I've been riding a Stromer ST2 for a few years and bought an Allant+ 8S over the weekend to replace it (the Stromer broke, not really over that yet). I tested every electric commuter bike I could find in the area first including Gazelle, Cannondale, Magnum, etc. A lot of the higher end mid drive bikes out there today seem to have the same Bosch system so the implementation of that system is what differentiates them. Trek seems to have nailed it.
- The first thing that caught my eye was the lines of the bike, the flow from the head to rear hub is just beautiful.
- It rides great. The assist is really smooth and you can tell it's helping you power the bike, not the other way around like some hub drives feel.
- I wasn't sure how I'd feel about the smartphonehub, but I like it. The interface, COBI.bike, is not really intuitive but once you learn it it's easy to get around.
- The bike is great for us looking to improve our performance and general fitness. I spend most of my riding time on the screen showing heart rate, cadence, and energy output. Pretty premium features if you ask me considering an energy output meter can cost over a grand alone. I'm not sure if it's actaully reading how much energy you're producing or if it's estimating though...
- I like that turn by turn directions are included in the app, I hate trying to switch between apps while riding.
- 625wh battery with the option to add a 500wh range booster, because range anxiety is definitely a thing.
- lots of mounting points for accessories.
- Voice notifications are cool
- The first one I tested, the battery ejected mid flight. This is apparently a know issue and there is a service alert about it. I had the one I bought checked to make sure it was adjusted as well as possible and I'm keeping a band around the battery until I fully trust it.
- My phone popped out of the holder once, I'm going to modify my case so it locks in better.
- I kind of wish it had front suspension, but this is something I can add down the road if I feel I really need it.
- I have to bring it back to my LBS to enable my ability to turn the lights off. I really hate features like this, I bought the bike I should be able to configure it any way I want without help.
- COBI.bike reports a lot of info while you ride, and can transfer that to Strava when the ride is done, but I can't seem to find any type of workout log or history in the app itself. Am I missing something or does the app dump the trip info after each trip?
- Is there a way get to the same settings the dealer has access to? And how can you check and update the motor's firmware? Is this something the app does?