Previous Electra Townie Go models were a little lacking when it came to how the weight of the bicycle was distributed. In the past a few riders complained, also, about the bicycle feeling underpowered. This new incarnation of the Electra Townie Go doesn’t suffer from those problems, having benefited from some revisions over past models. The first thing that caught our eye about the Electra Townie Go was the very nicely done paint job. The bike comes, in fact, in two different frame styles (one of them a step-through) and six different nicely complemented color options. LED lights are integrated up front and in the rear, the saddle feels good, and workmanship is quite nice overall. Frustratingly, while you can mount panniers to the bike, there’s nowhere to mount a water bottle, and that struck us as an annoying oversight — especially at this price.
Oh yes, the price: The Electra Townie Go is a nice bicycle, and you’re paying for every cent of that. With a price tag edging troublingly close to three thousand dollars, the Electra Townie Go is going to be well outside the price range for many riders. Honestly, we get a little nervous about paying for a bike that costs half as much, so when you buy an Electra Townie Go, disposable income is a must. The bike offers great features, but there are a lot of comparable bikes out there that can be had for much less. This is going to have to be a consideration when you decide which bicycle to put your money into. After all, if you could buy one Electra Townie Go, or two comparable bikes for you and your spouse, which would you pick? We know which option we’d take.
That aside, we did appreciate the Electra Townie Go’s high-torque motor, which we found very responsive. There’s no denying the great aesthetics of the bicycle, either: This is one great-looking ride. The internally geared hub is a nice feature, and one we’d expect to get at this price point, so that’s something the Electra Townie Go has… going… for it. (See what we did there?) We do have to deduct points, though, for the inability to mount a water bottle on the bike’s frame, and for the relatively weak band brakes. Of all the bike’s liabilities, that one is definitely the most significant. Disc brakes or V brakes would be preferable.
– Very high price tag
– Weak brakes
– The bike is heavy
– Responsive, high-torque motor
– Great aesthetics, including multiple options
– Internal gear hub
VERDICT: A great-looking bike that carries a high price tag. We wouldn’t recommend buying this one unless you don’t mind paying a premium to look good going down the road.