We have seen many new fat-tire e-bikes on the market in the last year and we at BikeFolded have tested quite a few of them. I like most of them because they deliver unprecedented comfort that smaller folding bikes can’t compete with. However, the Turboant Swift S1 has become my favorite folding e-bike so far as it fulfills almost all my requirements.
Specifications & Features
|Weight||67.2 lbs (30.5 kg)|
|Folded Dimensions||38″ x 31″ x 23.5″|
|Frame||Aluminum alloy 6061|
|Hub Motor||750W Brushless Gear Motor|
|Top Speed||20 mph|
|Lithium-Ion Battery||48V – 14Ah|
|Charger||48V – 2A|
|Battery Range||35–60 miles (56 – 97 km)|
|Controller||48V – 18A|
|Pedal Assistance||Level 0-5|
|Tire||20″ x 4″ Kenda fat tires|
|Brake Lever||Tektro aluminum alloy grip lever|
|Rear Light||Brake taillight|
|Brake||Tektro Aries brake (7.1 in/180 mm)|
|Crank||Prowheel 42T forged alloy (6.7 in/170 mm)|
|Gear||Shimano 7-speed derailleur|
|Front Fork||Adjustable alloy front fork|
|Front Light||48V LED light|
|Saddle||Selle Royal SR-A020D|
|Seat Post||Zoom seat post (diameter: 1.25 inches/31.8 mm, length: 13.8 inches/350 mm)|
|Spoke||12-gauge stainless steel|
|Suggested Rider Height||5’3”–6’4” (1.6 – 2 m)|
|Max. Payload Capacity||330 lbs (150kg)|
The Swift S1 was almost fully assembled out of the box. After taking everything out, basically I just needed to attach the front wheel with a quick-release lever, install the headlight, front fender, and pedals. There is even a toolkit bag to help assemble the bike faster without looking for the right tools. It took me less than an hour to get the bike ready to use.
I am very impressed with the sleek design of the Turboant bike. Unlike some cheaper e-bikes on the market, the Swift S1 hides battery inside the top tube instead of placing it right behind the seatpost. This design makes the bike look much cleaner and avoid damages to the battery. Although the battery is hidden, you still can remove it after unlocking it with the provided key. That means you can easily replace it when it malfunctions. This is very important because batteries often degrade after a few years; We can order a replacement battery directly from Turboant and replace it by ourselves. The Turboant brand has been around since I started reviewing e-bikes, so I guess their accessories would be still available when necessary. At this time, the battery pack is available for about $550.
The battery could last more than 30 miles in full throttle mode on a single charge. It also offers 5 levels of pedal assistance and if you pedal more often, it could last up to 60 miles.
Fat-tire ebikes have been in huge demand during the year and they totally change consumers’ prejudice against folding bikes. The Swift S1 features a powerful 750W brushless motor; You probably can’t see the difference when riding this bike on even roads because the top speed is capped at 20mph in full throttle mode. However, the motor is much more capable and you can feel it when climbing any incline. What makes this bike stand out is that the motor doesn’t give me a sudden speed boost like most ebikes in the low price range. I was very surprised because even the Turboant Thunder T1 doesn’t provide the same gradual speed boost. Therefore, the riding experience with the Swift S1 is really smooth and I feel much safer as well.
Another reason I love this folding ebike so much is because of its superb comfort. The hydraulic suspension on the front fork is combined with fat tires to absorb all bumps on the road. When you want a more rigid feel, you can lock the suspension but the fat tires still deliver very smooth riding experience. I could ride the bike for hours without feeling anything on my bottom.
The bike is quite bulky for most average users; The wheels are massive and I had some trouble carrying the 68-lbs weight upstairs to my room. My bike also has a problem with the frame hinge as it is very stiff. I had to use a lot of force to fold and unfold the main frame. I checked with some other users of the Swift S1 but they didn’t have this issue, so I guess my bike could be defective. I am quite disappointed because I love this bike and planned to use it as my daily driver. If it didn’t have the hinge issue, I could fold the bike, put it to my car trunk much easier and ride it even more. It has a balance stand on the bottom so I can prop it up after folding.
- Sleek design
- Good battery life
- Powerful motor, no sudden speed boost
- Smooth and comfortable riding
- Reasonable price
- Stiff hinge (probably defective bike)
- Bulky design
The Turboant Swift S1 is my favorite fat-tire ebike as it checks almost all the boxes. It is on sale on Turboant’s website for $1,799 but you can use on-page coupon to save up to $200. We highly recommend this ebike since it is unbeatable in the price range.
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