Gotrax GXL V2 Review
US-based company Gotrax has quickly made a name for itself in the electric scooter market as the budget brand that delivers top results. Always designing with a clear audience they really listen to customer feedback and implement changes quickly.
The 2020 Gotrax GXL v2 is an update to the well-received original GXL Commuter with just a few tweaks to the features that optimise usage.
With edits to the controls and accessories, the overhaul isn’t major but Gotrax has been Smart with the new model and deliver fantastic features at a tiny price point.
If you’re looking for a new commuter or budget scooter, keep reading for our detailed Gotrax GXL v2 review.
Gotrax GXL V2 – The Lowdown
The Gotrax GXL V2 features a 250W motor with a 36v battery that gives this specific scooter a top speed of 15.5 mph. It also has a maximum range of 12 miles which is pretty impressive given the speed limit! The charge time is only 4 hours so you could always charge this whilst you’re at work and it’ll be ready by the time you leave again. It really does offer premium features for a low price and still packs a punch! This electric scooter is ideal for commuters, beginners or even younger riders.
Keep reading for an in-depth review of this outstanding electric scooter.
Gotrax GXL V2 Specifications
Gotrax GXL V2 Review Video
Here’s a quick unboxing and video review for you to check out. This feature showcases how you would expect the Gotrax GXL V2 e-scooter once it arrives at your doorstep, along with explaining its pros and cons to help you determine if this truly is the electric scooter of your liking.
Gotrax GXL V2 Pros
Affordable price point
Easy glide on smooth roads
Gotrax GXL V2 Cons
Very basic LED screen with no apps
Strong vibrations when on bumpy roads
Creating an e-scooter specifically with commuters in mind, Gotrax has really considered what appeals to this market and the challenges they face. With the upgraded Gotrax GXL v2, they have retained the quality 8.5″ pneumatic tyres, light frame and robust folding mechanisms and made upgrades to the build quality, braking system, and added cruise control.
These premium features, available at an impressively low price make the Gotrax GXL v2 the perfect e-scooter for beginners or younger riders who want access to a quality piece of kit, without the bells and whistles attached to a higher price tag.
The Gotrax GXL v2 boasts an impressive 187-watt hour lithium-ion battery pack with a 250-watt motor. Both components are at the top-end of what can be expected at this low price point and offer a nice amount of power to your ride.
You’ll also find two speed modes (which are controlled like bike gears) allowing you to comfortably ride at 10mph or notch it up to the top speed of 15.5mph with ease. We found this particularly helped with hill climbing, accessing top power to effectively scour reasonable urban inclines (up to 10-degrees) though you will slow down close to the top.
One addition we were delighted to see in an electric scooter of this price is the cruise control functionality. By holding down your accelerator for 10 seconds, your scooter maintains its current speed. Whilst this option will drain your battery if used continuously, it makes the riding experience incredibly enjoyable, and is not even included on some of the high-end premium models.
This ease of control and use is the big selling point of the Gotrax GXL v2 in our opinion. It’s intuitive and fun to ride from the first time you ride.
Top Speed Acceleration
Gotrax market the GXL v2 with a top speed of 15.5mph which is definitely achievable but is of course dependent on many variables including rider weight and weather conditions.
The top speed is accessed easily with the intuitive gear system. We found the gears responsive enough to quickly shift the speed up if you’re at the foot of a slope or about to overtake another electric scooter rider.
Whilst the top speed might not stack up in comparison to more expensive models with dual motors, it’s plenty sufficient for urban riders, unless you live somewhere particularly hilly. Gotrax have pitched the speed capabilities perfectly for a commuter scooter – add in the nifty cruise control and it should be sufficient for even the pickiest of casual riders.
The acceleration on the Gotrax GXL v2 is very reasonable. It’s not going to lurch you into full speed as soon as you step on, but it achieves full pelt quickly and with ease.
You do need to kickstart the GXL v2, there’s no zero-start feature here, but this works reliably and the acceleration kicks in at around 2mph. You control your acceleration with an easy to access push button throttle which is well situated in the controls and very easy to manipulate, with limited stiffness.
Once you’re moving, you can reach top speed after a tested average of 10 seconds. Admittedly, this isn’t the speediest acceleration in comparison to other scooters, but once again, for the low price, its very reasonable.
The LED display on this electric scooter is actually not the biggest and it’s very simple with what it offers and shows you on the screen. It will clearly display your speed and the battery power that remains so you don’t get caught out.
The Gotrax GXL V2 also offers cruise control which is a really handy feature to have if you’re on a steady journey or to and from work where you can cruise at the same speed.
Battery Life Range
Gotrax are marketing the GXL v2 with a range of 12 miles on a single charge. When you compare this to its pricier counterparts, you may find the Gotrax GXL v2 but within its range, it performs admirably. This makes it the perfect electric scooter for short-distance trips, or a reasonable commute – which is exactly the rider Gotrax are pitching to.
We found we could achieve 9 miles at full charge, by again this varies from rider to rider. It’s worth taking into account that the lithium-ion battery regenerates a small amount of power every time you brake which can help expand the battery life somewhat. The charge time on the battery pack also sits at 3-4 hours, making it very quick to charge between rides. If you’re commuting to an office 8 miles away, you can charge it in the afternoon and reliably get yourself home.
The 250w single motor is found in the rear of the Gotrax GXL v2, which can mean a shift in balance if you’re accustomed to a dual motor.
