Trek Lift+ Lowstep Review

Trek Lift Plus Lowstep Electric Bike Review
Trek Lift Plus Lowstep
Trek Lift Plus Lowstep Shimano Steps E6000 Electric Bike Motor
Trek Lift Plus Lowstep Shimano Steps 36 Volt 11 6 Amp Hour Ebike Battery
Trek Lift Plus Lowstep Shimano Steps Small Display Bontrager Ergo Grips
Trek Lift Plus Lowstep Rigid Alloy Fork 26 Inch Wheels
Trek Lift Plus Lowstep Shimano Deore M315 Hydraulic Disc Brakes Kickstand
Trek Lift Plus Lowstep 10 Speed Shimano Deore Drivetrain
Trek Lift Plus Low Step Vs High Step
Trek Lift Plus
Trek Lift Plus High Step Frame
Trek Lift Plus Lowstep E Bike Battery Charger
Trek Lift Plus Lowstep Electric Bike Review
Trek Lift Plus Lowstep
Trek Lift Plus Lowstep Shimano Steps E6000 Electric Bike Motor
Trek Lift Plus Lowstep Shimano Steps 36 Volt 11 6 Amp Hour Ebike Battery
Trek Lift Plus Lowstep Shimano Steps Small Display Bontrager Ergo Grips
Trek Lift Plus Lowstep Rigid Alloy Fork 26 Inch Wheels
Trek Lift Plus Lowstep Shimano Deore M315 Hydraulic Disc Brakes Kickstand
Trek Lift Plus Lowstep 10 Speed Shimano Deore Drivetrain
Trek Lift Plus Low Step Vs High Step
Trek Lift Plus
Trek Lift Plus High Step Frame
Trek Lift Plus Lowstep E Bike Battery Charger

Summary

  • A comfortable, low-step, cruiser style electric bike with balanced motor and battery position, multiple fun color choices, and several sizes (also available in high-step)
  • Nicer 10-speed drivetrain with clutch for reducing chain bounce and slap, easy to pull hydraulic disc brakes with adjustable-reach levers, reinforced wheelset
  • Some step-thru frames can flex but Trek reinforced this one to be stiff and sturdy, the foot-forward geometry, plush saddle, swept-back bars, ergonomic grips, and adjustable angle stem improve comfort and create a relaxed body position
  • Priced higher because of the nicer drive system and components plus dealer support and warranty, can feel a little uncomfortable on bumpy terrain because there's no suspension, smaller display isn't as easy to read

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Introduction

Make:

Trek

Model:

Lift+ Lowstep

Price:

$2,799

Body Position:

Upright, Upright Relaxed

Suggested Use:

Neighborhood, Cruising, Youth

Electric Bike Class:

Pedal Assist (Class 1)
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Warranty:

2 Years Comprehensive, Lifetime Frame

Availability:

United States

Model Year:

2017

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

Frame Sizes:

13.5 in (34.29 cm)16.5 in (41.91 cm)21 in (53.34 cm)

Geometry Measurements:

Medium 16.5" Lowstep: 22" Reach, 19" Stand Over Height, 24" Width, 71.5" Length, Large 21" Highstep: 23.5" Reach, 24" Width, 30" Stand Over Height, 71.5" Length

Frame Types:

Mid-Step, High-Step

Frame Colors:

Crystal White, Roarange, Dnister Black, Waterloo Blue

Frame Fork Details:

Rigid Alloy 26" Disc, 100 mm / 9 mm Skewer with Quick Release

Frame Rear Details:

135 mm / 9 mm Skewer with Quick Release

Attachment Points:

Rear Rack Bosses, Fender Bosses

Gearing Details:

10 Speed 1x10 Shimano Deore RD-M615 GS Derailleur with Shadow Plus One-Way Clutch, Shimano CS-HG50 Cassette 11-32T

Shifter Details:

Shimano Deore SL-T610 Triggers on Right

Cranks:

Shimano Alloy 170 mm Length Crank Arms, 44T Chainring with Plastic Guide

Pedals:

VP-608 Platform, Alloy Body, Black

Headset:

VP-MH312AT, 28.6 mm, Semi Integrated Bottom, Normal External Upper, Threaded, Satin Silver

Stem:

LeeChi Adjustable Angle, Quill Type, 105 mm Ext. 25.4 mm Clamp, Silver

Handlebar:

