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Hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of people every year, are now jumping aboard the e-bike and e-scooter bandwagon. Their increasing popularity is frankly phenomenal. What’s more, it’s showing no signs of slowing down.
Choosing to use an e-bike or an e-scooter makes a lot of sense these days. With the increasing costs of public transport and the increasing difficulties in driving and parking cars in busy cities, it’s easy to see why.
So, with a great choice of entry-level scooters vying for your money, is the SWAGTRON SWAGGER V1 good enough to get you to part with your cash?
Let’s get this SWAGTRON SWAGGER V1 Review underway and find out…
This is one of Swagtron’s most affordable scooters. They have an extensive line-up; therefore, you’re not short of choice regardless of your budget. However, if you’re a little tight on funds, and a lot of us are, the SWAGTRON SWAGGER V1 may well be the scooter for you.
So, is it any good?
Happily, the low price doesn’t mean low quality.
Swagtron has been making hoverboards, scooters, and e-bikes for some time now. With the evolution of each new product, they’ve continued to refine their models. The result is manifested in the SWAGTRON SWAGGER V1 as a scooter that offers a lot for not a lot.
Lightweight but sturdy…
Firstly, you get a well-built, solid carbon fiber frame. The use of carbon fiber means that it only weighs 17lbs. This is 10lbs lighter than most other scooters in its class that use aluminum frames.
Despite being lightweight, it’s still strong enough to withstand a maximum capacity of 250lbs. Although this is lower than the 320lbs of some of their other scooters, we think it’s more than enough. Frankly, we feel a 320lbs weight limit on any scooter is pushing things a little too far.
Quality construction, but…
The wheels, kickstand, and most of the sundry components are well-made. We think the overall quality is very good for the price. However, we do have one or two minor moans and niggles.
The buttons that operate the gears, brake, and power button are all a little flimsy. Also, and our main gripe, the SWAGTRON SWAGGER V1 cannot be used in heavy rain as it only has an IPX4 rating.
It’s a consistent moan we have about most of the Swagtron range. If you’re on a bike, e-bike or scooter, in our opinion, you should be able to use it regardless of the weather conditions. We’re sure you all agree on that one.
Leaving this section on a positive, if something does go wrong, you’re backed by a 12 months warranty.
Design and Features
One thing we particularly like is the branding and color choice. The white Swagtron logo splashed on the black carbon frame works well. It adds a touch of class to this little scooter.
The handlebars have all the controls within easy reach. There are power, speed, and brake buttons, as well as the main LED display. There are no other controls.
The scooter uses a push throttle accelerator and a push brake. They look neat enough, but we’re not great fans. We prefer old-fashioned twist throttles and pull lever brakes. However, we do accept that this might be somewhat old school and that the SWAGTRON SWAGGER V1 set up could very well appeal to the gaming generation as well as a few oldies.
The SWAGTRON SWAGGER V1 has a bright front LED light. Unlike some of the other Swagtron scooters, there’s no bell and no phone mount. We can live without both, very happily.
Everything on the display…
The lack of a phone mount could very well be because there’s no Bluetooth pairing. You rely 100% on the LED display on the handlebars for all your ride information. The display shows battery life, speed, selected gear, distances, and average speeds. Although you can’t pair the scooter with your phone, the good news is that the display is easy to read.
More good news is that you also get cruise control. The bad news is that it’s clunky to use. You have to go through a complicated process of button pressing to activate it. Frankly, it hardly seems worth it, and we don’t know why it couldn’t have been made easier to engage.
Ride and Handling
The SWAGTRON SWAGGER V1 has two very small tires. The one at the front is pneumatic, and the one at the rear is airless and made from a honeycomb material. The tire choice, to a large extent, dictates its ride quality.
Small tires, even at the best of times, are not going to give you a comfortable ride over rough terrain. When you add in the use of a solid rear tire, you get a very bumpy ride over anything other than smooth surfaces.
Stick to the flat…
We understand that the inclusion of a solid rear tire is to improve reliability. Since most punctures happen at the rear. However, the result is a lot of vibration on uneven roads.
