Trek CrossRip+ Review

Trek Crossrip Plus Electric Bike Review
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Trek Crossrip Plus Center Mounte Bosch Purion Display With Light Switch And Bell
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Summary

  • A lightweight, high speed, electric road bike with sturdy 12 mm thru-axle on the front wheel, Carbon fiber fork, and Alpha 200 Gold alloy frame to dampen vibration
  • Capable and comfortable on hard packed trails as a gravel grinder, sturdy Aluminum fenders and custom rear rack increase utility and the rack has nubs to retain panniers
  • Excellent safety features including reflective logos and accents on the frame, reflective tires, and integrated lights with a headlight that can be set to blink, low solid, or bright solid
  • Bosch Purion display panel is compact but the buttons aren't as easy to click, menu options are limited, the Micro-USB port cannot be used for charging, and it's not removable, the bike comes in five frame sizes but is priced higher

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Introduction

Make:

Trek

Model:

CrossRip+

Price:

$4,499

Body Position:

Forward Aggressive

Suggested Use:

Urban, Commuting, Touring, Road

Electric Bike Class:

Speed Pedalec (Class 3)
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Warranty:

2 Years Comprehensive, Lifetime Frame

Availability:

United States

Model Year:

2018

Bicycle Details

Total Weight:

45.8 lbs (20.77 kg)

Battery Weight:

5.7 lbs (2.58 kg)

Motor Weight:

8.8 lbs (3.99 kg)

Frame Material:

200 Series Alpha Gold Aluminum

Frame Sizes:

19.29 in (48.99 cm)20.47 in (51.99 cm)21.65 in (54.99 cm)22.83 in (57.98 cm)24.02 in (61.01 cm)

Geometry Measurements:

Medium 55 cm: 20.25" Seat Tube, 21.25" Reach, 30" Stand Over Height, 18.5" Width, 72" Length

Frame Types:

High-Step

Frame Colors:

Matte Trek Black

Frame Fork Details:

CrossRip Carbon Rigid, Alloy Steerer, 100 mm / 12 mm Thru Axle with Quick Release Maxle

Frame Rear Details:

135 mm x 9 mm Skewer with Allen Key

Attachment Points:

Rear Rack Bosses, Fender Bosses, Bottle Cage Bosses

Gearing Details:

11 Speed 1x11 SRAM Force CX1 Long Cage Derailleur, SRAM PG-1130 11-42T Cassette

Shifter Details:

SRAM Force CX1 DoubleTap ZeroLoss Paddle on Right

Cranks:

RIDE+ Miranda Alloy, 170 mm or 175 mm Length, 20T Chainring with Alloy Guard, ISIS Splined Bottom Bracket

Pedals:

Wellgo Alloy M21 Platform, Track Style

Headset:

Bontrager Elite IsoZone, 1-1/8" Threadless, Sealed Cartridge Bearings

Stem:

Bontrager Elite, 90 mm Reach, 7 Degree Rise, 31.8 mm Clamp Diameter, Computer and Light Mounts, One 20 mm Spacer, One 10 mm Spacer

Handlebar:

Bontrager Elite IsoZone, Drop Bars, 420 mm Inside Width

Brake Details:

SRAM Force CX 1 Hydraulic Disc with 180 mm Front and 160 mm Back Rotor, SRAM Force CX 1 Drop Levers

Grips:

Bontrager Gel Cork, Grip Tape, Black

Saddle:

Bontrager Montrose Comp

Seat Post:

Bontrager, 2-Bolt Head, 8 mm Offset

Seat Post Length:

330 mm

Seat Post Diameter:

27.2 mm

Rims:

Bontrager Connection, Aluminum Alloy, 622x17, TLR Tubeless Ready, 32 Hole

Spokes:

Stainless Steel, 14 Gauge Straight, Black with Nipples

Tire Brand:

Bontrager H1, 700x38c (38-622)

Wheel Sizes:

28 in (71.12cm)

Tire Details:

60 to 90 PSI, 4.10 to 6.20 BAR, Reflective Sidewall, Hard-Case Ultimate

Tube Details:

Presta Valve

Accessories:

Extra-Long 290 mm Rubber Slap Guards, Integrated Ion Lync Headlight (700 Lumen, Adjustable Angle, High/Low, Day-Flash Settings), Integrated Flare Lync City Taillight, Bontrager Single-Layer Black Alloy Fenders with Mud Flaps, Bontrager Alloy Rack with Pannier Blockers and Slider Hooks and Threaded Mounts (16 kg / 35 lb Max Weight), Widek Decibel L-XXL Flick Bell, Alloy Derailleur Guard, Atran Rex-DV Kickstand (18 mm Chainstay Mount), Light Control Switch Below Display

Other:

Locking Removable Downtube Mounted Battery Pack, 1.7 lb 4 Amp Charger, Maximum Total Weight Limit 300 lbs (136 kg), Model 1373000-2018, SRAM PC-1130 Chain