Bontrager Satellite Elite, Swept Back, 610 mm Width, 50 mm Rise, 35° Bend, 25.4 mm Clamp, Silver

Brake Details:

Shimano Deore M315 Hydraulic Disc with 160 mm Rotors, Shimano 3-Finger Levers with Adjustable Reach

Grips:

Bontrager Satellite Elite, Ergonomic Rubber, 130 mm Length, Lock On, Grey with Black Clamps

Saddle:

Trek VLG-8100, Steel Rails, Black

Seat Post:

Bontrager SSR Aluminum Alloy, 12 mm Offset, Large Quick Release Lever

Seat Post Length:

330 mm

Seat Post Diameter:

31.6 mm

Rims:

Bontrager AT-850 Disc 26", Aluminum Alloy, Double Wall, 32 Hole, Silver

Spokes:

Stainless Steel, 14G, Silver with Nipples

Tire Brand:

Bontrager H2 Outlast Hard-Case Ultimate, 26" x 2.0"

Wheel Sizes:

26 in (66.04cm)

Tire Details:

35 to 65 PSI, 2.5 to 5.4 BAR

Tube Details:

Schrader Valve, 26" x 1.9" to 2.125"

Accessories:

Bontrager Integrated Chainstay Mount Kickstand, ABUS Battery Locking Core

Other:

Locking Removable Battery Pack, 3.1 Amp 1.7 Pound Charger with Adapter Dongle, 11.6 Amp Motor Controller, KMC X10e Chain

Electronic Details

Motor Brand:

Shimano STePs E6000

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, Down Tube, BT-E6010

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:

50 miles (80 km)

Display Type:

Shimano STePs Small Model SW-E6000, Removable, Adjustable Angle, Monochrome, Backlit LCD

Readouts:

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

Display Accessories:

Independent Button Pad near Left Grip (Hold Up and Down for Settings Menu)

Drive Mode:

Advanced Pedal Assist (Measures Wheel Speed, Pedal Cadence, and Pedal Torque, Power Output Relative to Pedal Input: Eco 70% 30 Nm, Normal 150% 40 Nm, High 230% 50 Nm)

Top Speed:

20 mph (32 kph)

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Written Review

The Trek Lift+ electric bikes are designed for comfort, stability, and in the case of the Lowstep model here, accessibility. The 26″ wheel size brings the frame closer to the ground and the sloped top tube offers an approachable 19″ stand over height compared to the high-step model at ~30″ and yet, the frame feels sturdy. I didn’t sense as much frame flex or wobble as some other step-thru models because the battery pack and motor are positioned low and center. There are two sections of tubing vs. a single combined downtube/top tube and the rear section of the frame is reinforced by an extended section of top tube! I’m not sure what the maximum weight capacity is for this e-bike but the reinforced wheelset, smaller diameter wheels, and overbuilt frame suggest 300+ lbs. Whether you’re a larger adult with hip and knee sensitivity who wants an approachable cycling experience or a young person who hasn’t reached their full height yet, the Lift Plus Lowstep offers excellent performance, efficiency, and quality. It utilizes Shimano drivetrain hardware with a 10-speed cassette, Shimano Hydraulic disc brakes with adjustable-reach levers, and the Shimano STePs electric motor/battery/display system. You will pay a bit more for these components, the multiple frame size options, and color choices… but you do get access to a massive dealer network that can provide test rides and post-purchase service. I had a blast test riding both the high-step and low-step versions of this bike and came away with only a few minor complaints. There are no bottle cage bosses (even on the high-step), but you do have mounting points for a rear rack and set of fenders. The display is smaller than some newer Shimano models and the LCD isn’t as bright, but it is removable and intuitive to use. The kickstand isn’t adjustable and I feel that the bike leans a bit far to the left when parked. The battery charger requires a dongle to connect to the pack directly (which could get lost). The lack of any suspension fork or seat post makes it a bit stiff to ride on bumpy terrain. However, this is one of the lightest cruiser style e-bikes I have tested at ~45 lbs and the adjustable stem, swept-back handlebars, ergonomic grips, and plush saddle do a lot for comfort, offering a more upright body position for reduced back and neck strain. Even the seat tube and post are designed with comfort and stability in mind, you can stand over the bike saddle with your feet down and then lift and position them forward to reach the pedals and get decent leg extension when riding.

