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Gotrax G4 Review – Fast And Fun Affordable Electric Scooter

Gotrax G4 Review

Electric scooters are a fun way to get around without burning gas or having to store and carry a full size bike. They are a lot of fun to ride. You can take them with you almost anywhere. We recently got a chance to try out the Gotrax G4 electric scooter and found it to be a well built excellent performer. Keep reading to get all the details in our Gotrax G4 review.

Gotrax is one of the newer makers of electric scooters and electric bikes. They started producing them in 2017 with the goal of making affordable good quality products that performance well. The G4 electric scooter fits that definition.

Best $500 Electric Scooter

GoTrax G4 Electric Scooter
GoTrax G4 Product Image

Specifications

  • Top Speed – 20 mph
  • Range – 25 miles
  • Motor – 350 Watt rear drive
  • Battery – 36volt 10.4aH Lithium-ion
  • Max Rider Weight – 220 lbs
  • Scooter Weight – 37 lbs
  • Wheels – 10 inch pneumatic
  • Brakes – rear disc, front electric


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Overall Rating
4.8

What we liked:

  • Smooth comfortable ride
  • Good range and speed
  • Double locking with cable and electronic locks
  • Simple and easy to use display and controls
  • IPX4 water resistant
  • Can climb small hills easily with heavy weight riders up to it’s weight limit
  • Built in headlight and tail light
  • Max and Ultra versions available with more range

What we didn’t like:

  • Heavy for smaller riders to carry at 37 lbs
  • Kickstart takes a little getting used to
  • No way to deactivate the cruise control
  • Cable lock could use a longer cable
  • Light could focus farther in front of the scooter

Bottom Line

The Gotrax G4 has excellent power, speed, and range for its price. It is a fun to ride and well built electric scooter with only a few small complaints.

Video Review

Gotrax provided us with a G4 to review. We were excited when it showed up and we got a chance to ride it. As with all the reviews here we will give you all the good and bad points whether we were given the item or bought it ourselves.

Here is quick video of us having fun riding around on the G4.

Price

The GoTrax G4 electric scooter retails for $649. You can get it directly from Gotrax or from Amazon. There is currently a $100 off coupon on Gotrax making it $549. You can use our coupon code ERO5 for 5% off if there isn’t a better coupon on the site.

The G4 has a 1 year warranty. They sell an optional 2 year warranty for a bit more.

Easy assembly

When the G4 Gotrax scooter arrives, it takes about 10 minutes to get out of the box and assembled. Most of the time is spent removing the protective packaging. The only assembly required is attaching the handlebar to the top of the steering tube with 4 bolts. Gotrax includes a wrench so you don’t need any tools. They are also nice enough to give you 2 extra bolts in case you lose one at some point.

Riding G4

Riding the Gotrax G4

LCD display and controls

The display is simple but effective. It’s easy to read in daylight and at night. It tells you the current speed you are going while the scooter is moving. It also shows battery left with a 4 bar indicator. When you stop it shows how far you have gone. You can easily switch from L1 (15mph top seed) to L2 (20mph top speed) by pressing the + and – buttons.

You control functions on the scooter with a +/-/power 3 button set on the left handlebar. The throttle is controlled with a lever on the right handlebar.

To get the scooter started you have to give it a kick and get it moving first. After it’s rolling you apply throttle and it will take off. If you hit the throttle and hold it while the scooter is stopped, nothing will happen when you give it a kick. Give it a kick and then give it the juice and off you go.

The below video shows how to start the Gotrax G4.

Top Speed

The G4 has a top speed of 20 mph. We were able to get it up to 19.56 mph according to our Garmin GPS with an above max weight rider.

G4 with heavy rider going fast

Range

GoTrax publishes a 25 mile max range for the G4. This battery life is under ideal conditions. The most I was able to get out of it riding on a flat path with minimal hills on a calm 65F day was 14.1 miles measured with a Garmin GPS. That was with the scooter set on L1 (15mph max speed) and an average speed of 10.99mph according to the garmin. There is a road crossing every 1/2 to 1 mile on the path that requires a complete stop.

