2019 Riese & Muller Review

2019 Riese & Muller Review

The 2019 Riese & Muller electric bikes have started to show up on our doorstep. If you already know you want one of these hand-built, perfect e-bikes then stop reading this and check out what we have in stock here. These bikes are in high demand, and once we get them in, they’re usually gone within the month. But if you just need some info before coming in to test ride, read on! It’s time for us to review these German-engineered beauts and give you the nitty gritty. For 2019, Riese & Muller has more upgrades and new tech than ever before. On top of this, they’ve added quite a few new models into the mix. From electronic Rohloff shifting, Load cargo electric bikes with unparalleled loading capacity, and a fleet almost completely comprised of the new Bosch PowerTube batteries for full integration, 2019 is shaping up to be the best year to invest in a new Riese & Muller electric bike in quite some time. We’ll take a look at all the new tech and models in our 2019 Riese & Muller review and then show you our 2019 favorites.

The Riese & Muller Multicharger

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2019 Riese & Muller Multicharger Light

Along with some incredible new tech, the new models that Riese & Muller released for 2019 have us very excited. When planning the 2019 Riese & Muller review, the favorite around the shop was the new Riese & Muller Multicharger line. The German manufacturer has taken its incredibly popular hardtail option, the Charger, and tweaked the geometry just a bit to create a versatile and easy to ride rear-loading cargo bike. The most amazing aspect–the wheelbase and length of the bike remains the same in spite of the huge amount of space for cargo. You’ll fit two kids, four panniers, or your best friend on the back of this tank. With over 2 feet of length on the rear rack, the options are pretty limitless. It’s a nice competitor to the insanely popular Tern GSD S10 and the ever present Yuba bikes. Unlike those bikes, you’ll be able to take the Multicharger just about anywhere.

You can keep things on the cheaper side without giving up any loading capacity with the 2019 Riese & Muller Multicharger Light. Or, get yourself full off-road and touring capability with the 2019 Riese & Muller Multicharger GX Touring HS. And they’ve got every variation available in an easy to mount Mixte frame. Keep things maintenance free with the Riese & Muller Multicharger Mixte Vario HS. So that’s mixte frames, high speed options, geared hub upgrades, trail-riding capability, and up to 132 pounds of loading weight on one regularly sized bike. Tough to beat. As always, you still get the benefit of dual batteries (on diamond frames), integrated lights, hand-built frames, and top quality components.

GX Models on the Nevo and Homage

We did not expect this new addition to the Nevo and Homage which are ultra low-step or wave frame bikes. Riese & Muller took a bike style that the biking community associates pretty exclusively with commuting, and they turned it into a bike capable of trail riding. It’s an interesting choice with fun results. The 2019 Riese & Muller Homage GX Rohloff HS has the most high-end tech, so I’ll use it as an example. This bike is capable of touring, commuting, and conquering fire roads with ease. There really are no other bikes like this on the market. You get electronic shifting, a 1250 lumen integrated light, and off-road riding potential similar to a full suspension mountain bike. But, of course, the twist is that this is on a wave frame. I think it is really going to open new doors to a lot of e-bike riders.

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2019 Riese & Muller Nevo GX Rohloff

If you like the idea of this, but the price tag feels daunting then take a look at the Nevo GX bikes. Take a look at the 2019 Riese & Muller Nevo GX Touring HS to get in at an entry level Riese & Muller price.

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2019 Riese & Muller Nevo GX Rohloff HS

All of these bikes are capable of 1000 watt hours of battery life. Buyers can also upgrade to the very popular Bosch Kiox display. The Nevo and Homage lines have always provided smaller riders or riders with limited mobility with a Riese & Muller option. Now, those riders have the opportunity to take themselves on a wider variety of surfaces.

More Versatile Cargo e-Bikes

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2019 Riese & Muller Load 75 Touring

I’m starting to realize the theme of the 2019 Riese & Muller lineup is an improvement in versatility. Riese & Muller further shows that fact with the Load and Packster cargo electric bikes this year. They’ve taken their already excellent front-loading cargo electric bikes and are now offering extended cargo lengths. We’ve been waiting to see if the new Load 75 will have as smooth handling as its predecessor. For now, my favorite is still the 2019 Riese & Muller Load 60 Vario. Reason being: you need the torquier motor on bikes whose purpose is to carry a lot of weight. I think the 28 mph option is great to have, but many riders will likely find that with that large of a bike, a 20 mph bike with a stronger motor will be much more beneficial.

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2019 Riese & Muller Load 60 Vario

That said, the Load 75 will be able to carry up to three children in its compartment. That is insane (in a good way). You get about 30″ of loading length. Of course, Riese & Muller has continued to provide cargo options in lieu of children’s seats. Or you can fit two children and cargo. The most remarkable aspect of the Load 75 is that while it provides 50% more loading capacity than last year’s model, it only adds 6% to the total length of the bike.

