Riese & Müller’s redesigned Roadster is leaner, meaner, and much cleaner than its predecessor. While it shares the many of the tucked in features of the original such as an integrated rear light on its painted to match fender, the new Roadster pushes sleek to new levels, hiding cables, stripping superfluous frame parts, and making a subtly integrated nest for its battery. The goal of this bike, after all, is to integrate the classic look of a traditional bicycle frame construction with the technological infrastructure of an eBike in a style Riese & Müller is calling “E-sthetics.”
The new Roadster comes in two flavors. The double diamond version has a more sloped top tube than the original for better stand-over and a more dynamic look. New to the line is a mixte version, sharing in all of the Roadster’s clever features and design queues but with greater stand over clearance.
The new frame design partially integrates the 36V/500w battery – not completely enclosed within the frame, but slightly sunken into the downtube. This keeps the complete build lightweight while making the battery placement look and feel more deliberate.
This deeper level of integration goes beyond the pure aesthetics of the product- and has allowed the company to drop the total weight below 44lbs for the complete bike (down from more than 50lbs). This is due in part to Bosch’s new Active Plus motor, as well as well as drivetrain and suspension strategy. Also, the frame is designed to account for the battery and motor weight in handling to ensure appropriate stability at top speed.
This new version features an optional front rack, complete with a classy wooden base and a strap system designed to hold your goods secure. The IQ-X Mini LED headlamps are standard on both the Roadster and Roadster Tour HS models and are integrated into the Bosch display and run off of the battery. The rear racktime rack system is standard on the Roadster Tour HS (available aftermarket for other models) and interfaces with an impressive variety of panniers and accessories through that line.
The new Roadster comes in three color options including Electric Green Metallic (shown), Black Matte, and White (also shown). The double diamond frame is available in three sizes (51cm, 56cm, and 61cm) while the mixte is available in two (48cm, and 53cm). Both frame styles start at $3,879 MSRP for the complete bike.