2013 Electra Townie Go Review

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Sram Ematic Electric Hub Motor
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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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Thomas Jaszewski
23 hours ago

That as well as those blowing off kits are uselessly narrow views. First off there are very high quality motors that will never be found on a factory built eBike. And there are motors that limit a talented, or driven hobbiest from doing their own service. Number one reason I don’t have a Bosch Ebike. That doesn’t make it inappropriate. I just suggested my niece not mess about and buy an electric Electra Townie, but sold her husband a sine wave controller, top line eZee, CA3, and a rebuildable battery. He’s learned to do it all, she will take hers in for service. I build and do all my own repairs and battery builds. I build for others, but recommend bikes based on the customers needs and involvement. It’s ALL good. I’ll never quite understand the seeming arrogance by the two different approaches. That seems the direction I see so many things going these days. Arrogantly defending a single minded approach. I LIKE EBIKES. PERIOD.

Thomas Jaszewski
1 day ago

The most comfortable bikes for less than able riders are the crank forward, flat foot frames. Electra Townie, KHS Smoothie, and several others. https://www.electricbike.com/12-crank-forward-bikes/

Volts
4 days ago

How exciting! I do love my Como, after a couple months of riding mine, I'm left with the impression that I've never owned anything as silent, solid, and flawless as this machine. I realize that sounds like hyperbole, especially since on this thread there are people that have not had the same experience as me. I just have 380 miles so far, many of my rides are 10 miles, checking out the neighborhoods from a new perspective.

I see you have the front wheel off in the picture... it's like you slide this big, light bolt out of the wheel, it's greasy, and you think, okay what am i going to do with this now? It's not like the skinny quick releases, and I know ours isn't the only bike with this quality set up, but I sure was impressed with the seeming precision and number of machined mating surfaces involved in the mounting of the axle.

J.R.
4 days ago

Congratulations! No not lazy if you went 20 on the first ride and plan 40 for ride two, not lazy in the least. We all have our reason and a mad hill is a good one. Have fun!

mrgold35
5 days ago

I have two 2016 Radrover with +4500 miles between them and just purchased a RadCity Step-Thru for the wife a few weeks ago. I've got caught in a few rain and hail storms with my Radrover and she had zero issues with the mechanical or with the ebike electronics afterwards. Everything is sealed up nice and tight with Rad Power Bikes. We don't get a lot of snow in the southwest and usually don't ride if it is snowy/icy out.

The wife and I really like the Radcity step-thru because of the upright seating position, cruiser style handle bars, 750w rear hub, easy on/off step-thru frame, 2.3 inch plus size tires, adjustable stem, fenders, rear rack, front suspension, 14 ah battery with regen braking, throttle, and very stable at 20 mph. We added the Cloud-9 11.5X12.5 cruiser seat and Bodyfloat suspension seatpost and that made for a very comfy ride on almost any terrain.

One good thing about Rad Power Bikes are they are regular bikes with ebike components added. Any local bike shop, Amazon, or eBay will have parts for this bike if you need to upgrade the bike components. The Rad ebike components are just the LCD, wiring harness, light, controller, battery, or rear hub. Each of those parts are zero maintenance/tuning/firmware upgrades, inexpensive, and easy to exchange if defective.

I was in vacation in California and an EBR forum member suggested I rent the Radcity Step-thru from a local bike shop in Newport Beach to try before I buy. The wife love the step-thru and we were able to take our time and put around 40 miles on the bike in all kinds of commuter situations around Newport Beach (even took the ebike on a ferry).

I would check to see about ebike rentals and plan a weekend trip try or eliminate possible candidates. We did another ebike rental in Santa Barbara and we didn't like the Electra Townie Go or the BH Easy Motion Evo City Wave mid-drives at all compared to the Rad ebikes.

John from Connecticut
2 weeks ago

The Raleigh Retroglide iE Step Thru is a great looking bike, stunning ! I guess it's 'sold out ' ? ...You wrote you felt safe on the Raleigh. That safe feeling has a lot to do with the fact that the bike has a 'pedal forward design' allowing you place your feet flat on the ground when stopped. Also the geometry aka the design of the frame, because it's a cruiser makes for a stable feeling. The bike is not twitchy. Since your husband
is a long time road cyclist he can explain about a twitchy bike and why you don't want that : )

Obviously safety is a huge deal for many of us and certainly yourself. Since you're going to visit a Trek dealer hopefully they may have a Lift + Low Step or the more expensive Townie-Go both are pedal forward. The Townie has the Bosch Power system which is very smooth.
These bikes do not have throttles or power assist buttons.

https://www.trekbikes.com/us/en_US/bikes/hybrid-bikes/electric-hybrid-bikes/lift/lift-lowstep/p/25105/?colorCode=white

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

John from CT

Adventure73
2 weeks ago

Specialized initially had a thinner foam piece there. However, they updated to a harder rubbery piece. I'm just waiting for them to develop a solution that is not temporary. If they do not develop something, I would make my own shim using a 2 - 3mm thick silicon that does not permanently compress over time and doesn't put enough pressure at the contact point. Will ride another 200 miles and let you guys know.

John from Connecticut
3 weeks ago

I don't know the Trek Verve well, but I do know Trek 'cause I have three, two e-bikes and a traditional carbon road bike. The company
is first rate, great. Besides their bikes, followup customer service and support is the best. The issue now becomes $$s .You'd mentioned you wanted to stay at or less than 2K.

John from CT

Dewey
3 weeks ago

The 2018 Raleigh Electric Retroglide is a nice ebike. It is a Cruiser style so you may like to look at the 24” https://www.pedegoelectricbikes.com/shop/24-step-thru-comfort-cruiser-1/ Comfort Cruiser which is one of Court’s top picks for shorter riders, or the https://www.vintageelectricbikes.com/pages/cafe Electric Cafe small frame fits riders above 5’ 1”, or the https://www.electrabike.com/bikes/townie-go/townie-go-8i?g=stepthru Townie Go!

Volts
3 weeks ago

The original seat is probably just fine, but at 61 and having not ridden in decades, I fairly quickly switched it out for an instantly plush Brooks B67 saddle and Kinekt sprung seatpost. Probably overkill, but I have zero attention on that area of my body now, so I'd say: success. , Before the seat change, I'd be going on rough gravel and it felt as if my eyes would jiggle out.

I'm 250 pounds, 6 foot 4 and appreciate the higher grade, bigger hubs and rims. I take the Como on some pretty rough single track trails and the wheels are still quite true and tight. The motor power has been so smooth it is undetectable and you forget the bike is motor powered and I imagine I'm a young superman.

I've owned Corvettes for years and am familiar with the admiring attention it can bring from other guys. The wicked looking black bike reminds me of that. It's got that charisma, where I'll see their unbroken gaze at it and I'll enjoy their questions.

I didn't get mine to commute, just fun. It sure has gotten me off the couch.

John from Connecticut
3 weeks ago

Hi, Another fine bike is the is the Electra Townie-Go. Trek bought the company. The Townie is a pedal forward design, meaning the crank and pedals are forward of 'normal' so when stopped your feet immediately can touch the ground. Very safe and stable.

https://www.electrabike.com/bikes/townie-go/townie-go-8i

John from CT

John from Connecticut
3 weeks ago

Hello, The Townie - Go is a great choice ! Trek bought Electra which made the original Townie so that should say something : ) I
think this was the original feet / crank forward design allowing for feet on the ground when stopped or necessary. ...Very safe and stable.

The Townie - Go has a Bosch power system , Performance Line motor, Intuvia controller, Bosch battery and a two year warrantee.
With Trek support after the sale you can't go wrong.

John from CT