Gotrax GXL V2 Commuting Electric Scooter Review 2019

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8.5 Total Score
  • Good value for money
  • Good looking and stylish
  • 8.5inch pneumatic air tires
  • Easy to fold and transport
  • Good max speed and distance

Gotrax GXL V2 Key Features

Take a look at the key specifications below, and read on for our in-depth Gotrax GXL V2 review.

DimensionsSpeedRangeCharging timeWeightFoldableSmartphone app?Cruise control?
Suspension Disc brakesWaterproof ratingLights?
Folded: 100cm x 15.9cm x 36.7cm
Unfolded: 100cm x 36.7cm x 92cm
25 km/h (15.5 m/h)20 km (12.5 miles) 100% in 4-5 hours12 kg (26.5 lbs)YesNoNoNoRear disc brakesIP54 waterproof gradeLED front light and a rear reflector

Gotrax GXL V2 Overview

Today we are looking at another great electric scooter, the Gotrax GXL V2; delivered from a young US-based company called Gotrax Galaxy. Not long ago reviewed the Gotrax Glider, an electric scooter aimed towards kids and teenagers, now we are reviewing the Gotrax GXL V2, a scooter targeted at adults and designed for commuting.

Similarly to the Gotrax Glider, the GXL V2 is a reasonably priced, high-quality electric scooter. The powerful 250W hub motor allows reaching 25 km/h (15.5 m/h) maximum speed with this fairly lightweight 12 kg (26.5 lbs) adult electric scooter.

A bigger 36V Lithium-ion battery allows riding up to 20 km (12.5 miles) with a full charge. Which should be enough for most of your commute inside or outside the city. If that’s not enough you can recharge Gotrax GXL V2 in 4-5 hours back to 100%.

We were very pleasantly surprised by the design of Gotrax GXL V2. It looks smooth and stylish. Nothing wobbles or feels untightened. The big 8.5-inch pneumatic air tires allow for a more stable ride and rear disk brake provides a reliable stop.

Gotrax V2 back foot brake

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Having no Bluetooth and smartphone app connectivity is a minor disadvantage to some, but we think this is offset by the attractive price and other quality specifications. Top commuter scooters like Xiaomi are priced around a quarter more than the GXL V2 with just a few additional features, making Gotrax GXL V2 one of the best budget electric scooters for commuting. If you are looking for a deal and you don’t mind waiting a little longer, we recommend waiting to see if any Gotrax GXL V2 Black Friday or Cyber Monday deals are released in November 2019.

Continue reading for an in-depth review of Gotrax GXL V2.

Speed, Power & Distance

How fast does it go?

The V2 reaches 25 km/h (15.5 m/h) with powerful acceleration from the 250W hub motor at the front. What is interesting is that we have seen people report Gotrax GXL V2 reaching speeds of up to 29 km/h (18 m/h) with adults riding. Very rarely can you find scooters performing better than mentioned suppliers max specifications!

What age/weight is it suitable for?

The GXL V2 max rider weight is just 100 kg (220lbs). Being designed as a commuter electric scooter means most riders will be adults, so heavier adults might need to pick a scooter with a higher max weight. 

The GXL V2 manual notes that teenagers under the age of 18 should get parental permission to ride the scooter and advises that the GXL should never be used by children under 16 years old.

What is the range/distance?

With the GXL V2 you can reach a distance of 20 km (12.5 miles) with a full charge of battery. If you need to maneuver in busy streets or sidewalks, or conserve battery life, there are 2 speed modes to switch between max speed mode and economy mode. Additionally, Gotrax Galaxy has a regenerative braking on this scooter, so braking can regenerate some power back to the battery.

Can it be used offroad?

The V2 is an excellent commuter vehicle, but can it be used off-road? Yes, a little, but don’t expect too much. The bigger rubber air tires, compared with some other electric scooters for commuting, should handle tougher soil and some gravel, but don’t buy this scooter to ride through forests! There are much better offroad scooters available. 

Does it lose power uphill?

Gotrax Galaxy does not specify how many degrees of altitude GXL can handle or the decrease in maximum speed. From experience riding the GXL V2 , there should be no trouble with small hills but there will be a decline in speed on bigger ones or if you are a heavier rider.

Battery Life & Charging

Gotrax Galaxy batteries Underwriter Lab use UL2271 certification, which are batteries fit for use In light electric vehicles.

How long does it take to charge?

This scooter is packing a 36V, 5.2 ah Lithium-Ion battery that recharges in 4-5 hours. You are able to see battery life on the LED display in the middle of the handlebar if you require a certain amount of charge to do a short trip.

How long will the battery last for?

There are no mentions of battery lifespan and Gotrax Galaxy currently do not sell replacement batteries, but we believe most Lithium-Ion batteries of this standard should last at least 3 years with moderate use.

Design and Ergonomics

We love the design of Gotrax GXL V2! It’s stylish and modern and comes in 3 different colors; white, red and black.

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What brakes does the GXL V2 have?

The V2 include rear disc brakes, which are also often thought boast superiority over electric brakes. Gotrax GXL V2 further includes one exclusive feature that you don’t see often on most other electric scooters. The rear disc brake activates with a foot pedal near the back wheel and the left handle button now offers regenerative braking, in other words, braking recharges your battery.

GXL V2 tyres and disc brakes

Is it foldable?

The GXL V2 has an easy folding mechanism. The V2 folds by pulling the tiller towards the back wheel and folding mainframe to the rear fender and hooking it into the rear fender buckle for easy transport or storage.

