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Gotrax G4 Summary
Our Take: Fastest Scooter Under $500
The G4 is a notable scooter for its price, but the security features that make it attractive to some buyers may deter others. Also, we discovered that you have to double-tap the thumb throttle after kick-start to engage the motor, which is a little annoying and not intended by Gotrax.
Value-driven shoppers in search of a scooter worth its weight will flock to the G4. It’s an excellent choice. The built-in cable and digital locks are good for quick stops, but won't stop the. most motivated thieves. Its top speed feels fast and the 14.6 mi range is ample for most riders.
The G4 is a well-rounded entry-level commuter worthy of attention, and may end up replacing more expensive scooters, in the shopping carts of savvy scooter buyers given its complete feature set on a budget.
Be warned, however: while the G4 scooter itself is great, GOTRAX has reportedly poor post-purchase support to speak of (phone support refers you to a website while the website refers you to a phone number). We recommend that buyers consider purchasing from large retailers with generous return policies.
Gotrax G4 Review
Acceleration is tricky on the G4. As a kick-to-start scooter, you have to push it to around 3 mph to build momentum, then press the throttle to power the motor and accelerate.
On the G4, we consistently had to double-tap the throttle after kick starting during performance testing. Although slow starting is useful for first-time riders, double-tapping the throttle is not an intentional application, and a slight hiccup in the G4's ability to run straight off the start line. Although it takes practice to get going on the G4, the acceleration and throttle operate well once riding.
The Gotrax G4's slow start affected overall performance results, and is one minor downside to this otherwise standout budget commuter.
It took 19.6 seconds to climb the 200 ft, 10% grade incline at an average speed of 6.9 mph. Although not a powerful machine, the Gotrax G4 is a capable hill climber.
Compare with other scooters on our performance page.
Although there are other scooters with similar tested top speeds and higher price tags, you really feel the difference between 15 mph and 20 mph on the newest Gotrax model, and the larger than average tires help you ride at speed confidently.
It gets about half the manufacturer claimed range with an RG certified range of 14.6 mi.
All scooters are range tested by a 165 lb rider along the same urban loop with frequent stops, rough terrain, and hills. It is ridden as quickly as is safe and in the scooter’s fastest (least energy conserving) mode.
Learn more about our extensive RG certification tests.
The Gotrax advertises the G4 as having a dual braking system, but what they mean is that it comes equipped with an electronic and disc brake, both on the rear wheel, which are activated by a hand lever.
True dual braking systems feature a drum or disc brake on both the front and rear wheels, and are preferable for scooters that go faster than 20 mph.
The G4 has adequate standing room, with about 1 in to 0.5 in less length on the rubberized deck than previous Gotrax models. The brakes on the G4 feel safe enough for riding in general but aren’t super strong. It’s a lot like riding a faster, less expensive Ninebot Max.
The G4 is a great budget commuter but takes an extra beat to get going. Bypassing the digital lock takes about 10 seconds, which is a lot longer than it takes to start most budget scooters. Each time you turn it on, you have to enter a 3-digit code using the plus, minus, and power buttons before you can start riding. However, it can be disabled by holding the power button, along with the "+" button for 5 seconds.
It comes with cruise control that you cannot disable, but you can turn it off each time it activates by tapping the throttle or brake. A low beep and the display indicate you are in cruise control mode, which help warn the rider that the feature is active. Some budget scooters don't let you know when you're in cruise control, which can be dangerous, especially for inexperienced riders.
Gotrax G4 Features
It’s not an ultraportable because of its weight and non-folding handlebars, but the well-made stem feels secure and easily locks on the rear fender, making it very easy to carry up a few flights of stairs or tuck into a trunk.
The lock and cable are of good quality and well-positioned on the stem, but a prepared thief with bolt cutters or multitool could easily escape with the G4 by cutting the cable or unscrewing the bolts around the lock. One other thing to note, thanks to an awesome redditor's observations, is that the cable doesn't retract when extended fully and has to be shoved back into the cavity after use.
If you’re making frequent, short trips, like local deliveries, where you need to bring the scooter indoors or leave it outside for short periods, the cable lock and folding speed are money.
It also comes with six reflectors: on the front, on the rear, and on either side of the wheels.
For riding at night, add more lighting for better visibility, like a blinking light on your helmet or backpack.
With air-filled tires, it is common to get flats, especially on the rear tire due to impact from carrying the brunt of rider weight. With pre-slimed tires, it's less likely you'll experience issues even with punctures, as the slime will help keep them sealed.
Read more about preventing and repairing flats.
The cable lock is a thoughtful addition that really improves usability, while the digital lock leaves you wanting more. Although a fine concept, the digital lock only works when the scooter is powered on, so a thief could easily roll or carry the scooter away if it's off. When the scooter is on and you do not enter the correct code, the display will beep for 20-30 seconds, the lights will flash, and the electronic brakes engage — making it more difficult to roll the scooter forward. The display will stay on for up to 30 minutes if you do not enter the correct code before powering off.
Gotrax G4: Review Conclusions
If the Gotrax line doesn’t fit your needs, check out our ESG Editor’s pick of best electric scooters.