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Riese & Muller Packster 40 Cargo eBike (2019)

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The Packster 40 holds more than it promises: At 2.23 metres, it is only slightly longer than a conventional bike, despite its large cargo area. And that has a threefold impact: It is easily stored, weighs less than 30 kg and is surprisingly agile. The Packster 40 is extremely practical, offering an optional child seat that can easily be folded down into the footwell of the box, creating a sizable cargo area in an instant. The Packster 40 is a compact yet giant hero of day-to-day life.

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You can pick up your dream eBike here in Ladysmith, or we offer free shipping to most locations in Canada.  If we don’t have the model or colour in stock you are looking for, it can be custom made for you in Germany.  You can find out more about this process here.

The Packster 40.
Small frame - big ideas.

The Packster 40 holds more than it promises: At 2.23 metres, it is only slightly longer than a conventional bike, despite its large cargo area. And that has a threefold impact: It is easily stored, weighs less than 30 kg and is surprisingly agile. The Packster 40 is extremely practical, offering an optional child seat that can easily be folded down into the footwell of the box, creating a sizable cargo area in an instant. The Packster 40 is a compact yet giant hero of day-to-day life.

The Packster 40 is available in two models:

  • Packster Touring was designed for sporty riding and uses the Shimano Deore XT 10-speed derailleur gear with high effectiveness.
  • Packster Vario  features the comfortable, continuous NuVinci hub gear and Gates belt drive, ensuring you are always on the move in the perfect gear. The gears are also 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.  The Nuvinci Hub has a wider gear range than the Packster Touring.  Read more about the Nuvinci hub system here.

Riese & Muller Packster 40 Video Review and Ride Test:

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 PowerPack 500 frame battery

The powerful lithium-ion battery attached to the frame has an energy reserve of 500 Wh. High reliability and a service life of 800 to 1,000 charging cycles make it a strong companion over hill and dale. It can be charged directly on the E-Bike or removed from the frame in a single step. It takes 4.5 hours to charge from a fully discharged state. So with the PowerPack 500 you are perfectly equipped for any trip.

Optional: Bosch DualBattery 1,000 Wh

For long tours with lots of luggage or routes with considerable height differences, the DualBattery remains the benchmark. Riders using their E-Bike to commute to work also have to charge their bike less often. The load on the two frame batteries is minimised by means of an alternating load in 5 % increments, which significantly increasing 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 Purion Display

With the Purion, you are guaranteed to never lose sight of things. Its sleek design combines all relevant information on one small, easy-to-read display. While your hands stay firmly on the handlebars, you can navigate through all the functions with your thumb. The Purion is highly efficient, lightweight and trimmed down to the essentials.

Keeping an eye on the most important thing.

The optional child seat allows you to convert the Packster 40's cargo surface into a comfortable seating area for your child. A padded 5-point belt provides a high degree of safety and you'll never lose sight of your most valuable cargo thanks to the upright seating position facing the rider. The seat cushion of the child seat can easily be folded into its footwell, creating a cargo surface in the blink of an eye. And the seat cushion is stowed safe and dry. The child seat is only available in combination with the Carry System.


Sets the bar high. Also in width.

Do you need to take more on your trip than you thought? Is the barbecue party in the forest bigger than expected? No need to fret, because the large cargo surface and permitted overall weight of 160 kg mean greater freedom and loads of spontaneity. With the optional box you can remove or fold down the wooden side walls to transport wide loads. And if you need to leave something important in the Packster 40, an optional lockable glove box provides extra storage space.

The right size for everyone.

The height-adjustable stem and saddle allow you to adjust the Packster 40's seating position to different body heights in the blink of an eye. This ensures that the Packster 40 can easily be ridden by almost any member of your family or circle of friends and a quick change of rider is possible at any time. 


Genuinely compact class.

The Packster 40 offers as much cargo surface as possible in as little space as necessary. With its reduced length, 48 cm-wide cargo surface and its agility, it needs less storage space than other E-Cargo bikes. And at less than 30 kg, it's a real lightweight in its class. Its compact length means it can even be mounted on a car rear-mounted bike rack. To do this you only have to remove the front wheel, so the Packster 40 is only 2 metres long.


Does not bend to any challenge.

The frame has extremely high rigidity values. The less bendy the frame, the more direct the transfer of force, and the E-Bike tends to jitter significantly less. Coupled with the low cargo centre of gravity, the Packster 40's superior riding characteristics are clearly noticeable.

R&M Packster Options:



Made of coated wood. Space for all your shopping. Side walls can be removed or folded down. Also suitable for four-legged friends.

Carry System

Metal framework with upholstered side walls made of weather-proof and water-tight Cordura material. Protected child seat for a child up to eight years of age. Glove compartment usable as an additional footwell. Optional cover.

