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GoCycle G3 review: A comfy commuter, with tech to satisfy the geek in you

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The Good The G3 has a funky, futuristic design, it's comfortable to ride and you can use your smartphone to customise the power.

The Bad The battery can't be taken out to charge, the strings of LED lights on the dashboard are difficult to get your head around and it doesn't come cheap.

The Bottom Line Having to store it next to a power socket to charge might be a hassle, but the GoCycle G3 offers a comfy ride on your city-centre commute, with enough tech tweaks to appeal to the gadget geek in you.

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7.8 Overall
  • Comfort 8
  • Design 8
  • Performance 7
  • Battery life 8

The GoCycle G3 is the bike to consider if, like me, you're a bit of a gadget nerd.

The handlebars feature a built in LED headlight, along with a 'dashboard' made up of a variety of dancing lights. The lights indicate several things, including your chosen gear, your power settings and your light mode. It looks futuristic when you're riding around, but it's tough to remember what all the lights mean, which can make your cycling a little confusing.

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Luckily, the bike pairs with your smartphone, which allows you to change your bike's motor settings in an easier to understand way. There are a selection of preset modes to choose from in the GoCycle app. They each give a differing amount of assistance from the electric motor, depending on how energetic you're feeling. If you want an easy ride to work, put it in 'city' mode and the motor will provide the maximum amount of assistance with your pedalling. There's a custom mode too which lets you fine-tune the controls.

Even with a medium assistance setting the GoCycle is extremely comfortable to ride. The bike is perfectly balanced, making it easy to throw into corners and nip in and out of traffic. Its small wheels don't let you get up much of a pace (the motor is limited to 25 km/h or 15.5 mph) but it's plenty fast enough for a busy city-centre commute, and the 64 km (40 mile) range should give you a few runs into the office before you need to recharge.

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