Driving the bike is a responsive mid-motor offering 250 watts to 500 watts peak output with up to 50 Newton meters of torque. It’s one of the lower rated mid-motors out there right now, but it’s super capable on paved paths and streets… and it sips on the battery vs. draining it quickly. Some competing brands are now offering similarly “efficient” motors, specifically Bosch with their Active Line, which is lighter and quieter. Professional cyclists only put out 150 to 200 continuous watts when riding longer distance, so a motor that starts at 250 watts but is lighter and quieter than a mountain-specific motor can be a big win. The key is shifting gears, most mid-motors struggle if you’re trying to climb a steep hill while using a high “hard” gear. As demonstrated in the video review above, the chainring starts and stops almost instantly as you apply torque. The motor controller measures rear wheel speed, pedal cadence, and pedal torque to determine when to operate and how much force to apply… it also factors in which assist level you have chosen (Eco, Normal, or High). More power usually comes with more noise, especially at higher RPM as you pedal faster, but it’s not the loudest by any means. Overall, in my opinion, the Shimano E6000 motor is an excellent choice for the Lift+ platform.

Powering the motor and backlit display is a very capable Lithium-ion battery pack offering 36 volts and 11.6 amp hours for a total of 417.6 watt hours of capacity. It’s slightly above average in terms of capacity but you can expect great range because of the rigid frame, slick tires, and energy-sipping motor. Factors that impact electric bicycle range outside of bike design include terrain, weight of the rider and cargo, wind, and the level of assist chosen (how much pedaling effort you exert to help). There is no throttle mode on this electric bike, so you will always have to help out a little bit, but the highest level of assist is very zippy and satisfying, it offers a great way to stretch your legs and arrive at your destination sweat-free or without a sore knee. So, the battery pack slides onto the frame from the left and clicks into position. This design allows the top tube to be much closer (and lower) than some of the competing e-bike systems which have a downward mounting pack. I think it looks sleek and appreciate the integrated cup handle near the top for safe carrying. You can charge the battery on the frame and will get faster than average filling thanks to a 3.1 Amp charger (most chargers I see are 2 Amps). The only thing I dislike about this charger is how large it is and that the connector requires a dongle adapter for use when connecting directly to the battery pack. You see, there’s a proprietary plug on the battery mount and a different plug on the base of the pack. Many other premium e-bike systems utilize just one plug design and this saves materials and the potential for misplacing or losing a dongle. There isn’t even a leash or connector to help keep this dongle with the charger and to me, that’s a missed opportunity. Finally, I appreciate that the battery has an LED charge level indicator built into the side because that allows you to see how full it is when storing off-bike. You can maximize the number of charge cycles for your electric bike battery (and most Lithium-ion batteries) by storing them in cool, dry locations, and maintaining 20% to 80% fill if not is use for longer periods. However, the same button used to check the charge level on the pack is also required when activating the bike to ride with assist. That means, you may have to reach way down to the left vs. having an easy-to-reach power button at the control pad.

The control pad itself is compact, easy to understand and navigate, but a bit small and basic in terms of readability. I don’t think it’s transflective like the higher-end Shimano display that is now out and available on the Trek Neko+ and Dual Sport+ models. This charger is still removable, which can keep it protected from direct sunlight or rainy days, but it doesn’t have any USB ports built-in for your phone or music player. This is becoming popular with some of the other drive systems, and as someone who uses his phone for GPS when riding on occasion, it’s a welcome if not minor delighter feature. The display can be navigated by pressing the black button on the control ring, near the left grip. This cycles through different menus like average speed, max speed, and range… and if you continue clicking, there’s a range-only readout screen which shows how far the bike thinks you can go in each of the assist levels! Considering that the battery infographic only shows five bars to represent how full your pack is (that’s 20% increments right there), it’s nice to have more definition and detail with the range menus. Also, if you’re like me and get a little frazzled with all of the beeping noises that happen whenever you click the buttons, you can hold the up and down arrow keys to enter into the settings menu and turn beeping off. Shimano gives you access to many settings and I think they make understanding and navigating all of this a bit easier than the competition. The most basic interaction you’ll have with the control pad is clicking up or down to raise or lower assist… and of course you can ride the bike in “off” mode if you’d like, using the display to track your time, speed, or trip distance just for fun. I found the control pad to be easy to reach and satisfying to use, it clicks when you press and has a solid feel so you can almost use it without even looking down after a bit of practice. And that’s a great feeling.

