About this project
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This is our story
Making stuff is hard. Making the best folding ebike in the world is really hard.
Gocycle's founder and designer, Richard Thorpe, was so passionate about creating the perfect e-bike that he left his dream design job with McLaren Cars to dedicate all of his time to doing just that.
We’ve worked hard to develop Gocycle and have established ourselves in Europe, delivering thousands of G2s and G3s, but our vision for Gocycle is global. We want to break into North America with a new model, the Gocycle GS, and that’s why we’re on Kickstarter.
New Stretch Goals Announced!!
- FREE New Base Colour Option
- Fast Charger Upgrade
- FREE Bluetooth + GS App!!
For more information scroll down after the rewards section.
The Gocycle GS
Our patented quick-detach Pitstopwheels make folding down the Gocycle GS easy. The side mounted design not only looks great but makes it quick and easy to remove the wheels and make fixing a flat tire a no sweat deal.
The multispeed enclosed chain drive keeps all the oily parts away from your clothes. It comes in a range of great colors: Red, Electric Blue, Pink, Baby Blue and Stealth Black. You’ll be able to pick which color you want once the campaign finishes.
Full sized geometry with no compromises to ride and fit
Only 35lbs! The GS is seriously lightweight.
Building the Gocycle GS Prototype
The Portable Pack
Our portable docking station makes stowing the Gocycle GS easy. Clean and moulded deck design for intuitive stowing. Stable four caster-wheel base for effortless transport. Durable and protective zip fastened cover.
Four in the back of a Ford Focus with room to spare! No other folding electric bike is as compact and versatile as the Gocycle GS!
The Kickstand Pack
The Kickstand Pack includes the kickstand, fold leg, and the coil shocklock. The GS kickstand is made of durable and strong aluminium with dual legs to stand your Gocycle upright securely. Dual piston spring design and double bearing support give the kickstand a smooth and strong folding action. The fold leg provides support for the Gocycle GS when folded down so that you can rest it on the floor in an upright position. Cable lock assembly stores neatly through the rear shock.
The Commuter Pack
German-made, high-quality front and rear lights. Front and rear mudguards.
The Gocycle Front Pannier
Bespoke for Gocycle, the front pannier’s un-compromising design extends versatility. Multi-use rear and side pockets with draw string adjustment to suit any occasion, making use of all available space.
Assembling the Gocycle GS
NEW STRETCH GOALS AVAILABLE!!
1. New base colour option FREE, unlocked at $300,000!!
This colour is possibly a more conservative or stealthy option for those backers that would prefer that option.
2. Fast Charger Upgrade, unlocked at $350,000
If we hit $350,000, we will upgrade all backers to the fast charger which is a value of around $80 compared to the standard charger MSRP.
3. Bluetooth + GS App FREE, unlocked at $400,000!!
The GS App will be simple and easy to operate in keeping with the pure GS spec and ethos, but you will get speed, mode setting, trip distance, and battery capacity!!
Switch up your commute with the Gocycle GS
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Easy on Our Planet
We use environmentally-friendly magnesium to create the Gocycle GS’ high-tech, durable, ultra-lightweight frame and wheels. It's the only bicycle in the world to have an injection moulded magnesium frame and wheels. The special process is known as Thixomolding® and does not produce any ozone depleting SF6 emissions, but will still give the rider the similar weight and structural benefits as carbon fibre. Magnesium is widely available and easy to re-cycle.
Gocycle Pitstopwheels are the fastest bicycle wheels in the world !!
Gocycle GS Prototype Design and Testing
One of the new parts that we developed for the Gocycle GS is the oversized GS handlebar. It’s hydroformed (that's where you inject high pressure oil into an aluminium tube to form it out into a moulded shape) meaning we can route the cables cleanly, make a chunky handlebar that looks great and is structurally better – lighter and stiffer! All of the GS parts draw on our years of experience designing and testing components to international bicycle and ebike standards.
Gocycle GS Tech Specs*
- Frame Color: White
- Cleandrive Color: Red, Electric Blue, Baby Blue, Pink, Stealth Black
- PitstopWheel® Color: Gloss Black
- PitstopWheel®: Patented, PitstopLock™ system
- Top Speed**: 20 mph; Type 2 US Ebike.
