaller than a normal unpowered bicycle because the motor has a gearbox inside converting each crank revolution to a 2.5x chainring spin. It’s efficient, it starts and stops quickly, and it grips the chain or belt well… but it does produce some additional friction and noise (even if the motor is off), though you can still pedal the bike just like a normal bicycle even if it’s turned off and it feels natural.

Powering the motor systems, large backlit display panel, the Micro-USB accessory charger, and the integrated lights is a ~500 watt hour Bosch battery. The pack is mounted higher and further forward than the similar full suspension Homage model and that could keep it from getting kicked as easily… but it also positions weight higher and more forward which isn’t as great for handling and balance. The pack fits neatly into a mount that’s inset into the tubing and is protected at the base by a sheet of Aluminum alloy (along with the rest of the tubing). I’m guessing this metal is designed to protect the battery and frame from scratches? Whenever the battery is clicked into the frame it locks automatically and the sturdy core is provided by Abus, the same company that makes the cafe lock for the rear wheel. Both locks use the same key so you don’t need to cary two different pairs around and clutter your keychain. And the battery can be charged on or off the frame by using the same quick charger which weighs ~1.7 lbs and could be tossed into a trunk bag. Bosch makes a slightly smaller, lighter, charger that only puts out 2 Amps vs. 4 Amps and I’d consider adding that accessory for use in a commuting situation where you charge at work and then again at home. The battery pack has a button on the left side that illuminates a 5-LED charge indicator so you can get a basic idea of how full it is whether it’s on the bike or not. And this is brings up one of the minor complaints I have about the battery and display unit. Instead of using a battery percentage, they give you those same five bars which represent 20% increments. And there’s a big difference between 20% and 0% but you really can’t tell just by looking. Thankfully, the display also has a range estimator readout that is much more precise.

To use the Range menu, you turn the display on by pressing the power button at the lower left corner. It boots up very quickly and shows you speed, assist level (there are four power settings), and that battery infographic I talked about earlier. From here, you can press the i button on the right side of the display or on the remote button pad (mounted near the left grip). This cycles through trip stats like Odometer, Trip Distance, Average Speed, Max Speed, and Clock. When you get to ranges, make sure you arrow up or down through the different levels of assist and you will see that the estimate changes dynamically. It’s based in part on battery capacity, but also how you’ve been riding for the past mile. This is a handy feature and one that sets Bosch apart from others in the space. And I love how intuitive and easy it is to find and use. There’s a new smaller Bosch display called the Purion but it doesn’t offer as many readouts and can be difficult to read. It’s also not removable… but if you really want that display, some shops can help you switch over to it and that would free up the stem area for mounting a phone, GPS, or other accessory. And this is another minor complaint of mine, the bike doesn’t have a bottle cage mount anywhere. So you might need a saddle adapter or some clip on accessory if you want to have access to a drink while riding. But again, the custom rear rack can hold up to 44 lbs (probably a bit more) and there are lots of trunk bags with bottle holsters like this. I guess the main point here is that this display is easy to approach but still deep, you can change from miles to kilometers by holding reset and i to enter the settings area, and you can even replace the display with a fancy Cobi interface to use your smartphone to run the bike if you want.

I thoroughly enjoyed testing the Nevo Nuvinci from Riese & Müller. It delivers high-end performance without sacrificing approachability and comfort. For those who are looking to spend less, it brings the price down a bit from the Homage and is just as capable, especially if you ride on mostly smooth terrain. This could become a trekking or touring platform with the addition of a spare battery or two and in that case, I would definitely get the lighter Shimano drivetrain and the CX motor to improve efficiency. In 2017, Bosch introduced a software update for the CX that transforms Sport mode into an “everything” mode where torque is the primary factor in determining power output. It allows you to focus on steering and riding vs. clicking up or down for more or less assist. Coming back to some of the highlights, I love that you can get the frame in a more masculine blue or white color scheme (white would be the safest at night), that the rims have reinforcement eyelets for strength, that they went with premium Magura brakes vs. heavier and less powerful alternatives, that the headlight offers 165 Lumens and that the grips are locking Ergon vs. something cheaper and less sturdy. Sure, the pedals are kind of basic and can get slippery when damp or wet, but even the kickstand is well done. It stays out of the way and offers tool-free adjustment for length (just spin the plastic part at the bottom to unscrew and lengthen it). Big thanks to Riese & Müller for partnering with me on this review and Chris Nolte at Propel Bikes for inviting me out to do test rides back to back. It really helps to define the strengths and trade-offs for each model.

