Electra Townie Original 21D

2018
 
5.0 stars
 (20 Reviews)
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Description

The go-anywhere Townie®. Ride with abandon with a wide-range of 21 speeds equipped to handle hills. Appreciate the distinct, modern clean lines of the innovative Electra Flat Foot Technology® frame or customize it to fit your needs with extras like racks, bags and baskets.

- Lightweight 6061-T6 aluminum frame
- Shimano TX-35 21-speed w/Megarange gearing
- Shimano EZ-Fire Plus shifters
- Alloy linear-pull brakes
- Double-wall alloy rims
- 26”x 2.0” semi-slick street tires

Consumer Reviews

 
5.0 stars

(20 reviews)

100% of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight  (10)
  • Durable  (10)
  • Comfortable  (6)
  • Versatile  (6)
  • Stylish  (4)
  • Comfortable  (3)

Cons

  • Heavy  (2)
  • None  (2)
  • Seat 
  • Not Really A Flat-foot 
  • No Front Shock 
  • Price 

Best Uses

  • Commuting/City  (9)
  • Commuting  (5)
  • Light Trails  (4)
  • Road Biking  (4)
  • Leisurely Rides  (4)
  • Street Riding  (3)

 
5.0
May 13, 2017

Awesome bike!

Pros:
Comfort, Seat, Handeling, Electra's customer service
Cons:
Best Uses:
Exercise esspecially those having joint problems
Love the bike! Love how easy it was to order. But after it came in, the guy on the phone had an attitude, even when I picked it up. Not a very customer friendly salesman. The others I talked to were very helpful. I would recommend this bike to anyone who has back and joint problems.
by Mark from Oklahoma City

 
5.0
Mar 06, 2017

Fantastic bike!

Pros:
Cons:
Best Uses:
After 3 knee surgeries on my PCL, I could not ride any bike without discomfort -- until this bike. The pedal position allows me to ride with no knee pain. My quads have developed (to further prevent knee pain), I've lost weight and my blood pressure has decreased.
by Jbone from Lake Charles, LA

 
5.0
Mar 30, 2016

Best bike ever!

Pros:
Stable, Comfortable, Fun, Family Friendly
Cons:
Doesn't Rack Easily
Best Uses:
Around Town, Paved Trails
We LOVE our Electra Townie. I ride with my 1 year old daughter in a front mounted Yepp Mini bike seat and we are able to go for many miles happily and comfortably. We ride everywhere now!
by Amy from San Jose

 
5.0
Sep 01, 2014

Fantastic bike

Pros:
Attractive Design, Lightweight, Comfortable, Fun to ride, Handles Well
Cons:
Limited Colors, No Front Shock
Best Uses:
Anything, Commuting
When I first test rode a Townie, I couldn't tell if I loved it or hated it. I now know I loved it. The ride and dynamic of this cycle is different from a traditional bike. I can tell that it works different muscles than I was used to. My husband and I use our Townie's to ride for exercise and to get places. My only complaint is I wish it came in some of the cool designs other Electra bikes have but that is minor. One of the few challenges we have noticed with the bike is that the flat foot technology does make the whole bike a bit longer than a traditional bike. We only noticed this when we loaded the bike onto our local bus's bike carrier which made us worry that it wouldn't travel securely. It has not had any problems, just the noticeable length. Love the bike! I want to ride it everywhere.
by Katie from Denver, CO

 
5.0
Jan 09, 2014

Very Comfortable and Versatile Bike

Pros:
Lightweight, Versatile, Comfortable, Durable
Cons:
None
Best Uses:
Fitness, Touring, Commuting/City
I have been riding off and on for about 24 years. I ride now for fun, fitness, and leisure. This is an excellent bike for this. When I have my endurance built back up I plan on doing some touring with the bike. I believe it will handle this just fine. I really am happy with my purchase.
by Aubieone from Birmingham, AL.

 
5.0
Nov 22, 2013

Love it.

Pros:
Durable
Cons:
Heavy
Best Uses:
Road Biking, Commuting/City
Bought this bike Spring '13 and wasn't all that sold on it. Once I got used to it, couldn't get off it. Thought about riding everyday! Farthest I rode was 35 miles and even topped 15mph a few times. 45 degree weather and was on it. Neighbor said "You're not giving up that bike." Nope. Put black leather streamers, rack & bag and get a lot of compliments and questions. Did I mention, I love it!
by Fran from Muncie, in

 
5.0
Oct 22, 2013

Best Of The Best

Pros:
Lightweight, EASY TO RIDE
Cons:
Best Uses:
Bike Riding
I can get on and off without swinging my leg over the seat. I'm in my 70's and would just about have to quit riding if I hadn't found this bike with flat foot technology.
by Marvin from Marysville, CA

