These small, high-tech bikes reign supreme in the city streets and are perfect for anyone environmentally aware and with a youthful spirit
A decade ago, mini-folding bikes became all the rage as a way of getting around town without having to rely on cars, pedal power or public transport. Today, they have gone electric and modern marvels of engineering boasting innovative technology, materials, connectivity and long-lasting battery life. Two noteworthy examples are the FIIDO D11 and the ADO Air 20.
The FIIDO D11 is a folding electric bike that combines many of the above features in a package weighing a mere 12 kg. It has a power output of 250 W, a range of 100 km (on flat terrain) and a top speed of 50 km at full power. It comes at a price point of approximately 800 euros.
While it may not have the top-of-the-range specs like the Ebroh Pasione, which has a carbon frame, it weighs 1.7 kg less by comparison. The FIIDO D11’s compact folded size is only 84x59x40 centimetres. It’s equipped with dual disc brakes, LED front and rear lights, 20-inch wheels, a Shimano seven-speed derailleur, an LCD display on the handlebars, a kickstand, and a removable battery inside the seat post.
The ADO Air 20 has a similar performance and range. Remarkably, it folds up in just ten seconds, making it easy to carry as hand luggage on trains. It weighs only 16 kilos and features an aluminium frame and a carbon belt (instead of a chain) that guarantees 30,000 km without maintenance or mechanical noise.
With its single-gear drive system and torque sensor, the ADO Air 20 ensures optimal performance at all times. It is also the first bike with an IPS display on the handlebars, providing comprehensive and easy-to-read information in all weather conditions. Plus, the bike is rainproof and comes with the ADO Smart app for intelligent navigation.