Trek Conduit+ Review

Trek Conduit Plus Electric Bike Review
Trek Conduit Plus
Trek Conduit Plus Shimano Steps Mid Motor
Trek Conduit Plus 36 Volt Lithium Ion Battery Shimano Steps
Trek Conduit Plus Ergonomic Grips Shimano Steps Computer Console
Trek Conduit Plus Integrated Led Headlight
Trek Conduit Plus Lync Onboard Led Lights
Trek Conduit Plus Fenders Pannier Rack Bottle Cage Bosses
Trek Conduit Plus 700c Tires Reflective Stripe
Trek Conduit Plus Rear Kickstand
Trek Conduit Plus Geometry Measurements
Trek Conduit Plus Electric Bike Review
Trek Conduit Plus
Trek Conduit Plus Shimano Steps Mid Motor
Trek Conduit Plus 36 Volt Lithium Ion Battery Shimano Steps
Trek Conduit Plus Ergonomic Grips Shimano Steps Computer Console
Trek Conduit Plus Integrated Led Headlight
Trek Conduit Plus Lync Onboard Led Lights
Trek Conduit Plus Fenders Pannier Rack Bottle Cage Bosses
Trek Conduit Plus 700c Tires Reflective Stripe
Trek Conduit Plus Rear Kickstand
Trek Conduit Plus Geometry Measurements

Summary

  • A light weight, high-step only electric bike with premium fenders, pannier rack and integrated LED lights that would be perfect for commuting or short range touring
  • Delivers Shimano hydraulic disc brakes, a 10 speed drivetrain with Shimano Deore derailleur and quality saddle, ergonomic grips and tires from Trek
  • Four frame sizes to dial in fit, more aggressive geometry with straight handle bar, only available in one color (matte black) but the lights and reflective tires help increase visibility
  • Good value at $3k with a two year warranty from Trek, the battery has to be taken off each time you want to charge it, no suspension elements (completely rigid frame that's efficient but stiff)

Video Review

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Introduction

Make:

Trek

Model:

Conduit+

Price:

$2,999

Body Position:

Forward

Suggested Use:

Urban, Commuting, Touring

Electric Bike Class:

Pedal Assist (Class 1)
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Warranty:

2 Years Comprehensive, Lifetime Frame

Availability:

United States

Model Year:

2016

Bicycle Details

Total Weight:

45 lbs (20.41 kg)

Battery Weight:

5.9 lbs (2.67 kg)

Motor Weight:

7.05 lbs (3.19 kg)

Frame Material:

Aluminum Alloy (Continuously Cold Extruded and Butted)

Frame Sizes:

15 in (38.1 cm)17.5 in (44.45 cm)20 in (50.8 cm)22.5 in (57.15 cm)

Frame Types:

High-Step

Frame Colors:

Matt Trek Black

Frame Fork Details:

Alloy with Tapered Wall Thickness, Straight Blades

Attachment Points:

Rear Rack Bosses, Front Rack Bosses, Fender Bosses, Bottle Cage Bosses

Gearing Details:

10 Speed 1x10 Shimano Deore, Shadow Plus, HG62, 11-32T

Shifter Details:

Shimano Deore Triggers on Right

Cranks:

Shimano for STePs

Pedals:

VP Aluminum Body with Kraton Inserts

Headset:

VP Slimstak, Sealed Semi-Cartridge Bearings

Stem:

Alloy, Adjustable Rise, Quill

Handlebar:

Bontrager Alloy, 31.8 mm Diameter, 15 mm Rise

Brake Details:

Shimano M355 Hydraulic Disc

Grips:

Bontrager Satellite elite, Lock-On, Ergonomic

Saddle:

Bontrager H1

Seat Post:

Bontrager Alloy, 2-Bolt Head, 8 mm Offset

Seat Post Length:

300 mm

Seat Post Diameter:

27.2 mm

Rims:

Formula Alloy Hubs, Bontrager Tubeless Ready Rims

Tire Brand:

Bontrager H2, 700 x 35c

Wheel Sizes:

28 in (71.12cm)

Tire Details:

Hard-Case Ultimate Puncture Protection, Reflective Sidewall Stripes

Tube Details:

Presta Valve

Accessories:

Lync Onboard Lighting, Full Length Aluminum Alloy Fenders with Mud Flaps, Pannier Rack, Single Side Kickstand at Rear Left

