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I’m a big advocate for electric bikes that have the potential to replace a car for running errands like shopping. One such e-bike is the Fiido T1, and in this review, I’ll be giving you my first impressions, based on the initial unboxing and test ride.

Fiido are quickly establishing themselves as a major global e-bike brand. With strong sales in the US, EU and UK. Their range of e-bikes offer something for all budgets and riding conditions. The Fiido T1 is their cargo / utility e-bike, and is aimed at riders who want to use an electric bike for running daily errands. Do we really need to rely on cars, and the ever-increasing expense of running one day to day?

fiido t1 review

I think for a lot of people, especially those who live in a town or city, a utility cargo e-bike like the Fiido T1 can provide a viable alternative to using a car. There are many benefits of regularly using an electric bike, including fitness, well-being and massive savings in running costs.

An e-bike like the Fiido T1 is designed with carrying cargo in mind. It has a large, heavy-duty rear rack and a big front basket. I’ve been wanting to get my hands on a cargo e-bike for ages, so when the opportunity arose to test the latest Fiido T1 Pro, I jumped at it!

Fiido T1 Pro Specs

Motor typeBrushless, geared rear hub motor
Motor power750-watts (continuous) 1130-watts (Peak)
Top speed28 mph (45 km/h)
Battery capacity974.4Wh (48V 20.3Ah)
Battery range (claimed)93 miles / 150 km  – Tested range: 30-35 miles (heavy rider, level 2, very hilly)
Brake typeHydraulic disc brakes
Number of gearsShimano 7 speed
Net weight36.2KG (79.8 lbs)
Saddle height92cm~118cm
Dimensions180cm x 69cm x 118cm (70.9” x 27.1” x 46.5”)
Max load200KG (120KG for riding seat, 80KG for rear rack) 441Ibs(264.6Ibs /176.4Ibs)
AccessoriesMudguards, Front Basket, Rear Rack, Kickstand, Lights, Suspension seatpost
Price When Reviewed$1699

Pros

  • High-torque motor – great for hills
  • Large battery – great range potential
  • Cargo carry capacity
  • Great Handling
  • Front suspension
  • It’s a really cool-looking bike

Cons

  • Weight
  • Saddle didn’t work for me (I changed it for the test)
  • Pedal assist takes some getting used to
  • I didn’t like the suspension seatpost

Unboxing

My Fiido T1 Pro was delivered very quickly. The bike was incredibly well packaged in a heavy-duty cardboard box with lots of foam protection. Upon inspection of the T1, there was no damage or marks whatsoever. Full marks here!

fiido t1 pro unboxing

Assembly was a fairly straightforward process. The front wheel and mudguard needed to be fitted, along with the saddle / seatpost, front basket and large headlight. I found the instructions easy to understand, and all the necessary tools were provided. As always, I recommend getting a professional bike technician to check the bike over before use, if you haven’t assembled a bike before.

The version I received for this test is the T1 Pro. This has several upgrades over the first model, including: Redesigned frame with thicker tubing, and additional re-enforcement. Seat tube has been lowered and rear-end changed.

Fiido T1 Pro Test Ride

I always like to put new e-bikes through their paces, so the initial test route was quite challenging, for a heavy cargo e-bike like the T1 Pro. I missed a couple of miles from the start, so total mileage was around 21 miles.

fiido t1 test route
Fiido T1 Pro Test Route

I started with a quick spin to familiarise myself with the bike. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get on with the saddle. It’s much chunkier than what I’m used to and didn’t feel right for me, so I swapped it out for a Charge Spoon saddle I had going spare. The supplied saddle does look well-made and is sprung, but it was just too big for me.

Once the different saddle was fitted and seat height adjusted I was on my way. My chosen route is very hilly with lots of country lanes, and rough forest tracks. The weather was a mixture of sunny spells, gusting winds with occasional heavy downpours. Road surface was very wet, muddy with standing water in places. Not ideal testing conditions.

fiido t1 test route elevation profile

I started off in pedal assist level 1 – the cadence-based pedal assist is very smooth on the uptake. There’s no sudden surge of power, more like a gentle push. One interesting thing I noticed about the PAS, is it seems to respond to changes in gradient. I’m not sure what tech wizardry Fiido have used, but it’s certainly different and took a little getting used to. For example: On flat ground the assist is very subtle, but the moment you start going uphill it increases the steeper it gets. Once the road levels off again, the assist seems to reduce. I definitely prefer the instant responsiveness of torque-sensing assist. But, at least with the T1 you have the throttle to fall back on, and that works very well. The only downside to this, is using the throttle more will be detrimental to battery range.