However, we’ve found that single motor scooters often retain the feel of a traditional kick scooter, and that is certainly the case with the GXL v2. Once again, this pitches the scooter to a specific customer, who may be completely new to riding electric scooters and may find the weight distribution more comfortable.
Construction Build Quality
The GXL frame is surprisingly sleek. We’re used to budget electric scooters leaning to the bulkier side of design, with weight mechanisms. Not so with the Gotrax GXL v2.
Made from robust but lightweight aluminum the GXL v2 really does look the part next to pricier offerings. The 8.5 inch pneumatic tyres are compact to retain the streamlined look and there’s red detailing throughout. The whole package will particularly appeal to the image-conscious customers of commuter scooters
As you’d expect from an aluminum frame, the Gotrax GXL v2 electric scooter is deceptively sturdy and the manufacturer claims a top weight limit of 220lb. This max weight is more than what is offered from some of the scooters in the top price range, so is a welcome feature. It broadens the appeal of the GXL v2 even more, as it retains its good looks, whilst supporting a wider range of riders.
The build quality of the Gotrax GLX v2 really is impressive when you consider the overall cost. As we said, the aluminum frame gives a solidity to the scooter which is reassuring whilst riding and keeps it well-balanced without being clunky.
The foldable stem includes a locking mechanism to keep your folded scooter in place. This proved a little stiff to begin with, but when you get used to the way it operates and it loses its stiffness, you should bearly notice.
The controls of the scooter are focused around an LED display that sits flat in the handlebars – a nice design twist. The LED itself is simple, measuring speed and showing the battery status. Many riders are now accustomed to Bluetooth functionality or a separate app that collects numerous metrics as you ride. The Gotrax GXL v2 may seem rudimentary in comparison but its basic features function very well and the display is crystal clear, even at night.
One interesting thing to note is that light control, scooter power and gear options are all controlled from the same button which sits just below the handlebars in the stem of the scooter. This keeps the cockpit uncluttered but takes a little getting used to at first. Acceleration is easily accessed with the thumb throttle, which is simple to reach without stretching.
Far and away the most notable feature to us in the controls was the addition of a rear brake lever. This once again shows a real understanding of the Gotrax GXL v2 customer, who may be more accustomed to traditional bikes over electric scooters. The manufacturer has made this lever easy to manipulate and the brake responds quickly. It’s a great upgrade to the original model and made riding a breeze.
The suspension on the Gotrax GXL v2 is dependent on the pneumatic tyres. With no additional suspension in place, the tyres take the brunt of the road impact. This places a lot of faith in the performance of the tyres, but luckily they’re up to the task.
They handle well on uneven terrain and cracks, but you can expect to experience some jolts through the stem and handlebars if you choose to speed down a wonky street. It’s worth taking into consideration how you plan to use the Gotrax GXL. As a commuter scooter with reasonable roads it will perform perfectly, but you’ll struggle to enjoy riding it down cobbled streets.
The overall ride quality of the Gotrax GLX v2 is incredibly enjoyable. In good weather, with a clear smooth road and minimal hills – it’s a dream. The sturdy build of the frame, the comfortable handlebars and pneumatic tyres ensure a smooth ride and comfort throughout your journey, including quick turns and narrow spaces.
The quality does lag a little if you take a bumpy road or continually take hills. You’ll slow down of course, and the vibration through the handlebars can be quite jarring after a long period of time. For the price, you’re never going to get a scooter that can tackle every type of terrain, but for its intended purpose as a commuter scooter, you can’t go wrong.
The braking system is where you’ll find one of the major improvements over the previous model. The original GXL Commuter had a rear disc brake which was controlled by a foot pedal on the rear wheel. anybody who has tried to brake from top speed by controlling a rear foot pedal will understand the inconvenience this posed.
Gotrax has been savvy enough to change this up with the GXL v2 and the rear disc brake is now controlled with a front brake lever, reminiscent of a bike brake. When you couple this with the regenerative front brake, you have a braking system that is responsive and simple to apply, increasing the overall safety of the electric scooter.
It notable that many competitors within the same price range only have a single disc brake, which makes the inclusion of two high-quality brakes a real win for the Gotrax GXL v2.
Another quality that we loved in the GXL v2 is the sheer ease of portability. It’s a pretty slim scooter when it’s fully unfolded, but the lever-activated folding mechanism neatly reduces and locks the size to just 39.4″ long. This is the perfect size to take on public transport of discretely slip under a desk, as opposed to many other electric scooters which still take up room when folded down.
At 27lbs, the weight is an easy enough load to carry too. You shouldn’t find yourself straining to carry it up the stairs and brings it in line with other electric scooters touted for their portability (the Xiaomi M365 for example).
The water-resistance of the Gotrax GLX v2 is listed as IP54. This means it is by no means waterproof but will certainly handle a gentle shower or shallow puddles. Being able to take your electric scooter out even in overcast weather is a big feature for many and contributes to its suitability for casual and commuting journeys.
The Gotrax GXL v2 has a single LED headlight mounted between the handlebars at the front of the scooter. Whilst the built-in light functions well enough, if you’re riding at night we would definitely recommend additional headlights with a wider light radius.
Unfortunately, the GXL v2 doesn’t come equipped with a rear taillight. This is easily rectified by purchasing additional lights but is still a little disappointing and seems like an oversight in a scooter designed especially for commuters.
