Comfort and ergonomics
Electrification of a folding bike generally adds weight and bulk. The Onemile Nomad is no exception to this rule and is logically bulkier than a beefy model. The interest of such a bike still lies in its volume when folded. The Nomad therefore occupies only 91 x 80 x 45 cm, which will however have the effect of quickly filling the trunk of a car. The Eovolt Afternoon is a little more compact.
Onemile has instead chosen a magnesium frame which allows it to be lighter. With 17.9 kg on the scale, the Onemile Nomad is a relatively portable electric bike. Sure, you shouldn’t expect to easily climb more than one or two floors, but it’s still lighter than the 23kg of Eovolt Afternoon. Folded, this VAE can be moved while riding, held by the saddle. A solution that lends itself to navigation of a few moments in the corridors of the subway, but not over very long distances.
Whether folded or unfolded, the maneuver is simple and takes between 30 s and 1 minute depending on habit. We would have appreciated a slightly more robust system for holding the assembly folded, rather than the magnet here responsible for preventing premature opening during full transport.
This folding bike doesn’t sacrifice comfort on the handlebars. The saddle and handlebar can be positioned at different heights to fit a large number of sizes. However, cyclists less than 1.60m tall will have to opt for another model. In fact, the seat post that incorporates the battery lowers too much for the little ones, creating a risk when crossing sidewalks or other small obstacles.
The handlebar benefits from comfortable ergonomic grips and offers enough width to ensure good stability. The riding position can be adjusted according to whether you prefer a straight position, fairly high handlebars, or more dynamic with the latter at the height of the saddle. The Nomad is not, however, a very sporty model, like most folding pedelecs.
Overall, the finishes of the Onemile Nomad are very satisfying. The assembly is serious and the integration of the elements quite good. The motor is housed in the rear wheel hub, while the battery is housed in the seat tube. The latter can be completely removed easily from the bike to be recharged separately and avoid theft. An anti-theft clamp is offered as an option – we would have liked to have found this as standard. Unlike the Eovolt Afternoon which connects the battery to the bike from below, Onemile offers a much more secure connection via cable under the saddle.
Comfort is provided here by a cozy saddle, Kenda tires with a diameter of 20 inches and a width of 2.25 inches, as well as a shock absorber in the rear. This is enough to ensure adequate comfort in the city, especially if you choose not to inflate your tires too much. The mudguards are good enough at protecting the bottom of the pants, but not the tips of the shoes. To save the latter, the flap would have to drop a little. The chain isn’t hidden by a wrap, so you’ll also need to be careful not to grease your pants.
The lighting in the front is enough to be seen correctly by other users, but it’s a little too limited to provide effective lighting in front of you without other light sources. It is also a pity that the taillight is not powered by the battery. You have to remember to turn it on and off every time, which is far from certain.
By opting for 20-inch wheels instead of 16-inch wheels, Onemile focuses more on stability and performance than on agility. Thus the Nomad offers excellent driving sensations for a folding bike with precise trajectories and appreciable stiffness.
The Onemile Nomad is equipped with a 250W Aikema motor that can reach 50Nm of torque. This motor is located in the rear wheel hub, as is often the case with folding bicycles. This position is not what we prefer for the electrification of bicycles, but this VAE can count on a torque sensor to maintain a certain naturalness while pedaling. The assistance offers five levels, the first three altogether sufficient for the urban and flat environment. The two highest levels will be reserved for the difficulties encountered. The latter is not even recommended in the city as it is quick to push the bike at the slightest pedal stroke. On the other hand, lovers of dynamism will find what they are looking for.
The assistance shows all the same very beautiful things when it comes to tackling the slopes, even the marked ones. Nomad is strong and allows for big raises. Noticeable behavior in built-up areas while driving alongside cars.
The 7-speed Shimano Altus drivetrain proves satisfying for the city. It is not the fastest or the most accurate, but it is suitable for most situations. The autonomy offered by the Nomad allows you to drive correctly up to about 30 km / h, interrupting the assistance at 25 km / h. The sportier will likely require an additional gear or two, but that remains in the spirit of a folding bike brought to evolve in the city.
The assistance system screen offers – in color – a fairly standard level of information. It contains the essentials: instant speed, battery level, distance traveled or even assistance mode. We would also have liked to have found the pedaling speed or an estimate of the distance that can still be traveled. The latter figure would have allowed to compensate for a battery indicator too influenced by climbs and descents with very significant variations, making it difficult to really evaluate the residual energy. Good idea, there is a USB port on the side of the screen. What to give your smartphone a little juice while traveling.
A pair of Nutt hydraulic disc brakes and 160mm rotors effectively stop the Nomad from top speed. It only takes 3m to stop. The width of the tires also helps to increase the friction surface under braking.
With its 486 Wh battery, the Nomad promises up to 120 km of range. A very generous evaluation that does not really correspond to a realistic use. As always, we have chosen to evaluate the autonomy by placing ourselves on the highest assistance mode and making the engine work to the maximum. In these conditions we traveled 68 km on a path that has about 700 m in altitude. It is therefore not impossible to reach 80 km on a single charge with a flatter route and using a lower assistance mode.
It takes just under 6 hours to fully charge the battery with the supplied 2A charger. Note that battery replacement is complicated by its integration into the seat tube. If you want to charge the battery separately, for example at the desk, you will have to contend with the long seat tube and the saddle.
Easy to fold.
Pleasant to drive.
Rear light not connected to the battery.
Seat tube battery.
Keep in folded position.
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