Gogoro’s Eeyo 1s is so mild you nearly neglect it is an e-bike

So is the worth value it? And has Gogoro struck the suitable steadiness between weight, motorized energy and so-called ‘sensible’ bike options? After driving greater than 90 miles on the Eeyo 1s, I’ve a fairly good thought.

Design

Gogoro Eeyo 1s
Severe Nexus 5 vibes.

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One in every of my colleagues stated it finest: “That’s a scorching body.” Gogoro isn’t the primary to develop a motorbike that doesn’t have a seat tube. (Superstrata’s 3D-printed Ion e-bike may have the same trick.) The curvature and uninterrupted strains of the body, although, make the Eeyo 1s probably the most memorable. The highest tube, as an illustration, can be the seat keep that runs diagonally backwards to the rear wheel. Equally, the down tube naturally splits in two to change into the chain keep that runs alongside the underside towards the cassette and rear axle. It’s a beautiful form that triggers numerous double-takes on the street.

The carbon fiber body is slim, too. Most e-bikes want a chunky down tube to cover their built-in battery. In any other case, the facility supply is normally in plain sight — hooked up to the seat tube, beneath the rear rack, or the place the entrance service would normally sit. Gogoro’s Eeyo 1s does none of these items. As an alternative, the 123Wh battery is sealed inside a big steel cylinder that sits within the heart of the again wheel (extra on that later). It’s an uncommon placement that attracts the attention and retains the body slender.

The attention-catching design isn’t good, although. The removing of the seat tube, as an illustration, makes it troublesome to regulate the saddle top. The corporate affords 5 completely different seatpost lengths at buy that ought to, in concept, be an ideal match out of the field. Should you do wish to make a tweak, although, you’ll have to open two panels on the underside of the body — considered one of which is hooked up with small screws — and loosen an inner clamp that retains the seatpost safe. The latter requires a hex key and discovering the proper angle in such a tiny house is difficult. I don’t suggest altering the saddle top usually, subsequently, even when your flatmate, little one or vital different has a very completely different stature to you.

After I first clapped eyes on the bike, I believed it was the long-lost sibling of my beloved Nexus 5.

The Eeyo 1s solely is available in one coloration: heat white. If you’d like a flashier Lobster Orange or Cloud Blue, you’ll want to purchase the heavier Eeyo 1 as an alternative. I’m not complaining, although, as a result of the black-and-white combo is my favourite of the bunch anyway. After I first clapped eyes on the bike, I believed it was the long-lost sibling of my beloved Nexus 5 smartphone.

Gogoro has opted for ‘riser’ handlebars that curve upwards from both facet of the clamp. The grips bend ever so barely towards you, too, although nothing like VanMoof’s S3 and different bikes with cruiser-style bars. These selections encourage you to keep up a sportier place whereas biking. I believed I’d miss the S3’s extra upright and relaxed driving fashion, however that wasn’t the case in any respect. I grew up on a combination of BMX and mountain bikes, so the faintly aggressive setup felt extra acquainted.

Smarts, or lack thereof

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You will want a smartphone to test the battery’s remaining cost.

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In contrast to most e-bikes, you received’t discover a show nestled into the body or handlebar stem. The Eeyo 1s does ship with a rubbery smartphone cradle, although, that may seamlessly shift between portrait and panorama mode. That’s as a result of the companion app is required to vary completely something on the bike. That features unlocking it — there’s no bodily energy button — checking the battery and adjusting varied settings, corresponding to whether or not the bike ought to auto-lock as soon as your Bluetooth connection has expired for five, 10 or 15 minutes.

Gogoro isn’t the primary to construct an e-bike with no display or bodily controls. The mostly-excellent Cowboy that I reviewed final yr was the identical. Nonetheless, the corporate’s resolution can sometimes frustrate. It takes a half-second to your telephone to ascertain a Bluetooth reference to the bike, as an illustration, and one other long-press to ‘unlock’ the motor. That’s not terrible, nevertheless it feels surprisingly inefficient when you’re used to leaping on a motorbike and setting off instantly. I might have preferred the choice, too, to unlock the Eeyo 1s with a bodily button sequence much like VanMoof’s e-bikes. If the Eeyo 1s is locked and your telephone runs out of battery, you haven’t any choice however to journey residence with pedal energy alone.

At first, I did yearn for a show. Gogoro’s companion app is well-designed (please Gocycle, take note) and straightforward to learn at a distance, however a tad mild on data. And, throughout torrential wind and downpours, I wished to maintain my treasured OnePlus eight someplace a bit safer. However these emotions quickly pale. I’m simply distracted by screens and located that its omission helped me keep each attentive and relaxed on the street.

