Gocycle G2 Electric Bike Review Part 1: Video, Pictures, & Specs
This is one of the most innovative electric bikes I have ever tested and reviewed.
The Gocycle G2 has the appearance and ride style of an e-bike from the future.
Here are just a few of the features: injection moulded magnesium frame and wheels with internal battery, one sided quick release injection moulded mag wheels, Gocycle’s proprietary electronic Predictive ShiftingTM , customizable ride style with smartphone app, enclosed chain, hydraulic disc brakes, etc.
The Gocycle G2 is designed to be a do it all e-bike that can be a portable light weight city commuter (35 pounds) as well as a foldable e-bike for transport in a car trunk, RV, boat, etc.
In this first part of the review there is a video, a BUNCH of detailed pictures and specifications to get you familiar with the Gocycle.
The Gocycle G2 is priced at $4,999 USD at the time of this review.
Part 2 of the Gocycle G2 review will give you info on the ride characteristics, results from the range test, pros, cons, and overall thoughts on this e-bike.
Alright, let’s get into the details of this innovative electric bike!
Video & Pictures of the Gocycle G2
The G2 has a futuristic look that really is a head turner!
Gocycle uses an injection moulded magnesium monocoque design to provide a very sleek looking main frame. A 22V 10.75ah (240 watt hour) lithium battery is “hidden” within the frame to provide for a very clean look and good central weight distribution. The G2 weighs in at 35 pounds which is pretty light for an e-bike.
Very clean! The chain is complete enclosed so you don’t have to worry about getting your pant legs dirty. In addition you don’t have to worry about lubricating the chain or tightening it. That is all taken care of as part of the Gocycle Cleandrive® system. Also hidden in there is a Shimano Nexus 3 speed internally geared hub that shifts electronically at the click of a button and complemented by the Gocycle electronic Predictive Shifting™ system. It will shift the gears up or down depending on what speed the bike is going and your pedal input. If you prefer to shift the bike manually there is a small black button on the right handlebar grip that will enable you to do so. More on that in a bit. Also hidden in there is a torque sensor that provides proportional assistance based on your pedal power.
And taking a look at the other side of the frame…….whoa, a one sided swing arm! Yet another innovative feature for the e-bike world. And if that weren’t enough, the Gocycle Pitstopwheels® have a unique quick release mechanism that we will soon take a look at. The rear shock that attaches to the rear swing arm provides 1″ of suspension travel to make the ride smoother.
Like the frame, the front fork has a one sided wheel attachment for a unique look and quick release wheel option.
The Gocycle wheels are made of injection moulded magnesium (just like the frame) and they never need to be trued. That is another nice no maintenance feature. Oh yeah, and they look cool too!
While we are taking a look at the front wheel, this is the 250 watt (adjustable in the USA market to 500W with the GocycleConnect® App) geared hub motor and front hydraulic disc brake. It is amazing that both the motor and brake fit in such a small place. The brake rotor is hidden by plastic shrouding to keep the looks of the bike clean and to protect it.
On this side of the bike you can see the hydraulic disc brake caliper and rotor of the front wheel.
The rear wheel has the same brake setup with plastic shrouding.
Let’s take a look at the quick release system on the Pitstop wheels. There are 3 levers that open in order to release the wheel.
In this picture all 3 levers have been opened.
And with that the rear wheel has been removed. The front wheel uses the exact same system. Removing or installing the wheels takes very little time, hence the name Pitstopwheel®.
Here is a closer look at the rear hub that features the Shimano Nexus 3 speed internal gear system and hydraulic disc brake rotor. It is all very clean. No chain, derailleur, or brake system to deal with when removing or installing the wheel.
While we have the wheels removed let’s take a look at what the Gocycle G2 looks like when it is completely folded. The process for folding the G2 is wheel removal, fold the swing arm, fold the handlebar mast, and remove the seat. Here is a video to demonstrates how easy it is to fold:
Now let’s take a look at how the riding style of the Gocycle can be customized.
This is the GocycleConnect® smartphone app that works with both iOS (iPhone) or Android operating systems. The smartphone communicates wirelessly with the G2 using Bluetooth. City mode provides a moderate amount of assist and is pedal assist only (you have to be pedaling). You can get a quick boost up to max speed using the red power button but you also have to be pedaling. Eco is a basically the same as City except that it does not provide as much assist with the intention of providing greater range. On Demand is a throttle only mode that adds assist with the red button when you want it. Custom has a default setting of Eco+ which further provides more range but with less assist. Those are the preset options for the G2 and they can also be selected without a smartphone by using the buttons on the handlebars.
One of the coolest features of the Gocycle is the ability to customize the ride characteristics to fit your riding style. To use the Custom mode you will need a smartphone. With this you can adjust when the assist starts (0 power or once you are pedaling at a certain power), when the assist reaches max power, whether or not pedaling is required (pedal assist or throttle), and the top speed (up to 25 mph) depending on terrain and rider build. It really is great to be able to customize the ride to suit your style. The Gocycle app makes it very easy to tweak things until it is just right.
Now let’s take a look at the handlebar area. The display is built into the central handlebar area (LED lights) and it provides information on the battery level (left lights), what gear the bike is in (center lights), and current speed (right lights). The display also provides info on what riding mode the bike is in. That info can be accessed by pushing the black and red buttons near the grips.
