British hand-built bicycle manufacturer Sven Cycles will launch its first electric bike; the Swift.
The brand claims that the Swift is the only mid-motor electric bike to be designed and manufactured in the UK and the first e-bike on the market to be made using a specially designed Reynolds 631 tube set.
Sven Cycles chose the Shimano STEPS system to power the bike, integrated with the Shimano Alfine Di2 hub system for ease of use; gear changing can be switched between manual or automatic, all controlled by the on-board computer. A choice of batteries is available with a range of 63 miles as standard, and up to 90 miles on eco mode using the higher-powered battery.
Darron Coppin of Sven Cycles commented: ‘The Swift has been an evolving idea for a long time. I wanted to build an e-bike with classic lines, incorporating the latest e-bike Technology ensuring it’s robust, balanced and fun to ride. I feel it’s the future of personal transport.”
E-bike rated Schwalbe 650Bx2.00 tyres have been chosen for their puncture resistance, high efficiency rolling and to improve the hydraulic disc braking. Instead of a chain, Sven Cycles has opted for a Gates Belt-Drive System.
“I’ve been riding a Sven Cycles Swift prototype for some time now as my daily run about,” said Coppin. “It’s perfect for the daily commute with my two dogs Woody and Snoop. I get some fresh air and exercise and don’t arrive at work needing a shower. I still love a good bike ride I see the e-bike as a great alternative to using public transport or the car for most trips.”
Sven Cycles has designed the Swift to be compatible with a selection of hand-picked accessories that can be added to the bike upon request including a wicker basket, a Porteur rack and an optional USB charger.
Swift will cost from £3,250 for a semi-custom bike which includes; Reynolds 631 Frame and Forks with Though Axle, Shimano steps E6001 Motor, Standard BT-E6010 Batery, Optional New E 8010 504w battery with 1000 charge cycle life span, Gates Belt Drive, Twin Leg Stand, Hebie, Dt Swiss Rims, Hope Pro 4 front hub / through axel, Schwalbe Big Ben 650b x 2.0 tyres, Ergon Grips, Brooks all weather sadly, Shimano Hydrolic Brakes Bush and Muller lights.