by Micah Toll
The SWFT BMX electric bike doesn’t try to be all flashy with extra features or gizmos. All it does is combine a simple but effective e-bike setup with the versatile and time-tested BMX bike design.
And in doing so, it creates something simple yet effective: a low-cost e-bike that you can toss around for fun yet still use for a commute to school or work.
SWFT BMX Tech Specs • Motor: 350W rear geared hub motor • Top speed: 32 km/h (20 mph) • Range: 32-56 km (20-35 mi) depending on pedal assist level • Battery: 36V 7.5Ah (270 Wh) • Weight: 18 kg (39.7 lb) • Frame: Aluminum alloy
Ok, so let’s start by managing expectations. This isn’t a real BMX bike, in that it isn’t really designed to hit big jumps or anything. And all of those wires and cables coming from the brakes, throttle and display aren’t going to appreciate any bar spins (though I did find you can get a single rotation if you’re very careful – something that many BMX riders aren’t known for being).
So it’s more of a BMX-style electric bike, but that still lends it some cool features. The small size keeps it fairly lightweight at under 40 lbs and the small 20″ tires mean it won’t take up much space in your garage, bike room, closet, trunk, or wherever you stash your bike.
Much like most BMX e-bikes that only have a rear brake, the SWFT BMX comes with a single rear stopper. But they do turn it into a disc brake, unlike most rim brake-enabled BMX bikes out there.