Electronic Details

Motor Brand:

Bosch Performance Line Speed

Motor Type:

Mid-Mounted Geared Motor
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Motor Nominal Output:

250 watts

Motor Peak Output:

570 watts

Motor Torque:

60 Newton meters

Battery Voltage:

36 volts

Battery Amp Hours:

13.4 ah

Battery Watt Hours:

482.4 wh

Battery Chemistry:

Lithium-ion

Charge Time:

4.5 hours

Estimated Min Range:

18 miles (29 km)

Estimated Max Range:

92 miles (148 km)

Display Type:

Bosch Purion, Fixed, Backlit LCD Control Panel with Integrated Button Pad

Readouts:

Speed, Assist Level (Eco, Tour, Sport, Turbo), Battery Level (1-5), Odometer, Trip Distance, Estimated Range, Clock, Max Speed, Average Speed, Trip Time, Lights

Display Accessories:

Micro-USB Port for Diagnostics and Software Updates Only, Hold - to Cycle Through Readouts, Hold - and Press Power to Change Units

Drive Mode:

Advanced Pedal Assist (Measures Rear Wheel Speed, Pedal Cadence, and Pedal Torque 1,000 Times Per Second - Power Output Relative to Pedal Input: Eco 40 Nm, Tour 50 Nm, Sport 55 Nm, Turbo 60 Nm)

Top Speed:

28 mph (45 kph)

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Written Review

Trek pulled out all the stops with their CrossRip+ electric road bike. This thing comes in five sizes, includes sturdy full-length Aluminum alloy fenders, a custom designed rear rack with light integration and sturdy pannier rods, reflective paint and tire stripes, and an aimable three-mode integrated headlight! You get a SRAM 1×11 drivetrain, which means considerably fewer gears than the non-electric CrossRip line which range from 18 to 22 speed… but this is actually at the high end for Bosch powered mid-drive electric bikes. The one-by drivetrain reduces complexity, means fewer adjustments and chain drops, and is quite capable given the power of electric assist. The derailleur features a clutch system to improve tension and reduce slap when you go off-road, and the 20 tooth chainring (equivalent to a 50 tooth traditional chainring) is shielded by an alloy chainring guard that reduces drops while simultaneously keeping pants clean and snag-free. Because the motor controller offers software-driven shift detection, shifting remains relatively smooth even when the motor is operating at high power. Internal cable routing and a flattened downtub create a blended look, the black plastic casing on the motor and battery work well here because the frame color is matte black, but the battery is still external and the motor is not tilted and semi-integrated the way that it is on some of the latest mountain models or with alternative motor systems from companies like Brose. But, the even distribution and relative light weight of the bike (roughly 46 lbs) make it a standout. Some of the fancier battery and motor designs can be more difficult to remove in my experience and require a bit more frame reinforcement which probably adds weight. The CrossRip+ rides beautifully, even when the motor is turned off. The cockpit is clean and the single-paddle shifting mechanism on the right hood is simple once you get used to it (short click for higher gears, longer two-click or three-click for lower gears). This bike even comes with a small flick bell, easy-reach light switch beneath the display, and an adjustable length rear-mount kickstand… though it began to rattle when I took the bike off-road so consider removing it, tightening it, bringing a tool along, or using Loctite Blue if you encounter similar noise. The Trek CrossRip+ is feature complete and more than just a road bike. Larger tires provide cushion, stability, and gravel riding options, they can be setup as tubeless because the rims support it, and I fully enjoyed the SRAM hydraulic disc brakes with 180/160 mm rotor setup. I was able to stop adequately with just the front brake while filming and descending. There are only a few options in the road e-bike category right now in the US that I have seen, and the Trek CrossRip Plus is leading the pack in my opinion.

Powering the bike is a dynamic Bosch Performance Line Speed motor. This is the motor that can reach 28 mph (45 kph) vs. just 20 mph, and it’s perfectly suited to the aerodynamic, racy style of the Cross Rip Plus. Rated from 250 watts to 600+ watts, the motor can deliver 60+ Newton meters of peak torque and is one of the most responsive products on the market right now. It spins a smaller chainring, as mentioned earlier, which was chosen to improve chain grab and I believe it also starts and stops faster than a more traditional size. This sprocket spins 2.5 times for every 1 crank revolution, and there’s a gearbox inside the motor that does this conversion. As demonstrated in the video review above, this leads to a bit of noise and friction when the bike is powered off… but it’s very minor. When the motor is active, as you spin faster and add more power through the pedal assist menu options (Eco, Tour, Sport, or Turbo) a different noise is produced. A high pitched electronic whir is audible, but not as bad as the camera shows when frame-mounted. For me, a ~135 lb active bicycle rider, the Bosch Performance Line motors are all very capable. I have no problems climbing and can reach and maintain 28 mph with the Speed line. But I have heard some larger riders express that the bikes only just reach 28 mph and require more work than some other products. This is a pedal-assist only electric bike, you do have to pedal to get the motor to activate and it delivers increased power based on torque. If you pedal lightly, the motor isn’t going to respond as fully. This is the kind of thing that’s worth trying out in person, make sure you shift gears to find the sweet spot between effort, output, and speed. Thankfully, Trek is one of the Big 3 bicycle manufacturers in the US which means there are plenty of dealers to visit who should provide some test ride opportunities. For me, the drivetrain is setup just right, 11 gears is enough to enjoy a full range of speeds and the combination of higher-end SRAM derailleur, sturdy rubberized slap guard, chainring protector, and frame sized crank arms (longer 175 mm cranks for the larger sizes) work together perfectly.