Pros:

  • Uniquely positioned battery keeps weight relatively centered while freeing up the deep step-thru frame for easy mounting and stand over, the rear rack is left open for cargo and the frame feels relatively stiff (great for a child seat like the Yepp! Nexxt Maxi), I think the rigid (but angled) stem also improves stiffness while allowing for a more comfortable upright body position
  • The Curana CLite-55 alloy fenders are thin but strong and quiet, the rear rack appears to be sturdier than aftermarket products even though it’s only officially rated at 44 lbs, you get a frame lock at the base of the rack for quick stops (and it uses the same key as the battery so you don’t have to deal with clutter)
  • The Nevo offers a lot of utility and safety, whether you’re riding in wet or dark conditions, the reflective sidewall stripes and high-quality integrated LED lights keep you seen and help you keep an eye on upcoming terrain, there’s also a little flick bell to help you signal to others in a friendly way
  • Riese & Müller is known for their thoughtful integration of suspension to improve control and comfort, the Nevo offers a suspension fork with lockout and a Satori Elegance-LT suspension seat post stock, the gel saddle, 45 degree stem, and ergonomic grips are also nice in this regard
  • 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
  • If you opt for the NuVinci drive system, you won’t have to worry about a derailleur getting bumped or bent in tight situations like racks or if the bike tips over onto the right side, it can also be shifted at standstill which is nice if you have to stop abruptly or ride on hilly terrain
  • In addition to standard tire fenders, the Nevo has an alloy chainring bash guard and short chain cover that will keep your pant leg or skirt from getting snagged or dirtied by the chain/belt as you ride
  • I don’t know of many wave step-thru models that feel stiff enough to warrant high-speed operation, many of them have frame flex issues, but the R&M Nevo can handle it and is available with a Bosch Performance Speed motor option
  • The bike is intentionally minimalist in terms of paint and styling, they wanted to highlight the main frame and color matched the fork, seat tube, and rack in black to help them blend into the motor, battery, wheelset, and tires
  • I love that the bike comes in two frame sizes and three color options, this lets you find the perfect fit and make it uniquely yours, the large 22″ frame could work for taller men and is unique in the world of step-thru models which tend to have smaller sizes only
  • Whether you opt for the Bosch CX motor (which peaks at 20 mph) or go for the Bosch Speed motor (which peaks at 28 mph) the response time, torque, and ride feel are excellent, 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
  • I love the Bosch Intuvia display because it’s large and easy to read, has a Micro-USB port on the right side for charging your phone or other accessories, and it can be quickly removed when parking outside for protection
  • The new Bosch Powerpack 500 battery is the same dimensions of the older smaller Powerpack 400 and only weighs 0.3 lbs more, either pack could be mounted to the interface on this bike so you could get a less expensive second pack to go further and maybe put it in a trunk bag on the rack, I like how fast the Bosch charger is, offering 4 Amps vs. jut 2 Amps of output on most other chargers
  • The battery is on the downtube but it’s not so low that it will get kicked as easily when mounting, this should keep it from getting loose or scratched up compared to some similar designs like the Riese & Müller Homage
  • The battery is easy to remove, has an integrated handle so you can grip it securely, and uses the same charging interface whether it’s on or off the bike so you don’t need extra adapters
  • Sometimes bicycles have kickstands that are mounted too close to the pedal crank arms and they get in the way but the Nevo has a rear-mount stand that is also adjustable height
  • The front wheel uses a stiff thru-axle, the head tube is tapered for strength, the wheels are large and efficient at 700c (28″) but feature fatter 2″ tires which improve traction, stability, and comfort, the bike just feels more capable than a lot of others in this category
  • I don’t have an exact number here but I’m guessing that this step-thru will be able to handle more rider and cargo weight than a lot of competing bikes because of the frame design and reinforced wheelset, they have reinforcement eyelets and that thru axle in the front
  • The larger diameter wheels and tires (700c / 28″) offer some gap spanning and smoother rolling feel, they are more efficient and offer momentum and stability compared to smaller wheels and tires

Cons:

