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Gaya compact test: a longtail cargo cargo at nice prices

But if there is one point that makes everyone agree, it is the sale price of this compact.

Gaya Cargo, the alternative connected to the Decathlon R500E electric bike


At Gaya, we love life on a bicycle and say it aloud. Yes, we are convinced that cycling is the key to softer and freer urban mobility. Yes to a mobility that adapts to our new lifestyles, whether to work, do your shopping or escape. And what could be better than a cargo bike to do all of this at the same time ?

It is by thinking of you that we designed our Gaya Cargo !
Our challenge ? Offer you a powerful electric bike capable of adapting to your life while facilitating the city.

In the landscape of cargo bikes, a model acts as a star. So we wanted to paint a portrait between Our Gaya Cargo and the Long-Tail Decathlon R500 Electric. Let’s be totally transparent: you can imagine that we have a little bias. Toddler. So to be as objective as possible, we carried out this article from user testimonies of the R500E bicycle. After reading it, you will have, we are sure, a concrete comparison of the two models.

Connectivity and geolocation, reinforced security, optimized comfort, adaptation to your own needs: discover the forces Who make our Gaya Cargo bike a more than serious alternative to the Longtail Decathlon Vélocargo.

Top start of our top 5 little more gaya.

1. Power and autonomy to go (still) further !

Decathlon :: The engine placed in the rear wheel of the Decathlon R500E and the 3 levels of assistance offered seem to be suitable for its users. With a battery with a power of 675 Wh , The customers of this longtail believe that the whole is perfectly balanced and makes it possible to climb large slopes without problem, even loaded. This combination offers a maximum of 90 km maximum.

Gaya : With the same design (rear engine and 3 levels of assistance), Gaya offers several battery powers to cyclists interested in its cargo model. As standard, our electric bike comes with a 450 W battery offering a range of 70 km maximum. For those who need to go even further (up to 100 km), a battery of 600 Wh is available optional.

Whether in decathlon or in Gaya, after having traveled several tens of kilometers, you will need to recharge the removable batteries. Count 4 hours of charge with the 4A charger included for the Longtail Decathlon R500 Electric. While for Gaya Cargo, the 2A standard charger recharges the 450Wh battery in 4:45, and that of 600 Wh in 6.15 am. Sufficient for most cyclists who load their battery at night or during their day, at their workplace, for example.

2. Optimal comfort for (even) more pleasure

Decathlon : The front suspension of the decathlon bicycle provides comfort appreciated by its users, when passing sidewalks, bumps, cobblestones.

Gaya : To limit the weight, we have made the choice not to integrate this suspension on our bicycle, but to compensate for it in terms of comfort by wide tires which make it possible to cross paths and pavers in all serenity. Comfort is also the driving position and the quality of the seat. Her Ultra-motor saddle guarantees you a first class trip, and with class. And with the option of rear seats, it is a turbulence without turbulence that is announced for all your passengers. The height adjustment of the saddle (very fast on the Gaya, a little less on the decathlon) makes it possible to adopt a right position On both bikes, that we measure 1m60 (or even 1m55 on the decathlon) or 1m95.

Small downside on decathlon bike. User measuring less than 1m70 would seem difficult to step over the high bar of the framework. Which can be even more perilous when you have children in the back. Gaya Cargo offers a plus great ease of access, thanks to its V -shaped frame at the low -spanning.

Finally, in all those who have tested or who have decathlon bike, equipment is unanimous: Start assistance. “J he can’t do without it ” , “” ” A real gift from heaven “,” happiness “” ! Particularly precious equipment on a longtail bicycle whose main function is to be loaded. And this little “magic trigger”, you also find it on our Gaya Cargo. A little help at startup and up to 6 km/h for you ensure a fluid start without losing balance !

3. Practical and modular for (still) more freedom

Decathlon :: When looking for a cargo bicycle, we want it to adapt easily to all situations of the urgent urban. A long luggage rack, a loading capacity of 170 kg, including 80 kg at the rear (and 10 at the front), and standard support bars. In short, Décathlon opted for a configuration that appeals to parents, which can thus embark up to 3 children (them on the other hand ultra-detest), for a total length of 2.20 meters and a weight of 38 kg.

Gaya Cargo offers a 160 kg payload, including 75 kg at the rear (and 10 at the front) and also allows transport up to 3 children (overexcited or contemplative) on Only 1.95 meters and almost 10 kg less !
To transport on the same day, children, computer, sports bag, all-short bag and races, your bike must be practical and adapt to you, rather than the reverse. This is the Gaya philosophy with which we designed our cargo. We preferred to give you the opportunity to Select the equipment you really need. Whether you are a multi-funiating city bike or bikes, with children’s seats, loading accessories or passenger kit, choose the accessories that suit you ! In short, do you facilitate the city.


