Review: Riese & Muller Load & Packster Bosch Electric Cargo Bikes


– [Brett] Hi. I’m Brett from The New Wheel
electric bike shop in San Francisco and Marin. We have never sold a front-loading
cargo bike before, and it’s because we haven’t really found any that really
work in a really hilly place like the San Francisco Bay area. That all changes
with the Riese & Muller cargo bikes. So today, I’m going to talk to you about
the Packster, Karen is going to talk to you about the Load, and we’re going to
tell you why we’ve decided now to start carrying front-loading cargo bikes. – [Karen] This is it. This is the Load by
Riese & Muller. It’s a full suspension bike that can go anywhere and carry
anything along the way. There’s a fun aspect to full suspension, but there’s
also a really useful aspect to full suspension. That is that if you’re
carrying heavy loads at high speeds, you’ve got much better grip on the ground.
You can take corners more easily. It really changes the way that the bicycle
handles. – This is the Packster. It’s a hardtail,
front-loading cargo bike. It has front suspension, so your front
cargo is going to stay suspended and comfortable, whether that’s vegetables or
that’s children, and it has a lot of really smart features. Many peoples’
complaints with a front-loading cargo bike is that they’re very heavy, they’re a
little bit cumbersome, and they’re difficult to ride. Well, this is a
different setup here. It has a very, very low step frame, extremely easy to
jump on and off. The steering system is extremely well engineered. The frame is
stiff and the wheel base isn’t so long. We have been amazed by how easy the
Riese & Muller cargo bikes are to ride. It also happens to be one of the
lightest-weight bikes in this style. Cargo bikes are often shared by multiple
riders of multiple heights. On the Packster, you have a quick
adjustable handlebar. So you can bring it up or down. – The Load, a rotating stem that actually
allows people to adjust their reach and the height, making it probably the most
amenable to especially smaller riders. The bike comes standard with lights,
fenders, one of the easiest to use kickstands. – Hydraulic disc brakes. It has a built-in
wheel lock, so you can park this bike and feel secure that it’s not going to go
rolling away without you. It’s got a super-rigid, strong frame, and
it has really large-format, wide tires for comfortable city riding. – You can choose between the Bosch CX
Drive, which is the high-torque model, or the speed motor. The performance speed
motor goes up to 28 miles an hour, making this one of the quickest and
longest-range cargo bikes on the market. – A 500 watt-hour battery pack with an
option to extend it up to 1,000 watt-hours or 1 kilowatt-hour, with the dual battery
option. Like all Riese & Muller bikes, you are able to customize this to do and
be exactly what you need it to be. To give you an example of what’s possible,
I’ll talk a little bit about our demo bike here. This is called the Packster NuVinci.
This has the Nuvinci infinitely variable N380 hub. It has a Gates Carbon Belt
Drive, which makes for very low maintenance and simple operation. The
Nuvinci hub is a particularly nice setup for a cargo bike like this, because you
can shift under load, you can shift even at a stoplight, and the experience of
shifting is very smooth and controlled. – There are tons of options in terms of
what your cargo format is going to look like. It’s really designed in a modular
fashion for cargo, for stuff, maybe a small child. – If you’re using it more for hauling and
more delivery, there’s box options. You can get a longer wheelbase version,
which is particularly useful if you’re hauling lots of stuff, and the child seat
option as well, which is two child seats with harness and a cushion at the bottom. – So if you’ve been interested in a
front-loading cargo bike, but haven’t quite found what you’re
looking for, come on in. – We’re super-excited about it. We think
it’s a game-changing front loader. – It will change your perspective on the
front loader cargo bikes, just like it has ours. ♪ [music] ♪