Onemile Nomad test: a folding electric bike with all the good

Comfort and ergonomics

Electrification in a folding bike often causes this increase in weight and bulk. The Onemile Nomad is no exception to this rule and is logically harder than the muscular model. The interest in that bike is still in its quantity when multiplied. The Nomad then occupies only 91 x 80 x 45 cm, with the effect of easily filling the trunk of a car. Eovolt Afternoon for a little while.

The Nomad if fully folded.

The Nomad if fully folded.

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Onemile, on the other hand, chose a magnesium frame that allows it to be lighter. With 17.9 kg on the scales, the Onemile Nomad is a relatively portable electric bike. Granted, you shouldn’t expect to quickly climb a floor or two, but it’s even lighter than the 23 kg Eovolt Afternoon. Folded, this VAE can be moved while riding, held in the saddle. A solution suitable for navigating a few minutes in metro corridors, but not over long distances.

The Onemile folding VAE remains relatively large.

The Onemile folding VAE remains relatively large.

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Whether folding or unfolding, the maneuver is simple and requires between 30 s and 1 min depending on the habit. We would have appreciated a slightly more robust system to keep the assembly folding, rather than the magnet here being responsible for avoiding the untimely opening of the full transport.

The strap holding the folded bike is not very secure.

The strap holding the folded bike is not very secure.

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This folding bike does not sacrifice the comfort of its steering wheels. The saddle and steering wheels can be placed in different heights to fit many sizes. However, cyclists under 1.60 m should choose a different model. In fact, the seat pole that includes the battery is too low for small children, creating a risk of crossing sidewalks or other small obstacles.

Adjust the height of the saddle.

Adjust the height of the saddle.

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The handlebar benefits from comfortable ergonomic handles and provides enough width to guarantee good stability. The riding position can be adjusted depending on whether you prefer an upright position, the steering wheels being high enough, or more dynamic later than the length of the saddle. The Nomad is not, however, a sporty model at heart, like most folding pedelecs.

The straight steering wheel is very comfortable.

The straight steering wheel is very comfortable.

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Overall, the Onemile Nomad finishes are very satisfying. The assembly is serious and the elements are well integrated. The motor is placed in the hub on the rear wheel, while the battery is placed in the seat tube. The latter can be completely removed quickly from the bike to be recharged separately and to prevent theft. An anti-theft clamp is offered as an option-we want to see it as standard. Unlike the Eovolt Afternoon which connects the battery to the bike from below, the Onemile offers a more secure connection via cable under the saddle.

The connection between the bike and the battery.

The connection between the bike and the battery.

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Comfort is provided here by a welcoming saddle, Kenda wheels that are 20 inches in diameter and 2.25 inches wide, as well as a shock absorber in the rear. This is enough to guarantee enough comfort for the town, especially if you choose not to inflate the tires too much. Mudguards are very good at protecting the underside of pants, but not the toes of shoes. To save the latter, the flap should fall slightly lower. The chain is not hidden in a casing, so you also need to be careful not to grease your pants.

Grippy Kenda wheel.

Grippy Kenda wheel.

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shine

Editor's Rating: 3 out of 5

The front light is enough to be seen correctly by other users, but is a little too limited to provide effective lighting in front of you without any other light source. It’s also bad that the back light isn’t battery powered. You have to remember to turn it on and off every time, which is far from sure.

The front light shines right in front of the Nomad.

The front light shines right in front of the Nomad.

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Editor's Rating: 4 out of 5

conduct

By choosing 20-inch wheels instead of 16-inch, Onemile focuses on strength and performance more than agility. Thus the Nomad offers excellent driving sensations for a folding bike with precise trajectories and significant rigidity.

The motor is mounted on the rear wheel hub.

The motor is mounted on the rear wheel hub.

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The Onemile Nomad is equipped with a 250 W Aikema motor that can reach 50 Nm of torque. This motor is mounted on the hub of the rear wheel, as is often the case with folding bikes. This position isn’t what we want for electrifying bikes, but this VAE can rely on a torque sensor to maintain a certain naturalness when pedaling. Assistance offers five levels, the first three are sufficient in general for urban and flat environments. The two highest levels will be reserved for difficulties encountered. The latter is not even recommended by the town because it can easily push the bike with the slightest pedal stroke. On the other hand, lovers of dynamism will find what they are looking for.

The Shimano Altus 7-speed drivetrain.

The Shimano Altus 7-speed drivetrain.

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The help shows all the same beautiful things when facing the slopes, even marked. The Nomad is strong and allows for big hikes. Important manners in constructed areas when driving with cars.

The frame folding mechanism.

The frame folding mechanism.

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The Shimano Altus 7-speed transmission has proven to be a satisfaction for the town. It’s not the fastest or most accurate, but it’s suitable for most situations. The range offered by the Nomad makes it possible to drive correctly up to 30 km/h, the assistance being cut to 25 km/h. The most sporty will probably need one or two more reports, but that retains the spirit of a folding bike brought to thrive in town.

The color screen displays important information.

The color screen displays important information.

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The help system screen offers – in color – a fairly basic level of information. It covers the requirements: fast speed, battery level, travel distance or even assistance mode. We would also like to find the pedaling rate or estimate the distance that could still be covered. This latest data would have made it possible to compensate for a battery gauge that is heavily influenced by hills and ridges with very significant changes, making it difficult to really evaluate the remaining energy. Good idea, there is a USB port on the side of the screen. How about giving a little juice to his smartphone during a trip.

The Nutt brake lever.

The Nutt brake lever.

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Braking

Editor's Rating: 4 out of 5

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A pair of Nutt hydraulic disc brakes and 160mm rotors effectively stop the Nomad from full speed. It only takes 3 m to stop. The width of the wheels also helps increase the friction surface for braking.

The rear suspension provides a little extra comfort.

The rear suspension provides a little extra comfort.

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Editor's Rating: 4 out of 5

autonomy

With a 486 Wh battery, the Nomad promises up to 120 km of autonomy. A very generous review that never equates to realistic use. As always, we choose to evaluate autonomy by putting ourselves in the highest assistance mode and by making the motor operate at the highest. Under these conditions, we traveled 68 km on a route with about 700 m elevation. It is therefore not impossible to reach 80 km on a charge with a flat route and using a low assistance mode.

The front mudguard is extended with a flap to protect the shoes.

The front mudguard is extended with a flap to protect the shoes.

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It only takes less than 6 hours to fully charge the battery using the provided 2 A charger. Note that replacing the battery is complicated by integrating it into the seat tube. If you want to charge the battery separately, on your desk for example, you will need to deal with the long tube of the seat and the saddle.

To recharge the battery separately, the entire saddle must be mounted.

To recharge the battery separately, the entire saddle must be mounted.

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Strong points

  • Easy to fold.

  • Comfortable.

  • Ongoing support.

  • Fun to drive.

  • Perseverance.

Weak points

  • The rear light is not connected to the battery.

  • Battery in the seat tube.

  • Hold the folded position.

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