4. Maneuverability and safety for (still) more serenity

More and more of us vacuum to softer, more sustainable and freer mobility. Move and even roll the light mind is possible. Whether on the longtail Decathlon R500E where the Gaya Cargo , Stability and maneuverability are ensured by a center of low gravity, and 20 -inch wheels, for a most pleasant driving (NB. At Décathlon, only the rear wheel is 20 “). Without forgetting the disc brakes, which ensure effective braking.

See well and be seen is for us a primordial aspect of security. Whether it’s longtail Decathlon R500E where the Gaya Cargo , They both have the front and rear headlights. But our front lighthouse, in addition to being beautiful, follows the direction of the handlebars, which is rather practical and reassuring.

The little extra: In order not to have to leave the handlebars while keeping your eyes on the road, our Gaya Cargo bike is equipped with blinkers… and a horn to ride (really) a light spirit, and be heard in addition to being seen. And that is only at Gaya.

Now that everyone is well secured, it will also be necessary to think of secure your bike When you are not on board. The electric R500 decathlon is equipped, such as the Gaya Cargo, with a serial framework, But our electric bike still has many other laps in its bag. Connected and geolocated, You always keep an eye on him, even from afar, even very far away and this thanks to our Gaya application . And if he were to be moved without your authorization, his alarm fires.

It is not finished ! Because with Our insurance and assistance offer , If your bike is stolen, it will be immediately replaced and you, repatriated.
He’s not lying the one who will sting your bike. What to sleep like a baby when your Gaya bike sleeps outside.

5. (Really) attractive prices

Decathlon : In the opinion of its customers, at 2.€ 799, the R500E decathlon offers an unbeatable value-equipment. We would like to tell them that it is because they do not know (yet) the Gaya bikes �� It is clear that, between its capacities, its standard equipment and its design, this longtail offers an excellent proposal.

Gaya : As we said above, we have made the choice to offer a bike that adapts to you, not the reverse. The Gaya Cargo is therefore displayed at 2.€ 300, an alternative placed at 500 € less than the Decathlon electric bike. You then choose what additional equipment you need.

So that you can see clearly and not pedal in the semolina, here is a quick comparison:

  • Decathlon Longtail R500 Electric Vélocargo + 2 cushions for rear passengers + home delivery = 2.873 €
  • Gaya Cargo + battery 600 Wh (autonomy up to 100km) + children’s kit (double cushion seat, side bars, footrest and wheel protection) + basket for the front rack = 2.920 € (free delivery)

You will understand, the Gaya Cargo bike is a serious alternative to the Longtail Decathlon R500 Electric. Without forgetting the little extra that makes (all) the difference: Gaya Cargo is connected and geolocated For even softer and serene mobility. Finally, design being a personal affair, we leave you alone judge, even if on our side we never tire of looking at our bikes at the Gaya workshop ��.

If you are of the same opinion as us or if you still ask yourself questions, Quickly make an appointment here For a test, we will be delighted to meet you.

Gaya compact test: a longtail cargo cargo at nice prices

Gaya Compact // Source: Thomas Ancelle for Numerama

Robust, well -equipped and affordable cargo bikes: it is Gaya’s bet, a French brand that aims to settle in the landscape in the landscape.

The Gaya brand specializes in utility bikes, with two models in the catalog: the cargo which adds 20 cm and 5 kg to the compact. In spite of the Cargo name, Gaya does not offer a model with a loading tank at the front. The compact and the cargo are longtails, either bikes with a longer rear section that can receive passenger (s) or bulky loads.

For this test, Gaya provided us with the compact, his smallest bike if we can use this term for a 1.75 m long bike and weighing 23 kg without battery.

Gaya Compact // Source: Thomas Ancelle for Numerama

At first glance, with its silhouette collected, but Costaude, its double fork and its (relatively) small wheels equipped with large tires, I found that the compact had a little chappy side, this 50 cm3 cyclo which made the beautiful days from Yamaha at the end of the last century.

And this kinship is not totally absurd because the compact, just like the cargo, shares some attributes with the motorized two-wheelers that we are used to crossing in town.

