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

Search EBR

Video Review

Trusted Advertisers

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)
Learn more about Ebike classes

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
Learn more about Ebike motors

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)

Trusted Advertisers



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)

Resources:

More Riese & Müller Reviews

Riese & Müller Supercharger GT Touring Review

  • MSRP: $5,660
  • MODEL YEAR: 2018

A rugged, powerful, and versatile electric bike platform with dual frame-integrated Bosch Powertube 500 batteries for excellent range and beautiful look, room for a bottle cage. The Touring model utilizes an 11-speed Shimano Deore XT drivetrain with Shadow+ and a one-way…...

Riese & Müller Delite Mountain Review

  • 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…...

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…...

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…...

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…...

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…...

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,…...

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,…...

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…...

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…...

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…...

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,…...

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…...

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…...


Andre Silva
6 months 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 :)

Reply
court
6 months 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!

Reply
Andre Silva
6 months ago

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

Post a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Ravi Kempaiah
14 hours ago

Range - weight - price are all interconnected.

For longer range (50 miles), ideally, you would want 750+Whr battery, but then it creases the weight substantially.
If you could get a ~40lbs E-bike, then with 500whr battery + fair bit if your own power, you could get 50 miles.

If you are 6ft+ in height, I would strongly recommend you to get this one. They will ship the bike to your nearest dealer and for the money, it's a absolutely great value. it has top of the line DT Swiss wheels, just a great bike overall.

https://www.haibikeusa.com/sale/2016-xudro-race-s-rx.html

Most importantly, it tips the scale at 42lbs and with the aero riding position, you should get 40+ miles using a 500Whr pack.

You could get a 2017 Giant Road E for $3500 at most dealers across the nation. Here is a fun video featuring that bike.
This is also a fairly light weight bike.

Now, if you get something with 750+Whr, then you're looking at 53+ lbs of weight.

Any Trek bike shop would be able to get you a police E-Bike. For the money, it's top class. Swap the fork for a lighter carbon one and you're again in the sub 44 lbs zone.

https://www.trekbikes.com/us/en_US/bikes/mountain-bikes/cross-country-mountain-bikes/police/police-electric/p/22241/

There are other bikes with bigger batteries and weight, Stromer, Riese & Muller, but they are often poor value compared to some of the bikes mentioned above.

Alaskan
21 hours ago

The TQ 120S looks sexy but puts the emphasis in the wrong places. They put the money into a cool looking carbon fiber frame that surely weighs a few pounds let than aluminum would be, but a few pounds matters little on an ebike. Then they saved money on the derailier and cassette with only a ten speed with an 11-36 cassette. Depending on the front sprocket, I would find a 36 tooth lowest gear to be too high a gear to comfortably negotiate the hills around Bellingham.

My Cube came with a Shimano xt shadow plus with an 11 speed cassette that went from 11 teeth to 42. The bike has the Bosch CX. I found that it lacked a high enough gear for downhill runs and spun out at about 24 mph. I changed the sprocket at the crank from a 15 tooth to a 17 tooth which gave me grip up to 30 mph. Then I swapped out the cassette for an 11 speed 11-46 tooth set up which gave me a real hill climbing, grunter of a low gear.

The best mirror for a bike is the 701 I have on my Riese & Muller Nevo Nuvinci GH it is made by Busch & Muller, folds in easily, stays in adjustment during the ride and is big. You can get it at Propel Bikes in Brooklyn https://propelbikes.com/product/busch-muller-701-mirror-e-bikes/

Alaskan
4 days ago

Go by G & O Family Cyclery up on Greenwood & 85th They are friendly, knowledgeable and have Riese & Muller Demo bikes there and other well chosen brands. Test ride a few of their bikes so you know what is possible at the high end of things with meticulously engineered and built, Bosch powered bikes using many top tier components. If they are beyond your budget, start figuring out which elements you really want and which ones you can do without and look at other brands and other configurations. Don't rush it, read lots, test ride a bunch, take your time. You will be riding this thing more often and further than you expect. Being careful and methodical in making your choice. The Seattle Folding and Electric Bike shop in Ballard on Leary way is another shop with a wide variety of bikes. Good guys over there too.

Alaskan
1 week ago

Mike, I went through this process back in January. I spent loads of time reading Court's reviews, watching his videos and then test riding bikes in four different bike shops in Seattle and one on Vashon Island.

