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Riese & Müller 2025: Does One Premiere Already Hint at the Next?

Riese & Müller Delite5 GT pinion ebike

At Eurobike 2024, Pinion presented fully automatic shifting as a new option for its MGU motor gear unit. For anyone who rides an ebike from Riese & Müller, this would have been an interesting footnote at best. After all, the manufacturer does not install this drive in any of its models. This will change for the 2025 season. For the first time, two ebikes in the range will receive the MGU. And with the new Delite5 and the new Homage5, these are two of the manufacturer’s flagship models.

1. Riese & Müller Delite5 and Homage5
2. Riese & Müller UBN Five commute
3. New “Buggy” option for Riese & Müller Packster2 70
4. New weather protection for Multicharger2 and Multitinker

1. Riese & Müller Delite5 and Homage5

With their distinctive rear carrier and full-suspension chassis, the Delite and Homage have long been favourites among ebike riders. In their current versions, the Delite4 and Homage4, Riese & Müller relies on the Bosch Smart System and equips them with the Performance Line CX. For the time being, these will remain in the programme.

From January 2025, the Delite5 and Homage5 will join them. The newcomers seamlessly pick up where their predecessors left off. They combine an excellent drive with a moderate suspension system, a comfortable seating position and the option of taking a lot of cargo with you – whether for everyday use or on longer tours. According to Riese & Müller, they have worked intensively on the frame geometry. The idea was to give the bike a more direct handling through more progressive kinematics and to emphasise the sporty side of the Delite and Homage a little more than before. With 120 millimetres for the suspension fork and 45 millimetres for the shock, the travel remains unchanged in each case.

Integration of the shock and electric drive on the Riese & Müller Homeage5 GT pinion ebike
Even the shock positioned above the drive unit is almost completely integrated into the frame.

Pinion MGU just the beginning?

Another important detail of the new frame you will not be able to recognise either visually or in terms of riding. The manufacturer has designed the motor mount of the aluminium frame in such a way that it can integrate drives from different manufacturers. Usually this requires a separate mount. Or even a separate frame, since the frame tubes for holding the batteries may have been designed differently. With its approach, Riese & Müller is creating the conditions for being able to react very flexibly to new product launches from motor manufacturers. At the same time, you don’t take such a step without good reason. That’s why we strongly expect that variants of the Delite5 and Homage5 will follow in the foreseeable future, in which we will encounter other ebike systems. So if you don’t favour the MGU from Pinion, waiting could be a wise strategy.

Head tube of the Riese & Müller Delite5 GT pinion ebike
All welds on the frame have been nicely smoothed.

On the other hand, the models that have now been presented have some powerful arguments on their side. The maintenance required for the Pinion MGU is limited to a short oil change after 10,000 kilometres. With its twelve gears, it covers a bandwidth of 600 per cent. Using Autoshift, you can specify the cadence at which you would prefer to ride, and the drive automatically selects the appropriate gear ratio. In addition, there is a removable battery integrated into the down tube, with a capacity of 800 watt hours. You can access information about your ride on the 1.3-inch colour screen of the display.

Belt drive on the Riese & Müller Delite5 GT pinion ebike
Thanks to the MGU from Pinion, there is no need for a derailleur or hub gear on the rear wheel.
Detailed view of the bottom bracket area on the Riese & Müller Homeage5 GT pinion ebike
To allow the battery to sit as low as possible in the down tube, Riese & Müller has apparently placed the motor vertically in the frame.

Top notch and safe

The rest of the equipment matches the standard of the two new models, which are designed to cover a wide range of uses, from conventional everyday bikes to trekking bikes and commuter ebikes. This applies to the high-quality TRP brakes with four brake pistons and the Supernova lighting system, whose headlights allow you to switch between low and high beam. In addition to the standard frame lock, the bikes are also equipped with the RX Chip from Riese & Müller, which can be used to locate the bike in the event of theft. If your bike is actually stolen, the manufacturer’s comprehensive insurance cover will come into effect. This even includes a retrieval service, which is included in the purchase price for the first year.