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After a short while I decided to keep it in assist level 2, and there it stayed for most of the ride. On the first hill, I noticed that the motor seems to produce a lot more torque than similar motors (like on the Engwe Engine Pro). It absolutely flew up the first mile-long climb and didn’t seem to struggle, despite me putting in minimal pedalling effort.

I can do this same climb on my gravel bike in just over 5 minutes, but that’s me maxing out my heart rate and almost blowing a gasket! My time on the Fiido T1 in level 2 was 4m 57 s, and my heart rate was still only in double-digits – impressive!

Another thing I noticed is how smooth the ride is, and particularly the suspension. Most of the budget fat tire e-bikes I’ve tested in the last year have a little back and fourth play in the fork stanchions. Not so on the T1, the suspension had a premium feel to it – very smooth with good damping. I would usually lock forks out, but these were so good, I let them do their job.

Handling is another thing that immediately impressed me. It feels quite neutral and confidence inspiring – I’ve always found fat tire e-bikes to be a bit cumbersome, especially at lower speeds, but the Fiido T1 Pro feels a lot more nimble than its weight and style would suggest. I hit speeds of nearly 40 mph on one descent, with a long, sweeping bend at the bottom, and the T1 felt planted!

fiido t1 test ride

I definitely feel the handling is greatly help by the CST Tourance 20 x 4 inch tires. Unlike most fat tire e-bikes, this tread is much more road-orientated, meaning you get reduced rolling resistance and road noise.

Lets talk about the brakes. They’re branded ‘Rush’ – not a brand I’m familiar with, but I take as I find. Obviously they’ll need to bed in a bit, but initial braking performance was better than expected (once warmed up). I had plenty of chances to try the brakes on wet, muddy descents and they worked very well. Towards the end of the ride, they were starting to get a little noisy, but it was very wet and mucky, so that’s to be expected. Even my premium Shimano brakes on my gravel bike squeal in the wet. UK buyers take note: They are set-up with the rear brake on the right and front on the left.

fiido t1 hydraulic brakes

Now on to the motor performance. Having ridden several 750-watt fat tire e-bikes this last year, I had my preconceptions. As mentioned above, I am very impressed with this motor’s torque. Most hub motors, even the more powerful ones, tend to leave you breathless on really steep hills (>15%). I did one climb reaching near 20% gradient in places, and I didn’t need to come out of level 2. Although I had to increase my pedalling effort, I certainly didn’t run out of puff!

I’m also suitably impressed with the throttle response – I don’t usually use a throttle on an e-bike, but this one is very useful. It’s great for pulling away at traffic lights or starting on a hill.  When riding on the flat, it will effortlessly take you along at a comfortable cruising speed.

How about the battery range? Fiido claim a maximum range of 93 miles (150 km) on a charge. Given the size of the battery, I would imagine this may be possible with the best of testing conditions – flat road, light wind, good temperature, lightweight rider and lowest assist level used.

fiido t1 battery

I weigh 107 kg, and the test route was just under 22 miles, and very hilly. Air temperature was in the low single digits, with a strong headwind for a large portion of the ride. I used assist level 2 throughout the ride, and used level 3 for maybe 15 % of that ride. Plus, I rode about 2 miles solely on throttle. At the end of the ride I still had 2 bars left (out of 5). Considering the weather conditions, weight of the bike, rider and the very hilly terrain, I reckon that’s pretty good.

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Other Features

The Fiido T1 is a well thought-out e-bike. It’s very similar in design to the Radrunner Plus, but comes in cheaper, and has a better spec. I love the cargo carrying potential of this bike. The front basket, although not massive, was big enough for me to fit my large rucksack comfortably. You could definitely get a bag of shopping in there.

fiido t1 rear cargo rack

Unlike the aforementioned RadRunner Plus, the Fiido T1 has solid mag wheels. They may be heavier than traditional spoked wheels, but who wants to worry about broken spokes on a cargo e-bike? I think it’s a great move by Fiido. Plus, they really suit the style of bike.

