Stop for a moment and consider how you travel. Do you live in a city or similar built up environment? Do you tend to make short journeys by car, to and from your home? Do you find yourself struggling to navigate your way through busy streets packed full of stationary traffic or constantly struggle to find somewhere to park your car at the end of your short journey? Perhaps now is the time to reflect on how you travel and consider how you can improve your journey times, improve your own health and most significantly make a valuable contribution to improving the transport infrastructure of the environment in which you live. This week’s Fast Bike Friday feature has been rebranded as ‘Family Bike Friday’….
Riese & Muller is a relatively new brand for Wheelbase but we were quickly drawn to this premium eBike-only brand which positions itself at the top of the eBike tree and has a firm focus on creating a range of high-quality, precision made German engineered eBikes. Riese & Müller are clear in their business strategy – to produce cutting-edge eBikes that play their part in improving the ongoing climate crisis while positively enhancing the lifestyles of its consumers and wider society.
You may be familiar with the term ‘Cargo Bike’. If you’ve spent any time in some of the larger cities in the UK you will have no-doubt seen cargo bikes being used to quickly navigate congested city centres, either moving small loads from place to place by courier, or by high-street vendors selling various goods. In mainland Europe it is now common to see families using cargo bikes as an alternative to getting into their cars for small journeys, with Mums and Dads transporting their kids on the daily school run.
The Riese & Muller Load 75 eBike is just such a cargo bike and is packed full of user-friendly features to make it a truly multi-purpose electric vehicle that can be a great alternative to getting into your car. With its low centre of gravity and a huge loading surface, the Load 75 has been designed to help you carry significant loads that would previously of had you reaching for your car keys; this very-special e-Bike has been engineered to be as comfortable as it is practical, using Riese & Muller’s Control Technology design principle to provide an optimised chassis and finely tuned full suspension platform.
The Load 75’s long, low geometry means that steering remains predictable at slow speeds while negotiating the typical tight turns and traffic controls found in towns and cities. Low loading of heavier objects (including your kids!) keeps you safe at higher speeds while Riese & Muller’s suspension design guarantees obstacles such as cobblestones, curbs and potholes are negotiated in comfort and control.
The Load 75 features Bosch’s Cargo Line Cruise motor (Gen4), the latest generation of Bosch Cargo Line Cruise motor which has been developed specifically for use on Cargo eBikes and features 400% pedal assistance with a maximum torque of 85Nm. In practice this means that the rider instantly benefits from the assistance of the motor as they begin to push down on the pedals; this is key in being able to accelerate quickly while carrying a heavy load and really comes into its own when you need to quickly get moving, as traffic lights turn green for example. Other key features of this latest generation Bosch motor include ultra-low pedal resistance, a significantly reduced weight and smaller overall size for next-level integration into the Load 75’s chassis.
So what if you wanted to use this Cargo eBike for the twice-daily school run? Well this model can safely transport up to three children for the short journey, while the practical removeable cover means that wet weather doesn’t have to be a deal-breaker either. The Riese & Muller designers have created a space that allows one child to face the rider while the other two children are forward facing in the direction of travel, a spacious footwell means your little ones remain comfortable without getting in each other’s way so while not guaranteed there should be little cause for bickering!
With a maximum load carrying capacity of 200kg this versatile cargo bike can be used for so many activities including carrying camping equipment for bicycle-touring, for the weekly shop, the school run, carrying work-tools, delivering parcels and so much more. The addition of the Bosch motor means there’s very little to stop you carrying loads that just would not be possible on a conventional ‘acoustic’ bike.
Riese & Muller have also included a Supernova M99 Mini Pro daytime/nighttime running front light to enhance your visibility to other road users, this is complimented by a Supernova M99 rear light which, in stop-start traffic quickly catches the attention of motorists behind you. A potentially heavy load needs to stop quickly and in control; with this in mind Riese & Muller have spec’d Tektro TRP C 2.3 hydraulic disc brakes featuring four pistons to greater enhance braking power along with thicker disc brake rotors to ensure durability and controlled braking in all weather conditions.
For time-pushed family members or small business owners bicycle maintenance may well be far down on the list of priorities and again the Load 75 has been designed with this in mind. A user-friendly Gates belt-drive replaces a conventional bicycle chain, with this technology meaning your eBike is driven by a flexible, reinforced, toothed belt which does not need to be oiled and maintained like a chain does; the bike’s gears are neatly housed internally within the rear hub meaning, again that bicycle maintenance is minimal.
We’re not all the same size, with the potential for this cargo eBike to have multiple users within the same family or commercial organisation Riese and Muller have included a good amount of adjustability including the angle and height of the stem as well as the saddle height to accommodate riders from 1.50m to 1.95m high.
We’re proud stockists of Riese & Muller eBikes; we like their ethos and really trust in their products. These cutting-edge German-engineered eBikes offer a practical, user-friendly mode of transport that will help to enhance your own lifestyle, encouraging you to exercise more, decreasing stress levels typically brought on by congested traffic and allowing you to contribute to the improvement of the environment that you’re living in.
See the Riese & Muller range here
Blog written by Johnny Dodgin
All photos by James Vincent