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After riding my Xiaomi Scooter Pro for a while I was up to getting something more secure for the upcoming winter month that also keeps me warm (while exercising). I do a 24 km commute from home to office and back everyday and my scooter replaced public transport. At first I took a look at the Fiido D2. But then Xiaomi Himo C20 e-bike caught my attention. It’s not as foldable as Fiido, but it looks cooler and I don’t think I need to fold it that compact. (I almost never folded my e-scooter). Further I thought the 20″ wheels will give me more driving comfort.

Me enjoying my first ride with Xiaomi Himo C20

Me enjoying my first ride with Xiaomi Himo C20

 

Xiaomi Himo C20 – Spec Overview

 

Xiaomi Himo C20 – What’s in the box?

Unboxing Xiaomi Himo C20

Unboxing Xiaomi Himo C20

The box is pretty large and I was happy it was delivered to my door. The bike itself comes fully assembled and is folded within the box. The brakes were set a bit weak, which I adjusted, and the fenders need to me mounted – if you like. So, some standard tools for the final adjust are needed, but basically you are set out of the box, which contains:

  • bike (folded)
  • 2 types of fender (plastic mud guard or aluminum full wheel cover)
  • charger (in my case with EU-plug)
  • keys (to unlock battery from bike)
  • Bike Manual, Charger/Battery Manual, Guarantee Card
Xiaomi Himo C20 - Box contains: Charger, 2 types of fenders & documentation

Xiaomi Himo C20 – Box contains: Charger, 2 types of fenders & documentation

 

Xiaomi Himo C20 – Body & Design

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Frame

I was thrilled by the high built quality when I took my Xiaomi Himo C20 out of the box as I didn’t expect it to be such a great quality bike for the relatively small price. The frame is made of durable aluminum alloy and holds a max. load of 100 kg. Himo C20 is rated IPX5 waterproof (= can resist a sustained, low-pressure water jet spray) such as rain. The seat tube can be extended and fixed in different heights, the handle bar is not adjustable in height. I’m 1.83 cm in height and find the seating position very comfortable to ride – I didn’t extract the seat tube to the fullest. Also the saddle is comfortable for longer trips. A nice gimmick: within the seat tube there is an air pump integrated so you can fill your tires when on the road. I forgot to take photos as I was using my electric Xiaomi Air Pump with integrated battery.

Xiaomi Himo C20: integrated air pump within seat tube / Xiaomi electric air pump

Xiaomi Himo C20: integrated air pump within seat tube / Xiaomi electric air pump

 

Folding Mechanism

You can fold Xiaomi Himo C20, but it’s not a folding bike such as Fiido D2. As described I got it as I don’t need to fold my bike into a compact size for travelling or storage. Although the folding mechanism of Himo helps a bit to save space, especially when you store it in a hall way or small office corridor. Since the handle bar flips down and the pedals can be folded, the parts sticking out the most are secured. So you don’t accidentally get caught on them when passing by.

Xiaomi Himo C20 - unfolded vs folded

Xiaomi Himo C20 – unfolded vs folded

Locks for the handle bar and the screw for the seat tube look & feel sturdy and secure. Pedals can be flipped as well. All of this is done without needing any tools.

Xiaomi Himo C20: Handle Bar and Seat Tube Lock; folded/unfolded pedals

Xiaomi Himo C20: Handle Bar and Seat Tube Lock; folded/unfolded pedals

Motor & Battery

The back wheel holds the 250W brushless motor that accelerates you up to 24 km/h in full electric mode (moped mode) and should get you 80 km far in assisted mode / 50km in full electric mode (I haven’t tested that so far). The good thing compared to an e-scooter: the motor is not limiting the top speed. While an e-scooter is slowing you down before you exceed top speed, that is not the case on this bike. You can go faster when hitting the pedals or going downhill.
Integrated in the frame sits the 10 Ah battery (18650 lithium ion battery) with power port and LED indicator. Power usage is stated with 0.72 kw/h per 100km. With a key you can remove the battery to conveniently take it with you for charging. A full chaarge takes about 6 hours. Is is stated that a battery management system offers protection against overcurrent, overcharge, short circuit, and temperature. Xiaomi Himo C20 is turned on with neither button on battery nor key, but via a button on the display.

