The Electra Townie is known for it’s crank forward design, also known as flat foot technology. This offers a laid back, comfortable riding position for those of us who just want to have some fun on a bike.
This model, the Electra Townie Go 8i, has 8 speeds plus the renown Bosch e-bike system. It’s also decked out with color-matching fenders, rack, chain guard plus front & rear lighting, a dual kickstand and rear wheel lock.
I hesitantly took this bike out for a test spin. Why hesitant? With balloon tires labeled Fat Frank, and the above-mentioned flat foot design, I expected a a sluggish ride. Boy, was I mistaken!
The 8 speed internal gearing with twist grip shifting allowed me to rapidly shift up or down, the roller drum brakes let me stop on an impulse, and, oh, the Bosch electronics – they made me feel like I was floating up and down the hills of Mt Airy.
Go float on a Townie Go!
Posted in e-bike
Tagged Bosch, Electra
When people come into our shop, the Felt LEWBOWSKe fat e-bike is what gets all the attention. After which it’s the Haibike Xduro RX. The unassuming Felt SPORTe remains on the sidelines, even though we believe it’s an excellently designed bike.
Being a shortish female, I’ve chosen the 44cm mixed frame. Switched the seat with a favorite of mine. Asked for a rack to make the bike more useful on a commute, and found that the folks at Felt have a fender & rack combo designed just for this bike, which also includes front & rear lights. Yup, the lights are powered by the on-bike battery. The bike weighed 42 lbs. After the rack, fenders & light kit was installed, it was still under 45 lbs.
The controls are the standard Bosch controls. Which means a center console with on/off switch, light switch and info button. And a left hand control letting you select between the 4 levels of assist and access to the info button, which cycles between displaying the odometer, the trip distance, the clock, the max speed, the average speed, the trip time and… range. All of which you may have seen on a bike computer, except for range. Specific to electric-assist bikes, the range tells you how far you can go on the selected assist level based on how much juice is in the battery. As an example, the trip distance is 19 miles, and at assist level of Eco, I can go 47 miles. More assist, shorter range. Perfect for those of us afflicted with range anxiety. As far as I know, displaying this calculated range is unique to Bosch e-bike systems.
The 10 speed trigger shifting (Shimano Deore XT) is crisp & perfect. Together with the 4 levels of assist offered by the Bosch system, this is a very easy to use and fun bike. I could go for hours. And will, with an estimated range of almost 70 miles. Spring mornings, and here I go for a pre-work ride….
Posted in commute
Tagged Bosch, Felt
Yesterday’s snowfall and upcoming warmer temperatures means today might be one of the last chances to ride in the snow with our Felt LEBOWSKe ebike. Meenal took it out for the day’s first ride, and the rest of us anticipated her return so we could take it on our own adventure. The fat tires provided a much more stable ride in the ice and snow, and the Bosch motor assisted us from getting stuck on the uphill, making this bike one of the best choices for the conditions. Come check it out for yourself before the snow’s all gone! …Though we do hear it also plays well in the sand.
We are so excited about the new Felt e-bikes! What is so exciting about these e-bikes? There are so many features to love that we had to make a list.
1. The motor system is at the bottom of the frame, not on the back wheel. So it it is better for your center of gravity, because it’s lower, and in the center of the bike.
2. One of the 2015 Felt models is named after the cult classic film The Big Lebowski. Because, it’s, well, large, and awesome, and has a cup holder for your White Russian, obviously. The Lebowsk-e is for mountain biking, complete with big puffy tires. This bike was voted Best in Show by Outsider Magazine at the 2014 Interbike Convention in Las Vegas earlier this month.
Here is a video of the Big Lebowsk-e in action. Be ready for a thrilling minute!
3. The motor is made by Bosch. Yes, the dishwasher people. So can you imagine it’s quietly amazing? Of course you can.
4. Felt has been selling e-bikes in Europe for the past three years, and now they are entering the U.S. market with a several models for different lifestyle needs. There’s the Verza-e, the QX-e, the Nine-e, and the new Sport-e. The Verza-e is a commuter model which comes in four sizes. The QX-e is an “urban use” model and comes in a traditional frame or a step-through frame. The Nine-e is a mountain bike, “a genuine 29” hardtail,” according to Felt’s website. The Sport-e also comes in traditional or step-through frame, and is great for running around town.
You can read more about Felt’s new e-bikes on their website. Better yet, come on in for a test ride!