Fiido D4S Foldable E-Bike🚲 (Brompton E-Bike Alternative) Review (with the Burley Travoy Bicycle Trailer)

Today I have something very special for testing, the foldable E-Bike Fiido D4S from China. I always wanted to buy an E-Bike, but what held me back was the high price. The D4S costs a mere 600 Euros. Let’s see if this bike is any good!

Try an e-bike and you will never go back

My girlfriend and I were on holidays in Carinthia (Austria)
renting E-Bikes. With that experience it is difficult to go back to normal bikes now.

E-Bike-Tour in Carinthia (Kärntner Seenschleife)

I always wanted to buy an E-Bike, but what held me back was the high price. The D4S costs a mere 600 Euros and for renting the E-Bikes in Carinthia we already paid ca. 140 Euros per person for 4-5 days. And when looking around in Vienna foldable bikes are already very trendy.

Fiido D4S Starting Offer

I use a Burley Travoy Bicycle Trailer, and for that an E-Bike should be the perfect match.

Of course it does not make much sense when one person in the family has an e-bike and the others don’t, that’s why I ordered one bike for testing and if it is any good I will order more E-Bikes for the rest of the family.

Actually I wanted to give it to my father, he is 80 years old and of course I don’t want him to have an accident right out of the bat. Also my sister is interested.

Anyways now I will test the foldable E-Bike and see if it is any good…

Video

In German with English subtitles:

Updates

Updated: 08-08-2020

Here I want to write about all the Updates that I did since publishing my video. Lately I installed a bike rack and the matching backlight from Decathlon.

Bicycle Rack from Decathlon
matching Backlight from Decathlon

I had the idea from Joe Fallkon from the Fiido e-Bike Owners Group on Facebook (or maybe let’s better say the Fiido Support Group 😉 ). The “problem” is that this rack is not really meant for bikes with disc brakes. The solution is to use longer screws and hex nuts to extend the clearance one side (I used 3 extra M5 screws with a length of 30mm, I recommend hex type because tightening them is much easier using an allen key, don’t use the flat type I used if possible):

Using a counter nut I secured the screw on the frame
For the upper part I put many nuts in between (you don’t need so many), so that the distance is the same both top and bottom.

Anyways this rack is – except for this “detail” – a perfect match for the bike, I can even mount my large Ortlieb panniers and don’t even touch them when pedalling!

Even my big Ortlieb panniers are fitting!!!

Bike Rack 20 Inch (decathlon.de) Matching Backlights (did not find in the DE-Store?)

Unboxing

The E-Bike comes folded and well protected in a (very heavy) cardboard box.

Unboxing

In the box there is a reflector, the pedals, and a box with the charger and tools. Next to the bike there is the saddle.

I immediately noticed the weight, esp. when I tried to pull the E-Bike out of the box. Still the D4S does not have any supension, that’s why the weight does not exceed 18,5 kg. Actually this was a reason for me to buy this bike. I want to travel mostly to cities (with the train) and I am not planning to ride offroad, so weight is more important for me.

The assembly is quick and easy

Frame and handlebar have to be unfolded, levers are used to fix both and there is an additional safety lever or ring.

A lever is used to secure the frame (I put some tape to protect the frame painting)
The lever to secure the handlebar (luckily here is some protection so no tape needed this time)

The bicycle is assembled very quickly. Luckily the necessary tools are already included.

Power adapter and tools are included

I ordered the bike in white because I think everybody has it in black and I think white looks fresh.

The bike fully assembled

Fiido D4S (banggood) Fiido D4S (AliExpress) Burley Travoy Bike Trailer (includes Quick Hitch)

Features

Right out of the box the bike looks amazing.

Our “test parcour” 😉

The saddle is very soft and big. Maybe this makes up a little bit for the missing suspension.

the saddle is very comfy

What I noticed is that the seatpost gets scratched easily when changing its height. This is annoying because several members of the family want to use the same bike maybe and therefore needs to change the height.

The seatpost got scratched quickly

It is possible to extend the seatpost and handlebar for very tall people.

also suitable for taller people (headpost and seatpost extended to the max)

The D4S has larger tires compared to its predecessor which had just 16 inch tires (the D2S). Because of the 20 inch tires it is possible to use the bike for longer trips as well and it makes more sense for me. But of course the bike is larger because of that.

