With the two models UBN Seven and UBN Five, Riese & Müller last year launched the first bikes with Fazua’s new Ride 60 drive system. And even then it was clear that there would be room for another digit between Seven and Five. This gap is now filled by the new Riese & Müller UBN Six — a comfort-oriented variant of the UBN series with a low-entry frame.
While the first two bikes are available with both diamond and trapezoid frames, the UBN Six is only available as a step-through model. But that’s not the only difference: With a focus on additional comfort, the UBN Six comes with 50 mm wide tires, while the other two UBN bikes have somewhat narrower tires with a width of 42 mm. Accordingly, the mudguards of the UBN Six are also wider with 60 mm. And: instead of the slim pannier holder on the rear wheel, a conventional rack can also be chosen as an option, which is compatible with Basil’s MIK system. So baskets or child seats can also be easily mounted.
Apart from the technical specs, the new model adopts the key features of the UBN series: thanks to the compact Fazua Ride 60 drive system, the look of the bike remains pleasantly sleek. The mid-drive motor offers a decent support of 60 Nm, the battery is removable and has a capacity of 430 Nm. The fact that there is no typical screen display on the handlebars supports the inconspicuous integration of the e-drive. It is operated with a thumb button on the handlebars, and a smartphone app can also be used to display additional information.
For smart functions, Riese & Müller offers the so-called RX Connect app, which provides ride data, statistics and security features. Through an integrated and newly developed RX chip, the location of the bike can be located, in addition, a motion alarm can be activated via the app — optionally with light, sound or push notification — in the event of theft.
The UBN Six can be ordered either as a Touring with classic derailleur and 11 gears, or as a Silent model with Shimano Alfine hub gears and 8 gears — in this case in combination with the maintenance-free belt drive instead of the usual bicycle chain. The purist variant as a singlespeed is therefore not available for this model.
Prices start at 4,899 euros for the Touring model (from 20.2 kg) and 5,199 euros for the Silent variant (from 20.7 kg) with hub gears. Interested parties can choose between the frame colors Pure White and Black Matt, the frame itself is available in three sizes. A Comfort Kit provides a curved handlebar and Ergo grips on request — and those who find the standard rigid fork too uncomfortable can optionally choose a suspension fork.