Gotrax GXL V2 Folding mechanism

Is the handlebar comfortable?

The handles are very comfortable with well placed acceleration and brake buttons on different sides for easy use. It also has an LED screen to monitor speed and battery charge.

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Gotrax GXL V2 handlebars

Does it connect to your smartphone?

While being a great value for your money the GXL, obviously, won’t have all the features as expensive electric scooters. No Bluetooth, smartphone applications, cruise control, and suspension.

Does it have suspension?

Similarly to other scooters meant for commuting, the V2 does not have suspension. However, a great feature that sets this scooter apart from others is the big 8.5-inch pneumatic air rubber tires. These bigger tires compared to some other commuter scooters allow for better grip, handling and absorbing bumps on the road.

Does it work as a regular scooter?

If you ever want to you use Gotrax GXL V2 electric scooter as a basic kick scooter you can, just make sure to turn off the power first.

Build quality and ease of use

GXL is a very pleasant electric scooter to ride and also easy to use because of simple throttle control, brake system, and convenient transportation. This is a big advantage for people using it for everyday commuting.

How easy is it to carry?

We class this electric scooter as a lightweight commuter scooter, which means its designed to be ridden and carried. The GXL V2 also has an easy fold mechanism and weighs only 12 kg (26.5 lbs), so considering its aimed towards adults, it’s not much more than carrying a bag.

How smooth is the ride?

The big 8.5-inch pneumatic air tires provide a good grip on the road or pavement. When going through small gaps between pavement or even mildly rocky path the big rubber air tires should absorb most of the bumps.

Safety and usability on the road

Is the GXL V2 waterproof?

If you are riding your electric scooter on wet surfaces or in rain make sure the scooter is not under a constant stream of water as it’s not 100% waterproof. Gotrax GXL has IP54 waterproof rating, which means it can withstand splashing water but not full submersion.

Does the GXL V2 have lights?

Lights are a really important safety feature if you’re driving at night. Since scooters are not always classified as vehicles, they’re not subject to the same laws and not always produced with lights. Luckily, the GXL has an LED front light and a rear reflector for safety at night.

Gotrax GXL V2 lights

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Gotrax GXL V2 vs Xiaomi M365

It’s no secret that the Xiaomi M365 is one of the most popular electric scooters in 2019, it’s an excellent option from a reputable company and certainly one of the market leaders this year. So, how does the Gotrax GXL V2 compare? All in all, they are very similar scooters, with similar specifications and both are excellent electric scooters. We’ve put together a comparison table between the Gotrax GXL V2 and Xiaomi M365:

FeaturesGotrax GXL Xiaomi M365
Max speed:25 km/h (15.5 m/h)25 km/h (15.5 m/h)
Max range / battery life:20 km (12.5 miles)Up to 30 km (18 mi)
Charging time:4-5 hours5 - 5.5 hours
Tires:8.5-inch8.5-inch
Weight12 kg (26.5 lbs)12.2 kg (26.9 lbs)
Foldable: YesYes
Motor:
Smartphone app / Bluetooth connectivity: Not currently. Supports Andriod and iOS
Regenerative braking: YesYes
Price- -
Company based in: USAChina
Countries scooter is available: All USA states except Alaska and HawaiiMost countries, through Amazon, Aliexpress or Gearbest.
Cruise controlNoYes

There isn’t much in it, but whilst they are similar electric scooters, the Xiaomi M365 does come out on top in several categories. However, the Xiaomi M365 is more expensive at most retailers. It’s a tough decision which we’ll have to leave to you! We do think both are great options, though.

Restrictions and availability

As a new US-based company at the time of writing this article, Gotrax Galaxy ship only to the Contiguous United States, all USA states except Alaska and Hawaii. USA customers will be happy to know that the company provides 5-day shipping.

For the rest of the world we can just sympathize and cannot promise much, but making good quality electric scooters it should be a matter of time when Gotrax Galaxy should ship worldwide.
Talking about laws and restrictions, most of USA states class electric vehicles with max speeds under 32 km/h (20 m/h) as street legal, therefore, Gotrax GXL V2 should have no trouble driving on the streets.

However, as different states have their own laws, we strongly advise to individually check your local laws before making a decision to buy the scooter.

Gotrax GXL V2 Black Friday & Cyber Monday deals 2019

Will there be Gotrax GXL V2 Black Friday deals in 2019? Or will there be Cyber Monday deals on the Gotrax GXL V2? Our editors think deals are likely, so if you’re looking to buy we think it will be worth waiting until Thanksgiving and deals week to get the best price. We will update and list any price information, news and Gotrax GXL V2 Black Friday deals we come across on this page. Discover our list of possible Black Friday electric scooter deals this 2019 or check out our in-depth Gotrax GXL V2 Black Friday 2019 analysis.

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8.5 Total Score
Is the Gotrax GXL V2 worth your money?

Straight to the point, the Gotrax GXL V2 looks great, rides well and has specifications that are up there with scooters costing 2-3 times the price. It has a quality build, comes in 3 colours, and although it doesn't have a smartphone app, bluetooth or cruise control, what is does have is done very well. It's still a solid, high quality scooter and fantastic value for money. 

PROS
  • Good value for money
  • Good looking and stylish
  • 8.5inch pneumatic air tires
  • Easy to fold and transport
  • Good max speed and distance
CONS
  • Low max rider weight
  • Low climbing capacity
  • Only shipped to the USA
  • No cruise control
  • No smartphone app or Bluetooth connectivity.
User Rating: 3.33 (15 votes)
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