Riese & Müller Culture GT Vario Review

The Culture is a full suspension urban electric bicycle model acquainted with North America for the 2019 season. It's somewhat specced down from the Homage model, so the cost is lower however it doesn't offer fast engine alternatives or Rohloff center point drivetrain decision. Rather, you get the chance to pick between a Shimano 11-speed tape derailleur or ceaselessly factor planetary transmission called Enviolo (in the past NuVinci). That is I taken a gander at in this survey, and the model name is GT Vario. This bicycle would make for an incredible driving stage due to the agreeable suspension, upstanding and cleared back handlebar, durable by and large form (which Riese and Müller are known for), and intense drivetrain. With a Gates Carbon belt drive, the bicycle pedals discreetly and won't require as much support. You can move at stop, and despite the fact that the Bosch Performance Line CX engine offers move location, it's not so much essential on a CVP center point. Estimated somewhere in the range of $5.7k and $6.3k, it's not the most reasonable ebike on the square, however it comes in three casing sizes and offer a great deal of utility. Before I rundown out a portion of the features, observe that the majority of the equipment on this bicycle is name-brand. I didn't perceive any segments or adornments that felt like a trade off… and that implies they ought to perform better and last more. The Schwalbe tires offer cut assurance and intelligent sidewalls, coordinated Busch and Müller lights with side patterns for greatest perceivability, extra-wide strengthened bumpers that don't shake, huge water driven plate brakes from Magura with customizable switches, exclusively suspended back rack with flexible elastic lashes, custom front container with bungee circles, Selle Royale gel saddle, locking Ergonomic grasps, keyed-alike ABUS alert lock, and Pletscher Comp 40 kickstand. Tipping the scales at ~71lbs, I'd consider the bicycle heavier than normal, however need to bring up how tough the wheels are (the front wheel is appended with a 15mm through hub which you'd ordinarily find on a trail blazing bicycle), and notice that the Enviolo center point weighs 3+lbs more than the tape alternative. You include the 3lb alert lock, front bin, and incorporated PowerTube battery and things begin to click. The additional weight isn't such an issue when you have a high-torque engine and amazing circle brakes. This bundle was planned starting from the earliest stage to convey dependable transportation. The wheels stay in contact with the ground, because of the suspension, and your body is situated upstanding. It's anything but difficult to glance around and spot traffic or visit with a companion. Take a gander at the stem calculating up and how the bars range back. Notwithstanding mounting the bicycle is agreeable, the profound advance through casing requires less hip and knee adaptability to approach, and that is significant in the event that you have a youngster situate on the back. Ordinarily, outlines like this experience the ill effects of flex and wobble since they aren't strengthened all around ok, however that is not the situation here. In case you're in a situation to spend the cash and can weight 1-3 months for the assemble and ship time, this is a brilliant item. In any case, consider the Homage in the event that you need a quicker engine or the Nevo on the off chance that you have to set aside some cash and approve of a hardtail versus full suspension. The Culture is just accessible in one edge shading, for the present, yet it's very noticeable metallic silver that would work for all sexual orientations. With a large portion of the drive framework weight situated low and focus, and a back rack that is sprung. I compare the bicycle to an extravagance car.

