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Gocycle unveils its first fully folding electric bike

6 Feb 2019
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Electric bike specialist Gocycle offers a competitor to Brompton with the GX e-bike, the first of its bikes with a folding frame

Price: 
£2,899

Gocycle has launched a fully-folding e-bike to join its fleet of compact, partially-foldable electric bikes that have become a fixture in the e-bike market.

The standard Gocycle offers a folding rear stay and a fold-down handlebar and seatpost assembly, but with this latest version, the GX, the main frame chassis can be folded, greatly reducing the size of the folded bike. Crucially, it has made the Gocycle more suitable for daily train travel.

Gocycle claims the GX can be folded down and stowed in 10 seconds, which we can confirm, having seen the folding process in action.

When folded, the wheels sit in parallel and so the bike can wheeled forward easily without the need for a smaller set of caster wheels, as is the case with some competitors.

Integration

The fast-folding GX uses Gocycle’s proprietary 250 watt motor that drives the front wheel. The motor works in conjunction with the rider's effort, using strain gauges in the cranks to determine how much power to provide to the wheels. The Gocycle will also display a rough estimation of the power that the rider is providing (available from the Gocycle app) so you can gauge your own efforts, .

The folding frame chassis is made from hydroformed aluminium, and is paired to Gocycle’s CleanDrive covered chain and internal hub gear system.

The bike is impressively integrated, with in-built lights powered by the central lithium battery. 

Gocycle claims a 65km range in 'eco' mode, and the motor's output can be customised through the proprietary app to provide minimal or high assistance, and can be set to commence at different levels of rider input to match various riding styles.

Richard Thorpe, designer of Gocycle, commented, 'Our new GX model complements our current range, remaining true to our Gocycle DNA of stylish, lightweight, no compromises design – and fun – in a package that has been carefully designed to enhance the lives of urban commuters.'

The Gocycle GX will have a recommended retail price of £2,899. 

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