Other:

Locking Removable Battery Pack, EC-E6000 Fast Charger (Reach 80% in Two Hours), KMC X10e Chain, Manufacturer Part Numbers (519375, 519376, 519377, 519378)

Electronic Details

Motor Brand:

Shimano STePs

Motor Type:

Mid-Mounted Geared Motor
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Motor Nominal Output:

250 watts

Motor Peak Output:

500 watts

Motor Torque:

50 Newton meters

Battery Brand:

Shimano STePs

Battery Voltage:

36 volts

Battery Amp Hours:

11.6 ah

Battery Watt Hours:

417.6 wh

Battery Chemistry:

Lithium-ion

Charge Time:

4 hours

Estimated Min Range:

30 miles (48 km)

Estimated Max Range:

75 miles (121 km)

Display Type:

Fixed, Adjustable Angle, Monochrome, Backlit LCD, Model SC-E6000

Readouts:

Speed (mph or km/h), Average Speed, Max Speed, Odometer, Trip Meter, Battery Level (5 Bars), Assist Mode (Eco, Normal, High), Time Clock

Display Accessories:

Independent Control Switch near Left Grip

Drive Mode:

Advanced Pedal Assist (Measures Wheel Speed, Pedal Cadence and Pedal Torque, Power Output Relative to Pedal Input: Eco 50%, Normal 100%, High 200%)

Top Speed:

20 mph (32 kph)(25 km/h in Europe)

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Written Review

The Conduit+ is my favorite electric bike model from Trek at the time of this review because you get lots of quality accessories, four frame size options and a solid mid-drive system working with a 10 speed Shimano Deore drivetrain all for ~$3k. Not only does it include things like fenders, a pannier rack and integrated lights… the quality and fit for each is excellent. The Aluminum fenders are tight around the tires but extend all the way down keeping your feet and shins dry, the rack is slim but mounted to four points for added strength and has a neat u-lock opening for people who only need one pannier (pannier on the left, u-lock slid into the slot on the right) and the LED “Lync” lights from Trek are seamless. There’s a bright white headlight built into the steering tube and two small red lights protruding from the base of the seat stays. I was really excited about the lights because the frame only comes in matt black… which looks awesome but doesn’t present the same visual footprint that silver or white would. Thankfully, you also get standard reflector pucks at the front and rear as well as the pedals and the tires have reflective sidewall tape.

Driving the bike is a powerful and efficient 250 watt geared mid-motor from Shimano. It peaks out around 500 watts and offers 50 Newton meters of torque so don’t get freaked out by the lower nominal watt rating. In my experience it functions quietly at lower RPM’s but you do hear a whir as pedal cadence increases or as more force is applied in short bursts. The system measures your bicycle speed, pedal speed and pedal torque which is the most noticeable input. You do have to pedal on this ebike, there’s no throttle mode, but that makes it Class 1 which is permitted in the most locations. The motor blends in nicely with the frame along with the battery pack which is mounted on top of the downtube (the tube is actually molded to bring the battery down and appear more seamless). Inside are high quality Lithium-ion cells delivering 36 volts of power and 11.6 amp hours of capacity which I’d consider slightly above average. Trek offers a two year comprehensive warranty that covers the battery but Shimano has said users should expect a ~5% drop off each year based on natural battery wear over time (even if the bike isn’t being used the battery will slowly degrade). To care for your pack keep it in a cool dry location and fill to ~60% when you might not use it for a month or two.

I’ve said that this ebike is my favorite in the Trek line so far but it’s far from perfect. The price seems reasonable given all of the great accessories (especially compared with the $200 cheaper Trek Lift+ that doesn’t have fenders, a rack or lights) but the motor doesn’t offer the same response time or precision that Bosch and Impulse do and I’m constantly frustrated with the battery pack that has to be removed in order to be charged. I’ve dropped batteries before… imagine taking it on and off every day vs. plugging it in while parked in your garage? The frame protects the battery and while it does slide very nicely to the side it’s just not something I’d prefer to have to do. The frame feels good but is more aggressive and you don’t get suspension (just an aluminum fork and active saddle). Consider a seat post shock from Cane Creek or Cirrus Cycles if you plan on riding longer distances (make sure you get the 27.2 mm diameter.

