Gocycle G3 Review

Gocycle G3 Electric Bike Review
Gocycle G3
Gocycle G3 Custom 250 Watt Gearless Front Motor
Gocycle G3 On Off Switch Charging Port
Gocycle G3 Led Console Display Handlebar Ergo Grips Twist Controls
Gocycle G3 Proprietary Hydraulic Disc Brakes Adjustable Levers
Gocycle G3 Vredestein Tires Reflective Sidewalls
Gocycle G3 Adjustable Qr Stem Inverted Headset
Gocycle G3 Lockshock Bumper Shock 1 Inch Travel
Gocycle G3 Three Speed Shimano Nexus Igh
Gocycle G3 Injection Molded Magnesium Wheelset Pitstop Quick Release
Gocycle G3 Velo D2 Comfort Saddle
Gocycle G3 Electric Bike Review
Gocycle G3
Gocycle G3 Custom 250 Watt Gearless Front Motor
Gocycle G3 On Off Switch Charging Port
Gocycle G3 Led Console Display Handlebar Ergo Grips Twist Controls
Gocycle G3 Proprietary Hydraulic Disc Brakes Adjustable Levers
Gocycle G3 Vredestein Tires Reflective Sidewalls
Gocycle G3 Adjustable Qr Stem Inverted Headset
Gocycle G3 Lockshock Bumper Shock 1 Inch Travel
Gocycle G3 Three Speed Shimano Nexus Igh
Gocycle G3 Injection Molded Magnesium Wheelset Pitstop Quick Release
Gocycle G3 Velo D2 Comfort Saddle

Summary

  • A futuristic folding electric bike with lightweight Magnesium frame, mid-body suspension bumper and enclosed chain and wires for clean transport and storage, the chan is not exposed
  • Now available in four color choices, a 25% larger battery pack and improved wheel locking system vs. the older G2 model from Gocycle, three-speed internally geared hub with auto electronic shifting
  • A daytime running light "tube" helps keep you seen along with reflective tires and optional Bush & Müller LED Lights, optional fenders, front bag and water-resistant "docking station" for travel
  • You get what you pay for and this product costs a pretty penny (especially with accessories), the gearless motor produces some cogging drag when unpowered and whirring noise when operating

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Introduction

Make:

Gocycle

Model:

G3

Price:

$4,499

Body Position:

Upright

Suggested Use:

Neighborhood, Urban, Commuting, Travel

Electric Bike Class:

Pedal Assist (Class 1), Throttle on Demand (Class 2)
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Warranty:

3 Year Frame, 2 Year Components, 1 Year Battery

Availability:

United States, Europe, Worldwide

Model Year:

20162017

Bicycle Details

Total Weight:

35.9 lbs (16.28 kg)

Battery Weight:

5.5 lbs (2.49 kg)

Motor Weight:

2.2 lbs (0.99 kg)

Frame Material:

Injection Molded Magnesium

Geometry Measurements:

Stem Angle 70°, Seat Tube Angle 68°, Wheelbase Length 1065mm (42 in), Bottom Bracket Height 275mm (11.5 in), Folded Dimensions 600mm x 760mm x 300mm (With Optional Folding Pedals)

Frame Types:

Compact, Folding

Frame Colors:

So White, Stealth Black, Electric Blue

Frame Fork Details:

Rigid 6061 T6 Aluminum Alloy, Detachable Side-Mounted Wheel with Pitstop Lock System

Frame Rear Details:

Gocycle Lockshock™ 25 mm (1 in) Travel, Detachable Side-Mounted Wheel with Pitstop Lock System

Attachment Points:

Rear Rack Bosses, Fender Bosses, Lock Bosses, Pannier Bosses

Gearing Details:

3 Speed 1x3 Internally Geared Shimano Nexus Hub Cleandrive®

Shifter Details:

Electronic Predictive Shifting™ or Manual Shifting

Cranks:

Alloy 170 mm

Pedals:

Plastic Platform with Non-Skid Surface

Headset:

