One common problem most electric bike owners experience is transporting their bikes. E-bikes are a great alternative means of transportation, however, when it comes to their transportation, the reverse is the case.
They won't fit in most spaces and carrying them is not even practical. Enter the Turboant Swift S1, a fat bike that can literally be folded down to the size of a box.
The Swift S1 is a performance electric bike that can be collapsed into a very portable size. It's an all-terrain ebike that can serve various purposes.
This guide breaks down all the special features we tested on the Turboant Swift S1, its pros and cons, and eventually helps you decide if this ebike is the best for your needs.
Features of the Swift S1 folding fat tire electric bike
Hydraulic front forks
The Swift S1 is fitted with an adjustable front fork that has a 2.4-inch shock absorption range. These front forks are designed to smoothen out bumpy rides by compressing and slowly expanding when the wheels collide or roll over surface irregularities.
Unlike the forks usually found on road e-bikes (suitable for urban/ gravel roads), the Swift S1's is built to handle rougher riding conditions. The forks can also be adjusted to different rider weights. This makes the Swift S1 a suitable electric bike for off-road riders.
The Swift S1 takes portability to a whole new level. Almost all the components of this e-bike can be fitted to a lower size; even the pedals!
When completely straightened out, the Swift S1 stands at 51.2 inches (130 cm) and has an extended length (from the rear to front tire) of 68 inches (172 cm).
Folding reduces its height and length to 31 inches (79 cm) and 38 inches (97 cm) respectively. Its saddle and stem can also be adjusted to meet the needs of shorter riders.
So, if you're looking for an electric bike that can fit into your car or under your office desk, you might want to consider the Turboant Swift S1, it's super easy to fold. Simply fold the frame and handlebar and you have a "transformed" ebike. One thing to point out is that, once folded, it may be tricky to pick it up and put it in the back of your car or truck. There are no handles and you will have to manage to carry the entire weight of the ebike (68lbs or 30.8 kg) and that feels heavy for most people.
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Sturdy 20 x 4-inch Kenda fat tire
Fat tires provide more traction than average-width tires and can therefore be ridden on different kinds of surfaces, under almost all conditions. Whether it's sandy, paved, or rocky terrain, through water or snow, the Swift S1 is an all-season, all-terrain electric bike.
The S1's fat tire doesn't just improve grip, it enhances overall ride quality. Fat tires also act as shock absorbers. They might not be as effective at mitigating shock as coil springs or suspension forks, however, their sheer size gives them room to engulf smaller road fluctuations.
Pros of the Turboant Swift S1
1) The e-bike comes 90% preassembled
The only major component you'll need to install is the front wheel. With tools provided in the pack and guidance from the user manual, anyone — gearhead or not — should be able to set this electric bike up in minutes.
You don't need to take it to your local bike shop for assembly either.
2) It can cover up to 60 miles (97 km) on a single charge
Whether it's a long commute or a trail ride in the mountains, the Turboant Swift S1's 48 V 14 Ah lithium-ion battery is packed with enough power to ensure your trip isn't cut short.
It's worth noting that using the bike's motor at peak performance — using the throttle or switching to the fifth level of pedal assistance — will drain the battery quicker and cut the bike's maximum range by a considerable amount.
3) Multiple riding modes
The Swift S1 can be ridden with or without electric power. Riders can choose to ride the S1 without any form or level of assistance from the motors. In this mode, the e-bike is propelled solely by the rider's effort.
Riding the S1 in pedal-only mode should almost feel like riding a traditional bicycle. Even when utilizing electric power, riders can control how much boost they're getting from the motor.
Switching between the 5 different levels of pedal assistance should provide varying degrees of boosts to the rider. They can also engage the motor on-demand by twisting the throttle.
Cons of the Turboant Swift S1
1) It is heavy
Weight has always been a major drawback of electric bikes and the Swift S1 is no different in this regard. Tipping the scales at 68 lbs (30.8 kg), the Swift S1 isn't one of those ebikes you want to carry with your hands for extended periods.
You also want to ensure that the e-bike is optimally charged before taking it out for a ride. If you don't and the battery runs out, you'll have to pedal your entire payload without assistance from the motor.
2) It's a high-maintenance electric bike
Carrying out maintenance on the Swift S1 isn't going to be as straightforward as servicing the chains and reinflating the tires. In fact, because of its many adjustable — and foldable — components, the S1 might need to be serviced by a professional.
You'll need to clean hinges, tighten loose bolts, lubricate moving parts, etc.
In a nutshell; read the user manual for the best maintenance tips
Who is the Swift S1 for
Off-road riders, all-season riders, heavy riders, etc. The Turboant Swift S1 is ideal for riders who are in search of heavy-duty, multi-purpose electric bikes.
Even commuters — heavy commuters especially — can benefit from some of the e-bike's features. It is a versatile electric bike that can be ridden by "almost " all types of riders.
Who the Swift S1 isn't for
Cyclists who are very particular about speed. The S1 isn't lightweight or aerodynamic enough to be considered a speed ebike.
It weighs 68 pounds and doesn't exactly have the frame of a bike designed to "cut through" headwinds.
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