Gotrax GXL V2 Review: A Commuter Scooter That’ll Give You Bang For Your Buck!

By Chris Wilson


Gotrax GXL V2 Review: A Commuter Scooter That’ll Give You Bang For Your Buck! 1

GoTrax hit the sweet spot of commuter scooters with the original GXL V1 which came out in 2018. At a very affordable price point, it quickly became one of the bestselling electric scooters of the year. There were, however, a few minor things that riders thought could be improved upon. Seeking to satisfy their customers, Gotrax released the new and improved upgrade, the Gotrax GXL V2, in 2019.

But how does it compare to the original - has it usurped the V1 as the best-in-class budget commuter scooter? Also, does it compare to other similar commuting scooters available today? Let's find out...

Gotrax GXL V2 vs V1 - Detail Comparison

The similarities

Gotrax GXL V2 specs are the same as the V1:

  • 8.5” air-filled tires which are good for riding over bumps and cracks safely and comfortably.
  • 250-watt motor and a 36v battery
  • 15.5 mph top speed for a range of up to 9-12 miles per charge
  • Max rider weight up to 220 lbs.
  • Product weight: 27 lbs
  • Height from Handlebars to Deck: 38″
  • 2 speed settings (gears) so you can set different max speeds (10mph or 15.5mph)
  • Speedometer – view your current speed on the LCD display
  • Ultra bright headlight for night riding
  • Lever activated folding frame – easy to fold up and very portable

Both are lightweight and compact when folded. They are sturdy and versatile, riding over different types of terrain including pavement, grass, gravel etc. Also from what I’ve read, their US based customer service is very responsive if you have an issue.

What is different?

The V1 brought features like pneumatic tires, a rear disc brake, and the characteristically well-balanced weight range of GoTrax scooters to the table, but the V2 promises to do even better thanks to some slight upgrades.

Handbrake instead of a footbrake

The brake is hand operated now via a lever on the left handlebar, which is something we had all wanted on the V1. This tends to be a safer option than a foot brake because most people can brake with a shorter reaction time using a handbrake.

Sturdier rear fender and baseboard

If you had concerns that the rear fender on the original GXL was a bit flimsy, the V2 features a reinforced baseboard and fender back there. A few people had problems with the fender cracking and many felt it wasn't strong enough.

Other than what we mentioned above, the speed, range, max rider weight, size and more are all the same. Are these upgrades enough to crown the GXL V2 the king of commuter scooters at this price point? Let's continue with ur GoTrax GXL V2 review.

Build Quality

The GoTrax GXL V2's build quality is quite impressive when you consider the price. At this price point you can't expect a top of the range electric scooter (especially as some on the market cost 5x more), but it is certainly sufficient for purpose. Being a commuting scooter, it needs to be durable and sturdy enough for daily use, and it is.

Fenders

The fenders are made from reinforced plastic, which feels as sturdy as it sounds. They won't scratch or break without a fight, and that's a good quality to have on a commuter scooter.

Foldability

Being a foldable scooter, you'd expect to have problems taking it down and setting it up, but that's not the case whatsoever. You may fiddle with the latching mechanism a little bit more than you'd like, but once you've figured it out, it holds the folded scooter firmly enough to carry around without issues.

Tires

The air-filled pneumatic tires are as good as it gets. Perfectly balanced and very capable of handling various terrain without a hitch.

The construction of the GXL Version 2 is damn near infallible, but what else does it have to offer?

Motor

It's good to see that the V2 comes with a 250 W brushless DC motor, which is the most powerful motor at this price range. Thanks to this motor, the V2 can clock a top speed of 15.5 mph and carry a maximum load of 220 lb. Not bad for the price!

There's the slightest of delays when you launch under full throttle, and going up steep inclines really robs you of any meaningful speed, but the GXL V2 makes up for these shortcomings with a low deck that allows it to function as a normal kick scooter in case you run out of juice mid-commute.

Range

The manufacturer-provided figures for the GXL V2's top range are 12 miles per full charge. Don't expect to run the whole 12 miles though. Your speed, the terrain, cold temperatures, and how frequently you stop will ultimately have a say over the scooter's maximum range.

You can put as many as 10 miles behind you riding conservatively, or as little as 6 miles per charge if you push it. However you look at it, 10 miles is a lot of miles to cover in a day, and so are 6 miles when they're covered in a hurry. Better than a "last mile solution" but not the longest range either.

Tires and Brakes

The two 8.5 inch pneumatic inner tube tires are one of the scooter's top features. Usually, these tires can only be found in high-end models, so it's quite nice to see them on a budget scooter.

The tires more than make up for the lack of any form of suspension by providing enough bounce to make the ride comfortable.

At the front, the GXL V2 has regenerative brakes, which are pretty decent, but not as cool as the hand-operated rear disk brake.

The scooter is ten times safer to ride thanks to the hand lever on the left, which ensures that your left hand is always poised above the brake.

Disk brakes are also uncommon at this price range. Electric scooters with disk brakes and pneumatic tires typically cost a lot more than what the Gotrax GXL Version 2 goes for -- this is an indisputable mark of quality.

Handlebars

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The handlebars follow the minimalist design of the scooter and feature some nifty stuff. First, there's a bright and gorgeous LED display for speed and battery information.

A thumb-operated knob on the right serves as the accelerator. The lights and gear button is at the center of the handlebars. It operates a small LED headlight at the front as well as lets you shift gears.

Design

Here's what we love about the design of the GoTrax GXL V2.

First, the manufacturer has tried to eradicate any excesses and redundancies. All the buttons and levers that the V2 comes with are absolutely essential -- everything else is kept to a bare minimum to emphasize the sleek, minimal design of the scooter.

