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Xiaomi Himo C20

Xiaomi Himo C20 e-Bike Review – A Great Little Ebike

After riding my Xiaomi Scooter Pro for a while I was up to getting something more secure and more comfortable.

I do a 24 km commute from home to office and back everyday and for me my scooter replaced public transport.

E-bikes and e-scooter are a great alternative to public transport, especially during these times. keeping social distance.

At first I took a look at the Fiido D2, which seems to be a very popular brand. But then Xiaomi Himo C20 e-bike caught my attention.

It doesn’t fold as compact as Fiido, but Himo looks stylish and I don’t think I need to fold it that compact. (I almost never folded my e-scooter). Further I thought the 20″ wheels will give me more driving comfort.

Xiaomi Himo C20 – Spec Overview

Xiaomi Himo C20

  • max. Speed: 24 km/h (15 mph)
  • Range (autonomy): 80 km (50 mi)
  • Weight: 21,5 kg (47 lbs)
  • Carrying Capacity: 100 kg (220 lbs)
  • Battery: 10 Ah
  • Motor Power: 250W
    rear wheel drive
  • Tires: 20″ air tube
  • Suspension: no
  • Brake front: mechanical (disc)
  • Brake rear: mechanical (disc)
  • Transmission: 6-speed (Shimano)
  • Display: yes
  • Price: 799 USD

Xiaomi Himo C20 – What’s in the box?

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The box is pretty large and I was happy it was delivered to my door. The bike itself comes fully assembled and is folded within the box.

The brakes were set a bit weak, which I adjusted, and the fenders need to me mounted – if you like. So, some standard tools for the final adjust are needed, but basically you are set out of the box, which contains:

  • bike (folded)
  • 2 types of fender (plastic mud guard or aluminum full wheel cover)
  • charger (in my case with EU-plug)
  • keys (to unlock battery from bike)
  • Bike Manual, Charger/Battery Manual, Guarantee Card

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Xiaomi Himo C20 – Body & Design

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Frame

I was thrilled by the high built quality when I took my Xiaomi Himo C20 out of the box as I didn’t expect it to be such a great quality bike for the relatively small price.

The frame is made of durable aluminum alloy and holds a max. load of 100 kg. Himo C20 is rated IPX5 waterproof (= can resist a sustained, low-pressure water jet spray) such as rain.

The seat tube can be extended and fixed in different heights, the handle bar is not adjustable in height.

I’m 1.83 cm in height and find the seating position very comfortable to ride – I didn’t extract the seat tube to the fullest.

Also the saddle is comfortable for longer trips. A nice gimmick: within the seat tube there is an air pump integrated so you can fill your tires when on the road.

I forgot to take photos as I was using my electric Xiaomi Air Pump with integrated battery.

Xiaomi air-pump

Folding Mechanism

You can fold Xiaomi Himo C20, but it’s not a folding bike such as Fiido D2. As described I got it as I don’t need to fold my bike into a compact size for travelling or storage.

Although the folding mechanism of Himo helps a bit to save space, especially when you store it in a hall way or small office corridor.

Since the handle bar flips down and the pedals can be folded, the parts sticking out the most are secured. So you don’t accidentally get caught on them when passing by.

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Locks for the handle bar and the screw for the seat tube look & feel sturdy and secure.

Pedals can be flipped as well. All of this is done without needing any tools.

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Motor & Battery

The back wheel holds the 250W brushless motor that accelerates you up to 24 km/h in full electric mode (moped mode) and should get you 80 km far in assisted mode / 50km in full electric mode (I haven’t tested that so far).

The good thing compared to an e-scooter: the motor is not limiting the top speed.

While an e-scooter is slowing you down before you exceed top speed, that is not the case on this bike.

You can go faster when hitting the pedals or going downhill.

Integrated in the frame sits the 10 Ah battery (18650 lithium ion battery) with power port and LED indicator.

Power usage is stated with 0.72 kw/h per 100km. With a key you can remove the battery to conveniently take it with you for charging. A full chaarge takes about 6 hours.

Is is stated that a battery management system offers protection against overcurrent, overcharge, short circuit, and temperature. Xiaomi Himo C20 is turned on with neither button on battery nor key, but via a button on the display.