If I had to decide on between weight and sensible options, I might decide the previous each time.

As well as, the bike doesn’t have any built-in lights, alarm system, or built-in GPS monitoring. It’s a easy package deal, for higher and worse. I might have preferred some entrance and tail lamps, as an illustration, however respect that they might have added weight and required some additional cabling within the body. I’ve written earlier than about VanMoof’s safety system which, whereas not impenetrable, helped cure my fear of bike thieves a few years in the past. I don’t thoughts that the Eeyo 1s doesn’t have an alarm or GPS monitoring, although. Gogoro’s e-bike is so costly that I might by no means really feel comfy leaving it outdoors a restaurant or retailer — even when it was protected by a system like VanMoof’s. It will be like leaving a Bugatti on a random facet road.

General, I feel Gogoro has taken the suitable method. The bike feels refined and freed from ‘good to have however in the end inessential’ muddle. Dropping all these options was crucial, too, to maintain the Eeyo 1s so gloriously mild. If I had to decide on between weight and sensible options, I might decide the previous each time. Others may disagree, and that’s nice. Identical to a Bugatti, Gogoro is aware of that its first e-bikes received’t attraction to everybody. “Whereas different e-bikes look to resolve utilitarian challenges, what we wished to do was convey the enjoyable and pleasure into the journey,” Horace Luke, CEO of Gogoro stated. “I gave the workforce a quite simple thesis: I stated, ‘give me a motorbike that makes me really feel like I’m 18 once more.’” 

Efficiency

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The Smartwheel is roofed in an aluminum alloy.

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That steel cylinder I discussed earlier than? It doesn’t simply comprise the battery. Gogoro’s so-called Smartwheel platform additionally incorporates a 250W motor and all the sensors required to observe your velocity and energy. I’ve by no means seen a system fairly prefer it and was initially skeptical about how it might carry out alongside the Gates carbon belt drive.

The Eeyo 1s has a high velocity of 25KMH (15.5MPH) in Europe and 31KMH (19MPH) within the US. If these numbers sound acquainted, it’s as a result of they’re shared by nearly each commuter e-bike in the marketplace in the meanwhile. In Europe, you don’t want a license, quantity plate or insurance coverage offered the bike is capped at 250W and 25KMH. Most states within the US, in the meantime, have adopted a three-class system for electrical bicycles. The bottom classification, which is for pedal-assist e-bikes with no throttle and a high velocity of 32KMH, will be ridden wherever {that a} regular bike is permitted together with roads, multi-use trails and bike-only lanes and paths.

You’ll be able to set your Residence Area and software-controlled high velocity by way of the companion app. (A pre-release model of the app let me decide between the US, Taiwan, Europe and Japan.) Even on the US setting, although, it’s troublesome to succeed in the marketed high velocity. The motor loses curiosity round 24-27KMH (15-17MPH) and, as a result of the bike’s single gear is kind of low, you may’t go any sooner with sheer pedal energy.

“Its candy spot is 21-25KMH, which is the tempo of most city bike commuting in Europe.”

“The Eeyo 1 was designed for cities the place stop-and-go site visitors means riders should be agile and quick, however they hardly ever have a possibility to rise up to excessive speeds,” a Gogoro spokesperson stated. “Its candy spot is 21-25KMH, which is the tempo of most city bike commuting in Europe.”

The corporate is true. The common commute is affected by site visitors lights and pedestrian crossings. Cease. Begin. Cease. Begin. Biking has all the time been doubtlessly sooner than driving since you’re capable of weave by way of site visitors and duck down facet streets which can be too slender for automobiles. Nonetheless, you’re sharing town with pedestrians and different street customers, which makes it practically not possible to succeed in and preserve the identical speeds that you’d hit within the countryside.

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The Eeyo 1s ships with a Gates carbon belt drive.

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Dealing with and acceleration, subsequently, are extra necessary. Fortunately, the Eeyo 1s nails each. Step on the bike, press on the pedals and growth — the 250W motor will ship you flying ahead with a satisfying burst of velocity. It’s like a 100-meter sprinter exploding out of the blocks. I by no means as soon as felt just like the bike was transferring so quick that I would lose my steadiness and veer into a close-by bush, although. The carbon body and sporty handlebars make the bike really feel agile, too, once you’re navigating tight turns or maneuvering round pedestrians who stepped into the street with out trying. 

