For the last couple of months my daily commuter has been a Gocycle G4i electric folding bike. A full review will appear here soon, but a quick summary is that I'm a fan. That's why I can say that US riders should take a look at the Gocycle G4 (opens in new tab) which, until the end of Cyber Monday, is discounted by $1000.
That's certainly one of the biggest savings we've seen among the many Cyber Monday bike deals we've been monitoring for you this year! (The Gocycle G4 is usually $3,999, but is currently $2,999 on the brand's US site.)
The G4i I'm testing utilises predictive electronic shifting and has a carbon-fibre mid-frame, whereas the G4 has a mechanical gearing set up and injection-moulded composite mid-frame. Everything else is the same though.
The Gocycle is certainly one of the best electric folding bikes you can buy. It rolls on 20-inch wheels with a unique single-sided axle design at the front and rear. The wheelbase is similar to a full-sized bike, giving you very similar handling characteristics. In their review of the Gocycle G4 our colleagues on Techradar awarded the bike a coveted five stars.
Buy the Gocycle G4 folding electric bike at Gocycle
Gocycles are fabulously designed bikes with a lot of attention to detail. The price is really the biggest sticking point – but not so much now!
But do check our buyer's guide to the best electric folding bikes (opens in new tab) to see if it really is the right model for you.
The G4 has a lightweight magnesium alloy rear frame with built-in suspension, paired with a carbon composite fork, keeping the weight down to under 40lb / 18kg. The G4 has Gocycle's latest generation 500 watt (in the US) motor that can power it up to 20mph. With the internal, removeable 300Wh battery, it gives a claimed range of up to 40 miles. Caveat - I haven't got that from my test model, with it recording closer to 30-miles per charge.
Folding is really easy, with a central hinge that folds the frame in half and leaves you with a package that keeps the two wheels next to each other, making for easy manoeuvrability. Keep the seatpost up and it can be used to push the folded bike around.
The Gocycle G4 comes with a three-speed Shimano Nexus hub gear - which I think might be preferable to the electronic system I'm using - and Gocycle's Cleandrive fully enclosed drivetrain and three configurable assist levels. It now includes fenders and lights as standard equipment.
If you want to see the Gocycle G4 up close, there are Gocycle showroom (opens in new tab) and service partners across the US from Seattle to Miami and SoCal to Maine.
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