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GoTrax GPRO 3 Scooter Overview
Looking for a 3 wheel electric scooter to get around town or campus? The brand new GPRO 3 Wheel Electric Scooter is shaping up to be one of the best electric scooters on the market. So if you’re looking for a three-wheel electric scooter (often called a trike), this GoTrax scooter is certainly worth a look.
Three-wheel scooters are gradually becoming more popular for a few reasons. Compared to a two-wheeled scooter, three wheel scooters, like the GPRO 3, are easier to balance on.
Even if you’ve got great balance, you may still appreciate the ease-of-use of a three wheel scooter. And some riders may find that the extra wheel offers a more comfortable, smooth ride over long distances.
That said, a 3 wheel electric scooter is sometimes a bit more expensive than their two-wheeled counterparts. This shouldn’t come as a surprise given that three-wheeled scooters have more parts. They may also be heavier and less compact, so keep that in mind if you can only store it in tight spaces in your home.
Some three-wheel scooters feature two wheels at the front, while others place the third wheel at the back. The GPRO 3 Wheel Electric Scooter falls into the latter camp. Many 3 wheel mobility scooter models use a similar setup because the extra wheel on the back provides more stability, potentially reducing the risk of a wipe-out.
GoTrax has emerged as a leading electric scooter brand. Generally speaking, their scooters are reliable, well-constructed, offer a good feature mix, and are often a great value. These qualities should transfer over to the new 3 wheel model, but nothing can be taken for granted.
With that in mind, let’s dig into the specifics of the GPRO 3 Wheel Electric Scooter and why it’s perhaps the best three wheel scooter.
Who Should Buy the GoTrax GPRO Ultra?
The GPRO 3 Wheel Electric Scooter is a great scooter for a wide variety of situations. Many if not most scooter riders will find that this electric scooter meets their needs. If you’re looking to make in-town deliveries, to get around campus, or simply need something for short rides, this GoTrax scooter should serve you well.
That said, with a list of $999.99, this GoTrax electric scooter is relatively expensive. Of course, you may find it on sale. Regardless, we’ve found that this electric three-wheel scooter offers solid value.
Still, you can find a lot of electric scooters these days retailing for $300 or less. These budget scooters may not offer the range, speed, and other features of the GPRO 3 Wheel Electric Scooter, but they may still serve your needs for quite a bit less.
Those riders on a tight budget may find a better scooter given their constraints. Keep in mind, however, that many budget scooters feature a two-wheel design. If you want a high-quality electric trike scooter, you may have to spend more.
People living in hilly areas may find that this scooter underperforms. On paper, the GoTrax GPRO 3 is rated only for 14-degree hills, although electric scooters sometimes perform better in the real world. Still, some top-end electric scooters can tackle 25 degree or greater hills. If you live in a hilly area, keep this in mind when shopping for an electric scooter.
The GoTrax GPRO 3 is an especially wise choice for those who have trouble using two-wheeled scooters. Two-wheel scooters can be a bit tricky to balance on and even just a few moments of inattention can cause experienced riders to wipe out.
Check out the deck on this trike, and you’ll notice that it is wider at the rear. The three wheeled design should allow riders to rely less on centering their weight.
That said, when selecting a scooter, you need to keep your weight in mind. The GPRO 3 Wheel Electric Scooter weight limit of 220 lbs or less. If you’re heavier and use this scooter, you may increase the risk of malfunctions and wipeouts.
Fortunately, some brands offer scooters designed for heavier individuals. If you exceed the 220 lbs weight capacity, you should look at a scooter designed for your weight.
Senior citizens interested in an electric scooter, perhaps to get around their subdivision or a campground, may also find this GoTrax electric scooter is quite usable and functional owing to the increased stability.
Ultimately, the GoTrax GPRO 3 is a great option for college students, in-town delivery drivers, and others. If you’ve got the budget, need a reliable scooter with a solid range (24 miles per charge), and don’t live in a hilly area, this electric three wheel scooter is definitely worth a look.
If you do live in hilly areas, you may want to look at another scooter. At the very least, it’d be wise to wait until more data and reviews are available to see how this scooter performs in similar conditions. And if you’re on a tight budget, the GoTrax GPRO 3 may simply be out of your price range.
