The GOTRAX Endura electric bike is the answer to the question “Which e-bike would you recommend if I want to spend as little money as possible but don’t want to get a bunch of junk?”
It’s nowhere near the best e-bike I’ve tested, but it still scores with the combination of good enough parts with a super-affordable price of $ 649. I’ve tested e-bikes that cut too many corners and this one isn’t one of them. It makes some sacrifices that we’ll discuss, but it still brings a solid win in the end.
As much fun as premium e-bikes are, their high prices can unfortunately limit such unusual e-bikes to riders who are lucky enough to be able to afford this luxury.
E-bikes at an affordable price bring the common man similar joy, convenience, and utility. And GOTRAX knows a thing or two about making budget-conscious electric two-wheelers.
I have been using GOTRAX electric scooters for several years, both for work and personally for my own needs in the city.
GOTRAX has made a name for itself in the electric scooter industry as a simple, ready-to-use electric scooter that can do most of what the fancier scooters can – for a fraction of the price.
Now is the time to see if they can do the same for electric bikes.
To see the GOTRAX Endura in action and hear my thoughts on the e-bike, check out my video review below. Or just keep reading as I break it down for you in the rest of my review.
GOTRAX Endura e-bike video test
Technical data of the GOTRAX Endura e-bike
- Engine: 250W rear hub motor
- Top speed: 15 mph (25 km / h)
- Area: Takes up to 28 miles (45 km)
- Battery: 36V 7.5Ah (270Wh)
- weight: 54 pounds (24.5 kg)
- Load capacity: 265 lb (120 kg)
- Frame: Aluminum alloy 6061
- Brakes: Mechanical disc brakes
- Extras: Minimalistic LED dot display with battery indicator and PAS charge level indicator, including luggage rack and mudguards, gas and pedal assistance, LED headlights
GOTRAX expands its scooter lineup to include e-bikes
Scooters are handy little two-wheeled electric vehicles, but they just don’t have much going for them.
E-bikes, on the other hand, have much more to offer. There are two independent drivetrains, more points of contact, bigger wheels, more cable runs, suspension, etc. So it’s not that easy to add to the GOTRAX scooter experience.
Still, I’d say they did a pretty good job here. The Endura is a comfortable bike to ride, and you wouldn’t guess it only costs $ 649. In other words, it doesn’t ride like a cheap bike.
I’ll say I’m more impressed with the quality of the electric side of the bike than the mechanical side of things, and we’ll address the reasons for that. But let’s start with the electronics.
Right off the bat, I can tell you that the performance isn’t exciting thanks to the power-saving 250W motor and 36V on-board electrical system, but it still works pretty well. It won’t get your adrenaline pumping, but it will give you a smooth, leisurely ride.
The pedal assistance makes for a nice, relaxed thrust and the throttle makes me lazy when I want the bike to do most of the work. The Endura only has a 270 Wh battery, which is rather small for today’s conditions, so I rode with pedal assistance in order to get as much range out of the battery as possible. But with a top speed of 25 km / h, even driving at top speed with only gas does not put too much strain on the battery. And let’s be honest: With such a low-power engine, we’re not talking about a lot of electrical muscles.
While this isn’t a high-performance e-bike, it performs well considering the price. And it may even go beyond that, for example the nicely integrated battery. If you’ve spent the same amount of money on a random Amazon e-bike, you’re likely to find sticky-looking screw-in batteries, or sometimes even batteries mounted in a bag on the handlebar. But the GOTRAX Endura has an elegant integrated battery that clicks into the frame and can be removed for charging. Or, well, I should say MUST be removed to recharge. That’s the only annoying thing about the battery – you can’t access its charging port without taking it off the bike.
That little quirk is a bit of a pain, but all in all the electrical side of things is quite nice. The battery is small but well integrated. The motor is also small, but works well for flat land journeys – even if it cannot tackle large hills on its own. You can also choose between pedal assistance and gas, which is a big advantage over pure e-bikes with pedal assistance. The display isn’t fancy but works well as an LED dot display, and you even get a headlamp that drains from the main package. There is no taillight, but I don’t want to complain too much, considering that I’ve seen e-bikes without a taillight for three times the price.
So the electronics are actually pretty good. But back on the bike components side, it’s a bit of a hit and miss. Glad to see they invested in electronics, but there is certainly room to go a little higher on the bike parts.
For example, the front fork leaves a lot to be desired. Sure, it’s nice to have suspension, but at what price? It just doesn’t feel as stable as a good suspension fork. I might have preferred a rigid fork that I at least know should last for years. And I don’t know anything about this brand of tire other than that it is a random Chinese tire manufacturer. I wasn’t expecting Maxxis here, but I also thought I could at least get myself a pair of entry-level kendas.
Shift levers and derailleurs are also at the lower end of the Shimano hierarchy. Not bad, but not great either. For an e-bike like this, which is basically a pleasure cruiser, they are of course sufficient.
The graphics aren’t particularly interesting and feel a bit stuck in the early 2000s, but at least the bike feels otherwise solid. The “Supersport” decals are ridiculous given the low performance of the bike, but I prefer to use them ironically.
So while we can definitely see the areas where GOTRAX has made some compromises in order to cut costs, at the same time they surprised me with some important details. There’s the saddle, which is actually quite comfortable, and the standard mudguards. Even the luggage rack is standard – that saves you a lot of money compared to e-bike companies who charge extra for lights, mudguards and luggage racks.
What is the long and the short of it?
Ultimately, I would still recommend this e-bike to anyone looking for a good, ultra-cheap e-bike.
If you can spend a few hundred dollars more, you can get some serious quality upgrades from other brands. But I understand not everyone can afford to spend a few hundred dollars more. And compared to other e-bikes for $ 649, GOTRAX Endura offers a nicer package that rides better and feels more comfortable.
I didn’t expect to enjoy such a cheap bike so much, but I can absolutely see a place for it. I just think it’s important to judge it within its class. I can’t compare it to a $ 2,000 e-bike, but I can confirm that it knocks other e-bikes in its price range down.
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