Riese & Müller has also taken up the continuing trend towards chic, urban bicycles for the coming season. Although the Roadster had already been offered as a bike for this category, it had obviously become outdated. So it was high time for an extensive re-design of the Roadster for the 2021 vintage!
The new model pleases already at first sight with the straight-line design, which is also made possible by the battery now integrated in the frame. This comes from Bosch’s Powertube series and offers up to 625 Wh battery capacity. So it is also clear that the Roadster is powered by a Bosch drive system: the current fourth-generation Performance Line CX motor is used for the regular pedelec variants, but the Roadster can also be ordered as an S-pedelec. In this case, the largely identical Performance Line Speed motor is used with a support of up to 45 km/h. The electric drive is combined with an 11-speed derailleur system from Shimano’s XT series or the continuously variable Enviolo 380 automatic transmission — then also with modern belt drive from Gates instead of the conventional bicycle chain.
It should be clear that the bikes are not among the absolute lightweights with this equipment. The roadster with derailleur gear starts at 22.5 kg and the version with automatic transmission at 23.5 kg. For the S-Pedelec in each case still 200 gram can be added.
Magura’s hydraulic disc brakes ensure good deceleration and for more safety on the road, a lighting system with Supernova headlights and a taillight from Busch & Müller is fitted as standard in the mudguard. The roadster also comes with mudguards and a kickstand for high everyday practicality, while a suspension fork from Suntour in combination with the 40 mm wide tires ensures driving comfort. If that is not enough, you can also order the so-called comfort kit: Thanks to the classically curved handlebars, sprung seat post and Ergon grips, you can sit upright and even more comfortable. Independently of this, we would also like to mention the integrated cable routing on the cockpit: here all cables are routed into the headset — which not only looks better, but also protects the cables from external damage!
The diverse configuration possibilities are rounded off by optional front and rear racks, various Bosch displays (Purion, Nyon, Smartphone Hub) and the option for a frame lock. By the way, the frame itself is also available as a comfortable trapezoidal frame in the Roadster Mixte in addition to the classic diamond shape. The former is available in the colors grey and black, the latter in white and a pretty mint green.
The prices for the Reise & Müller Roadster start at 3,799 euros for the model with derailleur gears, the version with automatic transmission and belt drive is 4,299 euros. The fast S-Pedelec models then cost around 700 euros extra each. All configuration options for the new bikes can be viewed on the Riese & Müller website.