The Gocycle GX is the British firm’s first quick-folding bike and it is a good one, although it definitely ought to be at this value. Here is our assessment.
Gocycle might not have the heritage of Brampton, however when you’re after an electrical bike that folds, the GX is a better option.
Gocycle has been round longer than most devoted electrical bike firms. Certainly, the essential design, by former McLaren designer Richard Thorpe, has existed for round a decade, however within the GX it has been refined to what quantities to probably the greatest folding electrical bikes round.
Whereas earlier designs had detachable wheels, the GX is a ‘correct’ folding bike and takes seconds – not minutes – to fold. And sure, it nonetheless has detachable wheels.
Gocycle GX: Value & availability
You’d anticipate a top-notch electrical bike at this value: the GX prices £2899, and that’s earlier than you’ve specified mudguards, lights or a entrance pannier.
You should buy a Gocycle GX from Absolutely Charged, Cycle Republic and different bike retailers.
Within the US, purchase the GX from Gocycle.
For options, see our roundup of the most effective electrical bikes.
Gocycle GX: Options & design
Eschewing standard bike design, the GX appears to be like futuristic with its wheels that connect on one aspect solely and a totally enclosed chain and drive system – Gocycle calls this CleanDrive.
Each of those are additionally sensible: you may change a tyre or internal tube with out eradicating the wheel and the chain is protected against the weather, can’t go away oily marks in your trousers and doesn’t want any upkeep.
Some electrical bikes don’t have any gears, however because the GX’s motor doesn’t kick in instantly, it’s a great job Gocycle use Shimano’s Nexus 3-speed hub gears as this makes it a lot simpler to get going than a single-speed setup.
The hydraulic disc brakes are actually highly effective and have an incredible really feel, stopping you in a short time when wanted.
Weight is saved down because of using magnesium for the wheels and chain cowl, with the remainder of the body being created from aluminum. It’s not super-light – however at 18kg it’s not unhealthy for an electrical bike.
A small rear shock gives one inch of journey and mixed with the all-weather tyres, it does a wonderful job of absorbing the bumps: driving over cobbles isn’t an disagreeable expertise on the GX.
Plus, the wheels are 20in moderately than the 16in rims you discover on many folding bikes, which provides to the consolation degree.
To fold the GX, you merely unclip the body clamp and fold the bike in half. An identical clamp permits the handlebars to fold as nicely. A bungee wire retains the 2 halves of the bike collectively, and a thumbscrew releases the saddle which might be fed via the bungee and secured in place within the seat tube utilizing a nifty plastic retainer which additionally holds the rear reflector.
Even niftier is the two-prong stand which just about magically unfolds from beneath the crank and holds the bike regular, even on a transferring practice.
On this state the GX measures 830 x 390 x 750mm. That’s sufficiently small for not critically annoying fellow commuters on a busy practice, and it must also match comfortably into the boot of most hatchbacks. Plus, it’ll take up much less area in your storage or residence.
When it comes to the electrics, the GX has a proprietary motor positioned within the entrance hub. It’s small and light-weight but gives loads of energy. Usefully the battery, which sits within the rear half of the folding body, is detachable, and a row of LEDs within the oversize handlebars let you know roughly how a lot energy stays. There’s an influence button on the body to show the bike on and off.
As you’d anticipate at this value, a torque sensor is used to find out how a lot help to offer you at any specific time. The one factor you’ll really want the app for is to alter the ability mode, however as you may create your personal customized profile, you may set that up after which merely put your cellphone away.
A small button on the left-hand deal with grip (simply seen within the picture beneath) is for delivering full energy whenever you want it. That is helpful whenever you’ve set a cost-effective energy mode however desire a bit of additional help at instances. Sadly, it is disabled when the area is ready to Europe.
For those who don’t thoughts mounting your cellphone between the 2 elastic straps on the handlebar, the app can act as a digital dashboard. This exhibits your pace, exact quantity of battery energy left and likewise acts a bit like a health tracker, displaying energy burned and your common energy when pedalling, similar to a turbo coach.
