Electra Townie Go! 7D Review – $1.5k

Electra Townie Go! 7D Review – $1.5k

https://electricbikereview.com/electra/townie-go-7d/ The Electra Townie Go! 7D is one of the most affordable name brand electric bikes on the market right now, priced to compete with online ebikes but offers dealer assembly, fitting, post-purchase support, and comes in two frame styles and seven color options! The high-step frame is a medium-large with 27.5″ tires and the step-thru is a small-medium with 26″ tires, making it lower easier to approach. Two gender neutral color options for the step-thru presumably for guys who aren’t as tall or have sensitive knees and hips like me. Class 1 ebike with three levels of assist on a dimmable LED display, minimalist buttons are easy to use, limited clutter with internally routed cables, easy to use grip shifter operates the 7-speed Shimano cassette with wide 14-34 tooth freewheel. Large 180mm mechanical disc brakes provide good stopping power and are setup well, wider 2.35″ tires provide comfort and stability for light trail use, extra-wide saddle with elastomers, upright “Flat Foot” body position makes it easy to touch the ground when stopped while still providing good leg extension for pedaling. USB port on display can charge your phone or portable electronics. Battery pack offers modest 309.6 watt hour capacity, efficient 350 watt nominal planetary geared hub motor is quiet but not super powerful for large riders and steep hills (but uses the battery slower), torque sensing pedal assist is natural and responsive but requires a bit more leg effort to activate and there’s no throttle option. Fenders and lights are available but cost extra and wouldn’t be wired-in. EBR was paid to perform this review #Sponsored We try to be honest, thorough, and fun! Comparison tools, shop directory, and forums at: ElectricBikeReview.com

Readers Comments (37)

  1. MATTHEW ALLABASTRO December 26, 2020 @ 9:51 pm

    This guy is great with his hands!

  2. Captain Sam Wilson December 26, 2020 @ 9:52 pm

    cough… bullshit.. do your research. much better bikes out there for the money. w lights and fenders…

  3. SilicaWickedFILMS December 26, 2020 @ 9:58 pm

    Way over priced… Nice review though.

  4. Christopher Ambrose December 26, 2020 @ 10:00 pm

    Wow! This was thorough. Going to be interchanged between myself and wife, but this will make me go non-step thru. Thank you!

  5. Thanks for the review – went out and bought one – I’m happy with it for $1500.

  6. Very thorough review. Thank you!

  7. Lucisabella Tomias December 26, 2020 @ 10:02 pm

    would you happen to know the weight limit for the back rack where the battery is stored? I am trying to find an attachment seat for my 4 yr old. She is about 42 lbs.

  8. ElectricBikeReview.com December 26, 2020 @ 10:04 pm

    Battery and charger details at 6:56
    Display panel and controls at 9:00
    Ride test begins at 11:11

  9. MacAutomationTips December 26, 2020 @ 10:04 pm

    Just did a test drive today, and it was really nice smooth ride. This is only the second e-bike I’ve ridden. I like the price, but I’m concerned about some of the issues raise. I would like to get the Vanmoof S2, but I can’t find it locally, and I’ve heard issues about shipping. Thanks for your review.

  10. I like these type of bikes , i think trek could have done a bit more than just slap on a back rack mounted battery and a hub motor , it makes the bike look unbalanced and back heavy, which affects the handling, with the battery in the centre it would have looked and handled much better .

  11. $1500 for a 250W motor, a 309WH battery, no motor inhibitor,no throttle, a rack mounted battery,mechanical brakes,no fenders,no lights! *facepalm* are you kidding me!!! LBS support or not, no way!

  12. After doing tons of research on ebikes; I personally think the townie 7d is pricey . I was actually shocked it wasnt around 800-1000 considering what it has to offer.

  13. Thank you for the review…it was great! I bought one today!

  14. Good info 👍👌

  15. A great review and a great bike except for the battery and motor size IMO is a bit small for this price point.

  16. Kathryn W. Friedrich December 26, 2020 @ 10:26 pm

    Great review and very thorough

  17. It looks like a DIY bike you could build for half the price . That frame flex means the frame is not strong enough and over time may fail . Under powered battery is a bit off putting too .

  18. 👍🏻

  19. Thanks for pointing out the "Flat Foot Technology"!
    Didn’t know such a thing existed in bikes; that’s important to me.

  20. Great video. You did mention all Trek bikes are class 1 but isn’t the Allant+ 7s a class 3? It will go 28mph. Maybe I have the classes mixed up. I test drove the step through yesterday. Great zippy ride.

  21. Lucisabella Tomias December 26, 2020 @ 10:31 pm

    Just got mine today. I saw it online last night and without even test riding it, I KNEW it was the bike for me. I went into the store today and I was ready to buy but they encouraged me to test ride it and I did. We walked out the store with my new mint Electra Townie. Super excited. I went on three rides today. Short rides as I need to build my endurance and I have a 4 yr old learning to ride training wheels. I did not know about the phone charging component until I watched this video. You taught me more about my bike. Thank you.