Integrated Steerer, 1-1/8", Upside-Down (Adjustment on Bottom)

Stem:

Alloy, Height and Reach Adjustment

Handlebar:

Flat, Aluminum and Plastic, Integrated Display

Brake Details:

Proprietary Hydraulic Disc with 138 mm Rotors, Adjustable Reach Levers

Grips:

Proprietary Ergonomic, Rubber, Rotary Shifters

Saddle:

Velo D2 Comfort

Seat Post:

Aluminum Alloy

Seat Post Length:

400 mm

Seat Post Diameter:

31.8 mm

Rims:

Injection Molded Magnesium Wheelset, Three Quick Release Levers

Tire Brand:

Gocycle Performance by Vredestein, 20" x 1.75" (50-406)

Wheel Sizes:

20 in (50.8cm)

Tire Details:

Reflective Sidewall Stripes

Tube Details:

Schrader Valve

Accessories:

Integrated Daytime Running Light (DRL) with Light Tube Design (4 Modes), Optional Integrated Busch & Müller LED Lights ($140), Optional Front Pannier Bag ($200), Optional Fold Leg ($20), Optional Shocklock (Coil Bike Lock, $30), Optional Anti-Theft Bolt Kit for Wheels ($30), Optional Folding Plastic Pedals ($32), Optional Schwalbe Big Ben Tyre ($40), Optional Front Mudguard ($60), Optional Rear Mudguard ($60), Optional Abus Lock with Holster ($150), Optional Docking Station Bag ($350)

Other:

Maximum Rider Weight 220 lbs (99.8 kgs), Gear Sizing: 1st 39.1 in, 2nd 53.3 in, 3rd 72.5 in, Universal Vgonomic™ Frame Size (Reach and Height Adjustment), 1.5 lb 4 Amp Charger, Proprietary Battery Management System (BMS) with Sleep Power Management, Internally Routed Cables

Electronic Details

Motor Brand:

Proprietary

Motor Type:

Mid-Mounted Gearless Motor
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Motor Nominal Output:

250 watts

Motor Peak Output:

500 watts

Battery Brand:

Panasonic

Battery Voltage:

22 volts

Battery Amp Hours:

13.5 ah

Battery Watt Hours:

297 wh

Battery Chemistry:

Lithium Nickel Cobalt Aluminium (LiNiCoAlO2)

Charge Time:

3.5 hours

Estimated Min Range:

20 miles (32 km)

Estimated Max Range:

50 miles (80 km)

Display Type:

LED Console in Handlebar, GocycleConnect® Bluetooth App (Android and iOS)

Readouts:

Ride Mode (City, Eco, On-Demand, Custom), Fuel Gauge, Speed, Gear (1-3), Efficiency, Trip Odometer, Calories Burned, Equivalent MPG

Drive Mode:

Advanced Pedal Assist, Twist Throttle (Torque and Cadence)

Top Speed:

20 mph (32 kph) (15.5 mph in Some Geographies)

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Written Review

Gocycle, or Karbon Kinetics Limited, was created by a former McLaren automotive design engineer named Richard Thorpe in 2002 with the mission “develop the world’s most innovate and technologically advanced electric bicycle” which sounds pretty ambitious to me… and expensive. The G3 is Richard’s third-generation product with refinements to the control interface, a brand new smartphone app and 25% larger battery! Oh, and there’s a new Electric Blue color option, all of the cables are internally routed (not just 95% of them) and the unique quick-release wheels gained a twist-lock feature to visually communicate that YES these wheels are locked!! It’s a fantastic product, folding in on itself vs. folding in half and it’s extremely light, weighing just 36 lbs. The frame and rims consist of light weight but durable extruded magnesium vs. steel, aluminum or carbon fiber and the geometry can accommodate a wide range of riders. This because the stem angles forward in two positions as well as telescoping upwards and the seat tube angle pushes the saddle back away from the handlebar as it goes up. In short, if I had to be stranded on a desert island that just happened to have paved sidewalks and a solar charger of some sort but could only bring along one electric bicycle… yes, it would probably be the Gocycle! And that’s because it’s easy to haul around, the drivetrain is completely enclosed with a maintenance free internally geared hub and the hardware is rust resistant. Yes, rust resistant, and if it was a rainy desert island I’d surely option the fenders to keep me dry, lights to help spot rogue monkeys and leopards and the front-mounting cargo bag to collect coconuts :D The best part is, if I was eventually rescued by a small boat, aircraft or helicopter, the Gocycle would fit so I could bring it back to civilization for a tuneup!