Riese and Müller have worked solely with Bosch for their battery and drive frameworks, at the season of this audit. For the Culture line, you just approach the high torque Performance Line CX engine (presenting to 75 newton meters of torque). Utilizing a Class 1 20mph drive framework implies that this ebike will be permitted on the most stretched out assortment of bicycle ways and even soil trails. It's an extremely prominent engine for e-off-road bicycles hence, and conveys an interesting eMTB mode that replaces Sport on the majority of the other Bosch engines. With eMTB, control yield relates near pedal torque, offering a scope of moderate and delicate to quick and ground-breaking as you pedal… so you don't need to snap up or down through the four help levels as effectively as territory changes. By and by, I appreciate the rapid execution of the Bosch Speed engine when driving longer separations since it enables me to stay aware of city traffic, however it will deplete the battery quicker and may be superfluous in case you're conveying apparatus or utilizing a kid situate on the back rack. Once more, you can get the speed engine on other R&M models, similar to the Homage. I frequently remark on casing flex, or whine about the unsteady feel and clamor delivered by modest frill, yet none of that was an issue here. Ideally you can see with your own eyes in the video survey above when I go off controls and through grass, during the ride tests. To advance range, I more often than not ride in the two lower levels of help (Eco and Tour), and depend on the drivetrain for agreeable pedal alternatives. The Enviolo SE is intended to deal with higher torque than the standard Enviolo, up to 75 newton meters, and that matches the Bosch CX pinnacle yield consummately. Having the option to change gears at stop and not stress over gear pounding is pleasant. This drivetrain is inside intense and remotely secured in light of the fact that there's no derailleur hanging down off of the side… only a solitary chainring, a solitary gear-tooth at the back, and a dependable belt in the middle. The Enviolo offers 380-degrees of rigging range, which is generally proportionate to a 11-42 tooth tape. That is bounty for 0-20mph riding, notwithstanding climbing more extreme slopes, and the Bosch Intuvia show offers move proposal to manage new clients for ideal accelerating and engine execution. Anyway, the engine controller estimates back wheel speed, pedal rhythm, and pedal torque more than 1,000 times each second. It's staggeringly responsive, de-actuating immediately when pedal weight is diminished or accelerating movement is halted. The engine turns a littler exclusive chainring (26 tooth for this situation) that pivots 2.5x for each wrench transformation, it's a 65 tooth proportionate. My supposition is that Bosch structured their engine thusly to give a mechanical bit of leeway and lessen postpone time in beginning and halting. It's one of my top choices, yet produces more commotion at high pedal velocities, and some drag when unpowered. With Bosch, my experience is that you're getting dependability and execution, however more weight. What's more, the visual appearance of the Performance Line engines on the Nevo, Culture, and Homage, and numerous R&M models, is less refined that Haibike, Bulls, and some others, who have tilted the engine up to mix into the casing. My supposition is this would have traded off casing honesty on this full-suspension bicycle structure or made it hard to fit a belt drive or the inside battery… however maybe we will see refinements after some time. I would like to call attention to the little spread, which shields jeans and dress finishes from the belt and chainring. One last note, the engine can bolster 120 RPM yield, so you can downshift and turn when drawing closer and rising slopes without losing support, similar to the case with a portion of the down specced Bosch Active Line engines.

Driving the engine, incorporated lights, illuminated presentation board, and any extras you plug into the Micro-USB port in favor of the showcase, is a 482.4 watt hour battery pack from Bosch. The PowerTube 500 is intended to fit inside the downtube, and it seats from above on the Culture, making it simpler to access and expel, in my experience. It's a slick plan decision, since it keeps standover tallness low and positions weight precisely where you'd need it for ideal equalization and taking care of. You can charge the pack while situated or independently from the bicycle, and this is superb in the event that you don't approach a fitting any place you park the bicycle. It additionally enables you to shield the lithium-particle cells inside from extraordinary warmth and cold, which can be harming to batteries. Charging happens rapidly here, gratitude to the quicker 4 amp Bosch charger, yet it's moderately conservative and lightweight contrasted with others available. Given the heavier load of the Culture's aluminum compound casing, tires, and suspension components; I'd most likely take one or both battery packs off before lifting and moving the bicycle. It merits featuring that the battery pack and ABUS collapsing caution lock use a similar key, so you won't need to sit idle and space with three comparable looking keys. All things considered, the PowerTube battery gauges more than the more established PowerPack (outside battery from Bosch), however won't get kicked as effectively. I adore the manner in which it makes the bicycle look, nearly non-ebike, and welcome the rubber treated spread which shields the downtube from scratches when mounting and getting off. All things considered, the PowerTube battery still has a LED charge level marker incorporated with the packaging, so you can rapidly perceive how full it is, and Bosch has a notoriety for supporting their equipment for 10+ years and offering cross similarity. This is one of the more delicate and costly pieces of the bicycle, so it's consoling to have a 2+ year guarantee and vendor support. It's a piece of what you're paying extra for, and it's a decent structure.

