So I’ve added an E-Bike to my armoury, and of course it had to be a foldie! After much soul seeking and thought I picked the Fiido D2S (rather than opting for the earlier D2). A rather funky looking little machine with a rear swing arm suspension system and chunky 16″ 1.95 tyres.
The whole thing looks solid. A tough little thing made of hard stuff.
I picked the grey version. I’m not a white type of person – and with it’s teal flashes I have to say the look is very unique. I see hints of Bickerton inspiration with the crossbar style.
The bike is mostly aluminium (apart from the steel forks, more on this later) although the aluminium doesn’t really help it’s 19kg heft. Handily, though, Fiido included a carry handle and when unfolded it’s in a perfect balance place for one handed carrying. Provided you’re a little stronger than average.
Drive is provided by a 36V 250W road legal motor coupled to a 7800mAh battery with a claimed range of up to 50km in assist mode. The motor is a rear hub mount affair and the housing is part of the rear mag wheel and the battery pack is inside the crossbar – however, it’s not removable without tools so the manufacturer opted for a charging socket near the hinge.
Stopping you are disc brakes on both front and rear wheels, and gearing is provided by an entry level Shimano Tourney 6 speed derailleur although the shift is rather unusually for the tourney not a grip shift.
A chunky seat post carries the nice comfy wide saddle; this has a flash of teal to match the rest of the bike. This is given a nice spring by the suspension which is a combined type affair – amusingly with a Schrader valve at the top, although I’m not sure what the PSI of the system is.
There are very few controls available, which could be a good thing – simply power on; + and – for the assist level, and a four bar battery meter.
On the little additional controller next to the speed control we get a toggle switch for the front light, and a rather brutal and somewhat forceful sounding horn. I opted for a bell. I think the horn will be a rare usage item, although it is definitely loud – instead of saying “excuse me” like a bell does, it says “move!”.
The light itself is actually quite good, although the mounting leaves a little to be desired – mine is noticeably crooked and I’ll certainly be giving the bracket a tweak.
As I mentioned before it feels solid and chunky. The fatter than average tyres look the part with the aggressively angular styling. There are no sweeping curves on the Fiido – it’s certainly aimed at people who like their bikes to look utilitarian.
Sitting on the bike, everything feels creak free and the suspension system has a nice spring to it. Riding it in normal mode feels fairly easy with no assist on – reassuring if you do get stuck without power.
I’m surprised how unlike any other 16″er I’ve ridden it feels – on the road it feels more like a 20!
Steering lock is somewhat limited though (mechanically, obviously, to prevent cable damage) and turning it around in a tight space is awkward.
Folded and carried is where you notice the 19kg bulk, but it is a fairly tidy fold which should fit very easily into train luggage racks – provided your muscles are up to the job of lifting it up there.
My First Ride
My first ride on the bike was to a couple of local towns – plenty of hills were on the route, including one notoriously brutal and punishing one.
Set to High assist you can really feel the torque of the motor kicking in, and there’s plenty of it. Cycling up even fairly steep hills feels effortless, and by kicking the bike down a couple of gears you can lighten the load on the motor and help the battery life too. Medium and low assist were much more of a light touch from the assist motor compared to the high mode.
The ride I did was approximately 16 miles and it used just over half of the reserve in the batteries – although it is difficult to gauge exactly how much is left as the gauge goes up and down. After a hill it will lose a bar, but the bar will return when you’re back on the flat. I finished my journey with two bars, but dipping to one occasionally.
The charge at the end of the journey took just under 3 hours, and a full charge from empty is estimated at 5 hours.
Realistically, you could probably do a 25 mile assisted journey and charge the bike at your destination – or a 12.5 mile return journey if you’re unable to give it a decent charge, but I suppose the whole point of a bike like this isn’t the sheer range, but more the fact that you can take it on public transport and so only do your short journey at each end on the bike. Perfect for a Foldie-Roll then!
So my thoughts at this stage?
I love it! It’s funky looking and quite uniquely styled. You can see where compromises have been made on fit and finish, but for about £600 you get a great form of transport to help in situations we’re in now with the panic buying. Cycling past petrol station queues might be a thing to get used to for a few months.
Get your Fiido D2S, Unfold; and be free!
Initial thoughts? 🟡🟡🟡🟡🟡🟡🟡🟡🔵🔵 A good budget bike let down by a few fit and finish issues. We’ll see how it’s performing in a few months.