Riese & Müller Roadster Mixte Touring Review

Riese Muller Roadster Mixte Touring Electric Bike Review
Riese Muller Roadster Mixte Touring
Riese Muller Roadster Mixte Touring Bosch Performance Line Cx Ebike Motor
Riese Muller Roadster Mixte Touring Bosch Powerpack 500 Battery
Riese Muller Roadster Mixte Touring Bosch Intuvia Removable Ebike Computer
Riese Muller Roadster Mixte Touring Magura Mt4 Hydraulic Brake Levers
Riese Muller Roadster Mixte Touring Sr Suntour Ncx 60 Suspension Fork
Riese Muller Roadster Mixte Touring Satori Elegance Suspension Seat Post
Riese Muller Roadster Mixte Touring 10 Speed Shimano Deore
Riese Muller Roadster Mixte Touring Sks A45 Plastic Fenders Pletscher Kickstand
Riese Muller Roadster Mixte Touring 4 Amp Bosch Electric Bike Battery Charger
Riese Muller Roadster Mixte Touring Electric Bike Review
Riese Muller Roadster Mixte Touring
Riese Muller Roadster Mixte Touring Bosch Performance Line Cx Ebike Motor
Riese Muller Roadster Mixte Touring Bosch Powerpack 500 Battery
Riese Muller Roadster Mixte Touring Bosch Intuvia Removable Ebike Computer
Riese Muller Roadster Mixte Touring Magura Mt4 Hydraulic Brake Levers
Riese Muller Roadster Mixte Touring Sr Suntour Ncx 60 Suspension Fork
Riese Muller Roadster Mixte Touring Satori Elegance Suspension Seat Post
Riese Muller Roadster Mixte Touring 10 Speed Shimano Deore
Riese Muller Roadster Mixte Touring Sks A45 Plastic Fenders Pletscher Kickstand
Riese Muller Roadster Mixte Touring 4 Amp Bosch Electric Bike Battery Charger

Summary

  • 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 and three colorways, powerful 180 mm disc brakes compliment the Bosch Performance Line motors (Speed or CX Torque)
  • Great 10-speed drivetrain from Shimano with Shadow Plus clutch, two-way trigger shifters, shift detecting motor controller, and a chainring guard... it would be nice to have a little chain cover
  • Priced a bit higher, R&M ebikes are built to suite and shipped from Germany so it can take longer to get riding, fast 4 Amp charger gets you back on the road quickly, removable battery pack and display for convenience and protection

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Introduction

Make:

Riese & Müller

Model:

Roadster Mixte Touring

Price:

$3,879

Body Position:

Forward

Suggested Use:

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:

2018

Bicycle Details

Total Weight:

48.3 lbs (21.9 kg)

Battery Weight:

5.8 lbs (2.63 kg)

Motor Weight:

8.8 lbs (3.99 kg)

Frame Material:

Aluminum Alloy

Frame Sizes:

18 in (45.72 cm)21 in (53.34 cm)

Geometry Measurements:

Small 45 cm: 18" Seat Tube, 20.5" Reach, 23.5" Stand Over Height, 24" Width, 70.5" Length

Frame Types:

Mid-Step

Frame Colors:

Black Matt, White Gloss, Electric Green Metallic

Frame Fork Details:

SR Suntour NCX, 60 mm Travel, Compression Clicker with Lockout, Preload Adjust, 100 mm Hub Spacing, 15 mm Thru-Axle with Quick Release

Frame Rear Details:

135 mm Hub Spacing, 9 mm Skewer with Quick Release

Attachment Points:

Rear Rack Bosses, Fender Bosses

Gearing Details:

10 Speed 1x10 Shimano Deore Derailleur, Shadow Plus One-Way Clutch, 11-42T Casette

Shifter Details:

Shimano Deore Dyna Sys Triggers on Right

Cranks:

Riese & Müller Branded FSA Alloy 170 mm Crank Arms, 17T Chainring, FSA W1125 Alloy Chainring Guard

