First Impression: Electra Moto

Electra likely isn’t the kind of brand you’d expect to equate with a swoopy, sporty ride like this here Moto. Known for it’s relaxed, Flat Foot design that caters heavily toward the cruiser crowd, this klunker-slash-motorcycle inspired bike is decidedly more hip.

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The swooping tube shapes recall the klunkers of yore while the three-piece crankset, unicrown fork and chunky stem add a bit of a BMX cruiser vibe. In lieu of a coaster brake is a pair of modern, mechanical disc brakes, which greatly increases your ability to throw massive skids all over the multi-use path.

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The Moto 1 pictured here is available in both black or this lovely matte blue, and there’s a three-speed internal hub version too.

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There are few frills or fluff adorning the sleek aluminum frame, save for a single bottle cage mount on the downtube.

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Unlike the bikes that inspired it, the Moto 1 rolls on huge 29-inch hoops with wide, double wall rims and 2.125 inch wide tires. The block tread reminds me of an old school scrambler motorcycle.

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I’ve been riding the Moto back to back with the Kona Humuhumu, so look for my long term review of both these old-school steeds in the next issue of Bicycle Times. Subscribe today and you won’t miss it.

Correction

The Moto’s frame is indeed aluminum, while the fork is chromoly steel.

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First Impression: Kona Humuhumu

I was stopped on the side of the bike path, topping off a slightly underinflated tire.

“Hey nice bike. What’s that extra tube for? Must be heavy duty or somethin’. Is it for extra weight?”

The tube in question is the twin top tube on this here Kona Humuhumu. A retro/cruiser/mountainous/classic/singlespeed/bar-hopping/klunkish/commuter. Why is the extra tube there? Because it can. Why does this bike exist? Because fun. #becausebikes

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Note: Leopard print saddlebag and pink Klean Kanteen not included.

The Humu has been in Kona’s line since 1992 and was loosely inspired by the legendary Lawwill Pro Cruiser and Koski Trailmaster. More of a giant BMX bike than an upgraded klunker, the original Humu wasn’t meant to be a hard-edged trail tamer, but rather a less expensive way for fans to fly the Kona flag while getting to class, cruising the neighborhood or generally causing a ruckus wherever they went.

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The current iteration was inspired by a custom build and sports the same classic layout, 4130 steel tubing, moto-style handlebars and let’s-go attitude of the original, but updates it with disc brakes, 29-inch wheels and sliding dropouts.

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Unlike a lot of cruisers, the Humu is available in three sizes so everyone can join in the fun. The Schwalbe Big Apple tires measure a massive 2 inches wide so the ride is magic carpet smooth. The rear hub is nearly silent too, letting you roll in stealthy silence. It’s available in orange or lime for $899.

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So far I’ve had a blast hopping curbs, blasting through alleys and riding like a hooligan. I’m guessing that’s exactly what Kona was going for.

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Watch for my long-term review of the Humuhumu in an upcoming issue of Bicycle Times. Subscribe today and help support your independent voice for cycling.

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