One of my favorite things about Fiido’s electric bikes is that the company has always done things a little differently. And the Fiido L3 continues this tradition, but also brings some important upgrades and improvements.
Those of you who remember my Fiido L2 review may remember how much I raved about the little e-bike.
What he lacked in physical size it made up for in semen. And usefulness. And surprisingly power.
When Fiido designed and launched the new L3, they kept most of what was working well and then updated the rest. That said, the big battery got bigger, the long range got bigger, and the moderate weight got moderately smaller.
Take a look at the new Fiido L3 in my video test to see what this little e-bike with a lot of heart can do. Then read on to find out all the details!
Fiido L3 e-bike video test
Fiido L3 folding e-bike – technical data
- Engine: 350W continuous rear hub motor (which is surprisingly powerful)
- Top speed: 25 km / h (15 mph)
- Range: Up to 200 km (120 mi) depending on the gas or pedal assistance
- Battery: 48V 23Ah (1,104 Wh)
- Weight: 24 kg (52.9 lb)
- Load capacity: 150 kg (330 lb)
- Tires: 14 ″ x 1.95 ″
- Frame: Aluminum alloy
- Suspension: Spring saddle, seat post
- Brakes: Mechanical disc brakes
- price: $ 999
- Extras: LED display with battery indicator and PAS charge indicator, LED lighting front and rear, 3 PAS speed levels, electric horn, mobile phone holder with USB charger, mudguards, luggage rack
Small bike, great potential
So the thing is: the Fiido is a small-format e-bike.
But don’t laugh, it has serious potential.
First, it can probably suit you. It has an enormous weight of 150 kg (330 lb) and the foldable nature means it has adjustable handlebars and a very adjustable seat.
You may not get into the perfect shape of pedaling, but this isn’t an e-bike designed for pedaling anyway. Sure, you can pedal. It has pedal assistance and there is a single-speed drive. But once you get over 15 km / h (almost 10 mph) you have to pedal pretty quickly.
This applies to almost every bicycle with small wheels. The physics simply means that you can’t get a high gear ratio without a front chainring the size of a plate. So Fiido did his best there, and it’s decently pedalable – but that’s not the point. Because with gas and a lot of power, this e-bike can whiz around like a moped.
I know they say it’s just a 350w motor, but the 48v system almost certainly straddles that motor and delivers more power than you expect. In addition, the small wheels contribute to the torque. While testing this bike in Florida, where it’s shallower than a fritter, I rode the Fiido L2 in the Hollywood Hills and this little bike literally ate those hills. So don’t think this thing can’t climb just because it is listed as 350W. There’s some magic in there somewhere (and that magic is almost certainly that it puts out way more than the stated 350 watts).
So the Fiido L3 has power and torque, but it hits a virtual wall right at 15.5 mph, the bike’s programmed shut-off speed of 25 km / h. You shoot at it and then suddenly the power disappears. It’s a shame, but what can you do? These Asian e-bikes often have a speed limit of 25 km / h as this is the regulations in most parts of the world. I would love to see them do a US version that hits 20 mph (32 km / h) to take full advantage of US e-bike laws, but we can wait a while for this.
But the real beauty of the ball is not the motor or the power, but the battery. This thing has an incredibly large 48V, 23Ah battery. That’s 1,104 Wh capacity, or almost double the average capacity of an electric bike. The Fiido L3 somehow looks like half the average bike, but packs twice the battery. It’s basically a huge battery on wheels.
And the kick is that Fiido didn’t even use the largest battery cells they could have. They used 2.9Ah cells, and if they had used the largest 3.5Ah 18650 cells (did I mention I’m a battery nerd?) Then they could have hit this pup with a whopping 1,328 Wh. Maybe they held that back for the L4!
Either way, the 1.1 kWh battery is huge. Fiido says they tested a 75kg rider and found it could achieve 200km (121 miles) of range. Elsewhere on the website a maximum range of 250 km (155 miles) is stated. Maybe that’s about a kindergarten kid riding on it, I’m not sure. Anyway, the point is, you basically never run out of charge on a trip. In fact, you could probably charge the battery once a week and still never run anywhere near empty.
After all, this is a city e-bike. You probably won’t be exploring the countryside on a Fiido L3. So this is way more range than most people need, but it’s still great to have it out there.
The rest of the bike is acceptable, nothing special. On the L2, the back seat was replaced by a luggage rack on the L3.
That’s either an upgrade or a downgrade, depending on what you’ve done with it. If you carry a child there it’s a shame. If you are transporting cargo, the luggage rack is a better option. And you can always add a seat on top of the rack.
The brakes are powerful, although mine had a slightly untrue rotor at the front, which caused me a small pulsation in the brakes. Not terrible, but not great either.
The lighting is good, the folding mechanism is good (and super handy for throwing the bike in a trunk), the folding pedals are good, the mudguards are good. It’s all a pretty good bike with a pretty great electrical system.
Oh, and a nice comfy spring seat that is wide enough to feel more like a decent chair than a bike saddle.
For a price of $ 999, the bike feels like a bargain to me. Many people compare it to something like the $ 999 Lectric XP 2.0 e-bike and say that this way you get more bike for the money. But while bikes like these go faster, they have less than half the battery, so of course there are tradeoffs.
For me, the Fiido L3 is the ultimate little folding e-bike that also fits taller riders (even if they look a bit strange). It has the power, weight and range that make it a great urban e-bike.
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