Light-weight pedelec with good bicycle qualities.
Rating 2002: Good.
Price: 1425.- €
The Lafree Twist is most definitely a pedelec, even though the drive unit that is hidden behind the chain case 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 verdict would be “very good”.
+ the power system is very compact
- battery capacity is not visible while riding
- the combination of the brakes and the
- rims tend to produce squealing sounds
Mixed track: Standard-mode: 35.5 km / 22 mi Eco-mode: 43.7 km / 27.1 mi
Hill: 7.3 km / 4.5 mi
Standard-mode: 20.1 km/h / 12.5 mph
Eco-mode: 18.5 km/h / 11.5 mph
Weight: 21.9 kg / 48.2 lbs
Battery weight: 3.88 kg / 8.5 lbs
Battery Capacity: 137.27 Wh
Battery Type: NiMH
Replacement battery: No price given
Charging time: 04:00 (hh:mm)
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.
Giant has a wide selection of Pedelcs. Unfortunately the new Lafree Twist Comfort with front suspension and rollerbrakes has not yet been tested.
Bayreuther Str. 76
D - 40599 Düsseldorf
Tel: +49-211-998 94-0