Last Updated on February 6, 2024 by Igor Karni
Based on global recognition alone, Riese & Müller is one of the more reputable, high-end German brands in the e-bike industry. This fact is notable in itself, considering it’s a brand that’s only been around for close to three decades, having been founded in 1993. Compared to its other German counterparts with more historical mileage, that’s an arguably bonafide achievement.
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Much like those time-tested brands, Riese & Müller mixes innovation with its “passion for the yesteryears”. Based on the name and reputation it has built for itself, it won’t be farfetched to assume that that’s what the brand, as a whole, stands for.
Its name derives from its two founders: Markus Riese and Heiko Müller. Interestingly, it didn’t function as a bike company from the get-go. It was actually an earmuff manufacturer first before it entered the industry. Its very first model, the folding bike, Birdy, is still around and happens to be the only model in its catalog that isn’t an e-bike.
At present, Riese & Müller’s headquarters is still in Darmstadt where it traces its roots.
Riese & Müller e-Bikes Review: Model Lines
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Being German-made, more or less, connotes high quality for decades now. Let’s just say that Riese & Müller is a paradigm of that statement, considering its sheer dedication to producing mostly top-of-the-line models for a long time now.
Looking at the status of its catalog now, we can safely say that it makes a claim for both quantity and quality. As of this writing, it has 14 distinct e-bike lines, most of which fall under any kind of main e-bike category you can think of such as city, eMTBs, road, commuter, cargo, and cruiser varieties.
If you choose Riese & Müller, expect high-end price tags that are pretty much in line with the brand’s dedication to providing quality through design and components integrated.
Riese & Müller Superdelite Model Line
The Superdelite serves as an excellent introductory model to the kind of abundant quality that you can expect from the brand. It’s an offroad, sporty offering that has a dedicated Mountain version that’s designed to fulfill touring and mountain biking needs, respectively.
It’s definitely big-ticket, and everything about it spells premium. From the Bosch motor and the general combination of the components and accessories to the top-notch tech included, it’s an e-bike line that pulls no punches, to say the least.
The original Superdelite, as does its Mountain version, is designed for all terrains, which is another plus. Many love the palpable power that makes light work of even the steepest inclines. Another clear standout is the batteries included. The e-bike uses DualBattery Technology that can boost the capacity to 1,250 Wh, the riding range obviously along with it.
The Road touring version integrates every component you need for lengthy offroading such as fenders, Schwalbe Super Moto-X tires, and Magura MT5 disc brakes. The Mountain sheds the fenders to be more conducive to mountain climbing overall.
One glaring downside of it is the weight, and a lot of riders transitioning from a previous model can definitely feel the immense difference.
We invite you to take a closer look at the Riese & Müller Superdelite model line here.
Riese & Müller Delite Model Line
This full-suspension city offering readily exudes a bulky sportiness, which is only magnified by its thicker-than-normal frame and battery housing. The latter is particularly sizable since the e-bike also accommodates two batteries. One battery along is enough to give you 80 miles (130 km) of range, so you can expect to double that with the dual tech.
We also can’t help but praise the way the brand uses a hydroformed aluminum frame that’s designed in such a way as to reduce the battery weight even if two cells are installed. The Bosch Performance Line CX Gen4 motor is pretty much an automatic checkmark with its generous power.
Overall, it has the same accessories as the Superdelite such as the SmartphoneHub and holder. The displays are as minimalistic as they are modern, with a subtle German aesthetic. The premium Supernova lights shine relatively brighter than most we’ve seen, and it’s pretty much a trademark of almost all of the brand’s models.
We like the sheer durability of the fenders this brand uses, and the one included in this model is definitely no exception. Other notables include the wide rear rack mount and a sturdy adjustable kickstand. Incidentally, it also has a Mountain version that’s essentially a watered-down counterpart of the Superdelite’s.
We invite you to take a closer look at the Riese & Müller Delite model line here.
