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Riese & Müller Load 75 Review

Richard Shrubb
By
Richard Shrubb,
Contributing Author
Kristy Snyder
By
Kristy Snyder,
Professional Editor
Images from manufacturer's website

100 mi

RANGE

28 mph

TOP SPEED

6 hrs

CHARGE TIME

84 lbs

WEIGHT

Mid-drive

MOTOR TYPE

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Riese & Müller Load 75 Review: Takeaway

When it comes to the Load 75, we mean it when we say this is a car killer! Buy one, and you won’t have a reason to use your family car most of the time. From business deliveries to home use, you’ll soon find that this does everything the car or van can do with the added advantage of not having to pay parking charges or vehicle tax.

Ideal for...

Replacing a Business Delivery Van
Taking the Kids to School
Shopping
Camping with the Load 75 as a Main Vehicle
Long-Distance Runs

E-Bike Overview

The Riese & Müller Load 75 is a six-model line of electric cargo bikes, all with some great basic commonalities. From the basic Load 75 Touring right up to the Load 75 Rohloff HS, they all have a huge payload capacity of 440 lbs.

Also, every version of the Load 75 has dual suspension, 20-inch wheels, and a comfortable seat that can be set up quickly as different riders use it. This makes it ideal for commercial use when different delivery riders ride it daily or just for families that share with each other.

Another highlight of this e-bike is its safety features. All models come with a Supernova M99 Mini Pro headlamp and Supernova M99 Tail Light that increase visibility day and night. The bikes also have Tektro TRP C 2.3 cargo brakes with four pistons to help you stop faster and smoother, even with heavy loads.

Where the models themselves differ is in transmissions and motors. The lowest-cost model, the Load 75 Touring, has a 20 mph-limited Bosch Cargo Line Cruise motor and a Shimano Deore XT chain/cassette transmission. At the most expensive end, you can have a machine with a 28 mph Bosch Performance Line Speed motor and a bombproof Rohloff E-14 Speed Hub rear hub gear system.

At the price of a quality used compact car, the Load 75 is expensive. But, you’ll have a reason to sell said car and never look back to four wheels again. Riese & Müller are a byword for e-bike perfection with hard-to-beat engineering and reliability.

Reasons to Buy

If you’re serious about reducing your home’s or business’s carbon emissions and wish to choose an e-bike over a car, the Load 75 answers all your needs from deliveries to customers to getting the kids to school.

On every model, you can fit a range of options before checkout. Highlights include a bundle with three child seats and a luggage shelf for $701, a dual battery for $1,078, and a $324 cargo box with a hard cover. In total, there are 12 different add-ons to the basic machine, getting you complete customization over your ride.

Things to Consider

The chief drawback to this luxury cargo bike is the cost. With the Load 75 Rohloff HS, the optional extra battery, and the three child seats/child cover, you’ll be shelling out just under $14,000. You can still get a Load 75 for under $10,000 with some great options, but there are lower-priced electric bikes out there that’ll achieve many of those needs. However, few can match the engineering that has gone into the ultimate in car killers.

Specs & Components

Brand
Riese & Müller
Wheels
20”. Option of road or all-terrain tires ($54 extra)
Suspension
Dual Suspension
Motor Options
Bosch Performance Line Speed (28 mph, 85 Nm). Bosch Cargo Line Cruise (20 mph, 85 Nm)
Battery
500 Wh or upgrade to 1024 Wh ($1078 extra)
Display
Bosch Purion or Bosch Kioxx with GPS ($324), or $108 Smartphone Hub
Transmission
Shimano Deore XT chain drive, Enviolo CVT or Rohloff E-14 Speedhub
Children/Family Use
2 or 3 child seats. Child cover, rear rack
Business Use
Sidewalls and Hard or Soft cover, Rear Rack

The specs above come from the manufacturer and may vary from what you’ve experienced. Notice something that needs correcting? Let us know.

Ratings

Power
5/5
5

There are two motor options for the Load 75: the 20 mph Bosch Cargo Line Cruise and the 28 mph Performance Line Speed. Both offer up to 85 Nm of torque, which is ample for most loads and climbs. If you choose the road tire option, there will be minimal rolling resistance with the tires, but there may be some with the all-terrain tires.

Range
5/5
5

If you spring for the optional extra dual battery, the Load 75 has a fantastic range, capable of 50-70 miles per charge. However, the smaller, 500 Wh option may struggle to do more than 35 miles. Payload/rider weight and terrain can impact how far you’ll travel. A full load of 440 lbs and big hills could drop the range to 20 miles easily.

Comfort
5/5
5

Thanks to the front and rear suspension, you’ll be able to ride a fully loaded Load 75 over cobbles with minimal discomfort. You’ll be sat in an upright, city-bike position. The e-cargo-bike can be configured for off-road use for $54 with off-road tires. This’ll allow for optimal comfort even off-road.

Durability
5/5
5

At the cutting edge of luxury e-bike design, Riese & Müller makes electric bikes that’ll last for thousands and thousands of miles. It uses the highest quality components for superior longevity. Admittedly, its machines are complicated — especially the steering system. But, with proper maintenance, the Load 75 will last for many years of hard use.

Style
5/5
5

Built for the purpose of carrying cargo, the Load 75 is very unique in appearance. The design means you carry your cargo in front of you, which is something not typically seen. Unarguably well designed and quirky in appearance, we give this full marks because it’ll be noticed by others in the street for all the right reasons.

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About Our Editorial Team

Richard Shrubb
Written by Richard Shrubb
Contributing Author
Richard is a well-established journalist and copywriter with years of experience in the EV and e-bike world. He has worked with international sailing magazines, e-bike publications, and national newspapers.
Kristy Snyder
Edited by Kristy Snyder
Professional Editor
Kristy Snyder is a professional writer and editor living in Pittsburgh with over 10 years of content creation experience. When she's not contributing to eBikes.org, Kristy enjoys reading, practicing yoga, drinking beer, and hitting up rail trails.

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