We have already reviewed the second generation of electric bike called FIIDO D2. But today I want to tell you about the new, third generation of the bike called FIIDO D3 Shifting Version.
In this article, we will consider as usual all aspects of the work and appearance of the new device, and find out what differences we can expect compared to its predecessors.
Is this the FIIDO D3 Shifting Version electric folding bike, sold from China around $400? Despite its price floor, this funny bike has some great ideas, starting with a “scooter” that will delight the laziest.
It offers a level of equipment largely equivalent to that of bicycles sold twice as expensive in Europe.
As you will see during our test, it is an interesting alternative to the excellent QiCycle EF1, which has become difficult to find, as long as we accept the few compromises made by the brand.
On these few words, welcome to our review Fiido D1 Folding Electric Bike.
By the way, who is Fiido? Like many other manufacturers based in Shenzhen, this young Chinese company is trying to break into the world of electric mobility.
To do this, she chose the niche of e-bikes, with a catalog currently limited to three references, including the D3 that occupies us today.
Initially, Fiido focuses on its domestic market, China, where growth prospects are very high, but its products are accessible to Western consumers through platforms like Gearbest.
FIIDO D3 Shifting Version: Specifications
Here are the main features and dimensions of the new generation bike Fiido.
|FIIDO D3 Shifting Version:||Specs|
|Motor rated power:||300W|
|Charge time:||5.0 hours|
|Modes:||Pedal mode, moped mode, and pure electric mode|
|Wheel size:||16 inches|
|Brake mode:||front / rear disc brake|
|Size:||132.00 x 24.00 x 61.00 cm|
FIIDO D3 Shifting Version: Design and Appearance
The FIIDO D3 Shifting Version arrives folded and almost ready for use in an imposing cardboard with the colors of the brand.
As always with folding bikes, electric or not, the proportions are a bit special, because of small wheels of 16 inches.
Here, the unusual nature of the template is reinforced by the large central part of the frame that houses the battery (7800 mAh).
Also, the electronic controller that controls the motor installed on the hub of the rear wheel and the main folding system of the bike.
On each wheel, we quickly notice the welcome presence of disc brakes and a small fender.
At the front, it is surmounted by a headlight controlled from the handlebars, but the rear must be content with a simple red reflector.
From the frame are the seat post and the handlebar stem, both adjustable in height with simple quick-release levers.
Good news: you can adjust the driving position as you please, without having to deal with pre-set settings.
The rods, however, allow only limited play, which means that the FIIDO D3 Shifting Version in our test will seem a bit cramped to drivers over 185 cm.
This common defect on folding machines is due to the structure of the bike itself: to maintain a certain compactness, the extensible elements must, unfortunately, remain reasonable in size.
On the handlebar side, the adjustment allows varying between 95 and 110 cm high, while the seat height can be set between 75 and 105 cm. Visual markers inscribed on the rods indicate the dimensions not to be exceeded.
The handlebar is richly endowed! On the left side, there is a large on/off switch that is used to light the headlight, a red button for the horn (sound particularly unpleasant, but rather effective) and a three-position switch that will switch between the different modes proposed driving.
On the right, the handle hides a rotating part dedicated to acceleration, as on a scooter. Also here you will find a speed regulator that has 6 speeds.
To charge the battery, you will have to bend over and look for the concealed connector under the bike frame.
The port is protected from splashing by a small plastic cap, but better not to rely too much on the latter, which should quickly tear or fall.
Unlike the QiCycle EF1, the battery is not removable: you must bring the bike near a power outlet to power it. Now let’s look at speed and moving specs of the FIIDO D3 Shifting Version in the analisis.
FIIDO D3 Shifting Version: Using and Performance
After unfolding the bike and adjusting the height of the two main rods, one settles on the saddle, rather comfortable, for the first turns of the wheel. Turning the key turns on the small screen that displays the remaining battery gauge and you can choose its driving mode.
