If you’re in the market for a stylish, relatively lightweight, but long-range folding e-bike, you might want to give Gocycle’s new GX model a look.
- Gocycle folds up in 10 seconds and still rolls
- Up to 40 miles of range at 20 mph
- Optional fast charger allows a full charge in 3.5 hours
- Retail price is around $3,300
The United Kingdom-based Gocycle brand revealed its new mid-range model, the GX, which can be folded up for ease of storage or maneuvering in just 10 seconds. Importantly, when folded, the GX can still be rolled. This, as you might guess, will make it more wieldy when rolling into an office or apartment.
It features a battery pack integrated into the frame, which can be recharged in seven hours — or 3.5 hours, if the customer selects the optional fast charger. With a full charge, the GX is capable of 40 miles of electric-assisted riding, up to speeds of 20 miles per hour.
Riders can monitor the onboard battery charge level through an LED light charge indicator built into the oversized handlebars. Gocycle also offers its Connect app, Which riders can use to infinitely customize the GX’s drive modes. Plus, they can review calories burned as well as maximum and average pedal power exerted.
GX also introduces Gocycle’s new All Weather tire, which offers the same performance as other tires but with puncture resistance and excellent wet-road grip. Despite its size and powerful battery and electric motor, the GX only weighs 39.2 pounds. So, even if you can’t roll it everywhere, it won’t break your back to pick it up from time to time.
The folding e-bike is offered in three colors: Electric Blue, Matt Black, or White. All feature a black-painted version of Gocycle’s proprietary Cleandrive system. Prices start at a manufacturer suggested retail price of $3,299. Due to popularity, however, customers who place an order for the GX will be waiting a month or so for delivery.
Gocycle is one of many relative newcomers to the e-bike marketplace. General Motors, of all companies, recently entered the e-bike fray as well. It now offers two bikes under the ARĪV brand in Belgium, Germany, and the Netherlands.
Americans shouldn’t be too bummed the GM e-bikes aren’t available here in the U.S. At least from the looks of it, I’d much rather have a Gocycle anyhow. You’ll have to be a smaller-sized American, though; the GX can only handle a maximum rider weight of 220 pounds — including clothing and cargo.
Now, if you’re wondering why more e-bikes are coming to market, I’ll happily explain. That’s because these electric-assisted bicycles are going to have to be a big part of the solution to the carbon-emissions problem facing the global transportation industry. In short: One person, one car — even electric cars — won’t meaningfully reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
That means we urban dwellers are going to have to skip hopping in our car (or even Uber or Lyft) and hop on an e-bike more often.
Yes, I know that means riding in inclement weather and probably getting wet sometimes. If you’re really committed to reducing your carbon footprint (and transportation is a big portion of that), you’re going to have to make the switch from large vehicles — again, even electrically powered ones — and adopt a public transportation and e-bike-based getting-around lifestyle.