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In this article, I’m going to be taking a closer look at the newly released Ado D30 electric bike to see how it stacks up against the competition. This is an overview, based on my observations of the technical specifications. I aim to get hold of a sample to review in the near future.
Ado ebike have had a lot of success in the European market recently, particularly with the A20 folding electric bike. Their range of e-bikes offer good value for money and are generally reliable. Plus, they have a decent after-sales service policy in place – they are one of the few brands who offer a replacement e-bike if warranty work needs to be carried out.
They have good logistics support with warehousing facilities in Spain, Germany, Italy, Poland, Ireland and the UK. Plus, they have an after-sales service centre in Germany. Typically bikes are delivered in 3-7 working days.
The Ado D30 is their latest e-bike and looks to have a pretty good specification for the price. I don’t currently have a sample to review, so this overview is based on my observations of the components used.
The Ado D30 uses their own brushless, geared 250w rear hub motor which produces a claimed 42Nm of torque. The G-drive 2.0 motor controller uses a torque-simulation algorithm to produce smooth and intuitive pedal assist. I’ve ridden their A26 e-bike which uses a similar controller and the pedal assist is smooth with the motor being very quiet in operation.
There’s a removeable 36v 10.4Ah battery which has a claimed range of up to 90km – although this figure is based on a 70kg rider, riding at 15km/h on a flat road, with 25∘ temperature and no wind. For a battery of this energy capacity I’d say 40-50km would be a much more realistic figure for day to day use.
I really like the large and clear LCD display which is mounted centrally on the handlebar and displays all the usually info like speed, battery and assist level. There’s also a useful USB port under the display for charging your smartphone, lights etc.
This model has quite a good spec for the price and features Shimano Altus 9-speed gearing with a wide-range cassette at the back. There’s hydraulic disc brakes and an adjustable suspension fork (coil-sprung).
Frame construction is aluminium and benefits from internal cable routing, with the battery fitting flush in the frame, giving the Ado D30 clean lines – in fact you’d be hard-pushed to know it was even an electric bike at a glance. The lightweight frame helps keep to overall weight down to 22kg, which is quite respectable for a budget e-MTB.
The bike is available in one size and providing there’s enough adjustment in the seat post, it should be suitable for riders up to 6’2″ maximum.
As far as accessories are concerned, there’s a front light (powered by the e-bike battery), a kick stand and alloy pedals.
Ado D30 Specifications:
|Features||Compliance with EU regulations|
|Mode||Support mode||pedal /Pedal assist|
|General||Brand||A Dece Oasis|
|Disc Brake||Front hydraulic disc brakes|
|Colour||grey / silver|
|Vehicle Performance||Max. Speed||25km|
|Transmission||Shimano 9 speed|
|Control System||G-drive 2.0|
|Charging Time||6-7 hours|
|Charge cut-off Voltage||42V|
|Rated Capacity||36V 10.4AH|
|Type of batteries||Removable portable lithium battery|
Who is the Ado D30 aimed at?
As with any budget e-bike, the Ado D30 is going to be suitable for a broad range of uses. I would class it as a hybrid e-bike rather than an e-MTB, it’s certainly going to be good enough for a bit of light off-road riding and should be great for riding on gravel and other unpaved surfaces. As a weekend leisure bike it’ll be just fine or it could be used as a daily commuter bike or urban runabout.
On paper, the new Ado D30 looks decent enough. It’s a very nice looking electric bike and has a good specification for the price. At its current price of €1599 (£1378) it’s competitively priced. The warranty covers the motor and battery for up to 12 months and the frame to 10 years.
I would have liked to seen a more powerful battery, as it’s quite common to see a 36v 13Ah or even 48v battery at this price point. Still 40-50km range will be enough for most riders and plenty for a daily commute to work.
The Shimano gearing is going to be reliable and also fairly cheap to replace when it does eventually wear out. I’m unfamiliar with the brand of hydraulic brakes used, but I see no reason why they wouldn’t perform as well as other entry-level hydraulic brakes.
I’ll reserve full judgement until I get hold of one, but in the meantime if you’ve recently purchased one of these, please leave a review in the comments below👇