Fortunately, over smooth roads, things are much more pleasant. Unfortunately, for many of us, there aren’t that many good surfaces for us to ride on.
The handling is thankfully better than the ride quality, and it’s easy to maneuver in and out of busy traffic. The handlebars are a good height. Plus, it’s lightweight, which also makes it easy to move around.
Overall, we’re happy with the handling.
We’re also happy with the brakes that are nice and sharp. The combination of a disc brake on the rear with an e-brake on the front is a very good one. They are responsive at all speeds and will even work effectively in slippery conditions.
This is an entry-level scooter, so you don’t get either a high top-speed or a large range. However, the 250W motor still gives enough of both to make it a practical form of transport for using around the local neighborhood or to do short commutes.
The SWAGTRON SWAGGER V1 has a top speed of 15mph, which we think is plenty. To get you smoothly and quickly up to its top speed, you have five gears to help you. But be aware that the headline top speed can only be reached on the flat and in ideal conditions. In the real world, you might find yourself falling a little shy of 15mph.
Not so good on hills…
The overall lack of power is most telling on hills. When faced with anything much over a 2% or 3% gradient, you can feel a discernible drop in power. This is even more so for heavier riders, and the difference between a small 60kg rider and a heavier 90kg rider is marked.
The lack of climbing power is not unusual for a scooter at this price. If you live in a hill area and you’re a heavier rider, we suggest you look for something more powerful.
To work and back…
The SWAGTRON SWAGGER V1 has a 15 miles range under optimum conditions. It’s not great, but it’s not bad either. Considering some scooters with the same size of batteries have a lower range, we can’t complain.
Remember that if you ride at the top speed and in a hilly area, you’re unlikely to get close to a 15 miles range. Speed and hills suck the life out of the battery at an alarming rate.
Recharging the battery only takes two hours or less. This is a lot quicker than a lot of the scooters and even scooters in the Swagtron’s catalog. It makes up, to an extent, for the less than stellar range.
The battery can be recharged via any domestic power source. More good news is that the charge can withstand up to a thousand recharges before needing to be replaced. In regular use, that could be as much as three years.
Not bad at all.
There’s no doubt that the ace in the hole is SWAGTRON SWAGGER V1’s portability.
The front handlebars can be quickly folded to the back wheel. It can be done in a couple of seconds, and you’re left with a long plank-like object. When it’s folded, it measures just 39” x 15.9” x 9.25”.
Its size makes it easy to take on public transport like buses and trains. The fact is that there all plenty of other scooters that can do the same. However, where the SWAGTRON SWAGGER V1 scores big is that at only 17lbs, it won’t break your back carrying it up and down steps or wherever you have to go.
If we had to carry any scooter over a distance, this would be at the top of our list.
SWAGTRON SWAGGER V1 Review Pros and Cons
- Quick recharge time.
- Good handling.
- 12 months warranty.
- Some low-quality accessories.
- Difficult to use cruise control.
- No Bluetooth connectivity.
Are you a Swag fan?
If so, check out our in-depth Swagger 5 Elite Electric Smart Scooter review, our Swagtron EB5 Pro review, our Swagtron EB6 Kids Electric Fat Bike review, our Swagcycle Classic Pedal Less Electric Bike review, our Swagboard T5 review, and our Swagboard T1 Pro Hoverboard review.
You may also be interested in our reviews of the Best Electric Scooters for Adults, the Best Fastest Electric Scooters, the Best Folding Electric Scooters, the Best Pro Scooters, or even the Best Gas Powered Scooters on the market in 2021.
SWAGTRON SWAGGER V1 Review – Final Thoughts
So, there we have it.
The SWAGTRON SWAGGER V1 sits firmly at the budget end of the electric scooter market. Overall, the build quality is fair, but we think they could have done a little more to improve the quality of some of the accessories. The battery is also a little underpowered, but this is all to be expected at this low price point.
Where it really excels is in being so light. The use of carbon fiber has drastically reduced its weight and made the whole package much more appealing in what is a very competitive part of the market place. If you have a tight budget and need to carry your scooter around a lot for your commutes, we think this is a hard one to beat.