Powering the CrossRip+ is a Bosch Powerpack 500, a 25% larger battery than the very popular Powerpack 400 that has been floating around for several years. The neat thing is, this pack is built into the same casing design as the 400 and is backward compatible. So, if you’re someone who has one of these older batteries, it will work as a backup or range extender. Maybe you plan on doing some e-bike touring or trekking, bikepacking could also be fun, and these batteries only weigh 5.4 lbs to 5.7 lbs so you could toss one into a trunk bag or pannier and be all set. The charger that Bosch offers here is also quiet impressive. It’s compact and fast, rated at 4 Amps vs. just 2 Amps for cheaper electric bikes. At the top of the battery is a loop handle for easy lifting and carrying. Near the lower left side is a battery level indicator that can be used to assess fill level off the bike. Inside the pack are premium 18650 Lithium-ion battery cells which are energy dense and durable, not suffering as much from memory if they aren’t charged frequently. To maximize life, store the pack in a cool dry location at 50% for longer periods. Extreme heat and cold may impact performance and heat will degrade the pack faster. Note that even though this battery is powering the motor, backlit display panel, and both headlights, it should offer 16+ miles per charge in even the most challenging conditions with assist at high according to Bosch testing. For most rides, I’d estimate 30+ miles and up to 100 miles if you use the lower levels of assist and stay on smooth relatively flat paved surfaces. This thing is efficient and sleek, your body position is going to be aerodynamic… but anytime you raise the speed (especially above 20 mph) efficiency starts to drop exponentially due to air resistance.

Operating the Bosch Purion electric bike system is a snap, and the cockpit on the CrossRip+ is super clean. The Purion display is small and only has four buttons: power on top, + and – on the front, and walk mode on the bottom. Trek has disabled walk mode for all of their ebikes as of this review… so no need to mess with that lower button. Once the battery pack has been charged and mounted properly, just press the power button on the display and watch as it blinks to life. It shows your current speed, assist level (or other trip stat), and a five bar battery infographic at the bottom. From here, click the plus or minus button to raise or lower assist, and watch as Eco, Tour, Sport, or Turbo are shown. Those readouts may disappear if you’re in the odometer or range menus and you can cycle through by holding minus for a couple of seconds. Range is very useful, and probably where I’d leave the readout, because it dynamically updates based on the last mile of performance, current battery capacity, and assist level in use. You can literally switch from Eco to Turbo on the fly and see how far you can expect to go based on that last mile of riding! I do have a few gripes about the Purion display, and the primary one is that it’s not removable like the Intuvia. As mentioned earlier, it also doesn’t have an active Micro-USB port (the port is there for diagnostics and software updates only), and the + and – buttons respond best to finger presses towards the display vs. the lower left edge. They pivot at an angle vs. straight down which means you have to reach further in when pressing them. One neat design feature with this Purion display is a matching lower section with a white switch for cycling headlight modes. The rear light just flashes slowly at all times but the headlight can go from bright flashing to low solid or low bright and that is a first for me to see on an ebike! Most other companies only offer a constant on mode… and they usually have externally mounted lights that are not aimable. The headlight can be aimed up or down by using a small Allen key adjustment. The back light is mounted into the rack or can be set into a rack support tube if you remove the full rack. I love that they thought about both use cases and kept the light functional for both.

The Trek Cross Rip Plus really impressed me, I went into this review not knowing what to expect but was won over by the attention to detail, proven Bosch drive systems, and high level of customer support. I have met with Stephanie Jones on several occasions now to review Trek e-bikes and see how dedicated the rest of the team is. For this review, I got extra help from a Territory Manager named Chris who reinforced what I had learned on the website and during my own short demo rides. He was a bit more quiet and reserved than I, but he knew his stuff and was a great rider. This is a product you will pay more for, but should last longer and perform better than a lot of competing products. There’s only one color choice as of now and it’s called Matte Trek Black. Many of the stem, seat post, rack, and tire hardware are from Bontrager (Trek’s in-house brand) and they are all solid. If it were me getting this bike for high-speed commuting, I would definitely consider a 27.2 mm suspension post from BodyFloat or Suntour (BodyFloat comes in multiple stiffnesses and even offers lightweight Carbon fiber options) and I might even experiment with the ShockStop stem or a similar product, just to take the edge off. The larger tires and Carbon fork make enough of a difference that I didn’t come away from the trail tests with a headache, but if I were doing that a lot, the suspension options would become critical. The fact that Trek included bottle cage bosses on the seat tube and went with puncture protected tires is icing on the cake, little touches that I guess I’d expect given the price and their reputation for quality. Big thanks to Trek for partnering with me on this review and sending two awesome reps out to ride with me. I welcome feedback and questions in the comments as always.

