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.
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This pannier set serves the dual purpose of concealing the batteries and providing moderate room for carrying items. The set fits the Freedom DX model only (and is included in the price of the bike). One or both batteries can be removed without having to remove the pannier set.
Need to carry a lot? We shall be glad to discuss custom pannier solutions for bikes sold in our Seattle shop.
The Twist is the fourth generation model in Giant Bicycle Company's electric bike series since entering the U.S. market.
The 'Giant' referred to here is indeed the same Giant Bicycle Company that is perhaps the world's top global manufacturer of quality regular bicycles.
Our own cooperation with Giant Bicycle Company goes back the 90's. We appreciate in particular that our input was a factor in bringing the Giant Lite, and subsequently in the development of the Twist to the U.S. market.
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This highly evolved model comes with a state of the art drive system developed in cooperation with by Sanyo-Panasonic, uniquely incorporates two 9 Ah Li-Ion batteries = 18 Ah total delivering around 50+ miles of range, quality bicycle components, and provides a ride ever so adjustable, smooth and comfortable.
Intuitive torque sensing control, i.e. the motor response is instantaneous and proportional to your pedaling. Pedals with ease also in power off mode.
Descends steep hills with agility and brakes with authority.
The Twist is unobtrusively strong on hills with seemingly power beyond its nominal Wattage. Motor assist to 15 mph. See also What's Watt.
700 x 38c tires. The Shimano Nexus 8-speed internal hub shifts ever so smoothly whether at stand still or under way.
Comes with front fork and seat post suspension, comfort saddle, enclosed chain guard, rear rack with dual pannier set, fenders and rear light. The infinitely adjustable (forward/back as well as up/down) handle bar stem assures your individually adjustable riding position on a continuum from bolt upright to flat racing position.
Weighs 53 lb plus the two quick release, lockable batteries, each of 5.5 lb.
Available in Slope (Men's) frames only: regular 18" and large 21", in Metallic Grey (dark shade) with Red striping. (No step-thru or ladies' models).
$1,700, that's correct, no misprint. This special price includes the two batteries.
A: The Twist is a true 4th generation bike. It is highly evolved and integrated, elegant, crisp, smooth, quiet, efficient and handles superbly. A rare pleasure to ride. It is proving durable and reliable beyond industry standards. Unsurpassed value.
A: Anyone who wants a superbly integrated 'bicycle-akin' electric bicycle rather than a 'moped-akin' one. In particular those wishing to ride in style, comfort, safety, and over long distances.
A: If you are willing to pedal moderately the Twist's sophisticated drive system puts every Watt to work in return. It is the rare hill that the Twist cannot crest with fair concurrent pedaling.
A: Under test conditions by 'Popular Mechanics' the Twist Freedom DX model achieved 70 miles. Our customers are reporting around 50 real world miles.
The Freedom DX comes with two batteries and includes front fork + seat post suspension, comfort saddle, 8-speed Shimano Nexus internally geared rear hub, fully enclosed chain guard, a raised handle bar setup that adjusts 'infinitely', rear light and a custom pannier set.
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The Twist's motor responds instantly and proportionally when the rider steps (be it ever so lightly) on the pedal. It does so intuitively (rather than having to operate a throttle or wait for a rotation sensing system to kick in). Discover the advantages of the Giant system including when you need to restart on a steep hill or take off quickly through a busy intersection: The power you need, the instant you need it. Without having to give it a thought.
While obviously affected by variables such as how the bike is ridden (speed, acceleration, stop & go), by whom (weight and pedaling), where (hills, headwinds), how far, how often and charging protocol the NiMH battery of the predecessor Giant Lite (2002 to 2007) has proved to last an amazing 6-7 years for our customers.
While it was only introduced in 2008 there are by now indications—such as three year old batteries testing at 85% of new capacity—that the advanced Li-Ion batteries in the Twist may last as long as the NiMH in the earlier Lite model.
Each quick-release, lockable battery removes instantly and easily for charging by the smart 2A (100-240 VAC) charger. Up to 5 hours for a full charge, partial charging is OK.
Charger weighs less than 1 lb and measures 2-1/2 x 4 x 8".