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Riese & Muller Charger (2019)

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The New Charger wants to get out. Climb mountains with ease, compete with the wind, turn your daily commute into an experience. And it wants to be seen. The integrated Bosch PowerTube battery allows the Charger's familiar yet new, original design to come into its own – you can expect to see your colleagues watching you longingly from their cars. The New Charger brings so much fun to everyday life that you'll be itching to throw in an extra trip at the weekend. The New Charger, with its versatile configuration and high-quality components, is of course perfectly equipped for that, too.


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The Charger.
For the daily commute. For the weekend. For the eyes.

The Charger wants to get out. Climb mountains with ease, compete with the wind, turn your daily commute into an adventure. And it wants to be seen. The integrated Bosch PowerTube battery allows the Charger's familiar, original design to come into its own – you can expect to see your colleagues watching you longingly from their cars. The Charger brings so much fun to everyday life that you'll be itching to throw in an extra trip at the weekend. The Charger, with its versatile configuration and high-quality components, is of course perfectly equipped for that, too.

Available in two models: The Charger GT Touring and the Charger Mixte GH Vario along with the Charger Mixte here with a lower cross bar.  Note that this model was formerly called the "R&M New Charger ".

  • Charger GT Touring features the sporty Shimano SLX 11-speed, 11-42 cassette and chain.
  • Charger GH Vario features the continuous NuVinci 380 hub gear, and a Gates carbon belt drive so you are always in the perfect gear: no gaps between shifts, virtually maintenance- and wear-free.  Choose this option to be able to shift to any gear at any time and to avoid the maintenance and repair/replacement requirements found with a standard chain, derailluer and cassette configuration.  Read more about the Nuvinci hub system here.  It also has a higher overall weight rating of 160 kg (353 lbs).

R&M Charger Mixte Video Review and Ride Test

 

Drive

The Bosch system

Reliable, performance-oriented and innovative – these are the standards to which we hold our E-Bikes, as well as all components and especially the drive system. That’s why all Riese & Müller E-Bikes are equipped with the industry-leading Bosch drive system.

Bosch Performance CX motor

The Performance CX is the most powerful Bosch E-Bike motor ever – with pedal assistance of up to 300 %, a maximum torque of 75 Nm, very sporty start-up characteristics and pedalling rate assistance up to 120 rpm. With “Direct Flow” you have a powerful push on the back wheel from speeds of just 20 rpm. Whether it be uphill or on the flat, this acceleration will inspire you. Another highlight in the new Performance CX motor is the eMTB mode, which replaces the previous Sport mode (this is displayed as Sport mode on the Intuvia Display). Here, the progressive motor assistance automatically adapts to the individual riding style regardless of pedal pressure. This ensures optimum assistance at all times, which really pays off on climbs.

Bosch 500 Wh PowerTube

The Bosch PowerTube battery with its 500-Wh energy reserve sets the standard for design and function. Fully integrated in the frame, it remains almost invisible and perfectly protected at all times. The high-quality lithium-ion battery can be charged directly on the bike.

When unlocked, it automatically pops a few centimetres out of the frame, so that it can be removed quickly and easily for external charging with the Bosch charger at any normal socket as well.

Optional: Bosch DualBattery

The DualBattery option with a 500 Wh PowerTube integrated in the frame and a 500 Wh frame battery mounted on it combines the best of both worlds. Together the batteries achieve 1,000 Wh. The load on the batteries is minimised by means of an alternating load in 5 % increments, which significantly increases the service life. Using the included Bosch Standard charger, both batteries can be charged directly on the bike or at any normal socket once removed. Both can even be charged together on the bike. The charging time for a single battery from a fully discharged state is only 4.5 hours. Charging them on the bike together, both batteries are fully operational again after 9 hours. It is also possible to use just one battery.