Adjustable stem on the Riese & Müller Homeage5 GT pinion ebike
The angle of the stem on the Homeage5 GT pinion can be adjusted.

Riese & Müller offers the Delite5 and Homage5 in three frame sizes: 47 centimetres, 51 centimetres and 56 centimetres. You can choose between a pedelec and an speed pedelec for both models. Prices start at 8,399 euros and 8,799 euros respectively.

Riese & Müller Delite5 at a glance

  • Variants: Riese & Müller Delite5 GT pinion, Riese & Müller Delite5 GT pinion HS
  • Frame: aluminium
  • Suspension fork: Fox AWL 34 Boost, 120 mm
  • Motor and drivetrain: Pinion MGU E1.12
  • Battery: TP 800
  • Display: FIT DSP-S Remote Display
  • Brakes: TRP HD-EU835
  • Weight: from 34 kg
  • Maximum permitted total weight: 160 kg
  • Colours: amber, stone grey
  • Prices: from 8,399 euros
Riese & Müller Delite5 GT pinion ebike
Riese & Müller Delite5 GT pinion in the colour Amber

Riese & Müller Homage5 at a glance

  • Variants: Riese & Müller Homage5 GT pinion, Riese & Müller Homage5 GT pinion HS
  • Frame: aluminium
  • Suspension fork: Fox AWL 34 Boost, 120 mm
  • Motor and drivetrain: Pinion MGU E1.12
  • Battery: TP 800
  • Display: FIT DSP-S Remote Display
  • Brakes: TRP HD-EU835
  • Weight: from 34 kg
  • Maximum permitted total weight: 160 kg
  • Colours: Warm Silver, Night
  • Prices: from 8,399 euros
Riese & Müller Homage5 GT pinion ebike
Riese & Müller Homage5 GT pinion in the colour Warm Silver

2. Riese & Müller UBN Five commute

The second new ebike from Riese & Müller for the 2025 season will be in stores much earlier than the Delite5 and Homage5. The UBN Five commute should be available from September. Perhaps it will be faster here because it is not a completely new development. Rather, it extends the existing UBN Five model series. Based on the Ride 60 from Fazua, the previous models were aimed at people who were looking for an ebike for urban use that weighed less than 20 kilograms, did not need a full-power motor and also concealed its e-genetics somewhat in terms of its appearance.

The UBN Five commute now adds a sportier touch that clearly invites you to leave the urban context and look beyond the city limits. And to go off-road, too. Riese & Müller has given the newcomer the addition “commute”. Other brands might have looked for a formulation with “gravel”. Both would have represented only one aspect. After all, the bike combines features from both worlds. On the one hand, there is the commuting idea. With its mudguards, rear rack, permanently installed lighting system and kickstand, the ebike has everything you need to get to work every day, in any weather.

Cockpit of the Riese & Müller UBN Five commute ebike
Riese & Müller integrates an interface to the SP Connect system as standard on the stem.

How much gravel bike is there in the UBN Five commute?

On the other hand, the drop handlebars, the Shimano GRX groupset designed for gravel riding and the Schwalbe G-One Allround tyre with fine knobs bring the model closer to the versatile solutions for gravel and bikepacking. Not to mention the suspension fork. Its 60 millimetre suspension travel not only compensates for cobblestones and small potholes on the road, but also for the bumpiness of forest and meadow tracks.

Since all the add-on parts are integrated into the frame via screw connections, you can even remove the mudguards, rear rack and kickstand and ride the Riese & Müller UBN Five commute as a pure e-gravel bike. This will significantly reduce the weight even further. Of course, this only works if you find the frame geometry suitable for this purpose. Originally, it was designed for an urban ebike. This means that the head tube angle is slightly flatter than on many gravel bikes. In contrast, the seat tube angle is slightly steeper than usual. Some of you might also find the basic seating position too upright. For others, it might be just right for that very reason. After a ride on the UBN Five commute, it will certainly be easier to judge.

Derailleur on the Riese & Müller UBN Five commute ebike
The UBN Five commute uses Shimano's solution for gravel bikes, the GRX groupset, as a derailleur system.

