The Travel Lite will make you want to ride more. No doubt about that. Before you know it, it will take you to the grocery store, to work, across the Alps, to sweet and sultry Tuscany... and onwards to Istanbul, Teheran and Nepal. Once you ride this bike, you do not want to stop anymore. Really. Okay, maybe for a delicious plate of real Italian pasta or a small fine hotel in Bassano del Grappa.
Enthusiasm and experience were the recipe. Ours and mostly our riders. We added our expertise and distilled the essence from all the ingredients. The basis for a strong, stiff and light touring bike, that takes you anywhere. That you would like to ride all the time.
A beautiful frame with nicely finished welds. No unneccessary inserts. With a lot of clearance for wide tires. And with userfriendly, low maintenance FIRMtech brakes. High mileage and low maintenance, that was the goal.
This classic bike is your reliable partner on your holiday, on your way to work and for rides to the grocery store. It's time to leave!
Oh and by the way, if you ever have the chance to test it, warn your boss that you might be delayed for a day... or two...
"The Range Rover among the trekking bikes"
An eye catcher, for sure. Besides functionality, the Travel Lite's looks are a main feature. The frame is beautifully designed, clean and dedicated. No superfluous inserts, nicely finished welds, a semi integrated head set and minimalistic FIRMtech brakes.
The frame is designed for one kind of brake and gear system. That means cable and cableguides are fine tuned in shape and function, without concessions.
Low top tube possible
The Travel Lite is available 5 ladies and 5 mens sizes. The ladies frame has a low top tube and maintains its stiffness and stable riding characteristics due to its well considered geometry. There's plenty of room left for a bottle cage.
The Travel Lite is equipped with the TravelRack XL, an extra strong rear rack. You can easily take more than 40kg* along, divided over five panniers.*In case you use the carrier for panniers only on the side and on top of the bike, it's suitable for at least 40kg. The carrier is not suitable for child's seats.
Safely downhill, full of confidence
The Travel Lite follows without hesitation. Even during super fast downhills on paved roads or unpaved mountain tracks it feels very reliable. It has a super strong frame, a steel front fork and exceedingly strong wheels, which make swaying impossible.
Comfortable and strong
The Travel Lite has super strong Santos travel wheels. Handmade with the right spoke tension. Sealed nipples make these travel wheels indestructible and ready for your holiday.
The 55mm wide tires enable you to profit from the comfort and without fenders you can even mount 60m tires. Super comfortable.
A crazy amount of luggage
You can fit the Travel Lite with more than 40 kg of luggage, divided over 5 bags. For example, choose a Santos AdventureRack (25 kg*) and a Tubus lowrider (15kg). The strong, stiff frame and the steel front fork ride effortless over cobblestones and tree-roots. The fat tires give you lots of comfort.*The AdventureRack is suitable for at least 25kg. The carrier is not suitable for child's seats.
Beautifully streamlined and ultra strong rear bicycle rack. Designed by Santos and made in Holland. Clever combination of high-quality CroMo steel for the rack itself and stainless steel for all attachment points and the lower bag hanging bar.
*The AdventureRack is suitable for at least 25kg. The carrier is not suitable for child's seats.
Santos wheels can withstand it all.
Wheels are very important. They have a lot to endure and are difficult to repair while traveling. All the more reason to make our wheels strong, very strong. How?
One size fits all.
From a regular bike bottle up to a large PET bottle. The name says it all; you can stash anything with the Santos Hold-it-All. Thousands of Santos riders use this unique Santos Only accessory on their journeys around the world.
Care free riding, little maintenance
The Travel Lite is equiped with the most durable and low maintenance components; the most reliable and user friendly internal Rohloff gear hub with Santos belt drive. It transforms your Travel Lite into a low maintenance travel companion and durable commuter.
Rather go for the Pinion gear box? Check our Travel Lite+.
Gates belt drive
The right belt and sprockets make your bikes transmission super durable. The Travel Lite has this durable Santos belt drive. That means fixed dropouts (thus the certainty of a straight rear wheel) and Gates belt drive. It's the ultimate system for a lót of silent kilometers.
Always a straight aligned wheel
|Number of gears||14 speed||18 speed||12 speed||3x10||11 speed|
|Increase per gear||13,6%||11,5%||17,6%|
|Suitable for tandem|
|Suitable for E-bike|
Direct pedal stroke
Reliable hydraulic FIRMtech brakes
The hydraulic FIRMtech rim brakes by Magura are robust and durable. They brake firmly and directly and are easy to dose. With the control wheel attached to the brake lever you can easily adjust the braking power; either more aggressively or with a more friendly stroke. Riders with smaller hands and less strong fingers will find them easy to use. Also in wet weather.
The Firmtech version distinguishes itself from the standard Magura brake with the mounting on the frame. The brake notches are wellded on the back side of the forks, both front and rear. In this way the brake bites itself into the fork and the brake power increases when making an emergency stop.
The brake cillinders are directly wellded onto the frame like a hinge and cannot be adjusted. The benefit for you is that it is not possible to mess up your brakes. Ideal for bikers with two left hands. With a small handle on the lever you can adjust the bite. Changing pads is a piece of cake; open the hinge and pull out the worn pad, click the new one in and close the hinge. Done in a minute or two without tools.
SON SL light set
In case you opt for the SON light set, you get a beautiful headlight with a wide, clear beam. This is a distinctive feature of the SON headlights. The connection to the hub is plugless, which makes it very easy to take out the wheel.
We mount the headlight on a Santos headlight bracket, this provides a clear, straight beam above your front wheel.
The SON headlights are available in 6 colors, just like the corresponding SON dynamo hub and rear light.
Travel bikes with power
The Travel Lite is designed with the future in mind. It is E-bike ready, that means that you can turn your bike into an E-bike in the future. That's nice, because you never know in a couple of years you just might need that.
The Travel Lite+ E-bike has a powerfull motor and a big battery for a large radius. We chose a modular system, so we are flexible, now and in the future.
Your wishes and needs determine the frame of your choice. Do you expect to bring a lot of luggage? Do you prefer paved roads, single tracks or both? Santos offers a suitable frame for every purpose.
By the way, your frame is available in more than 50 colors!
Choose the kind of gear system you like. We offer the unique possibility to choose from various gear systems; opt for the reliable Rohloff hub or the low maintenance Pinion gear box.
Both Rohloff and Pinion can be selected with Gates belt or chain.
The finishing touch; handlebars, saddle, tires, rims, fenders, brakes, lights, front fork, grips, carriers ánd color! It's completely up to you; you decide íf you need it and what exactly you prefer. The result: your unique Santos.
Geometry Travel Lite
All sizes are in millimeters, unless mentioned otherwise.
Tip: testing says more than just numbers.
|Size||Seat tube length||Top tube length||Stand over height||Head tube height||Head tube - Dropout|
The sporty allrounder equiped with the unique PLUS concept. An extremely powerful bike luggage wise, a revelation when it comes to smoothness and sportivity. It is your favourite holiday partner and a loyal companion on your way to work or for a daily ride to the supermarket.