- Range: Up to 50 miles depending on pedal input
- Motor: Gocycle proprietary motor gear drive 500 watt
- Battery: Lithium with Gocycle proprietary Battery Management System (BMS), 13.5Ah, 22V, Approximately 295 Wh
- Charging: 7 hour full recharge
- Motor Controller: Gocycle proprietary
- Transmission: Patented Cleandrive® Shimano Nexus 3-speed
- Gear Inches: 1st=39.1 in, 2nd=53.3 in, 3rd=72.5 in
- Gear Development: 1st=3.1 m, 2nd=4.3 m, 3rd=5.8 m
- Brakes: Hydraulic disk, front and rear
- Tires: Gocycle Performance (20 x 2 in, 406-50)
- Front Motor Fork: Gocycle proprietary, single-sided, 6061 T6, fixed
- Rear Suspension: Gocycle Lockshock™ 1 in (25mm) travel
- Saddle: Velo
- Frame Size and Fit: Universal Vgonomic™
- Handlebar Stem: Quick-folding Reach Adjustable
- Head Angle: 70°
- Seat Tube Angle: 68°
- Wheelbase: (42 in) 1065mm
- Bottom Bracket Height: (11.5 in) 275mm
- Stowable Dimensions: Portable Docking Station (L30.7" x W14.5" x H22.8") (L780mm x W370mm x H580mm)
- Approximate Weight: 35 lbs (16 kg)
- Maximum Rider Weight*** 220 lbs (100kg) , including clothing and luggage
*Technical specifications subject to change.
**Electric bicycle speed regulations vary by country—consult your local authority for information. Speed can vary depending on weight, tire pressure, road and riding conditions.
***This product has been designed with a maximum recommended weight limit of 100kg (220lbs) for the rider, clothing and all luggage, and is intended for use on paved roads. For rider and luggage weight 100-115kg (220-250lbs): riding style, road condition, tire pressures and luggage position may reduce product service life. Luggage weight should not exceed 10% of total rider and luggage weight. Never exceed rider and luggage weight of 115kg (250lbs) at any time. Exceeding this limit will void all warranties and may result in the product being unsafe for operation.
Q. How can I choose my Cleandrive color? A. After the campaign ends, we will contact you so you can pick your color.
Q. How do I choose my frame size? A. You don’t need to worry about that! Gocycle’s Vgonomic frame design means it can be adjusted to fit you, your partner, and your friends.
Q. Will it fit me? A. Yes! The Gocycle’s Vgonomic frame design gives universal fitting from 6’5” (Gocycle’s designer is 6’3”) to 5' and you can order a compact seat post after the campaign that will fit heights down to 4’6”.
Q. Can I order accessories separately and not as part of a reward? A. Yes you will be able to do this around the time we ship your Gocycle GS, but the price will not be the same as the Kickstarter pledge offers.
Q. Where is the Gocycle GS made? A. We source all of the parts from the USA, Europe, Taiwan, and China. We run quality control checks on them and bring them into our factory in the UK. We then ship them to our bicycle assembly partner in Poland where the Gocycle GS will be assembled. Then we’ll ship them over to North America to a warehouse and then on to your door step! We’ve got a strong supply chain that we have been working with for more than a decade.
Q. Is there a more secure lock available than the cable coil lock? A. Yes. The Gocycle Lockholster is available and fits neatly to the side of the frame. It is a very secure lock that has a silver European rating accepted and independent assessor of bicycle security approved.
Q. How do I use the electric assist? A. Just press the boost button on the handlebar when you want power, pedal when you don’t.
Q. Can the battery self-recharge during use? A. Regenerative braking is not appropriate for bicycles at this time. While some products advertise this feature, on inspection, you will find that it increases weight, complexity and cost, and the amount of energy recovered is usually less than 10%.
Q. How long will the battery last? A. We are seeing very good performance with the battery for the GS and we expect to be able to offer a one-year warranty which matches the warranty of higher priced products.
Q. Where is the battery? A. At first glance, the Gocycle GS does not look like a conventional electric bike because we have neatly hidden the battery inside the frame. But don’t worry, should you ever need to replace the battery, it’s easily accessible.
Q. Do I have to remove the battery to charge it? A. No. It is not necessary to remove the battery from the frame to charge it.
