TurboWheel Swift Review: Overview
The Turbowheel Swift is a well-balanced scooter that can serve a variety of purposes. It has enough battery to go long distances between charges. It has good enough suspension for poor roads. It folds compactly enough to store almost anywhere, including a commuter train.
|Tested top speed: 24.0 mph*|
|Tested range: 19.6 mi*|
|Weight: 40 lb|
|Max rider weight: 220 lb|
|Water resistance: None|
* Based on our performance tests which may differ from the manufacturer’s claims.
|Compact when folded|
|Towing handle in akward position|
|Trolly wheels not functional|
The Turbowheel Swift is a take on the Titan T8 — a popular chassis used on many scooters — but with a handful of quality and functionality upgrades. The Swift features a battery pack made of LG cells, towing handles, and dual drum brakes.
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.
Other Scooters to Consider
- To keep it simple, check out our Editor’s pick of best electric scooters.
- More fun: The Mercane WideWheel is a quick and fun dual-motor scooter with huge, ultra-wide tires
- More refined: The Segway Ninebot Max has slightly longer range, large pneumatic tires, but lower top speed and no suspension
- More stylish: The Unagi Model One is an ultra-stylish, futuristic-looking scooter with dual motors and quick acceleration
- Faster: The Zero 9 is a faster scooter with dual pneumatic tires and suspension for even better ride
|Turbowheel Swift||24.0 mph||19.6 mi||40 lb||$799|
|Mercane WideWheel (Dual)||25.0 mph||18.8 mi||44 lb||$1099|
|Segway Ninebot Max||17.8 mph||28.1 mi||42 lb||$799|
|Zero 9||28.4 mph||21.7 mi||40 lb||$1099|
** Based on our performance tests which may differ from the manufacturer’s claims.
TurboWheel Swift Review
Results below are based on our independent testing and not data provided by the manufacturer. Read about our testing methodology or compare with other scooters on our electric scooter performance testing page.
|Acceleration (0 to 15 mph)||4.7 seconds|
|Acceleration (0 to 20 mph)||9.1 seconds|
|Top speed||24.0 mph|
|Braking distance (15 to 0 mph)||13.8 feet|
|Hill climb||15.9 seconds|
The Swift, like other Titan T8-based scooters, has acceleration that is initially laggy. However, around 5 mph, the 500-watt brushless DC electric motor comes to life. It pulls strongly up to 15 mph then slowly rolls off until you hit the top speed of 24.0 miles per hour.
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 (5.4 seconds).
See our performance testing page for real-world acceleration data on other scooters.
The Turbowheel Swift is an apt hill climber. It will not suffer from extreme slowdown like you may have experienced on budget scooters or rental ones when they encounter steep hills.
The Turbowheel completed the hill climb test (200 ft, 10%, grade, 165 lb rider) in 15.9 seconds at an average speed of 8.6 mph.
We measured the top speed to be 4.7 seconds on the flat with a 165 lb rider.
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.
The scooter has a 614 watt hour battery made of LG M26 (INR chemistry, lithium-magnesium — one of the best and safest for electric scooters) cells.
We tested the range of the Swift (165 lb rider, scooter in fastest setting, frequent stops, and hilly terrain) and got 19.6 miles 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.
The Swift departs from other takes on the T8 Titan with the incorporation of dual drum brakes and an electronic brake. We love to see braking mechanisms present on both wheels for improved redundancy, safety, and braking performance. The rear motor wheel also has an electronic brake.
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 Swift features both a front spring and rear spring suspension. The suspension, combined with 8.5-inch/8.0-inch tires (pneumatic in the front and solid in the rear), provides modest damping overall. Additionally, the suspension is relatively quiet during normal riding; you’ll only hear significant suspension sounds from impacting large potholes or taking a big drop.
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
Coming in at 40 lbs, the Swift is by no means a featherweight; however, it folds to a small size and is perfect for storing in compact spaces.
The Swift has three mechanisms for reducing its size: a folding stem, folding handlebars, and telescoping stem.
Folding the stem is easily accomplished by pulling on a metal lever near the deck; once folded, the stem locks into position for carrying one-handed.
The handlebars fold, reducing the width of the scooter to a mere 7-inches. This feature is especially useful for storing under a desk or bringing onto a crowded commuter train.
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.
The towing handle is supposed to make towing the folded scooter easy due to the dolly wheels. However, due to the short length of the scooter, you end up having to lean over when towing the scooter — it’s not exactly comfortable. The towing handle is also pinched between the folded handlebars, and grabbing it is awkward.
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.
The Swift has a pretty standard cockpit with dual brake levers and the ubiquitous finger trigger accelerator and LCD. This throttle control unit appears on many scooters. You’re probably familiar that we aren’t huge fans of it for several reasons.
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.
Talk about the presence/lack of lights and how bright they are. Cover all lights (deck, front, tail). Add the boilerplate line below if they need more lights.
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.
The Swift has an 9-inch pneumatic inner tube tire in the front and an airless (solid) 8-inch tire in the rear.
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.
The deck has 18.2-inches by 6.2-inches of usable space and 4.2-inches of ground clearance. The deck-to-handlebar height (maximum) is 38.4-inches.
Warranty / Post-Purchase Support
The Turbowheel Swift has a generous one year warranty, but you will be responsible for shipping to and from the eWheels service center, if necessary.
The TW Swift — like other Titan T8 variants — has good overall build quality and otherwise good design, except for some annoyances that we discuss later.
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
The Turbowheel Swift is a well-balanced scooter with additional features, including dual drum brakes, dolly wheels, and towing handle, and a battery made of LG cells. These features help to differentiate it from the ranks of other Titan T8 electric scooter variants.
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.
TurboWheel Swift Technical Specifications From Manufacturer
Note: This may differ from our tested specifications.
|Folded dimensions||39 by 7 by 14 in|
|Motor power, continuous||500 W|
|Top speed||25 mph|
|Battery capacity||614 Wh|
|Battery recharge time||2 hrs|
|Max rider weight||220 lb|
|Brake type||Drum + Drum|
|Tire type||8.0 in Pneumatic;Inner Tube + Solid|
|Built-in lights||Front + Rear|