I really like the integrated rear rack. It’s finished off with a lovely wood insert, which along with the paintwork, gives the T1 a nice retro look. I reckon tan-wall tires, and a brown leather saddle with matching grips, and it would be perfect!

The rear rack has been rated to 80 kg, which means you could carry a child (in an approved seat) or even an adult passenger. I’ve been looking at cargo baskets, but they’re all quite expensive. I do have an old heavy-duty crate in my garage that would fit perfectly and will accommodate 2 large shopping bags – I’ll add photos here when it’s fitted.

fiido t1 handlebar controls

One more thing Fiido have excelled at here is the headlight. It’s huge, and even has a low and high beam switch. I’ve yet to test it out at night, but I did try it inside the house at night and it’s really bright. There’s also a tail light, neatly fitted to the underside of the rack.

The step-through frame design is nice, and this opens up the Fiido T1 to riders of all ages and abilities. Step-through frames are so much easier to mount and dismount. Plus, the low standover height, makes the stop/start nature of city riding much easier. The design of the T1 gives the rider a nice, upright riding position so you’re not hunched over the handlebars, and can remain comfortable on short or long rides.

The T1 has now been fitted with a reinforced steel support structure inside the frame to improve strength. The frame comes with a 5-year guarantee.

The T1 comes with an adjustable suspension seatpost. I personally didn’t like it. Even fully adjusted, it still bounced too much for my liking. Others may like this feature, and I can see how it may help with rider comfort and reduce the chance of back pain.

fiido t1 frame

Who is the Fiido T1 suitable for?

The Fiido T1 is such a versatile design that it’s going to be suitable for a multitude of tasks. I think the primary reason for getting something like the T1 is to use it for things like shopping and general errands. You could even carry a small child in a suitable seat on the back.

There’s also a lot of potential for using the Fiido T1 in a delivery job. It’s going to be a lot better carrying food orders in the basket or in a suitable basket on the rear rack. I’m going to put this to the test early in 2023.

fiido t1 review

Commuting is another great potential use – you may have been thinking of using an e-bike for commuting, but didn’t want to be carrying a large backpack for the journey to work. With the T1, you have plenty of storage options. Plus, with the long-range battery and powerful motor, you could do a fairly lengthy commute on a daily basis.

What Would I Change About the Fiido T1?

If I could change make a few changes to the Fiido T1, it would start with the pedal assist. Because of the way the PAS works, you tend to use the throttle more to compensate. This in turn increases energy consumption and reduces potential range. A torque-sensing pedal assist (like on the Fiido X and M21), would not only significantly help with battery range, but would improve rider experience. Next, I would replace the saddle – for me it made pedalling uncomfortable, that’s why I swapped it out for the test ride. Finally, I’d fit a rigid seatpost – even fully adjusted, I found the bouncing motion of the suspension rather annoying.

The Verdict

It’s early days yet, but my first impressions are very favourable. I’m waiting for some dryer weather so I can take the Fiido T1 for a long ride and really test out its potential.

Apart from some minor niggles like the saddle size and shape, it’s difficult to find fault in the T1. The pedal assist needs work, and you end up relying on the throttle more. Throttle response is good, and you can get away from traffic lights or junctions quickly if needed.

fiido t1 pro ride photo

The suspension fork is better than expected and the ride is so smooth. Plus, it handles great for such a heavy e-bike. I reckon the real-world battery range should be around the 50 mile mark, which is good for a bike like this, and definitely better than the competition. I didn’t like the suspension seatpost, and would prefer a rigid one.

I also love the way it looks – my wife commented that it looks like an old army bike, and its retro styling definitely harks back to a time when utilitarian bikes were the norm.

On paper, no other cargo / utility e-bike can touch the Fiido at this price point. The 974Wh battery, hydraulic brakes and powerful motor all make for a very appealing package. Based on my initial findings, I’ve have no problem in highly recommending the T1 Pro.

Visit Fiido for more information – the T1 Pro is available in the US, UK and EU

Thanks for reading, and if you have any questions relating to the Fiido T1, please leave a message in the comments section below.

Tony

Passionate E-Bike advocate and enthusiast since 2016. Riding an electric bike helped me to lose weight, get fit and reignite my passion for cycling!

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