Word on the street is that the Gocycle is (finally) in production and due to hit the streets in Q1 of ’09.
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You may disagree, but I think this is cutting edge marketing design for the web … and they manage to do it without video.
Even if the bike is a disappointment, the web site has been a consistent hit around here.
Those of us stranded in the hinterlands will have to hope that a specialty marketer – Hammacher Schlemmer, perhaps? – will pick this up. Otherwise, the closest dealer to SLC will be NYC.
But that will still leave the problem of service for such a complicated and unique device. The drive train, for example, has no user serviceable parts.
On the “hey, that’s neat!” scale, this rates a 10/10, but I also wonder about serviceability and long-term sustainability. Seems like an awful lot could go wrong and you’d be up a creek without a paddle (or a pedal, maybe). But then, I’m always dubious of whiz-bang technology versus durable technology. I’m also suspicious of anything that seems designed so that I can’t work on it myself.
If they were able to engineer in the reliability of a Honda Accord or an Apple iMac it’ll be an amazing machine. Otherwise, like you say, it looks pretty tough to repair at the roadside.
Cool machine nonetheless…
I really like the thought that has gone into the design and I’d think that care would translate through to testing and manufacture. They’ve likely tested prototypes thoroughly enough to be confident in the product’s reliability and long term usage. The early adopters will have the final say, so stay tuned.
It’s an iBike!
Unfortunately as is the case so often—it’s foreign designed and engineered. Probably will be sucessful in Europe but i dought it will ever make it on this side of the pond!
Curse those flash-only websites!
But this is a very interesting bike nonetheless. The thixomoulding process used is innovative. It is like injection moulding for thermoplastics but with much better material properties (e.g. stiffness). The enclosed drive (like the one on the Flevobike Greenmachine) is extremely practical, as is the combination with rear suspension.
There are a couple of important things missing IMHO. Most important is a lock or even a lug to attach one. I would want the ability to lock my bike if I have to leave it outside. And I don’t see any luggage capability either. I guess it would not be difficult to attach something to the seat stem.
If you go to the web site, click on the rear fender it will show the luggage capability. It’s hard to believe but they show it supporting what looks like a good size suitcase. Also, if you click on the handlebar they show a pannier mount and the installation of the pannier.
I’ve never seen a web site like this. Very nice.
The shock on the rear is called a “lockshock.” It claims to have an “integrated locking port,” although I don’t understand what that means…
Foreign designed? You mean like a Brompton…? ;-)
Seriously though I think the problem for me with this machine is its lack of user serviceability. But them I am admittedly a bike nut who never leaves a bike the way it left the factory for more than the first week of ownership. I don’t think GoBike are really anticipating that I’ll be a customer, though. They will sell to people who simply want personal transportation and for whom it might be an alternative or adjunct to a travel pass. Like Honda Accord drivers, they won’t want to be peering into the engine bay on a regular basis to tweak the performance just so.