The Espin Nesta folding electric bike offers a compelling combination of power, and convenience you can enjoy over varied and rugged terrain. With its robust motor, removable battery, and folding design, the Nesta delivers an exhilarating riding experience. With multiple reviews of foldable electric bikes under our belt, and countless test rides, we’ll do our best to provide a fair and balanced Espin Nesta review. Consumers have a lot of choices now when it comes to fat tire foldable ebikes, like the Lectric XP, but you may be surprised by what the Nesta has to offer.
Specs of the Espin nesta
- Price: $999
- Motor: 750W rear hub motor with 85 Nm torque
- Battery: Removable Lithium-ion 48V, 10.4Ah (504Wh) Samsung 35e Cells
- Battery Charge Time: 6 Hours
- Top Speed: Class 3 (up to 25 mph) PAS UP TO 28 MPH /THROTTLE ASSIST UP TO 20 MPH
- Riding Range Estimated: 20-40 Miles
- Tires: 20”x4”
- Brakes: Zoom hydraulic disc brake levers with integrated motor cutoff – 160mm disc brake motors
- Weight: 65 lbs
- Maximum rider weight: 275 lbs
- Dimension: (folded) 32″x20″x33″
- Rack Capacity: Rear Rack 66 lbs (30 kg) 20″ x 6.5″ / Front Rack: 22 lbs (10 kg) 13″ x 10″
- Grips: Ergonomic rubber grips
- Saddle: Velo standard
- Handlebar: aluminum alloy handlebar
- Kickstand: Standard, left side
- Pedals: Wellgo aluminum alloy
- Additional Features: Front suspension, front and back fenders, integrated backlight
1st impressions on the Espin Nesta
The Espin Nesta makes a positive first impression with its sturdy and appealing design . With a minimum standover height of 15 inches, it’s easy to step over before rolling away. The bike arrives 95% assembled, ensuring a quick and hassle-free setup. The clean welds and attractive smoke gray or glacier blue color schemes add to the Nesta’s low-profile, appealing look. The frame has a water bottle cage mount, and the bike ships with a front and rear rack, enhancing its versatility.
This Espin electric bike’s well-designed components add up to a comfortable ride. The ergonomic rubber grips provide plenty of spots to hold on during long rides without tiring your hands. Mounting and dismounting the bike is easy because of the step through frame, particularly for less nimble riders. However, shorter riders may find the handlebar height too tall, which might leave you feeling disconnected from the front wheel.
You can’t miss the unusually large color LCD display on the Espin Nesta, a huge perk to folks who wear reading glasses. It provides essential ride information, including time, speed, battery level, assist level, distance traveled, and watt output.
At the heart of the Nesta is its powerful 750W rear hub motor with a remarkable 85 Nm of torque. It provides quick acceleration and excellent performance, particularly when climbing steep hills. The motor delivers thrilling acceleration and frees you to ride over any terrain.
The Nesta is energized by a removable 504Wh lithium-ion battery with a 6 hour charging time.. The pack attaches under the seatpost and fits in well with the bike’s color scheme. Detachment is simple, meaning you’ll never hesitate to take it with you for security or a top up.
This ebike doesn’t compromise on safety with its Zoom hydraulic disc brakes, ensuring powerful and modulated stopping power. These hydraulic disc brakes offer enhanced control and precision, giving you the confidence to go faster knowing you’ll always stop. Whether it’s sudden stops or gradual deceleration, the Nesta’s brakes provide reliable and responsive performance.
4-inch-wide tires, ensure a comfortable journey on the Espin Nesta. We learned its riding style right away, quickly finding balance and confidence on this folding fat tire ebike. Whether on paved roads, dirt roads, rocky terrain, or even the beach, the Nesta performs admirably. The trigger shifter adds convenience to the riding experience, providing a satisfying method to change your pace. Also riders have the option to engage the motor through cadence sensing pedal-assist or the trigger throttle on the left handlebar.
What We Liked
The Espin Nesta’s 750W nominal motor, peaking at 1000W, delivers exhilarating performance with 85Nm of torque. Riding this bike is super fun, thanks to its breathtaking acceleration.
The inclusion of hydraulic brakes is a significant advantage, especially with the powerful motor. These brakes offer easier and more efficient stopping power, giving you the confidence to use all the motor’s force.
Thankfully, the Nesta comes with a rear and front rack.Strapping panniers on them allows you to carry groceries home or even make a trip to the hardware store, making it more likely to replace car trips and reduce pollution.
Thumb Throttle and Trigger Shifters
The ergonomic design of the thumb throttle is intuitive and comfortable. Additionally, the trigger shifters offer a more convenient and efficient way to change gears than traditional shifters.
Kit and Presentation
No Espin electric bike review would be complete without mentioning their attention to detail. The Nesta is no exception, coming in a well-organized, high quality box, it even includes all the zip ties you’ll need to secure the cables and ensure the ebike looks its best.
What We Don’t Like
Espin estimates a 40+ mile range from the Nesta’s 504 watt-hour battery, but you almost never achieve that in real-world conditions. A bigger battery and longer range would be a nice upgrade.
Some riders may find the high handlebars on the Nesta out of comfortable reach, which could affect comfort and riding position. If you take a test ride, make sure the handlebars work for your body.
Complicated Front Tire Assembly
Installing and removing the front tire felt a bit cumbersome to us, which could cause issues during maintenance and repair.
Limited Display Information
For having such a big screen, the Nesta provides limited information, which may be inadequate for riders expecting more advanced features or integration with apps. In this price range, other ebikes offer more comprehensive displays.
The Espin Nesta electric bike is an excellent choice for those seeking a fat tire folding ebike. It offers a powerful riding experience with its robust motor and hydraulic brakes. The included front and rear racks add practicality, while the ergonomic thumb throttle and trigger shifters contribute to rider comfort and convenience. Espin’s attention to detail in the presentation and included accessories show they want you to enjoy their ebike.
Compared to the popular Lectric XP, the Nesta stands out due to its hydraulic brakes and larger motor. The Nesta’s 750W nominal, 1000W peak motor provides exhilarating acceleration you can control with high-quality brakes. However, it’s worth noting that the Nesta’s battery capacity is relatively small, and a lower handlebar height range could allow more riders to feel comfortable.
With its all-terrain capabilities, comfortable contact points, and easy-to-learn riding style, the Espin Nesta is a versatile folding ebike whether you want to explore wild spaces or commute through your city.