Published on October 8th, 2017 | by Nicolas Zart0
The Electric Bicycle Gocycle GS Is Here
October 8th, 2017 by Nicolas Zart
When it comes to futuristic electric bicycles (e-bike), the Gocycle GS a more affordable version of the G3, which you can read about in my review here. After a little suspense, it is finally hitting the market. Let’s see what’s different about these two e-bikes.
Introducing the Gocycle GS
The Gocycle G3, G1 and now GS are unique in design, approach, and philosophy. The month and a half long test review we did of the G3 showed us Gocycle has a mature product that should appeal to those not wanting an electric mountain bike but more of a city and urban e-mobility bicycle. However, the $4,500 price tag for the amazing G3 is not for everyone’s budget. And that is a shame because the G3 is full of technical innovations with a brilliant futuristic design.
What Is The Same With The Gocycle GS
What the new Gocycle GS keeps the same G3 light magnesium frame that houses the battery and rear section that houses the gearing and transmission shaft. It also keeps the incredibly light magnesium wheels and that very, very comfortable Velo seat.
It still carries the same patented Vgonomic™ design found on the G3. What this means is that it caters to a wide range of riders’ height. Essentially, the Vgonomic seat-post and handlebar geometry allows for various height and reach. The adjustable handlebar allows it to be nearer or further from the rider, while the seat raises up at a back angle. Chances are it will accommodate your height despite its deceptively small frame.
It took us little time to find our perfect riding position after we raised the seat and adjusted the handlebar reach. The handlebar has a quick-folding system that can adjust the angle within 70°. The seat tube angle can be adjusted and reach 68°. The overall wheelbase is 42″, or 1,065 mm.
This is something we enjoyed a lot from test riding the G3. The design of the e-bike accommodates almost any body size and types. And at 36.3 lbs (16.5 kg), it is one of the lightest e-bikes on the market today and won’t make a big deal out of pedaling back home should you run out of juice.
The GS still uses the company’s patented lock and unlock magnesium wheels.
The quick-detach Pitstopwheels make folding the Gocycle GS as easy as its G3 version. It also carries the same multispeed enclosed chain drive to keep dirt away from your pants. This is something we really liked about our original test ride of the G3. We were able to ride it with nice clothes without worrying about getting them dirty.
What Is The Different About The Gocycle GS
A welcome addition we felt was missing on the G3 is what the company calls a ShockLock is now included standard with the GS. It is a cable lock that also includes a Lock Holster, which has a Sold Secure Silver rated lock that fits neatly on the side of the frame.
Another notable difference from the G3 is a wider color choice that combines red, blue, pink, light blue and black to match the gray or white front frame.
Unlike the G3, the GS does away with the carbon fiber handlebar and replaces with an aluminum one. It was developed specifically for the Gocycle GS and is oversized, something the company has done according to the feedback it received. It is hydroformed, a system where you inject high-pressure oil into the aluminum tube to give it a desired shape and form. This also explains how Gocycle was able to cleanly route the cables away from sight.
More Gocycle GS Specs
The GS relies on a sophisticated connectivity app the company calls the GocycleConnect® which connects it to a smartphone via Bluetooth. It gives you the same riding modes as the G3, ranging from City, Eco, On-Demand, and Custom where you can tweak when and how the electric motor delivers its boost.
With a maximum top speed of 20 mph, the range is still 40 miles, or 65 km depending on terrain and body weight. It uses a 500-watt continuous electric motor with a battery managed by its proprietary battery management system (BMS).
The sleep power management and charge control have been improved also. The battery size has been bumped up to a lithium ion 13.5 Ah, 22V, pushing out about 300 Wh. The shifting is still electric-mechanical, using a system the company calls the Microshift™ via its patented Cleandrive® system. It actuates a Shimano Nexus 3-speed system but does away with the predictive shifting found on the G3.
A full charge from a depleted pack takes 7 hours, but the optional fast charger cuts this down to 3.5 hours.
The power boost, which was control through the left throttle wist shift is now activated via a button.
The display changes a little. Gone is the highly futuristic LED strip information, which is replaced by an analogous mechanical system.
Both front and rear brakes are hydraulic and use Gocycle’s Performance Tire 406-50, 20 x 1.75 in. These tires were a blast to ride on the G3 and were so grippy we felt no fear throwing the e-bike into corners.
The front motor fork is also a Gocycle proprietary system using a single-sided aluminum 6061 T6. For the rear suspension, Gocycle went with a Lockshock 1″, or 25 mm travel shock absorber. The saddle is the very a comfortable Velo Sport.
Lastly, the maximum rider weight is estimated at 220 Lb or 100 kg. the GS is priced at £2,499, $2,799 or €2,799 depending on where you live.
The GS Is The More Affordable Gocycle Richard Promised Us
If the G3 took us a futuristic ride of how e-bike will probably look like in the future, the GS carries on that vision but brings it to us a more affordable price. Who would want it? I can see a trendy and early adopter population riding either the G3 or GS in style and comfort.
If the G3 has become one of our favorite e-bikes, the Gocycle GS doesn’t sacrifice much from the G3 but brings it closer in reach for many.