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
Ride Feel & Conclusion
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.