Pros:

  • This is one of the lighter weight electric bikes I have tested, especially when you consider the rear carry rack and full-length alloy fenders, at roughly 46 lbs, it’s easier to pedal unpowered or lift onto a car rack
  • Very few electric bikes offer the aerodynamic drop-bar setup that you see on the CrossRip+ and it can be very difficult to retrofit, with this setup you get three hand positions which offer a range of aggressive body positions
  • There’s plenty of utility on offer here, in addition to the sporty ride, check out the bottle cage bosses on the seat tube and sleek rear rack with pannier hangers and blockers
  • Trek has an ABC’s campaign to emphasize safety (always, be, seen but also always on, bio-motion, contrast) and the reflective Bontrager H1 tires with Hard-Case puncture protection, reflective decal accents on the frame, mini flick-bell near the stem, powerful SRAM Force CX 1 hydraulic disc brakes, and integrated LED lights with flashing mode and an aim adjustment for the headlight set it apart and above most other electric bikes I have reviewed
  • Controlling the bike, selecting different assist levels or activating the lights while riding, is intuitive and comfortable thanks to the control pad placement and unique light switch integration, I have never seen the white switch slider thing before but it worked great and stayed out of the way
  • Motor and battery weight are positioned low and center on the frame, this improves handling and makes the bike stable when lifting… consider removing the ~5.7 lb battery pack when carrying the bike up stairs or lifting it onto transport rack
  • I absolutely love the rear rack, it is paint matched, sleeker than most aftermarket products, has pannier slider blocks and a notch at the base for bungee cords or clips, and has been designed to be easy to take off while leaving a spot to re-mount the rear light
  • The 1×11 speed drivetrain is simple, durable, less likely to drop the chain, and features an alloy chainring guard to keep pants clean and snag-free, the SRAM Force CX 1 derailleur features a clutch system to reduce chain slack and provide smoother shifting
  • Bosch mid-drive motors offer shift detection, this produces some gaps in power to reduce mashing and allow for smoother shifting under power, it’s software-driven and not perfect in my experience, but the combination of speed, cadence, and torque sensors allow you to reduce pedal force to further alleviate mashing when shifting (as you would on a traditional bicycle)
  • The front wheel offers quick release and uses a 12 mm thru-axle vs. a standard 9 mm skewer, this provides strength and stiffness when steering and cornering at high speeds and supports the greater bike weight
  • I love the thick rubber slap guard on the right chain stay, it provides good protection against paint chipping and noise if you decide to ride off road and use this like a gravel grinder vs. urban road bike, note that Trek chose a larger 20 tooth chainring (equivalent to a 50 tooth traditional chainring) for comfort pedaling at higher speeds, this also reduces chain suck and chain slap
  • Bosch provides a faster 4 Amp charger with many of their electric bikes and I believe that’s what you get with the CrossRip+ which is going to fill the high-capacity 500 watt hour battery faster, the charging interface is consistent when the pack is mounted or being charged off-bike and that means you don’t have to screw around with extra dongles or adapters which could get lost, the pack is also relatively compact and lightweight at ~1.7 lbs
  • The downtube is flattened out to make the battery mount more secure and help it blend in visually, the black motor and battery casing match the cabling and blend in well with the paint job
  • Five frame sizes allow you to dial in fit and improve comfort on longer rides (including crank arm length and stem length differences), this is especially important for commuters, trekking, and gravel grinder trail riding because there is no suspension, consider a 27.2 mm BodyFloat to add some cushion or a ShockStop stem replacement
  • The slightly fatter tires, carbon fiber fork, and “comfortable” Alpha 200 Gold Aluminum alloy frame are designed to dampen vibration on any surface, they improve comfort over the narrowest road tires and an alloy fork and you can run the tires tubeless for decreased weight if you want to because apparently the rims allow for it
  • During my ride test, even off road, the fenders stayed relatively quiet, the bike was brand new but I got a sense that the rack and fenders were designed to not rattle and were more custom than a lot of aftermarket fenders I see on other electric bikes
  • The headlight switch is so cool, it allows you to make the headlight flash by pressing forward, be solid and dim in the center position, or be solid and bright in the back position… this is one of the only electric bikes I have seen with integrated lights that can flash! I believe that the rear light flashes at all times

Cons:

  • The Bosch Purion display is compact, so it stays out of the way if you’re riding with hands in the flat bar position, but it’s not removable like the Bosch Intuvia, nor does it offer Micro-USB charging
  • Minor consideration here, the Bosch Performance Speed motor is rated to support pedaling up to 28 mph but I have heard from some riders that it only barely reaches this speed and requires more effort than some competing products, this may help to extend range and I appreciate that it can support up to 120 RPM pedaling while other products sometimes reach only 100 RPM, I reached 28 mph easily on several occasions during my ride test but I only weigh ~135 lbs and am an active rider, the efficient tires and lightweight build make it pretty easy on this bike
  • I love that this bike has a kickstand and appreciate that it’s adjustable but feel that it’s a bit short, the bike seemed to lean way over during my photos and ride tests (even on flat sections) and given that the rear rack may be loaded with gear, I feel that the stand should support longer length and I would also recommend tightening the bolts that hold it on (or using Loctite Blue) because the stand on our demo bike was rattling loose off-road
  • The Bosch Performance Line motors offer higher torque and are quick to start and stop but can also produce more noise, a distinct whirring noise in the highest power levels and when spinning faster
  • This electric bike is not cheap at ~$4.5k but you get a vast network of dealers who can order it and get you fitted properly, provide service, and there’s a lifetime warranty on the frame with comprehensive two year warranty on the motor, battery and other non-wear components

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Hans
3 weeks ago

I bought this bike because of the lighter weight, aerodynamic ride position, excellent components, integrated lighting system and commuter ready rack. Also because it had a short and predictable delivery time – Trek had plenty of these bikes in stock before they started selling them in California, so it took less than a week to get my bike delivered. I also like the Trek brand and dealer network.

I wanted an electric bike for my commute, which is about 15 miles each way, with a 500ft climb up to and over the Golden Gate Bridge. Most 28mph class 3 speed-pedelec bikes would probably achieve the ride in comparable times, and most other bikes would probably be quite a bit more comfortable than the Crossrip+. However, I wanted a bike that I could also ride at a decent speed under my own power.

My first ride to work took about 55 minutes. This is just over 16mph on average, which slower than I had expected, though significantly faster than my regular bike average of about 12mph. And the e-bike required a lot less effort of course. I had hoped that the ride would take about 45 minutes – which would’ve been 20mph average, but I hit plenty of red lights, stopped at all the stop signs, slowed down to 15mph on a bike trail, and also switched the motor off while crossing the 1.7 mile long Golden Gate bridge (abiding by the bridge authority’s rule). In downtown San Francisco I also had to slow down for other bike and car traffic.

On the ride home, I was able to keep the motor off all the way. I got up to 20mph fairly easily on flat sections (no headwind), and the 500ft climb with the 45lbs bike wasn’t too terrible in the lowest gear (the total weight for this bike plus my gear and my body weight is about 245lbs – which is only about 8% heavier than the total weight for my regular bike). The temptation to switch the motor on increased with every mile, and doubled when a regular road bike passed me, and quadrupled when a Stromer zipped by. But I held fast and made it home under my own power in 1h15. With the possible exception of a Giant Road-E+, I’m not sure I could’ve done this on any other e-bike.

Here are a few things I’ve noticed:

  • The motor cuts out at about 27.2mph. Getting from 27.2 to 28 is up to the rider, and it’s very hard – it’s not “just another 0.8mph”. Once the motor cuts out you have to do all the work – the full 28mph – which requires more than 400 watts to maintain according to bikecalculator.com.
  • The Bontrager Montrose Comp saddle is hard, but I’ll get used to it after a few more rides. With the tires inflated to the max, the bike is not at all comfortable on rough roads. I’m willing to pay this price for a more efficient ride. Thudbuster is always an option though.
  • While 45lbs is still heavy, maneuvering the bike around in a garage or loading it onto a hitch bike rack is not a problem. I can also pick it up to hang it vertically from the front wheel without pulling a muscle.
  • It’s not the prettiest of bikes – the battery stands out like a pimple, but the rack and electronics are well integrated and the cables are relatively clean (compared it to the crows nest on some other e-bikes).
  • The Bosch Purion display is really basic, but functional (I’ve convinced myself I like the minimalism – but a watt meter would have been so awesome!). Walk-mode doesn’t seem to be enabled.
  • At first I didn’t like the noise the Bosch motor makes (especially compared to the super quiet Brose motor), but at 20mph the wind drowns out the motor noise. I’m also really glad to have shift sensing in the motor. When you’re biking up a steep hill and realize you’re in the wrong gear, you have to keep peddling to shift gears. Even if you’re trying to peddle just hard enough to keep the chain moving, a motor without shift sensing would continue to assist and pull much harder on the chain than you intent. Gnash! The Bosch motor in this bike minimizes the extra unnecessary strain on the chain and gears.
  • The headlight is definitely bright enough, but since it mounted on the frame and not the handlebar, the light keeps pointing straight when you turn the handlebars. This is a little unnerving in tight turns but is easily fixed by attaching an extra small light, like a Cygolite Dash Pro, to the handlebars.
  • The bike is super stable and easy to ride. The DoubleTap shifter is neat.

