Thousands of miles and as little maintenance as possible. That’s what we had in mind when we designed the Santos Travel Lite. And quite successfully so. It has been around for a while now and we have continued to optimize its performance and sustainability with the input from our Santos community. The stiff frame guides you through tough turns, keeps you stable on the descent and makes you more efficient with every pedal stroke. It's your pack mule on vacation, your reliable commuter companion and your handy shopping buddy.
The frame is sleek and dedicated, featuring smooth welds, an internal headset, and a beautifully designed wishbone chainstay. No unnecessary lugs, yet ample space for wide tires with plenty of clearance.
This extremely strong yet streamlined touring bike is ready to take you anywhere!
Opt for the Travel Lite equipped with a Pinion drive, a reliable and low-maintenance gearbox paired with a belt drive system. The Pinionbox is supplied with 12 gears as a standard option, but for cycling enthusiasts, there is also an 18-speed option available.
Depending on your preferences, you can choose from various disc brake options. These include the Shimano XT disc brakes with long levers, which provide a comfortable grip, or one of the Hope models, made in England and available in a range of colours.
The Travel Lite can accommodate two wheel sizes and was previously known as the Travel Lite+. In addition to the 28-inch wheels, you can also opt for 27.5-inch wheels with 62 mm tires. The extra-thick tires provide a super comfortable ride, and the relatively short spokes make the bike stronger. Thick tires are also great for easily rolling over obstacles. So, sit back and enjoy the ride while your tires do the work!
Alternatively, you can opt for the reliable and user-friendly internal Rohloff gear system paired with hydraulic rim brakes. This combination makes the Travel Lite a low-maintenance travel partner and a durable commuter bike. The Rohloff hub offers 14 gears and comes in 6 colours.
The hydraulic rim brakes from Magura are robust, durable, and powerful. They brake firmly and are easy to control with a light touch. Even riders with small hands and less strength in their fingers can bring the Travel Lite to a stop with just one or two fingers. They work well in wet weather too. With an adjustment wheel on the brake lever, you can decide if you want the brake to bite aggressively or have a gentler, longer stroke. Replacing the brake pads is also easy; you can do it without any tools and be done in five minutes.
This Travel Lite is equipped with super strong Santos wheels, hand-built and with the right spoke tension. With the secured spoke nipples, the rims are almost indestructible and ready for any adventure. Featuring 55mm thick tires, you can enjoy optimal comfort and without mudguards, even 60mm tires can be used for extra comfort.
The Travel Lite comes in 5 step-over sizes and 5 mixte sizes. The mixte version also features a space for a water bottle, while maintaining its stable riding properties.
The Travel Lite obediently follows and smoothly maneuvers through corners, even during a lightning-fast descent on asphalt or unpaved mountain paths. With a super-strong frame, an aluminum fork, and nearly indestructible wheels, wobbling is a thing of the past.
A thoroughbred pack mule. The Travel Lite can easily carry all your luggage, up to more than 40 kg*, distributed over five bags. To withstand heavy loads and intensive use, the Travel Lite has been given an extremely stiff frame. The strong, triple-butted aluminum tubes and efficient geometry with large triangles provide not only stiffness but also ample space for many water bottles.*The carriers are not suitable for child seats.
If you opt for SON lighting, you will get a beautiful headlight with a wide, bright beam of light that is so characteristic of SON headlights. The connection to the hub dynamo is plugless, making it easy to remove and replace the wheel. We mount the lamp on a Santos lamp holder, so that it shines nicely over your tire and stays upright.
The SON lights are available in 6 colors, just like the corresponding hub dynamo and rear light.
The Travel Lite is designed with an eye on the future. It's E-bike ready, which means you can electrify it now or later. This is a big advantage as it allows you to remain flexible, with the same bike.
With the Travel Lite E-bike, you'll always have a tailwind. It is the perfect solution when one person is faster than the other or if you want to cycle a long distance to work every day.
Santos Riders Ellen and Elmar took the Travel Lite on a two-year journey through America.
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At Santos we like to listen first to what you have in mind. Then we’ll start building the best Santos especially for you. Below you will find a number of tools to guide you through the decision making process. Depending on your (technical) knowledge, you can use these tools yourself or go through them together with a Santos dealer. They can advise you on all the important details.
Is it the Travel Lite that appeals most to you? Or maybe one of our other bicycles? To get your thoughts clear, you may use the Santos step-by-step plan. This plan is currently only available in Dutch, but we hope to publish an English version soon. You don’t need to fill it in, it is meant as a guideline for when you get in touch with us.
Convinced that the Travel Lite is the bike for you? Then you may want to use the Santos customizer as a guideline to make choices about the drive, the brakes and the entire assembly such as the handlebars, the saddle and the tires. Use this tool to see the many options of custombuilding and to get a rough idea about pricing.
You can visit our factory or one of our dealers. Our factory is located just a stone’s throw away from Amsterdam airport. Our dealer network is mainly based in the Netherlands and Belgium. You can also make a video appointment. We then "walk" you through our factory and show you frames, models, colours and accessories. We can ship worldwide.