Nakto Camel Review

Nakto Camel Electric Bike Review
Nakto Camel
Nakto Camel Rear Rack
Nakto Camel Stand Over Height
Nakto Camel Cockpit View
Nakto Camel Controls
Nakto Camel Full Chain Guide
Nakto Camel Shimano Tourney System
Nakto Camel 2amp Charger
Nakto Camel Battery Charger
Nakto Camel Stock Step Through White
Nakto Camel Electric Bike Review
Nakto Camel
Nakto Camel Rear Rack
Nakto Camel Stand Over Height
Nakto Camel Cockpit View
Nakto Camel Controls
Nakto Camel Full Chain Guide
Nakto Camel Shimano Tourney System
Nakto Camel 2amp Charger
Nakto Camel Battery Charger
Nakto Camel Stock Step Through White

Summary

  • A value priced cruiser ebike with fenders, suspension fork, rear rack, front basket, and battery integrated headlight for just $649 USD
  • Driven by a 250 watt rear hub-motor with both throttle and cadence based pedal assist, features a 36v 10.4ah battery and easy to use controls
  • 6 speed Shimano Tourney derailleur, 14-18 tooth cassette with a 44 tooth chain ring in the front, rim brake in the front and drum brake in the rear
  • Some generic parts like battery, motor, and brakes, smaller crank arms may be uncomfortable for taller people, and there is no real display

Video Review

Introduction

Make:

Nakto

Model:

Camel

Price:

$649

Body Position:

Upright Relaxed

Suggested Use:

Commuting, Cruising, Neighborhood

Electric Bike Class:

Throttle on Demand (Class 2)
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Warranty:

1 Year Limited

Availability:

United States, Worldwide

Model Year:

2019

Bicycle Details

Total Weight:

60 lbs (27.21 kg)

Battery Weight:

7.25 lbs (3.28 kg)

Frame Material:

Steel

Frame Sizes:

17.5 in (44.45 cm)

Geometry Measurements:

18" Seat Tube, 22" Reach, 16" Stand Over Height, 33" Minimum Saddle Height, 26.5" Width, 72" Length

Frame Types:

Step-Thru

Frame Colors:

Gloss White

Frame Fork Details:

Generic Spring Suspension, 55mm Travel, 30mm Steel Stanchion Diameter, Steel Lowers, 100mm Hub Spacing, 9mm Axle with 15mm Bolts

Frame Rear Details:

135mm Hub Spacing, 12mm Keyed Threaded Axle with 18mm Nuts

Attachment Points:

Front and Rear Fender Bosses, Front and Rear Rack Bosses

Gearing Details:

6 Speed 1x6 Shimano SiS Tourney Rear Derailleur, 14-28 Tooth Cassette

Shifter Details:

Shimano Thumb Shifters on Right

Cranks:

Steel, 152mm Length, Square Taper Bottom Bracket Spindle, 44 Tooth Steel Chainrings with Steel Guard

Pedals:

Yonghua Plastic Platform

Headset:

Threaded, Caged Bearings, Straight 1"

Stem:

Steel, 40mm Length, 22.2mm Clamp Diameter

Handlebar:

Aluminum, 70mmMid Rise, 600mm Width, Silver with 40º Backsweep

Brake Details:

Generic Rim Brake in Front, Drum Brake in Rear, Four-Finger Levers with Motor Inhibitors

Grips:

Flat Black, Friction Mounted Stiff Rubber

Saddle:

8" Wide Plush Saddle with Rear Springs

Seat Post:

Steel, Quick Release Collar, and Folding Latch

Seat Post Length:

300 mm

Seat Post Diameter:

25.4 mm

Rims:

Aluminum Alloy, Single Walled, 31.8mm Outer Width, 36 Hole, Black

Spokes:

Stainless Steel, 13 Gauge Front 12 Gauge Rear, Silver with Nipples

Tire Brand:

Kenda, 26" x 1.75" (47-599)

Wheel Sizes:

26 in (66.04cm)

Tire Details:

40 to 65 PSI, 2.8 to 4.5 BAR

Tube Details:

Schrader Valve

Accessories:

12" Wide Plastic Basket, Electronic Horn, Integrated LED Headlight, Rear Mount Kickstand (Axle Mount with Frame Support), Bell

Other:

Locking Removable Seat Tube Mounted Battery Pack, Sans 1.25lb 2 Amp Charger, Basic Assembly Toolkit, 275lb Max Load

Electronic Details

Motor Brand:

Aoma

Motor Type:

Rear-Mounted Geared Hub
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Motor Nominal Output:

250 watts

Battery Brand:

Tianneng

Battery Voltage:

36 volts

Battery Amp Hours:

10.4 ah

Battery Watt Hours:

374.4 wh

Battery Chemistry:

Lithium-ion

Charge Time:

5.2 hours

Estimated Min Range:

10 miles (16 km)

Estimated Max Range:

25 miles (40 km)

Display Type:

"Displayer", Fixed, LED Display, Buttons: Horn, Head Light

Readouts:

Battery Power (6 LEDs)

Display Accessories:

Thumb Throttle on Right, Push Button for Headlight, Push Button for Horn

Drive Mode:

Cadence Sensing Pedal Assist, Trigger Throttle (Sealed Sensor)

Top Speed:

20 mph (32 kph)


Written Review

To run the forums, host the website, and travel, I charge a universal service fee for my reviews. This review was sponsored by Nakto. My goal is to be transparent and unbiased, this video and written review are not meant to be an endorsement of Nakto products.

Nakto is a new company to me and it looks like they are going for value ebikes at the entry level. When I say value bike, I really mean it. The Camel here has a rear rack, fenders, suspension, headlight, front basket, throttle, pedal assist, and even a Shimano drivetrain all for just $649. Sometimes, I don’t know how these companies are able to do it and make any profit. However some of the more basic parts like the brakes, battery, and motor defiantly shed some light on that. So in a nutshell, the Camel is a step through cruiser going for a relaxed feel with these dutch style handlebars with a little bit of back-sweep to it, basic front suspension fork, and comfort saddle. There is some vibration dampening going on too with the steel fork and steel stem, that helps a bit just like that suspension fork. While you do get some 26” x 1.75” tires with a street tread to them, the crank arms are actually smaller at 152mm (the standard size is 170mm). The bike was originally set for the Chinese market where the average height is much shorter than here in the States. By keeping it unchanged, they save some money and pass that savings down to you. Another unique feature for the Chinese market is the electric horn. Most bikes in the US use a bell, but in China where streets are more crowded, the electric horn does a better job of getting peoples attention. As I mentioned before, there is a lot of utility like the rear rack. This rack is frame mounted with a height adjustment and uses smaller tubing which can fit a lot of different sized panniers. Meanwhile, the front basket is bolted above and below the head tube so it stays straight when you turn. It is made of plastic so it is probably not meant to carry a ton of weight around, but it did just fine with the battery charger inside during my ride. Other features include a full chain guide, battery integrated headlight, and a kickstand mounted in the rear to eliminate annoying pedal lock when reversing.

Driving the bike is a 250 watt hub motor located in the rear. The 250 watt motor isn’t bad, but it may not be a major hill climber. It doesn’t offer immediate power like some other ebikes, but that can be a good thing if the rider is new or intimidated by the jolt of a stronger ebike. It is powered either via the twist throttle or through cadence based pedal assist. Mechanically, the bike has a 6 speed Shimano Tourney derailleur with a 14-28 tooth cassette and a 44 tooth chain ring in the front. The brakes are definitely one of the areas you can tell they went with cost savings. In the front you have a basic rim brake instead of disc brakes, and in the rear you have even more basic with a drum brake. It should also be noted that the brake levers are switched from the US market, so the front brake lever and back brake lever are on opposite sides of the handlebar.

Powering the bike is a 36v 10.4ah battery. Not a bad size given the motor, and I have defiantly seen smaller batteries on more expensive bikes. However, I am not sure who makes the cells on these, I doubt it is Panasonic, LG, or Samsung. The battery mounts behind the seat and is accessed by flipping a latch underneath the saddle which tilts the saddle forward. Charging is done with 2amp portable charger which is appropriate for the size of the battery. To really care for this and other lithium-ion packs, I have heard that storing in a cool dry location vs. extreme heat or cold will extend the life and try to keep it about 50% full when not using for long periods so you won’t stress the cells. Try not to let it run down to zero, because that’s really hard on the cell chemistry.

Operating the bike is easy. There is no real display to speak of, just a rocker switch and button on the left for the light and horn. On the right is a tiny little readout with a red toggle switch underneath. When the switch is out, the electric system is not active. When it is in, you have the one single mode of pedal assist. There is not speedometer, but I am told that 20mph is the top speed. The LED dots indicate battery level, but it is highly variable since it reads battery level off of current moment of use. Meaning, when you twist the throttle, the battery indicator will go all the way down to show the lowest level and then back up again to its current charge level. This is an occurrence called ‘voltage sag’ that many newer ebike systems have successfully eliminated so you have more accurate readouts.

