May I ask about seals, maintenance, durability and ease of cleaning, please? I am looking to start a very small hire fleet so am considering some important bits and pieces, such as reliability and ease of maintenance.
Terrain locally is hilly, rocky/stony, lots of trees but also salty and sandy. There are also tarmac bike pths for the fair weather pushbike clientele, so there is certainly something for everybody. Salty as right on the Atlantic coast. Sandy as the soil is a sandy loam ,as well as the odd beach here and there. Rainfall is high (1-2 metres per year depending upon the year), and usually when the rain comes it is torrential. So, general usage involves lots of water and corrosive sand and also salt from the sea air.
Washing the bike also involves water, sometimes under some pressure, as well as using airlines.
I have seen issues with some ebikes with water easily penetrating casings and causing reliability issues; sometimes from washing but also with torrential rain, and seal failure and water ingress leading to breakdown is an absolute no-no.
I have seen sand and small stones (predominant rock here is granite) very quickly erode brake pads - if you can believe it, in extremes a very full weekend can be the lifetime of a brake pad! Usually of course not that bad, but I am amazed how quickly brake pads can fade.
Some users will be fair weather riders, but frankly if one waits for the good weather, then people will have finished their visit before they get a nice day, so it very much is usage in whatever the conditions.
So I am interested, please, as to what are the standard fittings and conditions under which the bikes have been tested vis-a-vis reliability in the field, as well as how well they perform under washing! And, is there a way of improving/avoiding some of these potential issues with better seals etc as the more bulletproof the bike, the better as far as I am concerned.
Just like my daily clothing, I'm looking for the same in fleet bikes, which is performance over style. Both would be great, but ultimately I would rather have something that consistently works than something that looks nice.
Thanks very much,
Reece, Thanks for your comment. First of all, as our frame is made of carbon fiber, you wouldn't see any corrosion or rust or anything else that happens to a metal frame. Secondly, with our newly designed battery compartment and enclosure, it's absolutely water, dust and mud resistance.
The other components are from the best suppliers like Shimano, Tektro, and Bafang which are well-known in the industry.
As you have seen the promotional video of the Prime, we have tested it in the Empty Quarter (Dubai) where the temperature easily reaches up to 50 °C and in the humid weather of Shenzhen with the humidity well over 50%, Snow in Ukraine and some other locations to make it a world-class bike.
Look, this isn't right. First, send everyone the Nireeka's they're waiting for for almost two years. Make that campaign a success. Better late than bever. After that, go make things right by producing and promising a new product. We are all hopelessely waiting on the product we paid a lot of money for...
We already explained what is stopping us from sending the bikes while they're ready, here: https://www.nireeka.club/forum/general-discussions/shipping-problems
Furthermore, we need to explain something else here. Our primary plan was to launch the new product almost a year ago on Indiegogo because relying on only one product is not a wise strategy so we start developing a new bike for a different section of the market. But due to Indiegogo's new rules we couldn't launch to replace the fund we used for the ECU and this new product.
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Hi, thanks for the response; what I am most concerened about is the 3 holes as seen in the attached photo from footage of Nireeka being assembled (only two holes visible in first shot).
In fact, some of the holes are seen slightly more clearly in the second photo.
Point B, on the underside of the frame, is particularly suseptible to water ingress into the battery area from riding, whilst A and C are more likely to show water ingress from torrential rain or washing. A and C would be typical areas that certain other e bike makes had issues with in the past.
I can't really tell from looking at Nireeka Prime footage of anything wet and off road - there is someone cycling slowly through a puddle in a pair of almost spotless trainers, so that doesn't tell me so much about off-road performance, and apart from that I can't really see where the possible weak points may be from the images provided to date.
This whole thing could be a non-issue, and also could be solved with some really sticky elastoplast put over the potential water ingress points. Or maybe it has already been foreseen by the Nireeka team, which would be great news.
That's the reason we call it water-resistance not water-proof. Not only Nireeka, but all the ebikes have this holes and they're not sealed 100%.
Riding in heavy rain, mud and wet weather is completely safe.