2RM equipment (two motorized wheels))

Because in addition to their double fork, what distinguishes the Gaya bikes from the competition, is the big scooter type headlight accompanied by its LED indicators located under the front carrier carrier. Add to that in standard endowment the metal mud guards, the stop fire at the rear and the possibility of adding the mirror mentioned above or downright a top box of 25L (+60 €), and we understand the intention Initial of Gaya: Offer bikes that take the visibility elements of the scooter to reassure and encourage urban customers not necessarily to the life of an urban cyclist to take the plunge.

Gaya Compact // Source: Thomas Ancelle for Numerama

To the equipment included already mentioned, let’s add the chain cover and two bells, a classic mechanics located on the left handle and an electric (a horn, in fact) located on the control block also on the left side, just below the command of blinkers. The compact also has a framework in which it is possible to fuck a chain (+60 €).

On the electric group side, the two compact and cargo models are equipped identically. Both are moved by a 250 W and 50 Nm of torque engine in the rear wheel, accompanied by a 450 Wh or 600 Wh battery as an option (+150 €). Note that for the two capacities, Gaya also offers a “gouach” version made in France and repairable for € 150 (450 WH) or € 300 (600 WH). This group is supplemented by a pedaling and torque sensor to adjust assistance as close as possible to the real needs of the cyclist and a start -up assistance located on the right handle allowing to launch the bicycle from a complete stop and also served of Boost (at Vanmoof), when active when we are pedaling.

Gaya Compact // Source: Thomas Ancelle for Numerama

On the road With the Gaya Compact

In use, the compact behaves as you expect for a 23 kg bicycle equipped with an engine at the rear. The weight is fairly well distributed, the accelerations are frank and quite immediate, the lag effect between the moment when the pedal is pressed and the start -up of the remaining rather discreet.

Once launched, the bicycle has a secure and pleasant behavior, generous tires filter well the roughness of the ground, offering a fairly surprising level of comfort for a bike devoid of a suspended room suspended. The maximum speed of 25 km/h is reached fairly quickly and the engine remains in ambush to assist in the event of the cadence of the cadence. As is often the case with the engine VAE in the rear wheel, once stabilized at 25 km/h, you have the impression of pedaling in the void. The fault of the type of assistance, therefore, but also and above all to the only speed available on the compact (the cargo, it offers a 7 -speed transmission).

The big headlight of Gaya Compact // Source: Thomas Ancelle for Numerama

The choice to set up 20 ”wheels on both models is questionable and undoubtedly only guided by design. A larger diameter would give a little more control in unforeseen situations (high sidewalk crossing, etc.). As it stands, beware of slippery surfaces in the rain, the front wheel can shirk fairly quickly, the weight of the bicycle then leads you to a fall that is difficult to make up (it is experience).

Disk brakes do their job well effectively, we would have preferred a hydraulic braking system, but it would undoubtedly have had an impact on the total price. At night, the front lighthouse lights up a large cone in front of the handlebars and the rear light equipped with a stop fire function allows you to stay clearly visible from the other cyclists and (above all) cars, which adds to the secure side of the ‘together. In the end, we are in the presence of a real city bike, pleasant to use on a daily basis, comfortable and secure that clearly favors quiet driving to dynamic driving.

A point on autonomy

As always, the autonomy depends on the battery chosen, the weight of the cyclist and the driving conditions. Gaya announces 70 km for the battery of 450 Wh and 100 km for that of 600 Wh. These figures are undoubtedly to be taken into account in Eco mode (the 1st on the 3 assistance modes available).

The rear seat of the compact Gaya and the battery // Source: Thomas Ancelle for Numerama

For my side with a bike equipped with the 600 W battery, rolling mainly in Tour mode (intermediate) with some passages in sport (mode 3) for reminders in the ruthless coast of the East Parisian, I use 20 % of The battery for 11 km. A quick calculation therefore allows me to say that a full battery would make it possible to travel a little less than 60 km is still 40 less than the manufacturer’s estimate. And with a single speed and a 23 kg bicycle, do not expect to prolong the output in strictly muscular mode.

I also had the opportunity to make a 35 km journey with a 40 kg child installed at the rear: there were less than 10 % battery on arrival. The possibility of boarding a passenger is therefore a more appreciable, but with an obvious impact on autonomy, to be reserved exclusively for small journeys.

As a number of manufacturers, Gaya offers an application to record your journeys with the usual data (average speed, max, battery consumed and CO2 saved) and to have reminders for maintenance. But above all, the app proposes to geolocate its bike and lock it remotely, allowing to activate the alarm and block the electric motor. This mode is ideal for short stops for which we don’t have time or the desire to take out the anti -theft and look for a fixed point to tie the bike. Note all the same that these features are free for 2 years then go to 60 €/ year from the 3rd year. Despite these features, the app is not a must to use the bike. It is quite possible to use it without ever using the app, even if once the bike will transmit the route to your mobile.

