Trek Dual Sport+ Review

2019 Trek Dual Sport Plus Electric Bike Review
2019 Trek Dual Sport Plus
2019 Trek Dual Sport Plus Bosch Active Line Plus Ebike Motor
2019 Trek Dual Sport Plus Bosch Powerpack 500 Integrated Battery Rib Casing
2019 Trek Dual Sport Plus Handlebar Hydraulic Brakes
2019 Trek Dual Sport Plus Bosch Purion Lcd Display
2019 Trek Dual Sport Plus Locking Bontrager Grips Shimano Deore Trigger Shifters
2019 Trek Dual Sport Plus Sr Suntour Nrx Spring Suspension Fork With Lockout
2019 Trek Dual Sport Plus Lync Integrated Led Headlight
2019 Trek Dual Sport Plus Lync 11 Led Integrated Back Light
2019 Trek Dual Sport Plus Bontrager Commuter Comp Saddle Kickstand
2019 Trek Dual Sport Plus 11 42 Tooth Cassette Shimano Deore Derailleur
2019 Trek Dual Sport Plus 38 Tooth Chainring With Alloy Guard Bontrager Reflective Pedals
2019 Trek Dual Sport Plus Bike Charging Port
2019 Trek Dual Sport Plus Bosch Four Amp Ebike Charger
2019 Trek Dual Sport Plus Womens Stock
2019 Trek Dual Sport Plus Electric Bike Review
2019 Trek Dual Sport Plus
2019 Trek Dual Sport Plus Bosch Active Line Plus Ebike Motor
2019 Trek Dual Sport Plus Bosch Powerpack 500 Integrated Battery Rib Casing
2019 Trek Dual Sport Plus Handlebar Hydraulic Brakes
2019 Trek Dual Sport Plus Bosch Purion Lcd Display
2019 Trek Dual Sport Plus Locking Bontrager Grips Shimano Deore Trigger Shifters
2019 Trek Dual Sport Plus Sr Suntour Nrx Spring Suspension Fork With Lockout
2019 Trek Dual Sport Plus Lync Integrated Led Headlight
2019 Trek Dual Sport Plus Lync 11 Led Integrated Back Light
2019 Trek Dual Sport Plus Bontrager Commuter Comp Saddle Kickstand
2019 Trek Dual Sport Plus 11 42 Tooth Cassette Shimano Deore Derailleur
2019 Trek Dual Sport Plus 38 Tooth Chainring With Alloy Guard Bontrager Reflective Pedals
2019 Trek Dual Sport Plus Bike Charging Port
2019 Trek Dual Sport Plus Bosch Four Amp Ebike Charger
2019 Trek Dual Sport Plus Womens Stock

Summary

  • A versatile electric bike that's efficient on road but capable of light trail riding as well, puncture resistant tires with tight knobby tread offer traction, stability, and a bit of comfort due to increased air volume
  • Durable spring suspension fork provides 63mm of travel with preload and lockout adjust, hydraulic disc brakes require less hand effort to pull and the lever reach can be changed to accommodate different sized hands
  • Very nice 10-speed drivetrain with wide 11-42 tooth cassette, the derailleur has an adjustable clutch that reduces chain bounce and drops, alloy chainring guard protects your pants or dress, custom pedals are grippy and highly reflective
  • Bright headlight with side windows for increased visibility, it's mounted high and points where you steer, backlight provides 11-LED's but could get blocked by long shirts or jackets that hang down, lots of provisions for adding bottles, locks, fenders, and a rear rack, priced high because of the quality parts, dealer network, multiple sizes, and great warranty

Video Review

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Introduction

Make:

Trek

Model:

Dual Sport+

Price:

$3,599

Body Position:

Forward

Suggested Use:

Neighborhood, Urban, Commuting, Trail

Electric Bike Class:

Pedal Assist (Class 1)
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Warranty:

2 Years Comprehensive, Lifetime Frame

Availability:

United States

Model Year:

2019

Bicycle Details

Total Weight:

45.7 lbs (20.72 kg)

Battery Weight:

7.3 lbs (3.31 kg) (Including Alloy Shield and Handle)

Motor Weight:

7.1 lbs (3.22 kg)

Frame Material:

Alpha Gold Aluminum Alloy

Frame Sizes:

12.99 in (32.99 cm)15 in (38.1 cm)17.51 in (44.47 cm)20 in (50.8 cm)22.48 in (57.09 cm)

Geometry Measurements:

Medium 44.5cm: 16.75" Seat Tube, 22.25" Reach, 28" Stand Over Height, 26.5" Width, 72.75" Length

Frame Types:

High-Step, Step-Thru

Frame Colors:

Trek Black with Silver Accents, Metallic Gunmetal with Black Accents

Frame Fork Details:

SR Suntour NRX Spring Suspension, 63mm Travel, Compression Adjust with Lockout, Preload Adjust, 30mm Anodized Stanchions, 100mm Hub Spacing, 9mm Axle with 5mm Allen Key Bolt

Frame Rear Details:

135 mm Hub Spacing, 9mm Axle with 5mm Allen Key Bolt

Attachment Points:

Rear Rack Bosses, Fender Bosses, Two Sets of Bottle Cage Bosses, Frame Lock Bosses

Gearing Details:

10 Speed 1x10 Shimano Deore M6000 Derailleur with Shadow+ One-Way Clutch, Shimano HG50 Cassette 11-42 Tooth

Shifter Details:

Shimano Deore Rapid-Fire Plus Triggers on Right (Two-Way High Lever, Three-Shift Low Lever)

Cranks:

Miranda Delta Forged Alloy Crank Arms, 170mm Length, 38 Tooth Steel Chainring with Alloy Guard

Pedals:

Bontrager Satellite City, Composite Plastic Platform

Headset:

VP, Semi-Integrated, Sealed Cartridge Bearings, Straight 1-1/8"

Stem:

Bontrager Elite, Alloy, 90mm Length, 7° Rise, 31.8mm Clamp Diameter, One 20mm Spacer, Computer & Light Mounts

Handlebar:

Bontrager Lowrise, Alloy, 670mm Length, 15mm Rise, Black

Brake Details:

Shimano MT200 Hydraulic Disc with 160 mm Rotors, Dual Piston Calipers, Shimano 3-Finger Levers with Adjustable Reach

Grips:

Bontrager XR Trail Elite, Flat, Locking

Saddle:

Bontrager Commuter Comp, 11-LED Integrated Backlight

Seat Post:

Bontrager Alloy

Seat Post Length:

330 mm

Seat Post Diameter:

27.2 mm

Rims:

Bontrager Affinity, Alloy, Mid-Dish, Double Wall, 32mm Outer Width, Reflective Stickers, 32 Hole, Bontrager Sealed Bearing Hubs

Spokes:

Stainless Steel, 14 Gauge, Black with Adjustable Nipples

Tire Brand:

Bontrager LT2 Comp, 700x32c (38-622)

Wheel Sizes:

28 in (71.12cm)

Tire Details:

Hard-Case Lite Puncture Protection, 30 to 80 PSI, 3.4 to 5.5 BAR

Tube Details:

Presta Valve

Accessories:

Integrated Trek Lync Headlight with Orange Side Windows (550 Lumen), Integrated Trek Lync Tail Light (11 LED), Rear Mount Non-Adjustable Kickstand

Other:

Locking Removable Downtube-Integrated Battery Pack, Maximum Total Weight Limit of 300 lbs (136 kg), Maximum 105 RPM Motor Support, 20 mm Kickstand Mounting Point, Model Number 24005 & 24006

Electronic Details

Motor Brand:

Bosch Active Line Plus

Motor Type:

Mid-Mounted Geared Motor
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Motor Nominal Output:

250 watts

Motor Peak Output:

418 watts

Motor Torque:

50 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:

40 miles (64 km)

Estimated Max Range:

100 miles (161 km)

Display Type:

Bosch Purion, Fixed, 1.75" Backlit Grayscale Display, Buttons: Walk, +, i, -, (Hold - to Cycle Through Readouts, Hold - and Press Power to Change Units, Hold + and - to Reset Trip, Hold + to Activate Lights)

Readouts:

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

Display Accessories:

Micro-USB Port for Diagnostics and Software Updates Only

Drive Mode:

Advanced Pedal Assist (Measures Wheel Speed, Pedal Cadence and Pedal Torque, Over 1,000 Readings Per Second, Power Output Relative to Pedal Input: Eco 40% 35 Nm, Tour 100% 40 Nm, Sport 180% 45Nm, Turbo 270% 50Nm)

Top Speed:

20 mph (32 kph)

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Written Review

To run the forums, host the website, and travel, I charge a universal service fee for my reviews. This review was sponsored by Trek. My goal is to be transparent and unbiased, this video and written review are not meant to be an endorsement of Trek products.

Trek completely redesigned the Dual Sport+ for 2019, swapping the Shimano E6000 drive system for a Bosch Active Line Plus. While the price increased by roughly $600, and the overall weight went up by roughly 2lbs, the bike looks better than ever and is now available in a mid-step frame style. Trek labeled the mid-step as “Dual Sport+ Women’s” but it would be a great choice for anyone with hip or knee sensitivity, because the standover height is lower. I like that they chose silver for the women’s frame because it’s classy, timeless, and unisex. Across both frame styles, the bike is available in five sizes ranging from XS to XL, and this should ensure an excellent fit. Trek is sold exclusively through dealers and has one of the largest manufacturer-owned network of shops for any bicycle company in North America right now. This company is a leader in providing support, developing new bicycle hardware, and I feel that the Dual Sport+ is one of the best all around electric bicycles on the market right now. It’s extremely well thought out and includes two sets of bottle cage bosses, a rear rack mount, frame lock (cafe lock) mount, fender mounts, and two very nice integrated lights. The headlight is aimable, delivers 550 lumens, and has orange side windows to keep you visible from more angles. The backlight consists of 11 LED lights! I’m used to seeing just one or two LED’s on similarly priced ebike products. That said, the rear light is built into the saddle and may be obstructed by long shirts or jackets that hang down. Furthermore, if you add a cargo rack and attach a trunk bag, this may also block the light. I believe that the Dual Sport+ is named after dual sport motorcycles, which are capable both on and off-road. To me, this model leans a bit more towards road because the tires are fairly narrow and the suspension fork offers limited 63mm travel vs. 100mm+. That said, the tires do offer Hard-Case puncture protection, a trail-capable tread pattern, and the fork offers compression adjust with lockout, and preload adjust. SR Suntour makes a wide range of suspension fork options, and the NRX appears to be upgraded from the common NCX. The wider 30mm stanchions appear to be anodized for reduced stiction, but they are still made from steel vs. aluminum. This is a spring fork vs. air, which means increased weight but consistent reliable action with limited service. One of my favorite accessories for any hardtail electric bike is a suspension seat post, and that can be added here, but it might interrupt the saddle light because it’s wired through the stock rigid seat post. This electric bicycle is well balanced, with motor and battery weight positioned low and center on the frame. Battery integration is visually pleasing, and Trek has designed a shell casing with integrated handle for safe transport. The Shimano hydraulic disc brakes are powerful and smooth, with adjustable-reach levers for riders with small or gloved hands. The Shimano Deore derailleur is upgraded with a one-way clutch for reduced chain bounce (just click the little gray lever into the up position or click it down for easier maintenance and wheel removal). You get a very capable 10 speed cassette with 11 to 42 toot spread, plenty for climbing slowly or topping the 20mph maximum assisted speed. And, with the Bosch Active Line Plus motor, there’s no reduction gear drag like we’ve seen on some of the sportier Performance Line motors. The Trek Dual Sport+ comes with a traditionally sized 38 tooth chainring, sturdy alloy guard, sealed bottom bracket with excellent cranks, and unique plastic platform pedals. Again, you’re paying more for these little upgrades all across the bike, but they provide durability, a quieter more comfortable ride, and you’ll be supported by the dealer network. Trek is one of my favorite ebike manufacturers right now, for real. They have been easy to work with (as a reviewer) and I have been consistently impressed by their engineering decisions. Note that the new Trek Dual Sport+ Women’s replaces the older Trek Neko+ model.

