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Update: The new model Himo Z20 was just released. Here you can compare Himo Z20 vs Himo C20

 

After riding my Xiaomi Scooter Pro for a while I was up to getting something more secure and more comfortable. I do a 24 km commute from home to office and back everyday and for me my scooter replaced public transport. E-bikes and e-scooter are a great alternative to public transport, especially during these times. keeping social distance.

At first I took a look at the Fiido D2, which seems to be a very popular brand. But then Xiaomi Himo C20 e-bike caught my attention. It doesn’t fold as compact as Fiido, but Himo looks stylish 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 (© elProducente)

 

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 (© elProducente)

 

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 (© elProducente)

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.
Extra Batteries: finally extra batteries are available on Aliexpress!

Xiaomi Himo C20 Review - Motor & Battery

Xiaomi Himo C20 – Motor & Battery (© elProducente)

 

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 (© elProducente)

 

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 (© elProducente)

 

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 (© elProducente)

 

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 (© elProducente)

 

Xiaomi Himo C20 – Handling

Three operating modes are offered with Xiaomi Himo C20:

  • human power mode – using the pedals without electric assistance [powered off]
  • power assist mode – the motor supports you while pedalling [ECO]
  • 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 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 very small hops to a store close by. Most of the time it’s e-bike time: more fun and more convenient.

When considering storage space: Fiido is when folded the shortest as it folds in half while the others don’t and C20 is clearly the longest and highest. But Himo C20 is actually the narrowest, when putting it against a wall, as the handle bar folds down.

Himo C20 – folded: 147 x 28 x 71 / weight: 21.5 kg
Xiaomi Scooter Pro
– folded: 113 x 43 x 49 cm / weight: 14.2 kg
Fiido D2
– folded: 75 x 35 x 65 cm / weight: 19.5 kg

 

Himo C20 – Price / Retailer Comparison

 

  • Gearbest:
    • Poland Warehouse: 869 USDvisit store
      • grey or white version
      • delivered within 5 days within Europe
      • no taxes & customs within Europe
      • in stock
    • China Warehouse: 869 USDvisit store
      • grey or white version
      • best deal for shipping within Asia!
      • in stock
  • TomTop:
    • German Warehouse: 849 USDvisit store
      • grey or white version
      • no taxes & customs within Europe!
      • free 1 week shipping within Europe
      • out of stock
  • Geekbuying:
    • European Warehouse: 869 USDvisit store
      • grey or white version
      • no taxes & customs within Europe!
      • delivered within 7 days within Europe
      • free shipping
      • in stock
    • Chinese Warehouse: 859 USDvisit store
      • only grey version
      • taxfree shipping to Europe
      • 40 days shipping time
      • out of stock
  • Banggood:
    • Chinese Warehouse: 899 USDvisit store
      • grey or white version
      • 40 days shipping time
      • out of stock
    • UK Warehouse: 829 USDvisit store    Best EU Option
      • grey or white version
      • Coupon Code: BGHMC20EU
      • no taxes & customs within Europe!
      • delivered within 2-7 days within Europe
      • free shipping
      • in stock
  • Aliexpress:
    • EU stock: 846 USDvisit store
      • no taxes & customs within Europe!
      • delivered within 2-7 days within Europe
      • free shipping
      • in stock
    • Chinese stock: 769 USDvisit store    Lowest Price
      • HIMO Official Store 
      • free shipping
      • taxes & customs might apply
      • in stock

 

Best Deal for Europe?
Currently Geekbuying is the only retailer with Himo C20 in stock, price is good compared to earlier offers: 739 USD  They ship from their China Warehouse and guarantee taxfree shipping to Europe!

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; I ordered my Xiaomi e-Scooter from their Chinese Warehouse and I received it within 30 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: For legal reasons e-bikes in China have to beep frequently, when when in electric mode C20 beeps every 5 seconds and that is super annoying when driving. Even worse, pedestrians and other bikers think you are honking and giving you bad looks constantly. Solved: You can disconnect the wires from the speaker in the black box. See infos below in the FAQs.
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. The fenders are a bit tricky to mount, see the videos below for instructions.

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

 

Quick Review of the Xiaomi Air Pump

I got the Xiaomi Air Pump as it looks stylish and I wanted to try it. I got it from Gearbest for around 40 USD.
What I like a lot:

  • it shows current tire pressure
  • you can preset desired pressure
  • built-in battery
  • built in LED light (in case you are looking for the valve at night)
  • no adapter needed to inflate Himo C20

 

Xiaomi Himo C20 – FAQ

Here’s some updated additional info on some items I got frequently asked.

Xiaomi Himo C20 – Where to get extra batteries?