Pedals:

VP-191 Alloy Platform with Rubber Tread

Headset:

Acros AZX-220 with Bloclock, Semi-Integrated, 1-1/8" to 1-1/2" Tapered

Stem:

FSA V-Drive, Alloy, 80 mm Length, 17° Angle, One 20 mm Riser

Handlebar:

FSA V-Drive, Alloy, Flat, 31.8 mm Diameter, 600 mm Length

Brake Details:

Magura MT4 Hydraulic Disc with 180 mm Rotors, Dual Piston Calipers, Four-Finger Magura MT4 Levers with Adjustable Reach

Grips:

Herrmans, Ribbed Rubber

Saddle:

Selle Royale Shadow

Seat Post:

Satori Elegance LT Suspension with 50 mm Travel, Aluminum Alloy

Seat Post Length:

300 mm

Seat Post Diameter:

31.6 mm

Rims:

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

Spokes:

Stainless Steel, 14 Gauge, Silver with Nipples

Tire Brand:

Schwalbe G-ONE, 28" x 1.5" (40-622)

Wheel Sizes:

28 in (71.12cm)

Tire Details:

45 to 70 PSI, Performance Line, All-Round RG

Tube Details:

Presta Valve

Accessories:

Flick Bell on Right, ABUS Shield 5650 Cafe Lock (Keyed Alike to Battery), SKS A45 Plastic Fenders with Color Matching (45 mm Width), Pletscher ESGE Flex Adjustable Length Kickstand, Integrated Busch+Müller Lumotec IQ-X LED Headlight (100 Lux), Integrated Busch+Müller XelTec LED Backlight (Integrated Into Fender), Optional Racktime EN 14872 Rear Rack (44 lb Max Weight, $55)

Other:

Locking Removable Downtube Mounted Battery Pack with LED Charge Indicator, 1.7 lb 4 Amp Charger, Maximum Rider Weight 308 lbs (140 kg)

Electronic Details

Motor Brand:

Bosch Performance Line CX

Motor Type:

Mid-Mounted Geared Motor
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Motor Nominal Output:

350 watts

Motor Peak Output:

570 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:

Battery Level (1-5), Assist Level (Eco, Tour, EMTB, Turbo), Speed, Odometer, Trip Distance, Clock, Max Speed, Average Speed, Trip Time, Range, 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 Rear 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) (Optional 28 mph with Touring HS)

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Written Review

Having reviewed the 2017 Riese & Müller Roadster high-step, I was very excited to see what, if anything, had been upgraded for 2018. As someone with a sensitive left knee and hip issues, I’ve become a fan of mid-step “mixte” frame designs because they maintain rigidity and strength while lowering the stand over height. This makes them easier to approach and mount, especially if you’ve got a rear rack installed. And the latest Roadster models offer both front and rear racks… The rear rack connects with four bolts near the rear dropout and a long metal strip underneath the rear fender, so it almost looks like it’s floating and stays very clear of the saddle when lowered. I personally think that mid-step frames look a bit more masculine than wave step-thru frames and appreciate the minimalist designs that R&M offer… The frame and fenders are color matched while the fork, motor casing, and battery casing are all black. If you opt for the black color scheme, everything blends together perfectly, but you won’t be as visible during the night. Thankfully, these electric bikes come stock with integrated lights and the headlight has little blade cutouts along the left and right sides to increase your visual footprint. I love how the headlight has been mounted above the fork, making it sprung, so that it’s not bouncing all over the place. And the rear light is built right into the fender, keeping it clear of the optional rack and any bags you might attach. So, you’ve got lights, an integrated cafe lock (keyed alike to the battery for convenience), long plastic fenders with double struts to decrease rattling and tire rub, as well as an alloy chain guard, but I feel that a short plastic chain cover would provide that little bit of extra coverage for people who wear pants and skirts while riding… tis is a mixte after all! I test rode the small size 45 cm Mixte Touring model in Brooklyn New York with Chris Nolte of Propel Bikes. He had a medium sized high-step roadster Roadster in metallic green for us to compare back to back, and I came away loving the mixte. Both bikes have a decent spring suspension fork and adjustable suspension seat post. The fork offers rebound and compression adjust with lockout and I noticed that the headset was designed to prevent oversteer which would prevent the optional front rack from colliding with the frame when you park. The kickstand on offer is from Pletscher and can be adjusted for length, to keep the bike from leaning too far to the left, but I imagine that the front rack could still tip to the side and would impact steering a bit because it turns with you (as opposed to headtube mounted platform racks). Weighing in at ~48.3 lbs for the small sized frame with no racks installed, you’re doing pretty good… because you still get the lights, fenders, and the large sized Bosch Powerpack 500 battery. And, Riese & Müller offer two motor choices for different types of riding.

