GoCycle GX is an awesome urban folding ebike

Though there at the moment are a slew of producers providing folding ebikes, UK-based GoCycle was one of the first to popularize them. The corporate’s GX mannequin is a superb city commuter, as I lately found after I tried one out for every week.

First released in 2019, the GX gained a couple of notable enhancements in its 2020 incarnation. These included a extra ergonomic entrance fork (inherited from the higher-up GXi mannequin), better-streamlined inside cable routing that enables for simpler folding and battery elimination, and a claimed 300-gram discount in total weight. The entire bike reportedly ideas the scales at about 17.5 kg (38.6 lb), though my demo unit got here out at 18.3 kg (40.4 lb).

So far as fundamental specs go, the 2020 GX options the next:

  • Hydro-formed 6061 T6 aluminum alloy body
  • Magnesium wheels with house-brand 20 by 2.25-inch all-weather tires
  • Entrance and rear hydraulic disc brakes
  • Sealed chain drive with a Shimano Nexus 3-speed rear hub transmission
  • Microshift grip shifter
  • Polymer rear shock providing 1 inch (25 mm) of journey
  • GoCycle 500-watt entrance hub motor powered by a shortly detachable 13.7-Ah/22V lithium-ion battery pack

One 7-hour cost of that battery is claimed to be good for a spread of as much as 65 km (40 miles) relying on pedal enter, which is roughly according to what I received. Set to its North American configuration, the GX has a prime pedal-assisted velocity of 20 mph (25 km/h). There’s additionally a throttle mode for these instances once you simply do not feel like pedalling, or for when the chosen degree {of electrical} help wants a short lived enhance.

GoCycle GX is an awesome urban folding ebike

The GoCycle GX accommodates riders weighing as much as 100 kg (220 lb)

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Riders select between 4 help modes (Metropolis, Eco, On-Demand and Customized) using an iOS/Android app on their Bluetooth-linked smartphone. That cellphone will be mounted on the handlebar using an included pair of rubber rings, displaying an digital dashboard that gives info akin to battery degree, velocity and distance travelled.

Nonetheless, as soon as the app has been used to pick out the mode, the cellphone would not have to be close to the bike anymore. A row of purple LEDs on the handlebar nonetheless reveals the battery cost degree, which is the principle factor that almost all riders will care about.

In contrast to another ebikes, the GX would not have a built-in LCD display or mode selector swap of its personal. Whereas this does make for a much less cluttered handlebar, riders who need the additional knowledge and controllability would possibly really feel uncomfortable placing their cellphone on the bar when driving within the rain, or whereas traversing significantly tough roads.

On a associated aspect word, as a result of the handlebar is comparatively fats and never spherical (cross-sectionally), mounting third-party equipment akin to headlights or bells may show to be difficult. Gocycle does supply its personal line of appropriate equipment, however present gizmos most likely cannot be transferred over from different bikes.

GoCycle GX is an awesome urban folding ebike

Time for a recharge – LEDs on the handlebar point out the battery degree

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Using the GX was nice. I caught primarily to Metropolis mode, with the motor easily kicking in as soon as the pedal torque sensor decided that I had reached the required threshold. The experience was fairly comfortable, thanks partially to the comfortable Velo Sport saddle, the flared GoCycle Sport Ergo grips, and maybe that little little bit of rear suspension.

As a result of the handlebar top cannot be adjusted, although, I do surprise how shorter riders will really feel about having their palms sitting comparatively excessive. That mentioned, in line with the corporate, the one-size GX ought to comfortably match riders ranging in top from 4’8″ to six’4″ (142 to 193 cm).

Folding and unfolding the GX is as fast and simple as marketed, taking about 10 seconds and primarily involving simply two latches – one on the body, and one on the base of the handlebar tube. I did should do some Googling and emailing to get all the small print of the method, although, as they are not totally introduced within the movies included within the setup app.

GoCycle GX is an awesome urban folding ebike

If the seatpost is left in place (it is taken off on this picture), it may be used as a deal with to wheel the GX alongside whereas folded

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Moreover, so as to take away the seatpost when folding the bike, a thumbscrew on the body must be manually loosened off. I discovered that when placing the seatpost again in, that screw needed to be tightened very firmly so as to preserve the seat from twisting round whereas driving. It could be good if there have been merely a lever that did the job.

For that matter, it may additionally assist if the seatpost had a groove operating down it that match right into a corresponding ridge on the body, so there could be no guesswork as as to if or not the seat could be straight when all the things was tightened down.

One different small factor I observed was the truth that when the bike is unfolded, its lack of a prime tube makes it somewhat awkward to select up and carry up steps, and so on. That is widespread to many folding bikes, nonetheless, and is not a disadvantage that is particular to the GX.

Minor niggles apart, the 2020 GoCycle GX gives just about all the things you could possibly need in a smooth-riding, nimble, fast-folding and cool-looking electrical metropolis bike. It is obtainable now in shade selections of white, blue or matt black, priced at US$3,299.

And final however not least, I might prefer to thank Edmonton, Canada-based GoCycle supplier Redbike for supplying me with the demo bike.

Product web page: GoCycle GX