SWFT Fleet Electric City Bike with up to 59.9km Battery Life - White - Only at Best Buy
- Power-on-demand design allows you to choose between throttle and pedal assist modes for a customized riding experience
- 500-watt motor delivers max speeds of up to 31.8km/h so you can reach your destination in a flash
- Detachable 46.8V 10Ah lithium-ion battery enables rides of up to 59.9km, recharges in just 6 hours, and has a lifespan of 800 charge cycles
- Built-in monitor display lets you check your battery output and speed at a glance
- 26” x 2.125” tires and a lightweight steel frame ensure a smooth, stable ride on the road or sandy beaches
- Suitable for riders 5’7” and taller
- Weight capacity: 265lb
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Of the 42 reviewers who responded, 37 would recommend this product.
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- An absolute joy to use- September 15, 2021
[This review was collected as part of a promotion.] Ebikes might be my new favorite thing. While they take some of the exercise out of biking, they put a lot more fun in it. Cruising around at 20 MPH like you’re on a moped is exhilarating. My only real complaint relates to the installation (very little instructions were provided) and adjustments. For those that know their way around bikes, adjusting brakes, etc. this isn’t an issue, but it was a little frustrating for someone like me. But once I had everything put together, it has been nothing but pure joy. IN THE BOX It comes in a giant box weighing some 88 pounds. You obviously get the bike, the battery, charger, and tools for putting it together. The bike is in pieces, so know that you will need to put it all together. Everything is wrapped up nice, it’s a pain to take all the wrapping, straps, etc. off, but that’s the cost of doing business and making sure your new ebike is pristine when you get it. PUTTING IT TOGETHER Like I said, my main complaint was putting the bike together. The instruction manual is pretty bare bones. For example, it just says something like “tighten the brakes” without really giving you any pictures or detailed info on how to do it. The frame has the rear tire installed and good to go. It’s the front tire you have to put on. You will have to detach the front brake to get it on. Again, for someone unfamiliar with the putting of bikes together, this took a few minutes to figure out. I will also point out that virtually everything needs to be tightened, from the handlebars, to the seat, to the pedals. Not a huge deal, but it takes a little time and determination. Especially if you don’t have a way to hang it up in the air (like you would see at a bike shop). And while they do provide some rudimentary tools, I HIGHLY recommend using your own sets of allen wrenches, sockets and a screwdriver. It makes things go much quicker. I also recommend tightening everything, going for a short ride and then checking all of your connections. The final piece of installation was pumping the air. BATTERY You will need to charge the battery before taking off for the first time. The battery itself is a monster of a battery (think car battery, but obviously not that large or heavy). You have to flip open a small flap to access the charging port, and then you can charge it for about 6 hours. The instructions say not to leave it charged in after it's fully charged. So be mindful of that when you’re putting your bike away for the winter. Don’t want to end up with a weakened battery. There’s a button on the battery that you can push to see the charging/battery level status. You’ll also notice a flip switch (to turn it on) and a key lock. Once the battery is charged, it’s pretty easy to slide it in on the post in the bike. Then I suggest locking it. I assume the purpose of the lock (which was smart) is to both prevent someone from taking the battery while it’s locked up (say outside a store or park) and to prevent it from coming loose. It gives you one more key to worry about having, but luckily it comes with 2 so you can always keep one safe at home in case you lose one. RIDING EXPERIENCE After everything is assembled, it’s time to ride. I’ll go ahead and note that the seat on the Fleet bike is super comfy. This is a bike meant for cruising and having a good time, not racing. But don’t get me wrong, it goes plenty fast. To turn it on, you simply hit the switch on the battery. On the left handlebar there is a small digital controller with 3 buttons and a large-ish LCD screen. Once the battery is on, you hold the power button on that controller for a few seconds. Then it lights up. It will display the level of pedal assist (one through three) and the MPH and battery level. It defaults one level of pedal assist, the other two buttons on the controller are up and down arrows that obviously toggle the pedal assist levels. On the right handle bar you’ll find the throttle. It’s just like any moped or motorcycle where you turn it to go forward. Other than that, the handlebar looks like a classic cruiser bike. The way the pedal assist works, you have to pedal about approximately 2 rotations before it kicks in. So, say you’re at the bottom of a hill, before you get any