Driving this bike is an efficient planetary geared mid-motor from Bosch, called the Active Line Plus. It ranks just above the Active Line, providing a sportier feel with increased torque (50 newton meters vs. 40nm) and motor output (105 rotations per minute vs. 100 RPM). This translates to zippier starts and consistent support when downshifting for climbs. It’s not nearly as capable as the 75nm meter 120 RPM specced Bosch Performance Line CX, but it’s much quieter, lighter (71.l pounds vs. 8.8lbs), smaller, and smoother feeling. For a mostly-urban ebike like the Dual Sport+, I think it’s an excellent choice. So many competing models in this category weigh upwards of 50lbs and don’t look as clean. Notice how the motor is almost hidden behind the chainring on the Dual Sport+. The alloy guard offers a bit of protection for your right pant leg or dress ends from the oft-dirty chain, and doubles as a bash guard for the steel chainring teeth and motor undercarriage. The chainring is positioned close enough to the motor casing that it should act as a guide, reducing chain drops in conjunction with the outer guard. Other notable aspects of the Active Line and Active Line Plus motors are that they can pedal backwards, actually cycling the chain through the cassette. This can be handy for servicing and lubricating the drivetrain and chain. All current generation Bosch ebike mid-drive systems include an advanced motor controller that measures rear wheel speed, pedal cadence, and pedal torque over 1,000 times per second. This feedback is used in conjunction with the display panel, and chosen level of assist, to provide natural power output. It measures your pedal stroke pressure, aiming to reduce power surge (the on/off wave feeling often associated with heavy pedaling). And, it measures sudden changes in drivetrain pressure outside of pedal strokes that indicate shifting. This is called shift detection, and the goal is to reduce motor pressure when the derailleur is redirecting the chain. Ultimately, this will reduce gear mashing and keep the teeth on your rear sprockets and chainring in better shape over the long term. In my experience, it’s still a good idea to ease off on your pedal pressure when shifting.

