battery from one, then switches to the other for 5 percent
and so on, it puts less strain on the batteries and therefore
gives you greater than double the range. It also extends
battery life, since you’re draining both essentially equally
and using less of a charge cycle per battery each time. You
also charge both simultaneously through one charge port.
The current Riese & Müller catalog has 19 different models
to choose from, with a variety of power options, including
models using Nuvinci CVT hubs, Rohloff internally geared
hubs, even some Nuvinci automatic hubs for those who
want a simpler ride. We’ve ridden a few of their bikes and
will have a review of one of the Delites in the next issue.
LANDING IN AMERICA
Last year the company booked a small booth at Interbike,
the big U.S. bicycle show in Las Vegas. They brought over
seven bikes, and when the show opened, the booth was
barraged by dealers wanting to carry their bikes. It was
eye-opening to have so much success from that event, and
they have been able to hand-select the dealers who carry
their bikes. As a result, they are now sold in 15 bike shops
in America, including The New Wheel in San Francisco,
Espokes in Salt Lake City and Propel Bikes in New York.
With the electric motors and 24 years of experience
making bikes, Riese & Müller now employs 200 people
and sells 30,000 bikes a year. Heiko Müller remains
bullish on electric bikes in general, but especially
in the mostly yet untapped U.S. market where he
has seen the start of tremendous growth: “I think
the e-bike is the next big thing in the U.S.”
On page 82 of this issue, Electric Bike Action is giving
away a Riese & Müller Delite bike in a subscription raf;e.
For more information, visit www.r-m.de/en-gb/.;■
5 1. ) There’s an ef;cient system for picking components from the tall racks. 2. ) Assembling e-bikes. 3. ) Wheel assembly
at one of the wheel stations. 4. ) Production line for their
E-Cargo bikes. 5. ) Precision is checked at every point. This
is a frame inspection. Quality control is paramount, as you’d
expect from a German company.
“I think the e-bike is the next big thing in the U.S.”