 
5.0
Aug 04, 2013

A very comfortable, stylish bike

Pros:
Durable, Stylish, Upright Position, Kickstand, Cables Routed Inside Fram, Front suspension
Cons:
Heavy, Seat
Best Uses:
Cruising, Commuting/City
I have had a Trek 7300 for 14 years and have only ridden occasionally because it was hard on my back to be bent over to hold the handlebars, and my hands became numb often. I really like the upright riding posture that this bike features, it makes it a real pleasure to ride. I also liked the styling of this bike. After a couple hours of riding, my behind was a bit sore, but my salesman said that will become less of a problem as I ride more often, and bike shorts will also help. He said the stock seat is actually one of the more comfortable seats. The gears, brakes, and controls work great, but I wish there was a consistency between the front and rear gear controls; for the rear sprocket, you press the control on the right nearest you for easier pedaling, but the front gear control is just the opposite. I guess I'll get used to that, it seems to be the standard. The bike requires some effort to hoist and hang in my garage, I guess it's due to those big tires, but they do give a comfortable ride. All in all, I think this is a great bike and it will give me many years of comfortable riding.
by neer-do-well from Louisville, Kentucky

 
5.0
Jun 18, 2013

Killer Commuter Bike

Pros:
Easy On Back, Good Riding Position, Durable
Cons:
Best Uses:
Gravel paths, Commuting/City, Road Biking
I've used my Townie 21D for commuting to work (6 miles one way) for the last 2 years, April-October. I think it's a fabulous commuting bike. The upright position doesn't lock your head between your shoulders, giving you a wide field of view. The frame geometry lets you stand flat-footed a stoplights and what-have-you. The 2 inch tires will deal with curb jumping and gravel burms. The click shifting requires no attention.I have a townie rack which I use with 2 different Axiom commuter bags, an Electra Headlight, and a post-mounted rear light.My only regret is not getting a Townie with Fenders. My 21D has front shocks, and the after-market Electra fenders don't fit on this. My local bike shop here in Indiana (was able to find a Clip-on BMX style front Fender, which helps a lot in wet weather.Commuting aside, I'm 52, 6'0" and have a bad lumbar disk. Electras have saved my back.
by msuho from Mishawaka, Indiana

 
5.0
Apr 28, 2013

"I would by this bike again"

Pros:
Durable, Comfortable Easy Riding, Lightweight, Versatile
Cons:
None
Best Uses:
Commuting/City, Road Biking
I got this bike for exercise and couldn't believe how comfortable it was,went on a bike ride with my son for a 2 mile run and I haven't rode a bike in over 2 years and when I got back I couldn't believe how I felt I'm 50 and I felt fine the ease of riding this bike speaks for it self I would recommend this bike especially if you have knee problems I'm 6'3"and 340 lbs and this bike rides great went out and bought one for the wife.
by Vonspaten from Pleasant Hill Ca.

 
5.0
Apr 02, 2013

Great bike for big guys!

Pros:
Lightweight, Comfort Looks Quality, Durable, Versatile
Cons:
Best Uses:
Road Biking, Commuting/City
I'm 6'3" tall and 300lbs. This bike made me feel like a kid again! I have plenty of room, nice big comfortable seat and was impressed with the overall quality.Even though it's very comfortable and fun to ride you still get a great workout which is why i bought it. The syling of the Electra bikes is really what caught my eye.
by JAR from Leander Tx.

 
4.0
Dec 05, 2012

Great for casual riding

Pros:
Easy to use, Comfortable
Cons:
Not Really A Flat-foot
Best Uses:
Commuting, Casual riding
No strain on the hands, and with the right saddle, not so bad on the backside. I can't put both feet down flat at stops. Usually one foot flat and one foot on the crank.
by brad from st louis, mo

 
5.0
Oct 02, 2012

Rode one briefly in Minaqua, WI

Pros:
Safety, Lightweight, Full Leg Extension
Cons:
Price
Best Uses:
Commuting/City
I just felt so so much safer as with my old bike I had fallen many times when coming to a stop. When I lowered the seat on my old bike I felt safer, but my legs did not extend fully so the legs became tired very fast. I am 72 this month.
by riversailor from Sturgeon Bay, WI

 
5.0
Jun 15, 2012

comfortable, fast, and fun

Pros:
Cons:
Best Uses:
The Townie is a very different type of bike. It's designed so that you're seated in a more relaxed and kicked back position. On most bikes you are pushing the pedals straight down but on the Townie you push the pedals forward more than pushing down. It's somewhat like what you'd be doing on a recumbent bike. What all this gives you is a very comfortable bike. There's almost no strain on your arms, neck, shoulders or back. The tires and front shocks add to the smooth ride. However, this bike has 21 speeds so it's also designed to go pretty fast, especially for a cruiser. I've gotten mine up to 22 mph although I usually ride at 13 mph. I only have 1000 miles on this bike but so far it's held up great. I did have one flat tire (probably a pinch flat) possibly due to me taking a high curb at a fast speed. The bike is lighter than you'd think. I can easily lift it up to put in the back of my truck or on my maintenance stand. Also, I think the aesthetics are awesome. Townies are just really cool looking bikes. This bike has changed my life, because of it I've really taken to cycling and have increased my fitness. My wife liked mine so much that she bought one too. If you're looking for a comfortable bike that you can use for fitness and rides that are usually 20 miles or less then this would be a great bike for you.
by cabopc from Fort Myers, FL

