Hong Kong’s Fiido’s first 2023 e-bikes are now available. The lightweight C21 and C22 E-Gravel bikes feature sleek, welded frames for a sleek look, sensitive torque sensing, and work with smartwatches for close-up power-ups.
Until this year, most of Fiido’s e-bike production has been focused on folding commuters like the D11 and the striking X. But in February’s teaser announcements, we saw a move to a more traditional-looking urban explorer, as well as a model designed to go off the beaten track. The C21 and C22 models were the first to appear and were designed for urban and more demanding terrain.
The E-Gravel bike features a 250-watt rear hub motor that delivers 40 Nm (29.5 lb-ft) of torque, five levels of pedal assist, and a speed of up to 15.5 mph (25 km/h) – that’s about as much as a U.S. ( Complies with regulations in many international markets, though the motor can be unlocked to assist up to 20 mph).
Like the company’s X folding e-bike, the C21 and C22 models feature a torque sensor that responds to power on the pedals rather than cadence for more responsive assistance, in this case tuned using the Fiido algorithm Mivice S200 variety. Riders also benefit from a 9-speed gear set for greater flexibility on different surfaces and slopes.
The non-removable 208.8 Wh downtube battery also seems a bit underwhelming for today’s e-bike market, but Fiido claims a range of up to 50 miles (80 km) per charge at the lowest PAS level.
The C21 and C22 are essentially the same ride, although the former have a medium or large stride aluminum frame and flat handlebars, while the latter only have a small medium frame and cafe style handlebars.
In the center of that handlebar is an IPS display with backlit physical buttons for at-a-glance status checks, and the e-bikes are all compatible with a companion mobile app running on your smartphone.But they can also be used with Fiido Mate Cycling Watch ($100) automatically starts an e-bike when a rider approaches, provides wrist fitness monitoring and can record fitness and ride data.
Elsewhere, each E-Gravel bike features 27.5-inch wheels with versatile 700/40C gravel tires for urban commuting and urban exploration, stopping power is provided by hydraulic disc brakes, and there is an adaptive front light And a small tail – light. You’ll also find complete fenders in the box, ready to install.
The 39.6 lb (18 kg) C21 and 38.5 lb (17.5 kg) C22 are priced at $1,599 each and are available now direct from Fiido. Each can be optioned with a bunch of extras, such as spare bottle batteries and rear racks.
Product page: Evening C21/C22