Now a lot of attention deserves individual of transportation devices such as bicycles, scooters, and others. Therefore, I want to share with you a new electric bike called Alfawise X1 in our review.
Can such a cheap e-bike convince? Alfawise X1 is a folding bike, which is normally available directly from China for a short time to Europe for $440. You can find out how it works and what to expect from a folding bike in this price range in the Alfawise X1 test on Awaqa.
It is difficult to make a choice on a good device now, but Alfawise has already recommended itself as a good brand in the Chinese market. Let’s check it out in our test on a new electric bike.
What is special about it? Alfawise X1 received a design similar to Fiido D1, and the main characteristics, such as 250W motor rated power, 10.4Ah battery, the maximum speed of 25km/h and others.
Let’s move on to the full review and see in detail what an Alfawise X1 electric bike can do.
Alfawise X1: Specifications
|Motor rated power:||250W|
|Charge time:||5.0 hours|
|Modes:||Pedal mode, moped mode, and pure electric mode|
|Battery:||7.8 or 10.4Ah Li-ion|
|Wheel size:||14 inches|
|Brake mode:||front / rear disc brake|
|Size:||132.00 x 48.00 x 98.00 cm|
Alfawise X1: Packaging and delivery
The UPS messenger groans and brings the heavy package with a sack truck up the stairs to the editor.
The e-bike is well packed, all parts that could rub against each other at the folding bike are provided with foam. A good start.
In addition to the e-bike is still the very small power supply, the user manual, two keys and a small tool kit included.
Alfawise X1: Design and Appearance
However, we do not need the tool for the Alfawise X1 in our test. It comes assembled. Only the seat is still to be inserted and unfold the folding bike. This is intuitive and done in a short time.
The folding mechanism is quite simple. Fold up the handlebar, flip the lever and lock with a safety hook.
This works in a similar way to the frame: Unfold the frame and connect it with the big lever and flip a small hook. Already the little Alfawise X1 folding electric bike is built.
The pedals can also be folded in and folded out. This is very convenient for transport because it reduces the pack size and prevents snagging.
The lithium-ion battery is completely installed as part of the Alfawise X1 and delivers 7.8Ah or 10.4Ah (360W) to the engine.
The drive releases its energy in the rear wheel with 250 watts and should offer 40-70km range.
The supplied power adapter charges the battery within six hours. 25 km/h, the small e-bike should be fast but we still have doubts.
Because the wheels seem tiny at 14 inches in diameter and somehow we can hardly imagine so much power in the smallest space.
On a circuit, the manufacturer renounced at this price, so that the engine must help when slopes are to be mastered. 30 degrees creates the Alfawise X1, so at least the technical data.
The e-bike has various controls on the handlebars. On the right side, there is a lock, via which the electronics are switched on by key.
The display shows the charge status of the battery.
On the left is a large on/off switch, which operates the front light.
However, the correspondence is missing behind – no tail light is installed, instead of a reflector.
A red button activates the electric horn. Particularly important is a slide switch, which allows three driving modes.
Alfawise X1: Driving Modes
Pedelec mode: When pedaling, the engine turns on – as allowed in Europe and also in much more expensive electric bikes widely used.
Manpower mode: The engine does not provide any support and you have to pedal yourself.
Electrics mode: This is a throttle grip on the right side of the handlebar as a controller. As with a moped, this allows the engine and thus the electric bike to set in motion.
Striking is the mobile phone holder, which receives a smartphone and can also provide power.
There is a USB socket on the underside, which is protected against splash water by a rubber seal.
Despite the low price, disc brakes are installed in the Alfawise X1 in the analisis. The brake levers are equipped with a motor breaker, which delays the disc brakes.
When you press the engine stops and brings the e-bike with its aluminum frame to a standstill. 120 kg total weight is the manufacturer of the folding bike, which also has small fenders.
Alfawise X1: Use in practice
We set the saddle to the driver’s height, sit on it and wonder about the soft sitting. The saddle is slightly sprung, which makes us again and again while driving.
The drive in manpower mode of Alfawise X1, that is without a motor, is not fun – which was to be expected.
When Pedelec mode, this looks completely different: The E-Bike Alfawise X1 comes off well in the car.
We fight hard and come comfortably on a straight level at 20 km/h. After that, it gets really tedious.
We drive for the Alfawise X1 test on private grounds and try out the moped mode. Now the twist handle is our friend and gets us forward without any pedaling.
Nevertheless, we can pedal, which feels strange at first. On a paved course, we can comfortably reach 24 km/h but within 25 seconds. And on inclines, the Alfawise X1 folding bike is even slower.
20 percent increase is still possible, with 30 percent we have the feeling of having to dismount right away.
Typical for folding bikes is the use of a car, public transport, camping or on a boat. We take the test and carry the e-bike out of the apartment – three floors down. The integrated handle is pleasant to the touch. Nevertheless, 18 kg can only be worn for a short time and we are happy to be able to drive again.
Unfolding works relaxed in about 30 seconds after a short exercise. It goes to the track in pedelec mode. At the platform, we fold it together and take it on the train.
This worked out in many public transport centers as luggage and requires no extra ticket. Arrived at the destination we get off and drive to our appointment. Luck!
The building has an elevator and we go to the fourth floor. The lift is small, but Alfawise X1 riders and two other people fit inside. With the eye-catching folding bike, you get straight into conversation.
Alfawise X1: Battery
On the way back, our smartphone shows three percent battery level. Without a cover, it can be easily clamped in the smartphone holder and then receives power from the charging socket. We are excited.
With kicking and with the full initial charge, the 280 or 360Wh battery gets to its knees after about 40km. This should be enough for most commuter routes especially as the power supply is easy to carry because of its low weight.
Alfawise X1: Conclusions and Reviews
An e-bike with throttle is in Europe at least in a folding bike. The alternative pedal mode is very simple but is acceptable with this small folding bike.
For whom is the Alfawise X1 e-bike folding bike suitable? For casual riders who want to overcome short distances by e-bike and want to waste a lot of space: campers, boat owners or commuters who cover the main line by bus or train.
At this price is clear: here are very simple parts installed and with ordinary pedelecs, the Chinese folding bike cannot keep up.
Who does not shy away from long delivery times, the lack of on-site service and the high weight could flirt with the folding bike. The price is hot anyway.
Alfawise X1: Price and Where to buy cheaper?
After ordering the e-bike or electric bike, it took us 20 days to get there. Due to the size and weight of the provider uses the shipping by rail from China.
The website Gearbest lists more than a hundred available e-bikes when writing this article. The shop is considered a serious provider and also delivers to Europe.
Now you can buy an Alfawise X1 bike at a low price for only $419.99 version with a 7.8Ah battery, and $439.99 with a battery version 10.4Ah. The price varies depending on the daily offer.