Surprisingly, the price of the UBN Five commute is 4,999 euros, which is lower than the manufacturer’s asking price for the other UBN Five models. Even the single-speed version costs 300 euros more. However, the newcomer is only available in the colour Selva.

Riese & Müller UBN Five commute at a glance

  • Frame: aluminium
  • Suspension fork: SR Suntour GVX
  • Motor: Fazua Ride 60
  • Battery: Fazua Energy 430
  • Display: Fazua LED Hub
  • Control unit: Fazua Road Control
  • Drivetrain: Shimano GRX 812
  • Brakes: Shimano GRX 600
  • Weight: approx. 19.7 kg
  • Maximum permitted total weight: 135 kg
  • Colour: Selva
  • Price: 4,999 euros
Riese & Müller UBN Five commute ebike
Riese & Müller UBN Five commute in the colour Selva

3. New „Buggy“ option for Riese & Müller Packster2 70

Getting on your bike in bad weather is always a challenge. Especially when you have children on the bike, you not only have to keep an eye on yourself, but also try to protect your little passengers from the rain, cold, wind and sun as much as possible. At Eurobike, Riese & Müller is presenting two solutions that are designed to make cycling easier for you – whether it’s pouring with rain or the sun is burning down.

"Buggy" canopy option for the Riese & Müller Packster2 70 ebike
Riese & Müller Packster2 70 with "Buggy" canopy installed

A polypropylene roof for the Riese & Müller Packster2 70, for example, offers protection against both. The accessory, known as the “Buggy”, is supported on the sides by two aluminium tubes that serve as roll bars. The occupants can look out through a tinted window. If you roll out the two side walls and the rear wall, the buggy is transformed into a limousine, creating a completely enclosed cabin. The side walls can also be rolled out only partially, so you can react quite flexibly to different weather conditions.

"Buggy" canopy option for the Riese & Müller Packster2 70 ebike
Tinted windows at the front provide protection from the sun.
"Buggy" canopy option for the Riese & Müller Packster2 70 ebike
The handlebars never come into contact with the canopy.

From model year 2025, this option will be available for all Packster2 70 models at a price starting from 349.90 euros. Riese & Müller will be installing the Buggy option as standard on the special “family” model in the future.

4. New weather protection for Multicharger2 and Multitinker

As a Longjohn, the Packster2 70 with the large EPP box provides the perfect “mounting point” for further accessories. This is not the case with a longtail such as the Riese & Müller Multicharger2 and the Riese & Müller Multitinker. Therefore, a different solution is needed here. The manufacturer uses the railing around the bench seat, called the “Safety Bar”. The struts of a new canopy can be screwed onto this. They serve as a framework for the actual canopy. The latter is stretched over the struts and attached with Velcro fasteners.

Weather protection for the ebikes Riese & Müller Multicharger2 and Riese & Müller Multitinker
With the weather protection open like this, children can comfortably take a seat on the bench.

Riese & Müller calls the canopy “top weather protection” in a sober way. Like the Buggy described above, it also features roll-down side walls and a rear wall. If the children are to climb onto the bench seat, it is best to roll up the rear wall completely and half of the side walls. This should create enough space for this to be done successfully. Inside, the cabin measures 75 centimetres in height at the rear seat position and 80 centimetres at the front. A large window runs almost around the entire side and front walls, providing a view of the surroundings.

Only top and bottom together create a whole

As you can see from the pictures, the side and rear walls do not extend down to the seat bench. This area has its own protection, the “lower weather protection”. Both together are also available as “complete weather protection”. We have found out the price for the “upper weather protection”. It will start at 199.90 euros. The “lower weather protection” is expected to cost a little less, so that the price for the complete solution should settle at around 350 euros.

Weather protection for the ebikes Riese & Müller Multicharger2 and Riese & Müller Multitinker
The gap that remains under the cover can be closed with the lower weather protection.

The good news is that you can retrofit the canopy to all versions of the Multitinker that are already on the market. The same applies to the Multicharger2. The only exception is the HS models with electric assistance up to 45 kilometres per hour. The only requirement: As mentioned, you absolutely need the Safety Bar Kit.

Pictures: Riese & Müller GmbH

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