Riese & Müller Homage Model Line
This one’s unique in that it’s the only step-thru and full-suspension model available in the market. Much like most premier models offered by the brand, you can upgrade it to run with two batteries. It has the same oversized build overall as well.
The step-thru frame is an automatic check as it’s always a perk city riders look for. Specs-wise, it’s almost similar to the Delite. We can say the same for the accessories included. You get the same Bosch Performance Line CX Gen4 with a 75-Nm torque.
Talking about its design, we definitely need to highlight the fact that the rear rack is part of the down tube. This allows it to mitigate any kind of impact that might cause the cargo to lose its contents. It also lends itself to improving the riding experience.
We can say that it’s one of the more comfortable models in the catalog. It accelerates quickly, too, and achieves its 28kph top speed in no time, while having great handling, too. The tech integrated, such as the GPS, complements its premise of being a more laid-back, but no less powerful model coming from a top brand.
We invite you to take a closer look at the Riese & Müller Homage model line here.
Riese & Müller Load Model Line
There are two models in this e-bike line: the Load 60 and Load 75. The latter is evidently longer the former, which heightens its capacity. That’s not to say that Load 60 falls short in that regard. Overall, these are pretty capacious models that share the same specs and have a narrow price difference as a result.
The Cargo Line Gen4 Bosch motor is a slight downgrade from the sportier Performance Line we’re used to getting from other Riese & Müller e-bikes. However, it does get the job done if your intent is to haul stuff and don’t want to have to worry about not being able to negotiate steep inclines with it. We also like the sophisticated motor sensor technology it integrates that makes riding a smooth, seamless experience.
The weight, despite most cargo e-bikes naturally being bulkier, doesn’t depart much from the usual sporty Riese & Müller offerings. It tops at 38.2 kg should you choose the Touring HS variety.
As mentioned before, these e-bikes have a generous cargo capacity. In fact, it occupies half of the entire model, which is a plus if you want more of that. It obviously makes sure you’re able to fulfill any kind of hauling and transporting task with its help.
It’s got the extra-bright lights found in most models as well as the tech and the dual battery capability. Should you decide to purchase the extra battery, you really won’t have to worry about running out of range.
We invite you to take a closer look at the Riese & Müller Load model line here.
Riese & Müller Packster Model Line
The Packster 70 showcases the same jumbo cargo box you should come to expect from this brand’s cargo offerings. It appears to almost be comparable to an SUV, with many agreeing that it’s most probably intended as a replacement for it. It can fit two kids or one adult, and even then, it’s still debatable whether it can fit two of the latter.
It gets the same motor as the Load models, so expect it to perform like it — adequate torque and smooth riding. The dual Bosch batteries are integrated into the frame and require a key to take out and lock in place. They can be charged in place or after you’ve removed them.
The wide Schwalbe tires make a suitable component to provide stability when riding. One unique component is the rear rack, which slightly increases the items or passengers you can carry with it. It’s got every accessory you’ll expect from a cargo e-bike, with the Riese & Müller trademark, including an adjustable kickstand.
Overall, it’s a better family option than other cargo offerings in the catalog.
We invite you to take a closer look at the Riese & Müller Packster model line here.
Riese & Müller Multicharger Model Line
The Multicharger’s is unique in that it’s designed like a regular road e-bike, but obviously leaning more toward being a cargo model. True to its name, it’s more of a hybrid that fulfills different purposes.
The amply spacious rear cargo holder, while not really that comfortable to be ridden as a passenger, ups the capacity of the e-bike as a whole, especially if you choose the more capacious Mixte version.
A cushioned version is available in the original Multicharger, so it’s the more passenger-friendly of the two. The holder is complemented by a front carrier that can be extended so you can add more things. It’s not wanting in total available hauling capacity for these reasons.
Looking at its specs and components, think of it as a slightly declassed version of the Homage. It only uses a 10-speed derailleur as opposed to that model’s 11-speed one. There are also subtle differences in the accessories. It only uses a smaller Supernova mini 2 for its headlight. But it still comes complete with essentials plus the same Bosch Performance Line CX Gen4 motor.
