Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Electric Bikes
Reload this Page >

Walmart Bike - GOTRAX

Electric Bikes Here's a place to discuss ebikes, from home grown to high-tech.

Walmart Bike - GOTRAX

Old 07-12-22, 10:09 AM
Thread Starter
Join Date: Mar 2005
Posts: 30
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Liked 6 Times in 3 Posts
Walmart Bike - GOTRAX

I decided to go for a GOTRAX Alpha. If I like the feeling and want an upgrade I bet I could sell this used for $500 and that would be well worth the $150 foray into eBike. It is a hub motor, I would guess off-brand motor and battery. Is there anything about this that will really annoy me?

This seems to be the most bike you can get for $650. I will put a review in after I get it, granted the only eBike i have tried was one of the ones you rent on the street, so I don't have much to compare it to. I am 6"3 and around 235lb. I measured my primary hills yesterday and they are at an incline max of 7%.
  • Motor: 350W high-speed brushless gear motors
  • LED Display: battery level, front light switch, 3-speed levels
  • Brakes: Front-rear disc brake and anti-lock braking system.
  • Transmission System: Shimano professional 7speed.
  • Battery: 36V 7.5Ah li-ion
  • Frame Materials: Aluminum alloy
  • Wheels Size: 29inch
scottatl is offline  
Likes For scottatl:
Old 07-12-22, 11:33 AM
Ride more, eat less
cat0020's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Philla PA, Hoboken NJ, Brooklyn NY
Posts: 2,063

Bikes: Too many but never enough.

Mentioned: 8 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 709 Post(s)
Liked 723 Times in 446 Posts
Max speed, climbing ability, range, etc.. all depends on rider/cargo weight, weather conditions, I wouldn't put much trust in advertised numbers for those.
Cheap bikes have plenty to offer for folks to get out and ride; their performance maybe lacking, but not all are out riding for performance.
As long as you're out riding and enjoying the ride; it's well worth the money, just as any $10k ebike.
cat0020 is offline  
Old 07-12-22, 12:25 PM
Senior Member
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: socal
Posts: 4,194
Mentioned: 9 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 865 Post(s)
Liked 787 Times in 596 Posts
Looks like a solid deal. The Chinese seem to have developed motors that are almost universally proficient FME. Hopefully, the battery, while small, will be good since diminutive batteries
(36V X 7.5Ah = 270Wh) are stressed more heavily than larger ones. Try not to exhaust the battery and recharge to at least 20% STAT if it gets low IMO.
2old is offline  
Old 07-12-22, 01:01 PM
Senior Member
Join Date: Apr 2019
Location: Windsor Ontario, Canada
Posts: 531

Bikes: 2018 Giant Sedona

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 179 Post(s)
Liked 116 Times in 95 Posts
I agree with 2old. The 270 watt/hour battery is the single item that might be disappointing to you. Hauling nearly 290 lbs up a 5 - 7% grade with an effective usable power reserve of about 160 watts based on a 75% efficient motor and keeping a minimum of 20% battery life (for longevity) could be problematic. Other then that the bike gets good reviews. Perhaps a 2'nd battery might be best, but they are very expensive. It might be best to go for a better bike with a 500 watt/hour battery right off.

For someone like myself who weighs 140 lbs, rides on flat land, and only want a bit of assistance for wind, or accelerating from a dead stop, That bike might be fine. Hence mostly good reviews. In fact I looked up similar e-bikes here in Canada where they're nearly 2x the price.

Last edited by xroadcharlie; 07-12-22 at 01:04 PM.
xroadcharlie is offline  
Likes For xroadcharlie:
Old 07-12-22, 03:42 PM
Thread Starter
Join Date: Mar 2005
Posts: 30
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Liked 6 Times in 3 Posts
well, the good thing about the smaller battery is maybe i won't completely rely on it. I want to get some exercise, i just cant make it up hills like i used to. I guess we will see.
scottatl is offline  
Likes For scottatl:
Old 07-15-22, 10:35 AM
Senior Member
Doc_Wui's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2015
Location: Chicago Suburbs
Posts: 1,390

Bikes: GT Transeo & a half dozen ebike conversions.

Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 337 Post(s)
Liked 264 Times in 186 Posts
I don't own a Gotrax, but checked some youtube reviews. I think it's good.

It uses the 810LED display, and I've had two ebikes with the same display, similar motor, and a 36V battery. Three PAS levels, and PAS 1 takes you up to 12 mph, which might be a little fast for riding with friends on regular bikes. If you pedal a little harder, the motor tapers off, and you get pretty good exercise, plus you extend the range, You may want to buy a $10 bike computer to track your speed/range,

Battery looks like an easily replaced reention style case, If you're into exercise, and not throttled ebiking, you night get 25+ miles.
Doc_Wui is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service -

Copyright © 2024 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.