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Electric bikes are my favorite way of getting around New York City, and they’re even more convenient when they can fold. Bikes can cut through traffic, the motor makes it easier to keep up with cars without sweating, and the ability to fold allows you to take the bike indoors, on a cab, or on public transportation.

Unfortunately, the folding design often means you get a wimpy battery, a heavy and ugly frame, or a high price tag. The Fiido D11 manages to overcome several folding bike caveats while maintaining a price of just $999.

The D11 launched as an Indiegogo campaign last year and marked Fiido‘s entrance into the US market. As you’ve surely noticed by now, the D11 has a rather unusual design. Unlike most ebikes, which hide the battery in the frame or mount it awkwardly elsewhere, the D11 stuffs the battery into the chunky seatpost. While it’s not for everyone, you’ll likely get a lot of comments while riding it; I think it’s a pretty cool-looking bike, and it certainly stands out.

Fiido D11 ebike motor

The seatpost battery has the benefit of allowing Fiido to use a larger battery than you typically find in the category, at 418 Wh (most folding ebikes in this price range have a roughly 300Wh battery), while still keeping the bike relatively lightweight at about 39 pounds, battery included. Anything under 40 pounds is basically featherweight for an ebike.

Fiido claims a maximum range of 100 km (62 mi), and based on my usage I’d estimate real-world range to be closer to 35-50 miles, depending on your assist level. That’s still really quite good for this category product, and more than enough for most riders. And if the battery does run out, the bike is still very much pedal-able thanks to the weight savings (NYC’s rideshare Citibikes weigh ~45 lbs, for reference) and a 7-gear drivetrain.

It’s worth noting now that this isn’t a bike built for crazy speed and torque — the D11 is limited to 25 km/h and uses a 250W, 35 Nm rear hub motor. Even among similarly spec’d motors, it’s on the ‘gentler’ side; the 250W motor on my (much more expensive) Brompton Electric feels noticeably more zippy. Still, it managed to get my larger self up some fairly steep hills, even if you’ll need to put in some work to maintain a good pace.

Fiido D11 ebike seatpost

While I prefer pedal ebikes and generally do not care about throttles, having the option on the D11 was nice. It’s handy when starting from a dead stop, especially as the D11 uses a cadence sensor rather than a fancier torque sensor, so it takes about a half-turn for the assist to kick in. And if you don’t want to pedal at all, if you hold down the throttle for five seconds, it’ll enter ‘moped mode,’ which is basically cruise control.

Kudos to Fiido for including an actually-decent headlight and taillight which are directly wired to the power system (the taillight is actually in the seatpost); I’ve more expensive bikes with worse lighting. The display on the other hand is about as basic as they come, but it gets the job done. And though I’d rather have a proper bell (hint: get a Spurcycle), the built-in horn is certainly loud enough.

The bike uses mechanical disk brakes, which aren’t as fancy as the hydraulic disc brakes on many ebikes, but they’re easier to maintain and are still superior to most rim brakes you’d find on most regular bikes. Considering the motor’s speed limitation, there isn’t a great need for more stopping power.

There’s a lot to like with the D11, but it’s not perfect. Some general notes to be aware of:

  • The mega chunkster seatpost means you can’t replace it with a bump-softening suspension seatpost. There are suspended saddles you can buy, but the design limits your options in this regard.
  • The chunky seatpost also means you can’t use seatpost accessories like the Burley Travoy cargo trailer or a seatpost-mounted rack.
  • Find a rack that fits appears to be somewhat tricky; I wished Fiido offered something official. There are some solutions in this customer’s YouTube video though.
  • The bike does come with fenders, but they’re a little finnicky to install.
  • The included grips are absolutely horrendous and are to be replaced immediately.
  • The taillight is on while the bike is charging, and again, it’s quite bright, so it can be annoying in dark spaces.
  • Though the bike looks very cool from a distance and it feels very sturdy, the welds do look a little less polished up close.
  • The frame lacks closed loops, which makes locking up feel less secure. If you try to use a U-lock around the seat stays and rear wheel, for instance, a thief could remove the wheel, cut the motor cable, and be off with the bike. That’d be really dumb, since the motor is worth a good chunk of money, but it’s not an unrealistic scenario. You could set up a . I’d suggest using something like the Pinheads system to make it more difficult for thieves to remove vulnerable components.
  • While the bike can be rolled when folded, there isn’t an included strap or magnet to hold the two sides together.
  • At 6′ tall, I found the bike slightly small and wished it had an adjustable-height stem, but it would be easy enough to get riser handlebars (and there’s plenty of clearance in the folding mechanism.

