Electra Townie Commute Go! 8i Video Review – $3k Cruiser Style Commuter

https://electricbikereview.com/electra/townie-commute-go-8i/ The Electra Townie Commute Go! 8i is a feature-rich electric bike that blends commuting utility and efficiency with cruiser comfort and style, large swept-back handlebar and oversized saddle. Integrated LED lights, reflective Balloon tires, premium bell, and paint-matched fenders and chain cover keep you safe and clean in all types of conditions. Available in two frame styles (slightly different sizes) and three colorways: wavy step-thru in blue and black or rigid high-step in grey and black. The kickstand can get in the way of the left crank arm, the front rack turns with the bike so it’s easier to spill (especially when parking), the steel chain protector could rust if scratched.


Chauncey Smith says:

Second keep up the great work.

Martian Megafauna says:

I like the look of the Electra cruisers and the retro stuff they have done. For the price, I considered it good stuff.
However, with this bike they have combined that asia-cheap thing with quality electrics, and the price has soared.
Unless Trek has started supplying them with Alpha 7000 aluminum and relabeled Bontrager (say that 3x fast, Court. 😉 ),
the price/value ratio seems to have tilted away from ‘reasonable’ toward ‘really?’.

Monstah Jones says:

I’ve always loved that frame, but always wished they’d make one with a fat tire option, even just 80mm rims would be great, and i’m pretty sure they’d sell like hot cakes..

DiGiTaLGrAvEDiGGA says:

I’m digging this e Bike Might buy it!!! Love your channel!!!

Steve Hyder says:

Please can you tell me what set up you use to film? Thanks

Allard Freichmann says:

The more people buying e-bikes the cheaper they become. The batteries will improve so the bikes. It’s just a matter of time. Don’t forget there is a world market.

Aayush Parmar says:

Nice video. Please make a video on giant Ebike

Groucho says:

hi, i just want to let you know, that the difference between me with and without a electric bike was you. tbh 3 nights of one great review follows the next 😀 i love your channel. i learned a lot about ebikes from you, and in a world full of ebikes i bought this one for my private commute some weeks before this review, because it is just the perfect one for me. thx! :)

Jeff Ellermeyer says:

OK It took me at least a month of watching your videos before springing for an e bike. After looking for a off road trek powerfly my wife and I bought the townie go bikes for starters. We LOVE them. Unbelievable ease and stability around town and up and down hills. I would NEVER have thought an e.ectric cruiser would be so much fun. Smiles all around. BTW. I am 70 yrs young and wifey is younger. Great bike out the door price of $2K each 2017 models. I still am going to buy the 2018 powerfly 7 FS for a bit of off road fun. Thanks for the videos! I think Trek is a good product.

Vin Chung says:

These are nice. But too pricey. I’ll stick with gas powered bike.

Daniel S. says:

Nice looking model. Very stylish … I have to get at least an electric to test on th channel also. XD cheers

This Isn't my real name Google. says:

New viewer here! Love your videos! You guys deserve so many more views.

room-360 says:

By the way – are there any electric bikes for kids?

F r e e l e e says:

Good work Sir.

philodygmn says:

Townie GO! desperately needs class 1 or 2 throttle that has override and walk mode with reverse. I can’t believe they didn’t use disc brakes for regular Townie GO! They need to ditch steel completely: the massive weight is nowhere near worth the cushioning especially with fat tires (I own a classic non-electric Townie Balloon 3i that has the Fat Frank tires). The “Commute” is redundant and should just be a series of optional components keeping the classic Townie stance _exactly_ as in the original non-electric: racks (front that does _not_ turn with the wheel), more swept back handlebars, option to have both double kickstand in the center and single kickstand near the rear wheel. Integrate the lights. Nuvinci rather than Shimano rear hub would get rid of the obnoxious racket Shimano hubs make while idling. I see no real reason not to use a belt drive given the chain is fixed and Townie is all about bridging utility and fun like beach cruisers (I live by the coast so salt air is an issue). Electra/Trek have made so many frustrating, bizarre trade-offs in bringing electric assist to Townie.

277kne says:

Can a throttle be added to this or the Lyft?


could you review the Ace of Spades Go

Demented PoV says:

I’m betting WAY over 300lb limit. There is a video of a man who rides the non electric version of the Townie at 430lb full stock other than the seat.

Silver Wolf says:

I just bought this bike. I have not picked it up yet as I just put a hitch on my suv. Here is the problem: With the fenders you can’t ratchet down the tires? So does anyone have suggestions on a type of rack for these ebikes? You’re video’s are very good, It would be nice if you included transport vid’s. A one stop shop for info so to speak. Cheers!

Alfred lucky says:

You’re the best when come to bike review. Like it

James Mason says:

can the front rack be removed

Greg Palmer says:

Hey Court , I purchased a Electra Townie Go !  because of your review. My thoughts are high quality  great handling bike.  I only disagree on two points. 1) the brakes became one of my favorite parts of the bike. The were stronger than I expected and they were smoother than my wife’s disc brakes. 2)I cant agree in calling this bike a commuter for one reason. The motor , although strong ad torque rich  , does not reach 20 mph. I grew to hate the 19.4 mph cutout where  it seemed like riding through wet cement. I ended up selling the bike since I started commuting  and the frustration of this was a total killjoy.I watch your reviews every day , keep it up !!!


very nice bikes. my only gripe would be a lack of colour choice for the high step model and I’d like to see colour matching of the motor. minor issues though :)



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