FLEX - NEXUS 8 - WHEELCHAIR CARGO BIKE - 2021
Nihola believes that cycling is for everyone. The Nihola Flex allows people who use wheelchairs to enjoy long rides with family and friends.
The Flex is a cargo bike with a flat wheelchair platform that accommodates chairs up to 66cm wide and 106cm long (26" x 41"). The rider accesses the 18cm high platform with a 36-degree pneumatic-pistoned ramp and their chair is secured with ratchet straps similar to those used in trains, buses, and cars. The Flex is capable of carrying a combined weight of 220kg / 485lbs - a 120kg / 265lbs passenger with chair, and a 120kg / 265lb pedaler. The adjustable handlebar stem and seat accommodates riders from 5'4" to 6'4".
The Nihola Flex is constructed of a strong lightweight steel frame coupled with fantastic independent steering - this gives the bike the stability of a three wheeled cargo bike but the agility, responsiveness, and handling of a two-wheeler.
Supplied with maintenance-free components and durable materials throughout, the Flex keeps repairs to a minimum. A Shimano V-brake on the rear and two (yes, two!) Sturmey Archer Drum Brakes on the front are strong and dependable, while the brilliant Shimano Nexus 8 speed internal geared hub means no worries year-round whatever the weather.
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- Lightweight, fast, maneuverable "Bakfiets" cargo bike for wheelchair users
- Independent steering creates a fast, stable and very maneuverable bike
- Upright “Dutch” riding position for all day comfort and visibility
- Passenger platform allows wheelchairs with maximum measurements of 66cm x 106cm (26" x 41")
- 18cm tall platform is accessed by pneumatic piston ramp
- Two ratchet straps secure the wheelchair to the platform with quick-release hard mounts similar to those used in trains, buses, and cars
- Tough Hi-Tensile galvanized steel bike frame with a chip-resistant powder-coated paint finish
- Shimano Nexus 8 internal gearing is pretty much maintenance free
- Sturmey Archer drum brakes and rear V brake are both powerful and low maintenance
- Parking Brake for peace of mind
- Designed for perpetual outdoor storage
- Half-enclosed chain guard to keep clothing looking fresh
- Maximum Capacity: 220kg / 485lbs (Passenger platform = 120kg / 265lbs, Rider = 100kg / 265lbs)
- PRICE MATCH GUARANTEE
|FRAME||Handmade Danish steel with black powdercoated finish|
|PLATFORM||Lightweight slip-resistant diamond steel base with pneumatic piston access ramp - accommodates wheelchairs sized 66cm x 106cm (26" x 41")|
|RAMP SLOPE||36 degrees|
|SEAT BELTS||Two ratchet straps with quick-release hard mount points on platform|
|STEM||Alloy high rise - Quill|
|SEATPOST||Alloy micro-adjust - 25.4mm|
|SEAT||Gel - Double sprung|
|SEAT CLAMP||Quick Release|
|BRAKES||Sturmey Archer Drum brakes front & Shimano V-brake rear|
|BRAKE LEVERS||Magura resin with built in parking lock|
|SHIFTER||Shimano Nexus 8 Revo shifter|
|FRONT HUB(S)||Sturmey Archer Drum Brakes|
|REAR HUB||Shimano Nexus 8 Internal Gears|
|SPOKES||Stainless Steel - 13G|
|RIMS||Alloy, double-walled 20" front, 26" rear|
|TIRES||Schwalbe Marathon Plus|
|BOTTOM BRACKET||Shimano Sealed cartridge|
|CRANKS||Alloy forged - 170mm - 38T|
|COGSET||Shimano Nexus - 19T|
|PEDALS||Alloy with rubber top|
|PARKING BRAKE||Built in with easy access, easy pull lever|
|FENDERS||Lightweight, unbreakable Chromoplastic|
|LOCK||AXA Cafe Lock|
|BIKE DIMENSIONS||215 x 99 x 110cm|
|BOX DIMENSIONS||106 x 66 x 25cm|
|RIDER CAPACITY||120kg / 265lbs|
|BOX CAPACITY||120kg / 265lbs|
|FLEX||5' 4"||6' 4"|
In the nearly 20 years that have passed, we've seen an evolution of the cargo bike for use in all facets of life. The success of the Family model has expanded into proprietary models for promotional and corporate advertising, commercial delivery, mobility aids for rehab, handicap and wheelchair use and even a transport solution for your pets. Used the world over by family’s and royalty alike and with over 10,000 sold in Copenhagen alone, Nihola has become a success story like no other and still continue to push the concepts of traditional cargo bikes and lead the charge on innovating the way we move through our streets and cities.
How much can the Nihola Flex carry?
The Nihola Flex can carry 120kg (265lbs) on the platform, plus the rider weighing no more than 120kg / 265lbs themselves.
Will the bike tip forward when loading?
Nope! Two wheels on either side of the platform provide stability when a wheelchair user rolls onto and off of the platform.
Will this take up a lot of space on the road?
Not really, most bike lanes are 1.5 – 2 meters wide and the Nihola is only 110cm wide, leaving plenty of room for other transport users to pass.
Can I store it outside?
You sure can! The Nihola is built for perpetual outdoor storage. It’s pretty rare that someone in Denmark would have indoor storage so bikes just get parked in the street. Plus, they salt the roads just like Toronto does in winter. The frames are painted with a highly chip-resistant powder-coat, and beneath the powder-coat lies a thick rust-resistant undercoat. Of course, the gears and front brakes are internally sealed so they will keep operating no matter the weather.
What is the maintenance like?
Very low! Because the Nihola uses internal gears and internal drum brakes the intervals between tune-ups are few and far between. We recommend oil on the chain and air in the tires every three weeks. All Nihola bikes come standard with Schwalbe Marathon Plus tires; the most puncture-resistant tires on the market.
How does this compare to other trikes?
Nihola makes the lightest, most stable and best handling cargo bike on the market. While other brands steer the entire box, the Nihola’s front wheels steer independently. And, while competing brands add high-performance tilt steering, Nihola questions the practicality and safety of such systems. Finally, by using high-impact Lexan plastic rather than wood, the Nihola is up to 40% lighter competing brands, less maintenance (at some point all wood will rot) and significantly safer.
Can I put a childseat on the back?
Yes. It is a very common sight in Denmark to see a family with three children to put the oldest one on the back. We recommend the Yepp Junior, which can take a child up to 80lbs. We do not recommend a front-mounted childseat since the footrests can get in the way of the wheelchair).
What's the rear wheel lock good for?
The rear-wheel lock is a clever design built for short in-and-out errands where finding a locking-pole may take longer than the errand. The rear-wheel lock lets you momentarily lock the bike to itself. It’s great if you need to quickly dash in and out to grab a coffee or at the park having a picnic.
This is expensive! Will it get stolen?
Estimates are that over 90% of bicycle theft is tied to cash-for-drugs and this (unfortunately) makes every bike a target. Make sure you buy a good U-lock or a chain and your bike will be safe. You can read more about bike theft here.
What’s the warranty?
Two-year warranty for manufacturer defects on frame and fork, one year on parts. Does not include wear and tear.
Did you know we ship bikes completely built and ready to ride? Our bikes are shipped Ride Out Of The Box meaning they are professionally tuned and delivered - worry free. Your bike will arrive at your door step with any accessories installed, so you can ride it right out of the box!
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