Xiaomi Himo C20 Review - Motor & Battery

Xiaomi Himo C20 – Motor & Battery

Gear Shift

The e-bike features a 6-gear Shimano shifting system with 6 sprockets on the back and one gear on the front. The front sprocket is covered so your trousers don’t get ripped or dirty on your way to your office. The gear shift sits on the handle bar next to the bell, with a button to shift up and and a lever to shift down.

Xiaomi Himo C20 Review - 6-gear Shimano shifting system

Xiaomi Himo C20 – 6-gear Shimano shifting system

LEDs and Display

Xiaomi Himo C20 features a white front LED light that is connected to the battery of the bike. It is activated via the on/off button on the display (short press while turned on). The red rear light, including red reflector, is not connected to the main battery of the bike. The rear light uses two AA batteries and is turned on with a button on the bottom of the light. At first I thought it’s a disadvantage, but since I think it’s not that nice I’m happy that I can replace it with a more fancy one with extra features. It’s not connected as you can remove the seat tube with the integrated air pump and the wires would become unhandy.

The display is well readable during bright sunlight. It holds the on/off button for Himo C20 and a mode switch button. It reads current speed, mileage of the trip and battery status shown in four squares on the right. By short pressing the mode button you switch between Eco (pedal assisted), Mid and High – both full electric modes (moped mode). Long pressing the button activates Parking mode. You can ride fully manual, but this way the display (and optional light) are turned on. In this mode the trip mileage changes to total milage of the scooter.

Xiaomi Himo C20 Review - LED lights & Display

Xiaomi Himo C20 – LED lights & Display

Tires

The 20″ tires of Himo C20 are labelled “BMX Race – all season compound by CST). They are 20 x 2.125 air tube tires which require a pressure of 40 – 65 psi (thats 2.8 – 4.5 bar) as printed on them.

Xiaomi Himo C20 Review - 20" Tires (40-65 psi) (2.8-4.5 bar)

Xiaomi Himo C20 – 20″ Tires

Brakes

Xiaomi Himco C20 features disk brakes on front and back wheel. A regenerative brake system (KERS) would have been nice to charge the battery from the generated braking energy. They were set very weak out of the box so it is recommended to adjust the steel cable before your first ride.

Xiaomi Himo C20 Review - Disk Brakes on Front and Back Wheel

Xiaomi Himo C20 – Disk Brakes on Front and Back Wheel

 

Xiaomi Himo C20 – Handling

Three operating modes are offered with Xiaomi Him C20:

  • human power mode – using the pedals without electric assistance
  • power assist mode – the motor supports you while pedalling
  • full electric mode – you have two motor power settings: Mid/High

You can’t use the motor from start, you need to give the bike a little push and reach about 3 km/h.

I wouldn’t recommend Xiaomi Himo C20 if you want to go without electric assistance frequently. The bike is simply too heavy and a lot of effort is needed. (I do recommend if you want to exercise 😉 ).
In pedal assistant mode it is quite nice to ride. Although I always go in “high”, full speed electric mode and hit the pedals for faster acceleration, higher top speed and more fun.

My driving experience so far

I was riding my Xiaomi Scooter Pro all summer long, so how do they compare? Acceleration is of course faster with the e-scooter – in electric only mode! When the traffic lights turn green I’m the fastest one, overtaking all other cyclists and scooter riders. I fully push the throttle and hit the pedals. My ride from home to work is about 12km and I used my e-scooter for the full route and didn’t combine it with public transport. Having a seat on the Xiaomi Himo C20 is definitely a big plus. And I don’t even feel lazy, as I’m frequently hitting the pedals and do some exercise. Usually I got to the office without pedalling much, so I don’t arrive sweaty; on my way home I do more exercise.

Size
In terms of space I don’t realise a difference. I almost never folded my scooter, Xiaomi Himo C20 is only a bit longer. I don’t see a problem taking the e-bike on the subway. The only reason I would take my Xiaomi Scooter Pro is when combining it with a train ride so I can store it as it is not that high and fits in the luggage compartment, and can be carried over stairs much easier. Since I got Himo I almost never used my scooter again. Only for every small hops to a store close by. Most of the time it’s e-bike time: more fun and more convenient.