In Europe, cycles of this type are called VAE for electric-assisted bicycles, which means that the engine is supposed to come into action only to complete the action of the cyclist.
The FIIDO D3 Shifting Version in our analisis is an incarnation of this principle since it has a mode in which it is not necessary to pedal to activate the engine.
The control is done using the right handle, as with a moped or a scooter: turning it, so it solicits directly 300W motor built into the rear wheel.
Better still get in the habit of throwing the bike by giving a few pedal strokes: without mechanical assistance, the acceleration is a little anemic, the engine struggles to throw the machine.
Once you have managed to tear yourself away from gravity, the impression of torque increases somewhat and you arrive fairly quickly at the top speed of the bike, set at around 25km/h.
So, then well launched and able to double the other bikers without the engine, usually surprised to see in front of them a small wheel bike whose driver does not pedal!
By releasing the throttle, we enjoy a real freewheel, without noticeable engine braking. To slow down or stop, both disc brakes perform well.
Note that it is best to check their setting before setting off. Also, pay attention to the configuration of the handles: the rear brake is on the left hand, as on a scooter, and not on the right as on most bikes.
The problem of this scooter mode, it is finally that one quickly takes the taste: after all, why to tire to pedal when the bike can take you to your destination without effort?
Apart from the steep slopes for which the engine makes the weapons, we can indeed abstain from pedaling if we are not in a hurry on starts.
In this variant, we have easily crossed the bar of 20km traveled with about a quarter of the remaining battery capacity at the end of our trips: it’s pretty good!
To enjoy the engine even longer and work a little our legs, switch to assistance mode.
The first contact is a little disconcerting: the action of the engine is indeed very discreet. To convince oneself, one oscillates between the passive mode and the assistance, there is something but it is light.
In spite of the electric motor, there is a lot more effort to be made, much more important than with most of the pedelecs we are used to starting with QiCycle.
To summarize, let’s say that the engine compensates for the constraints related to the small size of the wheels and the weight of the bike.
So, with the assistance, we forget them and we find ourselves to pedal as we would on a standard bike, with a cruise speed settling naturally around 20 km/h. Without assistance, we find these factors penalizing, and the user is also not very pleasant.
The manufacturer states that in scooter mode, it has 100% of available power, while the engine delivers more than 50% in VAE mode.
The positive counterpart of this modest support is that the battery is spared: it offers enough to easily travel 40 km on the flat ground overall, with the arrival a battery still showing what to start for a ride.
Also, the bike offers a gearshift system: as assistance is not limited, we have liked to modulate the effort with a derailleur and gears of different sizes.
FIIDO D3 Shifting Version: Conclusions and Reviews
What to remember from these few days of testing the FIIDO D3 Shifting Version? It was spared, the bike has moved: we appreciate the overall robustness of the machine and the impression of strength that emerges from its aluminum frame.
Despite its small price, the finishes are very correct on the cycle part and the mechanical elements.
On the side of the handlebars, the various buttons and switches are a little less flattering, but one finds its marks easily.
On the move, the scooter mode easily wins the prize for the reasons mentioned above. 300W is a good power for a vehicle that already weighs 16.0kg and has to animate a wheel of 16 inches in diameter.
It is certainly this paradox that best summarizes our feeling about the FIIDO D3 Shifting Version: it is very pleasant when the legs assist the engine in scooter mode.
We also appreciate the autonomy, significant even with the engine at 100%.
FIIDO D3 Shifting Version: Price and Where to buy cheaper?
Ultimately, the value for money remains excellent for a bike whose price usually ranges from $600 to $650.
You can now buy a FIIDO D3 Shifting Version bike at a good price for only $408.99 with coupon: RJfhyqI6 and this is a price with discounts, but you can watch the second generation which already comes at a discount of $439.99.
The new design of FIIDO D3 Shifting Version and the best features allow you to move around in an urban environment without much effort.