Working this bicycle is natural showcase board and control cushion. When the battery or batteries are charged and associated with the casing, you just press the power catch on the Bosch Intuvia show board, and it rapidly stacks a few menus. The fundamental dashboard shows bicycle speed, battery level (a five bar marker), picked level of help (four levels) and a power meter to one side. Along the last, a turning menu shows trip details including max speed, normal speed, clock, trip separation, clock, and dynamic range gauge (that changes as you select distinctive help levels). You can push through these menus utilizing the I catch on the showcase and furthermore on the catch cushion mounted close to one side hold. You extremely just need that I fasten and the/down bolts on the control cushion to utilize the bicycle once it's exchanged on, and they produce a wonderful material snap that encourages you comprehend what's going on, regardless of whether you can't look down while riding. You slide through apparatus proportions (since actually there are no riggings) utilizing a half-hold curve shifter on the right. Given the potential intensity of the Bosch CX engine, I observed moving to be most effective and agreeable when done as I dialed down of the pedals a bit (which diminishes engine yield). I previously referenced the coordinated Mini-USB port, extraordinary for keeping up cell phones for GPS or music in a hurry, and I need to get out the consistently on white backdrop illumination of the Intuvia LCD. It's advantageous in obscurity, however can now and then feel somewhat splendid and diverting. There's additionally a walk mode, which is available on the off chance that you are in one of the four help levels and press the catch on the top edge of the control cushion and after that hold +. This actuates the engine all around gradually, to enable you to push through grass or limp home if the tire goes level. It's extremely helpful if the back rack has load or a little tyke mounted. All things being equal, the Intuvia show board conveys nearly all that I have developed to know and acknowledge in the realm of ebikes. It's removable, simple to peruse, brimming with valuable highlights however not very confounded… I simply wish it indicated battery rate notwithstanding or instead of the essential five bar infographic.

It's pleasant to have another choice in the Riese and Müller lineup, since they produce such special and brilliant items. The Culture wasn't as moderate as I had speculated, however they truly didn't settle on parts and highlights here. You don't get the speed engine as a drive framework choice, you can't get a subsequent battery like you can on the Homage, the lights are ventured down from Supernova to Busch and Müller, and the suspension is spring versus air, however else… they are fundamentally the same as items. The tires on this bicycle are marginally smaller, yet at the same time more extensive than a street or city bicycle, and that expands solidness and solace. I have seen that the Enviolo NuVinci center point can feel drowsy from the outset, and have been informed that there's a ~500 mile break-in period. Given the unwavering quality and ease of use benefits, I believe it's an extraordinary decision. Truly, this ebike gauges more, yet it's substantially more agreeable to ride than a non-suspended bicycle (particularly in urban conditions with defective streets). You have a high torque engine, premium brakes, a durable edge with numerous sizes for ideal fit, and an incredible system of vendors to help any reseller's exchange administration and redesigns. To me, this is a do-anything urban bicycle that would be ideal for driving. I'd most likely get a double battery Homage for visiting applications, yet I don't generally visit and as a rule approach a fitting on longer or multi-stop experiences. Bosch sells a conservative charger that puts out 2 amps however occupies less room, and weighs less. The majority of the frameworks here work together to convey an extraordinary ride understanding, with the exception of the front container, which turns as you steer and can dump out load when stopping. All things considered, Riese and Müller have specced a BlockLock headset to shield the handlebar and fork from crashing into the fundamental areas of edge. The crate can be evacuated on the off chance that you needn't bother with it, and is just evaluated to 6.6lbs. For those with a tyke situate, the front bin could be an extraordinary spot for coats, books, food supplies, or liquids. Which reminds me, there are no container confines present on the downtube or seat tube here. There are some equitable beneath the collapsing lock, yet with a moving back haggle, quite possibly's a major drop or knock could impact and get crunched. As usual, I want to get your criticism in the remarks underneath, and welcome commitment, proposals, and pictures in the R&M Ebike Forums!


