FIIDO L3 review - foldable e-bike with a huge battery
The Chinese e-bike manufacturer "FIIDO" has announced new models for 2021 as well. It starts with the FIIDO L3, a foldable electric bike from the "Long-Range" model series. As the name suggests, the focus is on a long range, which FIIDO realizes with a large 48V 23.2Ah battery.
We have tested whether the purchase of the FIIDO L3 is worthwhile and for whom the compact 14-inch model with 350W electric motor is even suitable.
Speed: up to 25 km / h
Range: up to 130km
Charging time: ~ 10 hours
Operating modes: manual, pedelec, moped
Tire: 14 "x 1.95" CST
Chain: S1 RB
Disc brakes: Front + Rear
Splash guard: Yes
Size (folded): 70 x 36 x 68 cm
Size (unfolded): 126 x 59 x 97 cm
Weight: 24.2 kg
Test: FIIDO L3
FIIDO L3: first impression
The FIIDO L3 arrived right on time for the first rays of sunshine in mid-February. In surprisingly small packaging it was rounded 25 kg heavy and on transportable 70 x 36 x 68 cm folded electric bike delivered.
What's in the box
The scope of delivery is clear. In addition to the pre-assembled e-bike, this includes one 5-piece hex wrench set and Power Supply (54.6V 3A) including instructions for use key pair as well as an English-speaking one quick start Guide, which provides information on the folding mechanism. On "Certificate of Compliance" provides the manufacturer to the Download ready.
Construction and processing
The FIIDO L3 is ready to drive "out of the box" in a few simple steps. A quick look at the illustrated brief instructions reveals the order in which you unfold the e-bike.
The FIIDO L3 is folded or folded at two points via one quick release. Once in the middle of the frame and on the lower head tube. The mechanism in the middle of the frame is also kept under tension by a spring. One prevents both Safety leverthat the quick release is released while driving.
The seat post, the handlebars and the upper head tube are also adjustable and equipped with a quick-release fastener. When assembled, the FIIDO L3 grows to a size of 126 x 59 x 97 cm.
Just as quickly as the e-bike is set up, it can be folded up again. Conveniently they are Pedals can be folded in by 90 °, which makes it even easier to transport, for example in the trunk. A support prevents the folded e-bike from tipping over while standing. It can be carried like a suitcase by means of a handle on the frame. One point of criticism is that there is no mechanism holding the folded parts together.
What the application As far as is concerned, the electric bike from the Far East leaves a positive impression. The structure and frame appear robust. The welds are drawn evenly, albeit quite large. You should definitely pay attention to the maximum loading of the FIIDO L3, which according to the manufacturer 120 kg should not exceed.
FIIDO L3: equipment
Before we get on the bike, let's take a look at the equipment. Due to the lack of gears, the compact and transportable design and the large battery, the focus of the FIIDO L3 is on Mobility in city traffic or flat short stretches, such as on the campsite.
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Commuters in particular benefit from the high-coverage 48 V 23.2 Ah battery (1113 Wh)that with just one charge up to 130 km route makes. Ideally, the battery pack is not permanently installed, but can be separated from the bike and charged separately. This also ensures more safety if you want to park the e-bike somewhere. If the battery is to stay on the bike, it can be inserted via Castle lock.
350 Watt motor
The FIIDO L3 is powered by a 350 Watt Electric motor (brushless). According to the manufacturer, the top speed is included 25 km/h. At least that of the European model. The Chinese model is unlimited and a little faster at up to 30 km / h.
As a "Fixie" the FIIDO L3 has no gear shift. Instead there is 3 modes of operation.
- Mode 1: This is where the electric bike gets through Pedal force driven. The 48/16 translation is particularly easy for beginners and fast.
- Mode 2: This is the Pedelec mode. As soon as you start pedaling, the motor is switched on as an alternative.
- Mode 3: This mode relies solely on the electric drive. Also as Moped mode called, the e-bike drives without pedal force. The speed is controlled by the throttle on the handlebar.
Notice: Due to the moped mode, the FIIDO L3 no longer falls into the category of pedelecs that are not licensed in Germany. In Germany and in many other countries, a street legal needed. A General operating permit (ABE) is currently not available for any FIIDO e-bike.
Tires, lights and computers
The tires are 14 x 1,95 inch pneumatic tires from CST. There are front and back mechanical disc brakes. fenders are also available on both sides. The FIIDO L3 does not offer any suspension. Instead, you have to rely on the soft, padded saddle.
A LED headlights, LED brake light, reflectors and horn ensure more security. The headlights and the electronic horn are operated using two buttons on the handlebar. On bike computer with legible LC display is on the handlebars. This shows the operating mode, the speed and the battery level.
FIIDO L3: driving test
Now the question of all questions. How does the FIIDO L3 drive at all?
We activate the "ignition" with the key using the lock on the battery. The electric motor is activated after we briefly press the mode button on the computer.
By default, the e-bike is in the Moped mode. If we now operate the throttle with our thumb, the FIIDO L3 would start moving. The thumb lever reacts pleasantly sensitively and almost directly. The so-called "Cruise Control" takes effect after about 8 seconds. We can now let go of the throttle and the speed will be kept constant.
The acceleration of the FIIDO L3 is impressive. With a body weight of around 85 kg, the top speed on a straight route is around 23 km/h. From an incline of 20 ° we also have to pedal.
The mode button takes us to Pedelec mode. If we step on the pedals, it does not switch immediately, but with it slight delay the electric motor added. You can feel how the acceleration increases. If you stop pedaling, the motor switches off again with a slight delay. Braking switches off the motor assistance immediately. We would have liked a faster reaction of the electric motor in pedelec mode!
With foldable electric bicycles from the Far East, one often has the image of the clown on the mini bicycle in mind. However, this only applies to a limited extent to the FIIDO L3. The e-bike is great compact, but can also be done with a Body height over 1,80 m easy to use. As far as the adjustment of the saddle and the handlebars is concerned, we still have some room for improvement at a height of 1,82 m.
By the tiny 14 inch tires and the lack of suspension you feel the bumps on the track all the more. A small amount of compensation is pleasant padded saddlethat does not give up even after a long distance. In terms of maneuverability, the FIIDO L3 is way ahead.
Battery and range
One of the selling points of the FIIDO L3 is the large battery. Where other e-bikes fail after approx. 40 km, we were able to fill them in the test 90 km (moped-pedelec change) tickle out of a load. This is less than the manufacturer stated, but weight, driving behavior and weather also have a say.
For the charging you should take your time if possible. A full charge takes 10h to claim!
Would you like to know where you can buy the FIIDO L3 electric bike? In our price comparison we list the current offers of the most popular shops. All prices are checked and updated several times a day. Should a shop appear several times, it concerns the different warehouses of the dealer.