Are you thinking about a cargo bike but maybe want a smoother ride or maybe you need it to fit easily between two vastly different height riders?
The Riese & Muller Load, a full suspension cargo bike, maybe for you. In this video I’ll be reviewing the key features of the Riese & Muller Load 60 and 75, for cargo and human carrying.
Riese & Muller Load Cargo Bike BasicsLoad 60: $8,099 starting & can carry 2 kids
Load 75: $8,329 starting & can carry 3 kids
Key details: Full suspension, electric-assist with Bosch mid-drive motors, and available in various build options including belt drive, internal drive systems, Class 1 or Class 3 motors.
Riese & Muller Load Cargo Bike Features
The Riese and Muller load could be one of the most lusted after cargo bikes on the market right now. It is sporty, it is plush, and it is highly customizable built specifically for you and your family’s needs.
Full Suspension Cargo Bike
The suspension isn’t overly sophisticated, both front and rear are coil suspension but they work well and take a lot of the bumpiness out of a long, stiff, cargo bike. This adds comfort but it also makes the bike feel more stable and sticks to the road a bit better. You don’t have to swerve the large cargo bike around that pothole, and you also don’t have to adjust your body for impact.
Easily Adjustable Fit
The second thing that is most important to me is that you can easily make on the fly fit changes allowing this bike to easily change between rider heights.
They say riders between 5 feet and 6 foot 4 can comfortably ride this. Now, that is pushing the extremes it but the easy to adjust handlebar height and reach is nice. Do note that if you have the handlebar all the way forward it may conflict with the rain cover. The Riese and Muller Packster has some adjustments but not the back and front adjustment of the reach.
Metal Frame Around Cargo
The third piece that I don’t believe is talked about enough on the Load models is the fact that there is a true metal frame surrounding your cargo or children. I wish the sides of the frame were higher but that is my personal opinion. Now, there still aren't’ safety ratings for cargo bikes but if you have watched or read any of my content, I air to the side of overly safe with my children due to my personality and my wife being a pediatric emergency doctor.
These bikes are highly customizable which is GREAT and sometimes inconvenient.
In the US, Riese and Muller don’t keep inventory for shops to order from because every bike is built to the shop’s specific request from the German factory. Some larger shops do have an inventory of these bikes based on previous sales history, but most shops like mine will custom order your bike for you down to the color, gearing, and accessories. This is amazing but also can add time because building a bike in Germany and then shipping it to the united states takes time.
Now is it worth it? Many people think so. This bike is also often someone’s second cargo bike so they have one they are using during the waiting period which makes it a little less agonizing.
Taking this fourth feature a bit further...Innovation
Due to Riese & Muller building to order and not sitting on built inventory they are possibly a bit more nimble than other cargo companies, and they are able to have the most up to date options available for customers since they are small-batch building them. They work hand in hand with companies like Bosch or Rohloff to have the newest and best technology to offer. They are innovators that don’t put out subpar products that aren’t properly tested and this is one of the key reasons I’m a Riese & Muller dealer.
Well there you have it, those were my top 4 features of the Reise and Muller Load cargo bikes. This article and video are kicking off a series on the Riese and Muller bikes, so if you want to get more in-depth with these bikes make sure to follow along or visit the Riese & Muller YouTube playlist!Visit Your Colorado Cargo Bike Shop - Bike Shop Girl!
If you are in the Colorado area, you can book a 1 on 1 cargo bike consultation with me at my bike shop or on the phone!
Until next time, thank you for watching, make sure to tell a friend about the cargo bike life and I’ll see you in the next one!