Pedal the Lite like a regular bike, or flip the power switch and you'll have up to 390 Watts and up to 17 mph at your disposal. As the electric motor uniquely drives on the common chain through the 5-speed internal rear hub the Lite outperforms even some 600 Watt electric bikes on a steep hill. The Lite's pedal assistance is activated by pedaling. You simply have to ride like normal and the Lite's intelligent system will do the rest. It will provide you with an appropriate amount of assistance based on the amount of pressure you're applying to the pedals. For example, if you're riding uphill or starting from a stationary position you will be applying more pressure to the pedals and the system will know to help you more. If you're going downhill you will be putting very little to no pressure on the pedals, and the system will know to help you less, if at all. In the end, you don't have to think twice about it. The Lite will automatically make all of the adjustments for you and you'll be riding with ease at all times.
As the internal hub allows you to shift even when stopped at a light, the Giant Lite is a perfect urban commuter. Here in Manhattan we have several customers that work as bike messengers, which highlights the strongest aspect of the Lite: reliability and durability. The Lite just keeps on going and rarely seems to have any problems.
The Lite electric bike weighs only 39 lbs and with the 9 lb battery comes in at 48 lbs. The lockable battery removes in a couple of seconds. On a fully charged battery pack you can expect a range of up to 25 to 30 miles.
The Giant LaFree Lite comes equipped with highly effective V brakes. The internally geared 5-speed hub is by SRAM and the rear wheels is designed to be easily removable if the occassion calls for it. The adjustable Lite is designed to accommodate riders from about 5 to about 6'5". The handle bar is fully adjustable, allowing for differenting riding positions.
@LINK1@ charbaginshi It takes a maximum of 3 to 4 hours to charge the battery fully. An average, near-daily commuter may see only an extra dollar on his or her monthly utility bill. At the end of the year charging your Giant Lite will cost you about as much as a sandwich, a candy bar, and a large coffee. Or less than filling your car up with gas a single time.
Come and test ride the Giant Lite electric bike at our NYC store or call or email us and we'll ship your Lite to you anywhere in the U.S.
|Weight||bike 39 lbs + battery 8 lbs = 47 lbs|
|Motor||Brush-less dc motor, 24V/240-380W|
|Battery||6.5 AH quick-release NiMH pack (8 lbs)|
|Charger||1.9 A, upto 3.4 hours charging time|
|Transmission||The motor drives through a five-speed SRAM internal hub (operated with handle bar twist grip shifter).|
|Hill climbing||15% with moderate pedalling.|
|Assist cut-off||17 mph|
This Giant Lite electric bike is a great idea. It rides like a ordinary quality bike. There are no extra controls; just peddle, and whatever effort you put into it, the electric motor matches. Gear changes are via a 5 speed internal hub that allows you to change gears while standing still. The electric motor drives the rear wheel, so power from the motor doesn't change the way the bike handles or steers. It's as if your own legs just got 100% stronger. The Giant electric bike has 3 assist settings: no assist, 50% assist, and 30% assist.
The range and speed of the Lite electric bike are great, partly because you put in at least half the effort, doubling or tripling the range the battery would have alone. The better shape you get into, the more speed and power come out of the electric bike. I wanted to commute by bike to work, but wasn't sure I could cover the 7 mile distance and steep hills along the way. The worst part of the ride is the 150' high Gold Star bridge with a 3' wide walk path with high barriers on either side. Touch the side, and you wipe out. Walk, and lose another 15 minutes. Best case would have been a 40 minute commute, arrive at work sweaty, and have to change from bike clothes into work clothes. Time wasted each day changing and showering, more time wasted doing laundry. With the Giant Lite, my first commute took 28 minutes (only 9 minutes longer than the drive), I wear ordinary clothes and shoes (apart from a helmet), and get to work relaxed and ready to go. And that's after not having ridden a bike for 25 years. When I want to peddle harder to get more exercise, I also end up going faster, so the sweat blows off. The Giant electric bike doesn't even compare to sitting on a stationary bike at home or in the gym. And getting an hour's worth of exercise at the gym takes me at least 90 minutes, when you figure travel, locker room, change, shower. I'd recommend the Giant Lite to anyone looking for a fun way to include daily exercise into their routine, or looking to use their car less and simplify their lives.
The light weight is a benefit too. At 48 pounds I'm able to carry it up and down the stairs to my 3rd floor apartment without too much trouble. (The easiest way is to put the crossbar under my arm, and grab the horizontal fork with that hand, using the other on the hand rail.) The next lightest electric bikes start at around 60 pounds. I'm 6'5", so I got the 20" slope frame which fits riders to 6'7", but in hindsight, it might have been better getting the step through frame with extended seat post and raised handle bars, so that my 5'4" girl friend could ride it as well.
Other uses of the Giant: leaving the car at home and taking a bike on the ferry to Orient Point, LI, saves $56 on each round trip. Getting a trailer to bring the nephews to the beach, along with all the beach stuff, and save on beach parking permits. An electric bike is the best way to get around Block Island's hills and strong winds.
