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TurboWheel Swift Summary
Our Take: Well-Balanced Scooter (That's No Longer Available)
This frame, feature combination, and price-point make the Swift a well-balanced scooter targeted for both first-time buyers and those interested in upgrading from more budget entry-level models.
If you are looking for a well-balanced scooter with decent range, acceleration, and weight — that isn’t a racecar and won’t break the budget — the Swift is an attractive option.
TurboWheel Swift Review
During our acceleration tests, we found that the Swift hit 15 mph in 4.7 seconds and 20 mph in 9.1 seconds. Acceleration is slightly faster than budget models like the M365 (6.3 seconds) and similar to the M365 Pro (5.3 seconds) and Ninebot Max (6.0 seconds).
See our performance testing page for real-world acceleration data on other scooters.
The Turbowheel completed the hill climb test (200 feet, 10%, grade, 165 lb rider) in 15.9 seconds at an average speed of 8.6 mph.
For the average rider, this is more speed than you’ll need, and though it doesn’t sound thrilling given the prevalence 40 mph scooters — it’s quite fast in practice.
We tested the range of the Swift (165 lb rider, scooter in fastest setting, frequent stops, and hilly terrain) and got 19.6 mi on our test track.
We use the same test track for every electric scooter and ride the scooter at the maximum safe speed with quick acceleration.
You can read more about our testing methods or find results from other scooters here.
We tested the braking performance of the Swift and found it came to a halt in 13.8 feet from a speed of 15 mph. Braking is better than the Horizon (a single-brake version of the scooter), which took 23.0 feet to stop.
We like drum brakes because they make the scooter more robust and generally require zero maintenance. Unlike disc brakes, drum brakes are fully enclosed and protected from the environment; they are not at risk of getting bent or damaged.
The scooter is nimble. Making sudden turns, carving, or slipping between obstacles is relatively easy. In wet conditions (which much of this review was performed in), the rear tire has less grip compared to the front and is more likely to lose traction during sudden deceleration or change of momentum.
Overall, the ride quality is slightly better than the best scooters we’ve tested with no suspension but larger all-pneumatic tires — think Segway Ninebot Max or Boosted Rev.
Compared to other variants of this scooter that we’ve reviewed (such as the Horizon), the suspension is stiffer, and therefore more suitable for heavier riders who might otherwise bottom out.
TurboWheel Swift Features
The Turbowheel Swift has folded dimensions of 39 inches by 7 inches by 14 inches, making it (along with the Zero 8 and Horizon) one of the most compact electric scooters on the market.
Stem folding mechanism
The handlebars using a screwing mechanism to lock solidly into place, though we did notice a tendency for them (the right one in particular) to loosen up as we were riding.
Finally, the stem is also telescoping, allowing the height of the handlebars to be adjusted and also allowing it to fold to a short 39 inch length.
The Swift comes stock with two accessories intended to improve portability: a towing handle and dolly wheels.
Towing handle and trolley wheels
We found that the towing handle provides grip for carrying the scooter (both folded and unfolded if you don’t want to bother). It also serves as a hard point for locking up the scooter.
The included dolly wheels (not shown in picture — we ended up removing them) wouldn’t contact the ground when installed, except at the steepest of angles (making them not very useful). We reached out to eWheels about this and will update this part of the review when we get the new dolly wheels.
First, it’s somewhat cheaply constructed and prone to breaking if it gets clipped during a scooter fall. Second, ergonomics on it are rough — your index finger is outstretched and will start cramping on extended rides (e.g., our nearly 20 mile range test).
The LCD is relatively easy to read, even in daylight, and displays current speed, mileage, battery level, and riding mode. It also allows you to tune the controller through so-called P-settings that control electronic braking, acceleration, unit display, and other behavior.
The handlebars grips are made of quality rubber and firmly attached to the handlebars — we had no problems with spinning or slipping off.
The TW Swift has built-in front, rear, and deck corner button LED lights. All of the lights are mounted relatively low to the ground. The disadvantage of having low mounting is that the light doesn’t project very far — reducing visibility.
The red LED tail lights turn on when brakes are activated.
Overall, the built-in lights are nice to have if you end up riding at night or in poor visibility conditions.
However, because they aren’t exceptionally bright and we recommend additional lighting accessories for riding regularly at night.
This mixed configuration is meant to provide a balance of performance/ ride quality and reliability. The front pneumatic tire offers better grip and vibration damping while the rear tire is immune to flats. Because rear tires tend to get flats more often than front tires, this is a logical trade-off.
The noticeable downside to the airless rear tire is that it is less grippy in wet conditions — you’ll have to be a bit ginger with cornering and hard braking. Otherwise, we think many will appreciate the reduced occurrence of flats compared to dual pneumatic tires.
Learn more about preventing and repairing flats with tire slime.
Assembly and part quality are good; we anticipate that this scooter will require lower-than-average maintenance over its life thanks to drum brakes and a solid rear tire.
The cabling and wires leading from controls in the cockpit to the controller and mechanical components are well-routed and encased in a protective sheath.
We’ve noticed the incorporation of 6-prong quick connectors on electronic components, making it much easier to swap these out without having to open up the deck. If, for example, the LCD was damaged, it could be replaced easily. Quick connectors are a subtle but nice touch that makes the scooter more maintenance and repair-friendly.
In the unfolded configuration, the scooter is solid with no creaking and only minimal play in the joints of the stem when pushing or pulling on it hard.
The TW Swift has a few gripe-able items worth mentioning. The kickstand is a little short, and scooter tilts quite far when resting on it. The charging port is on the front of the scooter deck, and the plug is at risk of being bent if the front wheel is turned while charging.
Unfortunately, the Turbowheel Swift has no official water resistance IP rating. Though we exposed it to very light rain with no problems, there are no guarantees about its ability to survive exposure to water.
TurboWheel Swift: Review Conclusions
We think of the Swift, and other T8 variants like the Horizon, as the Honda Civic or Toyota Corolla of electric scooters. It is a nice balance of range, speed, and folding features. Build quality and design are good. The price is very appealing given the features, but still value-minded.
If this package doesn’t appeal to you or you need something with longer range, look at our alternatives to the TurboWheel Swift.
You can also check out our Editor’s pick of best electric scooters.