I am a few pounds above the 220 lb max published weight as well. I’m pretty confident it could stretch out to 20 miles easily with a lighter weight rider and fewer stops. 25 miles might require a lightweight rider, minimal stops, and a good tail wind.

We measured the distance with a Garmin GPS Map520. It gave us 14.1 miles for the ride. The scooter display showed 14.6 miles which is not off by much.

The battery indicator on the display has 4 bars. The first 3 bars get close to even amounts of range. When you get down to the last bar, you only have or mile or so of range left to go. The power will drop off rapidly on the 4th bar if you encounter any kind of hill. You will get about a 1/4 mile of steadily decreasing speed down to the point where you could walk faster. Then it’s time to walk.

For people who want a commuting electric scooter with more range, GoTrax offers 2 upgraded versions of the G4 scooter that have larger batteries for more range. They are the G4Max (42 miles), and G4Max Ultra(45 miles).

G4 Going fast

Hill climbing

The Gotrax G4 scooter has no trouble going up normal small hills on streets and paths around here with riders up to its max weight. I took it to pedestrian overpass nearby that has a 7% slope. It can carry me up this with no problem. I’m a little above the 220 lb published max rider weight. The speed dropped down and held steady at 8-10mph until I got to the top of the overpass. This was starting the hill at 10-15mph.

The scooter was able to start from a standstill on the steepest part of the hill but could not accelerate past about 4mph. It made it to the top of the hill. Giving it a couple of kicks to help it can get you up to a higher speed.

Overall I’m very pleased with the hill climbing ability of this scooter with an over 220 lb rider on it. It did much better than I expected it to with only a 350 watt motor.

G4 scooter bottom steep hill

Steering

The scooter is stable up to its top speed. It doesn’t wobble or do anything else unexpected. The handlebar width is about right. It doesn’t need any weight shift while going around normal corners. Overall it is very easy to ride.

Braking

I found the dual braking system to be more than adequate. The electronic brake kicks in when you let off the throttle. The disc brake is operated by a handle on the left handlebar. I am above the published max weight for this scooter and found it had no trouble stopping with me from full speed. With a little weight shift rearward I can easily stop as fast or faster than I can on my mountain bike. The brakes on my scooter did not need any adjustment.

The below video shows me doing a fast stop from full speed.

Ride Quality

The 10 inch pneumatic tires do a decent job of absorbing cracks in the pavement. I could ride it over fairly rough Michigan road surface without too much trouble as long as I kept the speed under control. I have enough space on the deck to stand on it with size 10 shoes. I found the most comfortable position is putting my forward foot beside the frame tube with my heel just behind it. Then I have enough room for my rear foot to completely fit on the deck.

G4 riding downtown street

Recharging

It takes about 6 hours to recharge the G4 if the battery is completely dead. The included charger shows a red LED light while charging which turns green when it is finished.

G4 charger accessories

Features of the Gotrax G4

Cruise Control

The cruise control feature is always active on the G4. There is no way to disable it. It kicks in automatically if you hold the throttle in one position for 6 seconds. The display beeps and shows a symbol when the cruise control kicks in. You can get out of cruise control by hitting the brakes or moving the throttle.

Walk mode

The G4 has a walk mode that you can activate by double pressing the (-) button. It will then move at about 1.8mph which is an okay walking pace.

Dual Locks and Alarm

The G4 has 2 locking features. An audible electronic lock and a built in cable lock. The electronic lock requires you to enter a 3 digit code when you first power on the scooter. If you don’t and start rolling it, it starts beeping. The second locking feature is a built in cable lock at the bottom of the steering tube.

The below video shows how the alarm and electronic lock work.

The electronic lock is a good feature that keeps someone from just riding away on the scooter. They can still carry it without setting off the alarm. It is also easy to accidentally disable it when you reset the odometer distance to 0 on the display. I turned off the alarm while resetting the mileage odometer on mine. If you reset the mileage, check and make sure the alarm is still turned on. You reactivate it by pressing (+) and (Power) at the same time for 10 seconds.

The cable lock works. The cable is very short. You might be able to get it around a 5 inch pole if you are right next to it. Anymore more and the cable isn’t long enough. It would be great if the cable was about a foot longer to make it easier to loop around things.