Tyres are a big talking point in the e-scooter community, particularly the debate on air-filled ‘pneumatic’ tyres vs airless ‘solid’ tyres. Both have their pros and cons but are definitely a premium feature when compared to your average scooter wheel. The Gotrax GXL v2 have kept the air tyres seen on the original model.
The 8.5 inch pneumatic tyres function as suspension for the GXL v2 and do an admirable job. The grip performs well even on slippy roads and you’ll be cushioned from the majority of bumps and skids you might encounter on a road. They also lend themselves to light manouveres and a quick to respond as you control the scooter.
One of the downsides of pneumatic tyres is that you are more likely to experience a puncture – the airless tyres are, by design, puncture-resistant.
It’s definitely something to consider if you plan to use the scooter day in day out. But overall, it shouldn’t pose much of a problem to you as Gotrax are well-reviewed for their customer service and have a wide array of spare parts and replacement accessories available for their electric scooters.
The deck of the Gotrax FLX v2 is a generous addition, measuring at around 19″ there is plenty of standing room and accommodation for larger shoe sizes. The grip on the deck is anti-slip and should keep you steady and stable throughout your journey. If you are a first time electric scooter customer, this will be a big bonus as you won’t have to adapt to a particular stance or shift you weight around too much to feel comfortable.
Reliability, Warranty Customer Support
Overall you will be hard-pressed to find a more reliable scooter within the price range of the Gotrax GXL v2. The battery is more than capable of keeping up with the motor and the general sturdiness of the tyres, brakes and build inspire confidence, making it a good choice for a nervous or first time rider.
The penumatic tyres have excellent grip and hold up even in light showers. This is especially important if you plan to commute with your electric scooter, as having to pack up and head for the bus at the first sign of drizzle is always disheartening.
Maintenance and upkeep are simple enough for the Gotrax GLX v2. Spare parts can be found through the manufacturer’s website, but you may incur shipping costs as the company are based in the US.
The only real disappointment we found in the GLX v2 was the measly 90 day warantee offered. When you compare this to the lifetime guarantee available on the Carrera Impel is-1 for example, it’s pretty poor.
Most of the issues that affect this model are the following:
It’s actually quite hard to try and have this be fixed, especially that this scooter is priced at quite a bargain.
The Gotrax GLX v2 comes equipped with a few extra accessories that add to the overall build quality and rider experience. There’s the standard built-in kickstand, an effective push bell built into the handlebars and front and rear mudguards.
An additional feature is the reinforced rear fender on the back wheel – yet another upgrade to the previous Gotrax GLX. This adds to the stability of the scooter, whilst providing additional protection to the vulnerable back wheel and motor.
Is this Electric Scooter value for money and is it worth buying?
You definitely get an incredible electric scooter when it comes to this model from Gotrax. It’s one of the best selling in the US and around the world and highly reviewed due to all the great qualities it has to offer. It has a range of 12 miles when fully charged and is ideal for any commuter and offers a top speed of 15 mph which is more than sufficient!
GoTrax XR Ultra Review – Best Electric Scooter Under 400
Today, we will review the GoTrax XR Ultra, probably the best electric scooter under 400 in the world right now. We will take a look at every possible detail, but also a view of the scooter as a whole, and see for whom is the GoTrax XR Ultra absolutely perfect.
GoTrax XR Ultra Review
The GoTrax XR Ultra is one of the most popular, highest-rated, best-selling budget electric scooters ever, and likely the best scooter under 400 right now. With great quality, a full set of features, and decent performance, it has everything an electric scooter should have, so it’s the perfect choice for many riders.
Let’s see what makes the GoTrax XR Ultra one of the best budget scooters ever made.
- GoTrax XR Ultra Review
- GoTrax XR Ultra – Bottom Line Up Front
- Who should get the GoTrax XR Ultra?
- The GoTrax brand
- Ordering, shipping, discounts
- Warranty, returns, customer support
- Unboxing, assembly, manual
- Folding and unfolding
- Basics, how to ride
- Everyday use, ride experience, control
- Quality and lifespan
- Frame, deck, handlebars
- Waterproofing and IP rating
- Brakes, safety
- Speed and acceleration
- Climbing and going uphill
- Range and commuting
- Motor, power, torque
- Weight, dimensions, portability
- Weight limit, use by heavy adults
- Lights, night rides
- Screen, dashboard, controls
- Design, materials, colors
- Accessories, customizations
- Maintenance, spare parts
- User reviews, popularity
- Known issues
- How soon will the GoTrax XR Ultra pay itself off?
- Can I ride the GoTrax XR Ultra in the rain?
- How fast is the GoTrax XR Ultra?
- How far can the GoTrax XR Ultra go?
- Is the GoTrax XR Ultra reliable?
- Is the GoTrax XR Ultra waterproof?
- Can I put solid tires on the GoTrax XR Ultra?
- Can I add an extra battery to the GoTrax XR Ultra?
- GoTrax XR Ultra vs GoTrax XR
- GoTrax XR Ultra vs GoTrax XR Elite
- GoTrax XR Ultra vs GoTrax GXL V2 Commuter
- GoTrax XR Ultra vs GoTrax G3
- GoTrax XR Ultra vs Xiaomi M365
- GoTrax XR Ultra vs Ninebot ES2
- GoTrax XR Ultra vs Swagtron Swagger v1
GoTrax XR Ultra – Bottom Line Up Front
With several hugely popular models including this one, GoTrax is either the best budget electric scooter brand in North America, and if not, certainly in the top three. Pretty much all of their scooters can be considered very budget-friendly, usually great value for money both in terms of quality and real-world performance. Besides scooters, GoTrax has expanded into other electric rideables with great success as well.
