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E-Scooter are currently very popular, therefore they also get a lot of bad press. Further they are illegal in some countries. So could folding e-bikes be an alternative to e-scooters? Which one is better in which situation?

I tried to come up with pros and cons using the example of FIIDO D2 and Xiaomi Scooter Pro. I use my Xiaomi Scooter Pro for my daily commute to work but I was thinking of replacing it with the FIIDO D2 folding e-bike. Here’s a comparison of them. Since there are many FIIDO versions you can find a comparison of FIIDO D1 vs FIIDO D2 vs FIIDO D3 at the bottom of this article and why I chose D2 for the comparison.

 

Folding e-Bike vs e-Scooter

To me it seemed FIIDO D2 provides the best offer. It offers larger tires and suspension, which should contribute to a more comfortable ride. Being foldable is definitely a puls (at least for me) to store it within your flat or office. So that’s why I chose this one to compare it to my current choice of commute – the Xiaomi Scooter Pro.

 

FIIDO D2 vs Xiaomi Scooter Pro

e-bike or e-Scooter? FIIDO D2 vs Xiaomi Scooter Pro

FIIDO D2 vs Xiaomi Scooter Pro

 

Comparison Review

There are a few similarities: you can ride at about the same max. speed (25km/h) for about the same range. This is of course only true for electric power. You can achieve a higher speed and wider range when you use FIIDO D2 pedal assisted! There are is a seat available for Xiaomi M365, but I think sitting on the e-bike provides a better driving experience. Also because of the suspension that is offered on FIIDO D2. If you are worried about the legal situation of a scooter, I think you are going “under the radar” if you are sitting on a bike.
I do expect a bit slower acceleration on the FIIDO e-bike since it provides less power than the Xiaomi Scooter Pro and further has to deal with a higher weight. This of course is only true for the electric only acceleration. Of course you can support it by pedalling.

That’s my first impression without testing the FIIDO e-bike, which I hope I can do soon. If you want to read a field test of Xiaomi Scooter Pro, check out my comparison review with the older Xiaomi M365 version: Xiaomi M365 vs Xiaomi Scooter Pro.

Field Test

Paul, a friend of mine, already did an extensive YouTube review of FIIDO D2. He is also riding his Xiaomi scooter, so I asked him about his opinion when comparing them. Here are his statements on both products, if you have further questions, let me know in the comments and I will forward them to him.

 Advantage Xiaomi: The scooter is lighter and and easier to take with you, especially indoors, and therefore more comfortable to charge on the go. You can also easily carry the scooter when folded compared to the bike.

 Advantage FIIDO: For Paul it is much more comfortable to ride FIIDO e-bike rather than a scooter as you can sit down. It also feels much safer as you have two large wheels and two brakes that give you a secure feeling. That is even more important when having to share a road rather than using a bike lane. It has more torque as you can support it with the pedals and a wider range as you can also operate with with human power as well.

 

FIIDO D2 (shifting)

FIIDO D2 - Review & Manual

FIIDO D2 – Overview

 

The FIIDO D2 uses an aluminum alloy frame that is, as mentioned, foldable from 130 x 40 x 110 cm to 75 x 35 x 65 cm for storage. The 19.5 kg heavy bike is available in white or dark grey. Its seat and handlebar is adjustable in size to customise seating position. As mentioned there is a “shifting version” that offers Shimano 6-speed mechanical shifting.
The 250 W brushless motor offers 7.3 Nm of torque. You can reach a max. speed of 25 km/h, of course you can ride faster when pedal assisted. FIIDO D2 offers Bluetooth so you can connect it with your smartphone to display current speed.

 

Retailer / Price Comparison

FIIDO D2 – shifting

  • Banggood:
    • Europe Warehouse: n/a
    • China Warehouse: 669 USD
      • CN Version (CN-Plug)
      • 3 weeks shipping
      • in stock
  • Gearbest: 
    • Europe Warehouse: 499 USD
      • EU Version (with EU plug)
      • no taxes & customs within Europe
      • free shipping within Europe within estimated 2 weeks
      • in stock
    • China Warehouse: 539 USD
      • CN Version (CN-Plug)
      • 3 weeks shipping
      • in stock
  • TomTop: n/a

 

FIIDO D2 – non shifting

  • Banggood:
    • Europe Warehouse (UK): 529 USD
      • EU Version (with EU plug)
      • no taxes & customs within Europe
      • free shipping within Europe within estimated 2 weeks
      • in stock
    • China Warehouse: 569 USD
      • Coupon Code: 6d9494
      • CN Version (CN-Plug)
      • 3 weeks shipping
      • in stock
  • Gearbest: 
    • Europe Warehouse (Poland): 449 USD
      • EU Version (with EU plug)
      • no taxes & customs within Europe
      • free shipping within Europe within estimated 2 weeks
      • in stock
    • China Warehouse: 545 USD
      • CN Version (CN-Plug)
      • 3 weeks shipping
      • in stock
  • TomTop:
    • Europe Warehouse (Germany): 635 USD
      • EU Version (with EU plug)
      • no taxes & customs within Europe
      • free shipping within Europe within estimated 1 weeks
      • out of stock