Negatives: all minor. You can shift gears at a standstill, but not while there's pressure on the peddle. Actually, you can shift, but the gear won't change until peddle pressure is released. Easy to get used to. Having to take the battery out to charge was annoying at first, easier after a while.
Improvements: sure it would nice if it were 10 pounds lighter, and 30% cheaper, and had a built in charger so that it could charged along the way, but its already the lightest, and is one of the least expensive, and best built pedelecs. It was even competitive with a good ebike conversion kit. There will probably be a better bike available a few years down the road, but this one does everything I need, and I'd rather get the health benefits from using it, now, than waiting for improvements.
Benefits: Great confidence builder. With the motor assist, I know I can make it up any hill that comes along. I'm able to avoid sitting in traffic for a commute, while getting an hour's worth of cardio in a cooling breeze, and then have more time in the day for other things. The Giant Lite electric bike truly is a wonderful machine.
Goran P. New York
I've now had a few rides on the Giant Lite electric bike. It's by far the better bike to both the Ebike and the TidalForce electric bike that I've owned. While not as powerful, it's lightness more than compensates for feeling quick on the road, and since this requires pedaling, I feel more in tune with the bike, yet feel the same benefit since I enjoy the pedaling as well. If anything at times it feels too light and the start up from a standstill can feel dangerous since the motor kicks right in.
I think it's a great bike, I wish I had purchased this first way back, then I wold have never needed to search for more. Almost makes me want to buy another as they become extinct! I also definitely sit more comfortably on this electric bike.
The Giant Lite is in a class by itself - it is unique among electric bikes and is the perfect ride for many people. At first glance, the Lite appears to be a normal hybrid bicycle, but appearances can be deceiving. Housed behind the seat tube is very powerful NiMh hydride battery pack, which powers the Lite's Pedal Assist system.
The Lite handles identically to a normal bicycle, and is pedaled much the same way. However, the battery provides the power that will assist the rider, doubling the power of your pedal strokes. This makes hill climbing and long rides no problem, and will let anyone keep up with the leader of the pack.
The Lite is completely silent, so only those in the know will even know you're on an electric ride. Because of the internal hub, which can shift even when stopped at a light, this bike is a perfect urban commuter. Here in Manhattan we have several messengers who have been using Lite's everyday, which highlights the strongest aspect of the Lite - Reliability. These bikes just keep going and going, and never seem to have a problem. The lightweight, but rugged Aluminum frame looks great and will last many thousands of miles.
The Lite is powered by a Panasonic 250 watt brushless DC motor and weighs 45 pounds with the battery. With a fully charged battery pack you can expect a range of up to 28 miles on your ride, with a maximum speed of about 17 mph. (better hill climbing or higher top-speeds are available with gearing changes) The battery can be easily removed from the bike for easy charging or if you occasionally prefer a more 'conventional' bike ride.
All Lite's come equipped with Tektro 841 V brakes. The internal hub is controlled by a SRAM twist-shift mounted on the handlebars. The tires are made from a compound specially formulated for electric bikes. Everything on the Giant Lite is fully adjustable to fit riders of every size, including the seat, stem and handlebars. It takes about 3 hours to charge the battery fully, and if you commute to work everyday on your Lite, it will cost about $3 per year in electricity. We also offer charger carrying bags to go on your handlebars of your LaFree Lite, so you can charge on the go for extra long adventures.
The Giant Lite is the solution if you want to get back into shape, keep up with the kids, speed up your bike commute or leave the car at home.
Important note: The Giant Lite is no longer in production. Since the Giant Lite, Giant has produced several new and updated models, the most recent being the Giant Twist. The Giant Twist is readily available for purchase. Come to our shop to try one out. Giant Lite owners and enthusiasts will find that there is a lot to be happy about with this new model.
Love the Giant LAfree electric bike. I came in last Saturday with my mom to learn more about an electric/pedal assist bike that might get my mom back into biking. You sold us the Giant LaFree Lite and assembled it in under two hours which was pretty impressive. Anyway, I went for a ride with her in NJ on Sunday and I haven't seen her that happy on a bike in years. Thanks for knowing your product and getting us on board. I'll certainly pass your business address along. Good to meet you.
I have been riding my Giant LaFree Lite electric bike for a couple of months now. I love it! For me, it is the perfect combination of well-made bike and electric assistance. It's like riding a regular bike, but peddling with a younger, stronger set of legs. When commuting to work I can relax, get exercise and speed along my journey. The battery even lasts the full 20 mile round trip. Thanks for helping me select this awesome electric bike.
Just wanted to let you know that I have been using the Giant LAfree Lite for about a week now and it has been like a dream! The battery really helps on the hills because my knees aren't as good anymore, but the bike is light enough to use sans the battery anyway. Great electric bike, though a little more money than I would have liked! And, great service from you folks. Thanks! Rudy