We recently featured E-Bikes for Road and Mountains on AlphaLuxe. They were sleek wee beasties featuring people who looked like they did not really need the assistance of electric motors.
What about regular cyclists in cities and those with accompanying loads like toddlers and stuff?
Enter the Riese & Müller E-Cargo Bikes….”Only the sportiest riders have their carrier in the front”.
MSRP Range: $6,039 – $7,777
There are two E-Cargo Bikes that ride like sporty versions of the basic Riese & Müller Pedelecs but with space for luggage. All the components are customizable like on the Delite range.
They use the same Bosch 36V motors, batteries and power control systems as the Delite bike range. The accelerator sensors are activated by pressure on the pedals — the harder you pedal, the more power is supplied. You can adjust the assistance modes via the control and “dashboard” unit.
There is even an assist mode when you are pushing the bike along. A pushing and starting aid helps your E-Bike up slopes even when you’re not in the saddle. The button on the external control unit makes your bike push itself at up to 6 km/h (3.7mph) or 15 km/h (9.3mph) on the HS models.
Their Bosch electric motors still provide pedal assitance of 25 or 45 km/h (15.6 or 28 mph).
Bosch lithium ion batteries with a 500 Wh energy reserve provide the power. There is the option for DualBattery in parallel for 1,000 Wh capacity. Range is between 24 – 215 km (15 – 133 miles) depending on assistance provided. Battery charge time to 100% charge capacity is 4.5 hours and if you are in a hurry, the charge time to 50% charge capacity is less than 2 hours. You have the option to charge from an external charging socket without battery removal.
Display Control Units
Both Bosch Intuvia or Nyon display units are available for information about the battery charge level, the range, the number of kilometres travelled that day, the total number of kilometres travelled, the riding time, the current motor output, the time and the current and average speed. On automatic E-Bike models, the automatic version of the display also offers an option for controlling the pedal frequency. A USB interface allows MP3 players and mobile phones to be charged while riding too.
Additionally, the Nyon has a GPS navigation system, a fitness trainer and various smartphone functions. Its functions can also be extended on the Bosch online portal with new apps and updates. Via Bluetooth, the display notifies you of incoming messages on your smartphone. You cannot reply via the display, however – safety comes first.
Brakes and Suspension
The hydraulic disc brakes from Tektro deliver maximum performance, no matter what the weather. The large brake discs allow the braking effect to be distributed most effectively. They don’t produce rim wear and impress with their consistent and predictable braking performance, without snatching.
The full suspension keeps ground contact on poor roads and keeps you in full control. The active rear swing arm, optimised front wheel suspension and co-sprung carrier form the core of the Control Technology. They ensure better road holding and safety at high speeds, despite heavy loads.
The Load can carry yor cargo or child depending on the configuration. The bike still feels sporty because the front load is set for a low centre of gravity and the full suspension allows a comfortable ride. The children are protected by a trellis frame and are within the bubble of aerodynamic airstream.
The most valuable cargo is children. Their safety comes first. The two 5-point belts for two smaller children, a protected seat position and side protection thanks to the trellis frame offer maximum safety in city traffic.
A few quick adjustments turn your Load into an all-weather vehicle thanks to the optional Cordura cover. So rain, cold draughts, sunshine or even stones thrown up from the road cannot harm your precious little ones. Even more practical accessories are also available to buy.
The Packster is like the Estatre or Station Wagon version of E-Bike. Great variability and tremendous spaciousness, with two different loading lengths, are promised by the Packster’s smart loading concept: Children, groceries, tools, goods for delivery – with the appropriate accessories for securing your load and protecting it against weather conditions, you can haul anything you want.
All the equipment from the Delite and Load models are available to mount on the Packster.
All these make the E-Bikes very desirable especially to naughty bike thieves. There are a number of security features on Riese & Müller bikes. At the top of the range is the integrated ABUS folding lock.
With the ABUS Bordo Plus folding lock, the bike can be securely fastened to virtually anything. The articulated construction offers superb security and a low weight of just 1120 g. If you want to continue your journey, it can be compactly folded up, disappears into a pouch and is Velcro-fastened to the bicycle frame.
The ABUS Bordo Plus clicks shut simultaneously with the battery lock, which means you only need one key for your bike.
With these two E-Cargo Bike models, have completed coverage of the whole market with their “Tesla of Bicycles”; from the sporty Delite Road and Mountain bikes like the ‘Tesla Model S’ to the E-Cargo Touring and Loading bikes like the ‘Tesla Model X’.
Author’s Biography: Melvyn Teillol-Foo (MTF)
Dr Melvyn Teillol-Foo is a contributor on AlphaLuxe web-zine.
He is also a moderator on PuristSPro.com horology discussion fora. He blends his scientific medical objectivity from the pharmaceutical industry with purist passion, in his musings about watches, travel, wine, food and other epicurean delights.
His travelogue ‘Lazing’ and feasting ‘Grazing’ series of articles have now passed into “mythic legend” on the original ‘ThePuristS.com’ website. Those were the halcyon days when he was “rich and famous” that he remembers with bittersweet fondness.
Dr Teillol-Foo is a quoted enthusiast on the watch industry, appearing in feature articles and interviews by Wall Street Journal, International Herald Tribune, Sunday Times (London), Chronos (Japan), Citizen Hedonist (France) and other publications. He has authored articles for magazines like International Watch (iW) – both U.S. & Chinese editions, ICON (Singapore), August Man (Singapore), Comfort (China) and The Watch (Hong Kong).