UK-based GoCycle has just announced its 4th generation of fast-folding electric bikes, which are expected to further refine the company’s current two-wheeler format.
Despite their steep prices, we are fans of the GoCycle line of folding bikes. They are unique, well designed and practical. But yes, this price, these are among the most expensive bikes in their class on the market, it is undeniable.
We haven’t had a chance to get our hands on any of the new GoCycle yet, but based on the information we have at this point, it looks like there won’t be any major changes from the previous Gx models. Instead, the G4s get a slew of subtle updates that see them lose weight and gain strength.
Let’s take a look at what’s new.
There are three models in the G4 family, the standard G4, the G4i and the top of the range G4i +. Those familiar with the naming conventions of smartphones will feel very much at home here.
Before we get to the new features, let’s talk about the elephant in the room: the price. Check them out below.
- MSRP G4: $ 3,999
- G4i MSRP: $ 4,999
- G4i + MSRP: $ 5,999
Like I said, they don’t come cheap, but you get one of the more tech e-bikes out there. For reference, the GXi, similar to the G4i, retailed for $ 4,799, so prices have increased slightly compared to previous models.
As with previous generations, the GoCycle G4s are powered by a front hub motor, which will allow you to go as fast as local e-bike regulations allow.
GoCycle claims its new “G4drive” engine is smoother and quieter than previous models. Although the noise of the GX was never an issue, it was slightly louder than other contemporary electric bikes.
The engine has also been revised to deliver more torque at low revs. This should mean that the engine starts a little faster as soon as you start pedaling.
Plus, the new GoCycle charges its battery faster than ever. The G4 now charges in just three and a half hours, compared to the four to seven hours required for the GX range.
For the G4, GoCycle is also revising some of its frame design.
Aesthetically, the G4 looks a lot like the GX. However, its central frame, the part that connects the transmission and the large front part has been updated and is now made of carbon fiber.
The carbon fiber front fork has also been redesigned to save weight.
In total, these weight savings amount to 2.2 lbs (approximately 1 kilogram). Overall, the G4i weighs 36 lbs (just over 16 kg). That puts it in the same approximation, in terms of weight, as the Specialized Turbo Vado, an electric bike that my colleague Napier rented for being so light, that he forgot it was an electric bike.
Thanks to the GXi’s compactness, I’ve never found it difficult to lift it up the stairs in my house, but a kilogram lighter is always a welcome addition – or should it be a reduction?
The G4 range also features some interesting improvements for smartphone integration. A built-in one-amp USB port lets you charge your phone on the go.
GoCycle has also introduced low power Bluetooth standards to provide better connectivity to phone and apps, this should also improve battery life.
Putting the new engine aside, most of GoCycle’s additions to the G4 are neat incremental upgrades that add another layer of utility and practicality to already pragmatically designed bikes.
This is not surprising given that the company has been working on this design for over a decade now, and the G4 represents the more refined version of the platform.
The new engine is by far the most notable change from the G4 over the outgoing GX models. For this, the proof is in the constituency. We’ll wait until we get our hands on a review unit to see how much it has improved and if that $ 200 increase is worth it.
If GoCycle’s claims about improved torque and faster engagement engagement are true, there won’t be much left to refine.
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Published March 30, 2021 – 23:01 UTC