Not just a RadRunner copy, there’s value here
The Fiido T1 might not be the most revolutionary e-bike out there, but it still manages to pack a punch in value, making it an interesting addition to the e-utility bike market.
I say it’s not terribly revolutionary because you don’t have to look far to find out what bike it seems to be based on: The RadRunner from Rad Power Bikes.
But despite ostensibly sharing a very similar frame – one we hadn’t really seen on the market until Rad introduced it a few years ago – the Fiido T1 isn’t a direct clone. or even a counterfeit.
These do exist, and many market players are trying to simply eliminate popular e-bikes by producing 1:1 clones.
Instead, Fiido has actually added a number of features and components that increase the usefulness of the bike.
You’ll see what I mean if you watch my video review below. Or keep reading the video below to get all the thoughts in my in-depth review.
Fiido T1 Electric Bike Video Review
Technical specifications of the Fiido T1
- Motor: 750W rear geared hub motor
- Top speed: 40 km/h (25 mph)
- Vary: Claimed 150 km (93 mi) but more like 50% with mixed throttle driving
- Battery: 48V 20Ah (960Wh)
- Weight: 36 kg (79 lbs)
- Brakes: Tektro mechanical disc brakes
- Price: $1,599
- Supplements: LED display, front/rear/brake LED lights included, 3 pedal assist settings, thumb throttle, suspension fork, seat suspension and seat post, front basket included, mudguards/rack included.
There really is a lot to love here
There are a number of key components that I really like in the Fiido.
These mag wheels not only look good, they also mean you never have to worry about spokes becoming loose over time or breaking.
The giant headlight mounted on the included front rack gives you a ton of forward visibility and extra storage capacity. I also really like that they don’t charge extra for the front rack. A front basket usually costs at least $50 more at most companies as an additional accessory, and sometimes even more. And while I mention the included accessories, I love that the fenders are also standard. Lights, fenders and baskets as standard equipment…these guys know the way to my heart by not nicking me on every additional component.
The 750W motor is very powerful and allows me to reach speeds of 40 km/h (25 mph) with just the throttle, although I was unable to reach 50 km/h ( 30 mph) promised. If there is a secret unlock mode that takes you beyond level 3 (the highest speed mode available), then I haven’t figured it out yet and no one has been able to share it with me. Even so, 25mph is already a nice increase over the typical 20mph speeds we see in Class 2 e-bikes.
The hydraulic suspension fork helps improve the ride, especially when riding off-road.
The fat 4-inch-wide tires give you that fat bike feel with lots of plush rubber and air under you, but don’t have the same bulk or sluggishness as the fat 26-inch tires.
These are also street-oriented tires, so don’t get too crazy in the mud or you’ll slide like a greased pig.
These tires can handle some dirt and grass shortcuts, but they are optimized for road riding. And that makes sense; it is a utility e-bike after all. It’s meant for racing down bumpy streets, not launching you from the root of the nearest tree.
The giant 48V and 20Ah battery offers 960 Wh of capacity and tons of range.
You’ll never really get the claimed 150km (93 miles) of range unless you go for it suuuuper slow in pedal-assist mode, but you’ll definitely get more range than any other e-bike with a typical 48V 14Ah battery. The Fiido T1 offers almost 50% more battery than these e-bikes, which of course equates to longer range.
The battery is removable by unlocking and flipping the seat, although I found it often snagged on the rail and didn’t release smoothly, even when the key was in the correct unlock setting.
Small issues like these sometimes separate premium e-bikes from good ones, but that’s not really a deal-breaker, in my opinion.
You also get a 7-speed derailleur, which gives you plenty of options to downshift, should you need to. Me? I found myself pretty much leaving it on the smallest cog all the time to ride at higher speeds. If you are in a hilly environment, the higher gears might be more enjoyable for climbing.
I’m not a huge fan of cruise control, so the fact that the Fiido T1 offers it doesn’t really matter to me. I always feel weird when I don’t have sole control of the throttle. I prefer my brain to be the sole decision maker. I don’t want to share speed decisions as part of a committee with the brains of the Fiido T1. But of course just squeezing the brake levers will disengage the cruise control, and I’m sure that would be great for anyone with long, straight sections where they don’t want to keep thumb pressure on the thumb throttle.
The saddle is a little weird, but I found it very comfortable. Between the saddle springs and the sprung suspension seat, there’s a lot of nice stuff under you.
I also really like the rear rack, and the wooden fingerboard is quite nice. The rack isn’t as tall as the RadRunner’s, so it would be a bit more awkward for a passenger’s legs (plus there’s no passenger footrest), but it keeps your load lower and thus lowers your center of gravity. And there’s of course no fancy passenger package with a plush seat available like you can get with the RadRunner.
Disc brakes are fine. They are mechanical, so you will eventually have to adjust the cables as they stretch and break.
But for the $1,599 price tag, it’s hard to complain too much and ask for hydraulic disc brakes.
The price is only $100 above the RadRunner and yet you get so much more like the included basket/fender, 7-speed derailleur, suspension seat and fork, larger battery and higher speed.
Ironically, although the RadRunner has a very basic display with no speedometer, I actually prefer it to the Fiido T1’s display here. The Fiido T1’s screen is abysmal; I can barely read it unless I’m in the perfect lighting conditions. Usually that means the sun is behind me, so I’m casting a shadow on the screen. In direct sunlight, the screen is completely washed out and therefore often unreadable.
Take a look at the video at the top of this review to see what I mean.
That’s my only major complaint though. The screen is terrible. Everything else (notwithstanding the battery latch) is actually quite good. And the value here speaks for itself when you compare price and features to the rest of the industry.
I have already reviewed many Fiido bikes. Although I never considered them top of the line, they have always been pretty good, well designed, well packaged and excellent for a mid-priced e-bike.
The Fiido T1 stays true to the company’s positive reputation so far and is a great addition to the utility e-bike market, although it’s definitely inspired by the RadRunner.
These aren’t the Cadillacs of e-bikes (and I’m not even sure the analogy holds truer for Cadillac), but they are great options for value-oriented e-bike buyers who want good performance. without going broke.
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