I’m curious- does anyone know if the Verve 3 is class 1 or class 3? No reviews of it yet and can’t tell from the Trek site.
My LBS sells both...I didn’t really consider the Trek due to the killer deal that Specialized was offering last month on the Vado and Como 4.0’s.
I really like those bikes ...I had a Verve + 2 as a loaner for a week. I had the hi step frame with the Active line motor. I weight 155 at 5'8 " . I think you might want to get the Active -plus motor at your height and weight. I cannot speak to the stiffness of the step thru. If you want to go faster consider another bike with the Performance line speed or my fave the strongest Performance CX motor. There is no substite for torque.I'm jumping back onto a bike after too many years away and love the idea of an ebike. I've been binging reviews left, right, and center because I'm so out of the loop in terms of knowledge.
I'm finding myself attracted to the Trek Verve+ 3. I hope to do some commuting, bike path riding, suburban grocery market / restaurant / errand runs, pleasure cruising, and maybe some touring.
While I'm at it, I'm pondering the functionality of the high-step. If I load up with a trunk bag / panniers, why not go with a step-through. I'm in America: can I rock a step-through without surrendering my man card? (I promise I'll go with black rather than light teal!)
I know the age-old conventional wisdom is that you need the diamond frame for strength and stability. But all the modern-era reviews of step-throughs mention that the strength and stability is there. So I'm just not seeing the point of the high-step. Easier to mount on a carrier / rack? Seems like a weak reason.
I'm 6'1" and ... 250-260 lbs? (haven't own a scale for years). But I'm tall in the torso, not in the legs: inseam 32". So I think a Large would work well enough.
The Verve+ 3 doesn't seem to have made it out onto shop floors yet, so it looks like I'd need to order it and rely on Trek's ... 30-day love it or leave it? satisfaction guarantee.
Anyway, let me know if I'm wrong and which—if any—other models I should consider. TIA.