Established in 2014, TurboAnt is currently one of the world’s largest manufacturers of commercial PLEVs. Originally starting off with electric scooters, TurboAnt has quickly expanded to compete in the eBike market. Although their current range is refined and somewhat limited in choice, all of their models remain competitively priced and fit for purpose.
All eBike models utilise an aluminium alloy frame, resulting in a tough yet lightweight eBike. Alongside this, Shimano 7-speed derailleur is utilised throughout the design of each model. In fact, every TurboAnt eBike currently achieves the same speed and range but are clearly designed to excel in their chosen environments.
We highly recommend purchasing from TurboAnt directly, to best benefit from their free shipping and 24-month warranty policy. So without delay, let’s dive straight into all the differences between these models.
TurboAnt Ranger R1
The Ranger R1 is the cheapest model on this list, but by no means have TurboAnt cut corners or reduced build quality. Marketed as a ‘city e-bike’, the R1 features a full-frame design and great performance for a very fair price. It’s approx. $400 cheaper than the Thunder T1, although has a slightly smaller motor and lacks any significant suspension.
Despite this, the Ranger R1 remains full of features, including puncture-resistant tires, front/rear lighting, 3 levels of pedal assistance and much more. Whilst supporting weights of up to 150 kg (330 lbs), the R1 is actually the lightest on our list; weighing in at 23.5 kg and capable of carrying ~6.3 times its own weight!
The ‘R1’ truly offers some of the best value for money on the market, coupled with great performance. Scroll through the key specifications of this eBike now, or keep reading for the Thunder T1:
TurboAnt Thunder T1
Moving on to the Thunder T1, the only model on the list with a USB charging port. Riders can choose from 5 levels of pedal assist and enjoy a fully adjustable hydraulic front fork, seat and handlebars. It claims better suspension and a higher controller output than any other model on this list and supports weights of up to 150 kg (330 lbs). Despite this, it is very similar to the Nebula N1 in terms of performance.
It also shares the same grippy leather handles for added comfort, alongside a throttle lock/limiter for those long journeys. Finally, the 26 x 4” fat tires result in great versatility when riding both on/off-road. Looking to conquer tough terrain? Check out our off-road safety article to learn more about riding rough.
TurboAnt Swift S1
The Swift S1 is effectively a folding variant of the Nebula/Thunder, with an easily mountable, lightweight walk-through frame that packs up compactly. It features a slightly bigger, upgraded Samsung battery which remains fully removable and fits nicely within the frame. Whilst many folding eBikes heavily compromise on performance due to weight or size considerations, the S1 does no such thing.
This model maintains the same speed and range as the rest of the TurboAnt eBikes. In fact, it’s even capable of reaching 0-20 mp/h in just 20 seconds, which is amazing acceleration and power for the price. This performance is quite uncommon amongst folding eBikes; especially when coupled with grippy 20 x 4” fat tires, which allow for great functionality both on and off-road.
With an adjustable seat and handlebar, folding frame, 5 levels of pedal assist and a host of other features, it’s clear that the S1 makes a great choice for commuters and inner-city riders who also utilise public transport. If you’re looking for foldable ebikes, we’ve got a great article on the top 10 best folding eBikes for under $1,500.
TurboAnt Nebula N1
The Nebula N1 is a full-frame 26 x 4″ fat-tire eBike, offering outstanding versatility on a variety of otherwise tricky terrains. Like other models, the N1 comes fitted with front/rear lighting, a Shimano 7-speed derailleur and an adjustable front preload/lockout. The hand-grips are upgraded to a much more comfortable leather, with a throttle lock to help ease long rides.
However, we noticed that the Nebula N1 is remarkably similar to the Thunder T1, with the only significant addition being a USB charging port, improved suspension and a slightly higher controller output. Despite this, the ‘N1’ is approx. $150 more than the ‘T1’, so we were left confused as to which model is actually better for the price.
Whilst these models are quite similar, each best suits their purpose; although the T1/N1 models are a little too alike to distinguish. All models remain fairly affordable, despite offering great performance and features. However, the Swift S1 especially seems a top pick for anyone seeking a mid to high-spec folding eBike.