Velotric Nomad 1 e-bike review: Tackle any terrain in comfort

Advantages

  • Big tires designed for the trail
  • Powerful 750W motor with throttle
  • Ergonomic handlebar for more comfort
  • Large, clearly visible screen
  • Attractive color options
  • Affordable

The inconvenients

  • Heavy
  • Battery operated rear light

As I was preparing to travel to the Denver area to visit my eldest daughter for a few weeks, Velotric asked to evaluate her new Nomad 1 fat tire electric bike. The trails and bike paths throughout this area of ​​Colorado are perfect for testing out a fat tire e-bike. So I enjoyed the fall bliss of Colorado on the Nomad 1.

The Nomad 1 is available now for $1,399 (was $1,599) in Step-Thru and High Step models.

In order to test a bike that might work for everyone, I spent some time with the Step-Thru model, which is designed for people between 5-foot-1 and 6-foot-4 in height.

The High Step option, for taller riders, has a crossbar positioned between the seat post and the front forks.

Velotric offers the Step-Thru model in four color options: Mango, Cyan, Sky Blue and Spring. I tested the Cyan model since I already tested the Veloctric Discover 1 in the mango color at the beginning of summer and I wanted to discover another color. This is the first fat tire bike I’ve tested for ZDNET, and it exceeded my expectations.

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Features

Frame Aluminum alloy front fork and 80mm hydraulic suspension
Motor size 750 watts (1200W peak) with 75 Nm, rear hub
pedal assist 5 levels
Interval Pedal assist: 55 miles. Accelerator: 52 miles
Top speed 20 mph
Battery capacity 48V 692Wh
Display 3.5 inch backlit LCD screen
Lights Integrated front LED, battery operated rear light
Payload capacity 440 pounds
Headquarters Ergonomic urban comfort, width 220 mm
Brakes Hydraulic disc
wings Front and rear provided
Transmission Shimano 8 speed
Tires 26×4 inch puncture resistant
bike weight 73 pounds

Unboxing and design

The bike arrived in a very large cardboard box with the words Ride Today stamped on the side. Attach the front wheel, attach the handlebars, attach the pedals and you can really be up and running in 30 minutes.

By the way, shipping in the US is free for the bike, which is pretty amazing value.

The package includes an owner’s manual, quick start guide, pedals, tail light, front and rear reflectors, bell and all the tools you need to assemble and maintain your bike.

The rear light is battery powered and independent of the bike system, so remember to turn it off when you’re done riding.

Close-up of the front of the Velotric Nomad 1 on the road.

Big tire, fenders, battery and frame.

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For some reason the front fork was installed upside down, so I had to loosen three screws and rotate it before installing the handlebars. It was an easy fit to make, and if you’re not comfortable working on a bike, you can order an assembly service through Velo Tooler on the Velotric website.

The aluminum frame and battery are the same color with a good quality matte finish. The weld feels perfect and substantial on the intersecting parts, and the bike has a sturdy feel with no movement or flex.

Close-up of the rear of the Velotric Nomad 1 on the road.

Kickstand, seat and rear hub motor.

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The only visible wires exit from the handlebars and then feed into the frame tube halfway up the front above the forks. The wires then run through the frame and back to the hub motor, gears and rear brakes. This helps give the bike a very clean look and also matches what we see in much more expensive bikes.

Performance

The Velotric Nomad 1 is powered by a 750W rear hub motor with 1200W peak performance, and if you’ve got the assist set to level 5, hang in there and enjoy the ride. There are five levels and a walk mode, provided on the Nomad 1 with the level of assistance also corresponding to the highest speed provided with throttle action only. When driving on a gravel trail I reached 9.5 mph on level 1, 11.5 mph on level 2, 14.5 mph on level 3, 16-17 mph on level 4 and 20 mph on level 5. The bike is a class 2 bike with a 20 mph limit for throttle mode.

Close up of Velotric Nomad 1 handlebars

Controls, accelerator, gear lever, brakes and large screen.

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It’s been rare for me to stay on an e-bike and get to the top of hills that match my neighborhood, even though I’m pushing the pedals. The Nomad 1 has the power to help me on steep hills and beats the Discover 1 in this scenario. Walk mode is also useful with this big and heavy bike, so I found myself using it more than any other e-bike I’ve tested in the past.

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Wide fenders are supplied and pre-installed to match the tires. If you ride on trails or in other inclement weather conditions, you’ll appreciate the fenders that keep sand, gravel, mud and rain off you and your face. The bike is also designed to achieve IPX6 water resistance, so you can use it when the weather turns bad.

To test the bike for more types of riders, I had my daughter ride it on Colorado trails. Although the bike was big and heavy, she loved the comfort, power and ease of use of the bike. The Step-Thru design made it easy to get into the seat, while the throttle was great for getting off the line from a stationary position. The battery also has a handy and accessible USB-A port, so you can recharge your phone if it dies, which is a good idea for safety reasons if you break down or need help. .

At the end of the line

After fully enjoying everything about the Velotric Discover 1, I was very excited to hear that the company was launching its next model. I wasn’t sure what to expect, however, after hearing it was a fat tire bike, as I wasn’t considering this type of bike for commuting. However, the Bike Nomad 1 is perfect for getting around town and enjoying the Denver area’s hundreds of miles of gravel, dirt, and concrete trails and roads.

The ride is very smooth and comfortable, and the big tires have good traction. It snowed lightly one day while I was testing the bike, so I was able to traverse lightly frozen snow, over fields of crisp dry grass, and through dry fallen leaves. The front shocks helped smooth out the pounding of traversing fields with bumps and ditches, while the powerful 750W motor gave me confidence that I could traverse any terrain.

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Velotric has released another high-quality e-bike at an affordable price, with some improvements over the Discover 1 as well. It’s a joy to ride and it might inspire you to think outside the box, with the confidence and power you need to succeed in any terrain and adverse weather conditions.

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