Finally they are available on Aliexpress, currently available for around 270 USD. Be carefull to select the right one as this offer covers all Himo type batteries!

 

Xiaomi Himo C20 – How to stop the annoying beeping?

The black box behind the saddle pole holds the controller that is connected to the speaker. Simply disconnect the plug and strip the pins. Easily done under 5 min., only a screwdriver is needed to open the box.

Xiaomi Himo C20 beep

How to stop the annoying beeping of Himo C20 (© elProducente)

 

Xiaomi Himo C20 – Fender installation

Since I got the feedback that the installation of the metal or plastic fenders is a bit tricky, here are 2 videos showing you how to mount them:

Xiaomi Himo C20 – Plastic Fender Installation

 

Xiaomi Himo C20 – Metal Fender Installation

 

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31 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

      • Dougie Begg 6. April 2020 at 16:36 Reply

        My one arrived damaged too, the latch to secure the folding handlebar & post was damaged, fortunately, I managed to repair it but it’s not that easy to fold it down again, so I never do it just in case I cant fold it back. The seat post keeps slipping which is a pain, I’ve tried degreasing and graphite grease which has always worked in the past for this problem but not in this case, so I have to tighten the bolt really tight to keep it from slipping only hope I don’t damage the post one day.( I’m 80kg) The mechanical disc brakes were set too weak on arrival and needed to be adjusted.
        Now that’s all the negativity done, but apart from that it’s a great ebike well worth the €695 I paid for it, I’m 5’10” and the size is good for me, I’ve done 960km on it so far and I love riding it, I always keep it in the top assist mode as I can go a lot faster and have done 45km on one trip and the battery bar was still on 2 bar, having said that it will depend on hills wind and weight, I also take it off-road a lot not proper mountain bike terrain but forest tracks and mud and it performs really well. It’s a good bike and I wouldn’t hesitate to buy it again.

  3. Kevin 13. December 2019 at 15:01 Reply

    I received it today it rides very good but i wonder where we can buy replacement batteries? I can’t find them on any chinese website.

    Anyone found one?

    • el Producente 30. December 2019 at 11:16 Reply

      I’ll ask around where you can get them.
      Haven’t found any online so far.

  4. Oliver 24. December 2019 at 10:13 Reply

    Hi thanks for the great review. I just bought a c20 and I’m really happy with it. I have encountered 3 minor problems and wondered if you had solved any of these
    1) brakes were also very spongy however when tightening the cable a little it is still loose on the handle bar brakes but the brake is constantly rubbing on the tyre
    2) fenders – I went for the plastic ones. Back went on no probs but front keeps twisting and then touching the tyre. I tried putting the attachment in front and also behind the light bracket with no luck.
    3) I have also noticed the beeping when at higher speeds. Wondered if you’ve solved this one?
    Like you said they are small things in an otherwise great bike.
    Thanks for your help
    Oliver

    • el Producente 30. December 2019 at 11:21 Reply

      1) I think you have to pull the lever too far, should be less effort. I was thinking of replacing the brakes with hydraulic ones.
      2) Haven’t mentioned that in my review and have to add the info. Fenders are complicated to mount, don’t know why they choose such a system.
      3) I was told “You can turn off beep in the black box under the seat it is just a speaker” – have to check that.

      Thanks for your feedback Oliver!

  5. Matthew Kouwenberg 28. December 2019 at 16:04 Reply

    First of all, great review – exactly what inwas looking for.

    Is there currently a couponcode for this bike on GearBest? I’m thinking of buying this bike, a coupon code would convince me 🙂

    – Matthew

  6. Make 13. January 2020 at 23:34 Reply

    Nice review thanks! My workplace is about 10km away how it does that distance? Also it has some uphills on the way how does Xiaomi handle uphills in general? Also is it difficult to pedal over 25km/h in downhills or straightaway?

    • el Producente 20. January 2020 at 12:23 Reply

      Mine is 12km away and I don’t have any problems.
      Acceleration is slower but when you pedal you don’t notice a difference in speed, it is just more exhausting.
      Easy to get over 25km/h, especially when going downhill, on flat streets it requires quite some pedalling as you have top be faster than the motor, but it is possible.

  7. Alexandre 6. February 2020 at 23:26 Reply

    Hi,
    I have a question…
    When using the power assist mode ia there maximum speed of the engine, like 25km/h or 15km/h?
    Thanks in advance.

    • el Producente 12. February 2020 at 12:38 Reply

      Hi,
      when using pedal assist it just makes pedalling easier.
      In full power mode you can still pedal and exceed 25km/h (or going downhill), the engine just doesn’t provide higher speed beyond 25 km/h.
      Hope that helps.