 

Xiaomi M365 PRO

  • Amazon: not available
  • Geekbuying:
    • Chinese Warehouse: 549 USD
      • Choose “Europe – Ocean Shipping”
      • EU or CN Version
      • tax included
      • 4 weeks free shipping
      • in stock
    • Europe Warehouse (Poland): 529 USD
      • EU or CN Version
      • 1 week shipping within Europe
      • no customs & tax within Europe
      • out of stock – Pre-Sale only
  • Gearbest:
    • Chinese Warehouse: 534 USD
      • CN Version
      • best option for Asia shipping
      • select CN-099 Warehouse = China
      • in stock
    • Europe Warehouse (Germany): 499 USD
      • EU Version (with EU plug)
      • no taxes & customs within Europe
      • ships within Europe within 5 days
      • in stock
    • US Warehouse: 539 USD
      • Int. Version
      • 1 weeks shipping within US
      • no tax & customs (see website)
      • in stock
  • Banggood:
    • Chinese Warehouse: 519 USD
      • no taxes & customs (see website for details)
      • 3 weeks shipping to Europe and USA
      • in stock
    • Europe Warehouse (UK): 579 USD
      • Coupon Code: BGEUPRONM
      • no taxes & customs within Europe
      • 5-7 days free shipping within Europe
      • in stock
  • TomTop:
    • Europe Warehouse (Germany): 489 USD
      • EU Version
      • 2-5 days free shipping within Europe
      • no taxes & customs within Europe
      • in stock

 

What’s the best deal for Europe? Best deal is currently offered by TomTop: 489 USD (from German Warehouse: 2-5 days free shipping within EU; no additional customs & taxes); Gearbest has a similar offer: 499 USD (also German Warehouse: 1 week free shipping, no additional customs & taxes). 489 USD is the lowest price ever for a Pro version from an EU Warehouse!

What’s the best deal for USA? The cheapest option is Banggood; they ship to the US for free: 524 USD (enter coupon code: BGMIPROCN when you check out). Shipping is 40 days, according to the text there are no taxes or customs to pay. The faster option is the US warehouse from Gearbest: 539 USD they ship within 1 week.

 

Need help? I have contacts at Banggood, Gearbest & TomTop who provide me with coupon codes and stock information. If you have troubles with your order, contact me.

Shipping times
I ordered my Xiaomi M365 from Gearbest in China and I got it within 3 weeks to Europe. I ordered my Xiaomi Pro from Gearbest EU Warehouse and it received it within 5 days.

 

FIIDO D1 vs FIIDO D2 vs FIIDO D3

There are three different FIIDO e-bikes available: D1 – D2 – D3. And there are even some sub versions: FIIDO D1 is available with 2 different battery sizes. FIIDO D2 is available as “shifting version” with a 6 speed mechanical shift and one version without. Here’s an overview:

"FIIDO

 

Comparison of FIIDO e-bikes

Basically all mentioned FIIDO bikes offer an aluminum alloy frame with 250W motor power. All of them offer a maximum speed of 25 km/h and can be operated in “pedal mode” just with human power; “electric mode” just with the power of the motor or in “moped mode” a mixture of both. They offer disk brakes on front and back wheel and are equipped with LED lights and display. There are minor differences regarding maximum payload. What differs them is the battery capacity (e.g. there are two versions of D1 with different batteries) resulting in different range and weight. The major differences are: FIIDO D3 is not foldable. FIIDO D2 offers suspension and larger wheels. Again there are two versions: shifting and non-shifting.

 

Price Comparison:

Europe Warehouse deals are shipped within Europe with no additional taxes & customs within 1 week.

FIIDO D1 – 7.8 Ah

FIIDO D1 – 10.4 Ah

  • Gearbest: 

FIIDO D2 – shifting

FIIDO D2 – non shifting

FIIDO D3

 

 

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2 Comments
 
  1. anony 16. September 2019 at 11:11 Reply

    Can you make a comparison between fiido d2 and xiaomi qicycle?
    Thanks!

    • el Producente 16. September 2019 at 12:48 Reply

      Still waiting to get a Fiido to do a real comparison.
      Xiaomi Qicycle is a bit pricey, that’s why Fiido drew my attention, but I’ll try to do one.

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