So are three gears enough? In my experience, yes… and they shift automatically as the bike gains speed. When you stop, the Shimano Nexus hub drops back down to first gear to make starting easy. You can hear the servos activating in the video review above (sorry for the wind). And if you want, you can override this electronic auto-shift feature and navigate the gears using the circular grip shifter on the right side of the handlebar. There’s a symmetrical grip shifter on the left that cycles through headlight brightness if you twist forward and activates the throttle if you twist down. But note, the throttle will only work if the bike is moving. And in some geographies, the throttle may be disabled to comply with local law. In the US, the Gocycle G3 can reach 20 mph and can have the throttle mode activated while some European models will only go 15.5 mph. So perhaps you can schedule a boat trip to New York City and visit Greenpath Electric Bikes (where I did this review) to grab the high-speed version for your world travels? Teasing aside, I had a blast riding this bike with some of the shop employees and was impressed when one of them (Johnathan) took it off-road up a medium-sized hill! We were experimenting with the mid-frame suspension and the bike had no problem in the grass or with the hill. The motor on the Gocycle G3 operates at 250 watts nominal but peaks above 500 watts. I believe it’s a gearless canister motor and it turns the front wheel. The rear wheel is reserved for human pedal power so you can effectively get all-wheel-drive operation with this bike. It’s a bit noisier than expected given how compact it is, but I’d rather have a little whirring than a weak electric bicycle. The motor should be very durable because it’s gearless and I would expect the drivetrain to stay in tune and the chain to require little to no maintenance because it’s separate from the motor.

Powering the bike is an upgraded 297 watt hour battery pack consisting of Lithium-ion Panasonic cells. These are best in class batteries that are known for reliability and light weight. The energy density of battery cells has increased over the past several years and it’s cool that Gocycle has taken advantage of this to add range to their bike. The pack is not easily removable but shops can pull it out for service or replacement. This is one area of consideration… many times I’ll store my ebike in one place and bring the battery inside to charge it. Removing the battery would also reduce weight, making it easier to lift and load into a car or other transporter. But that’s the beauty of the Gocycle, at 36 lbs with the battery installed, it’s much lighter than a lot of ebikes are without their batteries. I had no problem lifting it and was impressed with the snap-on wheel design. Each wheel has three quick release levers and there’s a spinning disc that secures the levers. Just behind the seat tube is a little charging plug port with a rubberized on/off button (hold for a couple seconds) and an LED charge level indicator with four dots. These same four dots are replicated on the handlebar dashboard. And this is where we start to see compromises in operation and understanding for simplicity and style. Four dots means 25% increments… which is a lot different than a percentage indicator.

The display interface is very unique. It uses LED dots to communicate charge level, speed, light mode and gear chosen. You can figure it out with a little trial and error but here’s a breakdown: four red dots on the far left side for battery level, four blue dots on the mid left side for headlight (low, bright), three dots on the right hand side for your gears and a bunch of dots in between for how fast you’re going. When you’re not using the bike but it’s still turned on, there’s an interesting dance where the dots go back and forth like a Cylon from Battlestar Galactica and the whole thing reminded me of Hal from Space Odyssey. The thing has personality and accomplishes a lot with dots… I’m guessing they chose red because it’s less distracting in dark conditions? Your pupils won’t dilate as much as with blue, green or white. The real interesting features come with the optional smartphone app and Gocycle offers a basic rubber strap thing to connect it to the handlebar (covering part of the standard display). I’m not sure I’d ever use the smartphone app to be honest. I own a Specialized Turbo Levo electric mountain bike which also has a very minimalist display (with only battery and assist level shown) and I never use the app. The big tradeoff of using an app is that it runs your phone down and may distract you… and without a charging port on this ebike, I’d rather guess how fast I’m going and how much battery was left (or check the app periodically) than use it nonstop. The motor on the Gocycle appears to operate without any assist level choices, it just does its thing unless you use the throttle which appears to be more variable in terms of power output (giving you the option to scoot around slowly or more quickly).

