Xiaomi Qi cycle EFi smart folding electric bike. £435 in white,  usual price £619. GearBest.com.
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Xiaomi Qi cycle EFi smart folding electric bike. £435 in white, usual price £619. GearBest.com.

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Found 26th Oct
Xiaomi Qi cycle EFi smart bicycle.
£435 for white version, usual price is £619.
3 day flash sale and only 56 pieces left.

This is a smart folding electric bike from xiaomi sold by GearBest.com, great reviews apart from long delivery times of around 2 months but it is shipped for free from China.

I have ordered several items from GearBest.com recently all have been excellent and never had problems with customs though this is no guarantee, would like to know if anyone knows of any discount codes which may bring price even lower. Thanks.

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The very ideas of giving gearbest £450
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Maximum weight it can take is 75Kg.
That includes whatever you are carrying obviously. Good if you have the build of a stereotypical Asian teenage girl as in the photo.

robo9891 h, 31 m ago

Maximum weight it can take is 75Kg.That includes whatever you are carrying …Maximum weight it can take is 75Kg.That includes whatever you are carrying obviously. Good if you have the build of a stereotypical Asian teenage girl as in the photo.


Guess they will be selling hardly any in America

UberPark23 m ago

You will definitely be hit with duty and customs charges with an item this …You will definitely be hit with duty and customs charges with an item this large so it's more like £550


That’s not true at all. I’ve ordered about 5 items bigger then this and never been hit with customs. They send large items on a train through Europe to Poland then they are sent from there to the U.K. so as far as customs are concerned it’s come from Poland
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In total I’ve ordered over 100 items from gearbest and not once been hit for customs and always got my item
Edited by: "BigBuds" 27th Oct
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Really don’t look a great bike anyway you look at it?. Low top speed and very short battery life?. Sorry to be negative but I can’t see it doing many people any use?.

Maximum weight it can take is 75Kg.
That includes whatever you are carrying obviously. Good if you have the build of a stereotypical Asian teenage girl as in the photo.

Plus customs duty/taxes?

Original Poster

Description: - This bike is powered by 18650 lithium-ion battery pack with the total capacity of 208.8Wh, which means the cycling distance can be up to 45km at the condition of 100pct electric power. - The smart folding bike comes with a trip computer, so you can directly view the mileage, speed, power and other data without a mobile phone, and the built-in space can store 30 days of riding data, moreover, these data can be exported at any time. - The bicycle is equipped with three-mode derailleur, which makes it effortless to ride even without power. - Equipped with TMM torque sensor and professional electric boosting system, the smart bike can automatically sense your tread power, and output the appropriate electrical power to assist cycling. - Longitudinal folding design, easy to operate and no harm to the bike frame. - Aluminum alloy frame, lightweight and exquisite. Specification: - Unfolded size: 1247mm x 556mm x 928mm - Folded size: 1000mm x 450mm x 650mm - Frame: aluminum alloy - Front fork: aluminum alloy - Crankset: aluminum, 52T x 170mm - Seat tube: aluminum, 33.9 x 580mm - Hub: three-mode derailleur - Weight: 14.5kg - Wheel size: 16 inches - Wheel rim: 1250mm Motor: - Rated power: 250W - Rated torque: 7.3N.m - Maximum speed: 20km/h Battery: - Type: 18650 lithium-ion battery - Working distance: about 45km - Capacity: 5800mAh / 208.8Wh - Charging time: about 3 hours - Limited charging voltage: 42V Brake: - Braking methods: caliper brake for front wheel, IM31 roller brake for rear wheel - Braking distance: not more than 4m in dry state, not more than 15m ( speed of 20km/h ) in wet state Control Dial: - Screen: 1.8 inch, 160 x 128 TFT - Wireless connection: Bluetooth 4.0 BLE, effective range of 15 - 30 meters

Be79n8 m ago

Really don’t look a great bike anyway you look at it?. Low top speed and v …Really don’t look a great bike anyway you look at it?. Low top speed and very short battery life?. Sorry to be negative but I can’t see it doing many people any use?.


You do realise this bike can be fitted into a suitcase. I’m not surprised it’s got a small battery and fairly slow. It’s built for a reason and speed isn’t it

The very ideas of giving gearbest £450
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Original Poster

dewonderful13 m ago

The very ideas of giving gearbest £450


Give the £450 to your credit provider about 6wks after direct purchase via credit card & benefit from UK-based merchant obligations such as warranty etc.

