Desire a full-suspension off-road electrical bike that folds in half for compact storage? Check out the Fiido M1.
Fiido is predicated in Shenzhen, China and is a comparatively new title in electrical bikes. From its vary of seven bikes, the M1 is the one full-suspension mannequin geared toward off-road driving.
That needs to be apparent from the critically broad four-inch tyres, although their thickness is accentuated as a result of these are 20in wheels, not the 26- or 29in rims you sometimes discover on mountain bikes.
So the M1 is an uncommon beast. It is a folding, electrical bike with compact wheels that has correct off-road aspirations.
Fiido M1: Worth & availability
You’ll be able to’t but purchase the M1 from Amazon, nevertheless it needs to be obtainable quickly alongside Fiido’s different bikes.
On the time of writing, you might get the M1 from ebay by way of a UK vendor for £1119.99 or from numerous Chinese language retailers together with Geekbuying, which affords the M1 from its European warehouse for £755.62 / $949.99.
That is a very good quantity cheaper than the €999 RRP (which is about £835 / $1082).
When top-quality electrical mountain bikes can value a number of thousand, the Fiido M1 is extra of an entry-level mannequin.
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Fiido M1: Options & design
When folded, the M1 measures 960x790x450mm. So it’s no Brompton. It is not attempting to be a Brompton, to be truthful to Fiido, and the mere incontrovertible fact that it folds makea it so much simpler to get it into your automotive, or on a prepare. The handlebars and pedals fold, too, and there is a built-in stand beneath the crank which retains the bike upright when folded. It is a disgrace there isn’t any clip to maintain the wheels collectively as seen on the Gocyle GX, however bungee cords aren’t precisely costly.
Folding it up would not scale back its weight, in fact, which is a not-insignificant 25kg. Fairly other than lifting it into and out of your automotive, the load additionally counts in opposition to the M1 on the hills the place you are not going to get pleasure from driving it one bit as soon as the battery runs out.
Extra on that shortly, however the battery itself has a larger-than-average capability of 12.5Ah. Evaluate that to the 8.8Ah battery provided as normal with the Carrera Vengeance-E. Larger batteries take longer to recharge, and from empty you may be ready about 8-9 hours for the M1’s to succeed in 100%.
You’ll be able to take away the battery when the bike is folded for charging separate to the bike. Simply keep in mind to reinsert the important thing while you refit it, because the electronics won’t energy on with out it.
Fiido claims a variety of as much as 100km which is nearly actually unobtainable, even within the excellent take a look at situations it specifies for this determine. A extra reasonable real-world vary for highway driving is round 40-60km / 30-40 miles, as long as you might be pedalling the entire time. Anticipate round half of that for off highway, which is far more durable.
The motor is within the rear hub – a 250W brushless half from an unspecified producer – and there is a 7-speed Shimano cassette and a 52-tooth chainring so you will have vary of gears for on- and off-road driving.
Fiido would not specify a lot about the remainder of the system, however one noticeable disadvantage is that it makes use of a cadence sensor moderately than a torque sensor. This implies energy supply is far jerkier and fewer pure.
Beneath EU regulation, the M1 is restricted to 15.5mph / 25km/h however it may possibly go as much as 19mph / 31km/h while you de-restrict it for off-road use. Alas there isn’t any consumer guide provided, nor any directions on Fiido’s web site explaining how to do that.
Stopping energy comes courtesy of mechanical disc brakes which work nicely and there is a built-in entrance mild and horn as seen on many different Chinese language electrical bikes – however solely a rear reflector, no mild.
The entrance fork is unbranded and has 55mm of journey with adjustable rebound and a lockout perform, whereas the rear shock is from Ke Zhen and has as much as 35mm of journey.
In contrast to the ugly show discovered on some bikes (notably the Vengeance-E) it is good to see an LCD show on the M1. This reveals your velocity, energy mode and battery stage and has an odometer. There’s additionally a throttle on the right-hand aspect of the handlebars which is not allowed underneath EU regulation: a sticker warns you to not function the bike above 9nm of torque however as there isn’t any approach of figuring out how a lot torque is being produced at any throttle place, it is moderately pointless. Or it is merely incorrect and will learn 9km/h.
No matter it means, the throttle will energy the motor as much as most velocity with out you pedalling in any respect.
Given the load and fats tyres, the M1 is surprisingly sprightly. The motor affords a very good quantity of torque and simply propels you up hills. I say you, however what I actually imply is me, and I weigh barely lower than the 70kg Fiido makes use of for the utmost vary calculations.
Should you’re nearer to 120kg, it will really feel so much slower. Testing on my ordinary lengthy, steep hill, the M1 had no hassle attending to the highest whereas sustaining an honest velocity of 20km/h, which is the unit used on the bike’s speedo. It is perhaps attainable to vary it, however once more, there isn’t any consumer guide. (It is 12.5mph, to save lots of you the conversion.)
That is on highway, and in prime gear you’ll be able to pedal alongside at as much as 18mph (30km/h) with out the cadence changing into unimaginable in your legs.
Off-road, with the entrance fork set to its softest setting, the M1 is sensible enjoyable. The tyres provide a great deal of grip and the load offers the bike stability on downhill sections. When going uphill, the motor makes climbs very straightforward, nevertheless it’s onerous to manage when going slowly over technical sections because of the weight.
There isn’t any noticeable flex within the body or handlebars, which is spectacular, and the clonking noise coming from the entrance was not – it turned out – any play within the steerer tube however truly the battery bouncing about contained in the body. It is not fairly as tight as match because it must be.
I did not assume I might just like the M1 as a lot as I did. The additional weight over loads of different electrical bikes is not actually an issue because the motor has sufficient energy to deal with it.
It is also supremely good enjoyable to trip off highway: not essentially for precise mountain biking, however for woodland trails and any floor that is not tarmac. If you’d like a motorcycle primarily for highway driving, there are higher decisions.
The M1, then, is okay. The primary concern is guarantee. Fiido would not but have any restore centres in Europe, although it’s planning to set one up. Should you did have any issues, you’d most likely have to resolve them your self.
Fiido M1: Specs
- Motor: 250W brushless
- Max Pace: Assisted Motor Pace: 15.5 mph or 25 km/h
- Location of Motor: Rear hub
- LCD Show: Exhibiting Pace, distance, Battery Energy and mode
- Body: Aluminium
- Weight: approx 25Kg With 12.5Ah Battery (36V)
- Max Particular person Weight: 120 Kg
- Body Dimension: One measurement
- Wheel Dimension: 20in
- Wheels: Unbranded
- Tyres: CST
- Seat: Fiido Saddle
- Seat Submit: Not said
- Gears: Shimano 7 Pace Tourney
- Brakes: Mechanical discs
- Lights: Entrance mild
- Entrance Fork: Unbranded 55mm journey
- Handlebars: Not said
- Battery Sort: Unbranded Lithium battery
- Distance: Up prime 100km (said)
- Lifetime: 500 charge-discharge cycles
- Cost Time: 9 hours
- Guarantee: 1 12 months