2013 Electra Townie Go Review

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Summary

  • Proven platform, Electra's Townie is comfortable, durable and stylish
  • Incredibly simple and clean, no computer to mess with, no extra cables or settings
  • Excellent ~30 mile range but lower top speed (15mph electronically limited), single speed crank

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Introduction

Make:

Electra

Model:

2013 Townie Go

Price:

$2,200 USD

Body Position:

Upright Relaxed

Suggested Use:

Neighborhood

Electric Bike Class:

Pedal Assist (Class 1)
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Warranty:

Lifetime Frame, 1 Year Components

Availability:

United States

Model Year:

20122013

Bicycle Details

Total Weight:

52 lbs (23.58 kg)

Frame Material:

6061-T6 Aluminum Alloy

Frame Types:

High-Step, Step-Thru

Frame Colors:

Black, Light Blue

Frame Fork Details:

Hi-Tensile Steel Unicrown with Straight Tapered Legs

Attachment Points:

Rear Rack Bosses, Fender Bosses, Bottle Cage Bosses

Gearing Details:

2 Speed 1x2 Internally Geared Auto-Switch at 11 mph, 17T Cog

Cranks:

Forged Alloy 170 mm

Pedals:

Aluminum Alloy Platform

Headset:

1.125" Steel Threaded Semi-Integrated

Stem:

Forged Alloy 25.4 mm Quill, 100 mm Extension

Handlebar:

6061 Aluminum Alloy High Rise

Brake Details:

Front and Rear V-Brakes, Alloy 4-Finger Reach Adjustable Levers

Grips:

Ergonomic

Saddle:

Ergonomic with Shock-Absorbing Elastomer

Seat Post:

Forged Alloy with Micro Adjust

Seat Post Length:

350 mm

Seat Post Diameter:

27.2 mm

Rims:

Double-Wall Alloy with Eyelets, 26" with 36 Holes, Painted with Machined Sidewalls

Spokes:

14G Stainless, Brass Nipples

Tire Brand:

Schwalbe Fat Frank Balloon, 26" X 2.35" 67 TPI

Wheel Sizes:

26 in (66.04cm)

Tire Details:

Reflective Sidewall, Puncture-Resistant Kevlar Guard Casing

Tube Details:

Schrader Valve

Accessories:

SRAM D3 Dynamo (3 Watt Output) Powered LED Headlight, Matching Aluminum Alloy Fenders and Chain Guard, Rear Carry Rack, Double Leg Scissoring Kickstand

Other:

Patented Flat Foot Design Offers Comfortable Seating Position, Removable Battery with Lock, KMC Z7 Rustbuster 1/ 2" x 1/ 8" Chain

Electronic Details

Motor Brand:

SRAM E-Matic

Motor Type:

Rear-Mounted Geared Hub
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Motor Nominal Output:

250 watts

Motor Torque:

60 Newton meters

Battery Brand:

Samsung

Battery Voltage:

36 volts

Battery Amp Hours:

8 ah

Battery Watt Hours:

288 wh

Battery Chemistry:

Lithium-ion

Charge Time:

3 hours

Estimated Min Range:

20 miles (32 km)

Estimated Max Range:

30 miles (48 km)

Drive Mode:

Torque Sensing Pedal Assist

Top Speed:

15 mph (24 kph)

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Written Review

This is a review for the 2013 version of the Electra Townie Go! which made its way into dealers across the United States in the Spring of 2013. Follow this link for a review of the most recent Townie Go. This bike offers a unique combination of style and simplicity. The rider doesn’t have to shift gears, adjust speed settings or mess with a tiny computer. In fact, the Townie Go doesn’t even have a user facing computer or gears to shift into our out of. Hands are left completely free to hold on or use with the brake levers. Everything that goes into making it an “electric” bike lives in the rear hub and battery pack and is connected with just one wire that runs through the frame. This makes riding a breeze and means there aren’t any extraneous cables to detract from the beautiful color and clean lines that Electra is so well known for.

Picture this, The Battery Management System (BMS) is integrated into the rear battery pack. The torque sensor, speed sensor, controller and gear box are all integrated into the rear hub. There is only one wire lead going from the rear hub motor to the battery and it runs through the rear rack carrier which is beautifully designed. This is the benefit of using SRAM’s E-matic system, it’s super clean. There is a light on the front of the bike but in order to keep the system from getting messy, this light does not actually run off of the battery pack, it’s powered by a hub dynamo built right into the front wheel. The same is true of the rear light which uses AA batteries and is not integrated with the SRAM e-matic system.

For more advanced riders this bike may underwhelm. It is electronically limited to just 15 miles per hour top speed. In the USA, electric bikes are legally permitted to hit 20mph. While we’re on the subject of speed… This bike is a single-speed meaning it doesn’t have any gears for the rider to choose from when pedaling. It’s like most of the other Electra bikes, reminiscent of what you may have had as a kid, just one speed for all occasions. In so many ways, this is just a standard Electra bike with a motor attached. But it’s attached very well and the design is smart. Having a motor at all is a huge benefit for longer rides, windy days and whenever hills come into the picture and this bike adds one while keeping weight and complexity at bay.

