GOTRAX MX1 – A Mid-Drive Ebike Made for Longer Rides

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Mitchell Anderson
May 11, 2024

Mitchell has been fascinated by electric scooters since 2019. He began sharing his enthusiasm on his YouTube channel, “RK9 Rides,” in 2020. He joined Rider Guide in 2023, and between the two channels, he spends seven days a week riding, testing, and writing about electric scooters. He has tested dozens of models from dozens of brands and is always on the lookout for the newest and greatest scooters. His current favorite models are the Nami Klima and the NIU KQi3 Max.

The GOTRAX MX1 might be the most inexpensive mid drive ebike on the market. But the real question is how it performs – is there enough substance to justify the $2,000 price tag? I put the MX1 through its paces to find out in my review. 

GOTRAX MX1  — $1,999

GOTRAX’s folding, fat tire, and commuter ebikes offer some of the best value for the money through their direct-to-consumer online sales and in national retailers like Walmart and Best Buy.

All of their bikes so far have been hub drive models, however, which are great for smooth cruising but not ideal for handling rougher terrain.  Mid-drive motors, on the other hand, deliver more balanced, efficient power for longer range and better handling and weight distribution.  

A mid-drive motor is a good option for offroading, touring, bikepacking, backcountry riding, and other kinds of riding where long miles are the norm. So, I put the GOTRAX MX1 through its paces, to see how its 500W mid-drive motor measures up. The MX1 is a heavy-duty commuter bike built with rougher, longer rides in mind and designed for riders who actually want to pedal.

GOTRAX promises up to 82 miles of range on a single charge with the MX1’s 672Wh battery. The bike also has 27.5” tires, an 8-speed Shimano Altus drivetrain, 5 riding assist modes, and a total weight capacity of 300 lbs. 

GOTRAX MX1 Specs

Range 82 mi
Top Speed 20 mph
Sensor Torque Sensor
Battery  672Wh Samsung/Lg cells
Motor  500W 
Modes 5 PAS modes
UL Listing  UL2849
Lighting Brake Lights & Turn Signals
Brakes  Hydraulic Brakes
Shifting Shimano 8 speed drivetrain
Weight Limit  300 lbs
Suspens. Front spring
   
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A Mid-Drive EBike With Power to Spare and a Natural Feel

Once you put the MX1 in normal mode, which is what GOTRAX considers the mode most people will be riding in, you’ll feel a very natural amount of power. 

The motor doesn’t overwhelm you, and doesn’t push the bike forward; it rewards you if you want to pedal faster and more aggressively, but it backs off if you don’t.

Something GOTRAX has done really well here is give you more incentive to use the lower gears, as well as lower riding modes. Whatever mode I’m in, when I want power, it gives it to me right away.

GOTRAX MX1 Top Speed

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The GOTRAX MX1 really does a great job overall of giving you power whenever you need it, so you always know you have it on tap, but you don’t need to rely on the motor and can feel yourself wanting to work harder.

The specified top speed of the MX1 is 20 mph, but I was able to push the motor to 29 mph, at least on the speedometer.
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GOTRAX MX1: A Few Cons but Overall a Good Value

The mid drive motor and torque sensor on the MX1 work really well, but let’s talk about a few things I didn’t like about this $2,000 bike. 

While Shimano makes industry standard components, their Altus system is pretty entry level for a bike at this price. Shifting felt sluggish and chunky at times, and I would like to see nicer components at this price point. 

The generic spring suspension fork could also be improved. It’s pretty stiff, although definitely better than a solid fork. The seatpost could also be longer. I’m 6’1” and had to extend it to its full height.

post-image-1 Most of the issues I had with the bike came down to comfort/adjustment and ease of shifting, but it’s worth keeping in mind that the MX1 is not a mountain bike – it’s a step-thru commute that handles rougher terrain pretty well.

As someone who has ridden a few $2,500 ebikes lately, I could feel the $500 step-down in quality. The average rider on a budget looking for a rugged mid-drive commuter e-bike with a torque sensor, however, will definitely get their money’s worth.

Oh, and those range claims? I rode 25 miles and still had about a third more battery life, and I rode this bike pretty hard. I’d say their claims are pretty accurate, making the MX1 an affordable mid-drive commuter ebike that could double as a weekend touring ebike, with only a few minor upgrades. 

When you’re buying a GOTRAX ebike, you aren’t just getting an electric bike, you’re also getting free shipping, great customer service, and a 2-year warranty. Check out the GOTRAX MX1 at the link below and watch my full video review above to see the bike in action. 

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