OTHER SCOOTERS TO CONSIDER
SPECIFICATION, COMPARISON AND REVIEWS
|GoTrax GMax Ultra||25 mph||45.0 mi||36 lbs|
|GoTrax XR Elite||15.5 mph||18 mi||31.88 lbs|
|GoTrax GXL V2||15.5 mph||9-12 mi||26.4 lbs|
|GoTrax GXL||15.5 mph||12.5 mi||26.5 lbs|
|GoTrax G4||20 mph||25 mi||36 lbs|
|Razor Electric Scooter T25||15.5 mph||18 mi||27 lbs|
GoTrax GPRO Electric Scooter Specs
The GoTrax GPRO 3 Electric Scooter offers solid specs. Keep in mind, however, that since the GoTrax GPRO 3 is quite new, we can’t verify or repudiate these specs. For now, let’s take a look at the published specs.
|Battery||36V 10.5aH LG battery|
|Range||Up to 24 miles on a single charge|
|Waterproof Rating||IP X6 waterproof rating|
|Max Speed||15.5 Miles Per Hour|
|Tire||Single 10″ Front and two 8.5″ Rear Air-filled tires|
|Dimensions||47.1″ x 18.4″ x 48.7″|
GoTrax claims that this scooter reaches a maximum speed of 15.5 miles per hour. In practice, many scooters can exceed advertised top speeds, while some struggle to reach them. We’re going to have to wait until more data from a number of users is available to determine real-world performance.
Other competitors to the GoTrax GPRO 3
There aren’t many three-wheeled electric scooters on the market right now but there are a few other options:
Drive Medical ZooMe Three Wheel Recreational Scooter: Features a seat, retails for about $800, and is designed for mobility. Reaches 15 miles per hour and has a max range of 17 miles per charge.
Dragon Mobile Scooter Mobility Folding Electric Mobility Scooter: This is actually a four-wheel scooter, and also features a chair. It is quite light for such a large unit, weighing just 63 lbs. You can select either a 17 mile per charge unit or a 27 miles per charge unit.
Besides three-wheeled scooters, you can also look at two-wheeled scooters like the GoTrax GMAX Ultra. This scooter retails for about $800 and features some better specs, such as a 45-mile range and a top speed of about 25 miles per hour.
That said, if you’re looking for a three-wheeled scooter, even a premium two-wheel unit may simply not meet your needs.
For now, the GPRO 3 may be the perfect scooter available with three wheels. Let’s take a look at the specific features of the GoTrax GPRO 3 so you can determine if this is the right electric 3 wheel scooter for you.
Features of the GoTrax GPRO 3
GoTrax has built a reputation for good decks and thus far the GoTrax GPRO 3 appears to uphold their standards. The deck offers a solid grip and features a rubberized material. The deck widens towards the rear, offering more foot room than many scooters, while the three-wheeled design suggests you can distribute your weight a bit outward from the center.
The GoTrax GPRO 3s handlebar’s grip is rather bumpy, but that’s a good thing. The bumps allow for a strong, reliable grip. GoTrax usually puts together good handlebars, and this one seems no different. Unless you have especially large hands, you should find that the handlebars offer plenty of space. Construction seems sturdy, and on the whole, the handlebars emphasize function over sleek looks, which is a positive in our opinion for riding day in and day out. We’d love to see an adjustable handlebar but that’s typically not something you see until you get into the more expensive “pro” type models.
Since the GoTrax GPRO 3 is relatively new, we haven’t gotten much data in regards to braking capability. Still, the brakes thus far seem to offer good stopping power and stability throughout braking. It’s smart to take some time riding any new scooter in an uncrowded area so you can get used to its capabilities, including brakes.
The GoTrax GPRO 3 is equipped with a headlight that sits just under the handlebars. If you’re not careful, the wires, such as the brake line, might obscure your headlight, reducing effectiveness.
Despite the two rear wheels, this scooter has only one small brake light underneath the deck. Given the two rear wheel wells, it would have been nice to see a pair of larger brake lights affixed above the pneumatic tires. Still, this scooter should offer enough light both at the front and rear for safe driving at night.
That said, when riding an electric scooter at night, it’s perhaps best to stick to lighted roads and pathways. Also consider reflective stickers for your helmet, backpack, and other gear.
E. Portability and Weight
Unsurprisingly, this scooter isn’t as portable as many other scooters on the market. A three wheel design will typically increase the scooter’s weight and size. If you look at the GoTrax GPRO 3’s specs, you’ll notice that this scooter weighs 52 pounds whereas many electric scooters weigh 30 lbs or less.
52 pounds is quite heavy, to be honest. Then again, many three-wheeled scooters are even larger and heavier.
F. Quality of Construction
GoTrax has emerged as a leading electric scooter brand, and for good reason. The company’s construction quality is generally quite good no matter the model and price. The GoTrax GPRO 3 certainly gives the impression of great build quality.
With all that said, the jury is still out in regards to build quality and whether the GoTrax GPRO 3 can withstand the test of time. A few months from now we should have more data from users.
G. Charging Time
We haven’t gotten a lot of data so far in regards to charging time. The GoTrax GPRO 3 features a 36V 10.5aH LG battery. The GoTrax G4 features a similar 36v scooter battery 10.4AH battery and takes 4 to 5 hours to reach full charge. We expect similar numbers from the GPRO 3.