One other notable downside is that it doesn’t have DualBattery technology found in higher-end models.
If you’ve always wanted a cargo e-bike that positions its trough at the back, then this is a good choice for you. It’s also recommended for anyone who wants to be able to do lengthy casual rides comfortably without having to pay for another e-bike to do so.
We invite you to take a closer look at the Riese & Müller Multicharger model line here.
Riese & Müller Roadster Model Line
The Roadster is a pure city e-bike that’s great for commuting. Thanks to the beefy Bosch motor and brand-standard Bosch PowerTube 625Wh battery, it seamlessly makes your commute faster. You won’t be disappointed with the range, torque, and speed, even if you don’t buy a second battery.
The Mixte boosts stability a bit by incorporating a receding top tube in its frame, and in the process, easing mounting and dismounting. Both models aren’t lacking in the accessories department. Everything we mentioned in past models like the Multicharger and Homage can be found here with slight deviations. Its Supernova lights are smaller, for example, but there are no significant differences of note.
Overall, the Roadster line prioritizes practicality and is evidently made for the casual commuter and rider that loves to ride through wide, open city roads. It’s a bit cheaper but isn’t a pushover with its unmatched motor and other premium components. A great added bonus is that it can handle some light offroading, too.
We invite you to take a closer look at the Riese & Müller Roadster model line here.
Riese & Müller Nevo Model Line
Riese & Müller’s answer to most riders who have leisure in mind, the Nevo is at once sporty and comfortable. It lets you boost your range further with the DualBattery feature, up to 1,125Wh, to be exact. The step-thru frame, which paves the way to better handling and comfort, makes it a solid cruiser option.
It pretty much has the same specs as most of the casual-oriented offerings already featured above. It’s complete with all the Riese & Müller accessories you can expect from the brand, too. It’s a bit cheaper than the other performance, offroad models.
Ultimately, it’s the comfort factor that makes it stand out. In fact, many riders praise it as one of the most comfortable e-bikes at present, thanks to the overall design and the belt drive incorporated.
We invite you to take a closer look at the Riese & Müller Nevo model line here.
Riese & Müller Charger Model Line
The Charger serves as another sporty city commuter from Riese & Müller. It’s one of the older lines available in the catalog, but it’s obvious that the brand is still focused on improving it. It’s versatile in that it offers comfort even as it lets you experience a sportier ride, as evidenced by the way you can adjust its stem and, in turn, your seating positions for both.
Another proof of its attention to comfort is the wider saddle, which makes this a recommended choice for heavier riders. When it comes to design, it’s closest to the Delite, considering both use a rear-suspension seatpost.
It has practically the same outstanding components as others made by this brand. The motor and battery are topnotch. The versatile Schwalbe tires it incorporates have high demand precisely because they can make easy work of any kind of terrain. It comes complete with the other accessories mentioned before, such as the powerful Magura MT4 and MT5 brakes at the rear and front respectively, plus a chain lock.
When the Charger was released, it came with an upgrade on its rear rack that can now accommodate more than 60 pounds. The Mixte version, with its noticeably lower top tube, offers the same stability perk as the Roadster’s rendition of it.
We invite you to take a closer look at the Riese & Müller Charger model line here.
Riese & Müller Supercharger Model Line
The Supercharger more than earns its name by going all the way with riding range, power, and speed. It pushes the battery capacity to 1,250Wh and uses the same Bosch Performance Line CX Gen4 motor found in other models.
It uses the same bright Supernova lights used by the other higher-end, offroad offerings. The Schwalbe Moto-X tires make easy work of any kind of terrain, except softer ones where their traction evidently dips a bit. It’s pretty similar to other models in every other accessory it uses.
