The Swagtron Swagcycle EB5 Series is a consumer-grade electric scooter specifically built with easy use, accessibility, and functionality in mind.
While it lacks certain features that other electric bikes. Swagtron Swagcycle EB5 is a relatively low price within the market and offers a host of extra features.
It’s ease of use makes the Swagcycle a very attractive entry-level electric bike. In this post, we’ll explore those features and see if this fits riding needs.
Things To Consider Before Buying A Swagtron Swagcycle
Why would you need an electric bike? E-bikes or E-scooters solve various transportation issues people might have. Costing less than a car in both upkeep and initial price.
Research has found that people tend to spend the most amount of time on short commutes – on average 7 miles a day for four days a week.
This means that electric scooters and bikes are a preferred solution for someone with a job in a city or with a shorter journey to their profession (especially if they are taking the train or other public transportations).
Before considering the purchase of an electric bike or scooter, you may want to consider the below factors:
- Do you need a car for your commute?
- Do you only make short journeys or do you also travel long distances?
- Is the upkeep of a car worth it to you?
- Do you have a license to use one?
Swagtron Swagcycle EB5 Series Pros & Cons
The Swagtron Swagcycle EB5 series is well regarded among many electric bike consumers and review sites. It’s not necessarily for its feature list, speed, or power but because of its supreme efficiency and convenience.
For the first time electric bike owner, this purchase could certainly be wise – a foldable electric bike for cheaper than a lot of its competition.
The company also claims that its most basic E-bike is capable of being pedaled without power-assist enabled. Advertising this element as a potentially limitless range if one chooses to cycle.
Moreover, it is able to comfortably fit and accommodate riders of up to 235lbs, meaning that the range of body types it is suitable for is very wide.
The EB5 series, as advertised on Swagtron’s website, claims to be designed for short trips in particular.
The website focuses on the EB5 as a vehicle to travel between city blocks and offices. This also includes students who take rides across long stretches on-campus.
Painting the target demographic as young professionals and university students.
It promises a 15-mile battery life, with 15.5km/h top speeds and portability allowing for accessing public transport along your commute.
- Convenient size.
- Much cheaper than competitors.
- Portability is incredibly useful.
- Battery degrades after a few months.
- Built in, irreplaceable battery.
- The bike is heavy to pedal without assist.
Overview of Key Features!
What follows is a quick examination of the central features offered by the Swagcycle. This section will cover the bike’s limitless riding, its foldability, and the product’s stopping power.
The “limitless riding” feature of the Swagcycle refers to both the bike’s battery life and the fact you can cycle it without the engine powering it at all, as well as the power assist being available.
The Swagtron website mentions the bike’s non-powered functionality as a benefit – allowing you to use just for exercise if you so choose.
However, there does seem to be a downside to this “quality”. While the bike is not inordinately heavy, it does clock in at 16.8kg.
The average pedestrian bike without electronic enhancements weighs around 9kg. So the Swagcycle weighs nearly double that number.
Although this may not be too much for the occasional exercise. It is considerably heavier than an average bike, so many users find that the bike is very difficult to cycle if not using the full motor or even the power assist function.
The notion of its limitless riding is also called into question by some sources who claim the battery life degrades after a year, cutting a few miles off of its range.
With all that in mind, the Swagcycle offers three different modes of transport in one:
- A normal, but substantially heavier than a usual bicycle.
- A power-assist mode that massively aids your pedaling, making uphill travel at least 83% easier.
- A fully powered travel option without pedaling being required (which obviously eats more battery).
One of the key components of the Swagcycle is the incredibly convenient portability offered by the ability to fold the bike down when it is not in use.
The folding and unfolding are relatively simple, and as the bike arrives already constructed, there need be no concern that improper assemblage on your end would impede the packing and unpacking of the bike.
The folding takes only three steps to complete: collapsing the stem, bending the frame, and then folding in the pedals.
While the folded bike will be relatively hefty, it is not so heavy that one could not lift it and store it in various spaces – from desks to spots in offices being easy enough to fit the folded bike into.
Another advantage of the SWAGTRON Swagcycle EB5 Series is its stopping power. The bike incorporates a braking technology known as “Autoguard” to guarantee superlative stopping power to keep you safe when traveling.
Autoguard works by automatically halting the motor of the device it is connected to, making your essential stops that much quicker.
This means that even if you spotted an obstacle while you have the throttle fully open, you will be as safe as possible when you hit the brakes.
Swagtron Swagcycle Electric Scooter Performance
At its slowest, the SWAGTRON Swagcycle EB5 Series can be ridden at pedal speed, presumably at slightly slower than a normal bike due to its weight.
However, it is also able to reach a top speed of 15mph using its relatively impressive 270-Wh engine.
The range on the Swagcycle is 15.5 miles on a fully charged battery – an ample one for travel along different short commutes.
Depending on the charging time you have available between journeys, you may be able to get a full 30+ miles of travel if you so require during a day.
This range may well deplete over time as the battery degrades, so that is worth bearing in mind.
The Swagcycle’s battery boasts a 270-Wh battery. One full charge of this battery will take you across the full 15.5-mile range that the bike offers consumers.
According to Swagtron’s website, this battery takes between 4-5 hours to charge back up to full.
One element of potential concern for a consumer with the battery is that the battery in the Swagcycle is mounted into the machine and is not at all removable.
This means that the repair of any battery concerns involved with the EB5 Series is made incredibly difficult.
However, without extraneous battery issues the 270-Wh battery will suffice for most short-distance travel quite well.
Swagtron Swagcycle Scooter Review Conclusion – Travel With More Fun
In conclusion the Swagtron Swagcycle EB5 is a worthwhile purchase for a new electric scooter for a few reasons.
- It is much, much cheaper than a lot of other electric bikes on the market, dropping in at over $500 below the average price of an electric bike.
- The convenience of the bike’s foldable element is hard to beat – especially at the price.
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