It’s rare that a technical editor at BikeRadar actually buys a bike because there’s always something ‘new’ to try out. But the Riese & Müller Multicharger Vario has changed Tom’s mind. With a large carrying capacity and 1,000Wh of battery capacity, this electric cargo bike made a big impact on Tom.
It takes a pretty committed cyclist to ditch their vehicle for general day-to-day duties in a hilly city such as Bristol. Tom would be the first to admit that he’s a little lazy when it comes to weekly shops, carting test bikes around and trips to his lock-up where he’s restoring a dilapidated classic car.
Slightly top-heavy, but a pair of car wheels were no bother for the Riese & Müller!Tom Marvin
The Multicharger changed all that though. No longer has he been jumping in his van to cross the town, carry shopping or spare parts for his car — even lugging a couple of car wheels 4 miles across town at one point!.
The Riese & Müller Multicharger Vario with driveside pannier removed
Tom’s now convinced that e-cargo bikes are the future of urban transportation. Do you agree? Let us know in the comments!
Tom has been mountain biking since the age of 13, with a love of fast and flowing trails, or steep, slow and tech. He spends most of his time riding trail and enduro bikes, but will happily dip his toes into the murky world of XC and gravel.