Reviewing the Gotrax GXL Commuter V2
The GoTrax GXL Commuter V2 electric scooter is a scooter designed for commuters. It is an affordable midrange scooter that is popular among adults wanting to get a lift for those short daily commutes.
This reasonably lightweight electric scooter is high quality and reasonably priced with a 250-watt hub motor that can reach maximum speeds of up to 15.5 miles per hour, with a range of 12.5 miles.
It features a 36-volt lithium-ion battery that only takes about four to five hours to recharge fully.
The design of this electric scooter is also stylish, smooth, and durable. It has larger 8.5-inch pneumatic air tires for a comfortable ride along with rear disc brakes for consistent stops.
GoTrax GXL Commuter V2 Highlights
- This is an economical scooter priced at just under $300. It’s built to last and sturdy. Unlike some electric scooters with a foot pedal braking control, the GoTrax GXL Commuter V2 has a convenient hand lever for more controlled braking.
- Some of the highlights of this electric scooter include front lighting for safety, a single disc brake, and larger 8.5-inch pneumatic tires.
- Another plus is that it’s a lightweight electric scooter, weighing in at only 26 pounds. It makes commutes easier because it’s portable and perfect for trips across public transportation on subways or buses.
- The handlebars are padded for comfort, and there is a useful LED display that monitors speed and battery life. It’s a stylish scooter that comes in three different colors: red, white, and black.
- The scooter is built with quality in mind, and it’s a good quality scooter to ride over smooth surfaces because it’s portable, has easy throttle control, and a reliable braking system.
Motor and Battery
The GoTrax GXL Commuter V2 uses a 250-watt hub motor located in the front of the scooter. While there are stories of people reaching speeds of up to 18 miles an hour, it generally gets up to 12.5 miles an hour.
The maximum riding weight for this electric scooter is 220 pounds, and it is designed for adults.
The battery is a 36 volt 5.2Ah lithium-ion battery that can completely recharge the scooter in only four to five hours. You can check the battery charge by looking at the LED display located between the handlebars.
It is thought that the battery will generally last for three years with moderate use.
Range and Speed
The range on this electric scooter is approximately 12.5 miles before it will need to be recharged. The scooter also offers two different speed modes, including economy and max speed. There is also a unique feature called regenerative braking, which sends some power back to the battery.
It’s not recommended for offroading or rougher terrain, but it is a perfect scooter for the daily commute across smoother surfaces.
The top speed for this scooter is approximately 15.5 miles an hour, which is a four-minute mile. It also accelerates well, and it can climb up smaller inclines with very little trouble.
If the scooter manages to deplete battery power, it’s lightweight and can function as a manual kick scooter.
The GoTrax GXL Commuter V2 is a well built electric scooter. The controls are basic and user-friendly. It’s also very portable, lightweight, and easy to fold. It’s also easy to put together, as it includes all of the necessary tools.
There is a latch that will hold the scooter in place while it is folded for transport. This electric scooter also features extras like cruise control, a reinforced frame, and a useful hand brake to give you more control over your ride.
The scooter weighs in at 27 pounds. The reinforced frame can support riders up to 220 pounds.
The braking system is unique on the GoTrax GXL Commuter V2. There are two sets of brakes, including the front regenerative brake, and the rear disc brake.
The rear disc brake is superior to electric brakes and controlled by the handlebar lever allowing you more control. It’s also a more natural and safe way to hit the brakes. There is also a foot pedal near the back wheel as well.
The left handle button offers the distinctive regenerative braking feature, which will recharge the battery. It’s something you will only find in the GoTrax GXL Commuter V2 electric scooter.
This scooter has a front LED light and a rear reflector for safety. While the front light is ultra-bright, you may want to purchase additional lights for evening and night rides.
Another unique safety feature is that the motor will not power up until the scooter reaches 1.2 miles per hour. It requires a kick-push to engage the throttle.
The GXL V2 is water-resistant though not waterproof. Take extra care when riding in light rain.
GoTrax Galaxy is a US-based company, and they ship their scooters all over the United States except for Hawaii and Alaska. There is also convenient 5-day shipping available.
The company offers a 90-day limited warranty, with the option to purchase an extended warranty that lasts one year from the date of purchase. The 90-day limited warranty only covers parts due to manufacturer defect.
They do offer customer service by phone and email. This information can be accessed from the contact page on their company website.
Downsides Of The Gotrax GXL V2
Some of the disadvantages of the GoTrax GXL Commuter V2 include the limited 90-day warranty. Many other companies that sell comparable electric scooters have better warranties.
There could be more lights on the scooter for safety, especially for users who enjoy riding in the evenings and at night.
Users have stated that the battery gauge should have more bars to judge battery levels accurately. The throttle is also very sensitive to these scooters. This makes it more challenging to engage cruise control.
Who should buy this scooter?
The GoTrax GXL V2 electric scooter is for adults on the go. Its design is for daily commutes over smooth terrain. The reinforced frame accommodates riders up to 220 pounds. It’s a great scooter that smoothly rides over sidewalks and city streets with larger 8.5-inch air-filled tires.
It’s also made with a reinforced fender and baseboard for comfort. The scooter is easy to fold, and stores compactly under your desk at work, and it doesn’t take up a lot of space on the bus or subway. It’s convenient and compact for commuters on the go.
This electric scooter is an excellent option for the daily commute. It’s inexpensive, jam-packed with lots of extras like cruise control, hand braking, a convenient kickstand, and an LED display for speed and battery life.
You can’t beat the 15.5 miles an hour speed, or the distance of 12.5 miles before it needs to be recharged. It has both a high-performance 250-watt motor and a powerful 36-volt lithium-ion battery.
The large 8.5-inch air-filled tires make for a smooth ride, and it’s easy to fold up and store away. It also fully charges in only 4 to 5 hours.
All of these cool features make this midrange scooter a winner.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does the GoTrax GXL Commuter V2 lose power going uphill, and can you take it off-road?
This electric scooter has larger rubber air tires for a smooth ride. Although the company does not state if it can climb hills without losing power, it should be able to handle small hills, and there should be a decline in speed with more significant hills. While the scooter can handle some gravel and tougher terrain, it’s not ideal or suited for off-road rides.
How long will the battery last?
The 36-volt lithium-ion battery should last at least three years with regular use.
Is the handlebar comfortable to use?
The handlebar is comfortable, and it’s easy to find the acceleration and brake buttons.
Does the scooter have suspension?
The scooter does not have suspension. It does have sizeable 8.5-inch pneumatic air rubber tires that allow for better handling and a smoother ride.