Why are GoCycle bikes so special?

Why are GoCycle bikes so special?  Because they are so superbly engineered that they bust all folding and compact bike preconceptions.

Preconception 1. Folding bikes are less rigid.

Generally true, but not with the GoCycle. Rigidity is important in a bike. The less stiff the frame, the more energy is wasted in flex when you pedal. Our other folding bikes do a good job of reducing flex, but they do not eliminate it. They are still a good value, because they are inexpensive, relatively light, and you can fit two in the trunk of a car, safe from thieves. We have one elderly couple that circumnavigates San Juan Island, 49 miles, on two of our Blix Folding bikes.  Gocycle eliminates flex completely with an ingenious integral locking system that I cannot explain, you have to see it. It is stiffer than virtually all bikes, E or otherwise, because it has a magnesium frame.

Preconception 2: Bikes with 20 inch wheels do not perform like bikes with 26 to 29 inch wheels.

Again, generally true, but not with GoCycle.  GoCycle does not have a 20 inch bike wheelbase, it has a full size wheelbase, allowed by the strength of magnesium and its ingenious frame design. But wait, there’s more…. The 20 inch tyres on the GoCycle have to be seen, to be believed.  Incredibly low friction, and high pressure, compensate for their small diameter.  Just Bragging: GoCycle is the lightest full power E-Bike at 36 pounds, and you can buy a beautiful canvas bag to carry it in. They are faster than standard E-Bikes, with great acceleration.

Preconception 3: GoCycles are expensive.

This was true, although for the quality and engineering, they were a bargain at $4499. That is still the price of the electronically loaded G3. However the new GS is only $2799, an astonishingly low price for what you get, and an English build (That’s why I called them “tyres”).  Everything I have said about the GoCycle is true for both the G3 and the GS. With the GS, they have just stripped off all of the bells and whistles (and the fenders, it’s only 36 pounds) If you want some G3 stuff on your GS, we can oblige.  

How did they do it? They hired the chief designer of McLaren Automotive. They make, along with Ferrari, the world’s best Formula race cars.  You can also buy a street McLaren for under $200k that goes 204 mph, or the top of the line, about $4 million, that is the world’s fastest production car, at 244 mph.  The guy who designed those cars designed your GoCycle.

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Intro from our new Guest Blogger: Mr. Spokes

Seattle E-Bikes is starting a regular Guest Blogger, Spokes Man, an awesome guy determined to spread the word on e-bikes one volt at a time...

but first, a word, or rather 17 syllables, from our Haiku:

electrons . . .
join human effort
to propel spoked wheels
in clean silence.



Hello fellow Bike enthusiasts! Spokes Man here; happy to share my thoughts on the e-bike world.

I have been fortunate to be a part of the e-bike business for a number of years, and watched it grow dramatically. So wanted to open this blog with a little bit about how its grown...and how it hasn't (ie who's scared to make the jump).

The baby boomers were the first to take it up, as they realized they were no longer saddling up old faithful in the garage, and wanted to be motivated to get out there again - to pedal up steep hills once more, to zoom along sun-dappled roads, to move through the air upon he earth, to feel the wind upon ones face...ahh yes.

Then came some truly venerable people. Ages 67, 75, 83. People with the wisdom and appreciation to be transported and once again be able to glide through nature. I know a 67 year old couple that takes their boat to San Juan Island, takes out their two small 20 inch folding bikes, and proceeds to circumnavigate the 52 miles, including 15 stunning miles along the windblown Straits of Juan de Fuca, looking across 18 miles of water to Port Townsend, and behind it, to the Olympics. Then, up the West side, overlooking Haro Straight to the Canadian Gulf Islands and up to Victoria (can you tell I've joined them a time or two? Epic doesn't even begin to describe the sites and feel of this ride). Lots of up and down, the whole trip has more than 1000 vertical feet. Their little bikes are only supposed to go about 30 miles without a charge, but they always ride hard, conserve energy, and are able to go the distance no problem. It's great to be connected with Seattle e-Bike customers like these ones.

The e-bike "Paradigm Shift" challenge is those who are simply too cool for school. So a brief message to our young commuters and cycling purists: Take an 8 mile commute from Greenlake to Downtown or West Seattle to Capitol Hill. 20-30 year old commuters are supposed to be in a hurry, but they chug along on their pure bikes at 12 miles per hour or less, while our 60 year olds buzz by them at 24. Maybe they don’t realize that an e-bike's not your mothers bike. You can pedal as hard and go as fast as you want. Or, you can chill, relax the pedals and concentrate on the the flowers and the Buicks (that you leave in the dust during traffic:), or expend moderate calories and get to work fresh , dry, and in good time. Its all good.

If you are a person who would never miss an opportunity to climb miss Queen Anne Avenue to the top on your way to Freemont, (instead of skulking along on Dexter or Westlake), or if you pedal a 100 cadence at 24 mph up 10 percent slopes like Queen Anne, or 12% slopes like Madison, then by all means skip the extra 13 pounds, the motor and battery adds, and good luck in the Olympics. But young urban warriors who want to do a six mile commute in 15 minutes while getting precisely the exercise they want, have evolved, and know that one is no longer personally defined by what toys one has, but rather by what those toys do, in this case: liberates. What comes is the freedom to select a bike that can do all sorts of things you could not possibly do without hybridization. They have been released from the toil of walking their bike up Virginia, are now free to buy a fine, climbing macine.

After all, bikes move you through the world in the finest of ways and the finest choice is unlikely to harm your community position, and, who knows, you might be in the vanguard when E-Bikes get truly cool, and then you will have it all.

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ATTN Seattle Boat Show Attendees: The Smallest Folding, Compact E-Bike has arrived!

If you weren't in the SODO area of Seattle this past weekend enjoying one of the biggest comebacks of ALL TIME (THANK YOU SEAHAWKS!!!) you might have noticed the array of boats gearing up for the annual Seattle Boat Show, the largest Boat Show on the west coast. One of the reasons why we carry so many compact, foldable e-bike lines, is due to the popularity of boat owners using them as they travel from port-to-port. Well now we just added more to our collection and we are excited to share with our e-bike fans!

One problem people have, even with our current compact bikes we carry, is that they may not get as small or as light as they were hoping them to be. Well, we have come across the lightest weight (30 lbs!) and smallest-folding e-bike on the market with it's 16" wheels. With the configuration of a 24V battery and 200 watt motor, this e-bike will get you cruisin' at a max speed of 15 MPH as you enjoy your ride and save your energy checking out new towns you discover! This bike can easily be folded up to bring on a bus, stow away on a boat or RV, or you can fit several in the trunk! Check them out!

If you didn't think this was the most convenient e-bike on the market, would $899 get your attention?! If not, how about this: if you are considering one for you and one for a friend or significant other, we will offer 10% OFF YOUR ENTIRE PURCHASE! This e-bike couldn't be more of a steal! Check them out at our location today while you're in the area!

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