I swapped the standard pedals out for multi-function clipless/platform Wellgo WPD-95B pedals so I can clip in for long rides or ride comfortably with regular shoes. BTW, Wellgo has the most stunningly retro website I’ve seen, literally, in 20 years.

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Court Rye
3 weeks ago

Wow Hans! You win the comment of the day award, thanks for such a thorough and insightful writeup about the Trek CrossRip+ and your commute. I feel like you were very honest and fair about the trade offs and I’m sure this will help others who might be considering the bike for similar use. Indeed, Trek has purposefully disabled walk mode on all of their models. Maybe they are trying to avoid anything that could be construed as a throttle… but it seems a little overkill to me :)

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Hans
3 weeks ago

Thanks Court! Thank you also for the great reviews that you provide! You’ve helped so many people find the bike that works best for them.

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Johnny
6 days ago

I am someone who recently returned biking after 2 years. I have a trek hybrid that I like riding and I usually use it for commuting too (around 20 miles round-trip). I can climb hills and I am kinda fit however I like to extend my range and sometimes I don't want to sweat too much in my commute.

At first I was planning to switch to a road bike then I realized that I also want to go to trails every now and then and I want some assurance that even on the days that I feel a little worn out I can still ride. So I have been having many thoughts about e-bikes.

Although I have an understanding on the electrical components (I used to build RC planes and in that hobby you deal with lipo batteries, speed controllers , chargers etc a lot) when it comes to bikes I don't know much.

I do know that I want to keep getting my exercise (so I don't want a throttle, I want some pedal assist at times to increase my range and provide convenience) and I also want to be able to completely disable it and still ride the bike without getting resistance from the motor.

I have two main options:

1. Getting a e-bike conversion kit for my current bike. I searched for a kit with torque sensor however I couldn't find and sellers in the US. If I ordered from China then the price is still too high to risk it. If someone can point me to a US based kit with torque sensors I can give it a try.

2. Just getting an ebike which is a pain altogether. I didn't know that there were so many small manufacturers. I am more into getting into a well known brand like Trek, Giant etc. since even the cheaper options (which on paper they look great value) are between 1.5k-2K,

Here are some of the bikes I had in mind,

- Giant Road E 1 https://www.giant-bicycles.com/us/bikes-road-eplus, I really like a road bike and this seemed great at first but then again, it will be heavy and although I love dropbars I don't know how much of a bike I am getting and how much I am paying for the motor system.

- Trek Crossrip+ https://www.trekbikes.com/us/en_US/bikes/hybrid-bikes/electric-hybrid-bikes/crossrip/crossrip/p/1373000-2018/?colorCode=black, seems to be a e-cyclocross then again 4.5K price and the frame looks like an entry level model.

Now that I realized that I don't have many choices in road/gravel type e bikes I began considering more hybrid like bikes,

- Trek Super Commuter, https://www.trekbikes.com/us/en_US/bikes/hybrid-bikes/electric-hybrid-bikes/super-commuter/super-commuter-8s/p/1367000-2018/?colorCode=red, again too expensive and does not seem to be designed for agility or fitness.

- Giant Quick -E https://www.giant-bicycles.com/us/bikes-quick-eplus, looks to be a much better choice compared to super commuter both in design and price.

The real problem is since bike is so heavy does it really matter to go for a solid fork ? I am seriously thinking about getting a bike with front suspension like the ones below.

- Trek Powerfly https://www.trekbikes.com/us/en_US/bikes/mountain-bikes/electric-mountain-bikes/powerfly/powerfly-5/p/2914600-2018/?colorCode=grey_black

-Giant Explore https://www.giant-bicycles.com/us/explore-eplus-3 , this one at $2.350 is priced very nicely seems to have some trail capabilities.

- Haibike hard seven https://wheelworld.com/product/haibike-sduro-hardseven-4.0-297072-1.htm

I don't know how Haibike stacks against the Brand bikes. I also don't know if the front suspension e-bikes will be good commuters on the road. It seems like since weight is not as big of an issue with e bikes the companies can still make durable bikes at those price ranges.

I also don't wanna pay $3K + for a bike since it is still a bike I don't really like to spend that much.

I will be happy if I can get some help.

JayVee
3 weeks ago

I got my first e-bike a couple of weeks ago (Trek Crossrip+), and as I'm sure you all know, getting on the bike and pulling away in Turbo mode is So Much Fun! Question is - does it ever stop being so much fun? Will I get used to it and stop noticing? For how long can I expect to enjoy it so much? ;)

Clean your chain and cassette. Then report back to us. And no cheating with the high pressure water hose either! :D

Over50
3 weeks ago

I got my first e-bike a couple of weeks ago (Trek Crossrip+), and as I'm sure you all know, getting on the bike and pulling away in Turbo mode is So Much Fun! Question is - does it ever stop being so much fun? Will I get used to it and stop noticing? For how long can I expect to enjoy it so much? ;)

How about sharing the fun by posting some pics of your bike outfitted for your commute? The Crossrip+ is a fine looking machine....

