Now, parts of the bicycle industry where electrification was not anticipated are continuing. As a result, the SWFT BMX transports its stone to the structure and rides the VAE in the skateparks. A still-surprising proposition, to put it mildly.
Finding electric bikes specifically made for commuting, mountain biking, or the road makes sense given that the usage of an engine in these activities can attract new participants. The concept of a BMX, on the other hand, is rarely to ride great distances or to climb hills, making SWFT’s idea of adding a motor much more shocking.
I’m nonetheless excited about a reasonably authentic return to BMX bikes in the e-bike arena, at least in terms of design, even though it’s clear that it won’t be for everyone. Spins at the bar are still not advised.
|FRAME:||20" alloy frame|
|SPEED:||Up to 20 MPH|
|RANGE:||18.6 Mile Average Range|
|PRODUCT SIZE:||65 x 29.5 x 42.5 in|
|PRODUCT WEIGHT:||39.7 lbs|
|RECOMMENDED RIDER HEIGHT:||5'3" and above|
SWFT BMX: Design and Build Quality
However, the business adopted everything that gives a BMX its appeal, or virtually, in order to carry out its vision to the very finish. The SWFT bike is built on a frame that is relatively low and does not exactly have the geometry of a modern BMX. Undoubtedly to make it easier to cycle with the saddle up, the seat tube is indeed rather lengthy. Its moniker, the BMX, refers to a set of 20-inch wheels with 2.35″ wide Wanda tires. Enough to keep the vibrancy required for this kind of bike.
The handlebar has traditional lines, and the rear wheel is equipped with a single hydraulic disc brake. The chain transmission only provides one speed, as the BMX spirit desires. Even further, SWFT provides two pairs of pegs by default. However, if one wants to enter any stunts, they will need to compose with a set of 18 kg. It’s not always evident.
Other BMX components, such as the built-in front light and the side stand for parking, are even more remarkable. This bike will struggle to entice people beyond its outward aspect. It is like the flicker of an eye. Such an electric bike is obviously not designed for those who enjoy stunts and is likely to be very limited for daily use. Thankfully, SWFT has the good sense to only ask for $1,000 for its BMX.
The SWFT BMX has a single rear stopper, just like the majority of BMX electric bikes. Contrary to most BMX bikes with rim brakes, they do convert it to a disc brake.
The integrated lighting, consisting of a single front lamp integrated directly into the head tube, is another divergence from other BMX bikes. As long as your main battery has charge, you won’t ever have to worry about a head light when you’re riding home at night. It is powered by the main battery.
The pedals are contemporary, the bars are correct, and a cable-operated rear disc brake, not a coaster brake like my old ‘goose, easily locks the rear wheel for those sliding skid stops.
BMX racing, wheelies, jumping over trash cans, your friends’ bikes, or courageous neighborhood kids (not suggested) were all popular back in the day. Nowadays, BMX riders pull off gravity-defying stunts off vert ramps and everywhere else, spinning their bodies and bikes like whirling dervishes. The SWFT BMX has brake and throttle wires, thus it cannot perform bar-spinning tricks, but it can perform other enjoyable things like hang time.
SWFT BMX: Motor and Battery
The 350 W motor installed in the back wheel hub should give the vehicle life. Probably too much for the technical stages, especially because the aid is controlled by a straightforward rotation sensor. The SWFT BMX can accelerate to a top speed of 32 km/h thanks to this engine, which is unusual in France due to its nominal power. With a 270 Wh capacity, the battery placed in the diagonal tube should only provide a modest amount of autonomy.
The SWFT BMX was initially used by my adolescent football player son, who is now 5 feet 10 inches tall and bench presses more weight than I ever could. He rallied it around the high school’s grounds on a weekend, moving from concrete to baseball diamond dirt while catching a little air off some berms. Although it was chilly and rainy because it was the dead of January in Oregon, the fun factor didn’t appear to be affected. He experimented with the pedal assist levels while whirling about on the throttle alone. He eventually hopped off after I took some of the pictures you can see above.
Don’t expect to burn rubber on this thing; the 350W continuous-rated back wheel motor isn’t a monster. But even though it takes a little longer, you’ll eventually reach a top speed of around 20 mph (32 km/h). I discovered that I frequently fell short of the 20 mph top speed by about a mile and a half, but it also depended on how fully charged your battery is. You won’t have as much power to reach those greater speeds as you get closer to the conclusion of the charge.
Since I’ve been in a few terrible wrecks, I put on a full-face motorcycle helmet for adventures, lifted the seat just enough to be usable (lower is cooler, FYI), and started riding. Instead of a time warp taking me back to my BMX-obsessed adolescence as I had anticipated, it just began to rain more heavily. But some of those old urges came back. Skid slide? as silky as silk. curb hopping At a lower altitude, but I still got it. Wheelie? Well, not really. And why did I suddenly feel the need to stop by the 7-Eleven for a Coke. It’s preferable to leave some things in the past.
The BMX ebike option, though, was the most enjoyable. I used to ride up the biggest hills in Portland that I could reach and then tuck into the wind as I flew down the gradient, daydreaming of riding my own motorcycle. Now, with 7-Eleven beckoning in the distance, all I had to do was turn the BMX’s right grip, and I was off. How amazing it would have been as a child to have the BMX kick in some assistance while I peddle when the throttle is off. Hey, even as an adult child, it’s still quite great.
SWFT BMX: Conclusions
This SWFT BMX e-bike seems like a decent option for getting around town. It won’t function as well as a proper urban e-bike as a commuter. It won’t tear up the trails like a fat tire e-bike or climb hills like a mid-drive with a multi-speed transmission. But if you don’t mind making certain compromises, it will be able to perform some of each.
Before several other ebikes arrived for review, I rode the SWFT BMX a few more times, and my son also used it a few times. Although we all know that things change, it’s still enjoyable. I no longer reside in BMXville, but it’s a lovely location to visit. However, it’s awesome to see SWFT create this bike and to witness those crazy BMX youngsters perform unbelievable feats at the X-Games and even at the neighborhood skate park. With a little extra something thanks to modern technology, the SWFT electrified BMX seems to be as challenging and enjoyable as my old Mongoose, so hopefully it wins over the hearts of new riders. I wholeheartedly advise it if you’re a young rider or still a kid at heart.
In particular, given that there are already mounting places for a rear rack, I would have loved to see a rack and fender combination provided as accessories. I don’t consider this to be a top-tier commuter e-bike because it lacks fenders. But on dry days, it does the work of a commuter thanks to the throttle and pedal assist that are constantly accessible. Of course, the fenders and rack would detract from the BMX appearance.