Powering the demo unit was a Bosch Performance Line CX motor with high-torque output of up to 75 Newton meters and a top assisted speed of 20 miles per hour (or 15.5 mph in Europe). I like how zippy and powerful this motor is but cal also appreciate the higher-speed Bosch Performance Line Speed motor option, which assists up to ~28 mph. If you’ve got a daily commute and clear roads, the speed option could be great, but it will drain your battery quicker due to air resistance at higher speeds and it only offers up to 63 Newton meters of torque. The CX is usually reserved for electric mountain bikes and can climb almost any hill (often losing traction before quitting) as long as you shift down to lower gears. It’s a great option for hilly rides and larger riders (or those with a lot of cargo to haul). Both the CX and Speed motors produce a bit more noise than other Bosch drive units and I’d say they are louder than Yamaha, Shimano, and definitely Brose when driven at the highest levels of assist. In the urban environment of Brooklyn, it wasn’t that noticeable. This motor, and accompanying sensor system and control unit, offers shift detection to keep your drivetrain from wearing out, and the display offers an up and down arrow shift recommendation readout, to help you maximize range. It’s measuring your rear wheel speed, pedal cadence, and pedal torque, over one-thousand times per second! And Chris told me that Bosch designs sensors for smartphones and self-driving cars which it may have borrowed from when designing their motor controller. It’s definitely one of the smartest drive systems available today, but is also a bit unique in how it functions… Instead of using a traditional sized chainring, they opted for a compact proprietary sprocket that will grab the chain a bit better and possibly start and stop faster with increased mechanical advantage though also produce some friction through reduction gearing. Basically, the chainring spins 2.5x for each crank arm revolution… and if you’re pedaling without motor assistance, this gearing conversion adds a bit of work to each pedal stroke, though not much in my experience. The bikes still coast normally and I was easily able to top 20 mph when pedaling down a small hill during the video review. You get a solid 10-speed drivetrain here with Shimano Deore derailleur that has a one-way clutch system. This little grey lever basically tightens the chain for off-road or high-speed use, it’s another part that is usually reserved for mountain bikes.

