Review: Riese and Muller Load 75 Electric Bike

Review: Riese and Muller Load 75 Electric Bike


– [Karen] Hi, my name is Karen Wiener from
The New Wheel Electric Bicycles, and I am joined here today by the
important Load 75 from Riese & Müller, and my partner in crime… – [Brett] Awesome partner. – …lover, and business partner,
Brett Thurber. We thought we would take this opportunity
to…Mommysplain and mansplain to you what is awesome about the Load 75 because
we have load envy, so I think we should just sit here, and maybe we should just
play a game. Let’s try to convince each other of all
the reasons why we should add a Load 75 to our arsenal of bikes at home. We already have a Load 60,
so the question will be, “Should we have a Load 75?” Brett, what do you say? – Good question. Yes.
– Yes. – Yes, I think so, and I’ll tell you why. – Tell me. – We’ve been riding the Load 60 for the
last couple of years since our daughter, Ida was five weeks old,
and so we’ve gotten to know it really well. And the number one thing, for me,
is it handles just like the best bicycle. It’s not lesser than because it’s a long
family bike. It actually, in some ways,
is more than because it’s full suspension, so there’s suspension on the back,
suspension on the front. And what that means is the bike really
conforms to the road as you’re riding, so you can take turns,
and it just handles so well. And the worry is, oh,
this bike is a little longer. When you get on it, it definitely does
seem a little longer. Is that going to you know, impact things?
And then in fact, it does not at all. So no downside, only upside,
upsides being a little bit bigger cargo space so by making the box a little longer
and a little wider, there’s just so much more room, so we can fit more
babies in the front. – Right.
[laughter] Yeah, right?
– Yeah, no… – Other people’s babies.
– Not our babies, necessarily, other people’s babies.
– Yeah, other people’s babies. – Fit more babies, three in fact. – Plus one on the back.
– Plus one on the back. – So you could fit four children…
– Potentially. – One thing I’d like to speak to this idea
of family bikes and handling, but as a woman or especially,
as a small woman, a lot of these family bikes are really like dude bikes. They’re heavy, they’re hard to handle. I don’t feel safe on them. I especially don’t feel safe putting my
kid on them, and that has been really the revelation. I was not 100% sure that I was going to
use the Load 60 with Ida before she was born, and we decided to buy the bike. It’s been just an amazing experience to me
that I can feel safe and confident and comfortable on this bike. You can feel safe, confident,
and comfortable on it, and Ida can. And I think that has to do with the
engineering of the suspension system, the design choices around fit,
and how adjustable the bike is. – And what that means we should
just make that clear. – Yeah, so what that means is that you can
actually adjust the stem forward and back and up and down. And so when Brett gets on the bike,
we adjust it forward. When I get on the bike,
we adjust it backwards. – And you can do that without tools. – Yeah, no tools, just in the garage. – On the drive, yeah. – And, of course, the seat goes up and
down, like many bikes. But also, you know, like just after I’d
had the baby, I needed it to be really upright, and so I had the
handlebars clicked all the way up, and then as I improved,
my fitness and my core got stronger, I wanted more weight in my hands,
and so I brought it right down. How cool is that? Nobody’s talking about the fact that like
if you want to be a family riding a bike within the first year of a kid’s life,
these are the things that you’re dealing with. And these are the things that the Load
makes possible and makes elegant and fun and happy. And that’s gold, so we want it,
like we want it bad. – Yeah. I will say just to step back from the
Karen and Brett show here and talk about everyone else in the world. Even if you aren’t buying a Load for
family, it’s not that it’s exclusively a family bike. You know, for instance,
Alastair from our staff, he has a Load, no children. And I found personally when I ride the
Load without Ida, it’s also really just, you know, it’s a fantastic bike because
you have all the space, you can throw groceries in there,
you can load it up like you would, you know, a trunk in your car and not
really worry about how you pack things or anything like that. It’s just a big bucket to throw things. Riese & Müller has a tarpaulin option,
so you can open it up and throw whatever you want in there, and it’s all enclosed
and watertight so that combined with the rear rack, it’s a great touring bike. It’s a great…when you set it up with
high-speed and dual batteries, you can go, you know, camping out in the outer lands. – So I mean, a box is only really as good
as like what you can put in it. And what I’m really,
really wowed by from Riese & Müller is just how they’ve been thinking
about…clearly brainstorming like crazy on how you use the space. So you’ve got your lower compartment for
feet or for extra things. You’ve have options of two, or three,
or no kids seats. The new cover is huge and just capacious. – The new weather… – Yeah, there’s the weather cover. I mean, that’s going to be so roomy in
there. I think even I would fit inside. – Much larger than ever before. – Yeah.