assistance you have to get started with the pedaling itself. At the bottom of a hill, with a single gear bike, it can be a bit tough. You also can’t just use the throttle from a standstill; the same principle applies, you have to be moving before you can engage the motor. This is almost certainly for safety reasons. You can imagine if you’re at a standstill, your front tire is off center or turned to the side, you don’t want to engage the motor. But once you get going, the assist kicks in. You can hear the motor engage and you can feel the assist. It makes pedaling much much easier. But the real fun is when you turn the throttle. You don’t have to hit any buttons on the controller, you simply turn the throttle once you’re moving. And it takes off. You can hit 20 MPH in no time. I’ll add that even with pedal assist level 3 on, I couldn’t hit 20 MPH. I only hit top speed when I was using the throttle alone. Like I said, it’s exhilarating. It’s just fun going that fast on a bike. Not to mention it’s relatively silent, no loud combustible engine. Obviously you have to be careful, as most of us don’t typically ride a bike quite that fast. I haven’t driven the bike the full 30 miles on battery that it claims it can do, but I did ride it for about an hour for about 4 days straight alternating old school pedaling, pedal assist and full throttle and the battery had one bar left. Luckily, I always know that if the battery did or does happen to run out on a ride, I can still use my trusty legs to pedal me back home. The only other thing I’ll add is that this bike has a light on the front. I haven’t ridden it at night to see if it automatically turns on, but I can’t for the life of me figure out how to turn it on. Also, I can say that it can tow a bike trailer for kids. I took my two kids for a ride and was able to hit 20 MPH even pulling them. I don’t recommend going that fast on a busy road, but it was fun to hit that speed and it was nice knowing it can pull kids too. CONCLUSION I can’t say enough, ebikes are a blast. You won’t get near the exercise as a traditional bike, but they are a blast. The SWFT Fleet bike is a reasonably priced ebike that’s loads of fun. It’s only real downside is that it is a bit heavy, and installation can be slightly frustrating. But those are just minor inconveniences.Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
- A Good Commuter E-Bike With Room for Improvement- September 11, 2021
[This review was collected as part of a promotion.] INTRO: The Fleet e-bike from SWFT is one of their first entries into the e-bike scene. SWFT’s marketing seems to target a lifestyle/fashion-oriented demographic as opposed to those looking for pure utility (although their Volt e-bike seems to take on a more utilitarian aesthetic. The Fleet is one of SWFT’s first e-bike products, and while my time with it thus far has been limited, I do think SWFT has a good product that they can iterate on in the future. UNBOXING: The SWFT Fleet e-bike arrived partially disassembled in a box at my house and was pretty easy to carry into my house despite the weight since they had plastic straps wrapped around the box that I could use as carrying handles. That may just be for the parcel carrier since it was shipped to me, but I figured it might be worth mentioning since I had prepared to use a dolly but ended up not needing it. After cutting the aforementioned plastic straps, access into the box from the top was pretty easy. Everything was packaged with foam around the frame to prevent it from scuffing during shipment, so everything arrived in good shape from my observation. Inside the box you’ll have all the tools you need to get the job done, but I also used some of my own tools. That being said, the included tools come in a small baggie and can prove useful should you find yourself needing to make adjustments while out on a ride. ASSEMBLY: As a new bike owner, you will be responsible for some assembly of this bike, which is important for those such as myself who may be inexperienced with bicycle assembly. You will be responsible for installing the handlebars into the frame (easy), installing the front wheel (medium difficulty due to required brake disassembly and adjustments), and installing the seat (easy). There wasn’t really any guidance in the booklet about removing the brake pads to install the front wheel, but that was pretty obvious just from first look. Honestly, the hardest part was getting the front brake pads aligned and not touching the wheel. I looked up some resources on YouTube for this, and it was very helpful for a complete novice like myself to understand how the brakes work. And while I largely followed the instruction booklet, I did feel as though more diagrams would have helped—especially for those such as myself who’ve never really assembled a bike before. It took me a bit over an hour alone to double check my work and make sure I set the front brakes up properly. SWFT has provided a QR code in the booklet that should eventually link to some video tutorials, but at the time of writing this, nothing was live yet. After the assembly is done, you can attach the battery to the frame (easy) and lock it so it