- Very cost-effective
- Decent top speed & range
- Tackle inclines of up to 20 degrees
- Headlight & reflective rear strips
- Triple folding & incredibly easy to store
- Lightweight - weighs just 37 lbs
- Supports weights of up to 264 lbs
- Fast charging - Fully charged in just 4-5 hours
- Autoguard - Disengages motor upon braking for greater safety & control
- IPX4 water resistance - better than nothing but could still be better
- Air-filled tires susceptible to punctures
- Can't adjust handlebars
- No cruise control
- No disc brakes
Specification: Swagtron EB-5 Review 2021
|Speed and Performance|
Swagtron EB-5 Review & Overview
As we briefly mentioned, the Swagtron EB-5 makes for a great commuter scooter. It’s triple folding, making packing, transporting and storing your awesome e-bike a breeze. What’s more, we believe that Swagtron have priced this very fairly, making the EB-5 a great cost-effective scooter for commuters. Whilst relatively cheap, the build and design of the EB-5 is anything but, with it’s lightweight yet durable frame supporting weights of up to 264 lbs (120 kg). Alongside this, the Swagtron EB5 is also one of the fastest charging electric bikes in its category, capable of charging to full in just 4-5 hours.
This is a massive step up from similarly priced e-bikes that often take 12+ hours to charge. For it’s price, the EB5 is certainly worth it and is packed full of features that you’d expect to see in higher end models; further offering a decent top speed and range of 15.5 mp/h. All in all, the EB5 certainly meets all expectations and offers great performance for the price. Read on for more information on the speed, power and distance offered by the Swagtron EB-5.
Speed, Power & Distance
Speed, Power & Distance
In terms of speed and range, the Swagtron EB-5 offers a modest yet relatively decent top speed and range of 15.5 mp/h. This means that rides should expect an average ride time of 1 hour going at max. speed (please note that variables such as rider weight and terrain affect overall performance). However, what’s really great about the EB-5 are the replaceable batteries, allowing tech-savvy riders to change and replace their battery, should any faults arise.
Speaking of speed, get riding straight out of the box, thanks to EB5 coming pre-assembled and instantly ready for action. On the topic of power, the Swagtron EB-5 does still deliver, drawing power from its 250W motor and tackling inclines of up to 20 degrees, making is a great electric bike for hills. Take your pick from throttle-only, pedal-assist and pedal only mode, depending on how active you feel. If you do decide to lend your bike a helping foot and pedal, expect an increased range and top speed.
How fast does it go?
The EB-5 claims a decent top speed of approx. 15.5 mp/h (throttle-only).
What age/weight is it suitable for?
Whilst there is no mentioned recommended age, Swagtron state that instead of relying on age categorization, they use weight & height measurements. Furthermore, whilst the seat is fully height adjustable, the handlebars are not, which could be potentially challenging for smaller riders to reach.
As such, the recommended rider height for the EB-5 is 4 ft 8 “. Although there is no official recommended minimum weight, we know that the EB5 supports weights of up to 264 lbs (120 kg) whilst weighing just 37 lbs, that’s over 7 times its own weight!
What is the range/distance?
15.5 miles (throttle-only). Riders should expect a slightly longer ride range in pedal-assist mode.
Battery Life & Charging
Battery Life & Charging
Moving on to the battery life & charging section of our Swagtron EB-5 review, a category in which it certainly does perform. Powered by a 36V Lithium-ion battery capable of charging from empty in just 4-5 hours; a huge step up from similarly priced e-bikes that take over 12+ hours to charge. Alongside this, the EB-5 has another trick up it’s sleeve, featuring replaceable batteries; in theory allowing riders to go for as long as they want.
Whilst this does require some level of technical proficiency and isn’t anywhere near as convenient as the EB7 swappable batteries, these still allow you to continue your ride like you never even started, doubling and tripling your ride time and distance. Lastly, the EB5 also features an IPX4 waterproof rating, protecting the battery and internal electricals from moderate sustained water pressure and dust.
Honestly, the Swagtron EB5 is definitely one of the fastest charging electric bikes in its price range, alongside offering a decent top speed and range. It’s hard to see how this isn’t one of the best commuter ebikes of 2021, in terms of cost-effectiveness and functionality.
How long does it take to charge?
Just 4-5 hours, making it one of the fastest charging electric bikes in its price range.
Battery protection & safety
As previously mentioned, the Swagtron EB-5 claims an IPX4 waterproof rating, meaning that the battery and internal electricals feature adequate protection from moderate sustained water pressure and dust ingress. Furthermore, Swagtron have even pioneered an advanced battery management system to guarantee top battery life, alongside safeguarding agaist overcharging, overheating and overvoltage.
How long will the battery last for?
An average lithium-ion battery has an approx. lifespan of 500-1000+ charge cycles before any faults begin to arise. As a high quality lithium-ion battery, riders should expect the latter of 1000+ charges before expecting any issues. Even if you were charging your ebike on a daily basis, it would still take you 2-3+ years to reach this stage.
Design & Ergonomics
Design and Ergonomics
The design of the Swagtron EB-5 is very sleek and clearly has ergonomics in mind. Featuring a low, walk-through frame to allow riders to easily transport and mount their awesome ride. This walk-through frame is also a great benefit for those with mobility issues, as they no longer have the hoist their leg high over the frame. Alongside this, the seat is fully height adjustable, allowing riders to perfectly match their frame for optimal riding comfort.
