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The New Xiaomi Himo C20 – A Great Little Ebike?
Himo is one of Xiaomi’s crowdfunded brands, specialising in electric mobility. The new Himo C20 electric bike is part of a whole new range of ebikes that will include the newly-released T1 and the compact V1 Plus ebikes. In this review I will take a closer look at the C20 to see if it lives up to the hype.
The Xiaomi Himo C20 looks to be excellent value at around 730 Euro (£630 / $799). What you get for your money is a great compact electric bike, that partially folds for ease of transport.
Although not a fully folding ebike, the pedals and handlebar fold to make transporting the bike easier.
Torque-Sensing Pedal Assist
One thing that really impressed me with this bike was the torque sensing pedal assist. A torque sensor measures pedalling force rather than just cadence (as usually found on budget ebikes). What this makes for is a really intuitive feel, with the motor giving assistance in proportion to how much force you are applying to the pedals.
Another benefit of a TS pedal assist is it makes the bike more energy efficient. There is also throttle control available, if you want a break from pedalling, the high-torque 250w brushless, geared rear hub motor will happily cruise at the 25 km/h top speed on the flat. You will still need to put some effort in though when climbing hills.
Where to buy the Xiaomi Himo C20
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Comfort and Equipment
The general feel of the bike is one of sturdiness. The fat tyres and gel saddle making for a very comfortable ride. The Himo C20 is especially suited to urban riding, and It is clear this is what the designers had in mind.
The addition of an integrated tyre pump, which is concealed inside the seatpost is a great idea. The front and rear LED lights are more than adequate for city riding.
The LED display is clear and functional, and displays information like speed, battery life and assist level.
Battery power comes courtesy of a 36v 10ah (360Wh) lithium battery pack, which is neatly concealed within the frame. I do feel the claimed range of 80km to be a little optimistic. If you are on the larger side (like me) I would imagine that you would be looking at a more realistic range of around 50km.
The dual mechanical disc brakes do a decent enough job of bringing the Himo C20 to a standstill and the wider tyres inspire confidence when cornering .
As far as power is concerned, the Xiaomi Himo C20 has more than enough for a commuter ebike. The 250w motor provides almost seamless pedal assist, that is available in three different power levels. Level 1 is fine if you are cycling on the flat, but you will need 2 and 3 for negotiating hills.
On steeper hills up to around 10% gradient, the C20 makes pedalling feel like you are cycling up a gentle slope – it certainly helps take the sting out of hills!
The gearing is provided courtesy of a Shimano rear derailleur and 13-28 6-speed rear freewheel with a 46t chainring upfront. This gearing will be fine for city riding and moderate hills.
Weight and Portability
The only thing that is disappointing is the weight. At 21kg it is a hefty thing to be carrying around. It’s not really transportable in the sense a regular folding ebike would be, but if you want to use it at a park and ride on your daily commute, the fact that the pedals and handlebar fold will make it much easier to get into the back of your car.
The overall finish and build quality seem excellent. The bike is available in a choice of white or grey colour schemes. I personally preferred the grey version. The Himo C20 has a very rugged feel to it. The forks do not have suspension, but this is made up for with the larger tyres. This ebike should be able to cope with most city streets, and even riding on canal tow paths and gravel.
C20 Electric Bicycle
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Himo C20 Review Conclusion
Is the Xiaomi Himo C20 a great little ebike? Most definitely! For the price it offers a lot. As an electric bike it is incredibly versatile. It kind of bridges the gap between a folding and regular ebike. It’s not quite either, it is in a class of its own!
The fact it has a torque-sensing pedal assist at this price is excellent. This gives a really smooth and seamless delivery of assist, as and when you need it. Another great thing about this bike is when the assist is switched off, you can ride it like a normal bike. The extra weight only becomes apparent when you get to a hill, and that is the perfect time to use the e-assist.
The throttle is a useful addition, for those lazy mornings when you don’t feel like doing much pedalling.
The larger tyres are the perfect choice for riding on city streets and country lanes, and the dual disc brakes make for confident stopping power in all weathers.
I’m giving this bike the thumbs up, It does exactly what it says on the tin! If you are after a cheap commuter ebike, that will easily get you through a 30km round trip daily commute without much fuss, then this is the bike for you. And at this price, it will pay for itself within a year. Well worth the money!