(Above) There is a lot of engineering in
every detail of this bike. (Right) The G3
folds into a docking base with a tiny footprint. It’s perfect for apartment dwellers.
MSRP: $4499 (as tested, with docking platform)
Fork: 6061 T6 aluminum
Wheels: Magnesium, 20-inch
Tires: Gocycle Performance tire, 20x1.75"
Motor: Gocycle proprietary 500 watts
Battery: Li-ion 22V, 13. 5 Ah
Controls: Gocycle proprietary
Charge time: 4 hours
Top speed: 20 mph*
Range: 40 miles, depending on riding style, load and terrain
Drive: Patented Cleandrive and Shimano Nexus 3-speed
Brakes: Hydraulic disc
Weight: 35. 9 lb.
Sizes: Universal Vgonomic
Color choices: White, Electric Blue and Matte Black
There are a few different
modes. On Demand means
you have no pedal assist,
just input from the throttle
on the left side. Eco is as
you’d expect—a little bit of
powered assist. City gives
a little more power, and
the custom setting lets you
set a power curve, which
can max out at 600 watts
The app offers tracking
of battery percentage,
average speed, calories
burned, trip distance in
miles, total miles on the
bike, average power in
watts (your own pedal
power and what the bike provides) and
even an equivalent in miles per gallon.
Gocycle will offer a handlebar mount
for phones soon, possibly by the time
you read this.
They do offer a front pannier as
an accessory. It’s brilliantly designed,
holds about what a backpack would
and clips on easily in a couple of seconds with no additional hardware or
tools. It’ll carry your papers to work,
your veggies from the farmers’ market,
They’ve apparently sold a lot of
these to boat and RV owners, and we
can see why. Each bike takes up a tiny
amount of room when stored inside
and is a total blast to ride when you get
to your destination.
Hands down, the Gocycle G3 is
not only the most thoroughly designed
folding electric bike we’ve ever ridden,
but simply the best we’ve ever ridden.
From the transport pod to the lighting
and wheel-removal design, we have
yet to see an overall package as well
thought out. In many ways, you can
take the word “folding” out of that sentence. It’s not made for off-road use
but for street use. It’s a great bike with
incredible power, great user controls
and it rides as well as it looks. If you’re
looking for a folding bike for work,
travel or just fun, it’s well worth a look.
Take a test ride and see if you don’t
Magnesium wheels weigh next to
nothing, and the front hub is where
the 500-watt motor is housed.
The chain-drive system for the rear of the bike is
fully enclosed to protect the chain from the elements
and you from the chain and related dirt and grime.