Gocycle G4i review - stylish folding e-bike offers practicality and fun at a price

An electrified urban explorer with designer looks and a designer price tag

A Gocycle G4i folding electric bike against a concrete background
(Image credit: Rob Spedding)
Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Gocycle G4i is something of a design classic - a good looking, innovative and highly effective folding e-bike. It's fun to ride and, if you have the money, is an excellent urban runabout. We found we had to plug it in more than we expected though.

Reasons to buy
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    Smooth, instant power assistance

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    Bags of fun

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    Responsive ride

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    Improved folding over previous models

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    Timeless design

Reasons to avoid
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    I didn't get close to claimed range

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    LED display is rather basic

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    Can only shift with battery power

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    Not a lightweight carry

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    Phone mount doesn't match bike's quality

You can trust Cycling Weekly. Our team of experts put in hard miles testing cycling tech and will always share honest, unbiased advice to help you choose. Find out more about how we test.

I have to admit, the Gocycle G4i makes me realise how old I am. Not because I believe that the best electric bikes are purely preserve of the more mature rider (which I definitely am), but because I remember the first ever Gocycle.

Back in 2009 I was only a couple of years into my cycling journalism life, with a luscious head of still brown(ish) hair, when former motorsport designer Richard Thorpe - he'd worked for legendary Formula One manufacturer McLaren - pitched up with the original Gocycle.

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