Fiido, known for its affordable e-bikes, has announced that it will launch a number of new models in the current year. On its website, the company presents initial information on the new models, which are tailored to a wide variety of needs and thus diverse target groups. From the classic commuter in various designs to the children’s bike, the seven new products include a wide variety of options for those interested.
Moderate recent past
The Chinese manufacturer looks back on a mixed recent past, which should, however, be assessed rather positively for it overall. For example, Fiido achieved funding totals of around 900,000 euros for the D11 lightweight e-bike and 1.1 million euros for the foldable Model X via the crowdfunding platform Indiegogo. However, it was precisely this model that experienced serious problems after its market launch: The frame of the bike had broken through in the middle in some cases. As a result, Fiido issued a warning and advised against using the e-bike. As compensation, those affected received a free upgrade to the newest version of the Fiido X some time later.
With the now announced launch of numerous new models, Fiido primarily wants to build on the positive developments before the Fiido X incident. At the same time, the announcement marks a reorientation of the Chinese manufacturer. While the focus was previously on lightweight folding bikes and compact cargo bikes, the portfolio is now being expanded to include completely new products. The reorientation that is taking place with the portfolio expansion is also underlined by the fact that the announcement was made in the course of the launch of a completely redesigned website. Overall, this means the signs are pointing to change.
Fiido C21 and C22
With the models C21 and C22 Fiido presents two classic Commuter, which differ only in their frame shape. Thus, the C21 is designed with a high step-in, while the C22 is designed with a low step-in. This design decision once again reflects the fact that the portfolio expansion is intended to appeal to as many target groups as possible – in this case, those interested in more sporty riding as well as those who place greater value on comfort.
Equipped are the C21 and the C22 with a display mounted centrally on the handlebars, which gives information about the battery charge or the currently used gear. Below the display is the gearshift, which can be used to change between nine gears, and a button that can be used to switch the e-bike on or off. The two bikes are also equipped with a smartwatch interface. This allows the e-bike to be unlocked and switched on via the smartwatch. Presumably, information about the e-bike can also be accessed via the smartwatch.
The equipment of the two e-bikes is rounded off by an additional battery, which is located on the lower frame. What is particularly interesting about it is that it has the appearance of a drinking bottle and is thus not immediately recognizable as a battery. This shows a convergence of the e-bikes with the design of ordinary bicycles.
The C31 is clearly different from the two models already presented. It is primarily intended to appeal to a target group interested in very sporty riding. It presents itself as a kind of e-road bike, which is underlined by the typical racing handlebars and the low weight of only 12.6 kilograms. The C31 is lightweight thanks to the use of a carbon frame. It is also equipped with smartwatch connectivity, a fingerprint sensor for starting, a display and, according to the manufacturer, the most intelligent control system from Fiido to date.
Considerably less sporty and designed for completely different purposes is the new Titan model. As a kind of rudimentary cargo bike, it offers both front and rear space for goods to be transported. However, the Titan lacks the large box-like body typical of genuine cargo bikes. Nevertheless, it looks enormously bulky, which is not only due to the robust storage surfaces, but also to the 26-inch, particularly thick tires. It is also supposed to score with the option of removing the battery without a key, which should save time in everyday use. However, the Titan will not be seen on the roads in this country: it has a 750-watt motor that does not meet the requirements for approval in the EU.
Also rather rustic in design is the new M31 model. This is Fiido’s first off-road bike with a mid-engine. With a relatively thick frame and complete suspension, it already exudes to be rather intended for adventurous rides. It is also possible to remove the battery without a key. Said battery has a remarkable capacity of 696 Wh. Equally remarkable is the specified torque of 110 Nm.
Fiido K1 and Q2
Rounding out the portfolio of new products is the K1 running bike, aimed at children, and the Q2 e-scooter. The running wheel is connected to an app, which is designed to allow the child’s guardians to stay in control. The running wheel can be used in two modes: with and without the option of using the existing accelerator pedal. Switching between modes is done via the app.
Meanwhile, the Q2 e-scooter is equipped with a powerful 1,200-watt motor and hydraulic brakes. At its peak, the vehicle reaches a speed of 45 km/h. Approval in the EU is thus unlikely to be possible.
Prices and availability
The products now unveiled by Fiido will hit the market later this year. From when which wheel will be available in stores, however, is not yet known. However, the recommended retail prices have already been published. The C21 and C22 models will cost $1,599, while the sporty C31 will be priced at $3,399. A price of 1,999 US dollars is called for the Titan; the M31 is to cost 3,999 US dollars. The prices for the children’s wheel and the e-scooter are not known.