It ‘s no use denying it, electric bikes have become among the most popular means of locomotion citizens. Not only thanks to the changes to the Highway Code, which in fact have regulated their use, but also because of the many government incentives. In any case, electric bikes have now entered the daily life of many, whether it’s for hobbies, or even to get to work. Today we try the ADO A20F, where the “f”, of course, stands for “Fat”. Here’s what we think of this full size folding bike that we anticipate is on sale at this address at 824 euros thanks to the discount code 3HQ4MD4OCSJB.
ADO is not a new brand in the world of electric bikes, and indeed this A20F is the natural evolution of the previous model A20, from which it inherits essentially the frame, but to which it adds a pair of 20×4 tires, hence the nickname of Fat.
How it arrives at home
The electric bike in question arrives at home inside a carton all things considered not too large. It will not be a problem to receive it directly at home, even if you live in an apartment building. This is because, despite its size, ADO A20F is fully foldable, and manages to occupy very little when fully folded. Approximately, consider that you will need a space of 98x45x77 cm to accommodate it. Of course, the dimensions become much larger when you have to use it, because when fully open it occupies a space of about 174x53x120 cm.
When you open the package, however, you will find a bicycle almost ready to use. It will be sufficient to remove the numerous adhesive tape and rubber harnesses, before opening it completely. After that, you will have to put in place the saddle and handlebars and screw in the pedals. You are ready to go.
Before going on the road check the tire pressures. In our case we didn’t find any mistake in the pressure of each wheel.
How it is made
The ADO A20F has a strong aluminium alloy frame, which in our case is entirely black, with the logo details in white. There is also an all-white model, with black inserts. Beyond the choice of color, of course, the two bikes are essentially identical. It has a total weight of about 30 kg which, although fully foldable, the make it difficult to transport by hand. It is not, in short, a bike that can be carried “arm in arm”, but the possibility of folding it makes it transportable, for example, in the trunk of a car. Provided, of course, that it is very capacious. This is because, even when folded, you’ll have to deal with the big tyres, which make it bulky anyway.
The ADO A20F offers a 350 W motor, naturally brushless. Pardon, 500 W. Let’s explain well. To comply with European regulations, there is a version of the bike in question called C1, i.e. the one intended for the European market. Next to it is the standard version, intended for the US market with a 500 W motor.
In reality, the two versions are identical in every way. The limitation can be “bypassed” through some settings in the secret menu of the on-board computer, which can actually increase the speed of the bike.
Note, that according to the regulations in force in Italy, the bike cannot exceed the speed of 25 km/h, and must always be “powered” by human strength. And so, in order for this bike to circulate on public roads, it will have to be set to Mode 1, which is the only one with pedal assistance, and which stops the thrust of the motor as soon as the maximum speed of 25 kilometres per hour is reached.
Among the technical specifications, the engine is assisted by ADO G-Drive technology, which automatically manages the delivery of torque and power, adapting it to various uses and road surfaces.
Beyond the data on paper, read on to find out how it fares on the road.
The chassis, in its shape, is really simple and minimalist, almost aThey are very well made, at least as far as sturdiness is concerned, while some small smears are present in the welds that join the different pieces. Not that they aren’t sturdy, on the contrary, they are very strong and firm, so much so that the bike doesn’t squeak of any kind while riding, but aesthetically they aren’t too clean.
On the rear is a design with two much thicker bars that join the rear wheel. Aesthetically we liked the choice, but also structurally it gives the bike extreme strength and solidity. Luckily, we add, since the rear is absolutely not cushioned, not even in the saddle. It ‘a shame, although to be honest, thanks to the very wide and bulky tires, during the ride we did not suffer from stress, even in roads not quite rough.
Tires are one of the main features of this bike. Those who choose the ADO A20F will probably do so because they are also driven by the tires. These are wheels with a diameter of 20 inches and a thickness of 4 inches. They are huge, sturdy and also give the views a sense of “power”. And in fact, these wheels are practically suitable for any type of road surface. Of course they’re good for the city and paved roads, but the extra gear, compared to the classic wheels of a non-fat bike, is especially noticeable on dirt roads, rough roads, gravel, and even sand.
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Thanks to these tires, as already mentioned, we are able to forgive the absence of a rear shock system.
Shimano rear derailleur
The gearbox is entrusted to Shimano, which, as usual, is always ready and reliable. It is a 7-speed transmission, which offers a quick and almost always painless change, without any particular problems. The classic lever is used to engage the most agile gear, while the button allows you to engage higher gears that can assist the rider when riding at higher speeds. Out of the box, the gearbox was ready and well adjusted.
Braking is handled by two mechanical disc brakes, dual 160mm rotors mounted with a 6-hole mount. We can’t complain too much about the braking system, which all in all works and is safe, whatever the speed. Of course, an electric bike of this size would have benefited more from a hydraulic braking system. Not too bad, however, because the choice of the manufacturer serves to keep the price down and, therefore, it seems acceptable and justified.bile.
The ADO A20F is equipped with an S866 on-board computer, with LCD screen. It immediately provides the main data about the ride, such as the speed you’re holding and battery status, but the secret menu actually offers many more options. Because of this, we didn’t like the complete lack of detailed instructions about it. It’s true that many of the secret functions present should not be changed at all, but it’s also true that a detailed explanation of all the functions, would allow the rider to set in total safety some important functions of the display.
