Nakto 26-inch 250W Cargo Review
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Nakto 26-inch 250W Cargo
$658.99 at Amazon
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|Pros||Feature packed, long distance range, comes ready to carry lots of cargo, 20 mph top speed||Relatively quick, solid distance range, good display and controls||Long distance range, removable battery, step-thru design, retro style, comfortable ride||Pretty good range, relatively powerful, reasonable price||Fast, good handling, comes with fenders|
|Cons||Only 1 pedal assist level, basic display and controls||Seatpost too short for taller riders, no instructions for the display||Display is hard to read in bright light, 15.5 mph top speed||Limited fit range, looks cheap||Mediocre display and controls, limited rider height range, aggressive body position|
|Bottom Line||If range, comfort, and carrying capacity are important to you, this is a reasonably priced Class 2 e-bike to consider||A mountain-style Class 2 electric bike with relatively good power output and a solid distance range||A reasonably priced Class 2 electric bike with a solid distance range and retro styling||An affordable electric "mountain bike" that performs relatively well but has a limited range of fit||A reasonably quick and sporty Class 2 electric bike that is best for the city or commuting|
|Rating Categories||Nakto 26-inch 250W...||Ancheer 27.5-inch B...||Miclon LNE 26||MICLON Cybertrack 100||Ecotric Vortex City|
|Specs||Nakto 26-inch 250W...||Ancheer 27.5-inch B...||Miclon LNE 26||MICLON Cybertrack 100||Ecotric Vortex City|
|Battery Size (Wh)||360||374||360||374||360|
|E-Bike Class||Class 2||Class 2||Class 2||Class 2||Class 2|
|Motor Power (torque)||250W||350W||250W||350W||350W|
|Number of pedal assist settings||1||5||5||5||3|
|Top speed throttle||20 mph||20 mph||15.5 mph||20 mph||20 mph|
|Top speed pedal-assist||20 mph||20 mph||15.5 mph||20 mph||20 mph|
|Measured Distance Range||19.6 miles||20.3 miles||21.3 miles||18.2 miles||16.4 miles|
|Weight Limit||250 lbs||330 lbs||200 lbs||309 lbs||220 lbs|
|Measured Weight||61 lbs||49 lbs 5 oz||48 lbs 9 oz||47 lbs 7 oz||50 lbs 11 oz|
|Drivetrain||Shimano 6-speed||Shimano Altus 24-speed||Shimano 6-speed||21-speed||Shimano Tourney 7-speed|
|Brakes||V-brake front, Coaster rear||Mechanical disc||V-brakes||Mechanical Disc||Mechanical disc|
|Additional features||Basket, headlight, cargo rack, horn, suspension fork||Bell, headlight, tools, digital display||Headlight, fenders, rear rack||Kickstand, "suspension" fork,||Bell, fenders.|
|Warranty||One Year||Two Years on frame, One year on battery, motor, and components||One Year||One Year||One Year Limited on battery, charger, motor, controller. Six months on frame and other components|
Our Analysis and Test Results
Nakto is one of many small brands producing reasonably priced electric bikes. The Class 2 26-inch 250W Cargo caught our attention with its positive user reviews and wealth of included features. We tested the Nakto against a diverse field of similarly priced competitors to see how it compares. While its simple pedal-assist system underwhelmed us, we were impressed by its distance range, 20 mph top speed, comfort, ride quality, and user-friendliness. We feel the included basket and rear cargo rack make this bike an excellent option for commuting and running errands around town.
The Nakto Cargo has a good, predictable, and smooth ride quality, earning an 8 out of 10. This cruiser-style bike has a low step-through frame and a comfortable, casual upright seated position. It also comes equipped with most of the features you'll ever need, enhancing its versatility and user-friendliness.
We found the overall handling of the Nakto to be relatively good. It felt predictable and steady, making a variety of turn sizes and shapes at a range of speeds. Our only gripe with this bike's handling was that it could feel a little twitchy when making very sharp turns at lower speeds. We attribute this twitchy feel to the somewhat compact geometry of the frame and steep head tube angle. Otherwise, this bike felt nice and smooth in the turns and plenty stable at higher speeds. We found the brakes to perform well, but the rear drum brake took a short break-in period before it felt powerful enough. Similarly, the shifting worked well once we made a minor adjustment to the cable tension.
The Nakto is a pretty comfortable bike. While the version we tested with the low step-through frame is technically a "women's" bike (they make a men's version with a step-over frame, too), our male tester found it to be agreeable, with plenty of adjustability to suit his 6' tall frame. The step-through frame is very low, making it easy to get on and off the bike. It has a cruiser bike look and feel, with a comfortable upright body position. The seat post has approximately 10 inches of height adjustability, and Nakto claims this bike can fit riders between 5'4" and 6'5". The upper end of that height range might be a stretch, but our 6' tall tester with a 32" inseam fits on this bike quite well. The stem and handlebar can also be raised and lowered several inches to dial the height to your preferences. It also comes with a nice wide, cushioned comfort seat that we had no problems with during our range and handling tests.
What we really like about the Nakto is how many features it has. Sure it might take a little extra time to assemble this bike because of them, but it's well worth it, in our opinion. Front and rear fenders will help keep you dry and make this bike suitable for riding in wet climates or splashing through puddles. An electric horn and a standard bell mean that you should always have some way of notifying other cyclists or people on foot of your presence. The headlight runs off of the battery, and while it isn't the brightest, it does cast a nice wide beam for riding at night. The covered basket was also a nice touch and a perfect place to carry items on your way to work or while running errands. A sturdy rear cargo rack rounds out the extensive list of features and adds to this bike's carrying capacity. If cargo space is high on your list, the Nakto has you covered.