Glove box

If you need to leave something important in the Packster 40, an optional practical, lockable glove box offers extra storage space. It is located in the floor of the cargo surface, which folds up half way to open. The glove box is only available in combination with the box or the Carry System.


Suitable for the box or the Carry System, a tarpaulin made from waterproof Cordura protects your cargo from all weathers as well as from unwanted glances. (Box and Carry System have different tarpaulins)

Steals success from thieves.

Park your bike wherever you want. Only you can take it away. The permanently fitted Abus Shield frame lock secures your bike in no time at all and the optional 130 cm long chain lock can be used to quickly lock it to the nearest lamppost. Especially practical: frame chains and battery lock close with the same key.

A bright outlook.

At dusk, in the woods or late at night: Supernova’s or Busch & Müller’s LED headlamps provide consistently excellent road illumination whenever you go for a ride. They are supplied with power by the battery. Thus, full lighting power is ensured at all times – whether at high speeds or standing still, for instance when stopping at a traffic light.

Pack twice as much.

If the front storage space is not enough, there is always the optional carrier. It is ideal for attaching panniers, making it perfect for longer bike trips too. Since it is secured directly to the frame, it also benefits from the suspension thanks to Control Technology.



Riese & Muller Packster 40 Specifications:

Frame colour light grey*; racing red*
Suspension fork Spinner Grind 20"; Suntour XCM32 20", 70mm*
Headset Acros AZX-221, block lock
Seatpost Cane Creek Thudbuster ST
Seatclamp TranzX, 40,0 mm, QR
Tires Schwalbe Big Ben 55-406 Reflex; Schwalbe Big Ben Plus 55-559 Reflex
Tubes Schwalbe SV13; Schwalbe SV7
Rims Alex MD30, 20"; Alex MD30, 26"
Front hub Shimano Deore Disc, 32H; Shimano Deore XT Disc*
Rear hub Touring: Shimano Deore Disc, 36H; Nuvinci: Nuvinci380SE, 36 Loch
Battery Bosch PowerPack 500 Performance, 36 V, 13,4 Ah/500Wh; Bosch PowerPack 500 Performance, 36 V, 13,4 Ah/500Wh ( 2x )*
Motor Bosch Performance CX, 20 mph (32 km/h)
Display Bosch Purion
Crankset FSA/Riese & Müller, 170 mm
Chain ring Touring: 19T; Nuvinci: 28T, for Gates drive belt CDX
Chain guard Touring: FSA W1125; Nuvinci: SKS
Chain Touring: KMC X10 ( 105x ); Nuvinci: Gates Drive Belt CDX
Cassette Touring: Shimano Deore Shadow+ 10-speed, 11-42; Nuvinci: 28T for Gates drive belt CDX
Saddle Selle Royal New Lookin Moderate Male
Shifting system Touring: Shimano Deore, 10-speed; Nuvinci: NuVinci N380 grip shift, continuous
Handlebar FSA V-Drive, 31,8 mm, Alu
Stem Riese & Müller, adjustable height; FSA V-Drive, 80 mm, +/-17°
Grips Ergon ergonomic
Brakes Tektro Auriga Comp HD-500, disc brake
Front light Supernova E3 E-Bike
Tail light Busch & Müller LineTec LED; Busch & Müller Toplight Mini LED*
Mudguards SKS A65R*; SKS A65R
Luggage rack Riese & Müller*
Rubber Bibia*
Bell Billy
Kickstand Double leg kickstand Packster, integrated
Lock ABUS Shield*; Abus Chain

Riese & Muller Packster 40 Geometry:

Frame heightuniversal
Top tube length [cm] 50
Head tube angle [°] 72
Seat tube angle [°] 72
Trail [mm] 44
Wheelbase [cm] 166
Bottom bracket height [cm] 28
Top tube height [cm] 59
Stand-over height [cm] 59
Chainstay length [cm] 45
Wheel size [''] front: 20 / rear: 26
Head tube length [mm] 105
Headset size [''] 1 1/8
Front suspension travel [mm] 70
Rear dropout width [mm] 135
Gear ratio [m] Touring: 2.34-8.94; Nuvinci: 2.4-9.13
Weight [kg] Touring: 29.9; Nuvinci: 31.9
Weight [lbs] Touring: 66; Nuvinci: 70
Gross vehicle weight rating [kg] 160
Weight rating: Luggage rack [kg] 20
Weight rating: Handlebar bag/basket [kg] no
Childseat compatibility yes
Trailer compatibility: Single wheel/single attachment point no
Trailer compatibility: Two wheel/single attachment point yes
Compatibility: Bike-Trailer (through hub/quick release attachment) no




Brand Riese & Mueller
Motor Manufacturer Bosch
Battery Size 500WH


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