Review: Riese & Müller Roadster Electric Bike

Review: Riese & Müller Roadster Electric Bike


Hi, my name is Karen Wiener from The New
Wheel and San Francisco & Marin. I’m here today to share with you some of
our thoughts on the recent Müller Roadster. It’s a newly revamped
version of this bike, and I have to say, I’ve just been so excited to ride it and I
can’t wait to tell you about it. The bike is kind of a classic-looking
bicycle in many ways. It looks unassuming and it fits like a
glove. There are a few key kind of design concepts that really make this bike what
it is. For example, it’s built to be comfortable, so even though it looks
light and sporty, it’s got a shortened top tube, which keep you sitting nice and
upright, really kind of visible to traffic, and able to see what’s going
on around you. It has front suspension, which makes it kind of adhere to the road
a little bit more, especially for urban context where maybe the pavement leaves a
little bit something to be desired. And then their accessories are just so
well thought through. So the first time I got on this bike,
I happened to have two random things with me. I had a Polaroid camera and a bag
of cookies, and I had to get both of them where I was going, I had no bag.
The front rack has small elastic straps on them that allowed me to just strap both
of those items in. Riese & Müller is truly one of these companies that just thinks of
how you want to use your bike, thinks of kind of what the use case of a
bike is, makes it, you get on it, and you love it. The Roadster is available
in the Mixte style, but it’s also available in a standard diamond frame,
which really looks like a regular bike. From an aesthetic standpoint,
the bike is simple and streamlined. The fenders and frame will always match
colors, and you’ve got just kind of this beautiful lightweight look going.
Like all Riese & Müller bikes, the Roadster is made for you in Germany,
and so you have several choices about how you want to get your bike.
There are of course frame style differences of step-through or Mixte,
versus diamond frame. There’s color, white, green, or a nice matte black.
And then there’s speed and motor style, so there’s a version that goes to 20 miles
an hour that’s especially well-suited for super, super steep climbing.
And then there is a speed version that goes to 27 miles an hour.
The racks are actually also options on this bike, but frankly,
I can’t imagine wanting this bike without the front and rear rack because it
totally takes the bike from a nice electric bike to a bike that you’re going
to be able to go out and have fun on, go on an impromptu errand, stop somewhere,
grab something you didn’t expect to find, and that is what e-biking is all about.
Needless to say, the bike uses all kinds of top-level brand components,
from Magura, Shimano, Schwalbe, and Bosch, but the question is really like what that
does and what it means for you as a rider. So the shifting is quick, agile,
and feels really familiar to most people. You’re going to be able to shift from,
you know, a fast high gear right down to a low gear for steep hill climbing very,
very quickly. The disc brakes handle really nicely. They’re going to give you
great control in all weather, and really make it easy for you
to feel confident on the bike. So if you’re looking for a light bike,
a bike that you’re going to ride around the city, or take on the train,
or just that handles like an agile, familiar bicycle that can go anywhere and
take you to places that you’ve never expected to go by bike before,
you’ve got to check out the Roadster. It’s a bike that looks totally
unassuming, so you have to get on it, and you’ve got to come by our shop and
take a test ride. It’s a really, really exceptional bike to ride. And also,
they look pretty great together, in the garage or out
on the road. Just saying. ♪ [music] ♪