This article reviews the mechanical and electrical features of the new 2018 EdgeRunner eSwoop and eClassic. For features specific to the non-electric EdgeRunner Swoop and Classic, please refer to this article here: 2018 EdgeRunner Swoop and Classic Features

Article Contents Include:

i) 2018 eSwoop and eClassic features

ii) eSwoop and eClassic spec sheets

iii) 2018 eSwoop/eClassic compared to the 2016 8e/10e

iv) What hasn’t changed. 

v) 2018 eSwoop and eClassic measurements. 

i) 2018 eSwoop and eClassic features

1. Option for the Bosch Performance CX or Speed motor: The EdgeRunner (ER) eSwoop and eClassic have the option for the Bosch Performance CX or the Bosch Performance Speed motor. For a comparison of these motors, please refer to the document here. In short, the CX stops assisting at 20 MPH whereas the Speed stops assisting at 28 MPH. 

2.  Varies battery and dual battery options: The eSwoop and eClassic allow for various battery options to meet your needs. These include a PowerPack 400wh, PowerPack 500wH, 800wH (two PowerPack 400wH batteries) or 1000wH (two PowerPack 500wH batteries) battery set up. For more info on the batteries, please refer to this document here. For battery range, please refer to this article here

3. Bosch Purion display: The new electric EdgeRunners use the Bosch Purion display. This display is clear, legible and strategically placed for easy reach by the left handlebar grip. More info on that display can be found here.  

4. Universal sizing: These new frames come in universal sizing which makes ordering easier and gives the bikes a wider range of fit. All frames for the eSwoop and eClassic are the same size and when you order your bike, you will get a seat post and handlebar stem. These new frames can fit riders ranging from 4’8” to 6’10”.

5.  Step over height: The eSwoop has a new lower step over height of 18.5″ that will make mounting and dismounting easier. Previous year models had a stand over height of 25″ on the S/M frame. The eClassic maintains the step over height of previous model year bikes. 

6.  Thru axle front hub: The front wheel hub is now a thru axle hub. All previous year models were quick release front wheels. Thru axle hubs offer a stiffer connection of the wheel to the fork which helps with handling heavier loads on the bike. The thru axle hub connects the wheel and fork in a way that makes the wheel much safer and less likely for the axle to come loose. Thru axle hubs are also lighter than quick release wheel hubs.

7.  Hydraulic disc brakes: All eSwoop and eClassic models will come with hydraulic brakes. These brakes require less maintenance than mechanical brakes and are highly responsive. They also don’t loosen over time since they auto-adjust as the pads wear down. This means you will never have diminished braking. Hydraulic brakes are also more powerful and more reliable due to their dual pad movement.

8. Herrmans front and rear light included: The eSwoop and eClassic come spec with a Herrmans H-Black MR8 E 6-12V front light and an H-Trace Dynamo rear light. 

9. Rear seat braces: Behind the seat tube, there are two new braces that come from the seat tube and attach to the seat stays. This increases rigidity on the back end of the frame.

10. Wedding Rings: Along with the tried and true RackLocks (also found on previous year models), these two new WeddingRings help create a more secure connection between the V-racks and the bike frame. The WeddingRings bolt onto the bike frame and have an O-ring that the V-racks slide through. Once the V-racks are through the rings and secured in the bike frame with the RackLocks, the WeddingRings are tightened to pull the V-racks in toward the bike frame. These help create less movement of the V-racks and hold V-racks tight to bike frame.

11. Centered rear wheel: The rear derailleur on the eSwoop and eClassic has been off-set inward a few millimeters to make it more centered on the frame. This gives the rear wheel more even spoke tension, making it stronger. The rear wheel is still a quick release (unlike the new front thru axle) since having a thru axle rear-wheel is not as beneficial as a front thru axle wheel hub. 

12.  10 gears on all bikes: All ER eSwoop and eClassic models come with 10 gears. Previous year eBike models came in various gear combos (8, 9 and 10)

13.  Adjustable deck height: For riders who want to lower the deck height even further than the stock 23.5″, the V-racks can be cut down to accommodate a deck height of 19.5″. 

ii) eSwoop and eClassic spec sheets

The spec sheets for the eSwoop and eClassic can be found here.

iii) 2018 eSwoop/eClassic compared to the 2016 8e/10e

These are the ways in which the 2018 eSwoop and eClassic compare to the previous year models EdgeRunner 8e and EdgeRunner 10e. 

eSwoop/eClassic 8e/10e
1. Motor options Option for the Bosch Performance CX (higher torque, 20 MPH cut-off) or Speed motor (28MPH cut-off) Bosch Performance motor is the only option. This motor has a lower torque than the CX and had a 20 MPH assist cut-off speed.
2. Battery options Various battery set up options, including dual battery. Battery choices include PowerPack 400wh, PowerPack 500wH, 800wh (two PowerPack 400wH batteries) or 1000wH (two PowerPack 500wH batteries).  400wH PowerPack is the only option with no option for a dual battery set up. 
3. Bosch display Bosch Purion display, found here. This display is smaller, is located near the left handlebar grip, doesn’t require additional charging, and is not removable. Bosch Intuvia display, found here. This display is larger, is located in the center of the handlebars, sometimes requires additional charging if it’s not charged with the bike, and is removable. 
4. Frame size All bikes are the same frame size with S, M or L seat post and stem options. 8e/10e: two different frame sizes. S/M and M/L.  Two different frame sizes. S/M and M/L. More on that here
5. Step over height eSwoop only: new lower step over height of 18.5″. Step over height of 25″ on the S/M frame.
6. Front fork Thru axle front fork.  Quick release front fork.
7. Disc brakes Hydraulic brakes.  8e has mechanical disc brakes, 10e has hydraulic disc brakes. 
8. Lights Herrmans front and rear light are included. No lights included with the option to upgrade with a SuperNova light set found here
9. Rear seat braces. Has these braces. Does not have these braces. 
10. Wedding Rings.  These come with the bike. These do not come with the bikes and don’t have the proper bosses to install them. 
11. Number of gears.  10 gears on the rear derailleur. Bosch motor has one chain ring. 8e had 8 gears and 10e had 10 gears and both had one chain ring on the Bosch motor. 
12. Adjustable deck height.  Deck height can be cut down to 19.5″. Deck height comes spec’ed as low as possible and cannot be raised or lowered further.  
13. Kickstand KickBack 3 comes included.

KickBack 3 comes included.

iv) What hasn’t changed. 

There is a lot we loved about our previous year models and kept on these upgraded eBikes. This includes: a 20″ rear wheel and 26″ front wheel, a quick release on the rear wheel, mounts for the PorterRack and PorterPack, compatibility with LT2 accessories (including the LT2 Hooptie, LT2 U-tubes and MagicCarpet), compatibility with the X3 bag system, the glossy teal and matte black paint options, the LT2 V-racks and LT2 FlightDeck, just to name a few. 

iv) 2018 eSwoop and eClassic measurements.