It was on that hill that we noticed that
the E-matic downshifts automatically
when the speed drops low enough.
At 250 watts and one level of aid, the
assist is mild but more than noticeable as well as very welcome. We
can’t imagine anyone being intimidated by the assist, though you do want
to stay alert if you pedal while making
If you stay on terrain that the
Townies like, you can plan on getting
a good long ride out of the battery. At
7. 7 amp-hours, the battery isn’t huge,
but we saw over 30 miles and bet the
bike paths along the beach would
have allowed 40 miles with plenty of
assist. It is almost too easy to get
up to the point where the pedaling
cadence is too high. That may be part
of the excellent battery life. The actual
bicycle is more than comfortable at
any speed the Townie Go! is capable of. In fact, we hit around 40 mph
descending that one major hill. The
bike feels solidly planted, and stable.
To guarantee stability, Electra mounts
a small spring between the frame and
the fork. The spring ensures that the
front wheel always returns to center—
all the better for riding and sightseeing at the beach.
PLANNED FOR STOPS
Once you find a place to park
and take a break from cruising, the
Townie is equally ready to go. What
looks like a side stand actually splits
from a single pivot to become a
center stand. Solidly mounted to the
rear of the frame is a built-in Abus
wheel lock. The key remains captive
until you are ready to lock the bike.
Turn the key and slide the lever that
extends the hardened bar through
the spokes of the rear wheel to lock
into the opposite side of the lock. The
rear rack was a necessity to mount
the battery case, but it is rated for
55 pounds of cargo, so it is capable
of much more than concealing the
A large number of the bikes we
see out being used for recreational
riding are basic cruiser-style bikes.
After spending time on the Townies,
we understand why. With the full
chain guard, we even rode with loose,
long pants with zero issues. We keep
coming back to that word—“easy.”
We have no doubt that you could ride
a Townie in a power suit without soiling the clothes or breaking a sweat.
The brains and the brawn of the Townie
Go! are all wrapped up in the SRAM Ematic
rear hub. The drive motor, controller and
two-speed automatic are in there.
This stand folds to the side like a
side stand, but splits to make a
secure center stand.