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Review: Swytch e-bike conversion kit adds serious motor assisted fun to any bicycle

Review: Swytch e-bike conversion kit adds serious motor assisted fun to any bicycle

If we’re being honest, we were a bit hesitant to test the Swytch e-Bike Conversion Kit. Why? Two reasons. First, because bolting on a motor…

Tuesday, May 04

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If we’re being honest, we were a bit hesitant to test the Swytch e-Bike Conversion Kit. Why? Two reasons. First, because bolting on a motor and battery seems like a clunky idea.

Second, because front wheel drive seems like a weird idea on a two-wheeled, pedal-powered bicycle that’s designed as a low-power, rear wheel drive machine.

Fortunately, both fears proved unfounded, and the Swytch kit surprised us with relatively clean looks and solid performance that rivaled the feel of real e-bikes. Considering its versatility and low entry price, we’d recommend it highly as a way to turn any regular old bike into a fast commuter. Here’s how it works… How does the Swytch e-Bike Conversion Kit work?

As if to reinforce just how versatile Swytch’s kit is, they only offer two versions – Universal, and Brompton. The latter is specifically for Brompton’s folding bikes. The Universal kit is for everything else. And they really do mean (almost) everything else.

It starts with a hub motor inside a wheel, more on that in a minute. The battery and electronics are housed inside a small pack that mounts to your handlebar. It looks like a small basket, but the controls are managed through the top flap, which closes with a waterproof zipper:

The charging port and manual on/off switch are behind a small flap on the back. Functionally, it’s highly water resistant and perfectly fine to ride or park in the rain now and then, but it’s not 100% waterproof. So, don’t submerge it.

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