When buying a scooter, you should also consider the battery’s likely lifespan. If the battery quickly breaks down, you may be on the hook for an expensive replacement within a year or less. It’s nice to see that this model has an LG battery, as LG is one of the best battery manufacturers.
I. Standard Warranty
GoTrax offers a limited 90-day warranty. To qualify for the warranty, you can’t use their scooters for competitions, commercial uses, or rentals. The 90-day warranty only covers manufacturing defects, so if you get in an accident, you’re not covered. Modifications void the warranty.
Quite frankly, this warranty is quite short and rather limited. However, that’s common among scooter brands. You can purchase extended warranties directly from GoTrax but they can be quite expensive.
The pneumatic tires are quite large and offer good traction. We’ll have to wait and see how the GoTrax GPRO 3 performs in varied conditions, such as rain and ice, but the tires leave a good impression. They’re large, thick, and seem quite sturdy. The back wheels are a bit smaller than the front wheel, but on the whole, all 3 wheels get the job done.
If you look under the rear deck, you’ll notice two beefy shock absorbers that should be able to handle rough and tumble roads, brick-paved pathways, and the like. Combined with the three-wheel setup, we believe that many riders could find that this scooter offers a smoother, more comfortable ride than many other electric scooters on the road.
Some scooters skimp on displays completely. Other scooters feature displays, but they’re so small and/or dim that they’re all but useless. The GPRO 3 Wheel Electric Scooter features a large white-on-black display that should be easy to read even in bright daylight. Displays typically enable users to manage speed modes, check charge capacity, and monitor speed, among other things.
M. Security Features
Sadly, thieves these days are targeting electric scooters. If you buy a scooter, it’s smart to store it indoors or to ensure that it is properly secured with strong locks. Fortunately, many companies, including GoTrax, are starting to put advanced security features on their scooters. In the case of the GoTrax GPRO 3, you can set a digital code on the tiller (the “T” shaped steering column that includes the handlebars).
Many scooters now offer varying levels of waterproofing. This GoTrax model features IPX-6, which means it can withstand high-pressure water from any angle. In practice, this means the scooter should withstand rainstorms, shallow puddles, and splashes. However, the scooter might not survive being submerged.
A Final Word on the GoTrax GPRO Electric Scooter
All in all, the GoTrax GPRO 3 is a good choice, especially if you struggle to balance on two-wheeled scooters or don’t feel comfortable riding them. Even if you’re an experienced rider who rarely suffers mishaps, you may appreciate the extra stability offered by the three-wheel design.
This scooter currently has a list price of $999.99 (in the United States, on the GoTrax website). This will put the GoTrax GPRO 3 out of the range of some shoppers. And if you simply need a scooter to get around a college campus or down to the neighborhood store, you may find a scooter that serves your needs for $300 or less.
Still, GoTrax is a favored brand among scooter enthusiasts. Build quality is typically high, range is usually good, top speeds are respectable, and you’ll often find a variety of great features.
That’s true with the GoTrax GPRO 3 specifically. The spacious, grippy deck, IPX-6 waterproof rating, and 24-mile range suggest this scooter is an electric scooter you can rely on. That said, it may struggle with steeper hills and offers only a so-so top speed.
Sometimes, scooters perform better in the real world than on paper. Still, with limited data available right now, we should assume that the paper stats are accurate until we find ample evidence otherwise. Customer testimonies may allow us to revise top speeds, hill capabilities, and the like.
While the three wheel design may add stability, it also adds weight. This scooter weighs more than 50 pounds, which is rather heavy. If you have to lug your scooter up flights of stairs, you may struggle with the weight.
Some electric scooters can be folded up and taken inside (e.g. to class). But the GoTrax GPRO 3 is rather bulky and you may have to leave it outside. You’ll want to make sure it’s locked up tight. While the scooter offers some security features, a high-quality lock and/or chain is advised.
The GoTrax GPRO 3’s warranty is pretty short at just 90 days. Unfortunately, short, rather limited warranties are common even among premium scooter brands. Extended warranty options are available but cost quite a bit. Still, picking up an extended warranty might pay off.
One thing we would like to see is an add-on seat. If you had a seat, onen that was adjustable and allowed you to change the seat height, this trike would appeal to a larger number scooter riders.
Add it all up and the GoTrax GPRO 3 is shaping up to be a great scooter, especially for people who struggle with regular two-wheeled scooters. So long as you don’t have to tackle steep hills and weigh 220 lbs or less, this scooter will likely serve your needs.
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Dragon Mobile Scooter Mobility Folding Electric Mobility Scooter: This is actually a four-wheel scooter, and also features a chair. It is quite light for such a large unit, weighing just 63 lbs. You can select either a 17 mile per charge unit or 27 mile per charge unit.