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Summary of Reviews
We have read all expert and user reviews on the Swagtron Swagcycle. In summary, this is what cyclists think.
9 reasons to buy
- A handful of owners reported that the SwagCycle operated silently.
- Some E-cyclists praise the SwagCycle’s top speed, at up to 15-17mph when using the associated app.
- The fun-factor of this pocket-sized conveyance was frequently mentioned.
- An LED headlight’ comes included.
- The SwagCycle’s frame was known to be solidly built.
- Handlebars are adjustable to suit riders of varying heights.
- The SwagCycle’s handle folds down with a quick-release, for portability and storage.
- It’s lightweight; easy to lift, carry and store.
- Disc brakes are said to offer strong stopping power.
17 reasons not to buy
- Top speeds seemed to be lower than the claimed 18mph, being closer to 10-13mph.
- For some, the position of the pegs on the front wheel made for an uncomfortable, unstable ride.
- The rear tire had a tendency to ‘roll off’ and to puncture easily. Heats up until hot to touch.
- Batteries had issues; dying after 6 miles, battery-life halving after 6 months, failing to charge from new and not charging to completion.
- Customer service got a bad rap. Operators were unhelpful and questioned owners heavily.
- The accompanying app was buggy and incorrectly displayed speed and battery levels.
- Returns for repair or replacement required postage of the complete bike at the owners expense.
- Accessories were criticized for being fragile and weak, including headlights and the battery cover.
- The SwagCycle struggles on slight inclines and is unable to tackle real hills.
- Damage on arrival included a bent disc and some scratching.
- Owners found it annoying and unnecessary that an app was required to reach top speed.
- Some buyers reported that the SwagCycle’s actual range was half of what was claimed.
- The bike is not weatherproof and therefore unsuitable for wet weather.
- E-cyclists were bothered by an unnerving grinding sound emanating from the rear wheel.
- On rough roads, the lack of suspension and teensy wheels resulted in a rocky ride.
- Seat height is not adjustable. The SwagCycle may be too low to be used by tall riders.
- One owner received a returned product, complete with the previous owner’s return slip.
Bottom lineUnlike other Swagtron models, the SwagCycle jettisons the pedals and instead relies on rigid pegs as footrests. It’s possible that top speeds and range are exaggerated in manufacturer documentation. Owners weren’t happy to be passed by people on electric wheelchairs, scooters, skateboards, and conventional bicycles. As such, it’s probably well-suited to a very defined niche: the SwagCycle is great to whiz around on, on a campus or within a large workplace. It’s best restricted to within a couple of miles use. When it comes to the crunch and the battery runs dry, there are no pedals on the SwagCycle to propel you out of trouble’s way.
Expert Reviews70/100 based on 2 rated expert reviews
Swagtron SwagCycle Pro Folding Electric Bike
It’s great for short commutes or running errands. Just notice that the bike is still too bulky to carry on a bus or subway.
Swagtron’s SwagCycle Pro Is a Fun and Easy Ride, but Underpowered
When its battery runs dry, that’s it — there aren’t any pedals to fall back on or generate more power. It isn’t waterproof either, which means you should avoid riding it in the rain. Its greatest problem is that it’s underpowered.
Swagtron Swagcycle Review: Cheapest E-Bike Around
You can travel up to 10mph for a range of up to 10 miles… going over bumps can get a little rocky. I know I look ridiculous riding it… I don’t care if people stare at me…
Swagcycle Pro Likes and Dislikes
The battery seems to be draining rather quickly. I really don’t like that. I only went 1 mile and it already says it’s down to 62.5%