can’t be removed. This is a design choice I can appreciate because it means I can remove the battery from the frame and charge the battery wherever I please, rather than having to have my whole bike located near a power outlet. BUILD / FEATURES: In terms of the build, the frame is made of steel and feels quite durable. This isn’t truly a “lightweight” frame like other e-bikes, but I also don’t feel as though it’s cumbersome. That being said, if I lived in an upper story apartment, I probably wouldn’t be stoked to carry this 50lb bike up and down some stairs. There exist much lighter e-bike options ~35lbs designed for that use-case scenario. So from that perspective, while I feel that the build is good, it doesn’t meet their “lightweight” claim. I did see one color blemish in the paint on my frame, but upon closer inspection, it appears that this unit was just painted with a minor color blemish from the factory. It’s nothing that bothers me, but it was pointed out to me by someone else. It was not dinged or physically damaged in any way, though. The fact that I’m mentioning it is just because this product is not cheap and some might really care about this. Like many other e-bikes in this price bracket, this bike only uses V-brake shoes which gets the job done, but bike enthusiasts may certainly feel different about this. The integrated kickstand feels solid, sturdy and had no issue keeping my bike standing up. It’s easy to engage and disengage confidently without worrying about accidentally engaging it during a ride. The removable battery is 500W, has a lock so that you can lock it to the bike to prevent theft or even just accidental disconnection during a ride. The battery also has a button you can press on it to show the current battery status, which is good for those times when you might have it shelved. And of course, it has an on/off switch for operating it. The bike has front and rear V-brakes controls from the handlebars, an electronic controller with a backlit LCD display (powered from the 500W battery), a throttle, and a headlight for visibility assistance during your late evening rides. COMFORT: Riding the Fleet, I have found that the seat is a bit too rigid for my liking. While it appears to be a well-built seat, I think the foam used in the seat is a bit too dense and could be revised a bit for those who might be a bit more...boney. In my experience, an hour of or so of travel can have an impact in terms of comfort. I don’t feel like this is something I usually notice with other bikes I’ve used in the past, but the Fleet stood out to me as being pretty stiff compared to seats I’ve used on much cheaper bikes. I recommend SWFT make a stealth revision to the seat and get more user-testing on it. The handle bar grips are comfortable to my liking, and I haven’t experienced any blistering. The controller is positioned for easy access (and can be adjusted), the brakes are easy to trigger, and the throttle is located intuitively. One other thing that should be mentioned is that this bike rides a bit tall. I’m 5’7” tall, and even with the seat at the lowest possible point, I cannot get both my feet flat on the ground. SWFT suggests this bike for riders 5’4” and up, and I can definitely understand why. When you need to come to a full stop, you will likely be propping yourself up with one leg. CONTROLLER: The controls are pretty straightforward. Once the battery is connected and switched on, you can hold the power button to turn on the controller. You can press the [+] or [-] button to increase the pedal assistance, hold the [+] to toggle the headlight, or hold the [-] to enable the additional power assist modes. How to enable these power assist modes is not clearly explained by the manual, but from what I’ve experienced, it appears that you can enable a “walk assist” mode when the bike is going < 4mph, which basically makes the bike push itself. This could be useful if you are walking the bike up a hill, for example. Otherwise, if you are traveling faster than 5mph, enabling the additional power assist mode will initiate cruise control. Pedal assistance comes in 4 modes: level 0 for no assistance, level 1 for 20% assistance, level 2 for some middleground assistance and level 3 for 100% assistance from the motor. And on the right handlebar is a throttle that allows you to kick in the motor without pedaling. However, you do have to be moving in order to use the throttle, as it won’t initiate from 0mph. Lastly, the controller does measure the distance of your trip and has an overall odometer for the total traveled distance (as long as the controller is powered on). This is pretty basic stuff, and some of it is explained in the manual while other aspects of the controller are not explained in enough detail. RIDING EXPERIENCE: Since this is a single gear bike, it’s really designed around making the best of the pedal assist functionality. SWFT claims that the Fleet can reach up to 37.2mi on throttle alone, and I’m inclined to believe it. While I’ve not verified that claim, I can say that in a 40 mile round trip session, I had 2/4 battery bars left which was mostly a combination of Pedal assist 1 and Pedal assist 2 modes with