You can probably start to see how this electric bicycle is overbuilt, especially for urban use. However, the suspension for is connected through a tapered head tube and the front wheel uses a 15 mm thru-axle (as you would see on a mountain bike) so you really can ride this on packed dirt trails and feel solid. The tires are medium-width and have a checkered tiny-tread pattern that should grip in all sorts of weather conditions. Expect your shoes and lower shins to get wet however, because the front fender doesn’t go quite as far down or include a mud flap. The tread probably adds some buzzing to the sounds already being produced by the motor, and isn’t going to roll quite as efficiently, but that’s not a huge deal because the battery pack included here is the larger Powerpack 500 from Bosch. It offers roughly 25% more capacity than the older Powerpack 400 but only weighs ~0.4 lbs more. Both packs will work with the mount on this bike, so if you already own a Powerpack 400 or want to ship your bike somewhere by air, it should be easy to find a loaner battery on location. And this is where one of the big changes from 2017 comes up. The top tube has been widened and flattened and the downtube is still round until it reaches the battery mount, where it sinks down and is also flatened! This should make the battery mount more sturdy and it also improves the aesthetic of the battery integration while lowering it slightly for improved handling and easier mounting, especially with the mixte frame. The battery casing is all black, there are no accent stickers or anything, but I was a bit intrigued to find some black stripes on the motor casing this year. The Roadster has just a bit of style here and there, but remains mostly minimalist and strong in appearance. The left side of the battery casing has a five-LED charge level readout that can be used when the pack is mounted to the frame or kept separately. There’s a big plastic loop at the top of the pack which you can use to lift and carry with. These batteries can cost ~$900 to replace, so having a handle is quite useful to avoid accidental drops. I love that you can charge the battery on or off the frame with the same charger plug, there aren’t any dongles or accessories to screw around with, and the charger itself is relatively compact and lightweight at 1.7 lbs with that fast 4 Amp output vs. 2 Amps on many low and mid-level bikes.

Yes, you are paying more for Riese and Muller products, but you are getting an excellent warranty and support through some of the best shops in America (and abroad). This is a brand that really seems to scrutinize who they take on as dealers, and I have met one of the Co-Founders, Heiko Müller, who seems very dedicated to quality. One of the big upgrades for me with this model compared with some other city bikes, is that the display is so easy to use and read. It’s the larger Bosch Intuvia LCD which is removable and has an integrated Micro-USB port so you can charge your smartphone on the go. This display sits at the center of your handlebar but is controlled mostly through a reachable button pad near the left grip. There’s a plus and minus button to raise and lower assistance, and an i button at the center which cycles through menus. You turn the display on with the power button at the lower left corner of the display. It blinks on quickly and is always backlit with a faint blue glow. The top portion shows a battery charge indicator (the save five bar readout as we talked about on the side of the battery box) and below that, you’ve got a speedometer. Just to the right, there’s a readout of assist level (eco, tour, eMTB or Sport, and Turbo). If you opt for the 20 mph Bosch CX motor as shown in the review here, you’ll get eMTB mode which is like a “do everything” setting that offers 120% to 300% assist. By giving you a full range of power, this model allows you to focus on the road, on steering the bike, possibly on your cargo, and on shifting… and then let the motor controller think for you, primarily based on pedal torque, how much power to deliver. It works well and is especially relevant to mountain biking but also city riding where there could be lots of quick starts and stops to avoid traffic and pedestrians. Bosch has a new smaller display called the Purion which is integrated with the button pad, saving weight and cost, but I love how large and easy to read the Intuvia is. This display also offers shift recommendation (up and down arrows to help guide your shifting technique to maximize motor efficiency) as well as average speed, max speed, and trip time readouts. You can go in and change the settings on the display by holding Reset and i on the LCD unit and you can activate and de-activate the lights by pressing the light icon on the lower right corner… if you’re on the 20 mph ebike, I believe the high-speed model forces the lights to stay on at all times.