The latest generation Bosch battery is called PowerTube and is designed to fit completely inside of bike frames. This provides physical protection, improved appearance and “stealthiness” for those who wish to fit in with traditional acoustic bicycles, and often lower weight positioning. The Trek Dual Sport+ models take advantage of this battery pack and fully optimize how it interfaces with their frames. Covering the right side of the battery is a paint-matched alloy. Plastic end caps allow it to fit snugly into the downtube of the bike, with the top cap featuring a flip up handle. When unlocking this battery from the left side of the downtube, it springs partway out to the right side, and remains secure until you press the handle and lift out. This design ensures that the battery won’t tumble out and take damage. The locking core system that Trek has chosen is made by ABUS, and includes a Plus Code which can be used to purchase “keyed-alike” locks. That’s a big deal if you dislike clutter and appreciate time savings vs. fumbling around trying to guess which key goes to which device. As much as I do like the locking core and two-step battery removal design, I was a little disappointed to discover that you have to reinsert the key and unlock the core to reattach the battery. Most competing designs allow you to forcefully click batteries back into place. Also, the additional shielding and plastic end pieces increase the weight of the battery, going from 6.3lbs for a naked PowerTube to 7.3lbs complete. For this reason, I recommend removing the battery pack when lifting and servicing the bike. Note that Trek purposefully chose a side-mount design because it’s easier to access… and they chose the right side of the frame because it’s a best practice to always lay bicycles down on the non-drive side of the bike, thereby protecting the derailleur. For a bike like the Dual Sport+, which has a kickstand, that’s less of an issue. But you can see how it becomes very relevant with something like the Powerfly electric mountain bikes. And, I believe that you can swap batteries between any of the new Trek models that utilize the PowerTube, though the shield colors may not match the frame in that case. And, this is my biggest complaint over the older plastic encased PowerPack batteries. Those were always black or dark gray and could be easily swapped between bikes… they didn’t have proprietary outer casing or handle designs, there was a loop handle built right in. They were significantly lighter at ~5.7lbs while offering the same high capacity 482.4 watt hours. The big trade-offs were weight distribution, durability, and aesthetics. This was also the case for Trek’s older Dual Sport+ model which used an external Shimano STePs BT-E6010 battery. All things considered, I think Trek has done a great job integrating the PowerTube and I appreciate that they were able to add a pair of bottle cage bosses above it on the downtube in addition to the pair on the seat tube. This means that you can carry a combination of folding lock, mini pump, accessory bin, and water bottle without needing a rear rack that adds weight and noise. Finally, you can charge this battery on or off the bike and I’d recommend storing it in a cool dry location. Lithium-ion batteries can be sensitive to extreme temperatures and last longest when maintained between 20% and 80%. If you know that you won’t be riding for a while, aim for 50% charged to reduce stress on the cells.

When you’re ready to ride and the battery has been charged and mounted properly, simply press the power button on the top edge fo the Bosch Purion control panel. This display is mounted within reach of the left grip and features two main buttons, plus and minus, for raising and lowering the power level of pedal assist. It boots up in Off, so pedaling is just like a traditional albeit heavy bicycle, and you go through Eco, Tour, Sport, and Turbo from there. The lower levels of assist tend to accelerate more slowly and conserve battery power. A five bar battery infographic communicates charge level in 20% increments but there’s actually a range estimator menu that is much more precise. To navigate to this menu, simply hold the minus key for a couple of seconds. If you hold it again, you’ll find the Trip Distance and Total Distance (odometer) readouts. Note that you can reset Trip Distance by holding the plus and minus buttons simultaneously. As an aside, you can ask any Bosch Certified dealer to change a software setting that allows you to turn off the integrated lights, and this will let you hold the plus button to turn off or on. By default, my Trek Dual Sport+ demo bike had the lights constantly enabled and it sounds like the headlight has a sensor to run in flashing mode during the day and constant at night. This follows automobile lighting design with Daytime Running Lights (DLR) as a safety measure. Dealers may also be able to activate walk mode, which is initiated by navigating to one of the assist levels, pressing the button on the lower edge of the display, and then holding the plus button for gentle ~4mph motor activation. In my experience, it can be handy if you get a flat tire or decide to walk across grass or rough sections of trail. The 1.7″ LCD display is constantly backlit with a faint white glow, provides good contrast with monochrome readouts, and shows your current speed at all times. You can cycle units from miles per hour to kilometers per hour by holding minus and tapping the power button when the display is turned on. As cool as it is, there are some compromises with the Bosch Purion. It’s not as large as the Bosch Intuvia, and it’s not removable. You may be able to swivel the display to reduce glare. Despite the inclusion of a Micro USB port built in to the right edge of the unit, this is not a functional charging port… merely a diagnostics and software update connection point. Furthermore, the Purion does not show your average speed, max speed, trip time, clock, or shift recommendation the way that Intuvia does. I have found that the plus and minus buttons are also a bit less consistent to press (aim for the right edge vs. the lower left or center because they pivot in towards the right). Some shops have told me that they will upgrade to Intuvia for $200 per customer request, but that might not work with the Dual Sport+ because it could block the headlight. The Trek website communicates that the headlight and stem have a mount for bike computers and additional lights on top, which is cool. I definitely want to compliment the headlight placement here, because it’s high up, points where you steer, and isn’t going to bounce around like many suspension arch mounted lights.

