Gocycle GXI (2020) Assessment: The Folding Ebike to Beat
A dizzying quantity of drugs flows out and in of my house yearly, however Gocycle’s GXI is the one which’s introduced me essentially the most pleasure throughout this pandemic. With the assistance of this electrical bike, I noticed my household for the primary time in months. I additionally managed to go all the best way from Brooklyn to midtown Manhattan (a protracted trek) for a dentist appointment. These are issues I might have achieved on my common bicycle, however I do know I might’ve struggled on the longer journeys and ended up a sweaty, exhausted mess.
Sadly, at $4,799 it is also the most costly product I’ve ever examined. No, you don’t want to pay this a lot for a great ebike (here are our fave ebikes). However this one folds! And it takes up a minuscule quantity of house in my tiny New York condominium, shifts mechanically, feels (comparatively) light-weight, and supplies a clean experience with no need to fiddle with something. It is like a automobile—simply hop on and off you go.
There are some things I like concerning the GXI.
First, it folds—quick and straightforward. You unlatch the handlebar stem to break down it down, then unlatch the center of the body and fold the bike in half. That is it. It takes a number of seconds to shrink this factor all the way down to just a little beneath 3 toes in size, which suggests it takes up little or no room in my small condominium (round half the size of my regular bicycle, and never a lot thicker). A robust two-legged kickstand retains it upright.
I fold it all over the place, like after I’m getting into a bakery to seize a cake (with a masks on!) or earlier than I step into an elevator. I by no means have to lock it up someplace—and threat it being stolen—as a result of it is compact sufficient to tote or roll round. That brings me to my second favourite a part of the GXI.
At 39 kilos, it is also one of many lighter ebikes round. It is about the identical weight because the 7-Speed Propella ebike, and it is a godsend in comparison with the 63-pound Lectric XP I am testing. Certain, it is not as mild as my 25-pound non-electric bike, however I can nonetheless carry it with ease—helpful when my constructing elevator stops working. (That may not be the case for everybody; my colleague Adrienne So tested a different Gocycle ebike that is about the identical measurement, and she or he discovered it too heavy.)
In contrast to ebikes that have you ever select ranges of pedal help whereas shifting, the GXI has an app that allows you to preset once you need the 500-watt motor to kick in and the way a lot. If you wish to break a sweat, you may have the motor begin after more durable pedaling, with its full energy leaping in later so that you’re compelled to exert extra effort. If you’d like a straightforward experience, the motor can instantly ramp as much as full energy after just a bit pedaling.
I desire this technique over selecting ranges of help whereas I am pedaling. I did begin and cease a number of instances throughout my first journey so I might dial down precisely when the front-hub motor dished out pedal help, however as soon as I had it down, I did not have to tweak the app a lot after. I arrange two modes, one for after I wished to really feel the burn and one for the new days after I wished to benefit from the experience and the cool breeze on my face.
Lastly, I like the GXI’s automated gear shifting. There are three gears (it makes use of a Shimano Nexus 3-speed transmission), and when you can manually shift by them with the correct handlebar grip, I largely relied on what Gocycle calls Predictive Shifting. Because the title suggests, it figures out once you’ll wish to shift and does it for you! It nearly all the time nailed the precise second I would have shifted—one much less factor to consider.
The GXI is a clean experience. The thick “all-weather tires” deal with every thing from a grassy subject to pothole-ridden Brooklyn streets with no hitch, and the entrance and rear hydraulic brakes halted me in my tracks as shortly as wanted. The rear suspension by no means made issues really feel too bumpy, although I’ll say the Velo D2 Consolation saddle is not tremendous snug on longer rides. I like to recommend some bike shorts to maintain your derrière pain-free.