It’s also worth noting that Fiido is actually planning to announce a fancier ebike akin to the D11 named the Fiido X. This model incorporates a torque sensor, a sleeker seatpost mechanism, a keyless security system, and an overall sleeker design.

Fiido X ebike
Credit: Fiido
The upcoming Fiido X is a refinement on the D11’s concept

Those caveats aside, one of my favorite things about the D11 has to do with Fiido itself. While I can’t speak to the company’s customer service, especially as it’s only been in the US market for about a year, I have to commend them for being one of the very few ebike companies that actually stocks and sells complete replacement parts. The warranty may only be one year, but as far as I can tell, Fiido almost every component for repairing its ebikes online.

The pedals, the folding mechanism, the derailleur, the display, the rear wheel and motor assembly, the controller, the torque sensor, the seatpost/battery, and more are all available online. Heck, you can even just buy the bike’s bare frame if you need to for whatever reason.

These parts ship from China rather than Fiido’s US and Europe warehouses, but the fact that they’re available at all (and not outlandishly priced) is remarkable. It makes me feel like Fiido is planning for the long term rather than just making ‘disposable’ ebikes. It’s also appreciated as most bike shops will not have the equipment necessary to repair an ebike (and many will flat out refuse to try).

Fiido D11 ebike

The Fiido D11 is an easy recommendation for anyone looking for a lightweight, stylish, and foldable ebike with solid range. There’s not much else quite else like it on the market, so as long as you’re aware of a few caveats, it’s worth a good look — especially for $999.

Naabiae Nenu-B is a Medical Health Student and an SEO Specialist dedicated to flushing the web off fake news and scam scandals. He aims at being "Africa's Best Leak and Review Blogger" and that's the unwavering stand of Xycinews Media.

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Marvel confirms ‘Hawkeye’ and ‘Ms. Marvel’ are coming to Disney+ in 2021

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Halfway through July, this has already been one of the busiest years in the history of Marvel Studios. That makes it all the more incredible that we have seen less than half of the content that the studio has planned for 2021. In addition to the three new movies Marvel is releasing in the second half of the year, we also have confirmation that at least three new shows are coming to Disney+. After What If…? drops in August, Ms. Marvel and Hawkeye are still to come.

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Speaking with Variety earlier this week, Marvel Studios EVP of film production Victoria Alonso revealed that “a few other shows” are on track for 2021, including Ms. Marvel and Hawkeye.

It’s worth noting that both Ms. Marvel and Hawkeye had already been slated for late 2021. Both the Ms. Marvel page and the Hawkeye page on Marvel’s official website state as much. That aside, Marvel has had very little to say about either show since announcing them in 2019.

What are Ms. Marvel and Hawkeye about?

While WandaVision, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, and especially Loki helped to set up the stakes of the MCU’s Phase 4, Ms. Marvel and Hawkeye should be even more purposeful. Ms. Marvel will introduce us to Kamala Khan (Iman Vellani) ahead of 2022’s The Marvels. In Marvel comics, Kamala is a Pakistani-American and Carol Danvers fangirl that ends up getting powers of her own. She also takes her name from the powerful Avenger. Vellani will reprise her role in the sequel to Captain Marvel.

As for Hawkeye, we know that the show will bring Kate Bishop (Hailee Steinfeld) into the fold. She may very well take over for Jeremy Renner as an Avenger at some point in Phase 4. We also know from the Black Widow post-credits scene that Yelena Belova (Florence Pugh) will be involved.

