Review: Riese & Müller Tinker Electric Bike

Review: Riese & Müller Tinker Electric Bike


Hi, I’m Brett from The New Wheel in San
Francisco & Marin and this is the Riese & Müller Tinker. The Tinker is a unique
bike in that it is a premium compact bike. By premium, what I mean is that all the
components are elevated and thought through from the perspective of what is
going to make the most high-performance, the most comfortable,
the most durable bike possible. And it’s really just a whole lot of fun to
ride. What Riese & Müller did is they first started off building a really stiff
frame that has no lateral play. On top of that, they’ve added suspension.
It has a front suspension fork that paired with balloon tires means this bike can
roll over things and you can feel comfortable even at top speeds.
In addition to the front suspension, there’s an optional Thudbuster rear
suspension which will give you even more comfort. The handlebar and stem is
able to move up and down and also pitch forward and back and what it does is it
allows you to really dial the bike in to your riding preferences but also
share the bike. And with a 20-inch bike like this, this is a readily shareable
bike among a wide range of rider heights. Anywhere from 6’4″, all the way
down to 5 feet. Like all Riese & Müller bikes, the Tinker is made for you in
Germany. What this means is there’s a lot of different options that you can
choose from. You can get the Tinker as a high-speed model. So it’s a one-of-a-kind,
compact, high-speed bike that can go to 28 miles per hour. You can get it with a belt
drive … This bike here is set up with a carbon belt drive and a NuVinci
continuously variable transmission. Another option is color.
So this comes in three really distinct beautiful colors. There’s this bright
orange which is really nice high visibility and really striking in person.
There’s an azure blue color which is also very bright and then there’s a matte
black. Being a premium ebike, all of the components are top end.
The lighting system is from Supernova, the front lights, super bright, wide beam.
Rear lighting is from Herrmans. It has hydraulic disk brakes. So,
incredible stopping power especially with the 20-inch wheels.
Top quality Big Bend Plus tires with an extra puncture proof belt.
The Tinker also comes with fenders, a rear rack which can fit a full-sized man,
straps and a kickstand. The bike also comes with an ABUS cafe
lock. So this is a really convenient lock if you’re going to be sitting with your
bike or as an added level of security. The really cool thing about the Tinker is
that it really isn’t a bike for one type of person. It’s a bike that a wide range
of people can appreciate for widely different reasons. On the one end,
you have someone who wants a really compact, nimble bike for city living, you
know, narrow bars really good it in and out of places, you’ll be able to carry it
up in your apartment and tuck it away. On the other hand, you have a bike that
really is appealing to maybe even a more novice rider. If someone wants something
really comfortable, a little bit less aggressive with an upright ride position
and a less intimidating frame size. So if any of those things sound
interesting to you, I’d highly encourage you to come in for a test ride.
We have the Tinker to try in our San Francisco store and you can take it up
the steepest hills in San Francisco and just see what a small wheeled bike with a
big engine is going to do for you. ♪ [music] ♪