G4 cable lock

Lighting

The built in lighting works okay for riding at night. The front light is decently bright but it’s focused on the ground about 10-20 feet in front of you. It would be better focused further ahead. If I was trying to ride at night any kind of long distance where I wanted to go faster I would supplement it with a helmet lamp that I could focus farther out in the distance.

The scooter has a rear tail light/brake light as well. The brake light flashes when you apply the brakes.

Bell

There is a bell mounted above the brake lever on the left side of the handlebar. It works and is loud enough for people walking and biking to hear you. I find it is in an awkward position to reach with my fingers to ring it. You have to pull back on it to ring. The position is easier for me to reach pushing forward with my thumb.

Folding mechanism

The folding mechanism works really well. It has a dual latching mechanism. There is a small latch that engages when you fold the scooter up. Then you close the lever to engage the primary latch. There is a slider on the lever to lock it in place in the latched position. The mechanism holds the steering tube firmly in place. There is enough positive force in the latch so you know it is engaged.

The scooter has a metal loop mounted on the rear fender. A latch on the steering tube hooks into the loop to keep the scooter folded when you are carrying it. It works well and there is no risk that the latch holding the rear of the scooter will unhook itself.

The latching system and folding mechanism work really well. There is no slop in the steering tube when locked into place. The carrying support takes the load from the rear of the scooter while it’s folded.

Build Quality

The Gotrax G4 is well put together with no signs of poor quality. All the welding on the frame looks first rate. Everything looks and feels sturdy and durable. The cable and wiring go inside the frame giving it a clean look. The charge port is hidden on the side of the battery under the deck.

Gotrax G4 alternatives

The Gotrax G4 is an upgrade from the Gotrax XR Ultra/Elite scooters with a bigger motor, larger tires, higher top speed, and more range.

The 2 closest competitors to the Gotrax G4 are the Segway Ninebot Max and Hiboy s2 Pro. See the below table for a comparison of specs and features.

Preview

Title

Gotrax G4

Gotrax XR Elite

Hiboy S2 Pro

Segway Ninebot Max

Retail Price

$649

$469

$679

$899

Max Speed

20 mph

15.5 mph

19 mph

18.6 mph

Range

25 miles

18.6 miles

25 miles

40 miles

Max Rider Weight

220 lbs

220 lbs

220 lbs

220 lbs

Scooter Weight

37 lbs

32 lbs

36 lbs

42 lbs

Motor

350 watt rear hub

300 watt rear hub 

500 watt front hub

350 watt front hub

Battery

36 volt 10.4 ah

36 volt 7.8 ah

36 volt 11.6 ah

36 volt 15.3 ah

Wheels

10 inch pneumatic

8.5 inch pneumatic

8.5 inch solid

10 inch pneumatic

Brakes

Disc and electric 

Disc and electric 

Disc and electric 

Disc and electric 

More information

See our guide to the best electric scooters under $500 for other good options.


GoTrax G4 Electric Scooter
GoTrax G4 Product Image

See Best Deals!

Get an extra 5% Off at GoTrax.com with Coupon Code ERO5

What we liked:

  • Smooth comfortable ride
  • Good range and speed
  • Double locking with cable and electronic locks
  • Simple and easy to use display and controls
  • IPX4 water resistant
  • Can climb small hills easily with heavy weight riders up to its weight limit
  • Max and Ultra versions available with more range

What we didn’t like:

  • Heavy for smaller riders to carry at 37 lbs
  • Kickstart takes a little getting used to
  • No way to deactivate the cruise control
  • Cable lock could use a longer cable

The verdict

We are very pleased with the Gotrax G4. It is one of the most fun things we have gotten our hands on here to try out. It is a lot of fun to ride and has good speed and range. It makes a good clean ride to take down the street for errands or just riding for fun. We give the Gotrax G4 a big thumbs up and recommend you check it out if you are looking for an electric scooter.

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About the author

My name is Doug Ryan. I am an outdoors enthusiast always looking forward to my next adventure. I spend as much time skiing, biking, and paddleboarding as I can. I decided to start Endless Rush Outdoors as a way to share my knowledge and enthusiasm for all things outdoor adventures and to help other people have as much fun as me.