For those who are interested in flattening hills, enjoying rides through the neighborhood or city without sweating or falling behind friends or partners, and those who want a platform that is on road and light off-road capable, the Dual Sport+ truly fits the bill. It’s an electric bike that is easy to seek out and test ride at local Trek dealers, and purchase in the correct size. Yes, you’re paying a bit more for this product, but it will last. Bosch has consistently been a leader in the global electric bike space, and they support their products for 10+ years (in terms of parts availability) while offering a two year comprehensive warranty. This is a name brand bike company partnering with a name brand motor manufacturer, and they are two of the most reliable in my experience. I’m saying all of this because I have encountered some price sensitivity and question around this model, especially since it increased from the last generation. A couple of other little mentions before closing: the rims have reflective branding stickers on them to stand out a bit more in dark conditions (this follows Trek’s ABC’s of awareness/safety: always on, biomotion, contrast), the wheels do not come with quick release hardware, I really like the battery charge port cover on the frame because it won’t position the plug in the path of the crank arms and it won’t get lost easily thanks to a little leash, the included 4 amp charger will charge the bike faster than average and isn’t especially large or heavy, you can get Bosch Certified Trek dealers to activate walk mode and allow for lights on/off if you want (which is what I did for this review). As always, I welcome comments and feedback below, and I welcome you to engage in the Trek electric bike forums by posting your favorite accessories, sharing pictures, or writing your own ride test/review for others to see. Thank you!

Pros:

  • Available in five frame sizes ranging from XS to XL, so it should fit most riders properly, it’s also nice that they make the high-step and mid-step frame styles to optimize for stiffness or approachability
  • Trek has this ABC safety philosophy which means “always on, biomotion, and contrast” where they design reflective surfaces and included lights for added safety, we see that in the rim stickers, reflective pedals, and integrated lights here… I especially like how the headlight shines out from both sides as well as the front
  • Extremely well balanced frame, all of the motor and battery weight is positioned low and center for improved stability and handling
  • More comfortable than a traditional road bike because of the wider tires and suspension fork, you can lock the fork out for more efficient pedaling if you want
  • Excellent drivetrain, you get 10 gears and a wider 11-42 tooth cassette vs. 11-32 on many competing models, the derailleur has a one-way clutch to reduce chain bounce which is great for trail riding
  • The Bosch Active Line Plus motor offers a great blend of power, efficiency, and weight reduction compared to the Performance Line motors, it also pedals without friction because there’s no reduction gearing system inside
  • Lots of little upgrades including custom extra-wide pedals, puncture resistant tires, locking grips, and the chainring bash guard
  • Plenty of options for transporting cargo, two bottle cage mounts (which can also be used for folding locks or mini pumps), and there are rear rack bosses, fender bosses, and a frame lock mounting point below the seat stays
  • Hydraulic disc brakes offer smooth powerful stopping action compared to mechanical, both levers offer adjustable reach for those with smaller hands
  • Vast network of dealers who can help you choose the best frame size, get you fitted and setup right, and provide ongoing warranty coverage and tuneups
  • The Bosch drive system offers shift detection to reduce chain and sprocket wear, it uses one of the most advanced motor controllers on the market right now
  • The battery integration is excellent, it fits in from the side vs. the bottom (which makes it easier to access), has a two-step removal to help reduce drops, and there’s a handle built in to allow for safe transport after it’s out
  • Beautiful wire integration and nice paint job, note how most of the hardware is black to match the frame (spokes, stem, handlebar, seat post, crank arms)
  • Wide-open diamond frames like this are extra stiff, offering better power transfer and lower weight to strength ratio, it’s also easier to lift and hang on some bike racks
  • I love that the battery pack can be charged on or off the bike and uses the same plug port design so you don’t need any extra adapters (like with the Shimano drive system and charger on some other Trek models), the plug cover fits easily and won’t get lost because it’s attached to the frame with a little rubber leash
  • The locking core for the battery pack is made by ABUS and comes with a Key Code so you can get a matching ABUS folding lock like this