  22. Hey Court, I did test drive the Townie Go 7d and really liked it. At first I thought it has a PAS drive system and realized it had a torque sensor which to me worked flawlessly. I’m 71 and thought I needed a bike with PAS and a throttle but this bike changed my mind. I enjoyed the pedaling with the torque assist as it took the work out of going up hills. I read about the company who manufactured the motor, motion sensor and speed controller. It was a Taiwan firm known for good products. I also noted the frame flex but it was not an issue for the trail type of riding I do. I think Trek hit it out of the park with such a good performing and great riding bike. I found out for me this bike had a lower center of gravity than some 20” fat folding tire bikes. I definitely felt safer riding this bike than others. I hoping to buy this bike since I feel like I would get my money’s worth. Keep up the great work.

  23. This is the first e bike I test drove. 7D hightstep. I knew I wanted an e Bike after. These are nice bikes. Solid. Comfort. Beginner to novice. Good for Trek.

  24. Michael Sprinzeles December 26, 2020 @ 10:33 pm

    What difference could torque sensing over cadence sensing make to the brakes cutting power to the motor? Either one requires that you stop pedaling to cut power to the motor without an e-brake cut off. I also prefer the brakes cutting power to the motor but at this power level (& without a throttle) it isn’t truly necessary.

  25. I always enjoy your reviews but it seems to me that for this review you were making excuses for things that traditionally have bothered you. As for value, I feel that this bike is overpriced when compared to the iZip Brio, Raleigh Special that use cadence/torque sensing plus center mounted battery with much more watts, lights, better display/control and dealer supported. Also consider the Aventon 350 or 500. Again dealer supported.

  26. Super Luigi Odyssey December 26, 2020 @ 10:34 pm


  27. Thanks for the review. I purchased this bike so I could enjoy the outdoors with my teenaged son. I have several medical challenges but this bike allows me the opportunity to stay in the game at fifty plus years. This bike is a game changer. I like the rack too. It allows me to take extra items along. It has truly blessed me. The staff at the Trek store were nice too. Keep doing these wonderful reviews because they really help newbies like me. My first electric bike.

  28. Hey Court, last year I purchased the Electra Loft Go 8I Step through and loved it. Thinking about buying the Step Through Townie Go 7D as an additional bike to have for family and guests when they come to visit . It won’t be used all the time but will get some use. How do you feel about the Hydrive battery. Is there sufficient reason to upgrade to the 8D with the Bosch battery?

  29. Thanks i just ordered mine is coming May 11. Do you know if i can upgrade the battery for 500 watts later?

  30. Why does an electric bike need gears? I don’t get it.

  31. Court was rather generous with this review. His review is disingenuous for whatever reason. This is a overpriced bike for what you get. Battery and motor are small for price point. The power readout is plain and nothing to it really. He said 350 watt motor but that isnt the case. It is 250 watt. Frame is wimpy compared to others in this price point. In fact; the entire bike is lack luster at this price point. A BIG TWO THUMBS DOWN!

  32. Great review, most helpful. Own one now, ride daily, and love the smooth ride.

  33. I have ridden the other models. They were $2800 to $3200
    I preferred the Specialized.
    The local bicycle dealer in Massachusetts didn’t carry all the sizes. I was interested in the smaller size and faster one.
    Don’t remember where one Como or Vado.

  34. MacAutomationTips December 26, 2020 @ 10:45 pm

    Hi, just want to say thank you for this review. I got the Townie Go! 7D yesterday, and I’m totally loving it. It’s my first e-bike. Thanks to you I was very knowledgeable about the bike when I visited the bike store. The salesperson on the other hand was hardly no better than a door knob. He stood there watching me look over the bike without offering up conversation. It was only when I said that I would purchase the bike that he perked up and started being friendly. If I could have purchased the bike locally elsewhere, I would have left him standing like an idiot. Sales people like him need to learn from you.
    I’ve never had so much fun riding bike for like three miles around my neighborhood. Even when riding against the wind, I wasn’t struggling to keep going . And best of all, I still got exercise in because I was pumping the wheels 90% of the time, but without a lot of added pressure. 
    Again, thanks for your videos.

  35. *Love the bike◔◔>>**share4.photo/ebicycle?2はc** have a knee injury live in Florida gets me up over the causeways with ease using pedal assist.*

  36. I would imagine this bike is aimed squarely at Pedego buyers.

  37. I bought the step through and love it. I didn’t want to smash the old twig and berries so I feel like I made the right choice. I ride on a lot of trails with thorns, the tires that came with the bike were not up to the task. I upgraded to bontrager hard case ultimate tires. It solved the problem. after about a thousand miles I suggest it if your looking for an e bike.

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