Winora Tria N8f test: an electric bike made for the city and commuting

Winora is a German brand that has been making bicycles for a century. The company has a range of muscle and power-assisted models. Among the latter, there are urban models, trekking and even cargo bikes.

The Tria range falls below the Sinus family among Winora’s urban models. The Tria N8f takes its name from the Shimano Nexus 8 internal gear hub used here. It is powered by a Bosch Active Plus mid-motor (250 W, 50 Nm) powered by a 500 Wh PowerTube battery. Certainly dedicated to use in town, the Tria N8f can count on the comfort provided by its fork and its 28-inch wheels fitted with rather wide tires. For the rest, Winora’s electric bike doesn’t seem to forget anything in the panoply of the perfect little urban VAE: luggage rack, kickstand, mudguards, lighting… it’s all there!

Editor's Rating: 4 out of 5

Comfort and ergonomics

Like many urban electric bikes, the Winora Tria N8f adopts an open frame. The absence of a top tube makes the bike easier to get on and stops more reassuring, especially if you are not dressed very comfortably. This aluminum frame integrates the battery and the motor, housed at the level of the pedals.

Overall, the finishes are very good. However, a detail quickly spoils this harmonious whole: the cover that hides the battery seems barely posed and does not fit well into the whole. We can at least find the advantage of being easily removed for easy access and removal of the battery.

True to its philosophy, the Tria N8f imposes a relaxed driving position. Its tilt-adjustable stem allows you to choose a slightly more dynamic posture, but the change is moderate. The slightly curved handlebar places the arms close to the body, again the opposite of dynamism. The ergonomic handles are not the most comfortable on the market. The hard plastic tip ends up being unpleasant for larger hands.

Winora seeks above all comfort with this electric bike. It benefits from a suspension fork offering a travel of 63 mm, sufficient for the city and maintained paths. The 28-inch Schwalbe Road Cruiser tires offer a 2-inch width for a good ratio between comfort and performance. On these points, the Tria N8f is not very far from all-road models like the Haibike Trekking 6.

For everyday use, the Tria N8f is not lacking in assets. Its luggage rack, capable of supporting 25 kg, is of good quality. Its mudguards do a good job, but, as often, we would have liked the front one to drop lower to better protect the shoes. Small consolation, the chain and the plate are hidden by a casing which protects the pants.

Front lighting is provided by a Herrmans H-Black MR4 headlight. A model that is powerful enough to signal the presence of the bike to other users, but not to illuminate the road outside illuminated cities. At the rear, the light placed on the luggage rack is very simple.

Editor's Rating: 4 out of 5

Conduct

Winora chose the Bosch Active Line Plus motor for its Tria N8f. A motor that takes place at the level of the crankset, to offer pedaling as natural as possible. The Active Line Plus delivers 50 Nm of torque, which is usually enough for rather flat urban journeys.

The control of the assistance goes through a box with 3 buttons. The display is entrusted to the Bosch Intuvia screen. The information displayed is quite extensive and comprehensive, but rather austere. Readability is nevertheless very good on this black and white screen. The screen displays the mode used among the three offered by the Bosch system.

The beauty of a motor like this is that it can be used in all assist modes, even the highest, in all situations. The accelerations are not as brutal as those of electric bicycles equipped with a hub motor. However, the pick-ups remain sufficiently lively for city driving. The pleasure of pedaling is there.

Another real asset for the city: the Shimano Nexus 8 internal gear hub. It replaces a classic derailleur and requires less maintenance. Shifting is done with a twist grip, which is very easy to use. Above all, the gears can be changed when stationary, which is a real advantage in town, where you may have to stop suddenly, without having anticipated the gear change to start again without forcing like a damned man. on the pedals.

On the flat and in a smooth ride, this type of drivetrain is a wonder to use. On the other hand, the Nexus 8 is a little less responsive than a derailleur of good quality for lovers of sportier driving. A behavior that does not suit the Tria N8f anyway.

Another pitfall, the gear change is not done when you press hard on the pedals. You have to release the pressure slightly to get the gears to shift, especially when it comes to making pedaling easier. A problem encountered most often when climbing, and which pushes you to break your pedaling rhythm and therefore lose speed. This forces the motor to provide more power to regain an appropriate pedaling rate.

For a cyclist weighing less than 70 kg, the 50 Nm of motor torque allow you to pick up speed fairly quickly. For heavier users, it will be better to anticipate the ribs, otherwise you will have to press down hard on the pedals.

Entry-level hubs with internal gears can often be criticized for lacking pedaling range. This is not the case with the Nexus 8, which offers a good width, beneficial both on the ribs and on the flat and on the descents. However, with a bike weighing more than 26 kg, it is difficult to maintain a rhythm of more than 27 or 28 km/h.

Braking is not neglected on the Tria N8f. Winora chose a pair of Shimano MT201 hydraulic disc brakes. Enough to offer a bite that is both powerful and precise, especially with a 180 mm diameter disc at the front (160 mm at the rear). It takes less than 3 meters to come to a complete stop on dry ground.

Strong points

  • Component integration.

  • Full equipment.

  • Comfortable.

  • Pleasant engine.

  • Perfect transmission for the city.

  • Effective braking.

Weak points

  • Lack of dynamism.

  • Battery cover.

  • Average autonomy.

  • Less comfortable uphill.

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