We sell and service Human Power Augmented a.k.a. Electric bikes and ride them enthusiastically ourselves.
You may phone or visit our store to place an order for store pickup or shipping.
Tuesday through Saturday: 11–6pm
The highly accomplished, 'reliable beyond belief', torque sensing Lite has been discontinued to outpourings of disappointment on both sides of the Atlantic. On the rare occasion a used one becomes available. Or consider one of Giant's new, absolutely outstanding Twist models: The Express, Freedom or Freedom DX.
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The Lite incorporates a pedal-activated drive system by Panasonic, the #1 electric bike manufacturer on the huge, sophisticated Japanese market. The system is highly intuitive, offers strong torque for take-off and hills and assists upto 19 mph (depending on rear sprocket choice). The nominally 240-390 Watt motor is placed in the bottom bracket. The bike weighs 39 lb + 9 lbs for the quick-release, lockable NiMH battery = 48 lbs total. The Lite is highly conducive to pedalling (including in 'power-off' mode on modest terrain) with handling and feel approximating that of a quality, regular comfort bicycle.
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Power is added automatically by a sophisticated sensor system as you step ever-so-lightly on the pedal. (There is thus no need to fuss with a power twist grip). The Lite is no more complicated to operate than a regular bicycle, except for turning a switch.
Real world range is typical twice that of bikes with lead acid batteries. When tested by Extra Energy the Twist (the European model of the Lite) was found to be have a range of 21 miles in regular and 26 miles in eco mode. This compares to e.g. 16 miles for a Heinzmann Estelle with NiCad batteries and 15 miles for the European model of the LAfree Sport with lead-acid batteries. Several of our Lite customers routinely ride 30 miles recreationally.
Extra Energy also found the 48 lbs Twist to weigh 10 lbs less than the previously reigning European lightweight champion. The Lite is the lightest integrated electric bike on the U.S. market.
The champagne step-thru comes in an 18" frame and typically suits riders from about 5' to about 6' tall. The 20" charcoal slope frame model typically suits riders from about 5'9" to about 6'3" tall. The Lite incorporates a handle bar stem that also adjusts forward-aft contributing to a comfortable optinal upright riding position. A low pressure point seat is mounted on a suspension seat post.
We routinely accessorize the Lite with a rear rack (panniers, buckets), fenders, lights, mirror, and occasionally a front basket.
|Weight||bike 39 lbs + battery 8 lbs = 47 lbs|
|Motor||Brushless 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 on the common chain through a 4-speed Shimano or a 5-speed SRAM internal hub (operated with handle bar twist grip shifter).|
|Gradability (hill climbing)||15% with moderate pedalling.|
|Max Speed||17 mph|
Gear inches (in lowest through highest gears):
standard 20T (tooth) rear sprocket: 48 / 59 / 72 / 88
optional e.g. 24T sprocket: 40 / 49 / 60 / 74
standard 17T (tooth) rear sprocket: 38 / 44 / 56 / 72 / 85
optional e.g. 20T: 32 / 38 / 48 / 61 / 72
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Highly bicycle akin, pedal activated (torque sensing) Giant models: From the Lite in 2002 to the Twist Express in 2009. Read more here.
⊕ Click images for enlargement and comment. Photos by Matt Sundin.