Nirve Night Owl First Impression

I’ve been testing our the Nirve Night Owl the past few days and I’m very pleased so far on the performance of this bike. So much so that I took it out for some singletrack and fire road action this morning at the local trail.

However, the streets is where the Night Owl really excels. This bike is so much fun. I can’t put my finger on it yet because every time I get on this bike, it just feels right and I’ve always got a smile on my face.

I think what I like most about the Night Owl is its geometry. I don’t feel like I’m so up right like how most beach cruisers places the rider. But because of the BMX bars, I’m leaning over, but not too far and if I’m at a light and it turns green, pumping the bike to get speed of the line isn’t an issue. The Night Owl has some powerful brakes. Though what I didn’t like already was the pedals. This morning was moist so when I started pedaling in some occasions, my foot would slip. I’m most likely going to put some SPD pedals on the bike to remedy that problem.

The Night Owl cruises at a fairly good speed. Once you get moving, its easy to maintain your traveling speed as long as there are no morons in cars to slow you down. I’ve also started testing how strong the wheels and fork would be by jumping off curbs and getting 3 feet of air. So far the wheels are still true. You’re asking why would I jump of a curb. Well in honesty, in my years of commuting, there have been times when I’ve been forced to get on the sidewalk and jump off the curb just to get back on the road again. Which basically means that if I have to do that in real life because some car cuts me off, I want to make sure that my wheels or fork aren’t going to collapse on me when I land.

So the Nirve Night Owl is doing fairly well. Heck it did well in my first singletrack ride this morning. I’ll keep you posted as time goes.

1 Comment

  1. peterparker

    I bought a 3-speed night owl march 2009 . It kicks major…, I love it. I’ve only put a few miles on it so far but i plan on putting it to serious use. I’m a newbie to commuting and i live on a high traffic street that is not bike friendly . So its been ridden on grass, dirt, hopped curbs and tree roots . I’m a 6 foot 270lbs male so this is a very very very well built bike and relative quick feeling once in motion even with the knobby tires it comes with.

    I live in a flat area of houston so First gear is useless it feels almost like the chain fell off once you get the bike rolling a little. I use second for variety but third is the sweet spot for most general uses.

    This is a great bike as is but I would upgrade a few things for my uses.
    1. This bike will zoom with some city slicks
    2. It is stealth so LED anything for visibility is a good idea
    3. A set of platform peddles with teeth . My feet have slipped off the OE peddles riding through dewy grass.

    I want to do a 20 mile so of course I’ll be picking up nicknacks here an there but out of the box this bike has me bragging shamelessly to anyone who will listen or “ramble” to whoever is tuning me out for that matter . I forget I’m 30 and not 8 years old.

    I’m not of the cycling culture so cool factor played the biggest part in me choosing this bike. When i saw it i person in my livingroom then took it for a spin i felt as though i needed a black Kaiser Spike Helmet.

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