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Will the Swagtron EB7 Plus be a Wise Investment for a Folding Electric Bike?
The Swagtron EB7 Plus is a small foldable and cool electric bike that has a maximum speed of 18.6 mph and 20 miles cruising range.
It is a great bike for local commuting and offers one with lots of fun.
This cheap folding electric bike will put a silly grin on your face whenever you throttle up. You can always pedal along with it since it is power assisted and can be tossed easily onto the car trunk or squeeze it into smaller spaces for storage purposes.
Regardless of its compact design and minimalist look, this Swagtron EB7 Plus review will uncover a few nice things and also, what its limitations are.
Swagtron EB7 Plus Technical Specs
|MOTOR||- Class: Pedelec.|
- 36v, 350W.
- Top speed: 18.5 mph (30 km/h).
|FRAME||- Material: alloy aluminum.|
- Type: Folding.
- Unfolded: 52.7x22x 42.1" (133x55x107 cm).
- Folded: 29.5 x 16.5 x 25.9" (75x42 cm).
|BATTERY||- Range (av): 20 miles max using throttle. |
- Chemistry: Li-Ion (187.2Wh).
- Volt & Amp: 36v; 6.4Ah.
- Charging Time: 3 to 4 hrs.
|DRIVE-TRAIN SYSTEM||- Seven (7) speed gear Shimano system.|
|Max Load||- 265 lb (120 kg).||BRAKES||- Front and rear hydraulic disks.|
|CONTROLLER||- EN06||OVERALL WEIGHT||- With battery: 19 kg (42.3 lbs).|
|RIDING MODES||- Three (3) speed modes. Check section for details.||TIRES AND SUSPENSION||- Tires: 16".|
- Suspension: Only rear.
The Design and Foldable Frame
The Eb7 Swagtron was made with ergonomics in mind not to be a chick or boy magnet.
Design and Materials
At first glance, there was not much thought about how sleek the frame could look. In fact, I think it doesn’t look that nice. Nevertheless, if you look at other foldable electric bikes such as the Hummingbird ebike model, it is also not pretty at all.
Regardless of what you see, what matters is its accessibility and quality.
It is made using a low walk-through frame that will allow its riders to easily mount and transport it.
In addition, it also comes with a height adjustable seat, which allows their riders to match their body size for optimal comfort when riding.
This folding ebike was made using a durable and lightweight frame from aluminum alloy.
It weighs 42.3 lbs (19 kg) and capable of supporting a maximum load of weight of up to 265 lbs (120 kg).
The foldable side
The frame is so compact that it can be folded into a hand luggage size. Regardless of this, I think the folding process it is not so straightforward.
This is the easiest way to do it:
- The first thing is to adjust the seat post. It won’t work as a support, something that the Swagtron EB5 has.
- Fold up the handlebar.
- Unlock and fold the frame.
- Lastly, you should fold the pedals.
Once all has been folded, I suggest to check the external cables to avoid potential damage.
Who is the Swagtron EB7 Plus for?
Despite of not having mentioned any recommended age, Swagtron revealed that instead of relying on categorization of age, they opt to use height and weight measurements.
With its seat being fully height adjustable, the handlebars are not which makes it quite challenging for the smaller riders to use.
The recommended height for any rider would be between 4’10” to 5’10”. There is no recommendation on the minimum weight, although the Swagtron EB7 can support weights of up to 264 lbs.
Tires, Rims and Suspension Performance
The Swagtron EB7 Plus electric bike rubber material used for the tires is good enough to give the grip required on dry and wet ground.
The tires are 16 inch in diameter and the ideal pressure would be 50 psi.
On the other hand, looking at the rims, they seems to be not the strongest ones since the are made of plastic. however, this is not the case as it has been made with high grade plastic.
For a foldable ebike, what you need is lightweight materials, so it makes sense the composition used for the rims.
Now, the rear suspension. In general, it looks pretty basic but I guess it is more than good enough for the urban perspective.
Additionally, hey, look at the same budget range competitors (Gocycle GS); I think this is a good feature to have.
Lastly, I don’t like the pivot system on the suspension. It seems a bit weak so be careful on exceeding the loading capacity (again 264 lb – 120 kg).
Freewheel Rear Hub Motor
The Swagtron EB7 Plus has been fitted with a rear hub motor capable of delivering enough power to climb descent hills and cruise smoothly.
This little 36v hub motor will reach a modest maximum speed of 18.6 mph (30 km/h) on throttle mode. It feels “modest” as there are other ebikes that can deliver a higher speed, but for such a little ride, it is good enough.
I know the speed is variable depending on the speed mode selected (discussed further below).
Unfortunately, due to the configuration of the drive-train system, you won’t be able to go faster than the indicated speed (unless you are going downhill).
Also, it is noted that the speed reduces when the battery is around 25% of power left, so keep that in mind.
Power and torque
Now, in terms of the motor power, 350w is actually not bad. I’m not quite certain about the torque delivered by the motor, but, combining the size of the tires and the watts, I can assure you the toque would be pretty good. Of-course, it won’t take off like crazy.
Swagtron EB7 Battery
As the Swagtron line evolves in design, it has also evolved in power demand. Let’s discuss some of its main factors.
This EB7 plus is powered with a 36V, 6.4Ah and 187.2 Wh Lithium-Ion battery.
This output is enough to power the 350w motor.
As you would expect, the battery is relatively small so it will be easy to carry in you backpack. Nevertheless, this doesn’t mean is super lightweight (3 lbs).
Range and Charging times
Looking at the battery chemistry and comparing with the one used for the EB7, the amperes is slightly higher.
I know both battery models look the same but for the Plus one, it will give you an apparent range of 20 miles (34 km) a single charge.