Cons:

  • The bike is fairly expensive compared to other hardtail urban + light trail ebikes, this has to do with the nicer components, name brand drive system from Bosch, five sizes, large network of dealers, and warranty
  • Minor complaint, the back light is built into the saddle, so you can’t really change seats without losing the light and there’s a wire running down through the seat post, so you can’t really switch to a suspension post if there isn’t a passthrough at the top
  • In order to click the battery pack onto the bike, you actually have to unlock the core vs. some other designs where you can just push it into place, this takes a bit more time and coordination to do but the result is a very snug and secure fit
  • The stock photo on the Trek website shows ergonomic grips but the demo model had flat locking grips (more mountain bike style), this isn’t a huge negative, just not what I expected to see
  • The Bosch Purion display panel is compact and provides plenty of space for the Lync headlight, but it isn’t removable, doesn’t have a 5 Volt Micro-USB charging port like the Bosch Intuvia, and doesn’t show power output, avg speed, max speed, trip time, clock or shift recommendation (some shops will let you upgrade to the larger Intuvia display panel if you pay an extra $200 for the part and labor, it may take some adjustment to fit with the headlight)
  • As much as I appreciate the lightweight Bosch Active Line motors, there’s a bit of friction when pedaling backwards and a more abrupt stop feeling compared to the Performance Line motors, they also have a more limited RPM output range up to 105 vs. 120
  • I love how neat the high-step looks with a matching black suspension fork, for the women’s mid-step the fork is still back vs. silver to match the rest of the frame
  • Because the alloy shield and plastic end caps have been added to the PowerTube battery, it weighs more and is physically larger than the older Bosch PowerPack or a naked Bosch PowerTube… the color on the shield is bike specific, so it wouldn’t look great if you swapped batteries and the packs are so long and heavy now that carrying an extra in a backpack or trunk bag could be uncomfortable

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Lidja
1 week ago

I just bought this bike last week! I LOVE IT! The review is very accurate. One thing I should mention–the step-through frame is only available in the smaller frame sizes, which was a bummer for me. I tried to fit a medium frame (the largest size available in a step-through), but had to move up to a large frame because I have a long inseam and a long reach.

At first, I wondered about the control unit–it seems very basic–but I’ve come to appreciate its simplicity. It is very easy to see, and the buttons are very easy to reach and manipulate while riding. I like the gearing on this bike, too–I feel like I am in control of my workout rather than the bike being in control.

I added fenders because I plan on riding year-round as well as riding some packed trails. I also added a rear rack and a tail bag (it does not interfere with the light on the back of the seat). I love the comfort grips, which the bike that was reviewed did not have. It is surprising how a small extended pad on the end of the grips makes such a difference. Be sure to test-ride a bike with these. I plan on adding a rear-view mirror soon.

Trek’s extensive network of shops was a big influence on my decision to buy this bike instead of others. I am not a “shredder” or a racer — I ride for enjoyment and exercise. The Trek staff at the two stores in my area treat me like one of the family anyway. When I bought this bike, I had them tune-up an old Trek road bike I haven’t used for at least six or seven years. (I’ve been riding motorcycles instead – ha!) They were just as happy to work on the old bike as they were to sell me this awesome new ebike.

This is a great review, and a really awesome bike!