I’ve tried to joke around a bit with this review becaue the Gocycle is such a precision high-end product on paper and in marketing but the reality is, it’s just fun. You get out there with your SO or some friends, cruise around a new city and do it in style, without getting messy and in comfort. The suspension is basic but it does make a difference and the fatter tires give you stability and cushion. I rode the bike with no hands for quite a while and did not feel unsteady. That’s a great accomplishment for any 20″ folding ebike. And really, this bike tucks, it doesn’t fold. It feels sturdy and the vented saddle and ergonomic grips give you a solid but comfortable point of contact. The official Gocycle website is very well done with lots of wonderful videos demonstrating how the product works. The wheels on this bike won’t need truing the way spoked wheels would and apparently they were used on a bike that set a speed record. Perhaps this is one of the “world’s most innovate and technologically advanced electric bicycles”, it’s definitely at the top of the list for folding ebikes. Richard and his team have been doing a wonderful job with this product, working out of the UK for over a decade now. I got to meet him at the Interbike trade show in Las Vegas a couple years back and he was very patient, I could tell he was smart and dedicated. I’d highly recommend the Gocycle for its reliability, comfort and utility. It’s expensive because it’s the best.

Pros:

  • This bike has electronic auto-shifting so you don’t even need to think about changing gears! for those who prefer manual, you can override using the right grip shifter
  • The body and wheels are Magnesium which is known for being rigid and light weight, apparently it’s more environmentally friendly than Carbon fiber and also more resilient
  • The chain is completely enclosed in the rear portion of the frame so you won’t get your pants dirty or snagged when pedaling AND you won’t get greasy when folding and lifting the bike
  • The stem can be angled forward as well as telescoped upwards… it’s a unique design that can accommodate shorter and taller riders alike and it did not feel loose or wiggly during my test rides
  • Gocycle introduced an “always on” daytime running light just like a lot of automobiles have, it’s quite large and visible from the front and front sides of the bike which should improve safety
  • The hydraulic disc brakes on this bike work as expected, easy to actuate and quite powerful, they have adjustable reach levers to fit large and small hands (or those who ride with gloves)
  • Mid-suspension design balances weight and simplicity with comfort and foldability, the bike doesn’t feel flexy but you do get a cushioned feel because of the bumper shock and medium-width tires
  • Clever wheel attachment makes changing flats a breeze and removes the challenge of alignment and over-tightening that standard quick release presents, the Gocycle Pitstop lock system is very cool
  • I love the optional docking station bag, it secures the bike, protects it from rain and dust and makes it very easy to lift and carry… I think it’s the coolest bicycle bag I have ever seen
  • The G3 has a cleaner cockpit than the G2 with ergonomic grips that blend right into the twist-selectors and LED display section, you have the option of downloading an app for more features but I was just fine without and appreciated that it wasn’t distracting
  • The G3 introduced a new color, Electric Blue, which replaces the So Grey on the G2 and you can still get black or white… I like the white best in terms of visibility for night riding
  • The wheels have a sliding ring that shows a lock icon in the locked or unlocked position so you can quickly tell if the bike is ready to ride… and there’s a threaded hole for adding a screw to secure the wheel if you don’t plan on removing them frequently
  • Because the Gocycle G3 uses a torque and cadence sensor combination it feels both smooth and responsive, not jerky and surprising like cadence only or finicky like some cadence-only designs
  • The wheelbase is longer so the bike feels steady and can accommodate taller riders (as the seat post angles up and back), many other folding ebikes with 20″ wheels feel more squirrely when riding, especially at higher speeds
  • The wires are all internally routed, this is one area where the Gocycle has improved over the G2 which had a bit more wiring exposed that could snag and just didn’t look as nice

