Electra Townie Go! 8i first look

A cruiser that can truly cruise

Electra made its name with cruisers that combined an old-school aesthetic with a modern execution and creative geometry. Now, with the Townie Go!, Electra has electrified its smooth-rolling machines.

The Townie Go! 8i comes in a variety of women’s (shown) and men’s styles, but all feature the proven Bosch Performance 250w mid-frame motor and Shimano’s tried-and-true Nexus 8-speed internal hub.

A bosch performance 250w mid-frame motor offers four levels of pedal-assist power: a bosch performance 250w mid-frame motor offers four levels of pedal-assist power
A bosch performance 250w mid-frame motor offers four levels of pedal-assist power: a bosch performance 250w mid-frame motor offers four levels of pedal-assist power

The Bosch Performance motor provides extra oomph once you start pedaling, and you can control the amount of assistance on the fly 

What does all this mean? It means you have a cruiser that can really cruise, as Bosch’s pedal-assist system kicks in within a quarter turn of the cranks, and can be adjusted on the fly between one of four assist settings.

Shimano’s Nexus drivetrain lets you switch gears with a twist shifter on the right hand grip, and the internal drivetrain keeps the lines clean (as compared with a derailleur system's hanging chain and two pulleys).

As with the standard Townies, these e-cruisers from Electra let riders put both feet flat on the ground when seated. Electra calls this, well, Flat Foot Technology. This is achieved by putting the saddle a ways back from the bottom bracket, which is the pivot point between the cranks. In this way you can have proper leg extension for pedaling efficiency, and still feel very stable when stoping or starting or just hanging out sitting on the bike.

Electra's beach cruiser aesthetic is alive and well. and comfy: electra's beach cruiser aesthetic is alive and well. and comfy
Electra's beach cruiser aesthetic is alive and well. and comfy: electra's beach cruiser aesthetic is alive and well. and comfy

Electra's bikes are designed for comfort

Electra claims a pedal-assist range of between 20 and 100mi, depending on which assist mode you use and the terrain. (More assistance and more hills means less range.)

Charge time on the lithium-ion battery (that’s the big black thing attached to the down tube) is 90 minutes to half charge, and 3.5hr to a full battery from empty.

In line with regional regulations, the Townie Go! 8i has a top assisted speed of 20mph in the US and 25kph in Europe. Of course, the bike can be coasted downhill or pedaled without assistance at higher speeds, but the motor cuts out at these specified speeds.

You toggle between four levels of pedal-assist - or none - with this left-side switch: you toggle between four levels of pedal-assist - or none - with this left-side switch
You toggle between four levels of pedal-assist - or none - with this left-side switch: you toggle between four levels of pedal-assist - or none - with this left-side switch

The +/- switch controls the amount of electric power assistance

Ben Delaney

US Editor-in-Chief
Ben has been writing about bikes since 2000, covering everything from the Tour de France to Asian manufacturing to kids' bikes. The former editor-in-chief of VeloNews, he began racing in college while getting a journalism degree at the University of New Mexico. Based in the cycling-crazed city of Boulder, Colorado, with his wife and two kids, Ben enjoys riding most every day.
  • Discipline: Road (paved or otherwise), cyclocross and sometimes mountain. His tri-curious phase seems to have passed, thankfully
  • Preferred Terrain: Quiet mountain roads leading to places unknown
  • Current Bikes: Scott Foil Team Issue, Specialized S-Works Tarmac, Priority Eight city bike... and a constant rotation of test bikes
  • Dream Bike: A BMC Teammachine SLR01 with disc brakes and clearance for 30mm tires (doesn't yet exist)
  • Beer of Choice: Saison Dupont
  • Location: Boulder, CO, USA

Related Articles

Back to top