  • The NuVinci N380 Nfinity continuously variable transmission (CVT) is neat because it’s clean and can be shifted at standstill but it does weigh more than a standard cassette and derailleur setup
  • At 59.8 lbs, this is one of the heavier electric bikes I have tested (due in part to the 5.6 lb NuVinci CVT rear hub, the traditional 10-speed Shimano XT drivetrain would be lighter at ~2 lbs), thankfully the 180 mm hydraulic disc brakes from Magura offer great stopping power and have adjustable-reach levers for people with smaller hands
  • I feel like there is plenty of space on the seat tube for bottle cage bosses, I realize a cage might get in the way of the step-thru frame design but it could also be used for a folding lock or mini pump, this is a minor grip considering the excellent rear rack which could support a trunk bag with bottle holster like this or panniers, this bag has fold out panniers so you can keep them up if you don’t need the space
  • Riese & Müller bikes are built to order which means you get exactly what you want… but it also takes longer, over a month if you’re in the USA
  • I personally really like the seat post suspension but it does add ~3″ of height to the saddle, so if you’re petite and are having trouble reaching the pedals, consider swapping the stock post with a rigid 34.9 mm seat post like this or using a shim adapter (since the 34.9 mm posts are rare) to convert to 30.9 mm
  • The pedals aren’t as large and grippy as I prefer, the rubberized surface can get slippery in wet conditions but at least they won’t scrape your shins up if you slip off, I usually swap this sort of thing out for some Wellgo BMX platform pedals like this for $20
  • I like that the low-speed Bosch CX setup allows you to use the light button on the display to turn the lights on or off (though you still cannot turn the display backlighting off), the high-speed motor setup forces lights to be on at all times for safety, I’m told that some dealers in the US can disable this auto feature if you ask
  • Bosch Performance Line mid-drive motors tend to produce a whining noise at high power and high RPM, you can hear it clearly in the video review above and in some ways it’s more noticeable with the quiet belt drive and NuVinci CVT vs. a traditional chain and cassette

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Neil Blinks
1 month ago

Thanks Court, Love your work! FYI this bike is also available in Australia! :) So for features on a step through urban style utility bike is there anything else that matches either this bike; I am looking at the belt drive Nevo nuvinci (Configuration code: 17N03-040308) by Rieses & Muller or the Bulls Lacuba Evo E8? And, which of those two bikes or any other would be your top pick and why? TIA Blinksy

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Court Rye
1 month ago

Hi Neil, I think you found the two that come to mind… perhaps the Riese & Müller offers the most utility and rack strength (even though they are rated alike). It’s a heavier bike despite having a lower capacity battery pack that weighs less. R&M really customize their frames and the Nevo rides nice, I love that it uses Bosch and can be upgraded to a speed pedelec. By contrast, the BULLS Lacuba EVO E8 looks a bit flashier and the integrated battery is both large and more difficult to take off of the bike. It uses Brose which is smoother and maybe quieter but less proven than Bosch in the US market. These are both awesome bike, it depends on how you intend to use it and whether the two frame size options from R&M are enough or you need a wider range to choose from with BULLS. Hope this helps!

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Blinksy
1 month ago

Thanks Court, sounds like it’s down to personal preference. :) On another note, what’s with the helmet? Not that there is a problem with choosing to wear one, I own two, but when presenting (off the bike) why then? ​Check out this clip from TED Talks! :)

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scrambler
2 weeks ago

As mentioned above, not sure why you want so many gears on an E-bike. This is one of the benefits of pedal assist, you can simplify the gearing system.

If you want many gears so you can fine tune your pedal cadence, have a look at bikes using the NuVinci Continuously Variable transmission, it basically gives you an infinite number of gears.
You can twist to any gear ratio within the total 380% range.

You also did not mention if you want a full suspension bike, or hard tail...

Koben (below) has a bike with the Nuvinci N380 and a Carbon belt. It is not step thru, but has a low inclined top tube, and they have a great frame size selection, including 15" and 17".
They are using the Bafang Max motor which has 80 nm of torque and 350W (750W peak)
http://www.karmicbikes.com/shop/koben-s
But no suspension.

Now range wise, it depends on the usage (terrain, level of assist etc...). Most E-Bikes use batteries with a capacity around 500Wh, but what you can do is carry a second battery with you if more range is needed.

Some manufacturer like Riese & Muller offer Dual Battery bikes, like the various Delite models below (full suspension)
https://www.r-m.de/en-us/e-bike/
But their smallest frame height seems to be 19" (49cm), and I am not really sure if that is the seat tube height or something else (worth checking with them)

They do have step thru models like the Nevo (front suspension | hard tail), and you could carry a spare battery with that one.

They have many configurations for each model, including choices of gearing system, from the Continuously variable transmission, to regular derailleur, to even the Rohloff 14 speed Internal Geared Hub on the Delite.