These reviews always seem to go long, and have big writeups, because there is so much thought and care put into them. I do my best to cover everything but welcome your input. Some of the other things I noticed were that the rims used reinforcement eyelets for improved strength, the chainring guard is Aluminum alloy vs. plastic and the right chain stay has a long slap guard sticker to keep it looking good, the trigger shifters near the right grip offer two-way action for the high gear and multi-shift for going to low gears, and the motor provides up to 120 RPM pedal support. So many times, you won’t get these little upgrades and that can mean increased maintenance or more adaptation when riding vs. doing your own thing and having the bike work with you. This is especially true with the RPM support! As someone who likes to spin fast and pedal in low gears (to ease the tension on my knee and maximize cardio) I like that the bike will support how I pedal and that I don’t have to shift as frequently to reach higher speeds, I just pedal faster. It comes in handy when pedaling quickly from a light and then stopping quick for pedestrians in a city environment like New York. I wouldn’t call this electric bike cheap, but I would say you’re getting what you pay for and I trust both Riese & Müller and Bosch. It’s the kind of bike that you could use like a car for daily commuting, and while I’d love to see fully reflective tires, and a frame mounted front rack option, I do appreciate the keyed-alike frame lock and sturdy fenders. The brake levers offer adjustable reach for people with larger or smaller hands (perfect for the small sized mixte), and I love that the suspension elements are adjustable too… because I’m a lightweight rider. You could flip the stem and put the spacer above if you wanted to get aerodynamic with the speed motor, but I enjoyed the upright body position here and would probably opt for the rear rack upgrade and stick with the CX motor myself. Big thanks to R&M for partnering with me on this post, and to Chris Nolte for taking me on some fun rides with both frame options so we could describe the differences. I would guess that the high-step could be easier to mount on some hang-style car and bus racks, but love that you can reduce the weight of either model by taking the battery and display off. Both wheels offer quick release for easier flat fixes and on-the-go maintenance, just be sure to lock them up with a cable at the bike rack so nobody walks off with your nice wheelset ;)

Pros:

  • Updated downtube design with a step-in section for the battery mount, this should improve strength compared to the old round downtube and it position the battery slightly lower which creates room for the lower top tube (lowering stand-over height and making the bike easier to mount)
  • Both the battery pack and motor are positioned near the center of the frame which creates a stable ride, both wheels offer quick release and the drivetrain is less intimidating to work on than some hub motor setups I’ve seen
  • Nice fenders, they are connected with double-struts to reduce rattling and are lightweight plastic which tends to “bounce back” if you bump them, they won’t rust like steel or bend like aluminum
  • Two frame sizes and multiple color choices, I love how the white gloss stands out in the dark but also appreciate how the black fenders, motor casing, battery casing, and wires all blend in on the black, if you opt for the high-step frame it comes in three sizes
  • This is a purpose-built electric bike from one of the leading companies in Germany, note the internally routed cables and custom bottom bracket motor mount, the tapered head tube and 15 mm thru-axle means you can upgrade to fancier suspension if you want
  • Larger 28″ wheels with medium width 1.5″ tires provide efficiency and smooth coasting over cracks but aren’t as forgiving as 2″ and larger, so I was really thankful to have a suspension fork and suspension seat post
  • The Bosch Intuvia is one of my favorite e-bike displays because it’s large and easy to read, removable for safe keeping, has an integrated Micro-USB port for charging portable electronics, and the mount works with the COBI platform
  • Front and rear LED lights run off of the main rechargeable battery pack, and the mount for this pack is backward compatible to the older and lower capacity Bosch Powerpack 400… so you could swap it out if you already have one or get a loaner or rental pack easily when traveling, I love that the headlight is mounted to the bike frame vs. the fork arch so it won’t bounce up and down if you ride over bumpy terrain
  • The R&M Roadster Mixte is available with either the high-torque Bosch CX motor (sown here) or the Bosch Performance Line Speed motor which goes up to 28 mph vs. just 20 mph (or 15 mph in Europe)
  • Unique Bloclock headset will stop your handlebars from steering all the way into your frame and scratching it, this is something I occasionally see on fancy mountain bikes, it’s also going to be useful if you get the optional front rack (so it doesn’t dump out as easily)
  • Very nice drivetrain for a hybrid city bike, the Deore 10-speed is mid-level in the Shimano groupset and offers Shadow Plus clutch engagement for reduced chain slap on rough terrain or high speeds (especially relevant if you get the Performance Line Speed motor option)
  • The bike comes with an ABUS frame lock pre-installed and keyed-alike to the battery mount’s locking core, it’s convenient and means you won’t have to carry around extra keys which could get lost or just take up space in your pocket/bag
  • The hydraulic disc brakes use larger 180 mm rotors for rapid cooling and increased power, this helps you manage the larger wheel diameter and is great for the optional Speed motor
  • The battery can be charged on or off the frame and Bosch has designed a loop handle in to the plastic casing for safe lifting and carrying, I like that you get the faster 4 Amp charger with this bike too, so you can get back out there quickly
  • Bosch has been around for over 100 years and because they work in the automotive industry a lot, they tend to offer long term warranty support and parts availability, you get two years comprehensive coverage here with possibly 10 years of parts coverage on the motor and battery pack as I understand it

