Fiido may sound like a canine from the Nineteen Seventies, however today it’s a reputation that’s shortly turning into related to electrical bikes. We’ve already reviewed the Fiido M1 off-roader, however the Chinese language firm’s newest foldable bike has a laser give attention to city environments. We take it for a spin to see if it may be man’s (or girl’s) finest good friend.
Options & Design
The Fiido D11 arrives in a big rectangular field that makes you assume three issues: there’s going to be some meeting required, it’s unlikely to have massive wheels, and that it needs to be fairly mild.
In reality, meeting is minimal, requiring simply the unfolding of the body, securing the clasp on the cross beam to carry all of it firmly in place, then doing the identical for the handlebar column. The one want for the included instruments is to connect the pedals. The ultimate a part of the method is to slip the saddle column into its slot and fasten it in place with the quick-release clip.
The seat put up hides a nifty characteristic: it’s additionally residence to the rechargeable battery that powers the Xiongda model 36V, 250W motor. Just under the saddle itself are the charging port, energy button and rear mild, plus the cable that connects the battery.
It is a disgrace the cable and handbook connection are wanted: it isn’t the best answer, but it surely’s a novel method.
It is the primary electrical bike we all know of to take this method, and in some ways it’s a neat answer, particularly because it’s fast to take away so you may cost it or retailer in indoors.
On the flip facet, there is no locking mechanism, so you may’t actually go away it in place if it’s a must to go away your Fiido D11 locked up in a motorbike rack someplace public: it’s miles too tempting and simple to steal. It is one other good purpose why it is best to positively have electric bike insurance.
With the whole lot arrange, the Fiido D11 is a good- if barely odd-looking machine. With no chainstays, you’d assume it might flex and wobble, but it surely’s surprisingly inflexible general.
The slate blue and black color scheme offers it a sensible and understated aesthetic. A few of the welding spoils the looks although, as a consequence of its quite industrial look. In addition to the rear mild, there’s additionally a entrance one, however no mudguards to maintain your workplace put on pristine.
My first impressions when the field arrived had been additionally confirmed appropriate, because the bike is fitted with two 20in wheels and weighs in at a delightfully feathery 12.9kg, making it one among – if not the – lightest electrical bike Tech Advisor has reviewed.
Folding the bike again down once more is barely a matter of releasing a few clamps, which could be carried out in seconds. So, getting it out and in of the automotive might be a doddle. When collapsed, it measures 80cm x 74cm x 40cm, in comparison with the 148cm x 110 cm x 40cm when able to experience.
One factor it does lack is a method to safe the folded body collectively or any type of carrying deal with. However maintaining a bungie in your bag will resolve the previous, whereas holding it by the cross-beam appears steady sufficient for brief journeys.
There’s various scope in how excessive the saddle could be set (min and max markings aid you keep throughout the limits), making it excellent for our household to share. My spouse, daughters and myself are available in varied sizes and shapes, however we had been capable of finding snug heights whether or not it ranged from a 5ft 9in chap weighing in round 12 stone or a 5ft 1 girl who gained’t inform me how a lot the scales reveal (but it surely’s loads lower than once I stand on them).
You possibly can regulate the lean on the handlebars through a clasp that loosens to help you spin it forwards and backwards, this additionally helps regulate the angle of the digital show that tells you your velocity and the present stage of battery cost. It’s the identical as discovered on the M1, displaying 4 bars quite than a share. Velocity is measured in km/h and I couldn’t discover an apparent method to change it to MPH, the unit used within the UK and US. That is largely as a result of no handbook was equipped.
There’s additionally a button for toggling between the three totally different ranges of help on supply from the motor.
Subsequent to the fitting handle-grip are two levers for altering gears up or down. They’re not straightforward to see and all through my time with the Fiido D11 I did discover that I pressed the mistaken one on a number of events, deciding on an inappropriate gear and inflicting frantic changes to get again in a rhythm. You possibly can see which gear is chosen through a small, mechanical panel simply above the grip, so there was no hiding from my errors.
There’s additionally a thumb-lever above the fitting grip, which you depress to kick within the motor. It’s effectively positioned and simple to make use of, which is one thing I used to be very grateful for when attempting to make it up the massive hills that dominate the a part of Cornwall by which I dwell.
The brake levers function mechanical disc brakes on the back and front wheels, each of which proved to be very sharp at bringing the bike to a halt. A light-weight contact is certainly suggested.
A seven-speed Shimano Tourney gear system is in place on the rear wheel, providing a ratio of 52:12 which supplies you sufficient choices to ease down flat streets or try these hill climbs.
You gained’t need to attempt an excessive amount of off-roading although, because the slim 1.75in CTS tires are for asphalt quite than muddy tracks, plus the shortage of any suspension gives you a sore backside earlier than lengthy. The odd gravel path needs to be navigable, however the D11 is aimed squarely at commuters.