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Court
1 week ago

Hi Lidja! What an awesome comment, I loved your feedback about sizing (yes, the mid-step is only available in the three smaller sizes while the high step gets three larger), and also adding fenders, rack, and a mirror. Good ideas for safety, and I like how Trek offers a wide range of accessories at their dealers that will definitely fit and look good. They often help install them too, which helps make it easy. Your comment about the gearing is spot on, I think the Active Line Plus motor feels natural and with the 10 gears you can get a workout and enjoy riding a bike with different feelings of support but not overwhelming… or loud ;) thanks again, I hope it works great for you and I welcome future comments and feedback as you enjoy it for years to come.

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Erich Hall
1 week ago

Hi Court! I really enjoy your e-bike reviews. I feel they are very thorough and detailed, and despite being sponsored be the manufacturer I feel they are quite balanced. I especially appreciate that you voice your concern (very tactfully) if something could be improved. I really have learned to read between your lines, so I understand what really to expect of a certain bike. Keep up the good work. Have you ever come across the Giant Explore E+ 3GTS; really would value your opinion on it. Maybe even a review. I am living amidst very steep hills, so I’m looking for a reasonable priced bike, but strong enough to help with the hills and a range of maybe 70km at a medium assist level. Any suggestions? Greetings Erich

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Court
1 week ago

Hi Erich, thanks for your supportive feedback! I do strive for tact when expressing “trade-offs” and feel thankful to be able to run this as a business and keep it self sustaining vs. a hobby or art project. I have not yet encountered the Giant Explore E+ 3GTS but will keep an eye out. It appears to use the same Yamaha drive system as some of the other Giant electric bikes I’ve reviewed, which is reliable and efficient. I haven’t interacted with Giant as much but their dealers seem supportive and their line does offer good value. If you buy one of these for yourself, definitely chime in about it. The Giant ebike forums have a bit of activity so maybe others have tested and could give you their thoughts :)

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Rich
6 days ago

Hi Court- Bought this bike and really love it. I appreciate all your reviews. Wondered if you have reviewed the Story e-bike. What I have read it’s light, 33 lbs, and at $1900 seems to be a good price for 1 of my kids. Thanks-Rich

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Court
5 days ago

Thanks for calling this out, Rich. I’ll keep an eye out and try to review the Story E-Bikes, I just visited their website and was impressed with the giving program. Very cool!

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Dave
1 day ago

I can’t imagine paying so much for this bike with so many missing features. No throttle, brake switch, or fenders? Only 250 watts? Black and white display? Skinny spokes to ensure wheel replacement? Suntour fork? With such a weak drive system, I would have expected better parts elsewhere in this price bracket. But I guess it has two water bottle mounts…

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Court
1 day ago

Hi Dave! You bring up some good points. Maybe I can clarify a few points and try to help with expectations around the throttle and brake inhibitors. This is a Class 1 electric bike, which is allowed on more trails and bike paths, they are not allowed to have throttles. In fact, no Bosch powered electric bikes have throttles, it’s part of their goal to make ebikes usable and legal in more places. Instead, they have designed one of the most advanced motor controllers that measures rear wheel speed, pedal cadence, and pedal torque over 1k times per second. It starts very quickly and can feel almost like a throttle when used in the highest levels of assist. As for motor inhibitors, they have never been included on any Bosch mid-drive setup because their sensors are so good, it’s not required when you don’t have a throttle and when the sensors are advanced vs. a more basic 6 or 12 magnet cadence sensor only. This allows companies to use nicer brakes, choosing from a wider range of options that are lighter, less prone to electrical issues and complexity, and often times higher quality. You’re correct that it does not come with fenders, this is likely an up-sell for Trek and designed to keep the MSRP of the bike itself cheaper and save on waste… not everyone needs fenders, but at least this ebike has mounting points to add them easily later. All of this said, I do think the bike is priced high and I see where you’re coming from. There are many companies that do sell ebikes with throttles and fenders by default. Check out the Electric Bike Company that has a nice cruiser with a hub motor or Pedego that has one with a mid-drive from Dapu vs. Bosch.

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