Electra Townie Go! 7D Electric Bike Review

The Electric a Townie Go! 7D Step-thru combines value and style with a fair price to create what they describe as "an e-bike for the rest of us.".

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The Townie Go! 7D – “An e-bike for the rest of us”

The Electric a Townie Go! 7D Step-thru combines value and style with a fair price to create what they describe as “an e-bike for the rest of us.”. With that being said, it’s no wonder the Townie Go! is near the top of the best-seller list in the U.S.

Electra Bicycle Company, a subsidiary of Trek Bicycle Company, has put together an excellent electric bike based on the original Townie model that has been part of their pedal-powered lineup cruiser models since 2003. With years of experience in the bike game, you can feel assured you’re getting a quality e-bike.

As a Class 1 electric bike, the Townie Go! 7D offers pedal-assist power only, with no throttle-delivered boost. Three available levels of electric power-assist the rider’s efforts up to 20 mph.

As defined in federal law, “low-speed electric bicycles” have a motor less than 750 watts (1 h.p.) and a maximum speed of 20 mph. Further regulation that has been accepted nationally and administered locally has created four classes of electric bikes:

  • Class 1 e-bikes have an electric motor of no more than 750 watts power that assists pedaling, up to 20 mph, with no throttle control for added power.
  • Class 2 e-bikes have an electric motor of no more than 750w with a throttle to add power, up to 20 mph.
  • Class 3 e-bikes have an electric motor of no more than 750w with a pedal-assist power boost up to 28 mph. These are often combined with Class 2 throttle-controlled power up to 20 mph plus the pedal electric boost up to 28 mph.
  • Class 4 has an electric motor of more than 750w that can be activated with pedal motion or a throttle and a top speed above 28 mph (45 kph). These are considered mopeds or motorcycles that must be registered as a vehicle.

The Details

The Townie Go! 7D Step-thru is an electric-motor powered cruiser with a comfortable, upright geometry that provides a smooth and steady ride. The built-in rear cargo rack holds a battery locked within the frame of the back rack that’s easy to remove with your key.

You can figure on an average range from your battery of about 20-40 miles. Factors in your range include rider’s size, additional cargo that may weigh down the bike, and how much pedaling power the rider is contributing during the ride.

The 7D in the model number refers to the seven gears at your thumb to gear down for take-offs and taking on big hills. The Hydrive rear hub motor adds 250w power to your pedal power up to 20 mph. Pedal-assist kicks in after about one-half pedal rotation.

The control and display unit mounted at the left grip is minimal. Three buttons and two strips of LED lights are all you get on the display. Five blue lights in a line indicate the battery charge level, and three red lights indicate the power assist level.

Electra is very proud of their patented “Flat Foot Technology.” They’ve nudged the bottom bracket and crank a bit further forward than usual and angled back the seat post just slightly to put the rider in a relaxed, upright body position.

Designed to be pedaled comfortably without battery power, the 50-pound bike is easy to ride with or without being assisted by its electric motor. A Shimano Revo 7-speed twist with optical gear display smoothly takes you through the gears.

There’s plenty of stopping power in the 180mm mechanical disc brakes with a four-finger lever. Townie Go! is powered by a Hydrive 309Wh lithium-ion battery that’s rear-rack mounted, powering a 250w hydrive rear hub motor. Also included is a 2 AMP charger that will fully recharge the battery in about six hours.

The Townie frame is designed to accommodate riders in sizes from 4’11” to 5’11” (149.9 – 180.3 cm). For a list price of $1499.99, the Townie Go! 7D Step-thru offers a lot of value in a delightful ride.

Pros:

  • Confidence

    Electra being a subsidiary of Trek, offers a level of quality you’d expect from the big brand manufacturer. From Electra, a company with almost 30 years in the game and nearly a half dozen years adding an electric boost to their bikes, who’ve now merged with mega-brand Trek, you know what you’re getting.

  • Comfort

    Slight but significant tweaks to the geometry of the classic cruiser bike do add that bit of stability and confidence for many riders who like to have the feel of ground nearby.

  • Some extras

    Little things like the back rack (holds the battery, but also holds your stuff), integrated taillight and brake light, chain guard, and rear-mounted sturdy kickstand add value.

  • Price

    Some have said that the ideal price point for a good quality model of e-bike that is widely available to everyone is around the $1500 level, and Electra hits the target.

Cons:

  • Power

    A 250w hub motor in a Class 1 e-bike (no throttle power) means the Go! doesn’t go as hard as more powerful e-bikes. The motor may underperform on hills with a medium-to-big rider and some cargo on board.

  • Minimalist display

    No bells or whistles in the small unit perched near the left handgrip, just five blue status lights for the charge level and three red lights indicating assist level, plus three buttons for on/off and power level.

  • Nothing extra

    E-bikes in this price range tend to be on the minimal side with few added extras, and Townie Go! is no exception, lacking simple things such as fenders, headlights, and a hi-tech modern display unit with details like speed or odometer.

  • Rigid

    No suspension to soak up the shocks and bumps of the road aren’t much of an issue for cruising around town. Balloon tires and comfortable saddles absorb a lot of rough spots.

  • Weight

    Weighing in at 48 lbs (21.18 kg), the Townie Go! isn’t the heaviest electric bike. The total weight limit (including the bicycle, rider, and cargo) of 300 pounds (136 kg) lets you bring along a good deal of stuff, especially if you increase storage capacity with a cargo box or panniers, and pedelec power helps you get there.

Summary

The Electra Townie Go! is a solid value for a fair price. For about $1,500, you get a well-built machine with a lot of local support in shops throughout the country (and world) and the backing of a big name brand.

True, it’s not powered to knock your socks off with hill-busting gusto from a high-watt motor. As a Class 1 e-bike, it provides just pedal-assist power up to 20 mph, so there’s no thrill of the throttle when you want to take off with an electric power burst. The best part, though, is that the Townie Go! 7D Step-thru does it all with a classic look and comfortable ride for a very reasonable price.

E-bike specs

Battery
Hydrive 309Wh, rear rack mounted, includes 2 AMP charger
Motor
Hydrive rear hub motor, 250w
Weight
21.18 kg / 48 lbs
Weight limit
Maximum total weight limit 300 pounds (136 kg).
Frame
6061-T6 aluminum w/ patented Flat Foot Technology®
Fork
Hi-ten steel unicrown, straight/tapered leg
Shifters
Shimano Revo 7-speed twist w/ optical gear display
Rear derailleur
Shimano Tourney TY 7-speed
Brakeset
Front/rear: C-Star BR-550 mechanical disc brakes
Saddle
Ergonomic w/ shock-absorbing elastomers
Extras
Rear rack, front rack compatible, ring lock mounts, internal cable routing, alloy kickstand and stainless steel and anti-rust hardware

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