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Riese & Müller Tinker2 Review

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

50 mi

RANGE

20 mph

TOP SPEED

5 hrs

CHARGE TIME

59 lbs

WEIGHT

Rear Hub

MOTOR TYPE

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Riese & Müller Tinker2 Review: Takeaway

One of the lowest-priced e-bikes made by Riese & Müller, the Tinker2 is still a wonderful bike from end to end. With precise German design and engineering, it’s a reliable, low-maintenance, and easy-to-use e-bike for all city use.

Ideal for...

Compact City Living
Commuting To and From Work
Utility/Shopping
Camping

E-Bike Overview

A compact commuter electric bike designed and made in Germany, the Riese & Müller Tinker2 leads the way in its category. Though not a lightweight e-bike at nearly 59 lbs, it’s designed to be partially folded for smaller spaces by folding the stem.

With a 545 Wh battery and a 250 Wh Performance Line mid-drive motor, the Tinker2 is ideal for getting around the city. However, it lacks a throttle and can only be cycled on pedal assist. This isn’t different from major international brands like Giant, Cannondale, and Specialized.

Those who like an onboard GPS can choose the optional extra of a Bosch Kiox display that can show your route as well as battery, speed, and power setting parameters.

Comfortable and stylish, the e-bike comes with a rack, fenders, and lights as standard, with an optional extra cargo box on the rear.

Reasons to Buy

You’ll likely buy this e-bike if you have a fondness for quality German engineering and want an electric bike that’ll serve you for many years.

One of the aspects of the Tinker2 we love is the belt drive and Enviolo rear hub gear system. Belt drives require hardly any maintenance, and you’ll be unlikely to ever have to do anything with the gear system. By comparison, chain drives and cassettes need replacing every 1,000 miles and oiling frequently. This makes it an e-bike you really only need to charge once in a while and replace the disc brake pads every 1,000 miles.

Things to Consider

Though not as expensive as many Riese & Müller machines, this is not a low-cost electric bike. It has a starting price of $5,779. With optional extras such as a suspension seatpost and Kiox display, you’ll part with over $6,000.

Another minor issue is the Selle Royal Essenza Male saddle. This may be uncomfortable for women. For female riders, we recommend retrofitting it with a saddle for your body shape.

Specs & Components

Brand
Riese & Müller
Motor
250W mid-drive Bosch Performance Line Smart System
Battery
Bosch in-tube, 545 Wh
Display
Bosch Purion/upgrade to Bosch Kioxx
Drivetrain
Belt drive with Enviolo 380 rear hub gearbox
Brakes
Tektro Auriga hydraulic disc brakes
Stem
Folding
Wheels
20” with Schwalbe Big Ben Plus tires
Accessories
Lights, fenders, rack, bell, kickstand
Optional Extras
Display upgrade, suspension seatpost, cargo box

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
4.5/5
4.5

The 250W Bosch Performance Line Smart System motor is another piece of precision German engineering that sits well on the Tinker2. Offering a very powerful 75 Nm of torque, there are very few hills that’ll be difficult to climb

Range
4.5/5
4.5

The 545-watt-hour battery has more than enough range for your everyday riding needs. Riese & Müller e-bikes are designed to be car killers, and with the 50 miles of range here, we agree that you can likely leave your car in the garage for most trips.

As with all e-bikes, range is affected by the payload/rider weight, terrain, and weather. A heavier rider on a hilly route riding into headwinds will get less mileage than a lighter rider in perfect weather conditions on a flatter route.

Comfort
4.5/5
4.5

Sat in an upright, city bike position, you’ll be able to ride this e-bike for many miles in perfect comfort. The quality suspension fork and high-volume tires on 20” wheels will be just right for most city use. If you’re riding over uneven surfaces regularly, we recommend you add on the optional extra suspension seatpost for $162.

Durability
5/5
5

We had to give the Tinker2 a perfect 5 here, as it has a belt drive system and a sealed rear hub gearbox. That means you won’t have to oil a chain at all and will only have to change the disc brake pads infrequently.

Riese & Müller offers a five-year warranty on its frames and a two-year/500-charge-cycle warranty on its batteries, subject to fair wear and tear.

Style
5/5
5

Thanks to its precise, almost clinical lines, the Tinker2 is distinctly German to look at. It has an ultramodern look that’s very beguiling. Offered in either a matte black or crystal white color scheme, this is a machine you’ll be proud to be seen upon.

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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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