Their FOCUS on improving their scooters all the time, iterating on features, and fixing issues, while driving the price down at the same time, earns them that title, and personally, I don’t think there is any real competition in the adult budget demographic.
Ordering, shipping, discounts
The best place to order the GoTrax XR Ultra in the US is from the official GoTrax store. The scooter is currently at its lowest price ever, with several consecutive discounts on it. It will cost around 359, which is insane value for a scooter like this, but you may want to hurry up if you want to get it at that price since the price was about 500 not too long ago, and the discounts may disappear pretty soon. Check it out at the GoTrax store, or on Amazon as an alternative.
Shipping is free, and it will take between 3 and 5 days for your scooter to arrive at your doorstep.
Warranty, returns, customer support
GoTrax offers a 30 day return period, and a 90-day warranty on all of their scooters, including this one. As usual with electric scooters, and electric gadgets in general, the warranty doesn’t cover water damage, nor malfunctions due to modifications.
The customer support team of GoTrax is based in Dallas, Texas. They are available Monday-Friday via phone, email, or live chat. From my experience and interactions with other employees of GoTrax, their customer support will be excellent as well.
Unboxing, assembly, manual
After removing the protective cover, make sure all the parts have arrived intact.
There will be some minimal assembly needed. You need to first remove the cap from the top of the stem, then connect the brake cable from the stem to the brake lever from the handlebar, make sure it’s in place, then put the handlebar in the stem and screw the screws. Finally, treat yourself to the most satisfying part of unwrapping a new product – removing the sticky plastic covers from the screen.
The process will take you 5-10 minutes.
If you don’t read the manual carefully (as I know you won’t), at least quickly scan it – electric scooter versions and details change even within the same model, and you should be aware of possibly important changes and safety instructions. Plus, the manual for the XR Ultra is really short and not too boring, it only covers the most important things you need to know.
Before riding, quickly make sure the tires are inflated and the brakes work properly.
Folding and unfolding
The folding mechanism of the GoTrax XR Ultra hits a good balance between safety and ease of use.
To fold the scooter, you first need to pull out and twist the red pin on the front left lower stem, and then pull the red lever between the stem and the deck down. The scooter locks in place by using the reliable hook and frame method, you’ll hear a click when it’s done. The hook on the stem can also serve as a neat way to hook bags or other items on it while riding.
To unfold, just unhook the little hook and lift up the stem, and the scooter basically unfolds itself.
Basics, how to ride
This is a real electric kick scooter, meaning you need to use the initial kick off the ground and then press the throttle for the scooter to start moving. In general, electric kick scooters are a bit safer, since there is no risk of the scooter accelerating if you accidentally press the throttle while not riding.
The GoTrax XR Ultra accelerates with a thumb throttle on the right handlebar. There are different tastes and opinions on this matter but personally, I believe that the thumb throttle is the best throttle mechanism.
The cruise control is activated after 10 seconds of holding the throttle, and it is stopped after engaging the brake.
The XR Ultra has two speed modes. The lower speed mode limits the top speed to 9 mph / 15 kmh, and results in more efficient battery use, so choose it if you want to conserve battery and get the most range.
Everyday use, ride experience, control
The GoTrax XR Ultra has an official ingress protection rating of IP54, which means it will be protected against water splashes from all angles, although not from stronger jets of water. So, it will be very water resistant, but not fully waterproof.
Lots of owners have reported riding it through rain and puddles without defects, although I did find one that said riding in the rain fried the controller, so the usual recommendation stands – avoid riding in the rain, only do so if you must, but also know that if you do, most likely the scooter will be fine.
The GoTrax XR Ultra is a very safe scooter, mostly because of its braking system. The brakes perform great and have plenty of stopping power for a scooter like this. The brake distance will be somewhere around 13 feet / 4 meters.
It features an electric regenerative brake in the front wheel, and a mechanical disc brake in the rear wheel. Both brakes are activated with the brake lever on the left handlebar. The electronic brake in the front is activated first and sometimes it’s the only brake activated if you use a lighter squeeze of the lever. The electronic brake has the battery regeneration feature and replenishes the battery every time you use the brake, let go of the throttle, and even when you push the scooter manually.
Overall, the great brakes, the solid build quality and design, the standard not-too-high top speed, the pneumatic tires, and the good balance of the scooter, all make it a very safe choice suitable for pretty much everyone. The minimum age requirement for this scooter specified by GoTrax is 13, and the scooter is suitable for both kids and adults.
Speed and acceleration
The official top speed of the GoTrax XR Ultra is 15.5 mph / 25 kmh. That has been confirmed by countless speed tests in real-world scenarios and in different circumstances. Riding downhill, the scooter can even reach 20 mph / 32 kmh.
The 300 Watt motor 252 Wh LG battery combo helps the scooter accelerate pretty fast, and you will be hitting the top speed in just a few seconds.
Climbing and going uphill
The GoTrax XR Ultra has an advertised climb angle of 15°. The power upgrade that the motor has, compared to the regular GoTrax XR version, and the fact that the scooter gets extra torque because the motor is in the front wheel, make this climb angle very realistic, if not under-reported.
