Electra Café Moto Go Ebike Review

High-tech eBike meets retro cruiser bicycle style.

Electra Café Moto Go coming at you
Electra Café Moto Go offers an upright flat bar seating position.Jeff Allen

Riding an Electra Café Moto Go shows its retro café-racer-motorcycle-inspired styling is a real winner: You get a lot of thumbs-up and “cool bike” accolades from people you meet. But there are a few sacrifices made for that style: One of the biggest is the feet-forward riding position. The Café Moto is definitely a cruiser, with its Brooks saddle placed low and well aft of the crankset and pedals, and rolling on big, fat, 2.8-inch wide, 26-inch Vee Rubber Speedster tires. The headlight and wide top-tube on its 6061-T6 aluminum frame are definitely styled to give that custom motorcycle vibe.

Electra Café Moto Go Mid-Motor and Battery

Electra Café Moto Go Belt drive
Electra Café Moto Go CX mid-motor powering through a lube-and-maintenance-free Gates Carbon belt drive.Jeff Allen
Electra Café Moto Go Bosch mid motor
Electra Café Moto Go 350-watt Bosch CX mid-motor.Jeff Allen

Its powertrain is best of Bosch, with a 350-watt Bosch CX mid-motor powering through a lube-and-maintenance-free Gates Carbon belt drive to a NuVinci continuously variable rear hub. The NuVinci provides a wide, 3.8:1 ratio spread, meaning there’s a ratio for steep hill climbing, one for fast downhills, and anything you could possibly want in between, all controlled by twisting the inner part of the right handgrip. The battery is 500 WH, which will give the bike a range somewhere around 20 to 50 miles, depending on speed and boost setting.

The Electra is set up as a Class 3 eBike for the states that recognize that category, which means the assist doesn’t kick off until just beyond 28 mph. Brakes front and rear are Hayes Prime Sport discs.

How does the Electra Café Moto Go Work?

Electra Café Moto Go Commute
Electra Café Moto Go cool style is sure to get lots of comments.Jeff Allen

Performance from a standstill is impressive, with the bike moving briskly away with light pedal effort in the lower part of the gearing. On flat ground, 20 mph is easy to sustain, though higher speeds require more pedaling effort and seem to contradict the laid-back riding position. The Bosch motor provides boost all the way to 28 mph, but there are other Class 3 eBikes with more power that make sustaining speeds above 20 easier—but that’s not what this bike is about. This machine isn’t a speedy commuter; instead, it’s designed to be a cool looker that’s a quick and easy ride. The big balloon tires roll over any minor road imperfections, and smooth the ride since there is no suspension. The brakes provide more than enough power for the performance, and bring the Electra to a quick and easy stop.

The most noticeable issue with the Café Moto Go takes place when climbing steeper hills. The NuVinci CVT hub doesn’t want to shift under high torque load, so it’s necessary to back off pedaling momentarily and twist the shifter with more hand effort. In fact, I occasionally found myself losing momentum when I couldn’t get to a lower ratio quickly enough. It was an issue most noticeable on steep hills, but generally I found the NuVinci requiring more force to shift under higher loads. When lightly cruising with little load on the CVT, shifting was relatively easy.

Electra Café Moto Go wait for train
The Electra Café Moto Go could be a light commuter and fun cruiser.Jeff Allen

The Electra is a fun cruiser and recreational eBike that could be pressed into light commuter duty, but the laid-back riding position probably will detract from the experience for riders focused on utility. The best part of the entire test was the delight the Electra inspired in non-cyclists. Almost everyone who saw the machine thought it looked like something special—and that it definitely is. So while there are plenty of utility eBikes out there that can be had for less than the price of the Café Moto Go’s $4,449.99, there are few that will carry you in such style.

Electra Café Moto Go Full side profile
Electra Café Moto Go Full side profileJeff Allen

Electra Café Moto Go Specs

MSRP $4,499.99
Drive System Bosch Performance CX 350W mid-motor
Display Bosch Purion computer display unit
Battery Type/Weight Powertube 500 WH battery
Max. Assisted Speed 28 mph
Transmission Enviolo Trekking 380% continuously variable internal shifting
Frame 6061-T6 aluminum w/ hydroformed top tube and down tube
Fork Alloy hydroformed
Headset FSA E2 integrated
Rims
Front: Anodized alloy 26 in. x 32h Rear: Anodized alloy 26 in. x 32h
Hubs Alloy hi-flange 32h, 15mm thru-axle
Spokes 14 gauge stainless/brass nipples
Tires Vee Rubber Speedster 26 x 2.80
Crankset FSA forged alloy 170mm
Chainrings Gates CDX Centertrack 24T
Cassette/Rear Cogs Gates CDX Centertrack 26T
Shifters Enviolo City Mechanical
Handlebars Alloy low rise
Tape/Grips Brooks Cambium
Stem Gusset Magnum threadless 4-bolt
Brake Levers Hayes Prime Sport 2-finger
Brakes Hayes Prime Sport
Pedals Crank Brothers Stamp 2
Saddle Brooks B17
Seatpost Butted alloy micro-adjust 27.2 x 350mm
Accessories & Extras Brooks B17 Challenge leather saddlebag and custom key fob, Spanninga custom front bullet and Supernova E3 rear LED lighting, painted fenders, and removable alloy kickstand
Electra Café Moto Go Brooks seat
Electra Café Moto Go Brooks seat and tail light.Jeff Allen
Electra Café Moto Go display
Electra Café Moto Go Bosch Purion computer display unit.Jeff Allen
Electra Café Moto Go front disc brake
Electra Café Moto Go front disc brake.Jeff Allen
Electra Café Moto Go front light
Electra Café Moto Go integrated front light.Jeff Allen
Electra Café Moto Go Grip shift
Electra Café Moto Go Enviolo City Mechanical Grip shift.Jeff Allen
Electra Café Moto Go left grip
Electra Café Moto Go left Hayes Prime Sport 2-finger brake lever.Jeff Allen
Electra Café Moto Go NuVinci CVT hub
Electra Café Moto Go NuVinci CVT hub with Enviolo Trekking 380% continuously variable internal shifting.Jeff Allen
Electra Café Moto Go rear disc brake
Electra Café Moto Go rear Hayes Prime Sport disc brake.Jeff Allen
Electra Café Moto Go seat bag
Electra Café Moto Go Brooks B17 Challenge leather saddlebag.Jeff Allen
Electra Café Moto Go underpass
Electra Café Moto Go relaxed commute.Jeff Allen
Electra Café Moto Go lunch ride
Getting from A to B in style on the Electra Café Moto Go.Jeff Allen