Review Original Xiaomi QiCYCLE – EF1 Smart Bicycle: Specs and Buy

Review Original Xiaomi QiCYCLE - EF1 Smart Bicycle: Specs and Buy

Electric bikes for our customers are far from being a novelty; They use a certain range of people and feel pretty good. On such vehicles, you can get to work faster than by car or public transport, and for health pedals, even with the help of an electric motor, only benefit. But even among such devices, there is already a certain competition – there are many models, prices are different, the principle of operation is different. All this confusion decided to fix Xiaomi, presenting for quite an adequate amount of money a very attractive solution in the form of an electric bike called Xiaomi QiCYCLE.

Just like with the Ninebot Mini, I rolled more than a week on the bike. I went to work, just on the drive and in the woods. I have something to tell about this interesting device, but initially, I want to pay attention to its price, which in China is about $750. Someone will immediately say that this is a large overpayment, but if you take into account all the costs of transportation, then this price tag is fully justified.

Original Xiaomi QiCYCLE - EF1 Smart Bicycle

Price: $749.99

Rated power: 250W, 18650 lithium-ion battery, Working distance: about 45km, Charging time: about 3 hours

Original Xiaomi QiCYCLE - EF1 Smart Bicycle

Price: $749.99

Rated power: 250W, 18650 lithium-ion battery, Working distance: about 45km, Charging time: about 3 hours

Xiaomi QiCYCLE: Contents of delivery

The bicycle Xiaomi QiCYCLE is delivered in a sufficiently large box, the dimensions of which are approximately 1.5 × 1 m. Inside is the folded bicycle itself, the documentation with the instruction, the charger, the removable pedals, the battery, the hexagon and the wrench. Is going to QiCycle fast enough, but to activate the onboard computer and the electric motor itself, you need to connect the bike to the charger (no matter how much battery charge there is). Only after these manipulations, the display on the steering computer lights up and you can ride with the electric motor already on.

Xiaomi QiCYCLE: Design, materials, assembly

Review Original Xiaomi QiCYCLE - EF1 Smart Bicycle: Specs and Buy

In fact, no, the city manager has a slightly different option, from the British manufacturer Gocycle. But the appearance and the principle of the device itself is identical, however, the cost is slightly different – $ 5,000 versus $ 500.

In style, before us, this urban – unusual straight intersected lines mixed with a not quite proportional design cause interest and a guaranteed question about how to ride it? Several bright and calmer colorings are available for sale. I got a black version, which looks very cool.

Review Original Xiaomi QiCYCLE - EF1 Smart Bicycle: Specs and Buy

The design is made of aluminum, painted matte paint – and beautiful, and weighs a bit. The basis in the bicycle is a kind of tube in the center, into which the battery is inserted. From this tube in front of the stick sticks, in the back – the seat.

The latter, by the way, is sporty and designed for a long period of operation.

Review Original Xiaomi QiCYCLE - EF1 Smart Bicycle: Specs and Buy

In front is a passing beam, and at the back, there is a red LED clearance. Reflectors are also in place. The pedals are made of plastic, but there is no doubt about the reliability.

Understand that we have an electric bike, it’s quite difficult – it’s given out only by an electric motor on the front wheel, and even then it’s not clear to everyone what it is.

Xiaomi QiCYCLE: Ergonomics

Initially, it seems that this bike is uncomfortable and is not able to drive fast. How much the first opinion is deceptive! Only outwardly it seems that the landing is strange, and when you sit behind the wheel, it seems that you are riding an ordinary bicycle, only the management is more drastic. The fact that the saddle is always at a higher level should not scare you – it’s at the expense of the design.

Review Original Xiaomi QiCYCLE - EF1 Smart Bicycle: Specs and Buy

On the steering wheel, there are fluids with petals for a more comfortable grip, the brakes are located on the contrary – not like we all are used to. Left – rear disc, right – front V-brake. If you take into account the fact that the brakes are very strong, then you need to be careful.

On the same steering wheel, you can see a bell and an onboard computer, with which you will first have to get acquainted with the method of tying it is in constant Chinese. But the benefit of everything that it shows (speed, battery, distance, etc.) is understandable without knowledge of Chinese. The image on the latter is not super-high quality, but for such purposes – enough with your head.

Review Original Xiaomi QiCYCLE - EF1 Smart Bicycle: Specs and Buy

Dimensions of the bike are ultra-compact, identical to the classic BMX, only the Xiaomi QiCycle can still add up, which is simply an indispensable thing for many. The bicycle is going to be no more than a minute and it becomes almost 2 times less with the already minimal dimensions. The weight is 14.5 kg. Restrictions on the maximum load, I have not found anywhere else, but I think you should not sit on the bike for those who weigh more than 100-110 kg.

During the entire operation of the claim, there was only a slight backlash of the steering wheel due to its folding design. This can not be avoided if the device has so many removable and adjustable parts. In the rest, given the class of the bicycle, the claims are zero.

Xiaomi QiCYCLE: Riding

Review Original Xiaomi QiCYCLE - EF1 Smart Bicycle: Specs and Buy

If you think that this electric bicycle can only drive electric traction, then you are mistaken. In the case of Xiaomi QiCycle, you constantly have to pedal – somewhere less, and somewhere more. Shimano Nexus 3 system with a planetary bushing for 3 gears is responsible for the gear shift. This, as shown by practice, is quite enough to move around the city paired with an electric motor for 250 watts.