Higher but, the Eeyo 1s is a incredible hill-climber. In contrast to VanMoof’s S3, the motor doesn’t ease off once you attain the beginning of a troublesome slope. If something, it tries tougher. That’s necessary as a result of there’s no turbo button to fall again on in case your legs begin to give out. The help is so spectacular that I usually felt like a drug-fuelled Lance Armstrong tackling the mountain levels of the Tour de France. It was nearly too simple (sure, I can’t imagine I’m saying that both) and I felt responsible every time I soared previous different cyclists that had a combination of shock and envy on their faces.

Sadly, going downhill is a special story. I stay in a suburban space affected by quick, steep climbs and lengthy, gradual declines. After I reached the highest of a very robust ascent, my pure response is to take a deep breath and journey down the opposite facet as rapidly as doable. Should you acquire sufficient momentum to eclipse 32KMH (thanks gravity!) the bike’s motor will disengage and enter a “safety mode” that stops it from turning again on till you’ve slowed right down to roughly 11KMH (7MPH).

The help is so spectacular that I usually felt like a drug-fuelled Lance Armstrong.

Each thresholds are awfully impractical. Should you’re coasting down a hill, it’s simple to surpass 32KMH with gravity alone. You’ll be able to pepper the brakes, in fact, to maintain your velocity in test and forestall the bike from getting into Safety Mode. However that feels unnatural and a wildly inefficient means of utilizing the planet’s pure terrain. Ready for the bike to hit 11KMH is equally painful, particularly when you’re about to begin one other uphill climb. Different e-bikes I’ve examined don’t have this downside — they shut off after they attain the software-mandated high velocity and re-engage as quickly as you duck beneath it once more.

Gogoro Eeyo 1s
The house display with Safety Mode activated (left), and the settings web page (proper).

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“After we minimize the motor energy of [the] Smartwheel, the motor turns into a generator,” a Gogoro spokesperson instructed Engadget. “[The bike] then waits till the voltage generated by the motor is decrease than the voltage of the battery pack to renew the motor and energy help. If we resume [at] speeds [higher] than 12KMH, the upper voltage from the motor can harm the battery pack.”

Usually, this is able to be a deal-breaker. However the Eeyo 1s is dramatically lighter than most e-bikes and is, subsequently, viable to journey with none electrical help. It’s a beautiful however alien feeling. Most pedal-assist bicycles aren’t a lot enjoyable to journey on something however the highest energy stage setting. They’re just too heavy and power you to pedal simply as onerous, if not tougher than you’d on a traditional street bike. And if the motor is switched off fully? Put together for a critical exercise, my good friend. The Eeyo 1s, in the meantime, is lighter than the non-electric bicycle I usually journey. That meant I didn’t thoughts when the motor sometimes minimize out, or diminished its help, as a result of it nonetheless required much less effort than my typical second-hand clunker.

When the motor does come on, it isn’t very discrete. The activated Smartwheel makes a light-weight whistling noise that may be heard by anybody in a four-meter radius. The sound isn’t terrible, nevertheless it’s loud sufficient to spoil an in any other case silent journey by way of a park full of rustling bushes and birdsong. On the flip-side, the whistling acts like a low-key bell for pedestrians and different cyclists who may not pay attention to your fast-approaching presence. The sound additionally lets you understand precisely when the motor is and isn’t engaged. That’s vital as a result of the bike doesn’t have a readout like Gocycle’s sensible ‘cockpit’ show, or a phase within the app that exhibits how onerous the SmartWheel is working. 

Vary

Gogoro Eeyo 1s
The 123Wh battery lasts roughly 50 miles on a single cost.

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Gogoro says the Eeyo 1s ought to handle 40-55 miles, (64-89KM) on a single cost. That’s roughly the identical as different city-centric e-bikes I’ve examined together with the Cowboy and Gocycle GXi. For comparability, VanMoof claims its S3 can handle 37 to 93 miles (60 to 150 kilometers), and I averaged roughly 50 miles whereas testing that bike earlier this yr.

I mapped out an 11.5-mile route in my native space that included an elevation acquire of 447 ft (roughly 136 meters). On the primary day, I accomplished the journey in 48 minutes and solely used 10 % of the bike’s battery. In concept, that meant I might repeat the journey 5 occasions earlier than the battery ran out. A number of days later, although, I used 24 % finishing the identical route in an nearly equivalent time.

Did the mist-like drizzle play a component on the second outing? Or was I merely pedaling tougher on the primary day? It’s onerous to say. Throughout my take a look at interval, although, I used to be capable of eke out 52 miles (84 KM) on a single cost, which I feel is completely respectable for a commuter bike.

The bike comes with a horseshoe-shaped charger that effortlessly slips on to the skin of the Smartwheel.

