Giant Full-E+ 1 SX PRO
The new Giant Full-E+ 1 SX Pro is the first opportunity we have had to see what Giant has to bring to the electric mountain bike market. As one on the largest bike manufacturers on the planet, it will be interesting to see how their vision of an off-road e-bike performs in the real world.
With a price of $5,100, The Full-E+ 1 SX has all the marks to be an e-bike that is going to deliver. As their top of the line rig it has a tall bar to meet in an increasingly competitive market, so the real question remains will it stand out or simply blend in with the masses…
To start, the Giant Full-E+ 1 SX PRO has 160mm of front wheel travel and 140mm in the rear. It is equipped with 27.5 almost plus size wheels (a scant 27.5×2.6 size tires) and Giant’s own dropper post, this bike looks ready to shred right out of the box. The battery pack and motor mount is cleanly blended into Giant’s ALUXX SL aluminum frame. The Full-E+ 1 SX is spec’d with the 500wh Giant EnergyPak battery, the Giant SyncDrive Pro 80Nm motor (powered by Yamaha), and a very capable Giant RideControl EVO display which makes use of Giant’s PedalPlus 4-sensor technology to deliver the pedal assist via three settings: Eco, Normal, and Power.
Giant’s ‘PedalPlus’ feature makes use of the 250w motor and four-sensor system that measures the force applied by a rider, the speed of the bike and the cadence to seamlessly supply a noticeable pedal assist boost. But our first note to make about this off-road e-bike is the heft, at barely over 50lbs, its bulk is noticeable before you even get the bike out the door. We have high hopes that the performance of Giants SyncDrive Pro will easily outweigh our concerns over a few extra pounds. But we might think twice about mounting this beast to the roof of our car, hitch rack anyone?
On the trail the Full-E+ was quick to show us that the pedal assist was ready to gently push us up any hill with ease.
On the trail the Full-E+ was quick to show us that the pedal assist was ready to gently push us up any hill with ease. Of course, uphill is generally where all e-bikes thrive and this one is no exception. We did notice that the Full-E+ seemed to deliver the most power at a slower cadence then we are used to with most e-bikes we’ve tested at just about 70rpm. We made sure to cover an ample selection of trails to get a solid feel for this e-bikes weaknesses and strengths. We even charged up a steep hill with questionable traction and a few technical features that we would have normally skirted around. Two thoughts became apparent right off the bat; one, the Full-E+ is fully capable and entrusts superhuman like power to the average rider and secondly you have better think through your lines ahead of time since they seem to be thrusted underneath you before you have but a moment to prepare. And once you are stopped, getting going again can be problematic giving the extra heft and the fact that the pedal assist doens’t kick in right away but it seems Giant even though this scenario through as well. Giant built in a ‘walk’ function that makes pushing your bike easier in order to help you get to an area where you can ‘get going’ again.
Switching to gravity driving aspirations is generally where we see the holes in e-bike designs. The Full-E+ did feel less nimble than its non-motorized counterpart but with that said, we found ourselves flying down through fairly rough sections of trail and it didn’t feel too reckless. Letting the suspension do the work did feel a bit clumsy but remained to be a blast. In hindsight we are not sure if it was the extra heft or the geometry and feel of the bike that encouraged us to monster truck over, around, and through most things down the trail.
The Full-E+ did feel less nimble than its non-motorized counterpart but with that said, we found ourselves flying down through fairly rough sections of trail and it didn’t feel too reckless.
The Full-E+ really shined on flowing trails with up and downs that aloud you to not only make use to the pedal assist but your momentum as well. The weight definitely lends to the solidly planted feel as we never questioned the stability of the Full-E+.
Brand Key Features
With its all-new SyncDrive Pro motor and proven Maestro suspension performance, the Full-E+ SX Pro delivers smooth, confident performance on rowdy trails. Climbing or descending, it gives you the power and confidence to push new limits in your off-road adventures. The motor’s increased power output and higher cadence capabilities make it the right choice for aggressive trail riding. The lightweight yet strong ALUXX aluminum frame is seamlessly integrated with a 500Wh EnergyPak and 160mm of smooth rear suspension travel. And a drivetrain that’s tuned specifically for off-road performance ensures quick, reliable gear shifts on rugged, enduro style terrain.
- Giant SyncDrive Pro central motor, performance tuned
- Giant EnergyPak500 lithium-ion battery for longest range
- Shimano SLX/XT 1×11-speed drivetrain
- RockShox Yari RC 160mm fork
- Contact Switch remote height adjust seatpost
- Color: Black/Teal/Yellow
The Full-E+ is a very capable machine that is ready to motor you up, along, and down trails with ease. Ultra-technical trails may not be its strong suite.