Test Flyer Gotour6 3.40: The e-touring bike from the Swiss mid-engine pioneer impresses with sophisticated technology for everyday rides and bike tours. The comfortable seating position combines with the not too high-torque engine and the easy-to-shift five-speed gearbox to form a coherent concept.
There was a time when Flyer was almost synonymous with “e-bike” (or “pedelec” as they called it) along with a handful of other brand names. Born 30 years ago from a homemade electric bike, the manufacturer brought a full-suspension series product to the streets at the turn of the millennium; a few years later, the typical Flyer look with polished aluminum and curved tube shapes was created, which was style-defining for a long time. Above all, however, Flyer relied on the mid-engine from the start, while many competitors installed large rear engines and only gradually converted to the drive concept, which is superior for most purposes. Flyer has remained true to the layout with the Panasonic motor and the battery standing vertically above it – for example on the Gotour3 city bike, which also rolls on the 26-inch wheels that were once typical of Flyers.
Flyer Gotour6 3.40: all-rounder with harmonious Bosch motor
The Swiss pioneer has also long since opened up to the Bosch drive, so that both mid-mounted motors now coexist peacefully and demonstrate their respective strengths on different bike models. Flyer prefers to install the extremely high-torque Panasonic drives with the networked FIT components on E-MTBs, where the high support factor of the aggregates has proven itself. And systems such as the harmonious and naturally pushing Bosch Active Line Plus are used on versatile all-rounders such as the Flyer Gotour6 3.40 presented here. The field of application of this electric bike is already in the name: bike tours, commuting and everyday activities are the terrain on which the Gotour6 shines.
Visually, the Bosch model has moved noticeably away from its predecessors: the frame now looks more distinctive and modern, and of course the battery in this drive variant is integrated into the down tube, resulting in a very tidy look. The Gotour6 with a 500 watt hour battery (625 Wh for an additional charge) also has the advantage that the battery can be removed from the top; Goroc variants with a larger battery are equipped with a side cover.
Comfortable frame shape
The frame shape of the Gotour6 can currently best be described as "gender-neutral": The "rod" of the good old men's bike is no longer necessary for reasons of stability on everyday bikes; omitting them means a clear advantage in terms of comfort. With the Flyer touring bike, you no longer have to swing your leg over the luggage rack - it's enough to lift your foot over the bottom bracket. It goes without saying that this is advantageous when getting on and off the bike, and it often happens in everyday life, where the bike is occasionally pushed.
Also typical of the living space of the 3.40 is a constant alternation of acceleration and deceleration. Other road users, traffic lights or curves make it necessary to change speed again and again, and this requires several components of the e-bike: first of all, of course, the drive, whose balanced torque of 50 Nm is actually optimal for city traffic.
Well thought-out technology
Because the Bosch Active Line Plus pushes very evenly and without jerks, where more powerful motors often act a bit rough; it also regulates gently when you are gliding at speeds above 25 km/h. Then there are the disc brakes, which can be controlled very well and thus allow sensitive braking and sharp stops. And finally the gears, which the Swiss have selected according to the motto "less is more": The Shimano Nexus Inter-5E has a wide range of gear ratios of 263%, which means that the individual gear steps naturally have to be rather large. However, this has the advantage that you only have to turn the handle three times from standstill to cruising speed - the fourth gear is adjusted so that you can pedal at a comfortable cadence at 25 km/h. Very easy gears for starting and for ascents are not necessary on the e-bike; you only need fifth gear if you go beyond the supported range.
Another advantage of the five-speed gearbox is its great solidity, as it was specially tuned to the high torques of e-bikes. This is where the Inter-5E has an advantage over other manual transmissions, especially in the long run.
With these technical features, the Flyer Gotour6 is already quite far ahead when it comes to driving fun, and of course it has even more to offer. Thanks to the adjustable suspension fork and a (of course a bit simple) suspension seat post, the level of comfort is high, to which the pleasant shape of the handlebars and the ergonomic grips also contribute. The Schwalbe tires, which are rather wide at 50 mm and mounted on 28-inch rims, promise high puncture protection and smooth running thanks to the profile designed for asphalt.
Flyer installs an Abus frame lock and a bright LED spotlight, as well as a sturdy luggage rack that sits elegantly on the mudguard, making the Gotour6 suitable for everyday use and touring. The large Intuvia display from Bosch is clear and easy to read, the operation of the drive system is extremely simple - even those who have never sat on an electric bike will get along well with the Swiss all-rounder. Which in turn is thanks to the harmonious engine, which does not overwhelm even newcomers with too much power.
Flyer Gotour6 3.40: An e-bike that suits many cyclists
There are e-mountain bikes, racing bikes with compact rear motors and stylish, sporty urban e-bikes - but if you think about it, it's models like the Flyer Gotour6 that appeal to the vast majority of cyclists. Anyone who feels they belong to this group should shortlist an e-bike from the Swiss mid-engine pioneer.