 
5.0
Dec 29, 2011

Townie 21d perfection

Pros:
Best pedal position
Cons:
Best Uses:
Commuting/City
I've been looking for a bike like this for years. I wish Electra would do cruisers with 21 speeds, as I really like the looks, but need the gears.
by Steve from Mason Ohio

 
4.0
Jul 25, 2011

Nice Comfortable Ride

Pros:
Comfortable, Durable
Cons:
Color
Best Uses:
Commuting/City
The suspention on the front fork is nice as the streets in our area are pretty rough. We have only taken them out for a few blocks because the weather is very hot both in the mornings and evenings. We plan longer outings when the weather changes.
by Guitar.Picker from San Antonio, TX

 
5.0
Jul 27, 2010

Great investment for your back!!!

Pros:
Comfortable, Lightweight, Versatile, Stylish, Durable
Cons:
Best Uses:
Light Trails, Street Riding, Leisurely Rides
I bought this bike last year and since have put over 300 miles on it. It is a great bike for riding on paved surfaces. Since you sit in an upright position, there is no pressure on your back or forearms. Not lightweight enough for competition or a lot of hills. The only downside is that I worry about it getting scratched up when I transport it.
by Cheri from Washington Court House, OH

 
5.0
Jul 27, 2010

Great investment for your back!!!

Pros:
Lightweight, Durable, Comfortable, Versatile, Stylish
Cons:
Best Uses:
Leisurely Rides, Street Riding, Light Trails, Commuting
I bought this bike last year and since have put over 300 miles on it. It is a great bike for riding on paved surfaces. Since you sit in an upright position, there is no pressure on your back or forearms. Not lightweight enough for competition or a lot of hills. The only downside is that I worry about it getting scratched up when I transport it.
by CB from Washington Court House, OH

 
5.0
Jul 27, 2010

Great investment for your back!!!

Pros:
Stylish, Lightweight, Comfortable
Cons:
Best Uses:
Light Trails, Commuting, Leisurely Rides, Street Riding
I bought this bike last year and since have put over 300 miles on it. It is a great bike for riding on paved surfaces. Since you sit in an upright position, there is no pressure on your back or forearms. Not lightweight enough for competition or a lot of hills. The only downside is that I worry about it getting scratched up when I transport it.
by CB from Washington Court House, OH

 
5.0
May 24, 2010

Comfort, performance & style.

Pros:
Durable, Comfortable, Lightweight, Versatile, Stylish
Cons:
Best Uses:
Commuting, Leisurely Rides, Light Trails
Unfortunately, I've reached an age where it's just not comfortable any more to be hunched over the handlebars and leaning on the palms of my hands. The Electra Townie alleviates those issues but still offers a light, attractive bike with quality components. I don't need to tuck-down for aerodynamic racing or anything and I'm not doing any mountain biking so the model I have, the 21D gives me everything I need for uphill, downhill, and in-between. The front suspension and wide tires provide comfort on the road yet also support riding on un-paved surfaces as well. The upright position and forward configuration of the pedals make for a most comfortable and enjoyable ride. Love this bike.
by Bob L. from Wickliffe, OH

Specifications

Frame
Townie 6061-T6 Alloy Flat Foot Technology®
Fork
High Tensile Steel Uni-Crown, Straight Blade
Headset
1 1/8" Steel Threaded/Semi-Integrated
Rims/Wheels
Electra Double Wall Alloy Anodized/Machined Sidewalls
Hubs
Front: Alloy Low-Flange 32H w/QR; Rear: Alloy Low-Flange 32H w/QR
Spokes
14G Stainless/Brass Nipples
Tires
Semi-Slick Street 26" X 2.0"
Crankset
Electra Custom Alloy 3-Piece 170mm
Chainrings
48/38/28T chainring w/guard
Chain
Taya Octo Nickel Plated
Front Derailleur
Shimano C051
Rear Derailleur
Shimano Tourney TX-35
Cassette/Rear Cogs
Shimano 7-Speed 14-34T
Shifters
Shimano E-Z Fire Plus 21-Speed Trigger
Handlebars
Townie 6061-T6 Alloy
Tape/Grips
Comfort Kraton
Stem
Forged Alloy 25.4mm Quill
Brake Levers
Alloy Reach Adjustable
Pedals
Resin Platform w/Non-Slip Tread
Saddle
Ergonomic w/Shock-Absorbing Elastomers
Seat Post
Classic Alloy Pillar 27.2mm X 300mm
Accessories & Extras
Internal Cable Routing, Alloy Kickstand, Stainless Steel and Anti-Rust Hardware