Cons:

  • I love the plastic fenders and appreciate the chainring guard but have seen short chain covers that provide more protection for pant legs and dresses, you can see what I’m talking about on this Felt model
  • There are no rear rack bosses or bottle cage bosses on the mixte frame, and that’s a bummer if you want to commute because it means you might have to wear a backpack or use a less stable beam rack like this, although it looks like Riese & Müller does sell a special Racktime rack that mounts to the fender or a new front rack… definitely check on those options at the time of purchase if you want to carry cargo regularly, I cannot say for sure but I believe the front rack turns as you steer vs. being bolted to the head tube and that means it could impact the feel of steering and dump to one side when you park and load
  • I like the checkered trail tread on the tires but would probably be using this ebike in mostly city environments, so it would have been nice to getfull reflective sidewalls to increase the visual footprint of the bike (as it stands, the writing on the tires may be semi-reflective), I do like how the headlight has cutouts on the sides so you can be seen from multiple angles
  • Riese & Müller builds each bike to suit, which means they turn out exactly how you want (the color, motor choice, sizing etc.) but it also takes longer to arrive, especially in the USA as they ship from Germany
  • The way Bosch has designed their current-generation Performance Line motors, there’s a reduction gear inside that rotates the chainring 2.5x for every 1 crank arm revolution you pedal… this adds a little bit of friction and drag if you’re riding with the motor off but won’t slow you down coasting or anything
  • The Performance Line Speed and CX motors produce an electronic whirring noise at higher power and higher speeds, these are some of the loudest mid-drives in the Bosch lineup (check the video review above to hear them in action)

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Andre Silva
3 weeks ago

Hello! Really nice detailed reviews! Keep it up! Thats why I’m contacting you. I’d be very appreciated to get your opinion on the Cannondale Contro E Speed 2 (2018) vs Riese & Muller Roadster Touring HS (2018). I like both bikes for my daily (Lagos town / Portugal) steep streets commuting. But I can only bye one of them. I wish you a great 2018!

Kind regards,
AS :)

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Court Rye
3 weeks ago

Hi Andre! Great question, I do really love the wide tires on the Contro and it’s adjustable stem. The bike looks cool and also has fenders and possibly a rear rack option. The Roadster from Riese & Müller is a bit lighter and provides a lower stand-over height from what I can tell. I haven’t reviewed the 2018 Contro but did test a 2016/2017 model here which might provide some insights, even if the bike has changed a bit for the new model year. I hope this helps!

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Andre Silva
3 weeks ago

Thanks a lot Court! Really dig the Contro, I’m going for it! Cheers!

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Chris Nolte
3 months ago

Court and I had a visit with the Riese & Müller team at Interbike and Court made a video. Check it out below:

Here is Court’s Synopsis for reference:

For 2018, Riese & Müller is celebrating it’s 25th anniversary by launching a “top of the line” Deluxe Signature model. It’s built around their full suspension, dual-battery, Deluxe model which is designed for touring. It comes stock with two batteries for 1,000 watt hours, integrated metal lights, it uses a carbon handlebar, a Shimano XTR Di2 electronic shifting, and Fox Factory air suspension. This model is priced at $11,000 USD. They built it with all of the top-end components that they would like to have on their own personal bicycles without worrying about spending more, it’s a joint effort by Marcus Riese and Heiko Müller who founded the company, they are physically signing each model with a hand written autograph.

