Cycling is an excellent pursuit. Not only do you get to see the distance further from your immediate location, much faster than on foot, but it is also an excellent mode of transport that benefits you and the environment.
In ride ADO D30, a $2,432 (at the time of writing) ebike that offers pedal assist function; Great if you want some help tackling those hills, but not when you also want the bike’s motor to be doing absolutely everything for you.
The D30 is available to buy now, from Banggood, or directly from ADO.
What comes in the box?
The ADO D30 ships in a large bike box, and requires some assembly before you can drive it. Our test device was also encased in carbonate expansion foam, and was an absolute nightmare to remove. I mean, granted, it definitely protects the bike, but there has to be a better way to ship it besides the 146,224 cubic centimeters of expanding foam.
Not only this, the use of so much foam is dangerous for the environment. It doesn’t wash off with water like greenfill packing, or decompose as easily as biodegradable packing peanuts, so it sticks around pretty much… forever.
Once after I spent 20 minutes tossing away the packaging while avoiding it flying around my garden, I found the box contained in it.
and he is; Pretty much everything you’d expect to get from an ebike.
Assembling the ADO D30 eBike
The bike isn’t particularly difficult to put together. It’s the unpacking that will cause you the most discomfort before getting on your new ebike for the first time.
You’ll need to install the following, which you can do with the included tools, or you can simply fasten the quick release lock.
In total, unpacking the parts, making sure everything was in place, and assembling the bike took about 60 minutes, which included cleaning off any stray messes like packing foam and cable-ties.
Let’s get ADO D30 . Take a Tour de France Nearby
The ADO D30 eBike looks really great. Our test device comes in a nice gunmetal gray color, though you can also get it in a silver colorway, and ADO manufactures the frame from aluminum alloy.
This makes the frame quite lightweight. Note, however, that the assembled bike weighs just under 49 pounds, so you might struggle to make any move on it if that’s necessary for you.
It’s not a folding bike, and it takes a hybrid styling, so it has a full, fixed frame, with shocks at the front, but narrower, less grippy tires, which make it easier to use on lighter terrain and on the road. Very good to use.
The bike measures 71 inches from front to rear and 43.5 inches from wheelbase to the top of the bike, the highest point of the brake. The bike’s handlebar measures 25 inches, which is its widest point.
Both wheels are 27.5 x 1.9 inches, so this is a 27.5-inch bicycle, as that figure comes from wheel size. The front wheel gets hydraulic disc brakes and orange wheel reflectors. The rear wheel has similar features, but with a 250 W, 42 Nm, brushless motor, centered, as you might expect. An aluminum drum protects the motor. You’ll also find an 11-speed Shimano gear cassette here.
As mentioned, the frame itself is aluminum, and the down tube is where you’ll find room to insert the 10.4 Ah battery. Next to it you’ll see a key-operated lock, which you use to release the battery.
There’s also a semi-persuasive phrase on the side of the down tube—cross your city—which I don’t think is necessary and in my opinion makes the bike look a little less cool, but I agree that’s a very minor point.
On the left-hand-side chainstay, next to the rear wheel, you have a kick-stand. Above the rear wheel, you have a rear reflector and seat stem in the traditional red colour. The seat folds into it, and you secure it with a quick release lock.
At the front, hydraulic forks flank the wheel. Obviously, this is your front suspension. You will see that there is a wire attached to the top of the right fork. This is to turn off the suspension or release it. The head tube houses the bright orange colored ADO logo, which looks quite attractive against the gray colourway. Above it is the headset and the stem, which holds the handlebars in place.
Left to right, rear brake lever in handlebar, power console (with three buttons, one to power on, and two thumb buttons to increase or decrease power level for pedal assist), suspension lock switch, ride computer feature Is. (With a USB-A port for charging your smartphone!), gear shift lever, bell and front brake lever. Like most bikes, there are rubber grips on either end of the handlebar.
Note that since this is a pedal-assist ebike, there’s no throttle button or lever to speak of. You can use the pedal assist function by simply operating the pedals yourself, and there’s no automatic or “cruise” mode.