Cons:

  • The battery is not easily removable, so you pretty much have to bring the bike inside or lean it near a power outlet to charge it… and that’s not terrible given the size and weight of the bike but might be inconvenient if you have to park at a bike rack
  • I love the daytime running light and reflective tires but wish you got integrated lights stock instead of spending extra to add them, I can see why fenders, bags and locks aren’t included but lights would be nice considering the hefty price of the bike
  • The motor surprised me a little by how loud it was, nothing excessive compared to other electric bikes but given how small it is (and being gearless) it was noticeable, I think the G3 is quieter overall than the G2
  • The motor is likely a canister drive and I was told it’s gearless which produces a bit of cogging but apparently they also have a freewheel system in there, the bearings are said to be higher quality with tight rubber seals and can produce some drag when new (as shown in the video review)
  • It sounds like some of the first G3 models have a 2 Amp charger while most of the newer ones will have a 4 Amp charger which will fill the bike faster
  • You don’t get speed, odometer and other trip stats by default with this e-bike, you need to download the app and use your smartphone but there isn’t a charging port on the bike (and the bike’s battery isn’t especially large at 300 watt hours) so your phone will drain
  • The front-folding kickstand stays out of the way and holds the bike well but is also a little tricky to get down with your foot… I noticed that one of the plastic caps had come off on our demo bike during the review just from using the kickstand a few times

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Dan Levy
2 months ago

Great review. Great bicycle. It should be noted that soon there will be another cheaper model called gs, and for the motor I think it’s with gear.

Court Rye
2 months ago

Thanks for the heads up Dan! I passed this review off to Richard asking for feedback and he didn’t say anything about the motor. I believe it’s a gearless canister personally :)

Adam
2 months ago

I think this is an entirely fair review, though I had high hopes this would be the “okay, it’s a crazy price, but it’s perfect” bike for me. Well, the crazy price turned out.

Maybe I go back to Plan A now that I’ve seen Specialized roll out their long-awaited April new bikes, I prefer the “old” turbo Levo FSR … same price … but a full suspension balls-out mountain bike … : )

Court Rye
2 months ago

Hey Adam, as much as I like the Specialized mountain bikes, I feel like the Gocycle was designed for an entirely different purpose. It’s great for light weight, limited space situations. I personally own a full suspension Turbo Levo and love it… but I probably wouldn’t take it on a boat or plane with me the way I might with the Gocycle :)

Adam
2 months ago

No question — completely different machines and the overlap in purpose is analogous to living in the city and deciding between a Jeep and a Prius.

I remember your purchase of your bike … and I remember my credit card running away and hiding in the sock drawer to help me resist the temptation to swipe a $7500+ Specialized … still the most appealing bike out there, but I’m also very interested to see what Sondors does next — looks like it might have a hinge ane be a folding bike that could appeal (and at a much lower price point.)

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Gery Teague
2 weeks ago

How was throttle response and top speed?

willie bezo
2 weeks ago

good to see Jonathan and cory together in brooklyn, Jonathan's one of the best and smartest ebike mechanic on the east coast, and cory is a smart ebike guy,"hey jonathan" the neon prox is still running great..

willie bezo
2 weeks ago

good to see Jonathan and cory together in brooklyn, Jonathan's one of the best and smartest ebike mechanic on the east coast, and cory is a smart ebike guy,"hey jonathan" the neon prox is still running great..

willie bezo
2 weeks ago

good to see Jonathan and cory together in brooklyn, Jonathan's one of the best and smartest ebike mechanic on the east coast, and cory is a smart ebike guy,"hey jonathan" the neon prox is still running great..

Wiz Kid
2 months ago

I find myshelf shifting to lololololo!