This range is feasible as long as you ride using mode 1, which requires minimum power output.
As for the charging times, it will be only 3 to 4 hrs, which is not bad. For a small battery, it takes quite some time though. I guess the charger plays an important role here.
You don’t need to remove the battery to charge it up; just plug the charger to the side connection.
Double locking system and replacement
As a folding ebike, you would expect to be able to remove the battery. The Swagtron EB7 battery replacement is easy and anyone can do it without any problem.
Can you use the Swagtron EB7 battery for the Plus model? Yes, you can. The same specification, different amps.
This is a hack that you can do to save some money as a replacement battery. Nevertheless, the range is less.
Now, why do I say it is a double locking system? Well, to access the battery you will need to fold the frame (1st lock) and then, you will have to use the key to completely take it out.
EB7 Plus Controller (LCD EN06)
The Eb7 and Plus models carry the same LCD display controller, which offers the minimum needed to operate this budget ebike.
Despite of this, there is still a few things worth checking that are hidden in the background.
The Swagtron EB7 has three (3) speed modes. Yes, speed, no assistance levels.
Most high end ebikes (like the Giant Trance E+ 3 Pro 2020) have more sophisticated controllers due to the nature of the technology.
In this case, Swagtron ebikes provide assistance NOT based on the pedal cadence, but the set speed per mode.
- Mode 1: 11.3 mph (18 km/h).
- Mode 2: 13.7 mph (22 km/h).
- Mode 3: 18.6 mph (30 km/h).
Having the option to specify the wanted speed, will give access to another nice feature – the cruise control. Yes, I love this cos who doesn’t like just to chill and ride?
Of-course, this is only available if using the throttle mode. By the way, to activate this, you will need to ride at an steady speed for around 7 seconds. You will see the usual cruise control icon in the LCD screen when activated.
In case you ended up using all the battery energy, you can simply use the “Mode 0” and ride it as an standard bike. The only issue here the size of the bike crank. Too small for a long ride.
The above can also be applicable to the Swagtron EB7 model, however, since this model has one (1) speed only, it is simply not recommended.
The LCD EN06 will give access to: distance traveled (trip), odometer (ODO), traveled time (TI), battery voltage (VOL) and charge, and last but not least, the speed mode selected.
To navigate them, you only need to press the power button and use the + or – ones to change the settings.
Lastly, I recommend checking if the headlight is been used or not. You can save some energy by turning it off.
EB7 Plus Drive-train and Braking System
So far, this small foldable electric bike stands out from the competitors by the addition of a drive-train system and a good braking disks.
One of the main improvements carried out by Swagtron was the addition of a drive-train.
They decided to include Shimano technology, somethings that is not expected for a budget electric bike.
It was clearly noticeable that cycling an ebike with just a single speed was not feasible for many riders.
The EB7 Plus Swagtron now uses a seven (7) speed drive-train system, which enhances the climbing ability of the ebike.
Despite of having gears incorporated, pedaling won’t help you reach a high speed. Basically, the crank is too small (if using as an standard bike).
Even though this foldable ebike reaches up to 18.6 mph, it is also important to have a descent braking system.
Both, front and rear tires have hydraulic disks for maximum efficiency.
Also note that once you press the brakes, the cruise mode will be stopped.
Swagtron EB7 vs Plus
I know the Swagtron EB7 has good stuff to offer but depending on what your budget is and needs, you could consider buying the Plus model.
These are the differences between the 2 models:
|Frame (inch)||Folded: 29.5 x 16.5 x 25.9 – Unfolded: 52.7 x 22 x 42.1|
|Motor (specs)||350w, 18.6mph|
|Battery (specs)||36v, 15 miles range, 3 hr charging time||36v, 20 miles range, 4 hr charging time|
|Drive-train||Single speed||Seven (7) speed Shimano|
|Braking System||Hydraulic disks|
|Controller||EN06 (3 speed modes).|
As you can see the main two (2) differences between the two (2) models is the battery range and the inclusion of a drive-train for better performance when climbing hills.
If you live in a hilly area, the Plus model would be beneficial but if this is not the case, I would go for the single speed one.
As explained in the controller section, the assistance of the motor is set to specific speeds so think about it.
Should you Buy the Swagtron EB7 Plus?
There is a lot of good thing that have been revealed over this review:
- Aside from the price, its foldable size is not bad compared to other similar ebikes.
- The motor and battery are also well situated to give the speed and range required for medium length urban trips.
- I guess ones of the main things I found interesting is the gearing system that enhances the climbing ability of the motor.
- The controller looks good as in the stats that you can get from a budget electric bike.
It all sounds good but its limitation could be a deal breaker:
- One of them is the actual pedal assisted system. The inclusion of the drive-train is great but having a motor that delivers speed levels, not pedal assistance, is pointless somehow.
- The second one is the overall weight. As a foldable electric bike, it is expected something that can be also carried as needed. For a few users, it could be not so great.
- Last but not least, the quality of the tires. The look very sleek and great for wet conditions but they get worn out too fast.
In summary, the Swagtron EB7 Plus foldable electric bike could be a good solution for commuting purposes. At the end, with all the information above, it is up to you what best works for your wallet and riding needs.
Images courtesy of Swagtron®
Please rate this folding ebike quality.
Swagtron EB7 Plus<$1000
Frame & Components Quality4.5/5
Speed & Torque (motor)4.5/5
Controller & Assistance4.0/5
Portability & Maneuverability4.3/5
What we like
- ✅ Good price for its features.
- ✅ Great torque under throttle mode.
- ✅ Cruise control features available.
What we do not like
- Somehow heavy for a foldable electric bike.
- Tires quality is not the expected.
- Motor programed to assist on speed, not pedal cadence.