I Rode a $469 eBike. Was It Worth It? DYU D3F Review

Hi everyone! This is the D3F folding mini 
e-bike from DYU cycles. It’s compact, sturdy,  
simple to set up and ride, and probably the safest 
e-bike you could ever buy as a first-time e-bike  
purchase. Now, DYU did send this to me to review 
for you, but I assure you I did ride it around for  
a few weeks and I do have some honest feedback. 
The majority of it is good, but there are a few  
things that I did not like. More on that in a 
moment. The first thing I would say about the D3F  
is how simple it is to own and operate. There are 
no shifters, cassettes, or derailleurs as it’s  
a single-speed bike, with a 12-tooth gear in the 
rear and a larger 38-tooth gear in the front. And,  
while some might not like a single speed, I found 
this to be a breath of fresh air as it adds to  
the simplicity of purchasing your first e-bike. In 
fact, this bike is probably the least complicated  
e-bike you could ever own and it’s a seriously 
good deal coming in at under $500. If you’re  
inclined to learn more about the D3F or to buy 
one for yourself we hope you’ll use the link in  
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My next favorite thing about the D3F is its 
portability. Featuring small 14-inch by two and  
a quarter-inch tires, handlebars and pedals that 
fold, and a lightweight frame this bike can be  
stored almost anywhere. And, while most standard 
e-bikes weigh between 50 and 100 pounds, the DYU  
D3F weighs a mere 38 pounds, or 17 kilograms if 
you’re on the metric system. And despite that  
lower weight, the D3F still feels pretty hardy 
supporting a total weight of up to 265 pounds.  
Personally, I’m six foot even and about 175 pounds 
and I had no trouble riding this bike whatsoever.  
Another thing that I love about the D3F is that 
the electronics and battery housing has a nifty  
cutout section that allows you to grip the frame 
like a handle. This is great if you live in an  
apartment and have to bring your e-bike up or 
downstairs. It’s also great for lifting the  
bike in and out of your vehicle’s trunk. And while 
the D3F doesn’t fully fold in half like some other  
e-bikes, the handlebars do fold to one side and 
the seat posts can be removed completely resulting  
in folded dimensions of 46 by 8 by 28 inches. And 
to take portability even one step further when i  
was putting the D3F into the shed on my back porch 
i noticed that the pedals can actually be folded  
too. While this only saves a few inches on either 
side of the bike this clever feature could be the  
one thing that helps you fit your new ebike into 
a nice slotted area in your garage, or apartment.  
So, in terms of portability, the DYU D3F 
definitely gets an A+ from us. Now, let’s run down  
the operating buttons. The left-hand grip has the 
power on/off button and an adorable little belt.
The right-hand grip is where the battery indicator 
and headlight on/off buttons are located. To turn  
the headlight on hold down the button for three 
seconds. But, be careful though as the light runs  
off the internal battery and, at least on mine, 
the light did not turn off on its own. It should  
also be noted that the headlight is mounted to the 
frame and not the fork so the headlight does not  
turn to match the steering direction. Oh, and 
the rear tail light is battery operated so it  
won’t drain your battery. The right hand grip is 
a full-size twist grip throttle which I tend to  
like more than thumb or half grip throttles. 
It just gives you kind of a motorcycle feel.
And speaking of which, the D3F 
is legally classified as a class  
2 e-bike in the U.S. Meaning it has a motor and 
throttle but won’t exceed 20 miles per hour.  
In fact, the D3F has a top pedal-assisted speed 
of 15 and a half miles per hour. Which is pretty  
much what I saw during my testing. The 10 amp hour 
battery pack is located within the central plastic  
housing unit and features 360 total watt-hours 
of capacity. And, speaking of charge, the charge  
plug is located on the bottom right-hand side 
of the electronics housing unit. The design of  
the D3F really is quite unique. The flat black 
paint job with red trim and mag tires ties the  
design together holistically and reminds me of 
the paint job from the A-Team van. Yeah, A-Team.
Another thing I really appreciate about the design 
of the D3F is how well the wiring is integrated  
into the frame. The brake lines and electric 
cables have this twisted hard plastic wrap that  
kind of resembles an old phone cord. The headset 
and handle grips really feel nice and sturdy in  
your hands. There is no front or rear suspension 
which is typical for an e-bike in this price  
range, but the included front and rear fenders 
work great at keeping dirt and mud off of your  
clothes. There is also a single-sided crankset 
chain guard that keeps the chain from coming  
off as well as keeping your pant legs clean. Oh, 
and did I mention this sweet little kickstand?  
So, just who is this e-bike for? I think the D3F 
is perfect for anyone looking to spend about $500  
on an extremely portable e-bike. I also think the 
simplicity of the D3F, when coupled with the lower  
top speed of 15 miles per hour, makes this the 
perfect option for anyone looking to dip their  
toe into the world of e-bikes for the first time. 
The single-speed freewheeling crank means there  
are no complicated shifters to figure out. Just 
pedal, or throttle, and go. Having this said,  
if you’re an e-bike superstar with a quiver full 
of Aventon, or Rad Power Bikes, then eureka! the  
D3F is absolutely the perfect e-bike for you. But, 
I want to know your thoughts. Are you interested  
in buying the DYU D3F? If so let me know in 
the comments down below. I’m really curious  
to know why and what you have to say. And, if you 
like the D3F but want to see what other mini and  
micro e-bikes are on the market then you’re 
in luck! We’ve done a lot of research on the  
topic and put everything we know into this video 
right here. Be sure to check it out, right now!

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