Carlos Tobon
2 months ago

I love this bike

Combustion69
2 months ago

Looks like it needs more gears, black guys legs were pumping like crazy to get up to speed

Chrizero
2 months ago

haha i went in this store once to buy an e-joe , and there were two black dudes in there , i told them about the electricbikereview guy saying the e joes were good , and they were laughing playfully like " oh that guy? eff that dude he doesnt know what hes talking about , the e-Joe's suck, dont buy one" ! ... years later its funny to see the same dude chilling with the ebikereview dude in this video and you can see the black dude is still thinking the same thing like " eff this dude " lol (playfully though)

BostonClipper
2 months ago

The lights flashing back and forth remind me of Kitt on Knight Rider not IBM... oh I mean HAL.

Wolficorn
2 months ago

I'm glad you got around to reviewing the G3! I've got about 400 miles on mine so far and it's been a great bike. I love that it's only @ 36 lbs as I carry it up and down stairs with ease. The portability of it really opens up the possibilities and it feels really well made. I would love a 4th gear on it, however.

Michigan Mister
2 months ago

can you board a plane with this? I could see me taking this on my yearly Florida trips. nice review.

Tankbits Scatter
2 months ago

Thanks for featuring his helmet at the end. It's pretty cool especially for people like me who ride home at night time in the city (I'm in Toronto, Canada). Visibility and communication between drivers on the road are important for bike safety!

Sergey Yevtukh
2 months ago

Oh, I wish the kickstarted wasn't over yet(4 GS model), eh...wish you would reviewed when it's still on....great e-bike, thx 4 cool vid

DogDaysofSanford
2 months ago

lack of belt drive is the only thing keeping this bike from being perfect

IronMongoose1
2 months ago

With all the unique parts and design, how hard will it be to get the thing serviced?

Combustion69
2 months ago

its service proof

Nisco Racing
2 months ago

All electric bikes should learn from this bike, you see no wires at all. No wires clutter in the front, it's so clean!
I was really hoping they would have made a full bike by now, the tech on this bikes is like 10 years in the future!

Betty Brute
2 months ago

Nisco Racing , looks great, good stuff, until something needs to be repaired. When you can afford this bike, you can afford to have someone else fix it, and deal with those hidden everythings.

Mo Poppins
2 months ago

It's a cost thing. Pay more, and you get a more polished product. Hiding ugly stuff requires more labor, and that goes for all kinds of products. Garments that are finished are obviously more beautiful, but all of that takes work, and thus, more money.

Gocycle
2 months ago

The front wheel has a freewheel so there is in fact no drag from the motor when not in use. The wheels are very light and have low rotational mass, a key benefit of compact wheels.  Spinning a Gocycle wheel is very different from spinning a larger wheel - the larger wheel will tend to appear to run for a longer time, but that is not an accurate comparison. The front wheel is slowing down more than the rear due to the rubber seals of the high quality Japanese bearings used in the front wheel drive system. These do free up over time. The wheels hold the world speed record from 2013 set for human power only at 83 mph. Compact wheels have many advantages over larger wheels. At any rate, the Gocycle is a very easy rolling product with zero motor drag.

Seb K
2 months ago

There are a few riders here in London with these bikes (go figure) but although they look cool and are very high tech they are weak .

Darren Mckay
2 months ago

I own one in in black.. Very funky bike, I get lots of admiring looks! I commute in central London, and these bikes are mostly owned by affluent city folk who can afford to buy it. I watch all your vids, but this bike is Top! would not choose another bike over this one.. you can take it anywhere in the world with travel case! fashionable and very clued up to the people in the know. Thanks for giving it props.. :-)

Wayne Rhea
2 months ago

4500 dollars I was thinking no more than 3000 you can get a decent range of bikes for that.

Stephen Farthing
5 days ago

Seb K n

Seb K
2 months ago

You can get a decent range for that price but this bike is high end .

ElectricBikeReview.com
2 months ago

Yeah, it's an expensive one but the company also sells a cheaper version https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/gocycle/gocycle-the-best-folding-electric-bike-in-the-worl?token=ddfe996e