Swagtron Swagcycle EB5

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Summary of Reviews

We have read all expert and user reviews on the Swagtron Swagcycle EB5. In summary, this is what cyclists think.

10 reasons to buy

  • The EB5 was said to be comfortable on long-distance rides.
  • Speeds up to 12.5mph were attainable.
  • The EB5’s battery lasted up to 15 miles per charge.
  • This e-bike folded up to fit in a car boot.
  • Highly adjustable handlebars impressed users.
  • Riders up to 235lbs were happy with the EB5.
  • Users found it suitable for camping and RVs.
  • Construction of the EB5 was said to be sturdy
  • The EB5 arrives almost completely assembled.
  • Folding and unfolding was simple and straightforward.

13 reasons not to buy

  • The EB5’s battery is built-in and irreplaceable.
  • Battery life decreased to a 1.3mi range, after one year of use.
  • A weight limit of 264lbs disappointed bigger riders.
  • The EB5’s kickstand spring interfered with folding.
  • This e-bike struggled on hills.
  • The battery indicator fluctuates and shows three bars on empty.
  • The EB5 doesn’t use keys and can be turned on by anyone.
  • Both experts and users experienced a maximum 12.5 mph range.
  • Customer service disappointed a number of owners.
  • Under pedal-assist, a 6mi range was reported by one expert.
  • Owners found the unpowered EB5 difficult and heavy to pedal.
  • Riders were limited by a lack of gears and a single power-assist setting.
  • The EB5 does not come equipped with lights.

Bottom line

Swagtron’s EB5 is a simple e-bike with basic options. A number of reviewers knew that it lacked features of other, more refined models. However, they were satisfied with their value for money. Battery life was depleted after a number of months. Swagtron have described the EB5 as their “campus cruiser”. It seems best suited to short, flat distances.

Expert Reviews

64/100 based on 2 expert reviews
Level 1 expert

This Foldable Electric Bike is On-point

Level 1 expert

…it is clearly the best-balanced model in their electric bike collection.

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Level 4 expert

Swagcycle EB5 Plus Folding Review

Level 4 expert

A basic but impressively convenient folding electric bike that collapses small for transport or storage

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Level 2 expert

Swagtron EB5 Pro Folding Electric Bike Review

Level 2 expert

Despite some limitations, we still recommend the Swagtron EB5 pro, because it delivers a lot for such a low price.

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Level 1 expert

Review & Teardown: Swagtron EB5 Electric Bike

Level 1 expert

The battery was completely empty, even though it showed three bars.

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User Ratings

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