An ultra-modern and technologically advanced electric bike, the Gocycle G4i is built from the ground up as an e-bike. This differs from the brand’s British rival Brompton, which simply updated its folding traditional bike to have a motor on it.
Made of three lightweight materials — a carbon frame, hydroformed aluminum fork, and magnesium rear — the Gocycle G4i is just 37.7 lbs, even with the battery.
This e-bike is also filled to bursting with cutting-edge tech. It has a predictive automatic transmission system that makes it extremely easy to ride. Unlike other electric bikes, you don’t need to think of what gear you’re in to adjust the electric power settings. This makes it very much like riding a traditional bike.
The fixed, single-sided fork gives the bike a very modern look, as does the carbon monocoque frame. An integrated LCD screen rounds it off, and all parameters can be tuned and adjusted with the Gocycle Connect app on your phone. It even has a USB phone charging port.
Reasons to Buy
If you want a small, light, folding electric bike that can be used for multimodal commuting or travel, this should be high on your list alongside a Brompton folding e-bike.
We like the fact that it rolls on its wheels when folded. This takes the downside of carrying folding e-bikes out of the equation.
It’s also extremely simple to use thanks to the automatic transmission — meaning even e-bike newbies can enjoy it. Thanks to its carbon monocoque main frame, it’ll also cut a dash wherever you ride.
Things to Consider
The chief issue with the Gocycle G4i is that it’s pedal assist only and lacks a throttle. If you want a folding e-bike with a throttle, you can buy one for a third of the price or less from Lectric. But, the XP 3.0 is much heavier and doesn’t roll when in a folded configuration.
A final issue is that it lacks a rack as standard, meaning you’ll likely have to carry all your gear on your back. This is an optional extra we recommend ordering as part of the package.