So wrapping up the bike, I will recap the tradeoffs real quick. Some things will stand out as odd since it was primarily made for the Chinese market, like the reversal of the brake levers, electric horn, or smaller 152mm crank arms. However, these could just be preferences, and likely won’t bother most people. The real tradeoffs would be the generic battery and motor followed by the very basic brakes. These are areas where even bikes below $1,500 try not to skimp, so I would be interested to see how this bike does over time. But as I mentioned, that $649 price is really going for the competitors jugular. I would be interested to see how this performs against the Ancheer bike we reviewed. I am excited to see the other Nakto bikes and I want to thank them for inviting me out to review them.

As always, I welcome questions and feedback in the comment section below. Whether you own the bike, have taken a test ride, or are brand new to the space, my goal is to provide an objective and honest resource. You can also join the Other Brands ebike forums and share your own photos, videos, and review updates to help others! Have fun out there, and ride safe :)

Pros:

  • A new step through ebike from a company looking to take over the entry level market with bikes such as this, extremely competitive price of just $649
  • The Camel has comfort via fenders, suspension fork, full chain guide, swept back handlebars, and even a vibration dampening steel fork and steel stem
  • Has a good amount of utility too, like this rear rack with thinner tubing to handle most panniers, front basket that stays straight when you turn, battery integrated headlight, and even an electric horn
  • The 20mph top speed is gradual, perfect for those one their first ebike or even people intimidated by the jolt of high torque motors we often see

Cons:

  • Some things will stand out as odd since it was primarily made for the Chinese market, like the reversal of the brake levers, electric horn, or smaller 152mm crank arms
  • This style battery means the keys have to stay in to operate the bike, not a big deal, but they can jingle around or scratch the paint if you have them on a loose key chain, or you could forget to take it out entirely
  • The Camel has a generic battery and motor followed by the very basic brakes I would be interested to see how this bike does over time

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Comments (21) YouTube Comments

Mark B
1 year ago

Purchased one of these from UPZY and the price was great when you considered the 5% bonus coupon and FREE shipping. This is a basic steel frame cruiser bike with a battery and motor, but it does include fenders, headlight, rack, and front basket (I choose the rectangular wire basket). Everything works pretty good but the cheap brakes are a sure sign of a budget model. You will most likely use the twist grip throttle 90% of the time. The peddle assist is pretty much useless on flat terrain unless you are in a race! If it is engaged, the motor will go to full speed when you are peddling and you will leave most of your companions behind (there are no levels, it is either ON or OFF). I’m kinda surprised that the review did not mention this. If you’re climbing a hill, then this will hold your speed back because the motor is not real powerful, but on flat pavement it’s “all ahead full” if using peddle assist. The seat was not real comfortable, so I replaced it with a “Schwin” from Walmart. Still a decent value for an Ebike considering many are a LOT more money.

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Court
1 year ago

Thanks for adding your thoughts here, Mark! Glad you’re enjoying the bike and I hope it holds up well for you! Please chime in with any more thoughts and updates as you continue riding :)

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Alex M
1 year ago

People who bought it, mentioned another surprise – there is no tail-light. It’s a red reflector, not a light :)

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Court
1 year ago

Hmm, thanks for the feedback on this Alex :D

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Alan G
1 year ago

I bought mine from Nakto website. Metal basket wouldn’t fit mounts so didn’t try to install it. The swing out kickstand uses the axle nuts to mount it and would interfere with wheel coming loose all the time so I bought an after market one and wheel doesn’t loosen up anymore. Pedal assist took about 3 to 4 revolutions to kick in, but I found out that giving it twist throttle for 1/2 second before pedaling and assist kick in right away. In pedal assist you pretty much have a cadence of 60 to 65. I ride it 15 to 20 miles every other day for exercise and have had no serious issues for 6 months now. I have ridden it up an 8% grade in first gear and 3 miles up highway grade of 6% in 3rd gear. I have ridden it a max of 25 miles before charge showed a steady half charge. I am 67 years old and it has bought my BP to a healthy reading and I lost 5 pounds in 6 months (not that I was overweight and needed to lose, but 160 feels better than 165). All in all, for myself , it’s been a good value and great help for an older rider like myself to still ride and get exercise.

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Court
1 year ago

Hi Alan, thanks for the feedback! I’m glad to hear that the bike has been an overall good value for you. Thanks for paying it forward and sharing your tips ;)

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mike dorsch
1 year ago

I bought the Nakto camel for my wife and I got their Speed Green bike for me. Both bikes have performed great so far. The camel has 276 miles on it and the Speed Green model has 476 miles on it.. We are both in our 60’s and ride them alot. My first bike arrived damaged in shipping and Matt at Nakto set a new one to me the same day and a return label. Not only am pleased by their bikes but they have great customer service too. I hope you do a review on their SpeedGreen bike soon.