EBR also has a guide with bikes for small people below
https://electricbikereview.com/guides/ebikes-for-small-people/

There is also a European database search where you can search by advanced criteria. Some of the model are also sold in the US, but not all of course
https://www.ebike-base.de/en/

Mark Peralta
2 weeks ago

Many thanks for all your suggestions:
JayVee - Thanks for the Wallerang suggestion, it looks like a good bike, and I've found a dealer and scheduled a test ride.
Scrambler - Thanks for the NuVinci CVT suggestion. I had not thought of that, but it looks good. I am familiar with Felt as my wife previously rode a Felt road bike and liked it. I'm not familiar with Evelo but will look into it. I also found the Reise & Muller Nevo which uses the NuVinci/Bosch combo and I've scheduled a test ride of it.
IRA - Good suggestion of keeping the weight low by mounting the battery on the downtube rather than the rack. I will let my wife's feedback after test rides determine whether this is a high or low priority.
86 a.s.k. - You're right that a throttle would remove the need to shift much, BUT we've pretty much decided on a mid-drive pedal-assist model. (our recreational road bike group would likely allow a long-term member to keep riding if she was pedaling like everybody else, but I don't think they'd accept somebody just sitting there on what might as well be a motorbike!)
Thanks to all for your help.
Hi, you might want to check out Corratec LIFEBIKE with nuvinci h/sync. You just set the cadence (like 75 RPM) and the bike will automatically sort out the ratio for you, regardless of speed and effort. You don't have to think if you're in the right gear and just focus on the joy of riding.

Here's the full review and info by Court, EBR moderator.
https://electricbikereview.com/corratec/lifebike/

Here's another step through with nuvinci h/sync.

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scrambler
3 weeks ago

Riese & Muller do have a great selection of bikes with the NuVinci and a Gates Carbon belt. But in the US, for some odd unknown reason, they are not importing the models with the Harmony controller.
So you will have to use the manual shifting. It is still a great system, as it is continuously variable, but not electronically assisted.
The Nevo is a great step thru model.

Dave F.
3 weeks ago

Many thanks for all your suggestions:
JayVee - Thanks for the Wallerang suggestion, it looks like a good bike, and I've found a dealer and scheduled a test ride.
Scrambler - Thanks for the NuVinci CVT suggestion. I had not thought of that, but it looks good. I am familiar with Felt as my wife previously rode a Felt road bike and liked it. I'm not familiar with Evelo but will look into it. I also found the Reise & Muller Nevo which uses the NuVinci/Bosch combo and I've scheduled a test ride of it.
IRA - Good suggestion of keeping the weight low by mounting the battery on the downtube rather than the rack. I will let my wife's feedback after test rides determine whether this is a high or low priority.
86 a.s.k. - You're right that a throttle would remove the need to shift much, BUT we've pretty much decided on a mid-drive pedal-assist model. (our recreational road bike group would likely allow a long-term member to keep riding if she was pedaling like everybody else, but I don't think they'd accept somebody just sitting there on what might as well be a motorbike!)
Thanks to all for your help.

scrambler
2 months ago

Hi, new here, but long time lurker :)

I am looking into an E-bike for my wife that would ideally have the following characteristics

Integrated Torque / speed / cadence sensor for best of breed PAS
IGH, Ideally a NuVinci CVT, ideally with Harmony
Gates carbon drive belt system
Mid drive with as much power as possible for the steep hills of the SF Bay Area... The Bosch 350W would be a minimum, the new Bafang Max looks interesting with more torque, and the Bafang Max Ultra sounds exciting with 1000W...
Front suspension, plus suspension seat post for light trail riding.

I have a few on my radar (see below), none of which of course fit the complete bill, so I am looking at what it would take to customize one of the almost perfect ones to fit the bill.
One of these customization, would be to replace the rear derailleur and cassette by a NuVinci.

Hence my Question / post title.
Does anyone know of a bike shop in the San Francisco Bay Area that can source and install the NuVinci system on an electric bike?

Thank you for any insights.

PS: For those sharing the same specs interest, here is my current shortlist.
EVELO new Galaxy model (closest to spec at lowest price): Would need to add a suspension fork and seat posts.
FLX Blade (more exciting motor): Would need to Add the new NuVinci 380x, and a Belt drive system
RIESE &MUELLER Nevo (expensive, no throttle ): Would need to add the harmony controller
Other expensive contenders:
FELT versa E10; Cube SUV Hybrid pro 500; BULL Lacuba Evo E8 Wave

