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Xiaomi Himo C20 Review

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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.

a man and woman riding the himo c20 electric bike

First Impressions

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.

Xiaomi Himo C20 with handlebars folded down

Although not a fully folding ebike, the pedals and handlebar fold to make transporting the bike easier.

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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.

the xiaomi himo c20 has 6 gears

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

Xiaomi Himo C20 Folding eBike in Grey
Buy on Aliexpress [EU & China Stock]
Buy on eBay [EU Stock]
Buy on Amazon [EU Stock]
Buy on Gearbest [EU & China Stock]

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.

Xiaomi Himo C20 concealed bicycle tire pump

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.

Xiaomi Himo C20 powerful led lights

The LED display is clear and functional, and displays information like speed, battery life and assist level.

The Xiaomi Himo C20 display

Battery Range

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 Xiaomi Himo C20 36v 10ah battery

Brakes

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 .

Xiaomi Himo C20 disc braking system

Performance

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.

Xiaomi Himo C20 Folding eBike in Grey

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.

Build Quality

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.

Specification

Brand
Xiaomi HIMO
Model
C20 Electric Bicycle
Color
Grey, White
Front and Rear Wheel Center Distance
965mm
Maximum Design Speed
25km/h
Electric Moped Continuous
≥80km
Only Electric Continuous Sailing Mileage
About 50km
100 km Power Consumption
0.72kw/h/100km
Load Capacity
About 100kg
Battery Capacity
10AH
Low voltage Protection
31V
Maximum current Protection
15A
Product Weight
21.1kg
Package Weight
21.5kg
Product Size(L x W x H)
147*61*106cm
Package Size(L x W x H)
154*32*78cm

Where to buy the Xiaomi Himo C20

Xiaomi Himo C20 Folding eBike in Grey
Buy on Aliexpress [EU & China Stock]
Buy on eBay [EU Stock]
Buy on Amazon [EU Stock]
Buy on Gearbest [EU & China Stock]

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!

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Xiaomi Himo C20 Electric Bike

9.3

Value for Money

10.0/10

Features

10.0/10

Performance

8.0/10

Pros

  • Very good value for money
  • Torque sensing pedal assist
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Not a true folding ebike
  • Too heavy to be portable at 21kg

9 thoughts on “Xiaomi Himo C20 Review

  • November 13, 2019 at 4:24 pm
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    Value for Money

    10

    Features

    10

    Performance

    9

    Also got myself a C20, very satisfied with it!

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    • November 13, 2019 at 5:27 pm
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      Thank you for your comment. I agree, the C20 is a great little ebike and it is good value for money.

      All the best,
      Tony

      Reply
  • January 3, 2020 at 11:00 am
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    Value for Money

    9.5

    Features

    7.5

    Performance

    9

    Very best e-vike. I like it

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  • January 3, 2020 at 4:03 pm
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    Value for Money

    5

    Features

    7

    Performance

    7.5

    Great bike? Maybe, but it´s NOT foldable and far too expensive in Eu.

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    • January 3, 2020 at 9:34 pm
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      Thank you for you comments. You are correct regarding folding, only the handlebar and pedals are foldable. The price has also increased substantially since I first posted this review. The cheapest price I could find was 727 Euro on Aliexpress. It is a shame, because it is now looking expensive in the face of the competition.

      Kind regards,
      Tony

      Reply
  • February 16, 2020 at 11:56 am
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    Value for Money

    9.5

    Features

    5

    Performance

    5

    I bought it on Tomtop site and it came from their German warehouse for 674.13 euro delivery was under 2 weeks, its good value for money came with choice of two types of fenders plastic off road or painted metal full (mudgaurds) as we use to call them.
    I agree with this review it’s perfect for urban use and gravel path use, and although it’s not really a foldable bike it does fit into the back of the car a lot easier when you drop the handlebars. The cons are the handlebar grips are poor especially when your off road and there is no suspension so you notice the vibration in you hands, but it not expensive to change the grips, I have also found that I miss the extra gears as it only has 6 and sometimes on the flat would have liked to go up a gear which ain’t there but you can just put it into the top pedal assist mode if you want more speed.
    Overall its good value for money and nice to ride.

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    • February 16, 2020 at 1:09 pm
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      Hi Dougie,
      Thank you for sharing your experiences of the Himo C20, much appreciated.
      All the best,
      Tony

      Reply
  • February 20, 2020 at 6:14 pm
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    Value for Money

    10

    Features

    10

    Performance

    10

    I bought this bike on e-Bay, easy to assemble, all works well, really enjoy it. Great value for money.
    I would like to buy a HIMO C20 (36V 10Ah) spare battery. Any help? Thanks!

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    • February 20, 2020 at 10:00 pm
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      Thank you for sharing your views on the Himo C20, very much appreciated. I will make some enquires to see if a spare battery is available.

      All the best,
      Tony

      Reply

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