It’s official… We are living in the age of electric scooters, and we couldn’t be happier about it. Everywhere we go we see people zooming merrily around, having fun, and getting places on time, no car necessary — hooray!
One scooter brand, in particular, that’s gained a lot of traction in recent years is Gotrax, and for good reason, too! Gotrax scooters are an anomaly.
Combining the advanced features of some of the most expensive up-market models, with the price tags of much more stripped-back designs, they’re converting the masses one scooter at a time.
Of course, Gotrax scooters wouldn’t be true contenders in the electric scooter market if they didn’t fold down, adding an essential extra level of space-kind portability. So, to set you up on your new whirring whip, let’s discuss how these marvelous miniature motors collapse down to their more manageable form
Enjoy this guide on how to fold a Gotrax scooter!
Folding Your Gotrax Electric: A Step-By-Step Guide
We’ve got some good news for you, fellow scooter enthusiasts: learning how to fold a Gotrax scooter couldn’t be easier. No matter which model you own, whether it’s the Apex XL, Max Ultra, XR Elite, or the G4, there are only ever five small steps involved with this vehicular origami.
So, without further ado, let’s dive in, shall we?
Set Up The Stand
Okay, so this isn’t really an official step of the folding process; however, as it takes two hands to collapse Gotrax electric scooters, it’s a good idea to kick out the stand and have the scooter support itself. Either that or simply lean it against your body as you fold.
With your scooter supported and both your hands free, you’re ready to move onto step number two.
Look For The Red Lever
Pan your peepers to the inside base of the stem on your Gotrax scooter. For the uninitiated, the “stem” is the front, vertical bar that connects the front wheel to your handlebars.
Right in the corner, connecting the stem to the platform will be a little, angular, metal arch. Embedded in the long edge of this arch, you’ll find a red prong. This is actually a lever.
The very end of the lever should jut out slightly from the top of the arch. Take hold of this protruding section, then move on to the next step.
Look For The Red Knob
Next up, you’re looking for a shiny red knob on the left-hand side of the metal arch mentioned a moment ago. Use your remaining free hand to firmly grasp this knob (no laughing!).
Dual Motion To Trigger The Fold
At this point, you should have the protruding end of the lever in one hand and the lateral knob in the other. The next step with learning how to fold a Gotrax scooter is to pull the knob away from the metal arch, whilst simultaneously pulling the lever back towards the deck.
The deck of a scooter, for those that don’t know, is the platform on which you stand as you ride.
When these two red mechanisms are activated simultaneously, it unbolts the scooter from its rigid state, freeing up the stem for some slick folding action!
Locking Your Gotrax Scooter In Its Folded Position
The stem of your Gotrax scooter should now easily fold backwards, with the handlebars coming to rest just beyond the guard of the rear wheel.
On both the rear wheel guard and the top half of your stem, you should notice two more bits of red hardware. The one on the stem is a latch, and the one on the guard is the clip where the latch clicks into place, thereby securing the stem in its folded position.
To activate this connection, simply bring the stem of your scooter down towards the rear guard, push it firmly down into the clip, listen for an affirmative click, and voilà; job done!
My Gotrax Stem Won’t Click Into Place. What Am I Doing Wrong?
If your Gotrax stem isn’t clicking into place on the rear guard, firstly, don’t worry, you’re not doing anything wrong, and your scooter isn’t broken — phew! You just need to make a quick adjustment, and everything will work as it’s supposed to.
Take a look at that clip on that rear fender. Can you see that it’s held in place by two screws? Well, for whatever reason, the screw holes are actually quite long, which means, sometimes, the clip can be a little shy north or south of the optimal position when it’s fresh from the factory.
To fix it, take an Allen wrench, loosen but don’t remove both the upper and lower screw to free it up for some vertical shifting, then experiment with different positions until you find the one that accepts the stem latch and holds it securely in place.
Once you’ve found the sweet spot, tighten the screws back up, and you’re ready to take your Gotrax scooter for a spin without worrying about lugging it around in its full form when you reach your destination.
How To Unfold A Gotrax Scooter
Unfolding a Gotrax scooter is even easier than folding it. To get it into the upright position and ready for a wiz about town, simply depress the rear fender, which will uncouple the stem latch from the fender clip, then pull the stem up into the riding position.
The red lever we discussed earlier will pop back into place, signifying that the scooter is locked in its active position. But before you zoom off into the sunset, double-check that everything is secure by briefly yet firmly pushing the stem back the way it came.
If it stays firmly in place, you’re good to go!
When folded, Gotrax electric scooters tend to measure roughly 15 x 44 x 6”, and weigh around the 26 lbs mark, which is about the same as a large laundry detergent bottle. This makes them a highly portable solution to your everyday travel needs.
Even if you have a few flights of stairs to conquer on your daily commute, the folding function and lightweight build of Gotrax scooters makes them an incredibly manageable way to get from A to B.
We hope this guide of how to fold a Gotrax scooter is helpful!