John from Connecticut
3 weeks ago

I got my first e-bike a couple of weeks ago (Trek Crossrip+), and as I'm sure you all know, getting on the bike and pulling away in Turbo mode is So Much Fun! Question is - does it ever stop being so much fun? Will I get used to it and stop noticing? For how long can I expect to enjoy it so much? ;)

Hello, First off congratulations on your new ride...The Trek Crossrip+ is a nice bike and a first ( I believe )..Does the e-bike fun ever stop ? For me, absolutely not. It's
all personal of course, but I can't wait to hit the road or trail. Unfortunately CT weather will crimp my style. E-bike riding gives me freedom to ride many places
in comfort that I was not able to do prior. I've had my e-bike since July of this year and I feel more connected and a great sense of joy then I did at the time of purchase.

John from CT

MV94941
3 weeks ago

I got my first e-bike a couple of weeks ago (Trek Crossrip+), and as I'm sure you all know, getting on the bike and pulling away in Turbo mode is So Much Fun! Question is - does it ever stop being so much fun? Will I get used to it and stop noticing? For how long can I expect to enjoy it so much? ;)

E-Wheels
3 months ago

Anyone heard anything on this model? Discussion starts at 2:39 of the video after the SuperCommuter info.

I'll be surprised if the price stays at $3,800 when it lands in stores. Very interested in something that at least looks more like a road bike (I'm sure it's just the drop handlebars) in the E-bike space.

https://electricbikereview.com/trek/crossrip-plus/

Bicyclista
3 months ago

I need to postpone further considerations of what ebike will fit me, give my knees the workout they need, and still get me up the hill to home. Postpone because I'm leaving for a month in Spain in 2 days.

Here is something for you to read/watch on the plane: Court's review of the Trek CrossRip+ which comes in 24-inch size, the largest electric bike frame Trek makes.

jpa2825
5 months ago

Anyone heard anything on this model? Discussion starts at 2:39 of the video after the SuperCommuter info.

I'll be surprised if the price stays at $3,800 when it lands in stores. Very interested in something that at least looks more like a road bike (I'm sure it's just the drop handlebars) in the E-bike space.

Brian Trend
1 day ago

what is the difference between the crossrip bikes and the specialized cyclocross sports bikes which I ride?.  I suppose they are the same really just brand differences. I know nothing about ebikes and im very happy with my old specialized cyclocross pedal, but having had a heart attack  and a coma, my touring around the world has taken a back seat hence the need to get an electric bike just to get over the heavy hills, because now im pulling a doggy hut trailer to pull my doggie friend about. Im planning a trip this time to spain from the UK then catch the ferry back with my rig. I would very much like to just put a battery and motor on my old cyclocross bike, but i'm not too sure of those Bafang fun 8 gadgets? so looking at this fully integrated centralized balanced Trek/Bosch motor model?. It seems pricey to land one of these in the UK . Because the frame is designed/integrated around the Bosch motor I probably have no choice and will have to fork out for a whole new bike which means I have now 4 bikes and storage space is running out. if their was a way to fit/connect or disconnect this new Bosch motor and battery system quickly to your ordinary pedal bike it would make things so much easier and cheaper than buy a whole new extra bike. Also, how do you ride slowly, I suppose it has to be on eco setting especially if a dog is running with you and u have to ride slowly as dogs don't like riding in their trailers unless they're tired and ready for a nap. would an ebike cope with pulling a doggie trailer and limiting speeds?. Im only looking at ebikes for getting over the hills because of a heart condition. a big problem in UK is some of the country roads like in Devon are 600 years old and have no pavements so pulling a heavy rig with a dozen cars and busses behind you patience may run out and they my give you the finger ha ha!. But Im not clued up enough on ebikes and a bit weary?any advice guys? thanks great video thankyou and the Trek cr9ossrip is a stunner

Brian Trend
1 day ago

they have solid mountain bikes half this price but they weigh a ton especialy if you run out of batter power half way to Spain in the middle of nowhere? this is one of the reasons im looking at a cyclocross type ebike rather than a mountin bike. how come this ebike Crossgrip is double the pri9ce of a cheaper MTB? Anyone?

Stephen Smith
2 weeks ago

Great Review ! thanks.
The Trek CrossRip + is perfect for my needs.
(I wish Surly or Salsa would offer the Bosch or Shimano drive on a LHT or Fargo)

Ted Kidd
3 months ago

Like those built in lights with output control.

GNX157
3 months ago

The balance issue is more important with the rider on board. What good is a 50/50 weight balance with no rider? Get on the bike in riding position with the wheels on different scales and see what the balance is like.