But if there is one point that makes everyone agree, it is the sale price of this compact.

The large rear light of the compact Gaya // Source: Thomas Ancelle for Numerama

Let’s talk little, let’s talk about prices, the Gaya Massage Argument

Displayed at € 1,800 with its standard endowment, we are in the presence of a well -equipped bike sold at a very attractive price, 200 € cheaper than a small carrier less well equipped, for example. NOT

otre model was delivered with a few options: the adult passenger kit (+150 €) which includes a removable bench length of the luggage rack, wheel protections against splashes and foldable toe, a mirror (+40 € ), a front basket (+40 €) and an anti -theft channel (+60 €) to which we add the 600 W battery (+150 €) and the fast charger (+50 €) for a total price of 2,290 € or near € 500 additional. But even with these options, we remain cheaper than a Quick Haul tern offering almost the same services for 1,200 € more.

So ok, for this price we ignore hydraulic brakes or better integrated wiring management, but the essential is well available: a practical, comfortable and well equipped bike to serene the big city calmly.

We tested Gaya, a Parisian electric bike, affordable and full of good ideas

MOBILITY Newcomer to the jungle of sweet mobility, the French manufacturer Gaya arrives on the electric bike market with two models full of innovations, good ideas at aggressive prices. “20 minutes” was able to take charge of a pre-series model during a long-term test

Posted on 02/09/22 at 10:35 am

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The compact electric bike of the French brand Gaya

  • Gaya, a young Parisian manufacturer, embarks on the manufacture of electric assistance bikes.
  • It offers two models, including a longtail, very well equipped as standard at very competitive prices on this segment.
  • Solicited by the brand, “20 minutes” was able to carry out a long -term test without concession of the compact model of Gaya.

The arguments to make you prefer electric bike to the car during your daily urban trips are no longer counted. If the relevance of such a means of transport is no longer to be demonstrated, the choice of its future destorier can however be complicated as the offer is prolific. Gaya, a French manufacturer installed in Paris, is one of the last arrivals on a market. And this is not really a handicap since the young brand can thus offer, with hindsight, two models of intelligent, innovative VAE (electric bike) at very competitive prices. Solicited by the brand, 20 minutes was able to test the “compact” in a 400 km road trip to Rotterdam, in the Netherlands.

The compact Gaya on the roads of the Netherlands

The real innovation, always standard, is the intelligent anti -theft system integrated into the bicycle. A motion sensor triggers a sound alarm, blocks the electric motor and send an alert via the Gaya mobile application. Bikes also carry a GPS tracer with an autonomous battery that allows them to locate them in the event of theft. A system that we have successfully tested despite a latency of a few minutes between the locking of the bicycle and the trigger of the alarm. Gaya must nevertheless correct a bug which sometimes disrupts the operation of the GPS.

For the test, we have chosen the compact version which still allows to take 80 kg of load on the back and 10 kg at the front for a total load weight of 160 kg. It is in a journey between Lille and Rotterdam that 20 minutes put the machine to the machine. If the 15 kg bag is forgotten, the 5 kg tent at the front strike the stability of the bicycle as soon as you let go of the handlebars. Nevertheless, in eco mode, on dish, the rear wheel engine has no trouble taking everything. In normal mode or in boost mode, the slopes are effortless. But for how long ?

A real concern for autonomy or a defective battery ?

The reparable battery of the Bordeaux manufacturer Gouach promised us 70 km of autonomy in eco mode. It has never been possible to reach them directly or indirectly. At the maximum, we were able to roll 52 km, fear in the stomach of falling into a harbor and having to take the strength of the thighs the 23 kg of the bicycle and all our loading. No doubt a defect in the battery that had been provided to us since the latter finally made the soul at the end of the trip. In use, the pre-series we had in hand also revealed some other faults: central crutch too low, headlight support to review.

However, the Gaya arrived in Rotterdam without flinching: not a nut in 400 km, not a puncture. The driving position and the comfortable saddle preserved our back and our buttocks. The machine is pleasant to drive, handy despite its weight and loading. Even if the manufacturer clearly explains that it is not a bicycle suitable for such adventures, but rather for daily urban use, he did the job. The defects of the pre-series will be corrected for future buyers, in particular the crutch, whose design has been entrusted to a specialized design office. The experience was therefore rather conclusive and we had a little twinge in the heart when the Gaya returned home.