Q. How much will Gocycle cost to charge? A. The charging cost is equal to having a 100W light bulb on for 3 hours. In the US and Canada, where KW/hour electricity costs average about 13 cents, the cost to recharge a Gocycle battery, from empty, would be about 3.9 cents.
Q. I noticed you have a dealer network in the USA, can I buy the Gocycle GS through them? A. No, the Gocycle GS is a special launch of our new model only available for Kickstarter backers. It’s only possible for us to do this with the help of Kickstarter backers.
Q. How long will the brake pads last? A. The brake pads should last the lifetime of the product. Depending on your riding style and environment you may need to replace the brake pads from time to time.
Q. How do I change the brake pads? A. It is highly unlikely that you will need to replace the brake pads. However, if the need arises, you can find full instructions of how to replace the pads in the Owner’s Manual.
Q. How long will the brake disks last? A. Brake disks will last the lifetime of the product.
Q. Can I change the tire and tube for an alternative? A. Yes, you can choose from many standard tires. Search on the Internet or ask your local cycle dealer for a recommendation of tyres for BMX/20in/406 size wheels. We recommend 20in x 1.75in (406mm x 47mm) size. Tires wider than 1.75in (47mm) may not fit and will rub on the frame. The inner tube must be suitable for a 20in x 1.75in (406mm x 47mm) wheel size.
Q. What is different about the Gocycle GS Model and the Gocycle G3? A. The Gocycle G3 is approximately double the price of the Gocycle GS rewards offered on our Kickstarter campaign and the G3 is only sold through Gocycle dealers. The Gocycle GS has a mechanical shifter whereas the G3 has electronic shifting. There are some external cable routings on the GS whereas all cables are internal on the G3. The G3 has electronic rotary power and shift controls, and an integrated LED dash board display that shows speed, efficiency, battery state of charge, and gear selection. The G3 comes with an automotive style integrated daytime running light using light pipe technology. The G3 comes in single colours and comes standard with blue tooth, a power meter, and the GocycleConnect app where you can customise and personalise and save different motor drive and battery settings. G3 also has premium comfort grips, seat, and pedals. The G3 handlebar stem is adjustable in height and reach.
Q. How do I get access to the chain? A. It should not be necessary for you to gain access to the chain. It is lubricated, self-tensioning and sealed within the Cleandrive®.
Q. Do I need to adjust the chain? A. No.
Q. Do I need to oil the chain? A. No.
Q. Can I use Gocycle off road? A. Gocycle has been designed as an urban-specific two-wheeler. We do not recommend that you take Gocycle off road; however, riding on smooth gravel bike paths should be fine.
Q. Do I need to wear a helmet? A. We strongly recommend you ride with an approved bicycle helmet.
Q. Is there a compact seat post height available and what is the seat height from the ground? A. Yes, you can buy a compact seat post. The height from the top of the seat to the ground for the GS standard seat post in the lowest position is: 880mm or 2' 10.6"; the same with the compact seat post in the lowest position is: 810mm or 2'8". Note that the rear suspension will compress around 1/2 - 1" measured at the saddle when the rider's weight is on the Gocycle.
Q. What are the main differences between G3 & GS?
Risks and challenges
Making stuff is not easy and there are some risks to this project that you should be aware of. Although we have a tremendous amount of experience in designing, testing, building, selling, delivering, and servicing Gocycle electric bikes, the Gocycle GS is a new model and we are a small team. It does have new components on it and while the tooling is complete and we have done our testing, un-expected challenges always happen when you go into production which can cause delays to the delivery schedule or we might have to make minor changes to the specification in order to overcome those engineering and production challenges.
We’ll be drawing on our years of experience and trusted suppliers to ensure we do the best job possible in building and delivering your Gocycle GS as close to the schedule and spec as practical. We are involved in Kickstarter because we are a small company trying to grow, and growing can be hard.
We’re not immune to international events such as weather or economic issues. But we are confident with our years of production experience that we can deliver on this project.
There is a limit to how many Gocycle GSs we can produce per month – and we are not going to compromise quality control to just ship out a bunch in one go to save money – so depending on how the campaign goes, if you are a later backer, you may have to wait longer to get your Gocycle GS than early backers.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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