In practice, owners have reported that the XR Ultra can climb reasonably well, but as with all budget scooters, it will struggle on steeper hills and with very long climbs, and the speed will be reduced as well.
Range and commuting
The official range claimed by GoTrax for the GoTrax XR Ultra is 16 Mi / 26 km. As usual, that range may not be what owners get in the real world, but it’s pretty close, and you can expect at least 14 Mi / 23 km, which is a rough average of what users report overall. Some users have even reported ranges of 18 Mi / 29 km! If you ride in the slower modes, you will typically get the full range the scooter can give you.
With that kind of range, and with pretty good portability, the scooter is perfect for commuting, including both long commutes where the scooter covers most of the distance, and last-mile type scenarios where you only use your scooter for short distances and need to carry it in and out of buses, trains, and station doors often.
Motor, power, torque
The hub motor of the GoTrax XR Ultra has 300 Watts of real power, but it’s able to develop peak power of up to 430 Watts.
As in most modern scooters, the motor is integrated into the front wheel. That is the better wheel to host the motor, as the scooter will be more performant overall and provide more torque and efficiency. The tradeoff is that usually control suffers a little, but the XR Ultra compensates with pretty wide handlebars, so the front motor is a sound concept overall.
The GoTrax XR Ultra features an LG-manufactured battery, with a capacity of 7Ah / 252 Wh, and a voltage of 36 Volts. When it comes to scooters, LG batteries are at the top of the food chain, and are only rivaled by Samsung, so seeing one in a 359 scooter is pretty unusual and gives a big boost to the scooter’s overall quality.
Unlike most scooters, the XR Ultra has the battery in the stem instead of inside the deck. That has some pros and cons. The pros will be a better balance and a lower center of gravity, as the deck doesn’t need to be as high. The cons will be that the scooter is more front-heavy, almost negating the balance gains.
Even though GoTrax claims that the GoTrax XR Ultra takes 4 hours to fully charge, users have reported charging it in 3 hours. As usual, the red light on the charger means the scooter is still charging, and the green light means the battery is full.
The charger port is located near the handlebar, and it’s protected by a rubber cover.
Charging the scooter fully during off-peak hours costs just 1 cent in the US and 2 pennies in Canada, while charging during peak hours costs 4 cents in the US and around 3 pennies in Canada.
The 8.5-inch, air-filled tires make sure the rides with the GoTrax XR Ultra are steady and comfortable.
Even though the tires are air-filled, they are not as susceptible to flats as many other popular scooters, and owners of this scooter get fewer flats in general compared to Xiaomi owners. However, similar to the Xiaomi models, replacing a tire if you get a flat can be complicated, especially the front one which has the motor in the wheel. You can use pretty much the same YouTube tutorials as for the Xiaomi models, although simply taking your scooter to a repair shop may be much simpler. Consider giving the tires some extra protection with a tire sealant (Green Slime on Amazon works best).
The XR Ultra has no suspension, but again, as a scooter with good pneumatic tires, it doesn’t really need one that much.
Weight, dimensions, portability
There are almost no weird parts sticking out of the scooter, and the brake cable is the only part that may get caught into other objects.
When folded, the center of gravity is not in the middle of the stem, but the balance is easy to find and the scooter is still easy to carry.
Considering all of the above, and the weight of 26 lbs / 12 kg, the GoTrax XR Ultra can be considered very portable, and certainly one of the most portable scooters with this kind of performance and range. It will have absolutely no issues fitting in car trunks, on buses and trains, in elevators or through hallways, or under office desks.
Weight limit, use by heavy adults
The weight limit of the GoTrax XR Ultra is 220 lbs / 100 kg. This weight limit may even be a little under-reported, as some users above it have said they can ride the scooter without too many issues (some have weighed even 280 lbs / 127 kg!). However, almost all of them get slightly reduced performance, and that can be expected by all users close to or above the weight limit.
Lights, night rides
The front LED headlight is really bright, not simply just “bright for a budget scooter”. It is placed on the top of the stem and has a wide angle, so it will cast a light of several meters into the darkness of the night.
The scooter has a reflector on the rear, but doesn’t include the typical rear brake light. If you plan on riding at night, this cheap piece of equipment is strongly recommended, and probably required by law as well, since scooters without it may not be considered street-legal in many places. The official GoTrax tail light will be a perfect choice, but a generic red rear light for bikes will do just fine (link to Amazon).
Screen, dashboard, controls
The LED display screen shows the current speed, the speed mode, the light status, and the battery level (4 bars). The display is bright enough for both night use and use on sunny days.
Everything on the scooter’s screen is done with the single red button on the stem right under the display:
- holding the button for 1 second when the scooter is off, turns it on
- holding the button for 2 seconds changes the speed mode
- pressing the button while the scooter is on toggles the light
The left handlebar has a bell to notify other traffic participants about your presence. Pedestrians will hear it without a problem, but people in cars with their radios turned on will probably not.
The scooter has no way of locking it. It is recommended you don’t leave it outside for too long. Even though it’s not that expensive of a scooter, potential thieves may mistake it for such and try their luck. If you do plan on leaving it outside for longer, consider getting a lock (full scooter lock guide here).
Design, materials, colors
The GoTrax XR Ultra follows the design principles established and tested by its predecessor, the GoTrax Ultra. It is a cool-looking scooter, no doubt, with its own unique proprietary design from the ground up.
