The phone at Coboc HQ rings every minute, but such a call doesn’t reach us every day. “Hello, this is Richy Müller. I think your bikes are really cool and would love to test ride them.”
We are delighted and surprised in equal measure, as requests of this kind usually come in rather unemotionally via the management. Not in the case of Richy Müller. The actor stands for a strong performance. His breakthrough came at the end of the 80s in the film “Die große Flatter,” he has been a Tatort detective for more than 10 years, has made a foray into Hollywood, won the German Film Award, and can most recently be seen in the Netflix production “Skylines,” and is now here with us in Heidelberg for a test drive.
Before Richy Müller devoted himself to acting, he learned the trade of toolmaker. He has always been interested in technology, i.e. how something works. That also comes through during the test ride and leads to a follow-up appointment. “Let’s build a bike together.” No sooner said than done. Coboc founder David Horsch and Richy Müller lock themselves in the workshop for a day and build up a Merano. They screwed, talked shop and laughed. You can see the result in our video.
Fancy at Coboc?
Take a closer look at the Coboc Merano. A fully equipped all-rounder with less than 16 kilograms.
It’s no secret that the actor is passionate about automotive racing: Richy Müller races himself, and in Stuttgart’s Tatort he also drives around in style in an old Porsche 911. The one does not have to exclude the other. Because despite having gasoline in his blood (or perhaps because of it?), the film commissioner loves our e-bikes: “You almost only see e-bikes now. Because those things are going.”
And why Coboc in particular, Richy Müller? “After all, you want to ride a beautiful bike, not just practical but ugly.” A sentence that sums it up and is composed of three attributes in the Coboc design DNA – slim, simple and sleek. An e-bike should be lightweight, intuitive to operate and, of course, look good. Or in the words of Richy Müller: “I only want it because it looks cool and because it’s not immediately recognizable. And most people just think: E-bike? Lump, iron…”
Fancy at Coboc?
The e-bike from the video: our Merano for trekking and touring weighs only 15.6 kg.