How do Gotrax GXL Commuter vs. SoFlow Air Carbon stack up?
The electric scooters we have head to head here are the GXL Commuter, manufactured by Gotrax, versus the Air Carbon, manufactured by SoFlow. We’ll take a deep dive into the specs of both brands, to help you decide which is better depending on your needs, and what you will mostly be using your electric scooter for.
Electric scooters are all about ease of use, versatility and convenience. They are designed to make urban commuting easy, which makes their weight one of the key characteristics to take into account.
The Gotrax GXL Commuter has a total weight of 26 lbs (34 kg), whereas the SoFlow Air Carbon has a total weight of 15 lbs (34 kg). As SoFlow Air Carbon is lighter, it is the more convenient option if you need to carry it for a portion of your commute (up stairs, or on and off public transport, for example).
Equally important when considering the ease of your commute is the folded dimensions of the electric scooter, as these make a huge difference when transporting or storing the scooter. Gotrax GXL Commuter folds down to 44.0" x 6.0" x 15.0", and SoFlow Air Carbon folds down to 8.0" x 5.4" x 39.0".
Of course, convenience and portability is only one part of the puzzle. It is important to know how an electric scooter actually rides, and whether it will be able to handle your specific commute.
If your commute is a hilly one, then you’ll want to pay careful attention to the motor power, as this is key in getting you and your scooter up hills.
Gotrax GXL Commuter has a motor power of 250W, versus SoFlow Air Carbon’s motor power of 300W. Neither model is designed to take on inclines, and both models will struggle if your commute is a hilly one.
Gotrax GXL Commuter has a top speed of 16 mi/hr (26 km/hr) versus a top speed of 12 mi/hr (19 km/hr) for SoFlow Air Carbon. Both models have a very similar top speed, so there’s not a lot to distinguish between them in this category.
When it comes to distance travelling, however, then the range of the electric scooter is going to be a key factor. Gotrax GXL Commuter has a range of 12 miles (19 km), while SoFlow Air Carbon has a range of 18 miles (29 km). If your commute is more than 20 miles (32 km), then neither model would be a good choice.
Battery life and recharge time are also important factors to take into account. Gotrax GXL Commuter has a battery capacity of 187whWh, and SoFlow Air Carbon has a capacity of 250 Wh. Gotrax GXL Commuter will recharge fully from empty in 3-4 hours, and SoFlow Air Carbon will take 2 - 3 hours to fully recharge.
An electric scooter also needs to be able to support the weight of the rider. Gotrax GXL Commuter has a maximum rider weight of 220 lbs (34 kg), while SoFlow Air Carbon can support a maximum weight of 220 lbs (34 kg).
Now onto safety. Brakes are one of the most important safety features of an electric scooter, and may be the only difference between a safely completed journey and a trip to the emergency room. There are a number of different brake options available for electric scooters, all of which have their respective pros and cons.
Disc brakes have the best braking power, give excellent control and perform well in all conditions, although they do require maintenance, and are usually the most expensive. Foot brakes are lightweight, simple, and require no maintenance, but tend to perform poorly when compared to other types, are slower to activate and need a specific riding position. Drum brakes are also low maintenance, and better performing, particularly in wet conditions, but are heavier and complicated to disassemble.
Both electronic brakes and regenerative brakes add no extra weight at all, and require no maintenance, but again both types produce less effective braking performance, and can be prone to failure. Regenerative brakes can also fail to work when the battery is fully charged.
Gotrax GXL Commuter has Disc breaks, and SoFlow Air Carbon has Foot breaks.
When it comes to tires, there are two options, pneumatic or solid. Pneumatic tires are more comfortable, but can burst if punctured by glass, thorns or nails. Solid rubber tires however are far more durable (and puncture-proof) but will give a more bumpy ride.
Gotrax GXL Commuter has Pneumatic and SoFlow Air Carbon has Solid.
Suspension can also help achieve a smoother ride, and although not all electric scooters come with suspension, many models come with front or rear suspension, or both. Gotrax GXL Commuter has None, and SoFlow Air Carbon has None, making neither a comfy ride.
These days, plenty of electric scooters come with built-in lights. Options vary with lights available at both front and back, just front lights, or just rear lights. Gotrax GXL Commuter comes with front lights, and SoFlow Air Carbon comes with both lights, so SoFlow Air Carbon is suitable if driving after dark and safety are high priorities.
The final thing to keep in mind is the warranty. This protects you in the unlikely event of a fault with the electric scooter. Gotrax GXL Commuter comes with a 90 day limited warranty, and SoFlow Air Carbon comes with a 2 years, 1 year battery and motor warranty.
And there you have it, a full round up of Gotrax GXL Commuter Vs. SoFlow Air Carbon. Hopefully this comparison gives you an idea of the relative strengths and weaknesses of Gotrax GXL Commuter and SoFlow Air Carbon, and helps demonstrate which electric scooter will best suit your needs. Whichever scooter you pick, remember to always be safe, and have fun!
Side By Side Comparison Chart:
|Gotrax GXL Commuter||SoFlow Air Carbon|
|Top Speed||16 mi/hr (26 km/hr)||12 mi/hr (19 km/hr)|
|Range||12 miles (19 km)||18 miles (29 km)|
|Weight||26 lbs (34 kg)||15 lbs (34 kg)|
|Rider Weight||220 lbs (34 kg)||220 lbs (34 kg)|
|Battery (WH)||187whWh||250 Wh|
|Recharge Time||3-4 hours||2 - 3 hours|
|Lights||Front Lights||Both Front & Rear|
|Frame Material||Aluminum||Carbon fiber|
|Standing Dimensions||43.8" x 17.0" x 42.0"||39.0" x 5.4" x 37.0"|
|Folded Dimensions||44.0" x 6.0" x 15.0"||8.0" x 5.4" x 39.0"|