20 inch tires

There is an LCD display for speed, distance and mode (the previous model did not have a graphical display). There are three levels to set the maximum speed until which the motor stops supporting (max. is 25 km/h).

LCD Display

Immediately I tried to set the bike to 35 km/h (as adverties by YouTube influencers on launch) and it really worked. I was not sure if this will work with the bike I got (if it is the same controller or whatnot).

When pulling both brakes and twist the grip for acceleration (aka the throttle) when turning on the bike the display shows the code E004 and after
that the engine can be accelerated to 35 km/h (at least when using the throttle, not when pedalling).

It actually worked, now I can accelerate the bike to 35 km/h. Of course this is illegal in most EU countries (also in Austria, at least it is allowed to use a throttle instead of pedalling).

There are 6 gears.

6 gears (could be more for the highest speed)

Then there are even disc brakes, but just mechanical ones.

Mechanical Disc Brakes

The horn is really loud (maybe not allowed in your country IDK).

Light and horn (careful, very loud!)

There is a light but unfortunately just in front.

Light (unfortuntaely just in front, in the back there is a simple reflector)

The stand is very stable, unfortunately when opening it makes a sound like a gong.

Stand

The battery is non-removable, i.e it is necessary to bring the whole bike to a power outlet. It is rated for 10.4 Ah and 80 km distance. But when using the 35 km/h mode this is unrealistic of course (esp. when using the throttle for starting).

The battery is non-removable (at least not without tools)

Fiido D4S (banggood) Fiido D4S (AliExpress) Burley Travoy Bike Trailer (includes Quick Hitch)

Review of the Fiido D4S

I will test the E-Bike now, esp. if it fulfills all the requirements of all members of my family.

Transport (in the elevator or in the train/in public transport)

I live in the 4th floor so I want to see if I can fit the bike into the elevator. Also for public transport it might be necessary to fold the bike so that I don’t have to pay extra for the bike.

Also as I said the battery is non-removable, that’s why I have to charge the E-Bike in my appartment. But because it can be folded it will not take too much space.

And also I would be afraid that it gets stolen when I leave it downstairs or in the storage room.

It is relatively easy to carry the bike down the stairs, because it is not too heavy.

It fits into the escalator no problem, actually there is plenty of space for more people.

Fiido D4S in the escalator

When you are living on the ground floor it is much easier but still there may be times when it is necessary to store away the e-bike somewhere for it to be safe.

Also with public transport there should be no problems with this foldable e-bike.

“Moped”-Mode

Now I want to show you this moped-mode or this twist grip aka throttle.

This is esp. important for my sister, because she lives in Upper Austria and she does not use her current bike to go to work simply because there are some hills she would have to tackle to get there.

That’s why I want to test if the Fiido D4S workes well on inclines.

When starting the engine only kicks in after 2-3 turns of the pedals. Depending on which mode you are in there is a maximum speed until when the engine helps. This is independent on how fast you pedal. For example in mode 1 it is ca. 15 km/h, in mode 2 it is ca. 18 km/h and only in mode 3 it reaches the maximum speed of 25 km/h. (It also seems to depend on how charged up the batteries are.)

But you can help when starting by using the throttle.

This is also helpful when starting on an incline or when you have a higher gear. (This works even better if the weight of the rider is low.) Actually it is possible to go up smaller inclines with just this acceleration grip.

If this is illegal in your countries (Germany or Italy for example) then it is advisable to maybe put black tape on the throttle grip so that nobody can suspect you that you are using it.

For my father this “Moped-Mode” could be an advantage, because for example he could put the saddle very low so he can get onto the bike easier. Unfortunately it is not so easy to get on the bike because of the entrance which is not as low as with a Scooter for example, but he could board the bike from behind.

Using a Bike Rack or Trailer (Burley Travoy)

One disadvantage is that this e-bike does not come with a bike rack or with fenders. But it is easy to mount your own (see the first chapter about the modifications I did).

I own a Burley Travoy Bicykle Trailer. I use it for groceries or for example to carry my camera equipment, for larger items so to speak.

The e-bike does not come with a bike rack, but I use it with my Burley Travoy in this example

For an e-bike this trailer is perfect because you will feel the weight of the trailer on inclines at latest.

Because the tires of the D4S are small there is enough clearance for the trailer so it does not touch the back tire at all. With normal E-Bikes this would be a potential problem.

I use my Burley Travoy to carry my camera equipment, the hitch is long enough so that there is enough clearance to the rear tire.

