Review: Electra Vale Go!

Dewey

Well-Known Member
It looks like a $2K (Raleigh retroglide for example) bike being sold for $3.3K.
A more realistic price for the Electra Vale Go would be under 3 grand considering the price and feature set of competing Class 1 mid-drive models with relaxed cruiser geometry, sold through bricks and mortar shops eg:
  • Raleigh Venture 2.0 iE ($2,600) 500wh battery, Bosch Active Line Plus motor (50nm), Alivio 9-speed derailleur, 11-36t cassette. No rack, lights, or fenders.
  • Norco Scene VLT ($2,700) 500wh battery, Shimano Steps E6100 motor (60nm), Alivio 9-speed derailleur, 11-36t cassette. No rack, lights, or fenders.
  • Momentum Vida ($2,400) 400wh battery, Yamaha/SyncLife motor (60nm), Nexus-7 IGH. No rack, lights, or fenders.
I like that Trek have activated walk assist on their ebikes, and that they specced a rack, lights, and fenders on this Electra Vale model which is more than the competitors listed above, although it's a pity you can't put anything on top of the rack like a trunk bag these cruiser step-through's appear to be marketed more for leisure/recreational riding, someone looking for a more upright commuter step-through would be better off going with the Trek Verve+ 3 Lowstep model with the same motor & battery as the Electra Vale but with a proper cargo rack and priced $300 cheaper.
 
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