If you’re interested in the Swtych bike kit – full name Swytch eBike Conversion Kit – then you may have found it tricky to work out how much the darn thing costs. To further complicate things, Swytch uses a “50% off pre-order” tactic to lure potential buyers. Indeed, we know that to celebrate the launch of its updated kit it will offer 60% off for a limited time.
Read our full review of the original Swytch eBike kit
Here, having contacted the Swytch team, I’ve attempted to simplify things by giving the prices for the Universal eBike Conversion Kits.
Before we get to that, a brief note on how Swytch operates, because it is unusual. You can buy kits immediately by heading to its eBay shop, but you’ll be paying the full list price (from £999). That means you avoid the considerable wait, but at quite a cost.
Instead, it sells most of its kits by attracting people onto its “waitlist”, which you sign up to via its website. This entitles you to the 50% (or 60%) off I mention above. Every couple of months, it releases a batch of kits that people can then buy.
I hope that makes sense. I find it needlessly complicated, but it seems to be working for the company.
How much is the Swytch Universal eBike Conversion Kit?
Swytch provides two versions of its Universal eBike Conversion Kit: the ECO and the PRO. They cost £999 and £1,249 respectively, but if you indicate your interest on the website you will be offered 50% off pre-orders.
As such, here’s the real answer to question “how much is the Swytch eBike?”: from £399. Or at least, it is while the 60% offer lasts.
To be precise, the price of the Swytch AIR is £399, a “saving” of £600 from the standard price of £999. The price of the Swytch MAX is £524, down from the list price of £1,299.
If you own one of the Swytch kits, you can order an upgrade kit for £249 (from a list price of £599).
So, which should you choose? Here’s an easy comparison of the two:
|Model||Swytch AIR||Swytch MAX|
|UK price (with 50% off)||£399||£524|
|Range||Up to 15km||Up to 30km|
Note that Swytch reserves the right to adjust the pricing – it officially announces the price to everyone on the “waitlist” at the same time – but it has been stable at those prices for some time.
The other thing to note is that it can take up to 12 weeks to receive your unit. If you want it right now, you’ll need to pay the full price via the eBay store I link to above.
How much is the Swytch Brompton Kit?
Swytch previously designed a special version of its kit for the Brompton folding bikes, squeezing the motor into the forks so it can fold as normal. We await confirmation, but it appears that the new kit will also work with Brompton bikes with no need for a special edition.
I hope to answer the question of whether the Swytch Universal Conversion Kit is worth the money in my review, but feel dutybound to point out that you can buy “proper” eBikes such as the Pure Flux One for less than a grand.
UPDATE 3 January 2022: I have now published my full review of the Swytch eBike kit.
UPDATE 14/15 September 2022: This article now includes updates for the new version of the Swtych kit.