a blend of elevation changes. In my experience, Pedal assist level 2 is probably the best setting for a longer distance assisted commute. Riding on some paved bike trails, I have some bridges to cross, some mild ramps to climb, and level 2 is perfect for that. Even on some of the hills that are much harder to scale, level 2 is a good balance of physical effort and assistance where I don’t feel as though I am “struggling” but maybe getting a mild workout. I found myself demoing level 3 on some of the more challenging hills, but more often I found that I could just leave it on level 2 and use the throttle for some quick boosts, instead. That being said, level 2 on non-sloped terrain reduces so much of the pedaling effort from the rider that it can make the pedals feel like they’re free-spinning. This takes away some of the stability from the rider and doesn’t help with maintaining posture, either. Getting this right from a motor physics perspective must be challenging, so it’s hard for me to be super critical of this when other e-bikes might share this experience. Either way, it’s worth noting. Level 1, however, is good for flat terrain or for times where I want a bit more of a workout. The assistance, while noticeable, is still minimal whereas level 2 is very noticeable. I’m more inclined to use level 1 when I’m traveling on flat planes or downhill, but not typically uphill. And regarding the throttle, it does have a safety delay such that even when you crank it, it will take a second of delay to prevent accidental sudden throttles from occurring. It’s a safety precaution. CONCLUSION: Overall, the SWFT Fleet is a decent commuter e-bike.. It doesn’t really live up to the “lightweight” claim that SWFT suggests, but for being one of their first e-bikes, I think there’s some goodness in the bike, and it’s a joy to ride, overall. However, competition breeds innovation and the asking price might push buyers towards other reputable brands.Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
- Fun e-bike!- October 3, 2021
[This review was collected as part of a promotion.] Taking this bike on the road and to parks has been pretty fun. I do not plan to take this on rougher grounds like a mountain bike, so it’s been great for my use case. The Fleet is about 50 lbs so it’s not exactly lightweight and the battery is a bit clunky, but not a deal breaker. I haven’t had any issues with the battery. The manual advises not to let the battery levels get too low so as to avoid that, I charge it after every ride. Set-up, while not super difficult, was a bit cumbersome. The manual lacks details when it comes to assembly, especially for first time e-bike riders. I was disappointed in the lack of resources that were offered, for example - the manual has a QR code that goes nowhere, but is labeled as a resource for assembly videos and quick start instructions. Getting the brakes just right took some time - I had to look up some videos on how to do that since the bike came partially unassembled. It took more than a few tries to get the handle bar to sit steady. I do wish the manual had more diagrams for the assembly instructions. It takes some practice to get used to the pedal assist for first time riders like myself. After some rides around the neighborhood getting familiarized with the features, it was time to take it a couple of neighborhoods over to some parks which meant crossing a main road or two. I can go further and see more than I would on a regular bike so I’m definitely maximizing the use of my energy and time. I’m even able to ride to work on occasion which is more environmentally conscious than driving my car. I added extra accessories like an additional headlight, rear light, a bell, and a blue floor light that makes it easier to see the bike in the dark. The included headlight is fine, but I wanted to make sure I had plenty of light! My average leisurely weekend ride is about 8 miles and out of the 3 levels of pedal assist, I use level 2 the most. Overall, this is a fun bike to ride and a great way to go further and see more scenery in my area.Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
- Stylish & affordable e-bike! Just what I needed :)- September 13, 2021
I love this bike! I've been looking for an affordable (but stylish) e-bike to ride around Atlanta. This is exactly what I was looking for! I decided not to purchase the professional assembly, which worked out well because it was easy to put together in ~40 minutes. All the tools you need come in the package. The white frame with leather accents is so cute. I've only gone on 1 ride and got multiple compliments! Highly recommend.Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
- Good but battery problems.- November 2, 2021
I would rate this bike 5 stars but due to the fact it arrived with a broken reflector and the battery died within a day I’ll rate it 3 stars. Setting up the bike wasn’t easy but it wasn’t too difficult at all. The main reason I’m returning this bike and rating it 3 stars was the fact that the battery did not charge anymore, the charger itself turns on and works but the battery does not charge at all.No, I would not recommend this to a friend.