It is possible to find a complete manual for this on-board computer on the web, but it seemed strange to us not to find it in the package. For example, it’s important to note that the ADO A20F enjoys a Cruise Control system, which allows you to maintain a constant speed without the need to do anything else, being then able to disable it by braking, a bit like it happens with cars.
It’s a function that needs, however, to be enabled, and without an appropriate manual is difficult, with the risk of changing other parameters that, instead, should be left by default. Still, through the secret menu you can set the brightness of the display, as well as enable some functions, however, not in accordance with our code of the road, such as starting the engine from a standstill, or the maximum speed up to 50 km / h.
How it goes on the road
We have already said about the engine, but how does this bike go on the road? The thrust of the motor in pedal assist mode is probably not the most intense you can get from a fat electric bike. Nevertheless, under normal conditions of use, the motor can easily take the rider to a speed of over 20 km per hour, without any effort.
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You can help yourself with the gearbox to cope with the road surface and the climbs, but in general, the thrust that the engine will offer you will allow you to reach 22 – 23 km/h without any effort. To reach the 25 km/h actually promised in pedal assisted mode, you will have to start pushing slightly on the pedals. There’s nothing to stop you from going further by engaging a higher gear, and going over 25 km/h with just the strength of your legs.
It’s a different matter if you choose to enable modes 2 and 3, i.e. the fully electric ones. Let’s start by saying that it is not possible to circulate on public roads with these modes, which can therefore be enabled only in private contexts. In this case, the engine can take you to much higher speeds, especially if you unlock through secret menu the full power of the engine. We decided not to try this mode on the road at all, but for information, doing only “a laboratory test”, we tried to give gas from a standstill, keeping the rear wheel raised: in this case the on-board computer has touched 50 km / h.
As for the G-Drive technology that the bike enjoys, and which in theory serves to adapt the delivery of torque and power, we have not noticed any particular changes on the road to the general behavior of the bike, whatever the road surface trodden. Probably, this is exactly what the ADO G-Drive system aims to achieve: by adapting power delivery, it will allow you to enjoy a constant and uniform ride, whatever the road conditions.
The ADO A20F also allows you to “attack” climbs, as long as you obviously don’t overdo the gradients. We have tried to climb really prohibitive heights, with the result of having to push mainly with muscles, helping ourselves with the most agile gear possible.
Beyond extreme scenarios, however, walking on this ADO A20F is really a pleasure. During the march there is no noise, no creaking or rustling. Let’s imagine that one of the main scenarios of use is a city walk, or that in many other places the ADO A20F is used for a ride.you will use it to get to work or to catch up with friends. During these trips, the comfort level will be absolutely appreciable.
Certainly, though, with a pair of tyres like this, you’ll struggle not to take on back roads and off-roads to get the most out of the bike. Even in these tougher scenarios the ADO A20F doesn’t back down at all, certainly allowing you to tackle rougher trails without any problems. It’s clear that in these circumstances you’ll have to work a lot more with your body, and in some even more extreme situations it will be better to deactivate the pedal assist completely, and go only by muscular thrust. This, of course, when the off road becomes even more demanding, while if you think about a ride on sand or gravel, A20F can be used normally, with pedal assist.
Battery and Autonomy
The battery of the ADO A20F is a 36v at 10.4 Ah. Actually, even on paper, it didn’t seem like a congruous decision for the weight and size of this bike. It will be for this reason that the feeling of thrust in pedal assisted mode was not so high.
As for the autonomy, then, it is difficult to give estimates, because everything depends on the type of road you ride, and the way you do it. The manufacturer’s estimates, however, seem a bit too optimistic. In pedal-assisted mode, which is the only one that has to be used on the road, you can imagine to easily exceed 50 kilometers of travel, perhaps pushing towards 60. If, on the other hand, you think of tackling a route in fully electric mode (where it is allowed), it is difficult to imagine going further than 30/35 kilometres, unless it is completely flat or downhill.
Also, for a full recharge, plan on leaving it plugged in for at least 6 to 8 hours.
ADO A20F is certainly a good Fat e-bike. Suitable also for the city, it will allow you to face off road rides without having to worry too much about the type of road surface. It doesn’t have a particularly high thrust, but the riding sensation is good, due to a high solidity, and performances however suitable in different scenarios. We imagine that it is also useful for getting to work, or for the Sunday walk in a limited traffic area.
It should be noted, however, that ADO offers an after-sales service up to 10 years, with the possibility of replacement of the bike.for malfunctions during the legal warranty period. Furthermore, the manufacturer assures repairs and support from warehouses in Europe, thus with fast interventions.
- Robust and massive
- Tires suitable for any road
- Good autonomy
- Front light
- In electric mode it travels really a lot
- No illuminated rear light
- Poor complimentary smartphone holder
- No rear shocks
- No manual included for the on-board computer
Price and availability
You can buy it at this address for £824 thanks to discount code 3HQ4MD4OCSJB. It’s available in white or black, and shipping is free, and the seller assures no customs duties.
At this address, instead, you can find several ADO accessories to match the bike.