You will definitely be hit with duty and customs charges with an item this large so it's more like £550
Edited by: "UberPark" 27th Oct

UberPark23 m ago

You will definitely be hit with duty and customs charges with an item this …You will definitely be hit with duty and customs charges with an item this large so it's more like £550


That’s not true at all. I’ve ordered about 5 items bigger then this and never been hit with customs. They send large items on a train through Europe to Poland then they are sent from there to the U.K. so as far as customs are concerned it’s come from Poland
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In total I’ve ordered over 100 items from gearbest and not once been hit for customs and always got my item
Edited by: "BigBuds" 27th Oct

Original Poster

This bike has a bigger battery than a gtech electric bike and the 45km range is for pure electric use, you can expect better range if you pedal. A basic gtech is £1000 and it's non folding.
This is about half the price of a Base model non electric Brompton.
It has integrated lights, Bluetooth and a host of smart features similar to the gocycle (£2500-£4000), but gocycle will charge you £85 extra just for the light set.

£415.35 on here two week ago, not sure it was white though.
edit. it was the black one
Edited by: "sola35" 27th Oct

robo9891 h, 31 m ago

Maximum weight it can take is 75Kg.That includes whatever you are carrying …Maximum weight it can take is 75Kg.That includes whatever you are carrying obviously. Good if you have the build of a stereotypical Asian teenage girl as in the photo.


Guess they will be selling hardly any in America

I love Mi products but I won't suggest ppl in UK buy this bike here, as the Chinese users reviews said about the tyres aren't strong but easy fix im China not in uk

Interesting. This is the first powered bike I've seen where the power goes to the front wheel. Also, it's pedal assisted, apparently the motor won't run unless you pedal.

Be79n7 h, 36 m ago

Really don’t look a great bike anyway you look at it?. Low top speed and v …Really don’t look a great bike anyway you look at it?. Low top speed and very short battery life?. Sorry to be negative but I can’t see it doing many people any use?.


Top speed is down to how fast you pedal. The speed quoted is how fast it will provide assistance I imagine. The law says an eBike can't help you above 15 mph so 20kph isn't that far off.

I'd also expect that a bike this small could go under your desk and charge through the day.

For the price the battery and distance seem acceptable

Having checked a video im not so sure on how well it folds.

Still good to see these coming down in price

dorothyhoggarth4 h, 22 m ago

I love Mi products but I won't suggest ppl in UK buy this bike here, as …I love Mi products but I won't suggest ppl in UK buy this bike here, as the Chinese users reviews said about the tyres aren't strong but easy fix im China not in uk


It says it has 16" tyres. Nextday.bike list Schwalbe Marathons in that size, pretty much the toughest commuting tyres going. Shouldn't be too hard to sort them.

At this price it is hot. Just for short commute and get some decent tyres to avoid punctures. The Only downside is I do not know how the warranty works in case of problems.

I've been a GearBest customer for years but always ordered items lower than £25.

This year, I ordered the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 256gb phone for around £500. It did arrive in one piece, no customs, no VAT and it's the best phone in the world, so I have no issues ordering expensive item from them anymore.

Also, if you pay with paypal, you get the paypal protection.

I have a brompton but I have a sh***er of a hill on the way home. Tempted to get this and sell my brompton

refaey59 m ago

...Also, if you pay with paypal, you get the paypal protection.



beidiles1 h, 13 m ago

...I do not know how the warranty works in case of problems.



Wherever possible, consider paying merchant directly via UK credit card to benefit from UK-based S75 protection of credit card co inheriting the merchant's consumer obligations including servicing warranty.
Paypal offers inferior and maximum 180days Paypal protection.