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Gear Shift

The e-bike features a 6-gear Shimano shifting system with 6 sprockets on the back and one gear on the front.

The front sprocket is covered so your trousers don’t get ripped or dirty on your way to your office.

The gear shift sits on the handle bar next to the bell, with a button to shift up and and a lever to shift down.

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LEDs and Display

Xiaomi Himo C20 features a white front LED light that is connected to the battery of the bike.

It is activated via the on/off button on the display (short press while turned on). The red rear light, including red reflector, is not connected to the main battery of the bike.

The rear light uses two AA batteries and is turned on with a button on the bottom of the light. At first I thought it’s a disadvantage, but since I think it’s not that nice I’m happy that I can replace it with a more fancy one with extra features.

It’s not connected as you can remove the seat tube with the integrated air pump and the wires would become unhandy.

The display is well readable during bright sunlight. It holds the on/off button for Himo C20 and a mode switch button.

It reads current speed, mileage of the trip and battery status shown in four squares on the right.

By short pressing the mode button you switch between Eco (pedal assisted), Mid and High – both full electric modes (moped mode). Long pressing the button activates Parking mode.

You can ride fully manual, but this way the display (and optional light) are turned on. In this mode the trip mileage changes to total milage of the scooter.

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Tires

The 20″ tires of Himo C20 are labelled “BMX Race – all season compound by CST). They are 20 x 2.125 air tube tires which require a pressure of 40 – 65 psi (thats 2.8 – 4.5 bar) as printed on them.

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Brakes

Xiaomi Himco C20 features disk brakes on front and back wheel.

A regenerative brake system (KERS) would have been nice to charge the battery from the generated braking energy.

They were set very weak out of the box so it is recommended to adjust the steel cable before your first ride.

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Xiaomi Himo C20 – Handling

Three operating modes are offered with Xiaomi Himo C20:

  • human power mode – using the pedals without electric assistance
  • power assist mode – the motor supports you while pedalling
  • full electric mode – you have two motor power settings: Mid/High

You can’t use the motor from start, you need to give the bike a little push and reach about 3 km/h.

I wouldn’t recommend Xiaomi Himo C20 if you want to go without electric assistance frequently.

The bike is simply too heavy and a lot of effort is needed. (I do recommend if you want to exercise .
In pedal assistant mode it is quite nice to ride.

Although I always go in “high”, full speed electric mode and hit the pedals for faster acceleration, higher top speed and more fun.

My driving experience so far

I was riding my Xiaomi Scooter Pro all summer long, so how do they compare? Acceleration is of course faster with the e-scooter – in electric only mode! When the traffic lights turn green I’m the fastest one, overtaking all other cyclists and scooter riders.

I fully push the throttle and hit the pedals. My ride from home to work is about 12km and I used my e-scooter for the full route and didn’t combine it with public transport.

Having a seat on the Xiaomi Himo C20 is definitely a big plus. And I don’t even feel lazy, as I’m frequently hitting the pedals and do some exercise. Usually I got to the office without pedalling much, so I don’t arrive sweaty; on my way home I do more exercise.

Size

In terms of space I don’t realise a difference. I almost never folded my scooter, Xiaomi Himo C20 is a bit longer. I don’t see a problem taking the e-bike on the subway.

The only reason I would take my Xiaomi Scooter Pro is when combining it with a train ride so I can store it as it is not that high and fits in the luggage compartment, and can be carried over stairs much easier.

Since I got Himo I almost never used my scooter again. Only for very small hops to a store close by. Most of the time it’s e-bike time: more fun and more convenient.

When considering storage space: Fiido is when folded the shortest as it folds in half while the others don’t and C20 is clearly the longest and highest.

But Himo C20 is actually the narrowest, when putting it against a wall, as the handle bar folds down.

Himo C20 – folded: 126 x 28 x 71 / weight: 21.5 kg
Xiaomi Scooter Pro – folded: 113 x 43 x 49 cm / weight: 14.2 kg
Fiido D2 – folded: 75 x 35 x 65 cm / weight: 19.5 kg

Price

  • Gearbest:
  • Poland Warehouse: 799 USD – visit store
  • grey or white version
  • delivered within 5 days within Europe
  • no taxes & customs within Europe!
  • in stock

Need help? I have contacts at Banggood, Gearbest & TomTop who provide me with coupon codes and stock information. If you have troubles with your order, contact me.