The Fiido D11 is a snug experience when on smoother surfaces. The saddle didn’t really feel prefer it was attempting to carve new crevices into my physique, not like another bikes I’ve tried, and the seated place is one that might actually swimsuit a day’s leisurely biking or a commute from the practice station to the workplace.
Whereas on the roads, the experience was nice sufficient, with a number of rattles right here and there. As with all new bike, there might be a driving in interval the place the mechanics settle, so in case you do buy a D11 then be ready to provide it a fast examine and tighten-up after per week or two’s driving.
Driving up a modest hill supplied the prospect to check the motor’s torque, with very pleasing outcomes. As a cadence sensor is used, there’s a small jolt when the motor kicks in, however finally it was welcome as I might really feel the burden being taken over by the bike. To see what the D11 was actually product of, I made my method to a tougher slope, one which’s laborious to even stroll up.
Within the decrease help mode, there didn’t really feel like a lot benefit to utilizing the motor however switching as much as full energy got here as blessed aid. With the motor’s full energy, I used to be in a position to make brief work of the ascent, whereas maintaining my efforts to a extra civilised stage.
The throttle is an actual benefit when pulling away from a cease on a hill, taking lots of the hassle away out of your legs. Fiido claims that the D11’s battery will last as long as 100km (60 miles) however this can rely on the help stage you employ, the terrain and even temperature.
We had been solely in a position to take a look at the D11 for a pair a days, so had been unable to check the declare.
Utilizing the D11 on flatter routes clearly proved much less difficult for the battery, however once more we’d desire a extra correct show of battery cost earlier than being completely assured of taking it on lengthy rides. Recharging from empty takes round seven hours, however you do get the choice to easily take away the saddle column and plug it into the included charger, quite than needing the entire bike.
A draw back got here within the type of the brakes. There’s no drawback with their stopping energy, however after solely a really brief whereas they grew to become very noisy, squeaking and hollering when utilized on steeper declines. There was additionally the sensation that the slim, compact wheels and lack of suspension made the experience a bit uncomfortable and unsteady as soon as I hit the rugged tracks that led to residence. That is honest sufficient although, as a result of the foldable nature of the D11, together with its design, signifies that its major habitat is certain to cities and cities, the place I really feel it might completely excel.
Worth & Availability
The Fiido D11 isn’t but accessible regionally within the UK or US, however you may order one from Geekbuying which, on the time of writing, will value you £1045.67 when dispatched from its European warehouse. This implies you don’t have to fret about import costs or lengthy supply instances from China, as Geekbuying has already integrated these elements, alongside VAT, into the value.
The advisable value within the US is $1299 and once more it may be bought from Geekbuying.
At present, Geekbuying has a particular launch supply for the primary 200 individuals to purchase the D11, bringing that value down by $300 to $999, or simply over £800 within the UK. This deal is on the market on the hyperlinks proven above. From 16 October to 11 November 2020, it is usually providing $200 off (about £160) the RRP, so you may nonetheless save.
After all, if you wish to see what’s on supply from different producers, try our information to the best electric bikes.
There is not any scarcity of folding electrical bikes designed for commuters. The Fiido D11 would not take the crown for being the very best, but it surely has loads going for it: a really mild weight, a low value, seven gears and the simply detachable battery.
There’s an argument – in case you dwell within the UK – to spend a bit extra and get the MiRider One as you will get a UK guarantee and native assist. But when that does not hassle you and you like the D11’s benefits, it is a good selection.
Fiido D11: Specs
- Model: FIIDO
- Sort: Electrical Bicycle
- Mannequin: D11
- Shade: Blue
- Energy Help System: 3 gear energy increase
- Most Velocity: 25km/h
- Battery: Lion battery
- Enter Voltage: 100-240V
- System Voltage: 36V
- Amps: 11.6Ah
- Recharge Time: 7 hours
- Electrical energy-assisted Mileage (reference): 100KM
- Show: LCD Show
- Drive Sort: Rear Drive
- Body Materials: Aluminium Alloy
- Brake Sort: Mechanical Disc Brakes
- Chainset: Metal 52 Tooth
- Gears: Shimano
Chain: kmc Z7,
Pedals Included: Sure
- Grips: Rubber
- Handlebars: Aluminium Alloy
- Pedals: Alloy
- Motor: Brushless gear motor
- Rear Hub: 250W motor
- Rims: Alloy
- Wheel Measurement: 20″
- Tire Measurement: 20×1.75 inch
- Tires: CST
- Saddle Peak: 80cm-110cm
- Product Weight: 18.5KG
- Bundle Weight: 22.5KG
- Product Measurement(L x W x H): 148 x 57 x 110cm (UNFOLDED)
- 84 x 40 x 59cm(FOLDED)
- Bundle Measurement(L x W x H): 90 x 46 x 67cm