ifitsfreeitsmine9 h, 5 m ago

Description: - This bike is powered by 18650 lithium-ion battery pack …Description: - This bike is powered by 18650 lithium-ion battery pack with the total capacity of 208.8Wh, which means the cycling distance can be up to 45km at the condition of 100pct electric power. - The smart folding bike comes with a trip computer, so you can directly view the mileage, speed, power and other data without a mobile phone, and the built-in space can store 30 days of riding data, moreover, these data can be exported at any time. - The bicycle is equipped with three-mode derailleur, which makes it effortless to ride even without power. - Equipped with TMM torque sensor and professional electric boosting system, the smart bike can automatically sense your tread power, and output the appropriate electrical power to assist cycling. - Longitudinal folding design, easy to operate and no harm to the bike frame. - Aluminum alloy frame, lightweight and exquisite. Specification: - Unfolded size: 1247mm x 556mm x 928mm - Folded size: 1000mm x 450mm x 650mm - Frame: aluminum alloy - Front fork: aluminum alloy - Crankset: aluminum, 52T x 170mm - Seat tube: aluminum, 33.9 x 580mm - Hub: three-mode derailleur - Weight: 14.5kg - Wheel size: 16 inches - Wheel rim: 1250mm Motor: - Rated power: 250W - Rated torque: 7.3N.m - Maximum speed: 20km/h Battery: - Type: 18650 lithium-ion battery - Working distance: about 45km - Capacity: 5800mAh / 208.8Wh - Charging time: about 3 hours - Limited charging voltage: 42V Brake: - Braking methods: caliper brake for front wheel, IM31 roller brake for rear wheel - Braking distance: not more than 4m in dry state, not more than 15m ( speed of 20km/h ) in wet state Control Dial: - Screen: 1.8 inch, 160 x 128 TFT - Wireless connection: Bluetooth 4.0 BLE, effective range of 15 - 30 meters



I got my girlfriend a different electric bike but with a similar size battery (204Wh). I took it on a 24 mile journey to check its range: 8 miles in the battery was dead. At the time I was a 75kg cyclist used to clocking up 130 miles a week so had been giving the bike battery plenty of assistance. My point is, unless we've been very unfortunate with the battery on the bike we bought, the range promises of these bikes are wildly out.

A couple of these would be ideal in a motorhome where space is limited & you don't want to tow a car behind it. My only thoughts, are of these getting stolen while you do shopping etc.

robo9899 h, 25 m ago

Maximum weight it can take is 75Kg.That includes whatever you are carrying …Maximum weight it can take is 75Kg.That includes whatever you are carrying obviously. Good if you have the build of a stereotypical Asian teenage girl as in the photo.


that is quite low for a max weight... works out as 11.8 stone.

I'm however only 47 kg within my BMI range, not skinny, and not a sterotypical Asian teenage girl Though I AM a girl

badasschris53 m ago

I have a brompton but I have a sh***er of a hill on the way home. Tempted …I have a brompton but I have a sh***er of a hill on the way home. Tempted to get this and sell my brompton




You'd be mad to do that. A Brompton is a quality bicycle, leagues above this Ebike.
You can get Ekits to fit to a Brompton. Then you'll have a decent base bike with a decent Ekit fitted, plus you also have the option of removing the kit and returning to a standard Brompton.
See Ebike forums like Pedelecs for options on kits.

Biker.Jeff9 m ago

You'd be mad to do that. A Brompton is a quality bicycle, leagues above …You'd be mad to do that. A Brompton is a quality bicycle, leagues above this Ebike.You can get Ekits to fit to a Brompton. Then you'll have a decent base bike with a decent Ekit fitted, plus you also have the option of removing the kit and returning to a standard Brompton.See Ebike forums like Pedelecs for options on kits.


you're right just the value of this seems great. I do love my brompton just not when I'm struggeling up hills!

WeeWifie19 m ago

that is quite low for a max weight... works out as 11.8 stone. I'm …that is quite low for a max weight... works out as 11.8 stone. I'm however only 47 kg within my BMI range, not skinny, and not a sterotypical Asian teenage girl Though I AM a girl



I'm a fluctuating porker....
Well should be about 75kg but recently giving up smoking has re-ignited my lust for opening cupboard doors in the kitchen to hunt for yellow nosh.

If I was 10-11st then wouldn't be looking so negatively...

badasschris13 m ago

you're right just the value of this seems great. I do love my brompton …you're right just the value of this seems great. I do love my brompton just not when I'm struggeling up hills!