We came away from our distance range testing somewhat impressed by the Nakto. Thanks to its 360Wh battery capacity, it went the distance and proved to be among the top performers in this metric.
The Nakto comes with a 360Wh battery, the average for the models in this review. The company claims a 20-25 mile range when using pedal assist, but we found that you can travel nearly 20 miles using full electric/throttle mode. We performed our range test using the throttle-only, with no pedaling input from the rider, and we traveled 19.6 miles with 1,032 feet of elevation gain/loss. With a fairly impressive average speed of 15.4 mph, the test took an hour and 17 minutes to complete. Our rolling test course is far from perfectly flat, but we feel one could likely travel a bit further on less hilly terrain. Likewise, we think that a little pedaling effort from the rider could also help to increase this bike's range significantly.
With a straightforward pedal-assist system and average acceleration, the Nakto didn't impress us too much with its power output, but it still managed to earn a 6 out of 10 for this metric. This bike does get up to 20 mph under throttle or while using pedal-assist, but with only one pedal assist support level, it just seems a little basic. We aren't saying it doesn't get the job done; it's just a bit less advanced than models with more pedal-assist levels.
The 250W rear hub motor has average feeling acceleration when using the throttle. It isn't particularly quick off the line, but it has no problem getting up to its top speed of 20 mph on flat ground, and we were relatively impressed by the Nakto's average speed of 15.4 mph during our range testing. We also liked that it didn't have an abrupt power cutoff feel when we hit the bike's top speed.
We found it interesting that the Nakto has only one pedal assist level. You can ride this bike with the pedal assist on or off. It has a cadence sensor to regulate its power output, and we found that it lagged a little bit compared to other models we tested. It typically took about 2-3 complete rotations of the cranks before we could feel the assistance come on. Once the assistance was on, it ramped up to full output and never felt jumpy and lingered for about a full second after the pedals stopped turning. The assistance level felt reasonably strong, and if we had to guess, we'd say it provided around 80-90% support. We found it to be relatively easy to get up to its top speed of 20 mph while pedaling, though it was challenging to go much faster due to the bike's weight. We found that this system was quite simple, and it worked just fine, but we prefer having a couple more assist levels to choose from.
The Nakto lost a little ground to the competition in this metric for its relatively simple user interface. It earned a 6 out of 10 in this metric, and while it isn't particularly impressive, it is still perfectly functional and gets the job done. The seat-mounted battery is also easily removable for charging or security.
The power of the Nakto is turned on by putting the key into the battery and turning it to the on position. Unlike some bikes that allow you to remove the key once the battery is locked and on, this system requires the key to stay in the battery. Once turned on, the display mounted by the right grip on the handlebar lights up with three colored LEDs on a small screen to display your battery charge as full, half, or empty. All three lights illuminate with a full charge, and they turn off progressively as the charge depletes. A twist throttle is integrated into the right grip, which controls the bike in full electric/throttle mode. Below the battery charge indicator is a small red button that turns the pedal-assist on or off. Push the button to turn it on and push it again to turn it off. Since this bike only has one pedal assist setting, that's all you need. There is a switch on the left side of the handlebar to power the headlight and a green button that controls the electric horn. This bike also comes with a bell, so you get to choose which way to alert fellow riders.
The battery slides into a slot behind the bike's seat tube and locks into place securely. The battery has a handle at the top, and the seat folds up and out of the way, making it very easy to remove for charging or security. The charging port is hidden under the handle of the battery, and charging time is claimed at 4-6 hours.
The assembly of the Nakto was a little more time-consuming than most, with a few extra steps in the process. It wasn't particularly difficult and was easily completed at home with the instructions and tools provided, but the additional steps add a little bit of time. In all, it took a full hour to get the bike from the box to ride ready, and this bike earned a 6 out of 10 for assembly.
Our test bike arrived in a standard-size bike box in good shape and didn't show any signs of damage from shipping. The bike itself was packaged well with loads of padding to keep everything protected. Once we removed the bike from the box, we removed all the padding and zip ties and located the included instructions and tool kit. Despite being printed on both sides of a single sheet of paper, the instructions were thorough, detailed, and easy to follow. The bike comes about 80% assembled, with standard steps like attaching the front wheel, handlebar, seat post, and pedals remaining. The additional steps of installing the front fender, headlight, and basket added about 20 minutes to the process. Again, none of these steps are that difficult; it just takes a little extra time. The assembly can be mostly finished using the included tools, although you will also need additional tools like an adjustable wrench for some of the steps.
Should You Buy the Nakto 26-inch 250W Cargo?
If you're looking for a reasonably priced electric bike and comfort, distance range, and carrying capacity are high on your list of performance attributes. We feel the Nakto is an excellent option to consider. While it doesn't have the most advanced user interface or pedal-assist system, this simple, comfortable, cruiser-style bike can easily do 20 mph using the throttle or pedal assist. It was also one of the top performers in our range testing. Add a laundry list of useful features, and it is easy for us to recommend this bike for running errands.
What Other Budget Electric Bikes Should You Consider?
Interested in something a little zippier and more powerful? The Ride1Up Core-5 costs a bit more, but it's the most powerful model in the test with a 750W motor capable of Class 3 (28 mph) speeds. It's also got a very clean design including a downtube integrated 500 Wh battery that gives it a great distance range. If storability is high on your list of priorities, the Lectric XP 2.0 is our top choice. This folding model collapses down small for storage or transport, but still delivers high performance. The 500W motor provides quick acceleration and can support speeds up to 28 mph with pedal assist, while the 460 Wh battery provides a great distance range. It also comes equipped with features like fenders, a rear rack, and lights.
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