Shipping times
I ordered my Xiaomi Himo C20 from Gearbest EU Warehouse and it received it within 3 days.

Conclusion

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Since I just got my Xiaomi Himo C20 and only drove it a few times, I’ll wait a bit for my final and detailed conclusion and thoughts. As of now I’m super satisfied and can recommend it. Xiaomi Himo C20 surpassed my expectations in terms of quality and driving comfort.

The only big issue I discovered so far is the following: I don’t know if that is for legal reasons, but when in electric mode the bike beeps every 5 seconds and that is super annoying.

Solved: You can disconnect the wires from the speaker in the black box. See infos below in the updates.

I don’t wanna seem picky, but I want to share all the discovered minor issues as well if they are interesting or important for you.

The pedals seem a bit weak as they yield a bit, but that’s due to the folding mechanism. The brakes are a bit difficult to fine tune.

You need to pull the brake lever all the way through and if set a bit too strong they are grinding.

I also would have preferred a push throttle (as found on scooters) rather than a hand throttle similar to a motor bike. The fenders are a bit tricky to mount, see the videos below for instructions.

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Xiaomi Himo C20 Review

Xiaomi Himo C20

Xiaomi Himo C20 Review

Himo is one of Xiaomi’s crowdfunded brands, specializing in electric mobility.

The new Himo C20 electric bike is part of a whole new range of e-bikes that will include the newly-released T1 and the compact V1 Plus e-bikes.

In this review, I will take a closer look at the C20 to see if it lives up to the hype.

New Xiaomi Himo C20

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.

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Although not a fully folding e-bike, 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 pedaling force rather than just cadence (as usually found on budget e-bikes).

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.

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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 pedaling, 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.

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.

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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.

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

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.

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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.

Performance

As far as power is concerned, the Xiaomi Himo C20 has more than enough for a commuter e-bike.

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 pedaling 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 e-bike 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 color 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 e-bike should be able to cope with most city streets and even riding on canal towpaths and gravel.

Specification

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  • HIMO C20 has a patented structure with an integrated design. It has passed the high-level NC processing technology and 3C certification. With a 20 Inch lightweight frame, high quality, and stability.
  • Three Switchable Riding Mode
  • HIMO C20 has both electric power and human power support, three riding modes. The pure electric mode meets daily commuting, and manpower or electric-assist riding can make you enjoy a pleasant ride.
  • Shimano Variable Speed Drive
  • HIMO C20 features a 6-speed Shimano shifting system that adjusts the riding speed by adjusting the size of the front and rear sprocket wheels. With a 250W DC brushless motor, you can get a powerful power output for cycling.
  • Hidden Inflator Pump
  • Inflatable tires have low resistance and strong grip. The portable pump is hidden in the tube of the saddle and can be used for easy air pumping.
  • 80KM Electric Moped Mileage
  • 18650 lithium battery, 10Ah power brings a long-lasting energy output up to 80km electric moped mileage. The 2.5kg battery pack is perfectly hidden in the main beam of the frame. The pull-out design is flexible for charging.
  • Brand: Xiaomi HIMO
  • Type: Electric moped bicycle
  • Model: C20
  • Color: Gray/White(Optional)
  • Front and Rear Wheel Center Distance: 960mm
  • Maximum Design Speed: 23.7km/h
  • Electric Moped Continuous Sailing Mileage: ≥80km
  • Only Electric Continuous Sailing Mileage: ≈50km
  • 100 km Power Consumption: 0.72kw·h / 100km
  • Load Capacity: ≈100kg
  • Battery Type: lithium-ion battery
  • Battery Capacity: 10AH
  • Battery Voltage: 36V
  • Undervoltage Protection: 31V
  • Overcurrent Protection: 15A
  • Weight & Size
  • Product Weight: 21.1kg
  • Package Weight: 21.5kg
  • Product Size(L x W x H):1470×610×1060mm
  • Package Size(L x W x H):1540*320*780mm
  • 1 x Xiaomi HIMO C20 Electric Moped Bicycle

Himo C20 Review Conclusion

Is the Xiaomi Himo C20 a great little e-bike? 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 e-bike. 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 pedaling.

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 e-bike, 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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