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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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

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