If you are able to test ride one of these bikes and decide to go for it, I suggest also purchasing a u-lock for the front wheel and frame, a cable for the rear wheel, and even a seat leash to secure the saddle. Both wheels offer quick release, which is great for trail service and easy storage or transport if you’ve got limited space), but they could be stolen more easily too. That goes doubly for the seat post and saddle because Trek has designed an extra large attention-grabbing seat collar quick release that practically begs to be pulled. I love how easy it makes raising and lowering the seat height, but have seen people park for 20 minutes and return to find that someone swiped their seat because it wasn’t locked down. Trek dealers should be able to help you with all of these accessories but a seat leash is cheap and easy to find online too. The bike could be more comfortable if it had even larger tires and a suspension fork, but it might not feel as stiff or stable and the price could increase. For those who are interested or concerned, the rigid seat post could easily be swapped for an affordable suspension design like this, but that would also raise the saddle by a few inches. One final consideration, that applies to most mid-drive electric bicycles, is that the Shimano E6000 motor does not offer shift detection and can apply extra force while you shift gears if you do not let up a bit on the pedals. It’s the same principal that applies to non-electric bikes and shifting, only now you have up to 50 Newton meters of extra force also straining the chain, sprockets, and derailleur. Practice gaining some speed and easing off of the pedals (but still spinning gently) then shifting and if you approach a large hill and need to shift to make it up, I usually just allow myself to stop and walk vs. straining the components. The lower saddle height and step-thru frame make this easier than ever… the Lift+ Lowstep is an approachable platform from one of the biggest names in the cycling space. And, I’d like to thank Trek for partnering with me on this review and sending a rep to meetup with both models so I could compare measurements side by side. I had a good time and am happy to answer any questions or comments down below.

Pros:

  • The frame geometry is designed to be approachable and stable, the step-thru or “lowstep” downtube is easy to step over and straddle when mounting (it’s only 19″ high in the center vs. 30″ on the high-step) and the steep angle on the seat tube positions the saddle back and feet forward, so you can stand over the saddle and still touch the ground but then get decent leg extension while pedaling
  • Motor and battery weight are situated low and center on the frame which improves handling and allows the frame to be stiffer and more responsive compared with rear-rack mounted batteries (note also how the top tube is carried through the rear triangle for increased strength and the wheelset uses reinforcement eyelets for dealing with heavier loads)
  • Both wheels offer quick release for easy trail maintenance or storage and the tires have “hardcase” puncture protection, Trek has designed an extra-large lever for the seat tube collar quick release so raising or lowering the seat post isn’t as difficult or painful on your fingers
  • Comfort is important when your neighborhood street has some bumpy sections or the bike path has large cracks and raised sections from overgrown roots… so the fatter 2″ tires, plush saddle, swept back bars with ergonomic grips, and adjustable angle stem all play a part in smoothing out the ride, they are especially important because there’s no suspension fork on the Lift+ models
  • I’ve become a huge fan of hydraulic brakes because they often come with adjustable-reach levers that can be brought back towards the grip, which is easier for people with small hands or gloves, these disc brakes are powerful and easy to actuate compared with mechanical brakes
  • Available in three frame sizes so you can dial in fit and comfort even more than just the seat height and bar position, it’s one of their more popular electric bicycle models and comes in four color choices as well
  • I like how the battery clicks in from the side and can be charged on or off the bike, the display panel is also removable and that makes it easier to protect if you park the bike frame outside or need to lock it up at a sketchy public rack
  • The motor is smooth, efficient, and lighter weight than a lot of competing mid-drives, it’s not rated for mountain biking, but that fits the frame and tire setup of this bike and it still climbs great if you shift gears thoughtfully
  • Priced at $2,799 the Trek+ Lowstep isn’t the most affordable option out there but you do get a nicer ten-speed drivetrain (with a Shadow Plus clutch, for tightening the chain in the up position if you are riding on bumpy terrain), purpose built frame with wires all hidden, and dealer support in fitting and support for the two-year comprehensive warranty, Trek is one of the worlds biggest bicycle brands and has earned a lot of trust and respect
  • The frame has mounting eyelets for adding fenders and rear rack, so you could set this up to deal with inclement weather or commuting
  • Even though there is not a full-coverage chain guard on this bike, I appreciate the plastic chain guide which will keep the chain from dropping as easily and still provide some pant or skirt protection against the greasy chain
  • Compared to the Trek Neko+ and Dual Sport+ the Lift+ models are going to be lower to the ground and more stable based on the smaller wheel diameter and fatter tires, this is great for easy riding around the neighborhood
  • The smaller frame step-thru model could work well for kids and young adults who aren’t as tall… or just petite riders, there aren’t many electric bikes that are approachable for youth in the market and it’s nice that this one comes in bright fun colors but could also be unisex