Sadly there’s no manner to connect with Strava, however that is one thing Gocycle is contemplating for a future app replace.
One helpful side is the power to alter the area within the app as a result of this lets you unlock the complete 500W energy of the motor. EU regulation restricts electrical bikes to 15.5mph, however whenever you’re on non-public land (or when you take the bike to the US, for instance) you may set the area to USA and enhance the highest pace to 20mph.
If there’s one factor lacking it’s a built-in location tracker for recovering the bike if it is stolen. It’s a function that is constructed into the Cowboy electrical bike, and one that may have been good to see right here as nicely.
Regardless of the battery having solely a 300Wh capability – which is on the small aspect – Gocycle says the GX has a variety of as much as 60 miles on a cost. That’s in superb situations with minimal help, and in order with all e-bikes, precise vary will range relying upon the ability mode you set and the way onerous you pedal. On a colder day, with the utmost load and loads of hills you would possibly solely get half that determine.
As talked about, the motor doesn’t reduce in for the primary couple of seconds which suggests it may be a bit of powerful to get going up a hill. And it is value noting that you simply do get this sort of help on different electrical bikes. The ‘throttle’ button will not make it easier to both, as that is solely purposeful whenever you’re going just a few miles per hour.
It’s designed this approach to protect battery energy and prolong vary, because it takes a whole lot of power to rise up to hurry from a standing begin, and the human legs are way more environment friendly (and it is not onerous in your legs in first gear).
The excellent news is that the general driving expertise of the GX is superb.
What’s significantly good is the way in which the motor energy fades step by step whenever you attain the 15.5mph or 20mph pace restrict. Different bikes have an instantaneous cut-out that’s all too noticeable, however with the GX, you usually don’t realise that you simply’re biking with none help.
It’s additionally good that there’s little or no flex, one thing that’s an issue on cheaper folding bikes. Due to the Gocycle’s nice construct high quality, it feels extra like driving on an ordinary bike with a prime tube.
If you wish to prolong vary much more, merely flip off the electrics and experience with no help altogether. That is the place the gears are really helpful as single-speed electrical bikes is usually a problem to experience when the battery has run out.
One other level value noting is that you could wheel the GX alongside when folded as a result of the 2 wheels line up. It’s lots simpler than carrying it, and you’ll maintain onto the seat moderately than having to bend all the way down to wheel it alongside.
The included charger is comparatively compact however is not the quick charger you get with the GXi, so an empty battery will take seven hours to recharge.
The battery is straightforward to take away: merely take away the pin holding the quick-release clamp, rotate the pink deal with on the battery and pull it out of the body. It may be charged off the bike utilizing the charger, too.
Even when you aren’t particularly after a folding bike, the Gocycle GX has lots going for it. It’s nice to experience, has loads of energy for even the steepest hills and doesn’t require that you simply use the app to experience it.
It’s a disgrace that lights aren’t included as normal at this value, however when you can afford it, the Gocycle GX is not going to disappoint.
Gocycle GX: Specs
- Motor: 250W (EU), 500W (US)
- Max Velocity: Assisted Motor Velocity: 15.5 mph (EU) / 20 mph (US)
- Location of Motor: Entrance hub
- LED Show: Exhibiting battery energy
- Body: 6061 T6 Aluminium with magnesium chain cowl
- Weight: approx 18Kg With kickstand
- Max Particular person Weight: 100 Kg
- Body Dimension: One measurement suits most
- Wheel Dimension: 20in
- Wheels: Gocycle PitstopWheel
- Tyres: Gocycle All Climate 20 x 2.25in
- Seat: Velo Sport
- Seat Put up: 34.9mm aluminium
- Gears: Shimano Three pace Nexus
- Brakes: Hydraulic discs
- Lights: None – optionally available
- Entrance Fork: Gocycle proprietary
- Handlebars: Not said
- Battery Kind: Fast-removable lithium ion 13.7Ah, 22V, 330Wh
- Distance: Up prime 40 miles (is dependent upon degree of help)
- Cost Time: 7 hours (optionally available 4-hour quick charger)
- Guarantee: 2 years