With the GXL, GoTrax are looking to firmly cement their place as one of the best mid range electric scooter providers around. The GXL is up against tough competition in the surprisingly popular Xiaomi M365, the Ninebot range from Segway and others, such as Swagtron’s Swagger range of scooters. But is the GXL worth buying over the other options out there? Read the rest of our GoTrax GXL Review to find out.
Update (March 2020): GoTrax released the GoTrax XR and XR Ultra in early 2020, which are both upgrades from the GXL. Check out our full GoTrax XR and GoTrax XR Ultra review.
The GoTrax GXL is an exceptional option if you’re looking for a mid-range scooter for commuting or just a bit of fun. It is a bit big and a little heavy but it is built very well and has a good performance that makes up for the slightly cumbersome build. However, the larger frame does help create a ride is very comfortable and the large air filled tires do a good job at smoothing out any bumps or cracks in the road. The GXL also comes with some nifty features that help it stand out from the competition. I really like the display screen and the rear disc brake works using a built in foot pedal which is an ingenious design that I can see more scooters implementing in the future. And best of all – all of this is available at a price (usually) less than what you’d pay for any of the competition.
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UL Certification: UL2271 Certification
Motor: 250 Watts
Tire Size: 8.5″ pneumatic tires
Battery: 36V Lithium-ion
Recharge Time: 4 – 5 Hours
Max Rider Weight: 220 lbs
Product Weight: 26.50 lbs
Water Proofing Rating: IP54
Charger Input: AC 120V 50/60HZ 1.5A
Charger Output: DC 42V 1.5A
Package Dimensions: 39.37″ x 7.87″ x 15″
Folded Dimension: 39.4″ x 6.3″ x 14.4″
We’ll start with the assembly. The GoTrax GXL comes almost fully assembled. All you have to do it install the handlebars. These only fit in one way around and easily screw up with the included allen key.
The GoTrax GXL is powered by a 250 W motor and a 36V battery that gives a very solid performance, despite these being smaller in size that many other scooters at a similar price range.
One of the best features of the GoTrax GXL is the set of tires that are installed. These are 8.5 inch pneumatic tires, meaning they are air filled. Having air filled tires has many benefits, the best being the additional level of comfort that you essentially get for free. On many electric scooters you have solid rubber tires that can create a harsh and rough ride. But with air filled ones the scooter will easily glide over bumps and cracks in the road with no problem at all. The 8.5 inch tires also give a ground clearance of about 4 inches. This means bumping up onto smaller curbs and even tackling a little bit of off roading is very doable with the GXL.
The GXL includes a set of front and rear brakes. The front being a normal hand controlled brake and the rear being a foot controlled disc brake. The rear disc brake is an anti-lock system that is controlled by a small pedal at the back of the deck. This is a great little inventive solution to controlling the rear braking and we can see this being used on many more scooters in the future.
In the center of the handle bars there is a small LED screen that shows you a readout of basic information such as your speed and which gear you’re in.
There are two gears to choose from, one for basic, slower riding and one for faster riding.
On the front and back there are reflectors to improve your visibility at night. There is also a headlight that can help you see in the dark. This isn’t that bright and is better to help people see you that you see where you’re going, but it’s still nice to have.
The GoTrax GXL also includes a folding mechanism and a handy little clip on the rear mudguard to hold it in place when folded. It can then be trollied around very easily.
There’s also a kickstand.
Design and Build Quality
For such a cheap electric scooter the build quality is surprisingly good. The whole thing feels very solid, there aren’t any flimsy, cheap parts that a lot of cheap electric scooters are rife with. There’s not much more to say about the build quality, it’s better than expected.
The design of the scooter is also very good. I’m a big fan of the looks, it’s sleek and stylish and has a nice finish. It looks a bit like the older brother of the GoTrax Glider, that we featured on our list of the best electric scooters for kids. The LED screen is a standout point for me. It’s integrated so nicely into the stem and works very well. It can sometimes be a little hard to see in bright sunlight but this is a problem most screens have. The design of the rear brake controller is also very good. This takes a little getting used to and the brakes are quite sensitive but it’s definitely a design feature that add a lot.
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Performance and Range
The first thing to know is that the GXL requires a few kicks to get going before you can use the electric motor.
But when you are going you can expect a top speed of at least 15 mph and a realistic range of around 8-12 miles. Obviously these will be very dependant on the weight of the rider and the conditions and location that the scooter is ridden but for a flat, dry surface those numbers are very realistic.
The GXL has a pretty good torque and a good acceleration. It can handle slight inclines with no problem at all and as the tires are quite grippy it can even handle some basic off road riding with virtually no problems. It can take a little getting used to the acceleration as it is a bit choppy but after a while things will get easier. This goes for the braking as well. At first both brakes can feel very sensitive but with practice using them effectively becomes second nature and they do a great job at slowing the scooter effectively.
What We Like About the GoTrax GXL
- Good Build Quality – The build quality and the ease of assembly were both surprisingly good. The entire scooter felt solid, with some very nice design features.
- Great Tires – The 8.5 inch pneumatic tires really do a great job at smoothing out the ride and adding additional comfort. They’re also large enough that the ground clearance is a health 4 inches which makes the GXL even more versatile.
- Good Performance – For a relative cheap scooter, the top speed of at least 15 mph
What We Don’t Like About the GoTrax GXL
- Quite Heavy – Whilst the GXL does make a great commuter scooter, the weight and bulk might be enough to put some people off if they have to take it on any form of public transport etc.
- LED Headlight could be brighter – This is a very minor nitpick but still something that we thought was worth mentioning. It would be nice if this was a bit brighter as we feel like you will need to buy another one if you’re going to be riding at night with no streetlights.
Overall, the GoTrax GXL is a fantastic mid range electric scooter that is perfect for commuting or just for a bit of fun for both kids and adults. It’s well built and well designed with some ingenious little features that really help elevate it above the competition. Even though it is quite big and heavy and has a few things that we would change we still think it is one of the best mid-range electric scooter you can buy right now. And best of all, it’s very well priced! Update (March 2020): GoTrax released the GoTrax XR and XR Ultra in early 2020 with overall better features and similar price tag, so you may want to check out also our full GoTrax XR and GoTrax XR Ultra review.
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We have also reviewed other GoTrax products such as the GoTrax Hoverfly ECO hoverboard.
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