Designed for convenience, the EB-5 clearly demonstrates this through the awesome 3-folding frame, quickly transforming this bike into hand luggage; further attesting to its convenience as a low-cost commuting ebike. However, cost-effectiveness doesn’t mean cheaply built – the EB-5 boasts a lightweight yet durable aluminium alloy frame and 14-inch air filled rubber tires to ensure better traction and easy maintenance.
All in all, this fully folding ebike is perfectly designed for its function as a commuters best friend, whilst still remaining more than suitable for teens and e-bike enthusiasts.
What material is it made from?
Lightweight yet durable aluminium alloy frame, 14-inch air filled rubber tires.
Swagtron EB-5 spares & accessories
Whilst providing a variety of magnificent models, Swagtron also offer a number of spares & accessories for the EB-5; alongside the majority of their other models. These spare parts & accessories are a great way to enhance or repair your Swagtron EB-5; source bags, locks, batteries, helmets, chargers and much more. Check out the full range of Swagtron EB-5 spares and accessories.
Can it be used as a regular bike?
Yes – take your pick from throttle-only, pedal-assist and pedal only mode.
Does it connect to your smartphone via app or Bluetooth?
Unfortunately, there is no Bluetooth or mobile app support for the Swagtron EB-5. Whilst there is a Swagtron app on iOS, it’s only compatible for the T3/T6/T580 hoverboard models.
Build quality and ease of use
As previously mentioned, the build quality of the EB-5 is certainly up to standard, especially considering the low price Swagtron have it listed for. This awesome commuter ebike is constructed from a highly durable yet lightweight aluminium frame; weighing just 37 lbs whilst supporting weights of up to 264 lbs (120 kg), supporting over 7 times its own weight!
Swagtron have a name as renowned electric travel pioneers, holding their products to extremely high standards, often adhering to strict fire and electrical safety regulations. As such, rest assured that your superior Swagtron EB-5 is of high quality and most importantly, safe. Moving on to ease of use, getting started with the Swagtron EB5 is easy. Thanks to the low down, walk-through frame, mounting this model is a breeze, the seat is comfortable and fully height adjustable to account for all riders.
Everything is conveniently situated, with a bell and brakes on the handlebars, alongside the battery indicator and throttle. What’s more, this ebike is incredibly easy to fold, taking just 5-10 seconds to pack away and store. For those who require an easy-to-store, cost-effective and fully folding commuter ebike, look no further.
Safety & Usability on the road
Safety and usability on the road
Moving on to the safety and road use section of our Swagtron EB-5 review. Featuring a bright headlight and reflective rear strips to help you stay visible at all times, we believe that the Swagtron EB-5 is more than suitable for roadside use. Alert pedestrians and other traffic of your presence, with the handy bell located on the handlebars. What’s more, the EB-5 also tackles inclines of up to 20 degrees, making it a great ebike for hills.
Thanks to Autoguard technology, you have the control to stop sharply and precisely; Autoguard is a safety features that disengages the motor upon braking, increasing safety and control during sudden stops. However, please ensure that you stay in the bike lane, roadside or pavement when riding on the road. Furthermore, we insist that you wear adequate safety gear when riding on roads or at night, such as high visibility clothing and a helmet.
Is the Swagtron EB5 waterproof?
No – Whilst the Swagtron EB5 is not officially “waterproof”, it does claim an IPX4 rating. This means that it offers protection against moderate sustained water pressure and dust ingress from all angles, keeping your battery and electricals safe.
Restrictions and availability
As far as we know, Swagtron operate and ship worldwide to all countries and continents, excluding obvious exceptions. Alongside this, Swagtron also offer fully-staffed US support team available via live chat, email, phone and more. Lastly, please double check your local laws and regulations to ensure that your country or region legally allows such electric travel alternatives.
Once again, thanks for reading our Swagtron EB-5 review for 2021, we hope we answered any questions you had about your potential dream commuting ebike. Check out our upgraded Swagtron EB7 Plus review for a similarly spectacular model.
Swagtron EB-5 discounts, deals & coupon codes
Introducing our Swagtron EB-5 promo code and discount section. Here you’ll find a variety of promo codes and discounts throughout the year for the Swagtron EB-5. These sections contain a variety of active discounts & promos, alongside expired deals. Please note, this section does not cover Black Friday or Cyber Monday, so scroll back up for that.
Discover a number of juicy Swagtron EB-5 savings below. If you think there are any codes, coupons, promos or deals we might have missed, please let us know!
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Swagtron EB-5 Black Friday & Cyber Monday 2021
Welcome to the Black Friday & Cyber Monday section of our Swagtron EB-5 review for 2021. Many economically-minded electric enthusiasts will likely wonder, will we have any Swagtron EB-5 Black Friday & Cyber Monday deals or discounts this 2021?
We’ve analysed a number of listings and price charts to determine how likely this is, alongside researching Swagtron’s own listings for any evidence of previous Black Friday deals. As we see from this chart, the prices fluctuate fairly inconsistently, with the occasional flash sale in July, alongside seemingly random price spikes.
Furthermore, there is no evidence of any discounts or deals during Black Friday, Cyber Monday or even Christmas; with prices actually spiking and dropping again just before these dates, likely to give the illusion of a good deal. Whilst we cannot guarantee that the Swagtron EB5 will receive any Black Friday or Cyber Monday discounts this 2021, we do believe it more than likely that Swagtron will still get involved in Black Friday 2021.
Although mainly due to their involvement in previous years we still recommend keeping your eyes open and checking back here for any updates closer to the date.