Xiaomi Scooter Pro – unfolded: 113 x 43 x 118 cm / folded: 113 x 43 x 49 cm / weight: 14.2kg
Fiido D2
– unfolded: 130 x 40 x 110 cm / folded:  75 x 35 x 65 cm / weight: 19.5 kg

 

Price / Retailer Comparison

  • Gearbest:
    • Poland Warehouse: 669 USDvisit store
      • (Same Price as on Black Friday!)
      • Coupon Code: A3DDFC2BE7A1D001
      • grey or white version
      • delivered within 5 days within Europe
      • no taxes & customs within Europe!
      • in stock
    • China Warehouse: 749 USDvisit store
      • grey or white version
      • best deal for shipping within Asia!
      • in stock
  • TomTop:
    • German Warehouse: 719 USDvisit store
      • grey or white version
      • no taxes & customs within Europe!
      • delivered within 5 days within Europe
      • free shipping
      • in stock
  • Banggood:
    • UK Warehouse: 789 USDvisit store
      • grey or white version
      • Coupon Code: BGHMC20EU
      • no taxes & customs within Europe!
      • delivered within 2-7 days within Europe
      • free shipping
      • in stock
  • Aliexpress:
    • France Warehouse: 809 USDvisit store
      • grey or white version
      • check tax situation with seller
      • ships from France

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 Himo C20 from Gearbest EU Warehouse and it received it within 3 days.

 

Conclusion

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Since I just got my Xiaomi Himo C20 and only drove it a few times, I’ll wait a bit for my final and detailed conclusion and thoughts. As of now I’m super satisfied and can recommend it. Xiaomi Himo C20 surpassed my expectations in terms of quality and driving comfort.

The only big issue I discovered so far is the following: I don’t know if that is for legal reasons, but when in electric mode the bike beeps every 5 seconds and that is super annoying. I hope I can get rid of it, for now I was able to reduce the sound by covering the outlet.
I don’t wanna seem picky, but I want to share all the discovered minor issues as well if they are interesting or important for you. The pedals seem a bit weak as they yield a bit, but that’s due to the folding mechanism. The brakes are a bit difficult to fine tune. You need to pull the brake lever all the way through and if set a bit too strong they are grinding. I also would have preferred a push throttle (as found on scooters) rather than a hand throttle similar to a motor bike.

Do you have any further questions? You can ask me in the comments below.

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4 Comments
 
  1. Max 9. November 2019 at 17:35 Reply

    Nice review, I am just wondering how tall are you? I am conceding the e-bike but I am 1.93m so I am a bit worried if it will be comfortable for my lenght?

    • el Producente 11. November 2019 at 12:08 Reply

      Hi, I’m 1.83cm and I think Xiaomi Himo C20 is comfortable to ride. As mentioned the handle bar is not adjustable in height, the seat tube is adjustable. I didn’t extract the seat tube to the fullest so you can still extend it further.

  2. Ed Griffin 13. November 2019 at 0:24 Reply

    Hi there,

    Nice review. I ordered one of these and it arrived in Dublin yesterday. Unfortunately it was damaged on arrival. There’s a broken screw which is necessary to secure the handles in the upright position. If you wouldn’t mind, could you take some photos of the joint where the handle bar can be folded down and send them to me?

    I’m having trouble finding reference images online, of what a non-broken part should look like! There’s more info on the issue here, I’ve posted to Reddit in the hopes someone else has solved this… https://www.reddit.com/r/ElectricBikes/comments/dviedh/xiaomi_himo_c20_e_bike_damaged_in_transit/

    Thank you for your time,
    Ed

    • el Producente 13. November 2019 at 16:55 Reply

      Hi Ed,
      what a pity your Himo arrived damaged.
      Hope this photos help.
      Where did you order? Maybe I have a contact there and can help you with getting replacement parts.

      Xiaomi Himo C20 Handlebar Lock 1
      Xiaomi Himo C20 Handlebar Lock 2
      Xiaomi Himo C20 Handlebar Lock 3
      Xiaomi Himo C20 Handlebar Lock 4
      Xiaomi Himo C20 Handlebar Lock 5

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