On the lower part of the right grip you will find a small black lever that provides the ability to manually shift the bike if you don’t want to totally rely on the Gocycle electronic Predictive Shifting™ system. Pushing the button quickly will shift the gears up (for higher speeds) and holding the button down for a second will shift the gears down for climbing hills.
On the left grip there is a red button that provides the throttle option for the On Demand mode or Custom mode. In those modes you can choose to pedal or not.
Here’s a look at the front hydraulic brake lever. The hydraulic cable is routed through the handlebar display shrouding to keep the looks clean.
The power button for the bike is on the back side of the main frame along with the battery charging port.
The charger for the bike is about the size of a small laptop charger and it plugs into a normal wall outlet. Charging the Gocycle takes 5.5 hours.
Last but not least is the Velo D2 Comfort saddle that is spec’ed on the G2. It is a comfortable saddle that has a performance style.
Gocycle G2 Electric Bike Specifications
Frame: Gocycle injection moulded magnesium monocoque with rear suspension (1″ travel).
Fork: Gocycle G2 proprietary, single-sided, 6061 T6 aluminium, rigid.
Motor: 250 watt Gocycle G2 proprietary motor gear drive.
Battery: 22V 10.75ah (240 watt hour) lithium battery hiding in the main frame. 5.5 hour charge time.
Assist Options: Torque sensing pedal assist and/or throttle. GocycleConnect wireless smartphone app (iOS or Android) provides these modes: City, Eco, On Demand (throttle), and Eco+ (Custom). The City, Eco, and On Demand, Eco+ modes can also be selected with the red/black buttons and display. The custom settings can only be applied with the smartphone app.
Display: Integrated dashboard display with fuel gauge, speed, gear, efficiency.
Drivetrain: Fully enclosed chain drive with Shimano Nexus 3 speed with Gocycle electronic Predictive Shifting™.
Brakeset: Hydraulic disc brakes front and rear.
Wheels: Gocycle Pitstopwheels® injection moulded Magnesium with side mounted quick release system.
Tires: Gocycle Performance Tyre (20 x 1.75 in).
Colors: White, Gun Metal Grey, Matt Black.
Sizes: 1 size.
Weight: 35 pounds.
Price: $4,999 base price which includes the optional accessories of kickstand and fold leg.
Other Accessories: lights, fenders, Gocycle Holster (sold secure Silver rated), ShockLock, pannier for briefcase, anti-theft bolt kit for Pitstopwheels®, travel case, folding pedals.
Here is a link to the specifications page of the Gocycle G2 electric bike.
Now checkout part 2 of the Gocycle G2 review with info on the ride characteristics, the range test, pros, cons, and overall thoughts!
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Ron Shook says
Why aren’t more manufacturers going with mag type wheels? I hate spokes and trueing with a passion. I loved this bike, until I got to the price. Rich man’s toy, IMO.
Eric Griffith says
Great concept taking the whole idea of commuting and alternative transportation another step forward. I look forward to the range and performance tests. Personally, I feel the price tag, while hefty, is not out of line. The amount is similar to my current e-bike and the total price tag could be cost recovered within three years based on my insurance costs alone for a commuter car.
David Reeck says
I am an Electrical Engineer, and have worked for General Motors for 47 years, the last 10 years in China (home of 150 MILLION eBikes & eScooters). The GoCycle is certainly very innovative / clever in design. The owners will be very proud to show off their machine.
For some commuters, needing the “First mile – Last mile” from walking or riding an eBike, and using train / subway / bus in the middle, this would solve the problem. Although, re-assembly at a busy subway would be difficult. For some commuters, with total one-way travel of about 5-10 miles, this eBike should work well.
From an engineering and styling point of view, this is a great design.
Take Note: Magnesium, aluminum and SALT do not make a good combination. (salt on the winter roads, salt in the atmosphere by the ocean . . . . ). The combination will make a battery that will corrode the metals, quickly. I hope the designers have tested the salt compatibility !
Gocycle has been sold in Europe since 2009 and we’ve had no significant corrosion issues. Modern magnesium alloys are highly corrosion resistant. A specialised coating is used on the frame to add yet further protection. In the automotive industry, there has been a trend from steel to aluminium, and now aluminium to magnesium. Magnesium is a fantastic modern material to work with, it’s light weight, with a very good track record on bicycle’s such as for front suspension forks, stems, and brake components. Gocycle’s frameset and wheels is actually injection moulded and not diecast. The process produces no SF6 ozone depleting gas unlike traditional die-casting and results in better mechancial properties in the material. The process has been known as Thixomoulding and was perfected by Thixomat based in Detroit.
David Reeck says
Richard, thanks for the return email and information.
General Motors has been using Magnesium for “cross-car” structural beams supporting the instrument panel, for engine valve covers and intake manifolds since the 1980’s, so they have extensive experience, and recognize the positive and negative aspects. In recent history, new alloys of magnesium (without rare earth metals) are being used for more automotive applications.
Magnesium wheels for automobiles go back to the 1960s.
I understand that alloys and coatings offer considerable help.
The auto industry has very high standards for corrosion, and have long term testing.
Which European countries use salt in their roads, in the manner that Michigan and Nova Scotia use salt on the roads ?
Have you done any testing ?
I am pleased to see more materials advancement for electric assist bicycles, as you have done. I think the biggest area of opportunity to improve eBike long-term reliability is in the area of Motor and Battery controls. Do you agree ?
thanks for your kind consideration.
David Reeck says
Richard, for the manufacturing process, I understand that Injection Molding is another term for High Pressure Die Casting. Is that your understanding ?