According to the CEO of Electra, this bike can take a 200lb rider ~37 miles per charge which is quite an accomplishment! The Lithium ion battery pack is high quality and because this bike doesn’t have a throttle, the rider is required to constantly pedal in order to keep it going which extends battery life. To get it going all you have to do is press the power-on button on the rear battery pack and then begin pedaling. It’s that easy.

I’m a big fan of the upright seating position that this bike and other Electra bicycles offer. It keeps your head up and on the road. You’re less likely to get a stiff neck or back from being arched over, like on most road bikes, and the tires are large and soft which helps to absorb bumps. The handlebars are swept back letting your shoulders relax and the “flat foot” design positions the pedals and bottom bracket further forward on the bike letting you sit in a more natural knees-forward position.

All in all I’m big a fan of this bike. It takes something great and makes it a little bit easier to use… and more fun! For just $2,200 this bike is priced very well and while it doesn’t offer quite as much power or technology, that’s fine, that’s part of what makes it fun and easy to use. It also weighs just 52lbs which in the world of electric bikes is on the low end, especially for a comfort design. It comes in many colors and both a high step (men’s) or low step (women’s) configuration.

Pros:

  • Incredibly simple, beautiful and durable. Based on Electra’s proven Townie design
  • Well priced at just $2,200 compared with other ebikes
  • Relatively light weight at just 52 pounds
  • Cables are integrated into the frame keeping the bike stylish and less vulnerable to snags
  • The rack that houses the battery is welded onto the frame and won’t rattle, this is a quiet bike
  • Simple electronic system only has one switch on/off so you won’t be confused or distracted
  • Includes a front light which is powered through the front dynamo hub
  • Lots of beautiful colors to choose from
  • Comfortable, ergonomic seating position combined with soft tires and plush sprung seat
  • High end Lithium-ion battery will get lots of charge cycles, recharge quickly and weigh less than Lead acid alternatives
  • Battery locks to bike and is hidden by a swivel reflector in the rear
  • Awesome kickstand folds to the side vs. strattling the rear wheel. This is lighter and can stow higher up than alternatives.
  • Built in fenders look great and make riding in the rain or on wet streets no big deal
  • Chain guard protects pants and dresses from getting oil on them
  • Single speed design means the chain is short and tight and won’t fall off as easily as some elctric bikes

Cons:

  • Lower top speed than many other US electric bikes, just 15mph
  • Only offers pedal assist mode so you have to keep pedaling to go vs. using a throttle
  • No computer to tell you how far you’ve gone or how fast you’re riding
  • Since the battery and motor are built into the rear end, this bike is back-heavy
  • Curvy frames look nice but are harder to mount onto some car and bike racks, especially the step-through version
  • The rear light is powered independently by AA batteries and not integrated with the SRAM e-matic system

Resources:

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jason
5 years ago

For that much money there should be a taillight that runs off the battery too.

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PCDoctorUSA
4 days ago

Thus the old adage, "If you can't beat 'em, buy 'em."

Thomas Jaszewski
4 days ago

All but one of my bikes are townie or townie style. I could never go back to being hunched over a handlebar. All of what has been written is spot on. Not having to jump onto, or off of a seat and being able to put feet flat on the ground when fully mounted, well, its a real joy. BTW for anyone that didn't know, Electra had a long standing lawsuit against Trek for their seemingly copy cat Trek Pure. They solved it buy purchasing. Now my two favorite companies are one!

John from Connecticut
6 days ago

Vicki,

I really like what both 'Bob Armani' and 'Over 50' wrote. In my opinion Bob's thoughts on the 'big picture' are spot on. 'Over50s' are as well
should your eBike riding be of the cruiser style. The Townie-Go eBike is a great and safe choice. The frame design was intended for cruising on level ground ( or very slight hills ) . With the eBike version hills are a non issue. The Townie It is an extremely safe bike
as in tipping over or falling because of it's unique frame design.

When riding and coming to a stop the riders feet can be placed directly on the ground. The pedals and crank are
positioned forward of the rider as they are seated, thus allowing for a safe secure stop/start.

Trek thought so much of the design ( my guess ) they bought Townie and used the existing bike design for the Townie -Go e-Bike.
Should the Townie-Go be your choice and being a Trek product you'll have great support. The bike uses the Bosch Performance
Line motor / battery system with an Intuvia controller. I have two Trek bikes with the Bosch System which I think is the best on the market.
It's very powerful and silky smooth.... I hope this was helpful.

John from CT

Over50
6 days ago

Howdy. I was born in Lubbock but living in Michigan these days. How about total budget in addition to intended use?

One option you might consider if you want to have the support of a local shop: most towns have a Trek dealership and I believe Trek owns Electra. The Electra Townie line has some nice options. If you have confidence in your local Trek shop and they have a good reputation for service after the sale, it might be worth it to consider a slightly higher priced bike. I'm in a larger metro area and my local Trek shop stocks quite a few of these Townies.

Maybe worth a pre-arranged trip to Austin as well to try out some bikes? Pre-arranged in that maybe an Austin dealer could have quite a few bikes lined up for you all to test out on a given day. Ann who is the moderator of this forum could probably help you there. I used to live in Amarillo and I doubt they would have much in the way of e-bike sellers. Midland or Hobbs? Probably not.