The Homage has also been updated, with a new 27.5” wheel size option with fatter tires. This should bring the frame closer to the ground for lower stand over height and offer some improvements with comfort and stability. This bike will be priced similar to before, maybe $100 more at the $5,899 price point. You can see my original review for the 2017 Homage model at: https://electricbikereview.com/riese-...

From here, we moved to the Packster 40 which is a slightly smaller version of the original Packster which I have reviewed here as the 2017 Packster 80 https://electricbikereview.com/riese-... The new version is shorter but still offers more load capacity than the Riese & Müller Load model which has full suspension. The packster is a bit less expensive as it only has a front suspension fork. One thing that struck me as being unique, was the look-through window on the front of the load that makes steering easier. It aims to be a crossover between a standard bike which is narrow, short, lightweight, and nimble, with a cargo bike that is capable of hauling supplies or a child. It fits one child and they are seated backwards so you can see them and talk with them easier. There’s a dropped area where feet can go and this doubles as a storage area for when you fold the soft seat materials down in. This model comes either with a belt drive and Nuvinci CVT or a standard chain and sprockets. You can get the Bosch CX or Bosch Speed motor here. The Nevo has also been updated with a 27.5” plus tire option, just like the Homage, this improves stability and adds some comfort when riding. You can watch the full Nevo review I did on the 2017 NuVinci model here: https://electricbikereview.com/riese-... they now offer a smaller frame size option at 43 cm which would be great for petite riders, it comes with 26” wheels, so even lower to the ground. Heiko told me that the Nevo was one of their most popular models in 2017. It is easy to approach but can still handle heavy riders up to 353 lbs. It also comes stock with an SR Suntour NCX Suspension seat post to improve comfort as well as a traditional suspension fork.

The Roadster model has also been updated for 2018, having a more integrated battery which seats into the downtube a bit. They now offer a mixte step-thru frame for people who cannot mount the diamond high-step frames as easily. I reviewed the 2017 roadster model at https://electricbikereview.com/riese-... it comes in white, metallic lime green, and matte black colors.

Heiko ended our interview by saying that 2018 looks very good for electric bikes, more people are adopting them (they were common to see at Interbike, very popular this year) and the options are getting better and better. Riese and Muller will be attending the Ebike Expo events around the USA in 2018 so you can go for test rides and there are a number of shops that now carry them including Propel in New York, New Wheel in San Francisco, and Splendid Cycles in Seattle (there are about 15 shops total at the time of this video). Because the models are more expensive, it’s great that they are growing their dealer base in the USA.

You can see some of my previous Riese & Müller ebike coverage at https://electricbikereview.com/brand/... and learn more about the company at their official website: https://www.r-m.de/

I’ll try to update this thread with photos later when I have more time.

Darren Brown
2 weeks ago

Bosch fan boy

FarcryTheBrave
2 weeks ago

Hello Court, can you please ask Chris to show some emotion and personality. I don't like when he is in your reviews. I don't mean to be rude, just saying what I'm feeling.

Mo Poppins
2 weeks ago

It's part of his personality type. Read through the 16 Myers-Briggs personality types to get an understanding of the diversity of humanity. We all have people that we naturally vibe with and have an affinity towards, and if Chris isn't the people-pleasing, "let me be 'on' for the camera" type of guy, then there are probably other things to appreciate about him, like his integrity, reliability, and authenticity.

He probably knows what he looks and sounds like on camera (and in life). Just meet him (and others) where they are.

stan
2 weeks ago

Subtle integration yields neither a bike that is more art than function, nor a bike with the cheesy bolt-on look, but a look that grows subconsciously, which then prompts the viewer to investigate the Riese web site. And if the first thing that comes to mind is "how would I be able to juxtaposition this bike" if I purchase it, then one knows that something good is going on here. Thanks for the review. Definitely a market for this bike. I'm thinking upscale techie with a low-key personality, who can appreciate this level of refinement, but who does not want to stray from the familiar silhouette of a commuter bike. Lycra need not apply.

