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If you read my blog, you probably already know that some time ago I introduced to you the first electric bicycle I bought from China, namely, the Fiido D3. Well, I soon decided I had to order one for myself, the first being of my wife. And because the Ziyoujiguang T18 came in, I said to try something new, so having some extra stuff for the blog. Plus that it seemed to me even better than the first version, my impression is that they borrowed something from Xiaomi.
Like the first bike, the Ziyoujiguang T18 I bought it from GearBest.com’s website. At the time of purchase I paid somewhere at $739.06, a very good price if you ask me. The bike comes in a rather bulky and heavy box (weighing 24 kilograms), ready-assembled. Comes tight and you just have to decompress it. It is ready for use within 5 minutes.
As mentioned from the outset, the Ziyoujiguang T18 has “borrowed” some of the design of the Xioami electric bike, except for the rear suspension. Personally, it seems to me that it looks much better than the first generation, maybe because I chose a more modern color. Obviously, its aspect is the taste of everyone.
It is made of aluminum and weighs 17.2 kilograms, slightly more than Fiido D1, because this time the manufacturer chose bigger wheels (15.74 inches) and suspension for the saddle, both for increased comfort. I like the fact that they have kept the handle on the frame, with which they can lift it when needed, for easier transport.
The folding system is quite intuitive, making the entire folding / flapping operation take less than 5 minutes. However, because the bike is quite heavy, I do not know if it can be folded by anyone, because you have to have some more power to tighten the frame. The rest of the elements can be easily detached, but the frame is thicker, needs a firm hand. He thinks this is the only chapter where the electric bike loses in front of the trotter.
When tightened it does not occupy much space and can easily enter a car trunk. Under the frame there is also a small alloy support that provides a support point during transport so that it does not shake very hard. It supports a maximum weight of 120 kilograms and its construction is a solid one, so it can be used with confidence and “plus size” people.
Although Ziyoujiguang is not a well-known manufacturer, I must admit that I was impressed with the quality of the finishes. Everything is executed with precision, carefully painted to the smallest details. It also comes with a protective foil applied to the wings so that the bicycle comes out of the box even after thousands of kilometers.
The Ziyoujiguang T18 has 3 modes of use. These can be selected via the button on the handlebar, on the left side of the red button (that’s for the horn). Classic mode is where you will not enjoy the electric motor. You’ll probably use it when the bike is out of battery, or when you want to take a few pounds off.
There is a completely electric mode that turns the bike into a small moped. All you need to do is accelerate, keeping the pedals for balance. There is also how the electric engine makes pedaling more enjoyable. There is no need to use the application anymore, the engine starts automatically when pedaling and stops when you no longer pedal.
There is also a phone holder on the handlebars, which can easily handle any phone, regardless of size. It is well built and reliable. I kept the phone on rough ground and I was not afraid for a second. There is also a USB port under the support, which allows you to charge your phone while you’re on the go. The bike is also equipped with a powerful horn. A pretty spartan display is available for battery-related information, but you can tell if it’s time to load it or take a turn.
Used in full electric mode, the driving force will suffer long enough and you will not be able to get more than 15-20 kilometers (depending on the weight, road, weather conditions) away from the dates mentioned by the manufacturer. If used in the way the engine only assists and makes the pedal easier, you can have a range of up to 25 or even 30 kilometers. Note that the bicycle is not equipped with a regenerative brake to recover energy. That means when you get your hands on the accelerator, the bike continues to work. Compared to the tricycles we’ve tested over time, the Ziyoujiguang bikes have a brutal acceleration that starts instantly without need of help or impulse, so great attention. I had a rather heavy backpack in the back and I accidentally pressed the throttle hard.
The integrated motor is 250 watts, powerful enough for its size. The maximum speed I was able to reach was 27 kilometers, but when the battery drops to half, the acceleration and the maximum speed drop slightly. Although at first glance the saddle suspension seems to be rather designed, it actually absorbs many shocks and makes the bike more comfortable. Reacts quickly to every road degradation. The bike is not equipped with a dedicated application, but I personally did not even feel the need for it. However, I must admit that I would have liked it if the display had been more informative.
The loading process is rather rudimentary. Find out when the bike is only loaded when the charger LED turns green, until you know how long you have to wait. Generally, a full charge lasts up to 5 hours. The Ziyoujiguang T18 has a disc brake on both the front and the rear. It is very effective and responds quickly. After using the disc brake, you probably do not want to go back to the classic brake on the bike. Although it is not advisable to use it in the rain, it is appreciated that they have managed to put wings that protect it extremely well.
The Ziyoujiguang T18 is a modern, premium bike that I can say, but affordable. Thanks to the rear suspension, the comfort in use is increased, and the larger wheels make the bike even more useful for the taller.
Personally, I think it deserves all the money, and at $739.06 I do not think you can find anything that looks better or better, not even in China. With the pluses and minuses mentioned in the article, the Ziyoujiguang T18 remains a bike that I strongly recommend. At the moment, it’s available at GearBest.com at $739.06, with courier delivery, at no additional charge.