Predictions for Marvel’s 2021 release dates

Here’s what we know about Marvel’s plans for its movies and shows for the rest of 2021: What If…? is coming to Disney+ on August 11th, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings arrives on September 3rd, Eternals follows on November 5th, and Spider-Man: No Way Home drops on December 17th.

Based on the fact that we saw some footage of Ms. Marvel last December, my guess is that it will start streaming on Disney+ in October. That leaves November as the only month left in the year without a Marvel Studios release. Therefore, I’m betting Hawkeye lands then.

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Netflix is releasing 56 original movies and shows in August – here’s the full list

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Boy oh boy, has Netflix stepped it up recently or what? The streamer’s subscriber numbers from the last quarter weren’t very impressive. We have a feeling that’s due in no small part to the lack of compelling Netflix originals earlier this year. Long story short, Netflix’s movies and shows were beyond weak for the first few months of 2021. Now, however, things are really starting to pick up again. This past month alone, there were so many high-profile Netflix releases. You can see the full Netflix July releases list here. Highlights include Gunpowder Milkshake with Karen Gillan, the fantastic final season of Atypical, Virgin River season 3, and the Fear Street trilogy that horror fans loved. Now, however, it’s time to turn our attention to all the Netflix original releases in August 2021.

Wondering what Netflix subscribers have to look forward to next month? We’ll run down the full slate of new original releases right here.

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Netflix original releases: August 2021

Netflix just announced all of its upcoming movie and series releases for August 2021. There are plenty of gems in there from third-party studios, but people are far more interested in original content. Netflix has been steadily raising its subscription fees every month, after all. Each time, it says the increase will help pay for new original content. With that in mind, subscribers want to know that they’re getting their money’s worth.

In August, Netflix has 56 new original movies, shows, and specials on tap. That’s down sharply from the 69 new originals spread out over July. Of course, quality is far more important than quantity. With that in mind, it’s time to see what kind of quality Netflix has in store.

Scroll down to check out the entire release calendar of Netflix originals in August. We’ve also included links to the relevant Netflix pages wherever possible. This way, you can set a reminder to be alerted when a title is released next month.

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This free iPhone app is so incredible, it’s hard to believe it’s real

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If you need to order new contact lenses or a pair of glasses, many places won’t let you do so unless you take an eye test first. And seeing as how a trip to the optometrist can set you back as much as $200, many people put off getting their vision checked even when they should.

There is, however, an interesting alternative to popping into stores LensCrafters. Warby Parker recently issued an update to their Virtual Vision Test app for the iPhone. Now, users can take an eye test from the comfort of their own homes at a fraction of the cost of a traditional eye exam.

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How the mobile eye test works

With the new app, which was previously called Prescription Check, it’s now easier than ever for individuals to check their eyes and renew their glasses or contacts prescription.

Once you download the app, you can take a traditional eye exam. Open the app and you’ll be able to read letters off the iPhone from a distance of about 10 feet. Naturally, you’ll want to do this in a quiet and well-lit room.

If the app determines that your vision is good, which is to say that your prescription hasn’t changed, you’ll be charged $15 for a brand new prescription. And as mentioned above, this is vastly cheaper than the $200 you might otherwise be charged by taking a trip to the doctor or eyeglass store.

Don’t worry, a doctor is involved in the process

If you’re wary about leaving your eye test to a mysterious algorithm, you have nothing to worry about. Once your eye test is completed, an eye doctor will take a look and assess each individual’s results. In other words, the test itself is mobile, but the analysis is still handled by a professional.

App requirements

The app itself requires iOS 14.1 or later in order to run. And seeing as how iOS 15 is right around the corner, that shouldn’t be an issue for most users.

Additionally, the app is only available for the iPhone for the time being. At this point, there’s no indication in either direction if an Android app will be coming anytime soon.

Further, only individuals between the ages of 18 and 65 should use the app. Users experiencing problems with their current prescription shouldn’t use it either. You’ll also need a copy of your existing prescription on hand. The app notes that even an expired prescription will do.

If you’re curious about checking the app out, you can download it here from the App Store.

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