Bosch Intuvia Display

The Intuvia Display gives you full control and a perfect overview at all times. It provides information about battery status, range, daily mileage, total mileage, ride time, current motor power, time, speed and average speed – clearly legible in any level of sunlight. On our automatic E-Bike models, the automatic version of the display also offers an option for controlling the pedal frequency. A USB interface allows MP3 players and mobile phones to be charged while riding too. It is operated via a remote control conveniently mounted on the handlebar grip.

Optional: Bosch Kiox Display

With the Bosch Kiox display, the E-Bike turns into the ultimate sparring partner for performance-driven riders. Various training modes and perfect handling, with special features such as tactile pressure points on the control unit, help you to continuously step up your performance. It is even possible to pair it with heart rate monitors via Bluetooth. The display made from scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass is easy to read in intense sunlight, while the magnetic holder ensures simple handling. The ultra-modern Kiox is small, robust, compact and ready for the E-Bike future.

Power from within.

The concentrated power of the 500 Wh battery is so perfectly integrated that it is easy to miss at first glance. You either charge it directly on the bike or remove the battery by lifting out and down. The integration into the frame protects the battery from moisture and stone chips while riding.

Because not every adventure starts at your doorstep.

The DualBattery Technology perfected by Riese & Müller ensures twice the range or far higher climbs, fewer charging breaks and longer-lasting riding pleasure. The batteries are so cleverly positioned that the extra weight has no noticeable impact on riding behaviour – and yet both are easy to remove. With the 1,000 Wh now available, completely new destinations can be reached and you no longer have to worry about your range in your daily routine.

 

Delights the legs, pleases the eye.

This frame has it all, from its highly functional design featuring characteristic contours to its remarkable engineering prowess, all its cables and – the battery. Easily overlooked at first glance, it blends perfectly into the overall image. The colour concept emphasises the E-Bike’s sportiness with sharp dividing lines. The superbly finished frame thus comes into its own and all key technical components have optimum protection.

Carbon belt drive

Simple. Indestructible.

Anyone riding an E-Bike with a carbon belt drive from Gates is at peace. And in two ways. Because on the one hand the innovative drive offers a wonderfully smooth ride and great riding comfort. At the same time it is unbelievably low-maintenance and performs its tasks with the utmost reliability. In all models the carbon belt drive is fitted with a NuVinci gear.

 
 

Turns gravel tracks into freshly paved roads.

Uneven trails can be encountered anywhere, even in the city: cobblestones, gravel paths, small potholes or cracks in the concrete can tarnish your riding pleasure. The suspension seatpost and sensitive suspension fork offer so much comfort that you'll barely feel any bumps.

Hydraulic disc brakes

The fastest route to a standstill.

Considering all the technical improvements the bike has gone through over the last 100 years: strong, reliable brakes are still essential. That is why we use hydraulic Shimano Deore, Deore XT or Magura MT-4 disc brakes, depending on the model, which guarantee maximum control in any situation and any weather. Their large brake discs allow the braking effect to be optimally applied as needed. They don’t produce rim wear and impress with their consistent braking performance.

 

With no holder, there`s no holding back.

The E-Bike features a water bottle, but without a single holder attached. This technical feat is revolutionary. The front cover plate of the frame is equipped with two mounting studs on the right-hand side, specially designed for direct mounting of the cageless water bottle from Fabric. It doesn’t get any easier than this when it comes to keeping a bottle within perfect reach during a ride. If you don't take the DualBattery option you can attach another traditional water bottle cage in the frame triangle.

Your Personal Anti-Theft Device.

One thing is certain: with the Charger Mixte you always have the ABUS Bordo folding lock at hand. With the integrated carrier mount it has its set place and comes as standard. It locks simultaneously with the battery lock, so you only need one key for your E-Bike. This is not only very practical, but it looks great too.

