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IndustryElectric bicycles
Founded2002; 17 years ago (2002)
FounderRichard Thorpe
Chessington, London, UK
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Gocycle is an electric bicycle manufactured by Karbon Kinetics Limited, a company founded in 2002 by Richard Thorpe.[1] Thorpe is an industrial designer who once worked at the racing car company McLaren.[2] The Gocycle has interchangeable quick release wheels,[3] a fully enclosed chain, gearing and cabling,[3] a moulded magnesium frame and wheels and a flat pack storage and transport system, in which the bicycle folds up and can be carried in a case.[4] The electric motor is powered by a rechargeable lithium ion battery.[4]

The original version, now known as the G1, was discontinued in 2011.[5] A G2 model was introduced to mainland Europe in 2012.


Gocycle G1[edit]

The multi-award winning Gocycle G1 launched in Europe to international media acclaim, and later that year the Gocycle G1 won the Best Electric Bike award at Eurobike 2009.[6]

Gocycle G2[edit]

The Gocycle G2 launched at Eurobike 2012 being the first production electric bike to be digitally connected via Bluetooth and again wins the Best Electric Bike Eurobike award.[6]

Gocycle G3[edit]

The Gocycle G3 launched in Europe in March 2016 with its automotive inspired Daytime Running Light (DRL), another first in the industry.[6]

Gocycle GS[edit]

The New Gocycle GS model was successfully funded on Kickstarter November 2016 [7]and was officially launched October 2017[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Paul Ridden, Gizmag, November 9, 2011
  2. ^ Duff, Amy (May 2010). "Richard Thorpe, Gocycle". Director. Archived from the original on 2012-11-01. Retrieved 2012-12-03.
  3. ^ a b Hudson, Paul (June 25, 2010). "Gocycle electric cycle review". The Telegraph. Retrieved 2012-03-03.
  4. ^ a b Pidd, Helen (June 18, 2009). "The gocycle electric bike makes going up the steepest hills an easy ride". The Guardian. Retrieved 2012-03-03.
  5. ^ "Our first-generation (G1) Gocycle is sold out and discontinued". Archived from the original on 2012-03-12. Retrieved 2012-12-03.
  6. ^ a b c d "About". Gocycle. Retrieved 2018-03-18.
  7. ^ "Gocycle - the BEST folding electric bike in the world!". Kickstarter. Retrieved 2018-03-18.

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