This review gives you a quick and unbiased answer to whether you should buy Nakamura E-Fit 150 W or not.
We wanted to understand if the urban version of this electric bicycle by the sports specialist, Intersport, lived up to its alter ego, that is, the electric mountain bike. Here are a detailed review and our opinion about Nakamura E-Fit 150 W urban electric bike.
Table of Contents
- Excellent value for money
- Good quality LCD
- The overall level of equipment is above average
- Transmission quality could be better
- Slightly restrained engine
Intersport tends to tease its giant rival, Decathlon, when it comes to electric bikes. Nakamura is the challenger of the omnipotent Rockrider.
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Is this Intersport model perfect for electric bike beginners?
The sports specialist, Intersport, is now moving towards the urban areas with its electrically assisted bicycle that tries to incorporate all the functions of its alter ego, the mountain bike. The level of equipment in the intercity e-bike is more than average at a reasonable price. The E-fit 150 W has come out in two versions, male and female.
However, the only difference between the two models lies in the transverse tube that exists in the male version of e-fit 250 W. To give out our review, we opted for the female version, aptly named e-fit 150 W.
Apart from the fact that it does not seem very useful to necessarily offer two different versions based on gender, the model we chose simply seemed prettier and more suited to ride around the city.
Nakamura E-Fit – outstanding design quality
With its first electric mountain bike, Intersport has given us a relatively high-quality design. Despite having a very attractive price tag, the E-summit 710 could boast its attractive technical sheet.
Intersport had the brilliant idea to renew this recipe for its city bike. The results indicated that the e-fit is very neat and well-endowed in its design. The ultimate strength of Intersport is to have the French Manufacture of Machecoul in its lap.
The E-Fit does not only boast of benefiting from recognized know-how in its design but also from a “made in France” label, which is quite rare in the world of cycles. The pickiest will probably regret the thickness of the welds, but such a product is rare at the price of 1500 euros only.
On the other hand, one can also appreciate the efforts of integration by looking at the battery. The battery on the bike seems to be well-integrated. Moreover, it is removable. The control screen seems quite imposing, but it is far above what most of the competitors offer.
And an impressive line of equipment
Nakamura E-Fit 150 W sets the bar very high on its equipment. It simply has everything that you need to ride, no matter what the weather conditions. Let’s start with the fundamentals. There are mudguards, LED lamps, and even a kickstand. However, there are some special touches on the equipment, such as top-notch handles, a solid luggage rack, and aluminum pedals.
But above all, Intersport is known for equipping its Nakamura city bike with hydraulic disc brakes and a suspension fork. These are two relatively rare accessories that we hardly find on mid-range electric bikes.
Last but not least, the transmission leaves us a bit in confusion. The Shimano ALTUS SL-M310 and RD M311 groups seem like slightly undersized choices for e-bikes like the E-fit 150 W of Nakamura.
Pleasant riding quality, despite having a restrained motor
The good visual impression that the Nakamura e-fit 150 W leaves is confirmed through the way it can be handled on the roads. The 28-inch wheels on the bike are surely an undeniable asset when it comes to swallowing tar.
At this point, you must be thinking that the Michelin Protek tires are perfectly suited for rides on paved roads. However, they turn out not as good or less at ease when it becomes necessary to take them on muddy roads or paths.
The Shimano hydraulic disc brakes seemed very effective, even while riding this bike on wet roads. Speaking of the engine, even though it has a stamp of ‘Nakamura’ on it, it is undoubtedly the M80 BBTR, manufactured and assembled in China.
Although its behavior on the road is quite pleasant and the torque is quite enough to squeeze between two cars or to jump on a bump, the engine seems to have been restrained.
This is a fairly common practice aimed at preserving autonomy and complying with e-biking regulations. It is though, regularly bypassed by thousands of e-bicycle users. Simple and quick research on the internet will allow the most resourceful users to afford the appropriate and right unlocking kit. If that is the case with Nakamura e-fit 150 W, count at least a hundred euros.
By its geometry, this Intersport e-bike places the rider in a fairly good position, comfortable but not fun enough for the price tag. It is a relatively larger bike that weighs about 23 kg. This e-bike was designed to focus more on the rider’s safety.
The comfort and safety make the urban Nakamura E-Fit 150 W electric bike a very good option that we strongly recommend. If we talk about commuting from home to work, it is surely a comfortable electric bike to ride on.
On the contrary, we regret some of the choices made by the design team in terms of ergonomics. For example, the need to turn on the engine twice before taking the leverage of pedal assistance is a bit disappointing.
You have to take the first step by turning on the battery pack directly and then long-press the pedal assistance level selector for the second step. In conclusion, you would lose precious seconds every time right after you plan to get on your Nakamura e-bike.
The level of electric assistance is the primary cause of battery drain
The Nakamura E-Fit 150 W has a semi-integrated 250-watt battery. As claimed by Intersport, it offers a maximum range of 70 kilometers. However, this figure is entirely theoretical and does depend on the type of route as well as the size and weight of the cyclist. The hillier your route is, the more quickly your battery will drain.
If you are a regular e-bike rider, you must know that autonomy is also a function of pedal assistance. In this e-bike, you are free to choose between four different levels. Levels 2 and 3 are intermediate levels, and according to Intersport, they are somewhat similar.
The level of assistance, as was mentioned earlier, is the biggest factor when it comes to judging the autonomy of an electric bike. Therefore, with the highest level of assistance, which is level 4 on Nakamura e-fit 150 W, it is possible to reach 52 km of riding range. The range of 70 km, as promised by the manufacturer, could be reached by putting the e-bike on the lowest level of assistance.
Nakamura E-Fit datasheet
|Type(s)||City / urban electric bicycle|
|Engine Power||250 Watt|
|Number of Speed||7|
|USB socket to charge the smartphone||No|
|Battery Power||375 W|
|Battery Capacity||10400 mAh|
|Autonomy Announced||70 km|
Dimensions and weights
|Weight (including battery)||23 Kgs|
Final remarks about Nakamura E-Fit 150 W
With Nakamura E-Fit 150 W, we can say that Intersport once again delivered a very well-designed electric bike at an affordable price. For less than 1500 euros (and you can benefit from the ongoing promotions as well), this e-bike has everything you need.
Whether you are a beginner or an expert e-bike rider, this bike is a great choice. It is rather difficult to point out the flaws, given that it has been carefully designed, has well-chosen equipment, and has average autonomy.
The e-bike riders will appreciate the stamp of French Manufacture as it always manages to deliver a bike that is comfortable, efficient, reassuring, and light on the pocket.
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Take a look at this quick video by Intersport introducing the Namura Fit series of bikes: