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Riese & Muller Packster 40 Cargo eBike (2019)

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The Packster 40 holds more than it promises: It is so compact that, at 2.23 metres, it is only slightly longer than a conventional bike, despite its large cargo surface. And that has a threefold impact: It fits any storage cellar, weighs less than 30 kg and is surprisingly agile. It's also practical in that the seat cushion of the optional child seat can easily be folded down into the child's footwell of the box, which creates a cargo surface in an instant. So the Packster 40 is the new small, giant hero of day-to-day life.

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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 R&M holds their 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 Drive Unit


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 Power Pak 500

Bosch Powerpack 500

With a capacity of 13,4 Ah, this premium lithium-ion battery has an energy reserve of 500 Wh and is designed to be mounted on the carrier. With the Bosch Standard charger provided, the 500 Wh carrier battery is fully charged and ready to be used again in just 4.5 hours. Like all Bosch batteries, it can be removed or charged directly on the bike.

Bosch Intuvia Display

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.


Twice the range. Twice the riding pleasure.

Riese & Müller is doubling the range of its E-Bikes with DualBattery technology – in other words, by adding a second battery. This increases capacity to an incredible 1,000 Wh. Besides being able to go twice as far on long trips, you no longer have to worry about your range in your day-to-day riding either. The second battery is mounted behind the cargo surface in order to keep the bike's centre of gravity low and to maintain the excellent riding behaviour. This is why the DualBattery version is only available in combination with the box or the Carry System.

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.


Genuine 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.

Grows with its tasks.

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. 

Simply 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. Other accessories can be attached with just one click thanks to the "snapit" system from racktime.

A bright future.

Ride with excellent road illumination at all times with the high-performance E3 LED headlamps from Supernova. They are operated via the Bosch Display, while the energy is supplied via the battery.

The fastest route to a standstill.

The hydraulic disc from Tektro deliver maximum performance, no matter what the weather. The 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.

Steal success from thieves.

Park your Packster 40 wherever you want. Only you can take it away. The standard frame lock clicks shut simultaneously with the battery lock, so you only need one key for your E-Bike. We recommend the optional combination of a simultaneously locking ABUS Bordo as a second lock and a bottle cage plus water bottle.

Riese & Muller Packster 40 Options:


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 problem, because a large cargo surface also means greater freedom and a lot of spontaneity. With the optional box you can remove or fold down the wooden side walls in order to transport wide loads. If you need to leave something important in the Packster 40, an optional, lockable glove box offers extra storage space.

Transport: good.

To go along with your Packster 40, the optional accessories provide the ideal solution for your transport plans. In the basic version the cargo surface is bare, i.e. there is no box, making the Packster 40 as customisable as possible.


For transport tasks of all kinds, the coated wooden box is the ideal solution. The box of the Packster 40 holds all your shopping or a whole crate of beer. The inserted side walls can be easily removed or folded down in order to accommodate and lash on wider loads. By the way: The box is particularly suited to your four-legged friends.

Carry System

The Carry System consists of a metal rail with padded side walls made from weatherproof and waterproof Cordura material. Even when fully loaded, nothing is going to slip out. With a net and a zipper pocket, the interior offers space for small things. Additional panniers can be attached to the rail.

Child seat

On the Packster 40's cargo surface, the comfortable child seat offers space for a child up to around eight years old. Secured by a padded 5-point belt, you'll never lose sight of your most valuable cargo thanks to the upright seating position facing the rider. The child seat is only available in combination with the Carry System.

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)


Riese & Muller Packster 40 Specifications:

Frame colour light grey*; racing red*
Suspension fork 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"
Spokes Sapim Leader 2,0 mm, inox ( 16x ); Sapim Leader 2,0 mm, inox ( 36x )
Front hub Novatec, QR
Rear hub Touring: Shimano Deore Disc; 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 Intuvia
Crankset FSA/Riese & Müller, 170 mm
Chain ring Touring: 17T; Nuvinci: 26T, 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 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 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 Shield, Abus Bordo Plus*

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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