There has been some discussion recently on IGG about the final weight of the Nireeka that goes up from 15,5kg to 18kg with the basic street model. Depending on the upgrades it can go up to 22kg according to Max.
So we are really talking about a weight difference of 2,5kg only!
There is a number of points to consider here:
1. Change of components
As most of you know they had to source different components due to availability, supplier response, duty issues and quality issues. The latest is very frustrating in Asia. It is a common game to deliver a great sample and then to cut out on quality with the big order. The N-Team is not having this and has sent back several shipments as they did not meet the accorded specs. This may be one of the reasons for the weight increase of some basic components.
2. Change of design:
Some components had to go. The cube lights had to go because the manufacturer was not responsive. The unibody stem had to go due to budget issues. We requested a bold secure phone holder for our precious devices... All this comes at an expense: weight!
3. Change of battery
We all demanded a bigger battery. Apart from the logical weight increment at the battery itself, this required several new molds of the frame. One could be tricked into thinking that with a bigger battery, the frame is smaller and lighter. The opposite is fact. You have to increase the sturdiness of the frame with extra reinforcements that add weight. Max has confirmed the real weight of the mainframe is now 1.890kg instead of 1,5kg.
4. Upgrade to 1000W motor
Sure, the weight of the motor is a whole different story, but consider this: The frame is one for every motor and it has to be solid enough to take the force of the 1000W motor. The bigger motor was requested by the first backers and was not part of the story at the launch of the campaign. So was not the weight increment in making the frame compatible. Max has confirmed the real weight of the rear triangle had to be incremented over 300g and is now 1.045kg .
5. Stretch goals
We did get all the free stretch goals including the mudguards, the chainguard, the bottle holder (requiring further reinforcement on the frame with the bolt attachment) and the bike stand (instead of the wallet) with a further modification of the frame. That stand is free and standard (most likely not light) with standard fixing but replaceable with a lighter one.
Again, all weight increments!
6. This is crowdfunding
Tired to say this, but things change in the production stage. Some founders are overwhelmed and put their head in the sand and go silent. Not so the N-Team. Solutions have been found timely with only a few drawbacks.
That said, the Nireeka is a one-of-a-kind bike made with very few custom parts and fully upgradable with high-end components of your choice that are better, posher and lighter. If this is your goal. Most other (crowdfunding) eBikes do hardly offer this possibility!
So if you have deep pockets and want to go serious with lighter upgrades, please post here your findings and choices. There are only three thinks I would like to ask for:
1. Components must be lighter
2. Components must be high-quality of known brands
3. Components must be more expensive than those offered by the N-Team
We are here guests at Max his forum. This thread is not to undermine the N-Team, but to find together the best options to pimp-up your Nireeka in regards to weight. Options they have not considered to keep it mainstream, but that will make them proud if they see what you did to their baby.
It would not be fair to post any cheap crap links to Ali&Ama&Co. And you do not want that shit mounted on your Nireeka. Just check youtube for breaking cheap seatposts, saddles and handlebars. These are the three things that actually hold you onto the bike! No savings in quality there!!!