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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