The scooter is made from aluminum alloy for the frame, and rubber and plastic for the secondary parts.
The standard version of the XR Ultra sports a matte-grey base, with black details and some touches of red, for a modern, a bit futuristic look and feel.
One distinctive feature is the brake lever, made out of metal. For those of us that owned BMXs or other bikes back in the day, this will evoke some nostalgia. There is one potential flaw in the brake design however – the brake cable is not within the stem but runs alongside it, which is not the most elegant solution in my opinion, and makes carrying the scooter a bit harder.
Usually, the scooter is available in grey, black, or purple.
I can’t remember the last scooter that had this many accessories and customizations available. There are at least 10 cool accessories on the official GoTrax accessories page, although make sure that they can fit the GoTrax XR Ultra, as some of them can’t. The generic accessories should also mostly fit the scooter, so make sure to check the detailed guide on electric scooter accessories as well.
While this scooter is not really capable of some truly dangerous speeds, that still doesn’t justify riding it without the proper scooter helmet. I would generally recommend a half-face helmet even for budget scooters just to stay on the safe side, but a bike helmet might also do a solid job if that’s all you have available and don’t want to buy a new helmet right now.
Maintenance, spare parts
The maintenance for the GoTrax XR Ultra is minimal, and even less than with most other scooters. Since there have been very few reports of flats or screws getting loose or things like that, you can really get away with very infrequent maintenance checks. I do still recommend checking the screws, the tires, and the brakes, at least once a month.
One of the best things about buying a scooter from a brand like GoTrax is that you will always have an abundant supply of cheap spare parts. You can always find pretty much all spare parts you may need for the XR Ultra on the official GoTrax store page for parts.
User reviews, popularity
The GoTrax XR Ultra is one of the most beloved electric scooters ever, and certainly one of the most popular budget models. The overwhelming majority of its owners have nothing but good things to say for it.
It’s impossible to know how many units has the UX Ultra sold. At the time of writing this, it has at least around 700 public reviews across all the online stores. General rules of thumb about e-commerce suggest that only about 5% of users leave reviews, but I believe for items costing a few hundred dollars, that percentage may be closer to 10%. So, a very rough estimate is that the GoTrax XR Ultra has sold 7.000 – 14.000 units. And this scooter has only been around for a few months!
From all of those reviews, it averages a 4.5-star rating out of 5. Only a handful of electric scooters have managed to achieve this.
That kind of popularity is rarely seen, and always well-deserved.
About a dozen customers have received malfunctioning scooters, that didn’t work properly out-of-the-box, and have had to return them. Many of those were due to damage during delivery. Given how many units this scooter has sold, that is a minuscule number, but I always consider it important to let you know, as there is a tiny chance that it can happen. Still, in case it does, the customer gets a refund or a replacement, so no real harm there really.
One issue that may be worth going over is the potential difference between the claimed range and the actual range. Some users have reported getting around half the advertised range, even in regular riding conditions and for users within the weight limit. This can also happen sometimes, as batteries are still largely unpredictable even today. Anyway, this has also been the case for just a handful of users. The batteries in the XR Ultra are LG after all, so they’re the best they can be.
GoTrax scooters don’t have bluetooth features, and thus there’s no official app for them. I recommend the Universal Scooter App by EScooterNerds as an alternative. Naturally, it will not be able to connect with the scooter, but it will have some other useful features for improving the owner experience in general. The app is available for both Android and iOS.
Personally, I believe the only real flaw this scooter has, that is not because of bad luck or delivery damage, is its lack of a rear light. Sure, that part is very cheap to get after-market, but why not ship it on the original scooter?
Every other potential issue would be nitpicking in my opinion. This is a relatively wholesome scooter, it’s not the first of its name so it has “wisdom” in it, the design is solid and the parts are well-integrated, so it works well most of the time.
As with any massively popular scooter, there will be some questions that need answering.
How soon will the GoTrax XR Ultra pay itself off?
Assuming you buy the scooter at its current price of 359, it will pay itself off in about 4 to 9 months in savings on transportation costs, depending on how expensive public transport and gas is in your location.
Can I ride the GoTrax XR Ultra in the rain?
While not recommended, the GoTrax XR Ultra should be able to withstand some riding in light rain. It comes with an IP54 rating, which does not mean it’s fully waterproof, but it does mean it’s water-resistant, and should not suffer damage because of water splashes.
How fast is the GoTrax XR Ultra?
The official top speed of the GoTrax XR Ultra is 15.5 mph / 25 kmh, and owners confirm it as true in day-to-day use, with the possibility of getting a bit more if riding downhill.
How far can the GoTrax XR Ultra go?
The official range of the GoTrax XR Ultra is 16 Mi / 26 km, and user reports mostly confirm this range in the real world, with possibly slightly lower ranges in some situations and for heavier riders.
Is the GoTrax XR Ultra reliable?
The GoTrax XR Ultra has a very robust and solid build quality, and one of the lowest defect rates among popular electric scooters. The vast majority of owners are very satisfied with it after months of use, and it is reasonable to expect this scooter to last for years.
Is the GoTrax XR Ultra waterproof?
The GoTrax XR Ultra has an IP54 rating, meaning it’s protected from small splashes of water, but not from strong water jets. You should avoid washing the scooter with a hose by all means, and avoid riding it in rain as much as possible.
