London-based startup Swytch Technology this week launched a new ebike conversion kit for traditional bikes that claims is “the world’s smallest and lightest” ebike kit.
The Swytch Kit consists of a compact and lightweight hub motor wheel (weighing 1.5 kilograms, or 3.3 pounds) that replaces a traditional bike's original front wheel, and a palm-sized power pack (also 1.5 kilos) which attaches to the handlebars. The kit provides 250W of power assist for a top assisted speed of 20 mph for the US version (15.5 mph for the EU market) and a claimed range up to 50 kilometers (31 miles).
Two years ago Swytch Technology raised more than $500,000 on Indiegogo for the original Swytch conversion kit. The latest version of the kit unveiled this week is 50 percent lighter and 70 percent smaller than the original version, Swytch stated.
Swytch Technology CEO Oliver Montague said: “Our new Swytch Kit is a world first. There is a huge and growing demand for ebikes, but many people are still put off by the significant cost for a good-quality electric bike. In addition, most ebikes on the market are significantly heavier than a regular bicycle, making them unwieldy and less popular than they could be.
“Now, with the Swytch Kit, you can upgrade the bicycle you have at home into a premium ebike, save a ton of money, and end up with a much lighter and more user-friendly electric bike,” Montague added.
The new Swytch Kit is available to order on Indiegogo. Early-bird pricing starts at $399 for the 35-kilometer range kit and $499 for the 50-kilometer range kit (with upgraded battery). That is half off the full price of $800 and $1,000, respectively.