Nuze is an E-Bicycle specific brand and has come out with 4 products for specific purposes and riders. 2 Products fall under the Commuter Range, while the other 2 models fall under Sports range. The brand believes that sustainable technology can redefine the world, as we know it. Their core philosophy is to bring you the most advanced Electric Bicycle design and technology with a touch of style and fashion, to help you start your electric journey. All of Nuze’s Electric Bicycles are made at a State of the art European Union (EU) certified plant, maintaining the highest quality parameters. We got the opportunity to test ride the Nuze S1 from the Sport series, and here is what we thought.
Weight: 18.3 kgs
The S1 is part of the Sport series of electric bicycles from Nuze, and the frame reflects that. The 6061 Alloy frame helps in keeping the weight in check. During the test ride the frame’s weight felt balanced when riding through corners and also riding through traffic. As it is an Electric Hybrid I took the S1 through rough and smooth city roads, the frame’s geometry and weight helped in accelerating quicker with minimal effort. The riding posture was comfortable and the anti-skid pedals keep the feet intact and safe.
This is an E-Hybrid Bicycle which means it comes with a rigid fork. The fork was bladed which helps keep the front of the cycle’s weight in check. The strength of the fork helped in absorbing some amount of vibration of the surface during the test ride.
The Nuze S1 which I test rode came in a full Black colour with Orange in a few places as the secondary colour. The full Black colour definitely made this Electric Hybrid look premium. The gloss stickers on the matte finished frame were a standout design feature on this model. The thin tubes and rigid fork made the S1 look stylish and aerodynamic.
The S1 from Nuze is equipped with a Shimano Tourney 7-Speed gearing set-up. During the test ride, the gears helped in maintaining the cadence and adjust the pressure you want to put into pedalling accordingly. This helped in matching the pedalling speed with the speed of the motor when riding in Pedal Assist mode. When a rare situation arises like the battery power running out in the middle of a ride, the 7-Speed gears help you ride to your destination by controlling the effort you want into pedalling, by either pedalling easy and moving slow in lower gears or pedalling hard and moving fast in higher gears.
The Nuze S1 is part of the Sport series of Electric Bicycles from Nuze. Hence this model comes with a 7.8Ah Lithium-Ion battery which gives a higher mileage as compared to the- i/commuter series models. The acceleration on the Throttle was impressive and the top speed does get to the maximum of 25km/hr which did feel fast when zipping through city streets.
There are 3 Pedal Assist modes; Low, Medium and High. Each mode decides the amount of Battery push assistance you would require per pedal rotation. This Pedal Assist mode helps you get better mileage while still going fast and exerting lesser energy when pedalling. The reaction time for the battery to power during Pedal Assist modes is quick and is as fast in accelerating as it is on the Throttle mode. Charging of the S1 is easy thanks to its port situated on the battery pack. Since this a detachable battery, you can charge it by removing the Battery and keeping it near the plug point, or keeping the battery on the E-Bicycle and charging it.
All electronics on the Nuze range of E Bicycles are IP67 water resistant standards and splash proof.
While we keep talking about speed and acceleration on E-Bicycles, it is equally important to have a good pair of brakes to make sure you can come to a halt safely. The Nuze S1’s Mechanical Disc brakes gave me enough confidence to apply the brakes hard even on muddy and wet surfaces. The brakes felt powerful and smooth to use during the test ride. The E-Bicycle also comes with the most important safety feature, which is the auto cut off brake sensor. How this works is that when the brakes are applied, it automatically cuts off power to the motor, thereby enabling you to stop safely even though you have engaged the throttle.
The lengthy handlebar on the S1 was in easy reach from the saddle. The throttle side right grip and the normal left grip had enough padding to make the palms comfortable. This handlebar had a raiser from the middle and made the riding posture open chested and comfortable.
This is an Electric Hybrid Bicycle was perfect to ride fast and quick to brake with the tires handling all the traction. This was possible only because of the 700x35C DSI tyres which had an impressive tread pattern. The double walled Alloy rims made the wheels strong enough to handle bumps and rough patches.
Our test ride of the Nuze S1 had a mix of smooth and rough roads with bumps and speed breakers. This stock saddle from Nuze was comfortable during the test ride. The common notion when it comes to a saddle is, it has to be big and cushioning but a perfect saddle like in the Nuze, just needs enough cushioning to rest both your sit bones. More cushioning leads to more movement of the hips, which is unstable and could cause back pain in the long run. The only change I would like to see in this Nuze saddle is a bit of reduction on the length of the saddle which looks a bit too pointy.
The Nuze S1 is built to ride on Urban roads and the powerful motor and battery make it exciting to ride through smooth and rough roads. The company has also ensured a pan India warranty cover, along with ‘Service at home’ options in over 24+ cities across India. Priced at Rs. 42,355 (as on 14th September 2021), The Nuze S1 is perfectly suited for riding on rough and smooth urban roads.
Prices and Specifications/Components are subject to change by the brand, without due notice.