It seems every day we are moving into a new realm in the Electric Vehicle space. In fact, popularity of electric bikes have prompted me to get the Nishiro NGR II electric bike. Yes, it is a little on the lower side but my paranoia couldn’t allow me to purchase a bike for more than a thousand dollars. I had looked at other older versions, but the simplicity in this one caught my eye. To get a hang of it, I took a 50km ride and today I’m delighted to share my experience in this detailed review. After this ‘ride’, you will have a better understanding of the NRG II e-bike, as we will strip off all the good, bad and worst of Nishiro’s latest model of e-bikes.
Riding the Nishiro NRG II e-bike
Overall, there are significant features of the NRG II that really stand out. Firstly, I should recommend Nishiro for the sturdy and relatively comfortable seats. After my hour-long journey, I was still able to walk perfectly without any weird pains down there. Other noticeable features include:
-A powerful 250 watt geared brush motor
-An all-terrain bike suitable for daily commuters
-Bottle holder and a bottle
-Sporty adjustable seat
The Outlook & Feel of the Nishiro NRG II e-bike
The NRG II has a sturdy look with its stealthy black aluminum frame and 27.5 cm tires. It is also available in a lighter shade of white. Personally, I prefer the white one; it looks great on my trainers. Another style highlight is the laid back classic frame structure, which is similar to manual bikes. It is hard for anyone to notice NRG II as an e-bike rather than a manual bicycle.
The electric components add to the bike’s simplicity that blends in well with the overall outlook. The battery mounted in the downtube and the 250 watt brushless motor perfectly fit the bike’s overall structure. The removable mudguards on both wheels provide clearance for sand, mud, and snow. Luckily, I was riding on a sunny afternoon so I really didn’t have to mount them.
I must say that battery location is ideal, especially during top speeds where overall bike handling is tricky. It also provides a better, balanced feel. Another electric highlight of the bike is the neatness in the bikes electric connections. The cable routing is internal and well protected.
Another minimalist feature Nishiro added to the NRG II is the detachable front wheel. Firstly, while detaching the front wheel, it is easy to separate from the frame and requires no screws or bolts. A simple quick-release mechanism allows you to mount and remove the front wheel in a matter of seconds. During long travels or while moving in to another city, your NRG II can perfectly fit in the back of a car once the front wheel is detached.
Now that we are still on wheels, remember to adjust the tire pressures accordingly, considering your weight and style of riding. At lower pressure, the tires feel heavier, and the brakes a little sluggish, especially while gliding through corners.
Looking at the riding positions of the NRG II, you will notice the bike has a classy appeal and an upright easy-going style. The conventional handlebar system handles all functions while riding. The faux leather grips provide wrist support and sweat-absorbing characteristics as well.
The front wheel has a fork suspension system that provides a smooth travel experience especially on bumpy terrains. On the left side of the handle, are two colored buttons: red button for electric horn and yellow button for led lighting system. On the same side is also a lockout system where you can turn off motorized functions and ride the bike manually. This worked well for me especially when I entered the city where the roads are smooth but population is generally on the higher side. If you want a more intensive workout with this bike, just turn off the motor system!
Now, let’s head over to the electric assist system.
The 250 watt e-bike is not as powerful as some heavy machines available in the Australian market (The Sur Ron Firefly powers up to 3000watts! Barely legal, right?). The pedal assist and/or throttle power offered by the rear hub motor has 5 levels of power. During higher assist levels (i.e. 5), you can definitely feel the kick, and easily move along steeper terrains. Such powers can move the bike along snow although I didn’t get a chance to test during winter. The NRG II also has a shimano 7-speed gear system located on the right grip of the handlebar. The gears worked perfectly fine during my trip even though I did not reach top speeds or full throttle.
Nishiro’s 36V 10Ah lithium battery system is non-detachable and recharging should last about eight hours. You can actually recharge overnight and wake up to a full battery ready for some riding fun! Just before I forget, at full power, the battery’s charge should last a distance of 40km or less. At the end of my trip, I had very little charge left. At least I wasn’t going back while riding.
The pedal assist system has sensors that determine when to add pedal assist. There is a bit of delay when starting or stopping the assist especially at the start of your journey. In a few rides, you should be able to adjust to the delays. However, at higher speeds (25 kph or more), the pedal assist system automatically switches off. There are two up and down buttons that increase or decrease pedal assistance respectively.
As with most hub motors, the bike can get cranky although at higher speeds wind noise becomes more dominant. Nishiro’s NRG II also has a walk mode that gears up the bike up to a few mph and is generally useful for walking with the bike uphill or up-stairs. It is activated by pressing and holding the down button used in lowering pedal assistance.
Let’s take a closer look at the LCD display system. The display is located at the center of the handle bar and has information on:
– pedal assistance level
– walk assist mode
– battery charge
– ride information
– trip information
The essential parts of the display are large and easy to read such as the battery level, speed, and pedal assist level. The headlight information, odometer, and status icons, is smaller and somewhat harder to quickly glance through. The overall display is visible and adds a nice touch to the NRG II electric bike. Slowing down the NRG II is handled by the front and rear hydraulic brakes, which can be controlled at the left and right handles.
As mentioned earlier, there is a water bottle holder attached to the aluminum tube. It is rare to find e-bikes equipped with a water bottle cage, and even rarer to find water bottles in them.
Simple bike: The NRG II has a simple appeal that is not too complicated, especially for young adults and kids too. The LCD system is easy to use and the handlebar has a few buttons, which are easy to remember.
Great commute alternative: I found it is easier to cut through traffic with this bike and you can actually go to work on the NRG II. If you are looking for a cheaper method of commuting, this e-bike might just be the one for you. With the assisted pedal system, you really don’t have to worry about arriving sweaty.
Price: At around $799, a purchase of the Nishiro NRGII electric bike seems to be a good price with the sturdy aluminum frame, hub motor, and other quality components that includes a torque wrench.
Non-detachable battery: Non detachable battery means that you can only recharge the battery while its still on the bike. This can become uncomfortable especially when you have limited space. Also, when the battery lifecycle ends, you might consider hiring a professional for safe removal and installation as well.
Slow Speeds: As compared to other superior bikes, the NRG II is generally slow and the pedal assist system stops at only 25km/h. However, there are other types of e-bikes that are not pedal assisted and can spring up to 50km/h. Nishiro’s NRG II might be suitable for short distance travel only.
Availability: I did a few research online and it is quite clear that (as far as online shopping is concerned), the Nishiro NRG II is not really available in most Aussie’ s online stores. For a purchase, you might have to order one from China or buy the few left at selected online outlets.
Overall, the Nishiro NRG II electric bike is a simple bike with impressive features and a minimalist appearance. NRG II is a good bike for all terrains and perfectly blends with daily commuters.
It’s simplicity in design and style is a good choice for kids aspiring to be professional cyclists and seniors looking for a less strenuous workout routine. At about $600-$800, the price for this bike offers a lot of value since maintenance costs are low, and the speeds are decent.
Just remember that I haven’t had a long term bond with this bike so my thoughts on the Nishiro NRG II are relatively based on experience and the few miles I rode on the e-bike. If you own this bike and have some insight on the long term durability, please feel free to share your thoughts with the WheelsGo community in the comments section below.