There is an opportunity both to ride without the help of electric traction and with the assistance of the motor. The bike understands when you apply the maximum force, and then activates the electric motor.

Review Original Xiaomi QiCYCLE - EF1 Smart Bicycle: Specs and Buy

All this is managed from the onboard computer, and here a funny incident happened to me. When driving, four icons appear on the screen, which is also shown by hieroglyphics. Yes, there was the acceleration from the motor, but it was minimal and practically did not give anything on steep climbs.

I arrived in the office after the first drive, all wet, in my head a continuous ensemble of uncultured expressions and one thought only: “something very weak he”. In general, I scolded the bicycle as soon as I could. On the way back, I drew attention to those four icons and started switching them. There were speed regimes. In the morning I went on a minimum … Back I was already accelerating to 40 and more km / h and stalled from the spot. The maximum mode allows you to gain speed up to 25 km / h in a matter of seconds. And these feelings are inexpressible when the bike speeds up so fast.

Review Original Xiaomi QiCYCLE - EF1 Smart Bicycle: Specs and Buy

Very pleased with the brakes, especially the rear disc. But since the average speed of an electric bike is always higher than that of an ordinary bicycle, it also requires learning to work differently with brakes. Always use both brakes, starting from the rear and gently pressing the front V-brake. Despite the folding multi-element construction and the absence of any shock absorbers, the bike behaves quite predictably, and I did not have a situation where I did not understand the behavior of the bicycle for a week and a half. Amortization would be useful for drives in the forest, and according to Kiev of what is – quite enough.

About speed. The actual pace for almost everyone is 25 km / h with an activated motor. Earlier it was 20 km / h, but with the last firmware, the limit was increased. It is to this speed that a bicycle with a minimal load accelerates, then you will have to pedal well. My maximum was almost 50 km / h, but it was reached from a roller coaster, with pedaling and electronics assistance – about 45 km / h. Do not think that if you hit the slightest pebble under the wheel at this speed, the fall occurs. Personally, I had moments when I traveled more than 40 km/hour on a dense paving stone.

Xiaomi QiCYCLE: Functionality, connection

As you could already read – Xiaomi QiCYCLE is controlled by the onboard computer. In addition, there is a proprietary application for smartphones on Android and iOS. And if on Android it already had time to translate into Russian enthusiasts with 4pda, then on the iPhone application completely in Chinese. The latter is done with a stylish design and shows the main indicators – mileage, battery status, speed, settings.

Review Original Xiaomi QiCYCLE - EF1 Smart Bicycle: Specs and Buy

Connect your smartphone to the bike using the QR code on the onboard computer, which you need to read using the MiJia QiCycle application on your smartphone. After that, Bluetooth is automatically turned on and pairing takes place.

Xiaomi QiCYCLE: Autonomy

Review Original Xiaomi QiCYCLE - EF1 Smart Bicycle: Specs and Buy

At the presentation, the manufacturer promised up to 45 km of run on one battery charge. The promise is kept – on the average mode of the engine, it really is enough for such a distance. At the maximum, which I always drove, the mileage is reduced to about 25 km, which is still very good. For all this answers a removable battery, which consists of 20 batteries Panasonic 18650. Yes, and it should be borne in mind that when the battery is completely depleted, you are free to go further without the included motor. The bicycle is charging about 3 hours from the network.

Xiaomi QiCYCLE: Cost, competitors

Review Original Xiaomi QiCYCLE - EF1 Smart Bicycle: Specs and Buy

Everything is relative. And then you start to give examples of similar bicycles – Gocycle, Enzo, IZIP. The cost of solutions from listed manufacturers you can see for yourself – it is many times higher than the Xiaomi QiCYCLE. In comparison, I do not include a variety of Chinese name and homemade products.

Pros: appearance; Compactness; Folding construction; functionality; Drive during the ride; An excellent power reserve; Cost for a similar device
Cons: backlash; Exclusively Chinese menu (should correct with the following firmware)

Conclusion: Xiaomi QiCYCLE

In the same way, as with the Ninebot Mini, practical, every passerby saw me with a smile. There were a lot of strangers and acquaintances who simply stopped and asked – what it is, how it drives, what it’s made of, how much it costs, where to buy it, etc. It’s damn nice and immediately speaks about the interest that the device causes.

Absolutely every person who sat on this bike ride, came back with a little excited and joyful, like a child’s eyes. All have only rave reviews and a desire to go yet. This is rare, especially in our generation – which is already surprising. But no, as it turned out, there is more. Summarizing of Xiaomi QiCYCLE, we can say this: it is a compact, beautiful, folding, fast, functional electric bike from the famous Chinese manufacturer at an excellent price.

Original Xiaomi QiCYCLE - EF1 Smart Bicycle

Price: $749.99

Rated power: 250W, 18650 lithium-ion battery, Working Distance: about 45km, Charging time: about 3 hours

Original Xiaomi QiCYCLE - EF1 Smart Bicycle

Price: $749.99

Rated power: 250W, 18650 lithium-ion battery, Working Distance: about 45km, Charging time: about 3 hours