Giant Escape Hybrid1 (2011 – 2013)

The Escape Hybrid 1 is an advance on the Hybrid 2 with a few additional features. The model shown here is the 2013 version retailing at about £1600. I have found little in the way of reviews, especially user reviews but will keep on looking over the coming months and amend this page.

Because I trust Giant, and have ridden a Giant Expression for so long, this bike is near top of my list of possible purchases (though the little boy in me is constantly tempted by the Wisper 905SE). For what it’s worth, here is a ‘review’ which certainly describes the basics (and more can be found on Giant’s site), though it seems to me a little vague in its evaluation. This is on electricbikesales.co.uk

The Escape Hybrid 1 frame has been constructed using extremely high quality AluxX aluminium which has resulted in an extraordinary lightweight frame, yet is also very strong and firm. The strength of the frame is further increased due to the innovative Fluid formation construction technique used by Giant.

The highest quality of components have been used to create the drivetrain on the bike with the inclusion of a Shimano M360 crankset, Shimano UN26 bottom bracket, Shimano Acera 24 speed shifters, a Shimano Acera front derailleur and a Shimano Deore Shadow rear derailleur. These elements, combined with the Sunrace FW 13-32 cassette, help to guarantee that riders experience incredible shifting performances that just aren’t available elsewhere on the hybrid market.

The Escape Hybrid 1 also has Magura HS11 hydraulic rim brakes, which makes sure that braking is immediate yet smooth all the time, whilst the aluminium double wall wheels combined with the Schwalbe Energiser tyres makes sure that rides are as rigid as possible, whilst the wheels grip to surfaces extremely well too.

The bike has a 36 Volt lithium-ion battery, as well as a Panasonic 2 w power LED front light and a Spanninga Vector LED Rear light. The battery is extremely powerful and outperforms its competitors on the market by lasting considerably longer, as well as enabling riders to reach higher speeds and still managing to power both lights. Another notable element of the Escape Hybrid 1 is the memory foam saddle, which makes even the longest rides comfortable.

2 thoughts on “Giant Escape Hybrid1 (2011 – 2013)

  1. Sam Hopwood says:

    Hi I have this bike and the electrics seem not to be smooth but I’m not sure if this is normal. Do you know of any forums etc where I might contact other owners?
    Cheers.

    • Ishmael says:

      Hi Sam,
      In the UK the best forum by far is http://www.pedelecs.co.uk

      I wasn’t able to get much info from any owners when I was considering this bike, but there will almost certainly be a member who will reply to your query. I’d imagine you’d need to describe a bit more what you mean by ‘not smooth’ – e.g is it taking a while to kick in, or erratic. or does the drive feel unsmooth?

      Good luck.

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