It’s awesome to see a more established bicycle brand like Trek getting into the electric bike space and while they still offer more models in Europe (including a bunch of mountain bikes!) I appreciate the BIKE+ line of city bikes now hitting the USA. I wanted to call out the hydraulic disc brakes as another great feature here and close by mentioning the XM700 model which uses the Bosch Performance Speed drive system and can reach ~28 mph instead of just 20 with the Conduit+. That model costs an additional $500 and offers a monoshock for improved comfort (as well as a more upright ride position… swept back bars). It’s an excellent choice if you can spare the money and prefer higher speeds but the Conduit offers a lot of value and I think it would work just as well for commuting.

Pros:

  • All Trek bicycles have to be shipped to a local Trek retailer but this is free of charge, from there some retailers will deliver to your house
  • Awesome two year comprehensive warranty, they recommend storing the battery in a dry room at 60° to 70° Fahrenheit and keeping it fully charged, expect a 5% degrade each year
  • The high-step frame is stiff and easier to lift and mount on standard car and bus racks (where you hang the bike from the top tube), given the removable battery it’s going to be lighter and easier to transport, the display is also removable to reduce tampering or damage
  • Lots of awesome accessories including full length fenders with mud flaps, integrated LED lights that run off the main battery and a cool pannier rack at the back (light weight but very handy for carrying a u-lock or a set of pannier bags)
  • The downtube is custom molded to bring the battery down and create more space in the triangle area of the frame where a bottle cage mount is offered! You could bring a folding lock, mini pump or water bottle easily
  • Solid kickstand that stays out of the way and matches the frame nicely (it didn’t bounce or vibrate much during my ride and isn’t near where you pedal), I also appreciate the chainring guide/guard even though it’s not as complete as a mini plastic chain guard it should reduce pant snags and grease on the chain
  • Despite only being available in a matte black non-reflective color that could be less visible when commuting there are lots of reflection points including traditional plastic pucks on the front and rear as well as the pedals, reflective sidewall tape on the tires and those awesome integrated Lync lights!
  • Available in four frame sizes so you can dial in fit and maximize comfort, the range on this model is up to 75 miles per charge on the lowest level of assist so you could use it for commuting, touring or trekking and fit will be important with this type of application
  • I appreciate the tactile click of the button pad used to change display modes on the LCD panel and navigate up and down with pedal assist but the electronic beep becomes annoying, I’d probably disable it in the settings (hold up and down on the button pad for a few seconds to enter the menu) user manual attached to this review for more info
  • Very light weight, it’s only 45 pounds (20.5 kg) even with the fenders and rack accessories, this makes it compatible with a wider range of racks and you can reduce the weight even more by removing the battery pack ~6 lbs
  • High quality derailleur, Shimano Deore, with ten gears! This means you’ll be climbing at low speeds more effectively without straining your knees (or carrying heavy cargo) as well as being able to hit 20+ miles per hour with a comfortable cadence

Cons:

  • Battery must be completely removed from the frame in order to charge it, the charging socket is located at the base where it connects to the mounting plate, this adds work and increases the potential for accidental drops vs. leaving it on the frame to charge
  • No quick release on this model despite being a mid-drive… but this seems to be a conscious decision based on the rack, fenders and general commuting setup where QR could lead to theft
  • Only available in one frame style (high-step) which might not be as approachable to shorter riders or feel as stable when the bike is loaded up with gear and you have to stop and hold the bike up… but it is stiffer and lighter this way
  • The frame is completely rigid including the alloy fork, this is efficient but can be jarring over long distances given the narrower tires, I found that the stem angle and flat bars are also more aggressive, consider using a Body Float or other suspension post measuring 27.2 mm

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Comments (20) YouTube Comments

jacob
4 years ago

I’m interested in the xm 700, which you mentioned – wondering if you’ll be reviewing it soon? Thanks!

  Reply
Court
4 years ago

Absolutely Jacob! The review will be online in a couple of hours, I haven’t published the videos yet because I wanted to have each review up first on the site to make sure I could link between and fact check with Trek who was being a bit more hands on with the specs here. The review will be at https://electricbikereview.com/trek/xm700-plus/ shortly.