Should you’re prepared to journey in Eco mode, too, you may lengthen the Eeyo 1s’ vary even farther. With this energy setting, the bike solely misplaced 6 % of its cost throughout my 11.5-mile route. Curiously, the time I spent finishing the loop was nearly equivalent to the one I recorded in Sport mode, too. I put this right down to probability — generally you’re simply fortunate and don’t have to attend at any site visitors lights — and the way simple the bike is to journey with solely minimal motorized help.

Gogoro Eeyo 1s
The included charger wraps round this facet of the Smartwheel.

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The Smartwheel is technically detachable, however the course of is  time-consuming and the corporate doesn’t encourage it. As an alternative, I think each Eeyo 1s proprietor will preserve and cost the two-wheeled machine of their residence, storage or workplace. The bike comes with a horseshoe-shaped charger that effortlessly slips on to the skin of the Smartwheel. The steel canister by no means really strikes — the spokes and tire merely rotate round it — so the charger attaches by way of the identical spot each time. It’s an completely sensible design that additionally ensures the wonderfully-sleek body isn’t spoiled by charging ports and rubber flaps.

The bike’s charging time is equally spectacular. The Eeyo 1s is so mild that it solely wants a 123Wh battery — a lot smaller than those supplied on the Cowboy and VanMoof’s S3 — to attain a aggressive vary. The smaller battery measurement means the bike solely wants 2.5 hours to go from zero to 100 %. That could possibly be useful when you’re working within the workplace and solely notice in the midst of the afternoon that your Eeyo 1s might use a top-up.

Portability

Usually, I might clarify how impractical it’s for many individuals to personal an e-bike with a non-removable battery. Should you stay on the high of an residence block, as an illustration, you in all probability don’t fancy lugging a heavy bicycle up the steps every single day. The Eeyo 1s is remarkably mild, although. That particular ‘open-frame’ design isn’t only for seems to be, both. It’s been designed so you may simply slip an arm by way of and carry the bike over one shoulder. I stay in a ground-floor residence however tried carrying the Eeyo 1s up a couple of completely different staircases littered round Portsmouth, a metropolis in England recognized for its historic dockyard. Even for somebody like me, who has the physique of an udon noodle, it was nearly easy.

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Simple-peasy.

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I haven’t boarded a bus or prepare for the reason that COVID-19 pandemic began. Below regular circumstances, although, I can think about how helpful the Eeyo 1s could be as a so-called ‘final mile’ resolution. Gogoro’s bike ought to be simple to choose up and carry onto an overground prepare, as an illustration, or down the steps that result in a subway station. The load and considerate body design doesn’t make the bike any smaller, although. Meaning you’ll nonetheless want sufficient house to cost the bike in your house, shed or storage. And I do know some employers don’t like their workers charging a rain-soaked e-bike subsequent to their desk. Even so, the Eeyo 1s appears like a motorbike that will be sensible and satisfying to personal in a bustling metropolis setting.

Wrap-up

Gogoro has designed the Eeyo 1s for a really particular group of individuals. One that desires — no, craves — an e-bike that’s mild sufficient to hold round on one arm. These clients are ready to forgo some fancy sensible bike options, together with an alarm system and built-in lights, to amass this dream two-wheeler. And so they need that weight to supply a journey that’s depraved quick from a standing begin and simpler to journey each up hills and with out motorized help. Should you’re considered one of these folks, the Eeyo 1s delivers. It’s significantly costly, even by e-bike requirements, however comes with a carbon body that merely isn’t supplied by tech-centric rivals corresponding to VanMoof.

Different carbon fiber e-bikes exist. You should buy Ribble’s Endurance SLe, as an illustration, or a handful of various fashions from manufacturers like Orbea, Specialized and Focus. These are correct street bikes, although, with racing-style ‘drop’ handlebars. They’re meant for leisure riders who prefer to blitz by way of 30 miles on the weekend, fairly than design-conscious metropolis dwellers. You’ll be able to, in fact, journey a racing e-bike to work. Gogoro’s first bicycles are meant for a barely completely different sort of bicycle owner, although — one that can view its carry-centric body design as a significant asset, fairly than a head-turning gimmick.

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Gogoro is aware of that its e-bikes will not be for everybody.

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The Eeyo 1s has some drawbacks, although. The ‘Safety Mode’ is irritating and the app-based management scheme isn’t splendid in a downpour. In any other case, I’ve beloved my time with Gogoro’s carbon bike. It’s ridiculously enjoyable to journey (offered you keep beneath that velocity threshold), fast to cost, and sensible for anybody who lives in a flat or often desires to carry their bike onto a automotive rack or wall stand. There’s room for enchancment, however Gogoro will be pleased with its first effort within the electrical bicycle house.