Gocycle is the culmination of founder Richard Thorpe’s expertise in lightweight vehicle design, his daily commuting experiences of London and insights into the market opportunity of providing better city-specific mobility solutions.

About a decade ago, Richard Thorpe left his job as a designer with McLaren Cars limited to fully concentrate on developing a new class of powered two-wheeler designed specifically to meet the needs of the modern city dweller.

True to its designer’s pedigree, the Gocycle is a winner of more than 10 International design awards including the IF Award at Eurobike 2012.

Togoparts managed to take the Gocycle GZR, the top-tier model with electronic gear shifting, for a quick spin.

Aesthetics & Features

The Gocycle looks like something out of the TRON legacy movie. The 5-spoked wheels and clean lines (with no cables or wires sticking out) of the bike is a refreshing sight. The integrated kick-stand at the bottom bracket area which seems “invisible” when not in use is a reflection of the designer’s attention to detail.
The 5-spoked wheels, which are mounted only from the drive side of the bike, are not something that you see commonly on a commuting bike. In theory, there is no need to remove the wheel if there is a need for tire or tube change. The integrated red dot display on the handlebar indicates which program mode the bike is in (yes, the bike can be programmed via the Gocycle app using Bluetooth).

Ride Feel & Conclusion

Ride feel


Above: All registered e-bikes that have approved by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) will come with a metallic blue tag.

In essence, Gocycle was still designed to be a bicycle but one that was built to be integrated with a motor. Going uphill but not wanting to break out in a sweat? No problem, just switch on the motor which kicks in when it receives pedal input from the rider. In the event that the motor fails, the rider can still use the Gocycle like a normal bicycle. The issue of some of the electric bikes (e-bikes) in the market is that it is more “e” than anything else, meaning that the bike is useless or too heavy to be operated if the motor is not functioning.

Even without the pedal-assist mode, the Gocycle rides incredibly smooth as a normal bicycle.

It can be quite exhilarating to feel the motor kicking in as you pedal. However, for someone who has been somewhat of a cycling purist, it may take some getting used to on an electric bike. The pedal assist will surely come in handy on steep inclines or long stretches of flat roads.

Conclusion
While the Gocycle GZR is not one of the most affordable e-bikes around, it is one of the most well thought out we have ever seen. It may take some time for e-bikes of this kind to take off in Singapore but it is great to see that such innovative bicycles in the market as a potential solution to ease urban transportation issues in Singapore in the long term.
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