GNX157
3 months ago

Scottie Lambert oh god now that's some creative thinking. Please.

Scottie Lambert
3 months ago

Its helpful fir carrying the bike up say a flight if stairs

ElectricBikeReview.com
3 months ago

Interesting suggestion, it might depend on the rider's body and gear (including rack load), thanks for the feedback

dvdfrnzwbr
3 months ago

How long until these motorized bikes kill little kids and adults on bike paths. Should be for street use only

fookdatchit
3 months ago

gr8 post fanks v moooooch

hcw199
3 months ago

9:10 is funny when he goes to look at his watch... thinking get on with it! then remembers he aint wearing 1

Jonathan Lee
3 months ago

How does this one compare to the Giant Road E+? I'm looking for an e-bike that most simulates the road bike feeling.

Honky Tonk
3 months ago

I dont understand why the brake handles are so out of reach.

R Coleman
3 months ago

Nice bike. Expensive. I Ike my Trek XM 700+.

The guy is a stick in the mud. Luckily my Trek folks are more lively.

GNX157
3 months ago

R Coleman the channel owner is a bit annoying ugh the voice. I can't blame the Trek rep.

Seb K
3 months ago

Reeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee :) !!!

Jack Oakley
3 months ago

Great to see TREK leading the "CHARGE" with a wide range of Electric Bikes - CrossRip line without electric is a solid line of gravel bikes - this is a really nice addition to the CrossRip line.

Jack Oakley
3 months ago

I was going to purchase the 920 for touring, after riding both the 920 and CrossRip 3, I found the CrossRip 3 a better fit for my mix riding (gravel, road, touring). I purchased a second set of rims for a set of tubeless 38s with more of an off-road tread, run them with a lower PSI for gravel riding. The standard 32s are great for general riding. I just passed my first 1,000 miles on my CrossRip and still no regrets. But the 920 is a great bike.

ElectricBikeReview.com
3 months ago

Nice, it sounds like you have some experience with the non electric CrossRip? What do you think about their 920 trekking bikes? The tires look much larger, I wasn't familiar with them before seeing the CrossRip+

ting280
3 months ago

they need to stick a motor on the 920

ElectricBikeReview.com
3 months ago

That would sweet... for those who haven't seen it: https://www.trekbikes.com/us/en_US/bikes/adventure-touring-bikes/920/920/p/1432999-2018/?colorCode=tan

James Mason
3 months ago

you should buy me one

Aristarchus Samios
6 days ago

ElectricBikeReview.com if you ask me...do you want a car or a bike like this?.. answer is .. the bikeeee!!
100%

ElectricBikeReview.com
3 months ago

What is your life like? Do you have a bike, would you use it to get to school or work?

Ricky Lease
3 months ago

How much did you say. There was a earlier video when trek first introduced this bike and she said the price is 3799 only offered here in the big USA. Great bike

ElectricBikeReview.com
3 months ago

I'm putting prices in the titles of videos now and back at the site with the full details. Just rechecked the official Trek website and it says $4,499 https://www.trekbikes.com/us/en_US/electric-bikes/crossrip/crossrip/p/1373000-2018/?colorCode=black

Maragoudakis Panagiotis
3 months ago

Love this. Can't wait for the new Orbea Gain. Should be the most affordable road ebike.

Maragoudakis Panagiotis
3 months ago

https://youtu.be/VQZu_WtpG8w

ElectricBikeReview.com
3 months ago

Nice! I covered a mini Orbea earlier this year and liked it. Will keep an eye out for the road model you're talking about

Saloth Sar
3 months ago

Hey Electric Bike Review or anyone else. Does anyone know any affordable bikes that go up to 28mph+ with around 50+ range per charge? Im looking for one that's good as both a mountain bike and just a commuter. Also one with a throttle. Does anyone know or can point me in a good direction?

Frank E
3 months ago

Saloth Sar
Try juiced bikes. Just google them or look them up on this EBR YouTube channel. Big selection under $2,000.

250 watts
3 months ago

https://lunacycle.com/luna-alite-hard-tail/

Mr Jhonny
3 months ago

OMG!!!! This bike is stylish,lightwheight,high speed,with carbon fiber fork and intergrated lights!!!! love this bike!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mr Jhonny
3 months ago

ElectricBikeReview.com Thats true!!!!

ElectricBikeReview.com
3 months ago

Me too, they created something high-quality and special with this bike... Great to see a wider variety of products now that bigger companies are getting involved. This is only like the third e-bike with drop bars that I have seen

Steve Donovan
3 months ago

I knew before you even said it you were hyped to get on that thing. Non stop boy oh boy this is nice! That's a bike you'd appreciate a fun workout. Sleek is it's name I was feeling it and not bad for a nonsuspension hybrid.

ElectricBikeReview.com
3 months ago

Yeah, it was surprisingly comfortable given the rigid frame and fork