Electric Assist E-Bike System Overview for Travel
Electric Bikes from other brands are not allowed on airlines due to their batteries!
Our Secret: The only electric bike battery you can legally enter a plane with are LiGo Batteries* and Bike Friday is the first travel bike to integrate them into the bike design.
Note: * LIGO Battery not currently available.
The manufacturer is re-designing as the world wide chip shortage has caused enough problems to motivate them to design a battery that is not reliant on those parts. The new LIGO batteries are expected early 2023.
The Battery: The LiGo by Grin Technology*
*Note: LiGo batteries not available until 2023 due to chip shortage*
Yes, these batteries really can be carried on passenger aircraft in carry-on luggage. Both we and our customers have clocked hundreds and hundreds of flights with LiGo batteries going through security without any incidents. Aaron, from Grin, even caught on video what happens when LiGo batteries go through the scanning belt. We recommend removing the LiGo packs from your baggage and plugging the pair of Anderson connectors on each pack into each other so that there are no exposed terminals and each pack is clearly individually contained. Airport personnel has been well trained at looking for the watt-hour rating lithium batteries and seeing if they are compliant or not.
While most airlines do not have a firmly defined maximum number of batteries under 100 Wh that can be brought aboard, we’d suggest traveling with no more than 4-5 LiGo’s per person in order to avoid extra scrutiny. Grin has had customers travel by air with as many as 12 LiGo modules on them, but we wouldn’t recommend that as a matter of course.
Travel with the LiGo powered E-Bike Friday:
Front Hub Drive:
The motor replaces the front hub in the front wheel with a specially designed Bafang motor which is optimized for our wheel size. It is the quietest front hub motor you can buy and works effortlessly.
– This system is compatible with all Bike Friday models –
- No motor resistance when coasting or without power and very quiet!
- Very light! Adds only ~ 10 lbs to your bike
- Fits both 20-inch wheel and 16-inch wheel Bike Fridays
- LiGo travel battery option makes for a light electric-assist bike that is legal to fly with.
- Easily add more Ligo Batteries to increase your range.
- Comes standard with pedal assist
- With a second front wheel and 3 minutes you can take off all but one lb of the weight (removing motor and battery) and have your light non-assisted bike ready to ride
- Disc brake compatible
- Balances weight of bike over both wheels.
Contact us and a bike design expert will help you with your questions and find the best electric system for your situation.
For retrofitting older Bike Fridays into E-Bikes with an electric assist there are additional steps. Contact us for details.