Gotrax GXL V2 Electric Scooter Review
The brand’s most potent scooter to date is its most tempting for the commuters: meet the improved Gotrax GXL 2by Tudor Rus, on
When Gotrax launched the GXL electric scooter, the company was adamant that those who bought it would begin to love their commute. And they were true. The GXL (or Glider XL) became a popular choice and a sought-after electric scooter on Amazon - so much so that Gotrax decided to offer an improved version of it, suggestively called GXL V2 (or Version 2). As some of you might know, the Gotrax GXL is a direct competitor for Xiaomi’s Mijia M365 electric scooter and a popular choice for those with short daily commutes thanks to its zippy character, low weight, and adequate range. Even more enticing for buyers was the “ride now, pay later” program Gotrax offered for its GXL e-scooter. We’ll get to that and more in a jiffy.
Gotrax GXL 2 Design
Before getting into specifics, it’s worth noted that at their core, the GXL and GXL 2 e-scooters are virtually identical. This means their size, weight, and structure hasn’t suffered any changes. The wheels are the same size and design, the brake discs are the same, and so are the rubber pads on their boards. So, what changed then? Well, it has something to do with the brakes. See, the original GXL had an electronic brake and a foot pedal that the rider would use for stopping or decelerating. GXL V2, however, replaces the electronic brake with a hand brake setup. In addition, Gotrax managed to reinforce the rear wheel fender but also added a new safety bolt that can be used to better lock in the e-scooter’s folding mechanism, which was also strengthened and now works smoother for quick folding and unfolding. Elsewhere, the GXL 2 retains the 36V battery pack used by the original GXL. It rides on 8.5-inch pneumatic tires and uses a 250V electric motor.
Here’s how the GXL fares against Gotrax’s other electric-scooters, the G2 and the GKS:
Gotrax GXL 2 Comfort and Practicality
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The said air-filled wheels will do a great job in absorbing any irregularities you might encounter in your way. The Gotrax GXL 2 electric scooter tips the scales at 27 pounds (which is slightly above 12 kilos), so carrying it for short distances shouldn’t be a problem. When folded, the Gotrax GXL measures 15 inches x 44 inches x 6 inches which is pretty compact, so you won’t have a problem with taking it on the bus, subway, or even storing it in your car. In case you’re planning to take your GXL with you on a plane, it’s safe to contact the airline and see what its policy is regarding e-scooters as well as a size guide, as you may or may not be allowed to take it with you inside the plane. Not to mention that the folding/unfolding happens quick thanks to a smart locking in the mechanism that also feels sturdy and safe.
The GXL V2 doesn’t have a suspension setup, but as we said, the air tires should soak up pretty much every small and medium-sized bump - it’s definitely better than having airless tires and no other sort of suspension. The GXL V2 can hold a rider that weighs up to 220 pounds (that’s 100 kilos), so it should be suitable for a wide range of body types and sizes. On the downside, the scooter’s board looks a tad narrow so we’re not sure riders with larger feet will be able to keep both their feet on it, especially when wearing bulkier shoes. Last but not least, the GXL 2 is fitted with what Gotrax calls an “ultra-bright” headlight that won’t only alert other of your presence but also allow you to see what’s in front of you in poor-lit conditions or during the nighttime.
Gotrax GXL 2 Performance
Gotrax went for a 250W electric hub motor for the GXL 2. As you can imagine, this is not the most powerful motor out there, but it should do the job on straight surfaces. It is powered by a 36V battery pack that, according to Gotrax, can last for 9 to 12 miles (15 to 19 km) on a single charge, which is more than enough for a short to medium daily commute. Top speed sits at 15.5 mph (25 km/h) which, again, is just right for city strolling. Gotrax also fitted the GXL with an interesting safety feature: the electric motor won’t deliver power unless the scooter reaches the speed of 1.2 mph (2 km/h), so you’ll have to kick-push it before engaging the throttle.
Gotrax GXL 2 Price
You can get the Gotrax GXL 2 e-scooter on Amazon for $499.99 from a handful of sellers. Moreover, you should know that Gotrax offers a “ride now, pay later” type of program that allows you to pay $27 per month with no downpayment.
|Range||9-12 miles (15-19 km)|
|Charging time||3-4 hours|
|Top speed||15.5 mph (25 km/h)|
|Wheel size||8.5 inches|
|Weight||27 pounds (12.2 kilos)|
|Max load||220 pounds (100 kilos )|
|Dimensions||43.8 in x 17 in x 42 in|
|Height from deck to handlebar||38 inches|
|Shipping dimensions||39.3 in x 7.8 in x 14.9 in|
|Folded dimensions||15 in x 44 in x 6 in|