One of the main full suspension step-through electric bicycles I have ever observe, it comes in three sizes for ideal fit, and it's intended for urban use versus rough terrain mountain biking like most other full suspension models

The suspension and bigger tires essentially improve comfort, the calculated stem, gel seat, and ergonomic grasps help to lessen weariness, the upstanding body position makes spotting traffic simpler and decreases back and neck pressure

The Enviolo persistently factor transmission can be moved at halt and won't accept physical harm as effectively if the bicycle tips or gets knock at a rack, it's a solid and calm drivetrain with the Gates Carbon belt drive

Riese and Müller truly constrained the unsprung weight on this ebike; the engine, battery pack, and back rack are altogether suspended! I cherish that the back rack accompanies elastic ties for speedy use, has pannier side blockers to shield your rigging from brushing against the back wheel, is Racktime perfect, and has a rectangular window that could work with numerous youngster situate alternatives

Loads of decent frill accompany this e-bicycle including strengthened extra-wide plastic bumpers, a bit of chainring protect, a flick chime, incorporated lights, a collapsing caution lock, and a movable kickstand

Security is a major ordeal, so it's pleasant to see intelligent cut safe tires, an additional reflector on the back bumper, and two reflectors on the brings down of the suspension fork

It's decent that the front lamp has side windows to keep you noticeable from various edges, I like how they situated it under the rack so load won't square it and that it focuses where you steer

The Bosch Intuvia show board has a coordinated Micro-USB charging port, is removable, and is anything but difficult to peruse and utilize in light of the fact that it's so huge, I like this showcase a ton

The 1x drivetrain decreases the likelihood of drops, keeps the chain or belt progressively took care of so your jeans or dress won't rub, and will in general be entirely solid

The back rack is kid situate good so you won't require extra embellishments or connectors much of the time, the official max weight is ~44 lbs which appeared somewhat low to me, maybe that is simply them remaining erring on the side of caution? Most secondary selling racks are evaluated up to 55 lbs, I like that a tyke would profit by suspension and not be bobbed all around like with most different ebikes

Ground-breaking name-brand Magura water powered plate brakes with huge 180mm rotors help you handle the heavier edge and any additional load you may convey, they pull effectively and have flexible achieve switches so you don't need to extend if your hands are little

The bumpers are held set up with numerous help arms notwithstanding the immediate casing mounting focuses on the back rack, they didn't shake around or make clamor like less expensive bumpers I've tried on different ebikes

I adore that the included lock is keyed to coordinate both battery pack lock, so you don't wind up with a lot of extra keys burdening you and getting confounding

A large portion of the wires, brake lines, and shifter links are inside directed through the edge for assurance and improved style, since the downtube is empty and open by means of the PowerTube battery cove, I presume that these wires will be simpler to access and chip away at for shops

Riese and Müller have this way of thinking called "Control Technology" which is alluding to suspension and edge solidness that can deal with higher speeds and give you better taking care of capacity, the wheels are intended to remain in contact with the ground reliably versus bobbing around and losing footing

Given the high limit ~500 watt hour battery pack, it's incredible that the Bosch charger is quicker than most at 4 Amps versus only 2 Amps, you won't need to hold up as long between rides

Communicating with the showcase is instinctive and basic enough that you truly don't need to look down that frequently once you get its hang, the catch cushion creates a material snap and has a natural surface, it's one of the most predictable and dependable interfaces from any organization I have checked on and is my most loved from Bosch

Riese and Müller is developing so much that they have needed to fabricate another office in Germany, they are endeavoring to keep up short hold up times and an unfaltering progression of parts so they can offer this wide scope of drivetrain and extra choices, they have a decent notoriety in Europe and the USA and offer a decent guarantee of 2+ years

