First look: GoCycle electric-assist bike

Funky urban bike with monoblade fork, enclosed chain drive and more

GoCycle’s Barney Craggs dropped into BikeRadar HQ with the company’s new electric-assist bike, and first impressions of the futuristic looking machine are very good.

With a frameset and wheels made from injection moulded magnesium, the monoblade fork and fully enclosed chain drive really make this stand out. An electric bike for the iPod generation, if you will.

The electric-assist kicks in only after six revolutions of the cranks, at which point you can sit back and relax, and let the motor do all the hard work. The speed is restricted to 15mph in the UK, and the bike has three gears.

We can see the GoCycle being popular with urban commuters faced with some hellish climbs, elderly riders or those who just want that extra bit of assistance.

We’d be tempted to buy one just for the fun this thing is to ride!

Fat tyres and rear suspension give comfort a boost, and the bike disassembles to quite a small package too – though it’s not meant to compete with the likes of Brompton.

RRP is £1,197.99.

Cycling Plus magazine will have a review soon. For more info, go to gocycle.com

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