The bike that we’re reviewing is a Superdelite in Tundra Grey and a 51cm frame. It’s a Rohloff model with a GX pack and a Nyon cockpit (it also appears in the video below!).
- The Superdelite comes in two colours; Tundra Grey or a Silver Matt.
- The frame size options are 47cm, 51cm or 56cm.
- There’s also a choice on the drive chain; you can either have a Touring, a Vario or a Rohloff.
- You also have a choice of displays; the Intuvia, the Kiox, the Nyon or the Smartphone Hub.
Another option is the GX Pack Upgrade – this is the Schwalbe Johnny Watts tyres. They’re described as a ‘sports utility vehicle tyre’ – basically it’s an all-round tyre, suitable for road miles but also super grippy when you go off-road.
And finally (although, not really ‘finally’ as there are loads of other accessories you can add!), you can also upgrade the suspension to the ‘Fox Float’ suspension, which is the same suspension that’s used on Riese & Müller’s Delite Mountain model.
Without further adieu – read on to find out what we thought!
So starting at the front of the bike and making our way through…
SUPERDELITE: AIR SUSPENSION
The suspension we’ve got here is an air suspension, which can be tweaked to the the riders preference and weight. Here at EDEMO we will set up personalised suspension for every bike we deliver.
It also has a lockout feature so that if you’re riding on road and want to have a more efficient ride, you just move the little lever around and it will lock the suspension out. Most of the time this stays completely open and people go for a far more comfortable ride.
The suspension gives the rider enormous amounts of comfort. There’s plenty of potholes on our roads at the moment so it will just absorb those, and the other thing that it does is act as a safety feature. If you imagine driving a car with no suspension, it would bounce all over the road – well it’s the same on a bike. With the Superdelite, your tyres are pushed down into the road the whole time, so when you’re travelling at high speeds it’s going to be a lot easier to control.
SUPERDELITE: DUAL BATTERY
The ‘Super’ part of ‘Superdelite’ refers to its two batteries. In the top tube here there’s a 500 watt hour battery, and in the down tube there’s a 625 watt hour battery, giving you a total of 1125 watt hours. The capacity of these two batteries will take you well over 100 miles of cycling – perfect.
The batteries are really easy to get in and out, you can use a little key to pop them out and then charge them off the bike (if you wish!). The batteries can also charge while still on the bike if you prefer.
The charger is a Bosch six-amp (fast) charger. It will charge both batteries at once so saves a load of time. The batteries are about 3 and a half kilograms each so if you want to put this bike on a rack on the car, you just need to check the load capacity. The Superdelite does fit onto most of the racks that I’ve had before with the batteries in but just for safety, I normally take them out and fill the holes with a Riese & Müller transport cover.
SUPERDELITE: BELT DRIVE
Something that I love about this bike is the belt drive. This is a Gates Carbon Belt Drive and it’s got so many benefits. You’re not going to need to oil it like a chain, you’re not going to need to do the maintenance on it and it’s also a ‘direct drive’. This means it goes straight from the front sprocket onto the rear sprocket, which means there’s no movement at all, so it’s not going to wear itself out either.
It’s a really, really great low maintenance option. The only maintenance you really need to do on it is to make sure that we’ve got the belt on tight – and, guess what, there’s an app for that! It’s made by Gates Carbon and it’s essentially like a guitar tuner so all you need to do is open up the app, hold it up against the belt here and give it a little twang to see the hertz level. You want to have it around 50 hertz and can adjust it by turning the little bolts on the back of the belt.
One of the real standout features of this bike is this rack that sits on the back. It’s a pannier rack that’s designed to take up to 20kg (yes, 20kg!!). What’s really special about it is it doesn’t sit on the rear wheel – it’s actually bolted onto the frame. This means that all the weight of your load is transferred into the main frame of the bike, meaning you’ll still get free movement of the rear wheel without the pannier sitting on it.
The mud guards on this bike are made of composite plastic aluminium, so they’re pretty robust. They’re perfect for when you do go off-road and you start knocking it about a little bit (there’s nothing worse than breaking a mudguard on your first ride out!).
the front rack and bag are additional options – you can either buy them when you order the buy or get them further down the line once you’ve decided if you need them. it’s a great option and whilst it will hold loads and loads of sandwiches or a roll mat, the most important part is that I think it looks really, really good.
Rohloff gear hub
The bike I’m reviewing today is a Rohloff GT version of the Superdelite. This means it’s got an electronic shifter and a 14-speed electronic hub. The gear shifter is on a little button on the handlebars, and is definitely my personal preference of gear type. One of the big benefits of having a hub gear like Rohloff is that you can change gear whilst you’re standing still and it allows you to take off smoothly.
The brake levers on the Superdelite are absolutely brilliant. They are Magura MT brake levers (front and rear). They actually have a little switch on them, which syncs up with a rear brake light and gives you that extra bit of visibility. These come as standard on a Riese & Müller Superdelite.
On the the front we’ve got a Supernova M99 headlight. It’s small but mighty and I still can’t get over how powerful the light is. It’s great for riding at night, or even just low light and also has an extra button for ‘high beam’ so you can happily ride through the night on your way home from the pub! The Superdelite also has a very nice, loud bell.
We’ve got a Nyon cockpit on this bike; the Nyon was released back at the end of 2020 and it’s got a few really great features. The first is the built in SatNav – always handy. Secondly, it’s touch screen and so, so easy to use in comparison to older cockpit models. Thirdly, the display and options seem endless. You can see the altitude that you’ve been climbing, the number of calories you’ve burnt, the power in vs power out, how much time you spent in different riding modes and many other lovely little statistics.
RIESE & MULLER SUPERDELITE: A SUMMARY
To summarise – I genuinely think this is just a lovely bike. It looks great, the colours are incredible and the capabilities of it are beyond anything else on the market today. The Dual Battery, the full suspension, the Rohloff, the belt drive, the rear rack (I could go on!). Everything you could ever want on a bike, you’ve got on the Riese & Müller Superdelite. I’d highly recommend.