  8. weydagizi 28. February 2020 at 16:39 Reply

    I’ve bought the bike for my gf and the pro- scooter for me. We love them both, and I think that you don’t even look hideous when riding this bike compared with when you’re on other folding bikes.

    I have immediately disconneted the speaker so it doesn’t beep above 15 kmh. It’s very easy, just unscrew the cover of the black box (“brains”) and you will see a small round shape speaker that has a wire which you can simply disconnect.

    Up until now, everything functions as it should, except the left pedal, that only after 2 days it started to make a cracking/clicking noise, but after taking it off and spraying in some WD40 and some grease, the noise stopped. I also bought the HIMO 12L bag, which was a great addition to the bike since we use it often to run down to the corener store. It’s also a great place for the lock…

    Overall great purchase, the only thing that concers me is that you can’t seem to buy a replacement battery. It’s not needed now, but who knows in the future. Have you guys found any sources?

    Anyway, thanks for the review, it played a big role in our decision making process! 🙂

    Cheers

    • el Producente 28. February 2020 at 17:14 Reply

      Thank you very much for your feedback, glad I could help and you are satisfied!

  9. Maria Zdrozi 3. March 2020 at 13:52 Reply

    Great review. Very helpful! You convinced me!
    Is there currently a couponcode for this bike?

    • el Producente 3. March 2020 at 14:48 Reply

      Hi, thank you very much for your feedback!
      Unfortunately there are currently no codes besides the flash sale prices due to the Corona Virus situation in China. Many employees are still on holiday. I’ll update the site as soon as I get new infos.

  10. MARIA ZDROZI 4. March 2020 at 11:34 Reply

    Thanks a lot!

  11. Kuro 7. March 2020 at 2:05 Reply

    Lovely bike, really wish they sold spare batteries for this.

    • el Producente 9. March 2020 at 13:49 Reply

      I’m currently working to find out where to get spare batteries. It’s hard to get infos in China right now.

  12. weydagizi 27. March 2020 at 18:12 Reply

    By the way, does your Himo C20 has a CE markings? Sorry, I didn’t catch where you live, but I live in Europe and bought the bike in Italy (italian online store) and I don’t see any CE marking (sticker) on it. Only a bunch of chinese stickers… As far as I understand (just recently after the police stopped me with my scooter- didn’t know/care before), every e-bike/scooter needs to have CE markings on them in Europe.
    Do you happen to know anything about this?
    Thank you!

  13. Stuart 28. April 2020 at 11:45 Reply

    Iam looking for a key for my c20 battery. Finding it difficult. Any suggestions?
    Was also looking for extra battery.

    • el Producente 28. April 2020 at 21:23 Reply

      Hi, I’m trying to contact the company, I’ll let you know as soon as I get any answers.

  14. Xiaomi Himo C20 Review 13. May 2020 at 12:25 Reply

    That is great review , thank you!

  15. Jacqueline 27. June 2020 at 11:23 Reply

    We would like to fold the bike to transport it nu car. You state the folded height is 71? Everywhere else I read 60? How many cm is the height of the bike when folded?

  16. Benedetta 19. July 2020 at 17:38 Reply

    Hi. I just bought but i dont know how to reset the odometer to start a new trip. I press for 10 seconds the start button and appears a menù but i stop before doing something wrong. Can you help me?

    • el Producente 21. July 2020 at 9:15 Reply

      Total oder Trip count?
      I have to check but I think trip yount resetted automatically

  17. alex 6. August 2020 at 22:22 Reply

    – factory box of my c20 says 50km range, so, i have strong doubts about 80, 80 is with pedalling all the time ;
    – ipx etc waterproof – doubt it aslo, cables run into big holes into control box, even if controller itself (in that box) is more or less sealed on it’s box i think after a whole water may do some damage, so, DIY sealing on these holes before venturing into rainy fall ;
    – don’t buy it if you hope to unlock it speed, it seem to be impossible with factory controller, so, you’ll be driving SLOW on a flat road compared with any road bike with 700c wheels ;
    – don’t buy it from geekbuying if in EU, it took them 70 (seventy fri.gin) days to ship me the bike while they promiced 10 days max delivery from poland to france…

    • el Producente 11. August 2020 at 21:44 Reply

      – It says 80km in assisted mode – with pedalling
      (I think the the chart was misleading and I changed it – in the text it was stated like this)
      – IPX5 rating is not much, also wouldn’t risk it
      – yep, that’s true
      – be careful with the stated times: they state shipping time and ship out time (= when they plan to ship it if not in stock. Especially for Himo Z20 which is low o stock everywhere). I try to give an update on my blog if it is in stock or not.

      Thanks for your Feedback!

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