Second, the folding mechanism is perfect. It unravels from a compact portable bundle into a strong and sturdy scooter that's as solid as you like.

Transitioning it from its folded to unfolded state is a straightforward matter. You don't need to be well versed in mechanics to do it.

Interestingly, GXL V2 also scores highly when it comes to packaging. Too many times have we seen perfectly good scooters arrive damaged and dying due to flimsy packaging. That's not the case with the V2, which will impress you with its form-fitting case that keeps everything safe and brand new until opened.

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Gotrax GXL V2 Specs

Unfolded - 43.8 x 17 x 42 inches

Folded - 39 x 6 x 14 inches

Weight - 26.4 lbs

Recharge duration - 4 hours

Tires - 8.5-inch pneumatic

Battery - 36V

Variable speed technology

Here’s why users are loving the GXL V2

  • Decent tires – don’t expect these to wear out easily. Pneumatic tires also means ease of travel over a variety of different terrains.
  • Dual-braking system – makes it much easier to stop quickly and safely
  • It’s quite fast for a scooter at this price range. It might not be the fastest on the market, but along with the Xiaomi is certainly the fastest for the price. And the speed is more than adequate for city commuting.
  • It is foldable, therefore easy to store or move around indoors. A folding electric scooter is always good for taking on public transport.
  • Impressive range – Gotrax suggest over 12.5 miles range but I would suggest its probably closer to 10 (depending on your weight, speed travelled, terrain etc.) That’s still pretty good for a single charge though, and charge time is fast.
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It’s “almost” perfect (but only if you weigh less than 220lbs)

  • Max weight is just 220lbs. This does seem to be the standard max weight for many personal electric vehicles though, and when they say this is the “max weight” it usually means its the max weight for optimum functioning. You could probably get away with an extra 10 or 20lbs but you probably wouldn’t be able to hit the same speeds. Extra weight might also affect its ability on inclines.

More Pros and cons

  • Safer thanks to hand operated rear disc brake
  • Easy to assemble and fold
  • Good build quality
  • One of the most affordable commuter scooters on the market
  • Some reviews point to poor customer service - some people have had issues with their scooter and Gotrax aren't the most responsive. Problems do seem to be rare though.
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Comes with full safety certification

It comes with UL2271 Certified e-scooter batteries and has excellent build quality. You can ride a little easier knowing that you’re running on batteries that won’t peter out prematurely and that are safe and Underwriter Labs Certified. Of course for your own safety when riding I’d recommend an electric scooter helmet and knee/elbow pads but that’s up to yourself whether or not you are going to wear them. The front and rear brakes work well and add to the safety.

Gotrax GXL V2 vs Xiaomi M365 – who is the winner?

The big question, how does it fare when compared to its Chinese counterpart? For many months now the Xiaomi M365 has been the cheapest way to replace a car or public transport in most cities. It has also been the scooter of choice for start up dockless scooter share companies such as Bird and Spin, so many potential electric scooter commuters have had an opportunity to try them. So how does the newer electric scooter compare?

What’s the same:

  • The advertised speed and range for both are the same – 15.5mph speed and 12.5mph range.
  • They have the same 250 watt motor.
  • They both have 8.5″ pneumatic air filled tires
  • Both have a similar dual brake system

What’s different:

  • The GXL charges a little quicker than the M365
  • The price difference between them varies – shop around and see where you can get the best price. Right now the GXL commuting electric scooter on Amazon is usually the cheaper of the two, but Gearbest sometimes do flash sales on the Xiaomi.
  • Gotrax is a US based company whereas Xiaomi is a Chinese company
  • The Xiaomi comes in both the original version & a European version which comes with European charger, English manual and spare tires (the European version costs more). It can be shipped to most countries from Gearbest or Aliexpress. The GXL is only available in the US.

All in all, they’re both great scooters. If you’re in the US you have the choice of both and you’ll get a pretty similar ride. If you’re outside the US the Xiaomi will be the better option as they ship to most countries worldwide (do enquire about import charges to your country though before you buy).

So, Should you buy?

So, the Gotrax GXL V2 vs V1 – is it time for an upgrade?

If you’ve already got the Gotrax GXL V1 and you’re happy with it, there’s no major reason that you’d want to upgrade to the V2. We do like the addition of a handbrake instead of a footbrake, but if you’re already used to the footbrake I’m sure this won’t be a big enough draw.

The other new feature – the reinforced baseboard and fender, although obviously a good thing for increased durability and sturdiness. Again (in my opinion) they aren’t a big enough reason to upgrade from the V1.

Motor power, electric scooter size, tires, speed and miles per charge are all exactly the same. In fact, if you were to look at the two side by side, you wouldn’t be able to tell the difference.

Of course if you’re new to electric scooters and want to invest in a decent commuting scooter, you should definitely try the Gotrax Gxl Commuting Electric Scooter V2 Handbrake Edition. It’s a great scooter for the price and is definitely one of the best on the market today.

Final Verdict - 

If you're in a bind because you don't know what scooter to get, the GoTrax GXL V2 should not be a hard choice to make.

An excellently built low-budget electric scooter that's fitted with luxuries like pneumatic tires and a hand operated rear disc brake is exactly what you'll get when you spring for this scooter.

Folded, it is small enough to fit under your desk at work, in the bus or train, and inside a large backpack or suitcase. Its size and foldable design address the demands of the urban landscape by allowing you to switch from walking to riding to kicking without a problem.

It may not be the most powerful electric scooter you've ever seen, but for the price, the GoTrax GXL V2  handbrake edition is a scooter worth your attention.

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About the author 

Chris Wilson

Chris Wilson, long time fan of personal electric transportation. Chris is not easily impressed when it comes to the latest technologies, however, when he is, nothing can stop him from wanting to share his knowledge with our readers here at ElectricRideLab.com