ForbinColossus
2 weeks ago

Court, that Riese & Müller is not really a *mixte* frame design. It's one of the several variations of a step-through frame. Mixte (to use sheldon as a reference): "the 'top tube' consists of a pair of small diameter tubes running more-or-less straight from the upper head lug, past the seat tube, and on to the rear fork ends. *A mixte frame thus has 3 sets of rear stays, instead of the usual two.* A variant on the mixte uses a single, full sized top tube running from the upper head tube to the seat tube, but retains the middle set of stays. *A lady's type bike that lacks the middle pair of stays is not a mixte.*
http://www.sheldonbrown.com/gloss_m.html

Brady Loughner
2 weeks ago

Aluminum DOESN'T RUST !

David Keenan
2 weeks ago

This bike looks like super quality. I can see why it is priced at 3.9 K. Like the rearwheel lock. Great review!

Martin Schmidt
2 weeks ago

Bosch is the Best. German quality and engineering. :)

GIANNIS LYMPEROPOYLOS
2 weeks ago

1.MERRY CHRISTMAS
2.THE BLACK LOOKS SO ELEGANT AND CLASSIC
3.I DONT LIKE GREEN IN VEHICLES ...EXCEPT PERHAPS THE JAGUAR RACING GREEN...BUT THIS GREEN IS REALLY UNIQUE AND AWESOME...
4.THE WAY THE REAR FENDER FOLLOWS THE WHEEL ARC ALL THE WAY DOWN IS VERY BEAUTIFUL
5.I AM IN LOVE WITH THE TAIL LIGHT ON THE BLACK...AND THEY SHOULD USE A MORE CLASSIC ONE ON THE FRONT..THE FRONT IS LIKE A FLASHLIGHT FOR HOBBITS..!!!
6.THE RECTANGULAR FRAME TUBING PERHAPS ADDS TO THE RIDGIDITY...I KNOW FROM SOME BIKES...KAWA MX S USED THE RECTANGULAR TUBIN BACK THEN AND THEY HAD THE MOST RIDGID STIFF FRAMES..
7.THE INTEGRATED EMBEDED LOCK IS REALLY A GREAT FEATURE...!!
A GREAT REVIEW AS ALWAYS...!!!

This Guy Miguel
2 weeks ago

Really Big Bang for your buck with this bike. Great review. Also I’m curious to know what camera and gear you are using the videos always look amazing. Merry Christmas and happy new year.

payasofeo69
2 weeks ago

Is this really worth 2.5 x the price of a RadCity? Love these bike but the price is crazy. You really have to be in a place where you can use it all year long.
Enjoy the holidays 🎄🎁🎅🏼

ikenny83uk
2 weeks ago

It is. I was very unsatisfied with my entry Level eBike and switched for the first gen Roadster. 8k miles without the slightest Problem so far. I had to change the chain and brake pads once. Thats it.

Martin Schmidt
2 weeks ago

payasofeo69 of course. Better components, frame, engine and Look. Are you comparing a corvette to a Porsche? ;)

Steve Donovan
2 weeks ago

Mike Tyson, yep those funny Bosch guys!

Roger Unwin
2 weeks ago

Hey Cort, happy xmas from the uk. ☃️🎄

Dmitri Nesteruk
3 weeks ago

Merry Xmas! Please review the DualBattery Supercharger -- that's the state of the art right now!

Kevin Willis
2 weeks ago

The Riese & Mueller “New Charger” and Supercharger, which have the new, integrated, Bosch Powertube battery are awaiting UL certification in the US. There introduction has been delayed due to this factor. You might be able to find some reviews on a few European websites.

asher asher
3 weeks ago

👌😃

Tonys6550
3 weeks ago

Merry Xmas and happy new year Court

ElectricBikeReview.com
3 weeks ago

Thanks Tony! You too, today was really special because I got to see some family... but also worked hard to squeeze in this review ;) how was your day? Got any NYE plans?!