I was writing this a review for the GoTrax website and realized it would do double duty here.
I was worried about this purchase, as this product seems to be new and there isn’t a lot of video evidence of it’s performance out on the interwebs yet. I don’t have a GoPro and I’m not going to take my hands of the handles to try to selfie document this thing, but all I can say is WOW.
I ordered direct from GoTrax, as Amazon was $30 more ($430). Shipping to Portland, Oregon took 1 week. FedEx Home delivery, which I redirect to a local Walgreen.
I bought this e-scooter as a stop gap measure. My work was having a bike to work week, and I wanted to participate, but I live in a very hilly neighborhood of South West Portland. I tried to rent an ebike, but everything seemed booked. By chance, the dock-less e-scooter invasion was happening in Portland. I had two chances to rent Birds and was sold on the concept. The Bird I found out here in SW Portland couldn’t deal with the the slightest hill, but it was lower
I think I need to start over, as their website has a small text box for reviews. So I’ll condense.
Wow. You can keep your Birds, I’m a owner now. I’ve had the GoTrax GXL for 5 days now. Was worried that this scooter wouldn’t be able to navigate the hills of SW Portland, Oregon, USA. I’m 200 lbs and this guy moves me up hills that I would normally have to stop and push my bike. I do have to get off and walk up the steepest hills. I’ve been using it to commute to work. 3 mile in the morning, about 12 minutes, with 5 of that walking up the steeps. 2 miles in the PM, with a few minutes of walking up a very steep section. With my mountain bike, my times were coming in at 25+ minutes (a lot of pushing the bike up hills). Love that it folds up. Walk it to my desk, fold it up, and charge it at work. The ride in only uses 25%, so I will experiment with using more of the battery, as it’s supposed to be healthier. I did a 6 mile trip yesterday from SoWa to over the Sellwood bridge. Got a flat from a staple on the rear tire, but was still able to ride 3 miles back. Definitely not as efficient, but I got back. I put 4 oz. of Slime into the tire and was back in business. Did I mention I love this thing?