Do you want to ease your long bike commute but are unwilling to shell out for an ebike? Consider the Swytch electric bike conversion kit. It could be a great way to breathe new life into the busted-up old commuter collecting dust in your garage.
The Swytch Kit runs $449 (read, less than a ton of high-end bike components we could name), is rim and disc-brake compatible, and fits on almost any bike thanks to 13 available wheel sizes and a hub-only model. The company even has a kit compatible with foldable bikes.
Swytch estimates the conversion kit will allow users to travel at the cost of 0.4 cents per mile.
“Our new improved Swytch Kit is a game-changer. It is going to totally disrupt the eBike industry because it is so much lighter, smaller and more affordable than anything else out there,” said Swytch CTO and co-founder Dmitro Khroma.
A battery optimized for commuting
The kit’s primary selling point is the “pocket-sized” 36-volt, 98-watt-hour lithium-ion AIR battery. The AIR has a range of 9 miles and charges in about an hour. Even better, it weighs about 1.5 pounds. Swytch also sells a larger version (about the size of a tablet) with a range of 19 miles.
Recent American census data indicates that bicycle commuters only spend about 20 minutes (one way) on their commutes, so Swytch’s range should be long enough to meet that need.
The kit also includes a 250-watt geared hub motor wheel, a mount and bracket, a charger, and a pedal sensor. Swytch claims the system can tackle a 30-percent grade with ease.
Easy install, easy pedaling
The Swytch Kit is seemingly designed with bike neophytes in mind. The motor and wheel are a single unit, and step one of the installation is to remove the old front wheel and install the new one that comes with the kit.
The pedal sensor clips in easily near the pedals, while the motor bracket attaches to the handlebars with a hex key. Once all the pieces are installed, all it takes is plugging it all in and snapping the battery in place.