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GOTRAX GXL Commuter Review

If you're on a bit of a budget but still want reasonable performance then this commuter could be just the scooter
GOTRAX GXL Commuter
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Price:   $300 List
Pros:  Inexpensive, smooth ride, stopping power, cruise control
Cons:  Slow, short travel radius, prolonged folding process
Manufacturer:   GOTRAX
By Nick Miley and Austin Palmer  ⋅  Jun 12, 2019
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RANKED
#9 of 11
  • Range - 25% 5
  • Power - 25% 5
  • Ride - 20% 8
  • Portability - 15% 5
  • Braking - 15% 7

Our Verdict

The GOTRAX GLX Commuter is a good choice if economics is a leading factor as it performed like its higher-priced peers in most tests while costing significantly less at check out. This model has a smooth ride, climbs the steepest grades, stops on a dime, and has some special features such as cruise control and a dual brake system actuated with a single hand lever. Given the savings, the restriction in travel radius and max speed can be overlooked.

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Pros Inexpensive, smooth ride, stopping power, cruise controlPowerful, extensive travel range, comfortableSmooth ride, long battery life, easy to carryFast, front suspension, decent travel radiusLight-weight, easy to fold, zippy
Cons Slow, short travel radius, prolonged folding processLong recharge time, bulky, heavyBrakes may require maintenance, long recharge intervalCruise control defaults to ON, tires quick to wear, steering column lock lack redundancySo-so range, slow to recharge, struggles on steep hills
Bottom Line If you’re looking for a decent quality scooter that won’t leave your wallet light this machine is worth a spinThis powerful scooter is easy to operate and has a long battery life but it’s not the easiest to carryIf you’re looking for a swift and stylish scooter that’s comfortable and easy to use the machine is the ticketSpeed, affordability, and a commute-capable range are just some of the characteristics that offset this machine’s subpar wheel designThis reasonably priced scooter will appeal to commuters as it is speedy, fun, easy to collapse, and is relatively lightweight
Rating Categories GOTRAX GXL Commuter Ninebot... Xiaomi Mi M365 Hiboy MAX Razor E Prime III
Range (25%)
5
9
8
8
4
Power (25%)
5
8
6
8
7
Ride (20%)
8
8
8
6
8
Portability (15%)
5
7
8
6
9
Braking (15%)
7
9
6
7
6
Specs GOTRAX GXL Commuter Ninebot... Xiaomi Mi M365 Hiboy MAX Razor E Prime III
Measured Maximum Speed 12.9 mph 16.7 mph 14.9 mph 19.3 mph 18.4 mph
Measured Effective Range 10.1 miles 25 miles 12.8 miles 12.2 miles 8.2 miles
Measured Charge Time 3 hrs 40 min 6 hours 5 hrs 10 min 4 hours 30 min 6 hours
Brake Type Front electronic brake and rear disc brake Front mechanical drum brake. Rear regenerative electric brake. Front electronic brake and rear disc brake Front electronic brake and rear disc brake Front electronic brake and rear fender brake
Tire Type Pneumatic Pneumatic Pneumatic Solid rubber Pneumatic front
Solid rear
Tire Size 8.5" 10" 8.5" 8.5" 8"
Lights Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Screen Yes Yes Battery indicator only Yes No
App No Yes No Yes No
Maximum Load 220 lbs 220 lbs 220 lbs 220 lbs 220 lbs
Bell Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Measured Weight 27.3 lbs 43.4 lbs 27.2 lbs 35.2 lbs 24 lbs
Battery Type Lithium Lithium Lithium Lithium Lithium
Motor 250 Watt 350 Watt Rated 250 Watt
Max 500 Watt
350 Watt 250 Watt

Our Analysis and Test Results

The GOTRAX GLX is a reliable scooter with a price tag that will have you smiling. The best part of the deal is that there are few performance sacrifices made for the savings. It's true that the GLX is slower than the competition, and that its travel radius is about average for the class. However, it climbs like a mule, it's fairly light and relatively easy to carry. It has a really smooth ride, and it has some useful add-ons such as cruise control, and a dual brake system operated with a single hand lever.

The GOTRAX GLX Commuter
The GOTRAX GLX Commuter
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Performance Comparison


In our continued effort to find the best electric scooters we run extensive side-by-side tests to push these machines to their limits so you know exactly what you're getting when you make a purchase. Our scooter analysis relies on five metrics that run the gamut of performance testing. These metrics are delineated below.

The GOTRAX has a relatively tight travel radius, but recharges...
The GOTRAX has a relatively tight travel radius, but recharges swiftly.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Range


Our range tests are an assessment of two different but related capacities: travel radius and battery charging time. Travel radius is divided into two parts that we termed effective range and maximum range. Effective range is the maximum miles a scooter can traverse on level terrain at or near full speed. Conversely, the maximum range is an assessment of how far the scooter will go at any speed.


The GOTRAX GLX was an average performer in this category with an effective range of 10.1 and a maximum range of 10.9. However, a fully drained battery was fully charged in 3 hours and 40 minutes, which was faster than average for the class.

The GOTRAX is below average in max speed but climbs quite well.
The GOTRAX is below average in max speed but climbs quite well.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Power


Hill climbing competence and flat ground max speed are how we define power in an electric scooter. The hill tests were conducted on two slopes. The first averages a 3.5% grade and the second 10.5%.


While the GOTRAX GLX was below average in the speed test, maxing out at ~13mph, it made quick work of the shallower hill climb and achieved elite status for cresting the 1/4 mile 10.5% grade.

The GOTRAX's pneumatic tires render a top tier ride.
The GOTRAX's pneumatic tires render a top tier ride.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Ride


The ride metric is simply an assessment of the feeling a scooter has as it crosses rough patches in the road such as cracks, and potholes. This is a somewhat subjective metric, however, there is no doubt that the GOTRAX's cushy pneumatic tires smooth out the rattles and jarring impacts of the road. Accordingly, it earned high scores in this category.


The GOTRAX's rear disk and front electronic brake are activated with...
The GOTRAX's rear disk and front electronic brake are activated with a single handle lever.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Braking


The GOTRAX sports a single hand-lever dual brake system (front electronic brake and rear disk brake). As such, it isn't surprising that this scooter performed well in our braking tests. What was surprising is that in flat ground stopping tests it did as well as scooters with a fender brake, the most powerful brake we've tested.


The braking metric is an evaluation of a scooter's capacity to maintain a certain speed when descending a steep hill and the distance required to come to a complete stop when cruising at the maximum speed of flat ground.

Folding the GOTRAX is not as easy (or quick) as it looks.
Folding the GOTRAX is not as easy (or quick) as it looks.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Portability


Portability is king for the commuter because a scooter has to be folded, picked up, and stored when it isn't in use. Our portability analysis evaluates the specific features that make a scooter easy to portage. This assessment focuses on weight, folding efficiency, carrying latch design, carrying ease, and folded measurements.

The GOTRAX GLX Commuter doesn't fare so well in this category because it's slow to fold-up, has above average folded dimensions and the carrying handle diameter is a bit too large to be comfortable for prolonged gripping.


Value


Value is essentially an assessment of the bang for the buck of a product. By this definition, the GLX is quite the value item. This product delivers high-end performance in many metrics while maintaining a middling price.

Conclusion


While the GOTRAX GLX Commuter garners a middling overall score, it has many of the characteristics of higher scoring contenders. Specifically, it has a smooth ride, a powerful brake system, and some notable features like cruise control and a single lever dual brake system. With all these higher-end qualities at an affordable price, we think that many consumers will overlook the shorter travel radius and slower max speed.

Nick Miley and Austin Palmer