With all its design aspects and components in mind, it’s apparent that it’s made to be a reliable, feature-packed, and powerful everyday e-bike. It’s great for both commuting on city streets and forest trails, thanks to the front rack and remarkably wide handlebars.
We invite you to take a closer look at the Riese & Müller SuperCharger model line here.
Riese & Müller Swing Model Line
The Swing is clearly one of Riese & Müller’s more laidback options, based on the way it looks completely different from its cousins. The design instantly calls to mind a more traditional European aesthetic.
It’s cheaper because it uses a toned-down Bosch motor (a Performance Line Gen3, to be exact), but it’s arguably no less powerful compared to other motors in the market. You’ll also see that the bells and whistles it uses are slightly a level lower than the other models already featured.
For instance, it uses a Schwalbe Big Ben 50-622 Reflex for tires and only has Magura rim brakes. Nonetheless, these components aren’t exactly pushovers. On the whole, these components are just right for the intents and purposes of an e-bike of this caliber.
It’s obviously aiming for more comfort, with its wider cushioned saddles and upright seating position. The optional inclusion of a large rear basket and front rack makes it a great choice for anyone who wants a smooth errand e-bike, which functions just as perfectly as a commuter and leisure model.
We invite you to take a closer look at the Riese & Müller Swing model line here.
Riese & Müller Cruiser Model Line
With its straightforward name, there’s not much guesswork required to figure out what the Riese & Müller Cruiser is all about. Just think of it as a variation of the Swing, for both these lines share the same specs. It’s comfort-oriented with its handlebar design alone, which evidently spells ‘Cruiser’ with its adherence to that traditional look.
Interestingly, it’s naturally a step-over e-bike, although, there’s a Mixte version that drops the tube slightly and offers the unique benefits we’ve already mentioned above.
Another aspect that makes it different is that it doesn’t offer the option to add a rear basket, even though there’s an optional front carrier you can add to it. It does allow you to throw on its unique frame bag, to make it up for that.
We invite you to take a closer look at the Riese & Müller Cruiser model line here.
Riese & Müller Tinker Model Line
Think of a compact e-bike infused with the perks of German engineering. That’s pretty much what the Tinker is all about. Obviously, it doesn’t push its limits as much as the brand’s sportier offerings, but the components are still patently topnotch.
You get a Bosch Performance Gen3 motor, which is still powerful and assures better handling. The same can be said for the battery PowerPack 500. It doesn’t compromise on its specs in short.
While doing so, it manages to keep its size fairly compact. The weight is still manageable even while folded, not making it hard for you to lug around while taking public transportation, for example. It also accommodates both tall and short riders (5 to 6 feet, to be exact), so you can definitely lend it to other family members or your friends without much issue.
It’s amenable to comfort given the highly adjustable stem, and it doesn’t skimp on the accessories, too. If you live in an area where roads are particularly narrow or congested, and space is pretty much constrained, then this is a good e-bike to consider.
We invite you to take a closer look at the Riese & Müller Tinker model line here.
What Most Riders Think of Riese & Müller
If you pay for Riese & Müller models, you’re essentially paying for the name as well. Not a lot of e-bike brands enjoy the same clout. That should give you a good idea of the almost unrivaled prestige associated with this brand, especially among diehard e-bike riders.
We also can’t deny that the brand knows what riders want. All their handmade models can be integrated with a second battery, so there’s not much to worry about the riding range becoming inadequate for most rides. You also get to have many options in the belt drives you can integrate into any model of your choosing. There are plenty of customization options, in short, and many riders definitely love that.
The accessories and components are what you’d expect from a high-end e-bike. The designs deserve the “made in Germany” tag, and you can immediately feel the difference in torque, handling, stability, comfort, etc.
These facts are echoed by pretty much a vast majority of riders that own or have given Riese & Müller e-bikes a try.
What Countries Does Riese & Müller Ship To?
Given its stature and popularity, it’s not surprising that Riese & Müller has a global reach. Expect plenty of dealers worldwide, where shipping options aren’t limited.
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