I still have the old version of the Travoy. With the new version there is a quick hitch which is nice when switching bicycles.

I still have the old hitch, the new Travoy has a toolless quick hitch

With the trailer I can go up to 30 km/h on flat roads and on small inclines up to 29 km/h.

Fiido D4S (banggood) Fiido D4S (AliExpress) Burley Travoy Bike Trailer (includes Quick Hitch)

Product Support

A major disadvantage of all bikes from China and also the Fiido Bike is that when there is a problem you have to deal with it yourself, because you cannot send the bike back to China.

Luckily there is a Facebook group where owners exchange ideas and you can also learn how to improve your bike.

Fiido e-bike Owners Group

So some smart users turned the problem – that there is no support for a product – into a solution in that owners are helping each other with their knowledge.

For me I prefer this way because I like to solve problems myself if possible. But maybe I was also lucky because until now nothing did break. (Some people were not so lucky and received their bike already with some problems.)

Fiido D4S (banggood) Fiido D4S (AliExpress) Burley Travoy Bike Trailer (includes Quick Hitch)

Conclusion

So what is my conclusion about this e-bike? I think it is an absolute dream and it is does not come as a surprise that everybody in my family now wants a bike like this.

One big disadvantage is that there is no torque sensor. I.e. after 2-3 turns of the pedals the engine kicks in and supports you, but no matter how fast you are pedalling. Maybe this could be a problem for my father because the bike accelerates relatively fast.

One way to deal with this is to shortly pull the brakes and the engine will stop accelerating. Or you switch the mode from mode 3 to 2 or 1, then the maximum speed until when there is support of the engine is lower.

The bike looks great and I am happy that I ordered it in white, this looks absolutely fresh.

What does not look so nice is that the cables are visible below the frame. They cheated on the product picture because there the cables are not visible (Photoshop?). Maybe this is actually an advantage when it is necessary to repair something. When the cables would be inside the frame any bike repair would turn into a nightmare.

The cables run below the frame
Why are the cables invisible on the product picture? (Photoshop??)

And then there is something about the bike being “ultra-light” on the product page. The bike is not too heavy because there is no suspension, but it is not really ultra-light.

not ultra-light, but I can carry it if it is not too far

Here are some more disadvantages:

  • the battery is non-removable (only with tools), i.e. I have to carry the bike to the charging port
  • Front-Lights only, in the back I have to buy them myself (but these battery-powered red blinking LEDs last forever so not a big problem)
  • no USB-Charging port for my smartphone on the display
  • seatpost is scratched quickly when changing the height
  • when opening the stand the disc brake makes a sound like a gong (better open it carefully)
  • Lever for securing the frame can leave scratches (better use tape to protect it)
  • brakes make squeaky noise

In spite of these “small problems” I think the Fiido D4S is actually brilliant. It is possible to accelerate it to 35 km/h, which other bike can do that? The tires are relatively big – 20 inch – and it is possible to use the bike for longer trips because of that. The saddle is very comfortable and the bike is very stable for a foldable bike.

I can highly recommend this e-bike when you can live without a torque sensor, but I think it is easy to adapt because there is the advantage of having this throttle. You will arrive at your destination very quickly and that’s what counts.

If you have the chance to get it, better be quick because at least the price seems to be going up because the demand is high and it is always out of stock. Actually right now it already costs 700 Euros 🙂

Fiido D4S

I hope my review was helpful for your buying decision. If you have any questions or comments please don’t hesitate to post in the comments! CU next time!! Bye!!!

Fiido D4S (banggood) Fiido D4S (AliExpress) Burley Travoy Bike Trailer (includes Quick Hitch)

Recommended camera equipment for photo, video & travelling (AMAZON US):
Sony a6600
Sony a6400 (cheaper)
Sony a6100 (Budget-Option for 4K)
Sigma 16mm 1.4
Sony 35mm 1.8
Samyang 12mm 2.0
Feelworld Master MA7
Smaller monitor
Rode VideoMicro
Mini Tripod
Travel Tripod
Small LED-Light
Light #1 (powerful)
Light #2 (Bi-Color)
Softbox for this light
Light tent/box
DJI Osmo Action
GoPro 9
GoPro MAX
Invisible Selfie Stick
Mavic mini 2 drone
Mavic Air 2
for photo and video:
Fuji XT-4
Fuji Telezoom
Entry level camera (Canon)

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