Riese & Müller Multitinker Vario Review

The Riese & Müller Multitinker Vario is a longtail electric cargo bike with highly adjustable telescoping and swiveling handlebar. This, combined with the long seat post, allows it to work well for a wide range of rider sizes and be used by multiple members of a family or friend group. Although it only comes in one frame size, the step-thru design is very approachable, and the wider 20″ x 2.4″ tires make it fairly stable side to side. The Multitinker is available in three colors, and can be specced with an Enviolo continuously variable transmission that can be shifted at standstill (they label this build as the Vario, and it uses a Gates carbon belt drive), or a more traditional 10-speed Shimano Deore cassette and derailleur (which uses a chain). This is a more premium electric bike that comes with fenders, a rear rack, and integrated lights. R&M sell a bunch of optional bag accessories and a two-child seat with guard rails that I show in the video! It’s sold predominantly through independent electric bike dealers, such as Cit-E-Cycles in Vancouver where I filmed this. The drive system is a powerful Bosch Smart System Performance Line CX motor, PowerTube 625 battery pack, and LED Remote with Kiox 300 removable display.

Some of the major trade-offs or cons for the Multitinker are that it’s fairly heavy, costs a lot, and can require multi-month wait times depending on the configuration you choose. They build each order in Germany, and then ship it internationally. Most R&M ebike shops will have a demo bike, which may be for sale, but otherwise you’ll have to wait for your bike to be configured. Because of the size and weight, it may also be difficult to transport with traditional bicycle racks. The smaller wheels can feel a little twitchy and have a higher attack angle that might not feel as smooth on bumpy terrain, but they do tend to be stronger and stiffer than taller wheels and they keep the frame low to the ground for easy loading. There are no USB charging ports on the display or control pad, and there did not appear to be bottle cage mounts anywhere on the frame.

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