Lithotech
6 months ago

Hello Kelly,
I have watched your videos about the Delite is quite the machine. I just Viewed Courts video on The Delite as well this morning. This has been a fun morning for me. I am attending The White Sox home opener in Chicago today. So I have the day off work and have extra time to indulge in some YouTube videos. I also viewed your video on the Riese & Muller Nevo. I enjoyed it so much, I ordered a R&M Nevo Nuvinci HS from Propel. My experience has brought me to the opinion, that if one will utilize an e-bike for several thousand miles annually as a car replacement, that quality really counts and price should be a secondary consideration. Thanks again for the in-depth review and opinion on the Nuvinci CVT gearing, and Bosch drive system. I look forward to seeing and hearing Courts review Of the Nevo, and wish I could attend the Riese and Muller launch party at Propel, on Saturday April 8th so I could test ride the Nevo and meet the engineers. Thanks Again Kelly and Thanks Court for the awesome website and all the excellent reviews that I so enjoy watching.

ofthenorthvt
6 months ago

I live in northern Vermont where we have limited access to full-fledge ebike dealers. I have learned a great deal watching a great many of Court's reviews and reading the discussions. It has been invaluable. Based my local terrain and the solid Bosch reputation, I became convinced that a Bosch ebike made the most sense to me. I scoured the excellent web sites of the New Wheel and Propel Bikes and have had excellent phone advice from Karen at the New Wheel and Chris and Kyle at Propel. Chris has also been very responsive to email correspondence.

I ended up purchasing an Electra townie Go from our local Trek dealer. This allows me to get into ebiking with a Bosch drive, internal gear hub, rack, fenders, lights, and local support. Our locals are quickly coming up to speed on the Bosch-based bikes. Although our coastal friends didn't make a sale (this time), I want to thank them for the tremendous ambassadorship for ebikes they are providing. They provided a foundation of information along with EBR that allowed me to really understand the state of the art and to get into the market where I otherwise would have stayed on the sidelines. I hope that someday my budget will allow me to get back in touch with these guys to special order an awesome Riese & Muller bike (maybe a Nevo Nuvinci high speed) as a future step along my ebike pathway.

Many thanks,

Dennis from Vermont

Martian Megafauna
2 months ago

While I understand the trend in bicycles to have a sloped top-tube, I do not understand the LOW step through thing. They tend to be too flexy and there is a bunch of additional metal (weight) used to try to make them not be too flexy.
Sure some people are really tiny and that would be good for them, but there are A LOT of these step through designs. Why?
Don't people know that you can lean the bicycle and step over it more easily?

Propel Electric Bikes
2 months ago

This model is becoming one of our most popular bikes in the shop. You'd be surprised how stiff they were able to get this bike with their frame technology. I'm 35 and I really enjoy riding a low step bike like this around the city when I have to stop or hop on and off often.

There are many people that also choose step thru options due to issues with their knees or hips. I think they're great and this bike totally dispels the idea that low step bikes are only for clunky cruisers.

If you ever get a chance to ride one I would highly recommend it. It might change your mind as well :)

Le Lu
2 months ago

I really love these low steps bikes. I use it to my advantage, in Amsterdam you have zebra pads for the pedestrians to cross the streets and the bikes also have a little lane next to that, however for pedestrians the cars will stop but not for bikes. With a little practice you can hop off while its in motion and walk the zebra pad and cars will stop for you. Of course once the car stops you hop on again and off you go :)

frank doster
2 months ago

Most commutes are 10 miles or less, bikes like this are perfect.

wwelc01
2 months ago

Would love to see a review of the R&M Kendu Nuvinci Automatic. Difficult finding much english language video on it.

Arnold Winters
2 months ago

The NuVinci makes a very shrill sound, which I find objectionable on the video. I think in real riding conditions it would not be that loud. Nice review of a very well designed ebike.

Martian Megafauna
2 months ago

The shrill sound on the video is probably mostly the Bosch motor. That is what they do.

Captainmakis 952
2 months ago

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Chris Stassis
2 months ago

dork mobile

yes4me
2 months ago

Expensive... 20 mph? Seriously? Blix Vika+ is twice cheaper drive at 18mph.

Pam Candas
2 months ago

I like the hub and I think chains and derailleurs are superfluous to most applications (and will eventually go away even on mountain bikes)
59.8lb ... hmmm ... I think a step-thru hard tail at $4500+ ... 40lb would be great ... full suspension mountain bikes with fully rigid frames are $5000 and 50lb.
60lb is a real lump when it comes to a bike on a car or moving it around in a building, up an elevator or up stairs.

Martian Megafauna
2 months ago

Don't schedule the funeral for any time soon. The derailleur is more efficient than the internal hubs, and they are reliable and tough, unless you hammer it on a boulder. Internal hub inefficiency will prevent many riders from adopting them. Plus, many of the internal hubs have had reliability issues. Maybe there will be an alternative--it is a fast-moving field--but derailleurs are an evolved, tried and true system.