Review: Riese & Müller Packster 40 Electric Bike

Review: Riese & Müller Packster 40 Electric Bike


Hi, I’m Karen Wiener at The New Wheel in
San Francisco and Larkspur Landing, and I am standing here with Riese &
Müller’s newest cargo bike, the Packster 40. Now,
the first thing that we thought when we saw this bike was, “What?”
Well, I’m here to tell you, “Wow,” is what we’ve decided.
This bike is so cool, so fun. This bike has basically what I would think
of as like the most ultimate front basket. What I didn’t fully appreciate about the
bike is what your relationship is with the cargo that you’re carrying.
When I saw a family riding, a dad and his daughter,
all of a sudden I realized that this was the only way you can actually transport
yourself with your kid and have a real conversation the whole way.
So it’s a wonderful vantage point that gives you visibility, safety,
and connection. The geometry of the bike is compact, that even though you have
linkage steering to that front wheel, it still handles with agility and
stability. You’ll feel controlled, confident, and honestly, just
natural, like riding a regular bike but with extra cargo.
Beyond just the space inside of the cargo area, you’ve got rails,
and those rails can fit up to four Ortlieb Panniers. If you really want to
add to it, you can also opt for the rear carrier rack, and that can accommodate
either another kid in a Yepp seat or two more Ortlieb Panniers.
So the sky really is the limit as to how much stuff you can take where you need to
go. Like all Riese & Müller bikes, this bike is made for you in Germany,
and there are different options as to how you’d like to have it built.
Comes with two different motor options, CX drive, which is especially
excellent for very steep climbing, and the speed motor,
which’ll go up to 28 miles an hour, as well as two different drive systems,
carbon belt with NuVinci, or Shimano XT, which is an external gearing system
that’ll be really quick, and sporty, and give you the widest range of gears.
This bike is laden with smart details. You’ve got the option of dual battery,
which means that you never have to have any sort of concern about not having
enough range or enough power. There’s the option of a keyed
alike lock, that’s actually keyed alike to your batteries, your rear wheel lock,
and the lock that you’re going to lock the bike to something, and that
just makes life simpler, and easier, and more enjoyable. A low step,
which means that it’s easy to get on and off of, even if you’ve got cargo on the
bike, and an adjustable handlebar set-up, which is great for family sharing,
but also just if you have different posture needs on different days,
or in different environments. It’s really easy to bring your handlebars
up or bring them back down. A little compartment at the bottom of the
box that can either be a little glove compartment or it’s foot space for your
passenger. So someone even as tall as me, about 100 pounds and 5 feet tall,
can comfortably fit in this small storage area. Suspension at the front end
of the bike that really helps the whole thing stick to the ground and not feel
bouncy at the front end, and a Cane Creek suspension seatpost.
The kickstand is stable and both initiates and comes down really smoothly.
Hydraulic disc brakes for excellent control on the road. Some of my
favorite grips made by Ergon, which just support your hand really
nicely. And a Selle Royal saddle, which I think for most people will feel
really comfortable right out of the gate. If you have a need to transport pets or
kids, the Packster 40 is the bike that you need to check out. But then it also just
gives kind of a new vantage point on life. All of a sudden, you’ve got a bike that
could carry all sorts of cargo to new places in new ways, and that’s really
exciting, and it’s hard to understand until you’ve tried it. So you should
come into The New Wheel and take it for a test ride, because I
think that you’re going to find that it’s really
an unbelievable bike. ♪ [music] ♪