Libbri, l’alternative au vélo électrique Tern et Riese & Müller

Libbri, the alternative to the Tern and Riese & Müller electric cargo bike

Libbri, Tern and Riese Müller bike comparison: Find the perfect electric cargo bike for your lifestyle

At Libbri, we are passionate about cycling and we firmly believe in its power to transform urban mobility. For us, the bicycle is much more than just a means of transportation, it is a way of life that embodies freedom, gentleness and adaptability to our modern needs. It is with this in mind that we designed our electric cargo bike, with the aim of offering you a safe, practical transport solution that is perfectly suited to your life.

Libbri vs Tern and Riese Müller: Local expertise versus international giants

The first major difference between our Libbri bike and the Tern and Riese Müller models is our localism-focused approach. Based in Grandson, in the north of Vaud, our company benefits from local expertise and an in-depth understanding of the specific needs of the Swiss market.

Unlike our competitors, who mainly target the European market, we have designed our electric cargo bike taking into account the particularities of Swiss legislation regarding light mopeds. This proximity to our market allows us to offer a product better suited to the requirements of our Swiss customers.

Another advantage of choosing Libbri is our commitment to the customer. We are the only ones to offer our customers the opportunity to test our bike at home before purchasing it. In addition, we offer a simple 5-day return policy and an after-sales service that comes to your home to maintain your bike. In partnership with the Touring Club Suisse, we also offer free cover against theft, accidents and 24-hour breakdown assistance for the first year.

Models for comparison:

  • Tern GSD S10: CHF 5'599.-
  • Riese & Müller MultiTinker: CHF 5'739.-
  • Libbri Shimano Deore: CHF 3'990.-

Power and autonomy: Go even further with the Libbri bike

  1. Engine

In the world of electric bikes, power and range are key. The motor of an electric bicycle is characterized by its power in Watts (W) and its torque in Newton meters (Nm). The Libbri electric cargo bike stands out with its 500 W motor and 120 Nm torque, making it the Swiss market leader in terms of power.

Comparatively, the Tern GSD S10 and the Riese & Müller Multitinker feature less powerful motors, limited to 250 W and a maximum torque of 85 Nm. This disparity is explained by regulatory constraints and market differences between a local company like Libbri and multinationals such as Tern or Riese & Müller.

Tern and Riese & Müller comply with European standards, which explains the limited power of their motors to 250 W in accordance with European directive 2002/24/EC. On the other hand, Switzerland allows a maximum power rating of 0.5 kilowatts, allowing Libbri to design more powerful bikes to meet the specific needs of its Swiss customers, especially in a mountainous country like Switzerland.

Libbri's choice of a 500 W motor is therefore relevant, given that Switzerland is the most mountainous country in Europe, with more than 93% of its territory covered by mountains. An engine of this power is necessary to effectively tackle slopes of more than 10% such as in Lausanne or in the north of Vaud.

In terms of uphill performance, both engine power and torque are crucial. Torque reflects the ability to carry loads or climb slopes at a given moment, while power indicates the ability to maintain effort over the long term, in all conditions. Thus, a 500 W and 120 Nm motor will be able to support a load longer than a 250 W motor with the same torque.

  1. Battery

Battery life is a crucial aspect when purchasing an electric bike. However, this data is often neglected by manufacturers or misinterpreted by users. The capacity of the battery, expressed in Watt-hour (Wh), is a determining element of autonomy. To understand the impact of this difference in capacity, let's look at the battery examples of the Tern GSD S10 (500 Wh), the Riese & Müller Multitinker (625 Wh), and the Libbri (840 Wh).

Battery capacity is the product of voltage (in volts) and capacity (in amp-hours). An electric bicycle battery is therefore much more powerful than a laptop battery, but much less imposing than an electric car battery.

An 840 Wh battery, like that of the Libbri cargo bike, offers significantly greater autonomy, i.e. 68% more than a 500 Wh battery and 34% more than a 625 Wh battery. This difference translates onto the road: when the Tern GSD S10 or the Riese & Müller Multitinker reach their limit, the Libbri bike continues to move forward in the same conditions, taking into account factors such as speed, gradient, wind and total weight.

Compared to a car, a powerful electric bike also consumes more energy. However, this argument is moderated by the driving style and the speed limit of 25 km/h. An 840 Wh battery offers significant autonomy, especially if you drive without excessive acceleration.

Why not opt ​​for an even more powerful battery? High-performance batteries, exceeding 1,152 Wh, are handicapped by their weight, like electric car batteries. Lightness is essential for an electric bike, especially for a cargo model, limited to 200 kg with load. The intelligent design of the Libbri bike allows it to be both powerful and lightweight, thanks to a high-quality 6061 aluminum frame.

The actual range of an electric bike varies from 20 to 100 km, depending on several factors, including the weight of the bike, weather conditions, terrain, riding mode and the number of accelerations. Thus, the difference in autonomy between Lausanne and Geneva is notable, due to the differences in topography.

In summary, the combination of power, ergonomics, lightness and economy makes the Libbri electric cargo bike a benchmark for Swiss quality, offering an incomparable driving experience and extended autonomy, even in demanding conditions.

Practical and modular for maximum freedom

The Libbri bike offers an impressive load capacity of 250 kg, exceeding that of competing models Tern and Riese Müller, which are limited to 200 kg. In addition, it can accommodate up to two children, whether they are full of energy or rather peaceful.

When you need to carry your kids, your computer, your gym bag, your purse and your groceries in the same day, your bike should adapt to your needs, not the other way around. This is Libbri's design philosophy that guides the creation of our cargo bike. Unlike Tern or Riese & Müller (costing on average + CHF 400.- accessories), the Libbri cargo bike is ready to transport your children from the moment of purchase, thanks to its standard equipment:

  • The rear and side bars form a secure frame that surrounds young passengers. The side bars provide a comfortable grip thanks to the wrapped handlebar tape.
  • Cushions placed at the rear of the cargo bike provide more comfort for rear passengers, stabilizing their position and reducing the bike's vibrations.

We leave you the choice of the equipment that suits you best. Whether you are looking for a practical urban bike or a versatile bike, with child seats, loading accessories or passenger kit, select the options that meet your needs! In short, make your city life easier by adapting your bike to your needs.

Extremely competitive prices for a more efficient Swiss bike

As highlighted previously, our priority is to offer a bike adapted to the Swiss market and your specific needs. This is why Libbri's electric cargo bike is priced at CHF 3'990.-, a significant saving of CHF 1'609.- (29%) compared to the Tern model and CHF 1'749.- (30%). %) compared to the Riese & Müller model.

To help you see clearly and make the best choice, here is a quick comparison:

It is obvious that the Libbri cargo bike is a serious alternative to the Tern and Riese & Müller models. In addition, we are proud to point out that Libbri is a Vaud company that has specially designed a longtail electric cargo bike for you, our customers. Finally, we leave the design to your discretion, although we are absolutely delighted to contemplate our bikes at Atelier Libbri 😍.

If you share our enthusiasm or if you still have questions, do not hesitate to make an appointment here for a test ride. We would be delighted to meet you.

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