But yes it will help us to know total budget and intended use in order to make some better recommendations. Here's a link to the Townie line:

http://www.electrabike.com/bikes/townie-go/townie-go-8i?g=stepthru

Dewey
2 months ago

Welcome! This electricbikereview.com website has reviews organised by category, price, also Court Rye's https://electricbikereview.com/best-electric-bikes/ by category - he has a https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcJGe_WM6xKnB_J8ynIYx2A and the videos are embedded in each bike review he posts here. The https://www.reddit.com/r/ebikes/ discussion forum has a list of helpful links on the right side of their webpage including an introductory https://www.reddit.com/r/ebikes/wiki/index#wiki_intro_to_e-bike_kits_ and links to the http://www.ebikeschool.com/discover/ website and http://endless-sphere.com/forums/index.php DIY discussion forum. Use the search box on these forums to find out if your questions have already been answered, and if not ask away. There appear to be dozens of bike shops in Sacramento and it's great to take test rides of several models before you commit to buy, equally important is a local bike shop's ability to provide services, diagnostics, and electrical/mechanical maintenance. There's a tempo to ebike sales that follows the changing seasons and if you time it right you can pick up a great deal on a previous year model. Or you might prefer to go with one of the bigger bicycle retailers who all have introduced Class 1 pedelec (20mph, no throttle) models in or just above your budget such as the Giant Explore E+3, Specialized Turbo Como 2.0, Trek Lift+, and Electra Townie Go! If you choose a direct-to-consumer brand like Sondors, or Voltbike, or discounter like https://crazylennysebikes.com/collections/demo, consider employing a local bike shop or mobile bike mechanic service like https://www.velofix.com/locations/sacramento/ to assemble a mail-order ebike out of the box as they will have the right tools and can check everything is tight, safe, and working on the bicycle side e.g. the brakes, chainline, gears, and accessories.

mhs7386
2 months ago

HELP: Would appreciate thoughts on buying my first e-bike. It MUST be from a local shop as I like to support local businesses, prefer to deal with a human in person, and I’m not handy.
So, from those carried locally what are your thoughts on the Electra Townie Go!, Magnum Peak and Mangum +, and the iZip E3 Dash.
Thanks!

DaveinMtAiry
2 months ago

I'm struggling to understand why so many want a bike that goes 28 MPH. If I wanted a motorcycle I'd buy a motorcycle, 20 MPH is plenty fast enough for me and I'm an older fellow too. I'm much more interested in torque and the ability to get up hills than going at a speed that could kill me. Am I missing something? Is the 28 MPH bike in demand for reasons other than top speed?

Thanks

mhs7386
2 months ago

ADVICE PLEASE!

I am retiring soon (I’m 64) and would like to choose the right electric bike. It must come from a brick and mortar store because I’m not knowledgeable about e-bikes or handy. My favorites from my online research are the Electra Townie Go!, the Trek Lyft (test drove these two at stores) and the Raleigh Retroglide and Raleigh Redux, which I like because its top speed is 28 and the others are 20. My budget is $3000. I’m 5’10, 185 lbs.

Any advice would be much appreciated!

e-boy
3 months ago

"The fastest-growing price point for e-bikes at the moment is $2,000-$2,499"
"Trek leads the electric bike market ahead of Electra, Specialized, Raleigh, and Giant – with 42 percent of sales focused on transit/fitness, ahead of lifestyle designs at 25 percent. Since independent bike shops often are moving the most electric bikes, it’s a welcome business opportunity for shops on tight budgets."
https://techaeris.com/2017/11/10/electric-bikes-winning-consumers/

Ed P
3 months ago

I, too, have loved my non-electric, crank-forward, step-thru bike (RANS Fusion) for the past 10 years here in somewhat hilly Washington, DC; 10 months ago I brought it to the flat, Delaware shore and finally decided on a a step-thru e-bike (Kalkhoff Include 8) for use here and have been very pleased.

Baron
3 months ago

I am 72 and absolutely love my townie go

Dewey
3 months ago

Yes Bionx motors are designed and assembled in Aurora, ON, the battery cells are Sony made in Japan but it's probably the highest domestic motor content. The companies I mentioned in my previous post do the R&D or assembly in Canada but the battery cells and bicycle components and frames will for the most part be manufactured in the Far East.

To answer the OP, all the companies you mention are resellers of Chinese ebikes and simply put their own decals on, Court has reviewed several models from Voltbike on this website and I like they give you a free DoT polo style helmet. Check the return policy if you go with a direct to consumer ebike, ideally you want free return shipping or a local retailer, I tried out 2 or 3 kit motors before I settled on my BBS01 and battery shipping is expensive.

If you go with a big 3 ebike they have the economies of scale to be able to offer their ebikes in several sizes, local in-person shop support, and they will stand behind their warranty. Some of this years Class 1 pedelecs like the Specialized Turbo Como, Giant Explore E+, and Electra Townie Go! from Trek, have lower starting prices than in previous years, all are nice ebikes.