You get what you pay for with Ebikes. Buy cheap, you buy crap and waste your money.
Fitting a kit is the best cost effective way of getting a decent base bike with a decent E system. If you want a ready made Ebike, you really need to spend from £1K onwards to get something half decent.
Try Woosh Ebikes. Not too expensive and they have a good rep.

jasee3 h, 8 m ago

Interesting. This is the first powered bike I've seen where the power goes …Interesting. This is the first powered bike I've seen where the power goes to the front wheel. Also, it's pedal assisted, apparently the motor won't run unless you pedal.


Both are pretty much the norm!

Be79n10 h, 18 m ago

Really don’t look a great bike anyway you look at it?. Low top speed and v …Really don’t look a great bike anyway you look at it?. Low top speed and very short battery life?. Sorry to be negative but I can’t see it doing many people any use?.



The idea with electric cycles is you get occasional help at the physically demanding points: speeding up from zero, going up a hill, etc. Speeding along on the flat you don't really need the boost.

BigBuds10 h, 29 m ago

That’s not true at all. I’ve ordered about 5 items bigger then this and nev …That’s not true at all. I’ve ordered about 5 items bigger then this and never been hit with customs. They send large items on a train through Europe to Poland then they are sent from there to the U.K. so as far as customs are concerned it’s come from Poland[Image] In total I’ve ordered over 100 items from gearbest and not once been hit for customs and always got my item



Yep, I've been getting stuff from Banggood and tracked it from Belgium. Never has any duty or VAT attached as it's an import from EU. They are getting round the customs import and VAT for now, I think eventually the HMRC will realise what's going on and attempt to close the loophole. We have to enjoy it while it lasts.

tan1599 h, 49 m ago

Guess they will be selling hardly any in America




I guess you have never visited UK then....

androoski17 m ago

Yep, I've been getting stuff from Banggood and tracked it from Belgium. …Yep, I've been getting stuff from Banggood and tracked it from Belgium. Never has any duty or VAT attached as it's an import from EU. They are getting round the customs import and VAT for now, I think eventually the HMRC will realise what's going on and attempt to close the loophole. We have to enjoy it while it lasts.


Same here, inc AliExpress and Alibaba/

badasschris3 h, 6 m ago

I have a brompton but I have a sh***er of a hill on the way home. Tempted …I have a brompton but I have a sh***er of a hill on the way home. Tempted to get this and sell my brompton



In January for a mere £2,595 the Brompton Electric could be your new stead... wired.co.uk/art…nge

jasee5 h, 13 m ago

Interesting. This is the first powered bike I've seen where the power goes …Interesting. This is the first powered bike I've seen where the power goes to the front wheel. Also, it's pedal assisted, apparently the motor won't run unless you pedal.


I think you'll find, if my memory serves me correctly, that power only bikes (non pedal assisted Ives) can only be used off road legally now in the uk.

I bought an Ebike when I lost my license for 1 year.
I can see the good and bad in them, like others have said here already, dont buy a cheap rubbish one as it really is a waste of money. But a decent one for a daily commute is really awesome in the summer and nice days!

Get on Ebay/ Gumtree as so many people have them for about 6 months, use them once and then sell them for half the price hardly used, just check the battery isnt flat and everything else is easily fixable.

Like others have said here, Woosh, Oxygen and a few other decent makes are where to start and make sure you get the biggest battery you can. Some of the Halfords ones are OK if you can get them in the regular sales and even use the cycle to work scheme. They are not the best but a lot better than this I feel!

I have a 15mAH battery for my Oxygen Emate and that gives me about 30 miles on mid level assist. You could get maybe 50 at a push but TBH you have to stay fairly flat and do a lot of the work.
Big hills kill the battery
But mid level assist is great and stops the sweaty back syndrome that plagues us cyclists. In fact my pulse rarely goes above 100 when cycling it and you just pootle along!

mrty19 m ago

I think you'll find, if my memory serves me correctly, that power only …I think you'll find, if my memory serves me correctly, that power only bikes (non pedal assisted Ives) can only be used off road legally now in the uk.




They were going to ban throttles on ebikes, but then they didn't. So you can still buy ebikes with a throttle, where you dont have pedal at all. I have a small thumb throttle on my ebike. I never use it though because it kills the battery in just a short time.
Better to use the pedal sensor, so power is cutting in as you pedal. More battery range and get a bit of exercise.
Edited by: "Biker.Jeff" 27th Oct

Lightweight and protable.

Sounds painful.

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