More extensive edges bolster the fatter tires and give quality, they even have support eyelets to decrease occurrences of breaking, I like how the edges, spokes, and center points are for the most part dark to coordinate


Despite the fact that the Culture is situated as a progressively reasonable model in the Riese and Müller lineup, a stripped down rendition of the Homage, it is still estimated around $5,699 in its most moderate structure (utilizing a tape and derailleur versus the CVT and belt drive here) which is on the more costly side

Tipping the scales at generally 71.2lbs (32.29kg) for the medium size edge, this is certainly one of the heavier ebikes available and the Enviolo adds to that weight (~5lbs versus 1.5lbs for a tape and derailleur), alongside the spring suspension components versus air on the Homage, and the 3.1lb collapsing alert lock, and the front bin rack

At the season of this audit, there is no speed engine choice or double battery redesign, on the off chance that you need these things you'll need to spend more for a Riese and Müller Homage

R&M ebikes are made in Germany and specced to arrange, so it can take between 1-3 months to get one in case you're obtaining in North America. That is quite a while to pause, yet a few shops do have default specced bicycles in store as a choices

It would seem that this specific model just comes in a single shading right now, I happen to truly like it… on the grounds that the metallic will be unmistakable in low lighting circumstances, however there simply isn't as much decision contrasted with other R&M models

The pedals are really essential, they don't offer as much footing or surface region, yet that probably won't be a major ordeal on the off chance that you don't ride in wet conditions or possibly you have little feet? The elastic track won't cut you on the off chance that you slip off, however I could see bigger footed riders settling on a composite stage pedal like these magnesium Wellgos with customizable pins

As peaceful as the bicycle is with those strengthened bumpers, welded-on casing fabricated rack, and single sprocket arrangement, there is some whimpering commotion delivered by the engine, particularly at higher RPM (this is valid for most Bosch Performance Line fueled ebikes)

On the off chance that you plan on balancing this bicycle from a vehicle or transport rack, you may need to buy a crossbar connector and certainly fix the seat post brace and take the battery or batteries off to lessen weight, I for the most part choose a stage rack rather in light of the fact that you don't need to lift the bicycle as high and some even have slopes to make stacking simpler

Since the Bosch Performance Line engines use a littler sprocket and depend on a 2.5x decrease outfitting framework, they do present a dash of drag when accelerating unassisted or surpassing the most extreme bolstered top speed, it is anything but an enormous arrangement as far as I can tell, yet it is unique in relation to the Bosch Active Line and contending Shimano, Brose, Yamaha, and Bafang items

The front container is just evaluated to help 6.6lbs (3kg) of weight and turns as you steer versus being mounted to the head tube, this effects directing and makes it simpler to spill when stopping, on the grounds that the front wheel regularly goes to the side

Blended thought here, there aren't any jug confine managers on the downtube or seat tube, there are two strung eyelets underneath the collapsing lock mount (simply behind the seat tube) however with back suspension, you could wind up squishing a pen with the back bumper and wheel when going off of a major control or something… we talk about this in the video around 18:30


A full suspension urban suburbanite electric bicycle with high-torque Bosch CX mid-engine, agreeable gel saddle, premium Ergon holds, and a cleared back upstanding handlebar

Incorporated Busch and Müller LED lights keep running off of the 500 watt hour battery, the front lamp focuses where you steer and has side patterns for included security, intelligent tires additionally increment your visual impression

Included ABUS Alarm Lock is keyed to coordinate the battery, extra-wide bumpers and chainring spread keep your jeans or dress clean, the bumpers don't shake much, huge 180mm water powered plate brakes are anything but difficult to utilize and amazing

Suspended back rack diminishes strain on load or kid travelers, next to no casing flex in spite of the profound advance through structure, heavier than most contending items, front container has restricted limit and turns with your directing versus being edge connected, just one shading decision, three casing size alternatives


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