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Giant: Lafree Twist

The Lafree Twist combines good bicycle qualities with current pedelec functions. This is a unique feature in the marketplace right now.

Rating 2001: Good.
Recommended for it's great range at light weight.
Price: € 1,425

 

 
The Lafree Twist is definitely a pedelec, even though the drive unit is hidden behind the chain guard and is hardly visable. However once pedaling has commenced, the smooth assistance will be noticed immediately. On gradients no steeper than 8%, the motor works well even with heavier test riders.

The Giant Lafree stands out because of its attention to details, e.g. a foldable battery handle and a battery lock in the back. With better rims and higher quality bicycle components, the grade would be very good.

Pros:
+ The lightest pedelec in the test.
+ The power system is very compact.

Cons:
- Battery capacity is not visible while riding.
- The combination of the brakes and the rims tend to produce squealing sounds.

Weight: Total 48.3 lbs.

Test Results:
Mixed Track:
Range: 22.1 miles, Eco Mode: 27.2 miles
Average Speed with Motor: 12.5 mph,
Eco: 11.5 mph
Top Speed: 15.2 mph, Eco: 15.1 mph
Hill Test (8% / 12%):
Average Speed: 7.3 / 5.5 mph

Specifications:
Battery: removable and lockable
Battery Box Weight: 8.4 lbs.
Battery Capacity: 144 Wh (provided by manufacturer)
Battery Type: Nickel-Metal Hydride
Replacement Battery: data not available
Charger: not integrated
Charge Time: 04:00 (hr:min)

Accessories / Components:
Simple bicycle components, Shimano 3 Speed hub gear and V-Brakes, U-Lock, Dynamo Light, pump not included. Owners manual does not exist, available in different frame sizes.

Other Models:
The Lafree Twist is available in men’s and women’s style frames, both are offered in two sizes.

Contact Information:
GIANT Deutschland GmbH
Bayreutherstr. 76
D- 40599 Düsseldorf
Germany
Tel: +49-(0)211-99894-0
info@lafree.com
www.lafree.com



 
 

Events:

TEST SESSION - SPRING 2016
Until 6 April: Cycle deliveries
Until 20 April: Cargo pedelec deliveries
From 11 April: Ride testing incl. Off-road test and Ergonomics test, ride testing Cargo pedelecs
Until 21 April: Re-publication booking deadline

22 - 24 April 2016, USA
Electric Bike Expo, ExtraEnergy USA Bike Event

6 - 9 May 2016, Shanghai, China
China Cycle 2016
LEV Components Special Exhibition

11 June 2016
Tanna, Germany
Open day at ExtraEnergy
Test IT Show, LEV Components Special Exhibition

1 - 3 July 2016
Kirchberg, Tirol, Austria
e:bikefestival Kitzbüheler Alpen
Congress/Bike Festival: Test IT Show, LEV Components Special Exhibition

23 - 27 August 2016, Friedrichshafen, Germany
EUROBIKE, Test IT Show, LEV Components Special Exhibition

13 - 16 September 2016, USA
Interbike west coast Indoor Test Track: USA Circuit, LEV Components Special Exhibition

20 - 23 October 2016, USA
Interbike East Coast: USA Circuit, LEV Components Special Exhibition

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