Can I put solid tires on the GoTrax XR Ultra?
GoTrax sells honeycomb tires on their online store. Even though they are 8.5 inches in diameter and may fit the XR Ultra, they are meant for the Gotrax GXL Commuter scooters primarily, so compatibility issues may arise.
Can I add an extra battery to the GoTrax XR Ultra?
There are no easy known ways to add an extra battery to the GoTrax XR Ultra. For many typical use cases, there should be no need as well, since the big LG battery should provide sufficient range for most commutes.
GoTrax XR Ultra specifications
GoTrax XR Ultra Specifications
GoTrax XR Ultra vs other electric scooters
The scooters against the GoTrax XR Ultra is most often compared to serve as further proof of GoTrax’s domination in the budget category, as this model is most often compared to other GoTrax scooters. However, it’s worth comparing it to other budget and popular brands as well.
GoTrax XR Ultra vs GoTrax XR
Seems like the GoTrax XR is not available anymore, and it has likely been discontinued. Thank you for your service, old version of GoTrax XR, you did your job well.
The GoTrax XR is the predecessor of the XR Ultra, so naturally, the latter will be superior.
The GoTrax XR Ultra and the GoTrax XR seem almost identical, but the Ultra has a more powerful motor and a bigger and better battery.
Many people believe that these are the only differences, but they are forgetting something – the XR Ultra is also an iteration ahead, and it addresses many small issues, bugs, and problems the GoTrax XR had. The old version, while also popular, did have more issues, and defects were a bit more common.
So, there is little dilemma – the XR Ultra is a no-brainer.
GoTrax XR Ultra vs GoTrax XR Elite
The biggest challenge to the GoTrax XR Ultra is actually the next version, the GoTrax XR Elite.
In many ways, they are very similar, although there are some notable differences.
Currently, the Elite is a bit more expensive at 399, so the Ultra is a slightly better budget choice.
Basically, it comes down to the old range vs portability tradeoff. The Elite has a bit more range (18 Mi / 29 km), but it’s also noticeable heavier (almost 6 lbs / 3 kg).
The Elite does address one issue the Ultra had, which was the missing rear lights.
The advantages the Ultra has, however, are not trivial. First of all, it seems to be more mature and better adopted by the market, as it has more favorable ratings and reviews than the Elite has had so far, and that is pretty important (if not the most important parameter for choosing a scooter).
Also, the Elite has no speed modes, you basically have just the fastest mode, which is kind of intriguing to me. I think it’s less friendly to beginners, and the slower speed modes have no downsides, you can just simply ride in the fastest mode the whole time. Anyway, this one might go either way, but I think it’s slightly better to be able to switch gears if you want to, and simply not do it if you don’t.
In summary, the determining factor will be the range vs the weight, as most of the other features and qualities are similar. If you don’t want your scooter to be heavier than it must be, and you find the range of 16 Mi / 26 km sufficient, you can save a few bucks and stick with the XR Ultra. If, however, you need more range, you can go ahead and check out the GoTrax XR Elite at the GoTrax store, or read the comprehensive GoTrax XR Elite review.
GoTrax XR Ultra vs GoTrax GXL V2 Commuter
This is another case of bickering siblings, and even more proof of GoTrax’s dedication to the budget demographic.
Objectively, the XR Ultra is a better choice than the GXL V2.
It has a more powerful motor, more range, and a better, LG battery, the folding mechanism is simpler…
But! The GoTrax GXL V2 Commuter has several things going for it as well.
Market adoption is one of the strongest sides of the XR Ultra, but in this case, the GXL V2 matches it, and maybe even beats it – it has been around for longer, and it has sold even better than the XR Ultra! So, we can call this one a tie.
The GXL V2 Commuter is, remarkably, even cheaper. Like, significantly cheaper – it now costs around 248, and that is just unbelievable value.
I still recommend the XR Ultra here, as it’s obviously more powerful, probably better quality as it learned from some of the GXL V2’s mistakes as well, and is clearly the future.
But if you want to make an even better deal from a financial standpoint, and want to have even more money left, you can rest assured that the GXL V2 Commuter is still a viable choice.
You can check out the full review of the GoTrax GXL V2 Commuter to find out if it may be a better choice for you, or you can find it out at the links below if you are interested in buying.
Where to buy the GoTrax GXL V2 Commuter from?
The GoTrax GXL V2 Commuter is currently only available in the US. The best place to get it from is the official GoTrax store. If you buy through this link, there is a 10% discount on this scooter. Shipping is free and should take 3-5 days. The scooter can also be found on Amazon, and you should check that listing as well in case there’s a better deal available there.
GoTrax currently don’t ship to Canada. Fortunately for Canadians, the GoTrax GXL V2 Commuter can sometimes be available on Amazon Canada.
As GoTrax scooters are not available outside the US, the best equivalent to the GXL V2 in Europe would be the Kugoo S1 Pro on Geekbuying. As usual, shipping is free and takes about a week.
GoTrax XR Ultra vs GoTrax G3
The GoTrax G3 is part of a newer series of GoTrax scooters, but still, it doesn’t come with any major differences compared to the more established GoTrax models.
Its motor is the same as the one of the XR Ultra, as well as the top speed.
Where these two scooters differ is the range. The G3 has about 2 Mi / 3 km extra range, which is not that much of a difference. For some reason, the G3 weighs 9 lbs / 4 kg more, even though it doesn’t perform that much better.
