The kit from Swytch Technologies comprises a power pack, containing the battery, control electronics, user display and front bike light, plus USB output for charging any other devices while you’re on the move. The 250w motor is housed in a specially-built front wheel – which comes as part of the kit – and automatically connects to the power pack once that is clipped on to the handlebars.
While the company say the initial conversion will take customers around ten minutes to fit, after that they can switch from an ordinary cycle to an electric one in seconds, with the cyclist just needing to pedal for the motor to kick in with an assisted boost to their own efforts. With the power pack removed, the remaining components add less than 2Kg to the weight of an ordinary bicycle.
Oliver Montague told Pedelecs: “A key feature is the ‘2 bikes in 1’ aspect – this small and lightweight kit gives cyclists the option of both a bike AND an e-bike. The power pack clips on to an ordinary cycle in seconds for instant assistance, but because the hub motor is so small and compact there isn’t any drag, so you can also ride it like a normal bike with the power pack off too.”
Montague created the Swytch system on the back of running an electric bike conversion company for several years: “I’ve wanted to design a simple, inexpensive, and convenient to install and use e-bike system for several years now. I’ve gone through many prototypes and visited many suppliers and am now ready to launch what I believe is a ground-breaking product.”
The resulting Swytch weighs in at 3.9Kg with a range of up to 25 miles. The motor wheel comes complete with tyre in any wheel size.
The Swytch conversion kit currently retails for $299 on Indiegogo (around £225) with shipping planned for April 2018.