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Gocycle G3 - the electric bike that folds into a suitcase

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Gocycle G3 - the electric bike that folds into a suitcase

THE MARKET LEADER

Gocycle have been the market leader since launch in 2009. This premium electric bike folds into a suitcase, making it perfect for commuters, boats, and campervans. It’s clean, it’s stylish, and the new 2016 G3 model is backed up by seven years of experience and expertise. And it’s really fun!

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AUTOMOTIVE ENGINEERING

So passionate was Richard Thorpe about creating the perfect e-bike that he left a dream design job with McLaren Cars to dedicate all of his time to that purpose. With his experience in designing lightweight racing car components and enthusiasm for innovative engineering excellence, Richard believed that an e-bike should be elegant, desirable, a joy to live with and fun.

EXCELLENCE

Daytime Running Light (DRL) Integrated dash display Rear suspension Lithium battery Torque sensing Cleandrive® with electronic shifting On-demand power PitstopWheels®

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A JOY TO OWN AND RIDE

They say you can’t re-invent the wheel or improve the design of the bicycle. Gocycle did both. Gocycle is an automotive joy to live with. Ergonomic, elegant, lightweight, ingenious and fun. A talking point wherever it goes.

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TWO WHEEL DRIVE

A bespoke front-hub motor separates the powered drive from pedal drive. Lighter and providing better front/rear weight distribution, this system also provides powerful advantages when the lights go green. Conventional e-bikes use derailleur gears which can leave even experienced cyclists in the wrong gear at the lights. Not only does Gocycle’s predictive electronic gear shift ensure that you are never in the wrong gear, the front hub drive never can be. Only Gocycle makes sure you always make a clean getaway.

ELECTRIC

Powerful micro motor with more than 2X the power-to-weight ratio of conventional e-bike motor drives

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DESIGNED TO FIT YOU

Gocycle provides contact points in exactly the same place as a large-wheel bike – but with more adjustment to fit more riders. The Vgonomic™-designed seat-post and frame geometry, combined with height and reach adjustable handlebars, provides adaptable fitting with superior comfort levels for a wide range of body types. Gocycle has an automotive inspired adjustable driving position. Cars come in one size with an adjustable position; so does Gocycle.

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AGILE AND EASY TO HANDLE

Lightest in class, Gocycle also has perfect fore-aft weight distribution with mass centralised around the bottom bracket. The low centre of gravity makes the bike agile and responsive to ride, and easy to lift and manoeuvre at home.

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CLEAN AND EASY TO LIVE WITH

No cables, no chains, no gears, sprockets, or oil – no mess. Gocycle can be taken anywhere.

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VERSATILE, LIGHT AND COMPACT

Lightweight (16kg) and stowable, no other e-bike has the versatile dynamics of Gocycle. Portable docking station available as an accessory. Gocycle packs away perfectly for transit or storage where space is tight. Ideal for a boat or motor-home or city living space. The streamlined chassis and PitstopWheels® make cleaning Gocycle fast and easy.

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DAYTIME RUNNING LIGHT

As of 2011, European law mandates that all automobiles are required to have daytime running lights (DRLs) which substantially increase the visibility of cars to other road users. The Gocycle G3 comes fitted with an automotive inspired DRL employing our proprietary light pipe design and technology.

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STREAMLINED AND EASY TO USE

All the information the rider needs is presented in a streamlined, simple dash – battery level, driving mode, speed and gear position. Shimano® Nexus® 3-speed hub gear with Gocycle electronic predictive shifting from button on handlebars Hydraulic disc brakes ensure full control in all scenarios.

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EASY ON THE PLANET

Gocycle uses an environmentally-friendly process called Thixomolding® to create its high-tech, durable, ultra-lightweight magnesium frame and wheels. The Thixomolding® process 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 much easier to recycle than other materials like carbon fibre. Both the monocoque chassis and the Pitstop-Wheel® are made using a special magnesium moulding process called Thixomolding®. This is a first for any two wheeler.

FASTEST WHEEL IN THE WORLD

On September 2013 in Battle Mountain, Nevada, Gocycle’s Pitstopwheel® became the fastest bicycle wheel in the world when the VeloX reached a top speed of 133.78 km/h (83.6 mph) setting a new world speed record for human-powered vehicles.

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PERSONALISE YOUR RIDE

Smartphone app links to Gocycle easily with Bluetooth®. Use the GocycleConnect® app to select from three pre-set modes or set up your own custom mode.


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COLOURS

White • Electric Blue • Matt Black


TECHNICAL SPECS

Electric Drive Speed • 25km/h (15.5 mph)

Range • Up to 80km (50 miles), depending on pedal input

Battery • In Frame Lithium, 13.5Ah, 22V, Approximately 300 Wh

Charging • 7 hour full recharge

Approximate Weight • 16.3kg (35.9 lbs)

Frame Size and Fit • Universal Vgonomic™

Rear Suspension • Gocycle Lockshock™ 25mm (1 in) travel

Tyres • Gocycle Performance Tyre (406-50, 20 x 1.75 in)


TECHNOLOGY AND DESIGN

Daytime Running Light (DRL) • Gocycle Proprietary Light Pipe Technology, 4 running modes, user selectable

PitstopWheel® • Proprietary Hexlock system

Motor Drive Control • Pedal Torque Sensing

Smart Device Connectivity • GocycleConnect® App via wireless Bluetooth®

Riding Modes • City, Eco, On-Demand, Custom. Multiple, programmable through interactive dashboard functions or GocycleConnect App

Motor • Gocycle G2 proprietary motor gear drive 250 watt continuous

Motor Controller • Gocycle G2 proprietary

Handlebar Display • Integrated dashboard display with fuel gauge, speed, gear, efficiency

Shifting • Gocycle electronic Predictive Shifting™

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

Front Motor Fork • Gocycle G2 proprietary, single-sided, 6061 T6, fixed

Saddle • Velo D2 Comfort

Handlebar Stem • Quick-folding with reach and height adjustment


GEOMETRY

Stowable Dimensions • 600mm x 760mm x 300mm (with folding pedals)

Wheelbase • 1065mm (42 in)

Head Angle • 70°

Seat Tube Angle • 68°

Bottom Bracket Height • 275mm (11.5 in)