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Bill Ostrowski
4 years ago

I’m trying to decide between the Trek Conduit+ and the Raleigh Misceo iE . Each have their unique features. I am really interested in the electronic shifting on the Raleigh but the Trek seems to be a little more comfortable to ride. Also the Trek has built in lights and fenders. Right now I can buy the Raleigh for about $100 cheaper than the Trek. I’m sure I’ll be happy with either but any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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Court
4 years ago

Hi Bill! I’d probably get the Raleigh Misceo iE and spend the extra $100 on fenders, rack and lights. You can always add those features after market but you can’t get the electronic shifting (which enables shift-detection with the STePs motor) once you’ve gone with a standard derailleur + cassette. I like the carbon fork on the Misceo and am okay with the blue paint but agree that the Trek Conduit+ is also beautiful and looks great with the included accessories. Both would be solid but that electronic shifting is really neat and I like the internally geared hub so that’s probably the direction I’d lean :)

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Bill Ostrowski
4 years ago

Thanks again for such a great website. Your reviews and videos have more information than I can find from Raleigh’s website or the local bike dealer. I have a question about the lights that are on the Raleigh Misceo Sport iE . Who makes the lights and is it possible to retrofit them on the Raleigh Misceo iE?

Bill Ostrowski
4 years ago

Thanks for the input. Great website and great You tube videos. Keep up the videos coming.

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Court
4 years ago

Thanks Bill! Glad you’ve enjoyed them :D

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Ray T`
4 years ago

How you compare this bike to a bike that has a Bionx 350W system? I understand that these mid drive systems don’t have a throttle mode, and have no cogging effect, but do you feel one system feels when pedaling? Do you find that you prefer one over the other?

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Court
3 years ago

Hi Ray, the Shimano mid drive motor system is quiet, smooth and very efficient but you do hear more noise and end up with some extra stress and wear on the chain, sprockets and derailleur vs. a gearless hub motor. You also don’t get throttle mode (as you pointed out) or regenerative braking. I really like BionX and other hub motors like the Go SwissDrive that Specialized uses on the Turbo or the Syno drive Ultra Motor that Stromer uses for city riding. They are a bit more rear heavy but a 350 watt size isn’t so large and BionX is one of the few that does have throttle mode. It think their product is pretty great actually and that’s why I invited them to be an advertiser here :)

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Seth
3 years ago

The Shimano web site https://shimano-steps.com/e-bikes/north-america/en/the-system indicates they now have an on-bike charge port. Do you know if Trek has incorporated this upgrade?

  Reply
Court
3 years ago

Hi Seth! I heard about on-bike charging but hadn’t confirmed, thanks! My plan is to see the new bikes soon but I can’t say for sure now and be careful because sometimes you end up getting sold a last-year model if you don’t look close… Shops may reduce the price and just not mention what has been changed for 2017 etc.

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David
12 months ago

Hello. Someone is selling me a Trek Conduit + for $1200 usd. Do you think it is a reasonable price? The bike appears to be in perfect condition and he bought it from store. I know that this model of bike has been on the market for a couple of years but I would appreciate your input if you recommend it or should I look for a new one within that range of price (with maybe a rear hub motor). Thank you.

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Court
12 months ago

Hi David! Sorry for the slow reply here. I do think that $1,200 is a good price for this ebike. It uses proven drive systems and a quality battery from Shimano that should be repairable or replaceable over time. Trek is a leader in the bike space and they build quality products in general, and have many dealers. I’d feel more comfortable with this ebike used than many others :)

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Marc
3 months ago

Hi David, I realize it has been 9-months since you posted your question, but I just saw it and decided to share my experience even though it might be too late to help.

I’ve had my 2016 Trek Conduit+ for a bit of 2 years now and have over 5,000 miles on it. I commute 40 mile round-trip on it 2-3 times/week. I really love this e-bike. It has plenty of power for climbing steep hills when set to high assist, it’s relatively light for an e-bike, the fenders and rack make it perfect for a commuter and the range is excellent. While I typically charge my battery at work so that I don’t push the range limit, there have been a few times that I have done the full 40-mile commute on a single charge.

$1,200 sounds like a good price — the key will be the condition of the battery. The only way I can think of to test it is to fully charge it, take it for a ride and verify that the estimated range decreases as expected while in ECO mode. Some more details:

  • When fully charged it should show an estimate ECO range of 58-59 miles.
  • Ride for 10 miles in ECO mode on level terrain without a headwind.
  • At the end of the ride it should show an estimated range of 48-49 miles.

Hope this helps!
Marc

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Court
3 months ago

Thanks for your input, Marc!

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