London, England — The new Gocycle, an electric motor powered commuter bike has just launched in England.
The company was founded by former McLaren design engineer Richard Thorpe.
The Gocycle has a white moulded magnesium composite frame, which houses the battery and chain, and this stands out out from the mass of racing, touring and mountain bikes buzzing along London’s roads (in particular duing a tube strike).
The idea has a lightweight motor that helps the rider along, rather than being the main source of momentum. It can manage around 15mph by itself, but select third gear (there are only three) and peddle a bit and it will really move. The rider can top hills with ease.
One flaw of the bike is that there is no power display to tell you the status of the rechargeable battery.