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Court
1 year ago

Sweet! Thanks for the feedback, Mike. So glad to hear that you and your wife are enjoying the ride, and that their customer support team has been there for you. Very cool… Feel free to post updates anytime, and we will keep an eye out for the Speed Green to review at some point too ;)

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Mike Dorsch
4 months ago

Here’s an update for my Nakto Speed Green bike. I purchased it last summer and today my ride took it over 1000 miles! Still on original tires! So far the bike has performed flawlessly. Highly recommended for a low cost bike. I also have the bike featured here in this review and it has 312 miles on it with no issues at all.

mike dorsch
4 months ago

I forgot to mention Nakto discontinued the “Speed Green” model . They do have a model called the “Ranger” which uses the same frame . Thanks for this site Court !

Adele
5 months ago

I live in a large, dense city and amid the pandemic, wanted an alternative mode of transportation besides bus/train. With asthma, I needed a bike that worked with me instead of me working against it, plus I didn’t want to spend a fortune. I just needed reliable transportation, and this met the criteria. It’s incredibly affordable, and came with all the accessories I wanted on a bike. This is my first electric bike, and it was easy to learn to ride. I’m a 5’2″ female and this bike fits well, so I’m happy that it was designed for a Chinese market! Riding this bike is a delight. Even when I loaded it with cargo in the front and back, it still performed well and the motor was still powerful. The bike is heavy, and I have to be more sensitive to balance that usual, but regardless, so happy with this purchase!

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Court
5 months ago

Hi Adele! I love your name. Than you so much for posting this testimonial! It’s wonderful to hear that you’re satisfied with it and enjoying the bike. It sounds like a great fit in terms of features, sizing, and cost. That’s wonderful :) chime in again anytime as you continue to ride. Hope it goes well!

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Susan Krot
5 months ago

I bought this wonderful bike because the gyms all closed due to virus concerns, As a diabetic daily exercise is a must, but I was afraid to go far on my old beach cruiser for fear of being too out of shape. I bought the Natko electric bike because I knew the battery assist would always get me home. I did not expect the ebike to be so much fun. I pedal down to the beach bike path and then ZOOM! I can go 4 miles down to the park and back another 4 miles or more without fear of running out of energy (mine or the bikes). I love my Nakto bike, but I should have bought a smaller one. I must step off the saddle to touch the pavement.

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Court
4 months ago

Hi Susan! What a wonderful comment to read, you made my day. It sounds like this ebike has brought you some much needed fun and adventure during the pandemic. Good for you!! Thanks for the tip about sizing. Would you mind sharing your height so others know how to size the bike relative to their height? Thanks again!

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Susan Krot
4 months ago

I bought the 26” bike, but I forgot that I am only 5’3” now and I probably needed the 24” bike. I love the bike anyway!

Cher
3 months ago

So disappointed missing part, can’t put the front fender and light on no screw, can’t get the chain back on as it was off when I unpacked it, sending it back.

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Court
2 months ago

Wow, that’s a bummer! I’ve had similar experiences when buying online… a single missing bolt can really throw a wrench in the build and enjoyment of a bike. I’m sorry that this has not been a great experience for you. I’ve actually slowed down on reviewing the most basic online-only ebikes because of issues like this. They usually cost less, but the lost time and frustration is unpredictable. I hope you can find an ebike that works well for you, Cher.

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Donna
3 weeks ago

I knew nothing about E bikes and just recently bought the Nakto Classic, which is a lot of fun to ride, but I am very disappointed that the pedal assist only works at full speed. I would like to be able to pedal without the motor at times but I want to be able to quickly turn the electric system on. On the Classic, If you want to pedal without assistance, you have to turn the system off with the key and the only way to turn the bike back on is to stop and get off to turn the key. If I am understanding your review correctly, the Nakto Camel has a toggle switch, on the display, that turns the electric system on and off, which allows you to switch easily from manual pedaling to pedal assist. Is this correct? Also, I am not really sure what the Classic has over the Camel that would make it cost $100 more, am I missing something?

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Court
3 weeks ago

Hi Donna! A friend of mine actually produced this review, so I’m not able to clarify exactly how the toggle switch works or the differences. I’m sorry about that! I hope the video and details of the writeup help, but I’m just not sure and don’t want to guess. Also, this review is a bit outdated now and may not reflect the latest updates from Nakto :)

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