Riese & Muller have always been at the forefront of electric bike technology and design. They pride themselves on perfectly matching the technology to the bike and its purpose, and they work in collaboration with their key suppliers to develop technology platforms that will deliver the best performance.
Their core technology platforms are:
Riese & Muller's manufacturing facility in Darmstadt, Germany is a masterpiece in design and technology itself. Adopting modern, state-of-the-art manufacturing and people management practices allows Riese & Muller to create beautiful machines with love, care and attention to detail in a sustainable way.
Wheels are built in house (that's why they are so good!) and every bike is assembled from scratch by small teams of highly skilled techs. Their production line is automated where it makes sense to do so and their quality ethos is obvious in every step of the build process.
Their frames, which are high-grade alloy, are beautifully designed and are stress tested to way above the regulated standards.
Quality control is paramount, as you would expect from a German company, and this is as evident as the pride their people take in their work as you walk around. There is no compromise in any aspect of the design and manufacturing of their bikes.
Side bar: We visited the Riese & Muller factory in Darmstadt in July. See the picture below of their staff 'car' park! Even in 40 degree heat (we were there in the heat wave) everyone still rides. It was great to see that their ethos regarding sustainability and sustainable transport is more than just words. It is factored into virtually every aspect of their business.
Riese & Muller have had a long-standing relationship with Bosch and their entire range is powered by Bosch. They work closely with Bosch in the development of new technologies and are therefore always one of the first to market with new Bosch products. Riese & Muller e-bikes also perform better than any other Bosch-powered ebike thanks to Riese & Muller's performance optimisation.
The Riese & Muller models we carry at Electric Bikes Brisbane are powered by the strongest of the Bosch motors to cope with our steep hills and heat. This year, with the release of three new motors, we will have a mixture of motors depending on the model and its purpose.
These are all powerful motors with excellent torque for hill climbing.
With a Bosch ebike motor comes a Bosch eBike display. The Intuvia and Purion displays are the most common display and one or the other generally comes as standard on each model.
With connectivity being at the heart of ebike innovation this year, Bosch have released another display, the Bosch SmartphoneHub, to complement the colourful Bosch Kiox display. One or the other, or both, of these displays is generally available as an upgrade for Riese & Muller this year. Many of the ebikes that we have preordered for stock will include the upgraded displays.
The display pictured above are how they appear in the 2020 Delite and Superdelite models if you order the 'Kiox Cockpit' or 'SmartphoneHub Cockpit'. (This is an especially beautiful piece of design from Riese & Muller which really neatens up the handlebar wiring.)
Although Bosch is releasing the Powertube 625 for 2020, Riese & Muller have chosen to stick with the Powertube 500 battery for the single battery bikes and 1,000Wh capacity for the dual battery bikes.
Why? The Powertube 625 battery is heavier and longer in length and therefore requires a completely new frame that is not necessarily as agile and balanced as what they have designed. Also, for most people 500Wh is more than enough range for everyday riding, and 1,000Wh is ...well 1,000Wh. Heaps.
Riese & Muller’s collaboration with Bosch over the past few years has delivered many firsts to the market. For example:
The 'Control Technology' concept is one that Riese & Muller have spent years perfecting. It is more than about having dual suspension though.
Design aspects such as a co-spring rear luggage carrier and an active rear swing arm, all working in unison with the suspension componentry, deliver a supremely comfortable ride. It is also a very stable and safe ride no matter the terrain and speed. See our off/road test below of the Homage with dual battery to see how well it climbs and handles.
Given the long-distance touring and cargo inclination within the Riese & Muller range, the ability to securely carry luggage as well as having rear suspension is a real bonus. Riese & Muller use a range of suspension suppliers – Fox, Suntour, X-Fusion being the main ones. You can read more about Control Technology here >>.
There are eight models in the 2020 Riese & Muller range that have Control Technology. These include:
In keeping with their philosophy of matching the perfect equipment to the right bike Riese & Muller ebikes come equipped with a range of gearing options, depending on what the bike is intended for.
Most of the models that have ‘Touring’ in their title will be equipped with either 10 or 11-speed Shimano Deore gears, depending on purpose. Usually the urban-oriented bikes will have 10-speed, and the all-terrain or mountain will have 11-speed.
The derailleur gears are an excellent system for sporty riders who want the ability to use their bike and motor to the full extent of its ability. Derailleur gears come in the classic design with cables and manual gear levers as well as in electronic versions.
Shimano's Deore series is a premium, tried-and-tested technology. It has been developed over 30 years and is extremely reliable, well-engineered and easy to use and works particularly well with the high torque in e-bikes.
This is a very popular gearing system due its low maintenance requirements and easy, intuitive operation. Unlike a derailleur gear which relies on a jumping chain to change, the gear change occurs within the rear wheel hub and does not require you to be pedalling when you change.
The internal hub is a closed system so your gears are protected from moisture and dirt at all times. Furthermore, this type of gear allows the use of the modern carbon belt drive instead of a chain which offer the advantage of even less maintenance and grease and is lightweight and especially quiet.
Riese & Muller have collaborated with Enviolo to custom develop the Enviolo 380, a continuous gear hub that allows you to smoothly switch to an endless number of gears within a gear range of 380%. The Enviolo system is a system that Riese & Muller have collaborated on to provide optimal performance on their electric bikes.
The electronic Rohloff E-14 gear is a highly sophisticated auto shift system that boasts the largest range of gears (14 in total) possible on an ebike. It also offers the fastest gear shifting on the market.
It links the mechanical Rohloff Speedhub 14-speed gear hub to the eShift function of the Bosch E-Bike system – an electronic gear shift activation unit. The drive and gear communicate with each other and synchronise the gear-shifting process to make it as light, precise and efficient as possible.
An ergonomic switch with two buttons replaces the twist shift grip and gear cables which means you can shift gears in less than 200 ms – currently the fastest gear shift on the market. And that’s with a 526% gear ratio. Multi-shift mode simultaneously shifts 3 gears in a single sequence, while the auto-downshift function automatically returns the gear to your individually selected starting gear when the bike comes to a standstill. It is extremely easy to use, very durable and is low maintenance which is why it is often the gearing of choice for bikepacking.
Like with the Vario models, Riese & Muller pair the Rohloff gears with the carbon belt drive offer a very high performing, low maintenance package that is easy to use, lightweight and quiet.
Riese & Muller offer an extensive range. 22 different 'series' of bikes with at least 2-4 models in each. That's over 60 bikes to choose from!
If you want some help choosing which one is most suitable then pop into our store at 26 Douglas St, Milton, contact us via email or call us on 1300 553 110 to book your private test ride and consultation.
See the full range of 2020 Riese & Muller ebikes on offer at Electric Bikes Brisbane.
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