When comparing Watseka XP Cargo Electric Bicycle vs Gocycle G3, the Slant community recommends Gocycle G3 for most people. In the question“What are the best electric bikes?” Gocycle G3 is ranked 3rd while Watseka XP Cargo Electric Bicycle is ranked 8th. The most important reason people chose Gocycle G3 is:
The maximum range of the Gocycle G3 is rated at 50 miles (80 kilometers), which is extremely high for a compact and foldable electric bike. Compared to the Gocycle [G2](http://www.slant.co/topics/6221/viewpoints/5/~electric-bikes~gocycle-g2), that's a battery life improvement of 25%.
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Out of all the electrical bikes available in the Western market, the Watseka XP Cargo is one of most inexpensive options.
Pro Doesn't feel cheap
The bike itself is sturdy and overall well constructed. The frame is completely made of steel and doesn't feel cheap. In short, build quality is great.
Pro Easily assembled
Watseka includes a User Guide and assembly instruction, and also provides customers with online assembly videos.
Pro Comes with accessories
The Watseka XP Cargo comes with a number of different accessories, such as a front light, rear light, horn, bell, front basket and a rear cargo rack.
Pro Battery is easily removable
The included battery of the Watseka XP can be removed with an ignition key, allowing you to easily switch battery packs between rides.
Pro Great customer support
The bike is provided with a 90 Day manufacturer warranty by Watseka, and the customer support that is provided by them is great. When the bike itself or a part (such as the battery) is faulty or suffers from a dead-on-arrival, a pick-up and replace process can be started - no need to pay for shipping costs.
Pro Great for commuting long distances without charging
The maximum range of the Gocycle G3 is rated at 50 miles (80 kilometers), which is extremely high for a compact and foldable electric bike. Compared to the Gocycle G2, that's a battery life improvement of 25%.
Pro Very comfortable riding experience
The Gocycle G3 is very comfortable to ride with thanks to a highly adjustable seat and good weight distribution of the bike. Compared to the Gocycle G2, the new revision features ergonomically designed grips and shifters, slimmer disk brakes and pedals with improved grip.
Pro Maximum speed can be adjusted via phone app
The official maximum speed of the Gocycle G3 is limited to 15.5 miles per hour (25 kilometers per hour), but this can be ramped up by using the official Gocycle companion app and setting a custom profile with speeds up to 25 mph (40 km/h). When using this adjustment, the Gocycle G3 is faster than the majority of all electrical bicycles.
Pro Easy assembly
Assembling the Gocycle G3 is straightforward and only takes up a couple of minutes, as seen in this instruction video.
Pro Quickly view stats on the steer LED-display
Battery life, gear settings and speed can be read off the compact edge-to-edge LED-display on the steer of the Gocycle.
Pro Doesn't weigh much
The third generation Gocycle has a total weight of 36 pounds (16,3 kilograms), which is only a tad heavier than the previous G2 model. Overall, weight is still very low compared to similar electric bikes.
Pro Very limited maintenance
Bike maintenance is almost non-existent with the G3. The chain is self-tensioning and built-in and doesn't require lubrication. The only thing that needs to be checked every once in a while is the tire pressure.
Pro Daytime running light adds visibility
The Gocycle G3 features an integrated and bright daytime running light, for added visibility on the streets.
Pro Solid build quality with good ergonomics
The framework of the Gocycle G3 is entirely made out of magnesium which is a light, yet solid building material. Compared to the Gocycle G2, the new revision features ergonomically designed grips and shifters, slimmer disk brakes and pedals with improved grip.
Pro Sleek and compact design
The Gocycle G3 features a sleek design with most elements such as the chain and battery integrated into the frame. Some parts such as the wheels can be disassembled as the G2 is quite modular in its nature.
Pro Extensive Gocycle Connect app, features anti-theft
The GoCycle G3 can connect to your smartphone via a Bluetooth connection and allows improved customization of the bike and also monitors different aspects such as speed limits, power mode and battery life. You can also keep the bike itself up to date with the Connect app, as it's possible to update the bike's firmware through the application. In the case of a technical failure, the app is able to generate a maintenance log for future reference.
Another feature of the Connect app is the ability to upload custom maps: you can specify parts of that map where the Gocycle should provide motor assistance. In case of a stolen G3, the app allows the user to remotely lock the bike if someone else tries to pair with it.
According to Gocycle, the app will be updated to better fit the new G3 bike with additional factors and statistics such as the amount of calories burnt, distance traveled, assisted speed settings and weather reports.
Con Heavy to transport
The total weight of the Watseka XP bicycle weighs in at 72.5 pounds (a little over 32 kgs), which is significantly higher than some other electrical bikes such as the 51 lbs X-Treme Trailmaker. This is mainly due to the heavy battery, which weighs 22 lbs on its own.
Con Battery quality is questionable
Watseka has opted for lead acid non-lithium batteries, which are cheaper to produce but also less efficient and heavier. Lithium batteries also last longer, which results in a somewhat limited range of 18 miles (29 km) for the Watseka XP.
Con Difficult replacement of rear wheel
Replacing the rear wheel of the Watseka XP tends to be an issue, as special tools are required to take the sprocket off the rear wheel. This is a task that is better suited for specialized repair shops.
Con Doesn't support a high passenger and cargo weight
The maximum weight on the Watseka XP for the passenger and the cargo is 250 pounds (113 kilograms). Not only is the 250W motor too weak for higher weights, but according to the manufacturer, the seat is also not suited for larger riders. For comparison: other bicycles such as the X-Treme Trail Maker allow weights up to 350 pounds.
Con Extremely expensive
With a retail price tag of $4300, the Gocycle G3 is one of the most expensive electric bikes currently on the market.
Con Low maximum weight limit
The maximum total weight specified by Gocycle for the G3 is 220 pounds (100 kilograms), which is fairly low compared to some other electric bikes. The bike should still work for higher weights up to 250 pounds (113 kgs), but may not work properly and safely. For comparison, the X-Treme Trailer Maker supports weights up to 350 pounds (159 kgs).