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Fiido D11 | electric bike reviews, buying advice and news

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Fiido’s D11 is a well-executed folder with some neat options. The detachable battery means it’s extra transportable than many folders, and the fold itself is neat and properly executed. The motor isn’t probably the most highly effective, and the vary is overstated, however this isn’t a motorcycle for lengthy journeys and for mixed-mode transport is a stable purchase.

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This isn’t Fiido’s first rodeo, regardless that it’s totally potential you haven’t heard of them. The company has a range of folding bikes already, that are very a lot on the price range finish of the market. The D11 feels a bit extra premium, though it’s nonetheless not costly; currently it’s just over £800 on geekbuying and the total retail value listed there’s solely simply into 4 figures. It has a nicely-designed aluminium single beam body which sports activities 20” wheels and is hinged on the centre for a fairly compact fold.

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Fiido D11 fold

One of many points with folding e-bikes is that they’re heavy, and so not straightforward to manhandle onto a practice or into the boot of your automotive. That’s true right here – the D11 weighs in at simply over 19kg – but it surely has a trick up its sleeve.

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The battery is hid within the seatpost – properly, it’s the seatpost, actually – and might simply be eliminated. That’s good if you wish to recharge the battery in your home, or simply make your bike much less engaging to thieves should you’re locking it on the town. But it surely additionally implies that the battery and bike could be separated for transport: you’ll be able to sling the seatpost in a bag (an enormous bag!) and carry the bike with out it, which drops the burden right down to a way more manageable 13.5kg. Okay, it’s nonetheless not gentle, but it surely may make the distinction between it working for you and never. The one draw back is that it makes the folded bike much less steady, as the underside of the seatpost acts as a form of stand.

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That battery is a 417Wh unit which drives a 250W rear hub motor. The 7-speed Shimano Tourney transmission doesn’t have a large vary but it surely’s an inexpensive well-judged one, with gears sufficiently big for cruising on the motor’s 25km/h restrict on the flat and sufficiently small to deal with some affordable climbs. The motor isn’t massively highly effective, however on a full battery it’s able to dragging me and the D11 up my benchmark hill (1.5km at 5%, 12% max gradient) with out an excessive amount of of a wrestle. There are three ranges of help selectable from the bar-mounted LCD show by a barely fiddly button, with solely the highest one actually propelling you as much as the 25km/h restrict. The bottom mode may be very pedestrian, and the second is okay. This isn’t a motorcycle you’ll take pleasure in driving with out the motor turned on, by the best way. There’s plenty of drag within the system.

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Fiido D11 vary

I point out the total battery above as a result of the D11 is a motorcycle that’s definitely greatest when absolutely juiced. Some bikes work equally properly via the battery cycle, however that’s typically the dearer ones with higher battery administration. The D11 is okay, however as soon as I’ve gone up the large hill as soon as, the subsequent time it’s noticeably extra of an effort. The bike suffers from the basic low cost e-bike downside of the load on the motor affecting the battery show, so the bars will go down once you’re chugging up a steep bit after which magically reappear once you’re cruising alongside the flat on the prime. It’s not an enormous challenge, but it surely does imply extra vary anxiousness. I typically ended up maintaining the D11 charged up every day, as a result of it really works higher that manner. In case your commute is brief and never too taxing on the motor you’ll most likely get a working week out of it.

Fiido say that the bike will present a spread of “as much as 30-60km within the pure electrical mode and as much as 100km within the energy help mode”. The pure electrical mode refers back to the throttle which works independently of the pedal help, so by the letter of the regulation most likely isn’t authorized within the UK, though you’d be unfortunate to pulled up for it on a motorcycle like this. The pedal help makes use of a cadence sensor like many cheaper bikes, so spinning the pedals slowly and including no energy of your personal will even make the motor do all of the work; I can’t see the distinction, actually. Anyway, you gained’t be driving for 100km, for numerous causes. Firstly, the battery gained’t final that lengthy; on flat terrain I’d say 50km of blended use in pedal help mode is so far as you’d need to push it. 

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Secondly, this isn’t a motorcycle designed for driving lengthy distances: You possibly can hop to the retailers on it, or journey the final mile to work from the station, however the driving place isn’t designed for lengthy distances: it’s fairly quick and upright, and the steering is pretty full of life. It’s not an disagreeable bike to journey, removed from it: it’s fairly enjoyable about city underneath energy. However you wouldn’t select it for an extended commute, there are higher bikes on the market. I’m tall, and the fairly upright seatpost implies that the attain of the bike doesn’t develop that a lot as you increase the saddle. Smaller riders will most likely discover the bike a greater match. That being stated, anybody between 1.5m and 2m tall ought to have the ability to journey it positive. There’s loads of seatpost to play with. The fast launch for the seatpost isn’t an incredible design: the knurled knob to regulate the strain is unattainable to regulate with something in need of pliers, and certainly regarded prefer it’d seen some motion earlier than it even arrived. It wants a little bit of a redesign. The stem fast launch to regulate the bar angle is okay, although.

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Thirdly, your arms would most likely fall off, as a result of the handlebar grips are the worst I’ve ever tried. And I’ve tried a lot of handlebar grips in my time. Principally, you’ll be wanting to interchange them earlier than you sling a leg over the D11.

Fiido D11 construct

Every little thing else on the bike does its job fairly properly. It’s not top-end gear, and also you wouldn’t count on that for this value, however you do get an excellent package deal. Our overview bike had a workable kickstand and lights fitted. The rear gentle is within the seatpost, the place the battery connector is, and the entrance is a fork-crown-mounted unit with a German-style cut-off beam that’s efficient sufficient for driving after darkish.

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Our bike didn’t include mudguards, which you’d proably need within the UK; there are mounting factors for them. The disc brakes are mechanical and so not as highly effective as hydraulics, however as a result of they’re engaged on smaller wheels their efficient diameter is rather a lot larger, and I had no points with them. The Cheng Shin tyres are okay; they’re not particularly supple however they appear pretty sturdy and the grip they provide isn’t unhealthy.

There’s at all times the problem of guarantee returns to consider once you’re shopping for on-line from a non-uk provider. Our bike had an intermittent fault which might trigger it to show off in use. It didn’t occur fairly often, and you can at all times flip it again on once more, but when it was your cash you’d be trying to get the bike changed, or no less than checked out to diagnose the fault. The electricals have a one-year guarantee; It’s not totally clear what the method could be there, but it surely’s truthful to imagine that’s it’s not going to be as simple as taking it right down to your native bike store or phoning up a UK distributor.

So, value a punt? If you happen to’re on the lookout for a reasonable folding e-bike then the D11 is fairly good for the cash. In the intervening time it’s £800, and it’s well-specced for a motorcycle beneath a grand. It’s fairly sensible, and particularly so with the best way the battery could be eliminated and carried individually to make the folded bike extra handy. Not all the pieces is nice, however you wouldn’t count on it to be at this value. Total it’s a likeable bike for brief journeys and mixed-mode commutes.

Fiido D11 spec

Energy Help System

3 gear energy enhance
Working Temperature: -10-50Celsius

Most Velocity:

25km/h

Battery:

Li-Ion battery

Enter Voltage:

100-240V

Amps:

11.6Ah

System Voltage:

36V

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

Weight & Measurement    

Product Weight: 18.5KG (12.9KG with out battery)

Product Measurement(L x W x H):

148 x 57 x 110cm (UNFOLDED); 84 x 40 x 59cm(FOLDED)

Package deal Contents    

1 X FIIDO D11 Electrical Bike

1 X EU Charging Adapter

1 X Wrench

1 X Consumer Handbook (English)

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