The only reason why I would seriously recommend the G3 over the XR Ultra is the IPX6 ingress protection rating, which is two levels above the IP54 rating of the XR Ultra. The G3 is also about 50 more expensive.
In general, if water protection is critical to you, check out the GoTrax G3, otherwise, stick with the GoTrax XR Ultra.
GoTrax XR Ultra vs Xiaomi M365
In my opinion, I believe that for many people and use cases, the GoTrax XR Ultra has what it takes to take on the current budget champ.
First of all, the XR Ultra will save you a hundred dollars or more, and that’s an excellent start.
Most of the specs are quite similar, and I believe the XR Ultra can actually neutralize one of the biggest advantages of the Xiaomi M365 – its popularity and brand recognition. The XR Ultra simply matches that, as it’s also a very popular and well-accepted model.
The advantage of the XR Ultra comes from its tires. While they have the same dimensions, and both are air-filled, the XR Ultra seems to get fewer flats, which is one of the most vulnerable spots of the Xiaomi M365.
GoTrax XR Ultra vs Ninebot ES2
While the Ninebot ES2 is almost in a different price category, costing around 150 more than the XR Ultra, the two often get compared to one another.
Curiously, even though the Ninebot ES2 is quite a bit more expensive, it doesn’t really have that much more to show for the extra price. The top speeds and the ranges of both scooters are pretty much the same, as well as the weight limit, the water protection, the weight, and even the dimensions.
Arguably the biggest advantage that the Ninebot ES2 has is the brand recognition, and possibly a bit better build quality. If that’s worth 150 more to you, check out my Ninebot ES2 review.
GoTrax XR Ultra vs Swagtron Swagger v1
Swagtron may be one of the biggest competitors to GoTrax for the North American budget scooter market. They also produce scooters typically priced below 400.
While they are also well-known and trusted, Swagtron scooters seem to suffer a bit more from quality issues. Their models are also great value for money, but the defect rates and dead-on-arrivals seem to be higher.
The Swagtron Swagger v1 is one of their most popular scooters, and in some ways it is quite similar to the XR Ultra, especially in terms of specs. However, the XR Ultra is a clear winner in my opinion, as it is more feature-full, and it’s simply of higher quality.
Price, value for money
Currently, the GoTrax XR Ultra is heavily discounted and costs around 359. The regular price is much higher, it was 500 at one time.
The scooter is amazing value for money on both of those price points. Of course, for 359, it’s just an incredible deal, and probably one of the best bang-for-buck scooters ever. For quite some time, the scooter was priced at 399, and even at that price, it was a bargain, let alone at 359.
Should you buy the GoTrax XR Ultra?
This scooter has a lot going for it.
It comes from a well-known brand.
It has already proven itself in the eyes of countless owners.
It is safe, street-legal, has great build quality and design, smooth ride, and is a joy to ride overall.
The strong brakes, the great waterproofing, the nice performance stats, the many features, really make the GoTrax XR Ultra the whole package. It’s really hard to ask for more.
If you’re looking for the best electric scooter under 400, then you should most definitely buy the GoTrax XR Ultra. There will not be a better scooter for that price, and honestly, many more expensive models will not be nearly as good.
Where to buy the GoTrax XR Ultra from?
If you live in the United States, the best place to get the GoTrax XR Ultra from is the official GoTrax store. Shipping is free and takes 3-5 days. You can also check their Amazon listing, although I’ve noticed the scooter can be temporarily out of stock quite often there (Amazon may also ship to Canada too).
For the UK and EU, one good equivalent to the GoTrax XR Ultra is the Kugoo S1, which you can find on Geekbuying. Shipping should be free.
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King Song Unveils the Sexy and Powerful N11 Electric Scooter
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King Song, a renowned name in the electric scooter industry, has just released exciting new specifications for their latest model, the sleek and speedy King Song N11 Electric Scooter. With its impressive battery size, extended range, and top speed of 37 mph, the N11 is poised to become the go-to choice for budget-conscious commuters looking for a reliable and stylish set of wheels.
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- Top Speed: 37 mph
- Max Climbing Grade: Around 30°
- Maximum Load: 331 lbs
- Charging Time: 10-11 hours
- Rated Power: 2x 1200W
- Battery: 60V 20.3Ah
- Folding Size: 134.5cm x 55.6cm x 60cm
- Unfolding Size: 134.5cm x 55.6cm x 125.3cm
- Charger Input: AC 100-240V
- Peak Power: 2x 1800W
- Tire Size: 11 inches
- Weight: 104 lbs
- Charge Output: DC 67.2V 2A
- Brakes: Dual Hydraulic Brake
- Brake Rotors: 140mm
- Response Time: 0.01s
- Front Light: 40W
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- Total Distance: 1036 km
- Current Trip: 35 km
- Battery: 60%
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King Song N11 Electric Scooter: Unleash the Speed Demon Within!
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- Impressive Top Speed: Reach speeds of up to 37 mph for thrilling rides.
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- Dual 1200W High-Torque Motors: Experience excellent torque and speed for powerful performance.
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- Portable and Foldable Design: Conveniently fold and store the scooter, making it easy to carry and transport.
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Sleek and Stylish: King Song N11 Scooter Takes Commuting to a Whole New Level!
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Budget-Friendly Powerhouse: King Song N11 Scooter Challenges Higher-Priced Competitors!
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