Comfort and ergonomics
The electrification of a folding bike generally makes it gain weight and volume. The Onemile Nomad is no exception to this rule and is logically more cumbersome than a muscular model. The interest of such a bike remains in its volume when folded. The Nomad then 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 bit more compact.
On the other hand, Onemile has chosen a magnesium frame that allows it to be lighter. At 17.9kg on the scale, the Onemile Nomad is a relatively portable electric bike. Admittedly, you shouldn’t expect to climb more than a floor or two easily, but it’s still lighter than the Eovolt Afternoon’s 23kg. Folded, this VAE can be moved while riding, supported by the saddle. A solution suitable for navigating the corridors of the subway for a few moments, but not over very long distances.
Whether to fold or unfold, the maneuver is simple and requires between 30 seconds and 1 minute according to custom. We would have appreciated a slightly more resistant system to keep the whole folded, instead of the magnet here in charge of avoiding untimely opening in full transport.
This folding bike doesn’t sacrifice comfort on your handlebars. The saddle and handlebar can be set at different heights to fit a large number of sizes. However, cyclists shorter than 1.60m 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 provides enough width to ensure good stability. The riding position can be adjusted depending on whether you prefer a straight position, handlebars high enough, or more dynamic with the latter at saddle height. However, the Nomad is not a very sporty model at heart, like most folding electric bikes.
In general, the finishes of the Onemile Nomad are very satisfactory. 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 easily removed from the bike entirely for separate recharging to prevent theft. An anti-theft clamp is offered as an option; we would have liked to find it as a series. Unlike the Eovolt Afternoon which connects the battery to the bike from below, the Onemile offers a much more secure cable connection under the saddle.
Comfort here is provided by a cozy saddle, 20-inch-diameter, 2.25-inch-wide Kenda tires, as well as a shock absorber in the rear. This is enough to ensure adequate comfort for the city, especially if you choose not to over-inflate the tyres. Mudguards are pretty good at protecting the bottom of your pants, but not the toes of your shoes. To save the latter, the fin would have had to go down a little more. The chain isn’t hidden by a casing, so you’ll also need to be careful not to grease your pants.
The illumination at the front is sufficient for other users to see you properly, but it is too limited to provide effective illumination in front of you without any other light source. Too bad also that the rear light is not powered by the battery. You have to remember to turn it on and off every time, which is far from safe.
By opting for 20-inch wheels instead of 16-inches, Onemile focuses on stability and performance rather than agility. Thus, the Nomad offers very good 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 placed in the rear wheel hub, as is often the case on folding bikes. This position is not the one we prefer for the electrification of bicycles, but this VAE can have a torque sensor to maintain a certain naturalness when pedaling. The assistance offers five levels, the first three globally 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 propel the bike with the slightest pedal stroke. On the other hand, lovers of dynamism will find what they are looking for.
The assistance also shows very nice things when it comes to facing the tracks, even signposted. The Nomad is strong and allows for big climbs. Appreciable behavior in urbanized areas when driving alongside passenger cars.
The Shimano Altus 7-speed drivetrain is satisfying around town. It’s not the fastest or the most accurate, but it’s adequate for most situations. The autonomy offered by the Nomad allows it to circulate correctly up to about 30 km/h, cutting off the assistance at 25 km/h. The sportier ones will probably require an additional report or two, but that stays 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 find the pedaling pace or an estimate of the distance that can still be covered. This last piece of information would have made it possible to compensate for a battery indicator that is too influenced by ups and downs with very important variations, making it difficult to really assess the remaining energy. Good idea, there is a USB port on the side of the screen. What to give your smartphone a little juice when traveling.
A pair of Nutt hydraulic disc brakes and 160mm rotors effectively stop the Nomad at speed. It only takes 3m to stop. The width of the tires also helps to increase the friction surface for braking.
With its 486 Wh battery, the Nomad promises up to 120 km of autonomy. A very generous evaluation that does not really correspond to a realistic use. As always, we have chosen to assess the range by putting ourselves in the highest assist mode and running the engine at maximum. In these conditions, we traveled 68 km on a route that has about 700 m of positive elevation gain. So it is not impossible to reach 80 km on a single charge with a flatter route and using a lower assist mode.
It takes just under 6 hours to fully charge the battery with the supplied 2A charger. Please note that replacing the battery is complicated by its integration into the seat tube. If you want to charge the battery separately, at your desk for example, you will have to deal with the long seat tube and saddle.
Nice to drive.
Taillight not connected to battery.
Battery in the seat tube.
Keep in folded position.