– Yeah. – Yeah, it’s like a baby greenhouse,
so you stick your kids in here, and they just grow. It’s amazing. You don’t even
have to feed them. [laughter] – It’s really good for rain,
for sure, but we don’t always have as much rain down here. So what it really is good
for is when it’s cold… – Wind.
– It’s a wind guard. – And he knows about because
he recently froze… – I froze our baby.
– …our baby. [laughter] And then, of course,
there’s the little tray. – Luggage tray. – There’s a little luggage tray. And I have visions of how this thing is
going to be used. It’s like your coffee carrier taken to the
next level, so Brett can take me to work. You know, I’m going to sit up here,
I might be working on my computer, drinking my coffee on the luggage tray. – There’s different… – Heights. – …heights for the sideboards,
so there’s a shorter sideboard, there’s a taller sideboard. I think the taller sideboard might come in
handy, you know, for younger children, so they can, like, fall asleep on
something. You don’t just hang off outside. The weather cover also helps on that. This lower one is a little bit more
visibility, and that’s what on this bike here. – Many of the features on the Load 75 for
2019 are also shared by the Load 60, so an upgraded headlight,
the option of the Kiox display or Intuvia. Now, the Kiox display is going to give you
lots of new data about your ride and your wattage and all sorts of info. – It’s nice and compact. – It’s compact. – Its color. – It’s colorful. The rear rack, it’s the best and most
sophisticated full suspension rear rack out there that will actually accommodate a
Yepp seat or a maximum amount of luggage on the back of the bike. There’s also the option of a really nice
rear wheel lock that actually has a chain that attaches to it which I think is going
to be really handy. And, of course, the option of external
derailer, a 10-speed, or an Enviolo, which is the continually variable hub. – Of course, like any self-respecting
vehicle, the Riese & Müller Load 75 comes with fenders, hydraulic brakes,
and great Schwalbe tires. They’ve upgraded the front fork,
so it’s a nicer front suspension fork with a through axle which is really
important for safety so that’s sort of standard equipment. Now, new for this bike, in the high-speed
variety, you can get it in high-speed, and that’s going to come with brake lights
and a horn. All the Riese & Müller’s are made-to-order
in Germany, so they’re made in Riese & Muller’s factory. And you can choose two colors,
so there’s a matte black which is really stealth and awesome looking,
and then there’s this sort of a…I guess it’s kind of a matte-ish white as well. – So all in all, this bike in my book is
the bees’ knees. – I think we’ve convinced
ourselves to buy one. [laughter]
– I think we went from yes to… – Hell yes.
– That’s right. If you’re in the market for a front loader
cargo bike, this is an unbelievable piece of engineering. So we have the bikes in both stores in
Larkspur and San Francisco, cannot recommend highly enough,
coming in for a test ride, give us a call, or book an online scheduled test ride,
and we really look forward to seeing you. – Thank you so much. ♪ [music] ♪ So that’s kind of carry on talking about
our Load because we do like a… – Banter. – …banter. – Was that good or bad? – Yeah, yeah, it’s good,
but we want to banter now. – Oh, right now, we banter?
– Yeah, just we’re bantering. – About what?
– Just about whatever you want to banter about.
– Oh right now? Like… ♪ [music] ♪