Available since the start of the school year, the Fiido D11 was successfully launched this summer via the Indiegogo platform. Folding electric bike promoter but not fulfilling all the characteristics of an VAE, we were able to have it in hand for a few days, here is our verdict.
Motor: 250 W (placed on rear hub)
Maximum speed: 25 km / h
Range with assistance: 80-100 km
Autonomy with assistance: 40-50 km
Battery: 36 11.6 Ah (418 Wh)
Weight: 17.5 kg with battery / 12.9 kg without battery
Max load: 120 kg
Wheels: 20 inches
Brakes: mechanical disc
Others: LED lighting, screen with display of speed and number of km, 3 assistance modes, kickstand.
A small bike ready to use
The Fiido D1 is a compact and foldable bicycle. Its design stands out a bit with a simple frame made in “one piece” and its 400 Wh battery (which is huge) which is fully incorporated into the seat post. The main advantage of this is that you don’t have to get your bike up to the 4th floor to load it, since you just need to take the seat post with you.
The bike, although a little heavy for a foldable machine (17.5 kg), folds quite easily in less than a minute, just unlock a button located on the frame (in the middle) and another on the stem of the handlebars. When folded, the latter is quite compact and can easily be transported / stored, going from 148 x 57 x 110 cm to 84 x 40 x 59 cm. Note that the pedals on the other hand do not bend.
To turn on this Fiido D11, you will first need to connect the battery using a cable under the seat, press the button, then press another button located on the screen. If you don’t do that, you won’t be able to ride with the assistance. That said, you can also use this bike unassisted if you want to or if you run out of battery. Moreover, it is equipped with 7 speeds associated with a Shimano derailleur and a 52 tooth chainring, all of which works quite well and allows it to be used in different conditions whatever the terrain.
The motor is therefore placed in the rear hub of the wheel and has a power of 250 W. It offers sufficient power in assistance mode with 3 different modes which are very practical depending on the configuration of the road (ribs, false flats , etc.). However, unlike some models, the motor is really there as an assist, that is, if you are not pedaling, the assist will not kick in. Obviously, you will tell me and then what is this famous “scooter” mode for? Beyond the fact of not pedaling (which has little meaning for a bicycle), this mode is really used to give driving a little fishing. Because this Fiido D11 is a bike for short trips, and with its small 20 inch wheels, it will not do miracles over long distances. It is therefore quite pleasant to use it while pedaling in order to reach 25 km / h faster or to be more reactive, at a red light, a stop sign for example.
“Illegal” in France and yet
Fiido offers a throttle trigger on all of its models that allows you to move forward without pedaling. This “scooter” mode does not make it an eBike since the engine would only have to run when you pedal. It therefore falls into the category of mopeds and you will have to wear a helmet, obtain homologation, insurance and have a license plate before you can use it! This is the same problem with electric balance bikes, although all of these machines are limited to 25 km / h. Note, however, that you can deactivate the accelerator by simply disconnecting the cable associated with it, then disassemble what refers to it. But it may not be sufficient under the law especially in the event of an accident. Remember that electric scooters which also go at 25 km / h and which are honestly more dangerous sometimes, benefit from specific legislation that is much more suitable.
Pleasant driving and record range
In practice, this Fiido D11 is quite comfortable, the saddle although a little hard, allows a significant height to adapt to almost all sizes. While driving and even if it doesn’t have a suspension, the latter is also pleasant, the position is good, the brakes are strong enough and the speed part is clearly a plus. On the other hand, we will regret that it is not delivered as standard with mudguards (although it has a crutch), because as soon as it rains, the projections can be significant (mudguards are available as an option) . Moreover, we do not really know if the latter is waterproof in the long run, even having driven several times in the rain, I was surprised to see that the electric controller housed above the rear wheel was in a compartment. which does not look that tight, unlike other apparent cables.
Another small downside, the frame does not allow it to be easily attached everywhere, because it is quite imposing, you will have to be cunning to padlock it. Especially since the saddle is not secure either, there is just a simple clamping handle to adjust it, so if you leave your bike on the street, watch out for theft. The best thing is to take it with you and it is its weight since the battery is in it …
Speaking of battery, the autonomy of this Fiido D11 is really interesting (mode 3), with an assistance / scooter mode mix, I was able to cover nearly 60km, which is not bad at all! The charging time is around 4h / 5h, which is standard for this type of device.
Finally, you will have noticed, the Fiido D11 is not a connected bike. No locking system or other that you can have on a connected model. Its screen is only used to display the battery, the number of kilometers, select the assistance mode (from 1 to 3) and see how fast you are going.
Where to buy it?
The FIIDO D11 is available at Geekbuying for 859.99 euros with the code GKB517S! Fast delivery from Europe.