Riese & Muller Charger Specifications:

Frame colour black matt*; electric red metallic*; pearl white*
Suspension fork Suntour Aion, Air, tapered, 100mm
Headset Acros AZX-220, tapered, block lock
Seatpost Cane Creek Thudbuster ST
Tires Schwalbe Super Moto-X 62-584 Reflex
Tubes Schwalbe SV21
Rims Alex MD40, 27,5"; Rodi Tryp35, 27,5"*
Front hub Novatec, QR, 32H
Rear hub GT Touring: Novatec Boost, QR, 36H; GH Vario: Nuvinci N380SE, 36H
Battery Bosch PowerPack 500 Performance, 36 V, 13,4 Ah/500Wh*; Bosch PowerTube 500 Vertical, 36 V, 13,4 Ah/500Wh
Motor Bosch Performance CX, 32 km/h
Display Bosch Intuvia; Bosch Kiox
Crankset FSA/Riese & Müller, 170 mm
Chain ring GT Touring: 19T; GH Varioi: 22T, for Gates drive belt CDX
Chain guard GT Touring: Miranda; GH Vario: SKS
Chain GT Touring: KMC X11 ( 109x ); GH Nuvinci: Gates drive belt CDX
Cassette/Pinion GT Touring: Shimano SLX 11-speed, 11-42; GH Vario: 28T, for Gates drive belt CDX
Saddle GT Touring: Selle Royal New Lookin Moderate Male; GH Vario: Selle Royal Nuvola
Pedals GT Touring: VP-538; GH Vario: VP-658, oversized spindle
Shifting system GT Touring: Shimano Deore XT Shadow+, 11-speed; GH Vario: NuVinci N380 grip shift, continuous
Handlebar GT Touring: Humpert ergotec ErgoXXL, 31,8 mm; GH Vario: Humpert ergotec Ergo Plus XXL, 31,8 mm (Safety Level 6)
Stem GT Touring: Humpert ergotec Charisma, 90 mm, 20°; Humpert ergotec Barracuda, 90 mm, 20°*; Humpert ergotec Integra, 110 mm, 20°*; GH Vario: Humpert ergotec High Piranha, 31,8 mm (Safety Level 6); Humpert ergotec Integra, 110 mm, 20°*
Grips GT Touring: Ergon GA30 black; GH Vario: Ergon ergonomic
Brakes GT Touring: Shimano Deore XT, disc brake; GH Vario: Magura MT4, disc brake
Front light GT Touring: Busch & Müller Lumotec IQ-X E; GH Vario: Supernova E3 E-Bike
Tail light Busch & Müller Toplight 2C LED
Mudguards SKS A65 R
Luggage rack Charger carrier
Rubber Bibia
Bell Billy
Kickstand Pletscher Comp 18 Flex
Lock ABUS Bordo Plus
Frame height [cm] 46 cm*; 49 cm*; 53 cm*

 

R&M New Charger Geomtery:

Frame height464953
Top tube length [cm] 58 61 64
Reach [cm] 38 41 44
Stack [cm] 67,5 67,5 67,5
Head tube angle [°] 69 69 69
Seat tube angle [°] 74 74 74
Trail [mm] 92 92 92
Wheelbase [cm] 113 116 119
Bottom bracket height [cm] 28,5 28,5 28,5
Top tube height [cm] 73,5 75,5 78
Stand-over height [cm] 83,5 83,5 84,5
Chainstay length [cm] 47,5 47,5 47,5
Wheel size [''] 27,5 27,5 27,5
Head tube length [mm] 150 150 150
Front suspension travel [mm] 100 100 100
Rear dropout width [mm] 135 135 135
Gear ratio [m] 2,15-8,17 2,15-8,17 2,15-8,17
Weight [kg] 26,8 26,9 27
Weight [lbs] 59 59 59
Gross vehicle weight rating [kg] 160 160 160
Weight rating: Luggage rack [kg] 20 20 20
Weight rating: Handlebar bag/basket [kg] 3 3 3
Childseat compatibility Yes Yes Yes
Trailer compatibility: Single wheel/single attachment point Yes Yes Yes
Trailer compatibility: Two wheel/single attachment point Yes Yes Yes
Compatibility: Bike-Trailer (through hub/quick release attachment) Yes Yes Yes

Specifications

Specifications

Brand Riese & Mueller
Motor Manufacturer Bosch
Battery Size 500WH

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