I live in Bellingham, have been ebiking since February and just love it. I am 67 and peaked out at 238 lbs last year. I now ride my bike almost every day for at least averaging 17 miles. The only time I drive my car is if it is raining or I need to haul something too big for the bike. I am now down to 208 lbs. I wake up every day and look out the window to see if I can ride. The feeling of freedom, health and vitality is addicting.

Keep up the good work doing research. There are a wealth of shops to visit in Seattle. Resist the urge to buy until you do some more test riding. You will find one that feels right for you soon enough.

Make your next trip to Seattle Electric & Folding Bikes in Ballard http://electricvehiclesnw.com/ They have been around longer than anyone else in the area, are very helpful and friendly.

Next go up to G&O Cycles at 85th & Greenwood https://familycyclery.com/. They are the Riese & Muller dealer and have a good number of demo bikes to ride...nice people as well.

Seattle Electric Bike https://seattleelectricbike.net/ is nearby. They carry Cube, Bulls, Raleigh, Felt , Focus and others. My experience with the owner was quite offputting though. PM me if you want details.

After you have visited these three shops, the style of bike that will work best for you should begin to emerge.

Alaskan
2 weeks ago

Riese & Muller Nevo Nuvinci GH - Bosch CX, 500watt x2 batteries, fairly level (800 foot gain & loss), paved trail, mostly touring (2nd lowest level), some EMTB (auto assist mode) , bike weight 75, my weight 208, 43 miles.

Alaskan
2 weeks ago

The Orlieb panniers have inserts in the hangers that can be removed and do fit the robust square tubing racks on my Riese & Muller Nevo.

Orlieb bags fit up to a 16mm tube and comes with adapters for 8mm & 10mm tubing

Alaskan
2 weeks ago

I went for a ride yesterday on the Centennial Trail in Western Washington State. It is east of Interstate 5 on an old railroad bed that has been paved over about 18 feet wide. It runs from south Skagit County down through Arlington, Lake Stevens to Snohomish and covers about 35 miles and then ties into the Burke Gillman Trail which takes you by the University of Washington and through the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle and ending at Shilshole Bay on Puget Sound.

It is mostly flat with gentle grades running mostly through second growth forest and fields. Where it runs through towns, it is well marked and still quite wide. People consistently stopped to let me cross even when they had right of way.

I started at the north end of the trail and rode south for 22 miles and then headed back north to my car. I rode with an extra battery so I could ride till the battery quit. I almost made the 44.75 mile round trip on one battery with the battery running out at 43.4 miles.

Key stats:

Bike: Riese & Muller Nevo Nuvinci GH (with Bikespeed RS dongle)
Weight: Bike 77 lbs.
Rider: weight 208 lbs.
Drive System: Nuvinci 380 with Gates Belt Drive
Elevation Gain/Loss: 837/801
Average Cadence: 76
Average Speed: 16.8
Average Rider Power Output: 111 watts
Power Output Rider: 40% - Engine 60%
Assist Modes: Eco 10% - Tour 66% - EMTB 23% - Turbo 1%
Battery range: 43.4 miles
Watts per Mile: 11.52
Battery percentage per mile: 2.3%

Chris Davies
2 weeks ago

Hi, Just a three month update on the R&M Superchargers.
I have just posted a three month update on our R&M Superchargers on You Tube

vasubandu
2 weeks ago

Until I read this, I never even considered going that route. That is very intriguing.

vasubandu
2 weeks ago

Ann M, J.R., Ebikefevercure and Rich C, thanks and I get it. I should have been more clear. I just want a better idea of what the issues are before I do that so that I will be better able to evaluate things. In the end, it will be a bike to ride, not a bunch of specs on a spreadsheet. And I may think that I have found the perfect bike, but when I ride it, find that it does not work at all. For me, it is kind of learning enough so I can pay attention to what the issues are for each bike. Otherwise, I am liable to fall in love with the first thing I ride and ignore any issues it might have. I have made the mistake in the past of just trying things and ended up making bad decisions. Then again, I also have made bad decisions by reading a bunch of reviews online and then not putting things to the test. So I am trying to make sure I do both. And that will mean taking a hard look at bikes in all price ranges to get a feeling for what the brackets really are.

So far, the most helpful suggestions have been the minimums. Alaskan suggested tires at least 2 inches wide, but not too wide. That reminded me of my youth when I had a 10-speed with those ridiculously skinny wheels and the number of times they decided to move sideways. I had forgotten that and would not have paid attention. He suggested a minimum of 180 mm hydraulic disc brakes, and I see some bikes with less, and others with 180 in the back and less in the front. Again, that would not have occurred to me as a requirement. TML has me confused because he suggested a minimum of 540 wh battery. and I sort of thought that 500 was the very high end. I need to figure this out, but I had not been thinking about battery life.

These are the kinds of things that I have seen in comments here, and I suspect that many of you don't realize how helpful and valuable they are. You guys have learned these lessons the hard way, and people like me get to coast behind you. You obviously can't tell me what bike to buy, but you can help me avoid some awful mistakes. In the end, I suspect that there will be at least 5 bikes that would meet all my needs at a price that makes sense, and it will come down to personal preference. I am not trying to find the perfect bike, just a good one.

Out of curiosity, one of the bikes that really appeals to me visually is the Moustache Samedi. Or maybe the Friday. But I see very little discussion of them here or elsewhere. They a French and maybe have little market share. They are not cheap, but not crazy expensive either. Propel has the Samedi 27 XRoad 3 and the Friday 27.3, both with Bosch Performance Cruise, 20mph and 500 Wh Bosch battery POwerpack, and both $3,550. Beyond that, the price shoots up.

The Stromer bikes are all gorgeous to my eyes, but man are they spendy. And they seem proprietary, so it is hard for me to compare.

My sense for some reason is that companies like iZip are second tier, but their E3 Moda is attractive and seems well equipped for $3,000. And going cheap, the E2 Protour is on sale for $1600 with an E3 motor and a 417 Wh battery, but its range looks really limited, and who knows about that motor.

Alaskan rides a Riese & Muller Nevo Nuvinci GH and lives nearby. He says it is well adapted to the Pacific Northwest, but yikes, it is a $5,000 bile. Plus I really prefer the step over style. I have to say that the R&M Supercharger is to me the most attractive electric bike I have seen. And you can load it up with 2 500 Wh batteries, but when you do, you are getting close to $7,000.

I do not see any Moutache dealers close by. The nearest seems to be on Vancouver Island in Canada, which would be a trip, but doable. They have the Friday 27.5 for $4,250 US, the Samedi 27 Xroad 5 for $4,000 and the Samedi 7 28.3 400 for $3,500.

There are several Stromer dealers in Seattle, so that would be easy. I may run by tomorrow and see what this is all about.

Thanks to everyone for the help.

,

Gator
2 weeks ago

Well said and appreciated on my part. I do have a thing for reliability =D I looked at R and M and I love the dual battery models. They appear well designed and look super sharp. I would like to test ride one if I can find a dealer.

Nelson37
2 weeks ago

A mid-drive will involve a lot of shifting, for the hill and for any stops. It will not be like the electric motorcycle you really want. But, a mid-drive is the only type of turn-key ebike that is still a bicycle, will do 28 mph if you get the right model, and climb that hill with zero pedaling without melting the motor.

Take a 1500W DD hub, put it in a 20" wheel on a cargo bike frame, feed it 58 or more volts of high amp battery, and that will give you closer to the electric motorcycle, still look like a bicycle, climb the hill at decent speed with no pedaling and do 28 mph, with no moving parts in the motor. Easily in the price range you are looking at, you could get two, or have it professionally assembled, or a custom frame, for less than the Riese & Muller, which is an excellent quality company.

hunterk1111
4 weeks ago

This bike is a dream to ride. So fast and agile. Mine is on its way from DE! Bye bye car!

Dennis Dowd
2 months ago

I love the green, 28 mph,back and front baskets. Yum!😎 Thanks, and a thank you for Chris. 😎

Darren Brown
6 months ago

Bosch fan boy

stan
6 months 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
6 months 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
6 months ago

Aluminum DOESN'T RUST !

David Keenan
6 months 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
6 months ago

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

GIANNIS LYMPEROPOYLOS
6 months 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
6 months 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
6 months 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
6 months 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
6 months ago

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

Steve Donovan
6 months ago

Mike Tyson, yep those funny Bosch guys!

Roger Unwin
6 months ago

Hey Cort, happy xmas from the uk. ☃️🎄

Dmitri Nesteruk
6 months ago

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

Kevin Willis
6 months 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.

Tonys6550
6 months ago

Merry Xmas and happy new year Court

ElectricBikeReview.com
6 months 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?!