Control Technology

This isn’t necessarily new tech for Riese & Muller, but I did want to highlight it. Control Technology is the name Riese & Muller uses for their full suspension bikes. What I like about this tech is that it is the only full suspension system that is actually designed for comfort as opposed to mountain biking. Many riders new to the e-bike market will mistakenly buy a full suspension electric mountain bike thinking that will be the pinnacle of comfort simply because it’s full suspension. What they end up finding is usually an inefficient, sluggish ride. This is because of the 3 to 4 pivot points that are standard on mountain bikes. Mountain bikes also have a completely different geometry. In short, their suspension is designed for heavy off-road use, not comfort.

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2019 Riese & Muller Delite GT Touring HS

Riese & Muller on the other hand has created a full suspension commuting and touring setup that is optimized for use at high speeds while still providing comfort. They use a single pivot point, which you won’t find in any other electric bike. This keeps pedal bob to a minimum and lets the rider use the rear shock strictly for comfort.

The bikes that come with this tech are the Delite bikes and Load bikes.

New Tech for Geared Hubs

Riese & Muller has continued to use the highest-end hub gears available. This year, they both got significant upgrades. All 2019 Riese & Muller bikes with Rohloff hubs have electronic shifting. The e-14 Rohloff speed hub allows riders to shift without pedaling as always and still offers a 520% gear ratio. The new tech? The hub now shifts down automatically when you come to a stop. That means that there is no more fiddling around with the gears after you stop at a stoplight. Just stop and the hub automatically resets to whatever gear you normally like to start back up at. It is seriously so cool in practice. You can also shift sequentially through three gears at a time with one button if you’re approaching a steep uphill or downhill.

I think the bigger news for a lot of riders will be the update to the Nuvinci hub. First, the hub is now called “Enviolo,” and the bikes they come on are Riese & Muller’s Vario lineup. Functionally, the hub operates and feels exactly the same, but there is one big difference this year. Riese & Muller partnered with Enviolo to create a hub that will not reduce the torque of the Bosch motor. This is a huge step forward from the the 2018 models. It was always frustrating to me because, while I loved the Nuvinci hub, I wasn’t willing to give up motor torque. Now you don’t have to. This Enviolo hub with no torque penalty will not be available on any other bikes. So if you want an e-bike with the Enviolo and lots of torque, Riese & Muller is the only place to go.

Bosch’s Kiox Display

Even though this is the 2019 Riese & Muller review, we’ve got to shout this out. This, of course, is new technology for all Bosch e-bikes, but I did want to briefly highlight the Bosch Kiox display. In short, it’s cool. It has some really great features, not least of which is Bluetooth capability. This means you can connect a heart rate monitor, your favorite cycling app, or personal power meter. You can also update the display itself via Bluetooth. This will not be a full update to the motor and battery.

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While riding, the Bosch Kiox display offers similar features to the Intuvia. You’ve got a remote thumb pad, four different levels of assistance, and all the information you’d have on bikes from previous years. The display is incredibly small and low profile, which you could see as either a positive or negative. It connects to the mount magnetically and comes with Gorilla glass in case you take a fall or drop the display.

Our Favorites

We’re excited about all the Riese & Muller bikes coming to us, but of course there are always going to be a few standouts. We have always been huge fans of the Riese & Muller Nevo series, and this year is no different. The 2019 Riese & Muller Nevo GH Vario is going to be a popular bike again this year. Now that these bikes come with the fully-integrated Bosch PowerTube I think they’ll be tougher and tougher to get your hands on. It is hands down the best low step commuter on the market.

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2019 Riese & Muller Nevo GH Nuvinci

I’m still partial to the Riese & Muller entry level bikes. For those looking for a premium electric bike ride that isn’t going to break the bank, check out the 2019 Riese & Muller Roadster GT Touring HS and the 2019 Riese & Muller Tinker Touring HS. It’s funn they’re getting a mention in the 2019 Riese & Muller review because both of these bikes have been in the Riese & Muller lineup for years now, and they return every year because of how well they perform. The Tinker gets you an urban compact feel while still allowing you to hit 28 mph. The Roadster bikes take everything that’s great about riding a fixed gear single speed bike around the city but adds a high speed Bosch motor.

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2019 Riese & Muller Tinker Touring HS

The Supercharger lineup is always worth a look as is its pared down brother, the Charger. If you’re looking for top quality hardtail performance, look no further than the 2019 Riese & Muller Supercharger GX Rohloff HS. You’ll get basically every major tech upgrade that Riese & Muller has to offer when you buy this bike. Dual batteries, integrated PowerTubes, electronic shifting from Rohloff, and a Kiox display all can come on this bike. The frontrunner for the standard Charger is the 2019 Riese & Muller Charger Mixte GT Touring HS. It’s a fantastic option for riders who want something that’s a step up from the entry-level Riese & Muller bikes but don’t need every single piece of tech available on the bikes.

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2019 Riese & Muller Review–Grab ’em if you can

Don’t forget that Riese & Muller bikes are tough to find. Only a few dealers nationwide carry this premium electric bikes. When buying one, be ready to wait if you are going to pre-order, or be open to what your dealer has. 2019 will be an excellent year for Riese & Muller. There were a ton of upgrades in comparison to 2018, which means there might not be quite so many for the next iteration. Come try one of these premium electric bikes today!