Nakamura E-Summit Review: The Best eMTB Under 1000 euro

Easy E-Biking - Nakamura E-Summit 710 e-bike, helping to make electric biking practical and fun
Photos are courtesy of: Intersport

Nakamura is an already famous bike brand affiliated and marketed by Intersport. Their first electrically assisted bike, E-Summit 710 is richly equipped and offers remarkable value for money. 

No matter how developed an electrically assisted bike is, it always remains to be a significant investment. Cyclists spend as much as several thousand euros to buy and e-bike. If you talk about electrically-assisted mountain bikes, they are quite an expensive investment and their cost ranges from 4000 euros to 5000 euros. 

Read also: How much does a mountain e-bike cost? – in this article.

However, the price of the Nakamura E-Summit 710 mountain e-bike is less than 999 euros. It is astonishing and surprising at the same time because this bike is manufactured and assembled in France and benefits from a good set of technical characteristics.

Here is a review of Nakamura E-Summit 710 mountain e-bike, so that you can make your educated choice if you decide to buy one.

Nakamura E-Summit 710: assembled in France

One disadvantage of low-cost mountain e-bikes is that their design is always sloppy. However, it is not the case with this bike. Nakamura e-summit 710 benefits from neat finished and remarkable quality of manufacturing.

To make the design and frame prominent, it is painted with red and black along with a few touches of gray.

The semi-integrated battery on this e-bike is housed on the main tube and does not overflow or ruin the structure of the e-bike. However, the architecture or structure of the e-bike is such that it does not allow the rider to add a bottle cage. 

Easy E-Biking - Nakamura E-Summit 710 e-bike, helping to make electric biking practical and fun
Photos are courtesy of: Intersport

Speaking about the 250-watt motor, it is well-integrated in the rear hub.  This is an economical choice made by Nakamura as integrating a motor in the pedal unit might have been more expensive. Moreover, it also leads to a certain imbalance in climbing trails, especially where there is a tendency to slip down. 

Read also: Learn about the differences between e-bike motors – in this article.

The control system of the Nakamura E-Summit 710 electric mountain bike is located on the left side of the handlebar unit. It contains only a single button for ignition and just two arrow buttons to manage the level of pedal assistance. Intersport has kept it simple for this Nakamura model and went with the basics. 

Read also: How to switch electric assistance levels on an e-bike? – in this article.

A large LCD in two panes completes its equipment tech-wise by displaying a plethora of information such as average speed, current speed, temperature, duration of the trip, etc. 

On the contrary, there is no application introduced by Nakamura to install on your smartphone that could help you retrace your trips. 

However, for your convenience, you can always use another cycling application, such as Strava, for example. Stave app is associated with a connected watch or another tracker and keeps you updated about your journey by displaying the distance traveled, the route, traveled segments and other useful information. 

Good choice of equipment for this simple e-bike model

The manufacturing quality largely depends on the choice of equipment by the manufacturer. The equipment of Nakamura E-Summit 710 is simply amazing.

Starting with the fork, it is a Suntour XCR 32 lo-coil, which offers 120 mm of travel. It is comfortable as well as configurable. 

The bike’s brakes are simply amazing. Its braking system is based on a Promax hydraulic system with a 180 mm disc at the front and 160 mm disc at the rear. 

Easy E-Biking - Nakamura E-Summit 710 e-bike, helping to make electric biking practical and fun
Photos are courtesy of: Intersport

Its braking system gives off a feeling of security and power to the user that’s very rare in low-cost mountain bikes. 

On the other hand, we did not like Nakamura’s choices in terms of transmission. It opted for a 9-speed chainring only and a fairly reduced cassette with 32 teeth. Its result is bad as it forces the pilot to wind up when the pedal level assistance reaches its maximum level. In short, not a strong choice.

We observed the same for the pedals and handles. Looks like Nakamura was searching for savings and did not make a wise choice when it came to handles and pedals. To replace them, one must put a bit of budget aside and buy new ones. 

Very good for forest tracks

Rather light with its 21 kg, the E-Summit 710 is also very handy, thanks to its well-thought-out frame. It is best expressed and used on small forest paths or not too steep paths. 

Read also: How much does an e-bike weigh? – in this article.

Logically, given its price and its small engine integrated in the rear hub, it encounters more difficulties on steep roads and more technical climbs. Its rather nervous engine lacks linearity and gives the impression of providing the entire torque from the first pedal stroke.

This feeling can be confusing during the first few kilometers but can be understood over time. It is certainly not ideal, but again, at less than 1000 euros it is a compromise that a cyclist will willingly make. 

Nakamura e-bike autonomy; the X factor 

The autonomy of pedal assistance depends not only on the size of its driver but also on the terrain on which he rides along with climatic conditions. The autonomy of the Nakamura E-Summit 710 is necessarily limited by its “small” 375-Watt battery. However, it still allows you to take advantage of assistance in most rides.

Easy E-Biking - Nakamura E-Summit 710 e-bike, helping to make electric biking practical and fun
Photos are courtesy of: Intersport

Thus, on a flat course, at an intermediate level of assistance, it is possible to exceed 50 km on a single charge. On the other hand, ride on a more uneven ground and you will have drained the whole battery fast. At full speed, at the maximum level of assistance, on a hilly path, the battery would support you for around 30 km.

The data confirms that the Intersport Nakamura e-mountain bike is more suitable for short rides in the forest than for trail riding. As for recharging, it can be done directly on the bike, or after the battery is removed from the frame.

Read also: Nakamura E-Fit 150W Review. Great Choice as a Starter E-bike! – in this article.

What about reliability?

Despite all the good attributes of this bike, its reliability is still a vague question. To evaluate this data and come to a firm verdict is almost impossible in a limited time. This would require a few hundred kilometers of testing.

Read also: How reliable are e-bikes? How to find a reliable one? – in this article.

Some reviews show that some cyclists have experienced engine failures, particularly due to an unusual noise in the rear wheel.

Intersport has confirmed that the motor gears could sometimes be noisy. This concern was corrected in more recent releases. 

Nakamura E-Summit 710 data sheet

Technical characteristics

Type(s)Mountain electric bicycle
Engine power250-Watt
Wheel diameter27.5”
Transmission typeChain
Number of speeds9
Braking Discs 

Electric power

Charging time announced4 hours
Battery power374.4-Watt
Battery capacity10400 mAh
Removable batteryYes
Autonomy announced in operation70 km

Dimensions and weight 

Weight (including battery)21.07 kgs

Pros of Nakamura E-Summit 710 

  • Value for money. 
  • Excellent braking system.
  • Reliability. 

Cons of Nakamura E-Summit 710

  • Poor transmission.
  • Low-cost handles and pedals. 

Final remarks about Nakamura E-Summit 710 

Nakamura e-summit 710 is an excellent e-ike considering that it is available for less than 999 euros. It is more comfortable to ride it on small trails than on climbing profiles. 

This e-bike knows exactly how to take advantage of its small engine and offers honest autonomy. Intersport’s E-Summit 710 mountain bike is surely not free from faults but it is close to best considering its low cost. It simply has no rival.

Read also: Check out reviews of popular models of electric bikes in this overview article.

Here is the riding video test of Nakamura E-Summit 710:

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