Cons:

  • I like that this bike has a kickstand, but it seems a bit short to me, the bike really angles to the left and there’s no adjustment in the kickstand to change that… it works well enough on paved flat surfaces but the end of the kickstand isn’t especially large and can stick into soft terrain more easily
  • Even though this e-bike has several comfort-oriented touch points, the rigid fork and rear section can feel a bit stiff, so you might consider swapping the solid seat post with a suspension post option like this affordable 31.6 mm Satori Harmony or slightly nicer Satori Animaris, but keep in mind that it will raise the minimum saddle height by a few inches
  • Shimano has a couple of displays and the Lift+ models use the smallest monochrome design which isn’t as easy to read from far back or in bright daylight… but it’s probably a less expensive part, it doesn’t have a USB charging port and the angle isn’t as easy to adjust without a tool like some of the other displays on the market right now
  • I wasn’t especially surprised to see that the step-thru frame does not come with bottle cage bosses, but even the high-step foregoes them, which is too bad because they can be useful for carrying a water bottle, folding lock, or mini-pump without having to wear a backpack or add a rear rack, you can however get a handlebar cup-holder mount like this as an alternative
  • The battery charger is fairly large and requires a special adapter piece to charge the battery when off the bike vs. when it’s on, be careful not to misplace this adapter or you will always have to charge on the bike, on the bright side however, I like that the battery has a built-in power meter so you know how full it is without mounting and powering on the bike
  • It seems that in order to activate the display panel, you have to reach down and press the power button on the battery pack which can be a stretch and just inconvenient if you forget, some of the other ebike systems have a single power button up on the control pad which is much easier to access once you are mounted on the bike

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Ravi Kempaiah
3 months ago

As I stated in my title, I'm a 5-foot 1-inch female who will be traveling alone in my RV across the country. I want to make the best bike selection that I can. Fortunately I have the funds to buy any bike that I want. What I want is a bike that I can lift onto the rack myself. I want to step through, and I want to be able to haul a few simple groceries. I want the most power I can get at the lightest-weight. I want the longest lasting battery I can get and I want to be able to trail ride as well as street ride. I don't intend to do any heavy duty mountain biking on rocky trails or anything like that, but I would like to be able to head out on relatively smooth dirt trails from time to time.

What do you think would be the best bike for me? I am brand new to ebikes and I am clueless!

Lightest bike: Easy Go Street at 42lbs. https://emotionbikesusa.com/easygo-street/
keep an extra battery and you're good for 25 miles.

Moderate performance, price, and weight but wide range of availability and service:
Trek Lift+ https://www.trekbikes.com/us/en_US/electric-bikes/lift/lift-lowstep/p/1325601-2017/?colorCode=white

Felt Verza E: http://www.feltbicycles.com/USA/2016/Bikes/electric/road/verzae-30-s.aspx

High-performance, top-notch components, sub 50lbs bikes:

http://www.feltbicycles.com/USA/2016/Bikes/electric/road/Verza-e-10.aspx and http://www.bullsebikes.com/product/cross-lite-e-wave-new-my17/

In all cases, if you remove the battery, the weight will reduce by 5-7lbs.

All of them (BH, Felt, Trek and BULLS) have dealers all over the country. Try it out. Make sure you are comfortable lifting it up and loading all by yourself.
I am pretty sure you can find Trek and Felt dealers who can get you those bikes.

Dewey
3 months ago

The Trek Lift+ low-step weighs 45lb including battery and has a small size frame option for riders over 5' with 26" wheels, it has drop out eyelets for attaching a rack and fenders, here's Court's review of the diamond frame version. The Kalkhoff Agattu B7 weighs 53lb and has a suspension fork and suspension seatpost for a comfortable ride, and already comes with a rack, fenders, lights, and a bell, of the available frame sizes the small frame is a good choice for shorter riders because it has 26" wheels, here's Court's review. Both ebikes offer pedal assist, no throttle. Apart from the accessories the main difference is with the Trek the battery is mounted on the down tube which puts the weight of the battery in the center of the bike, versus the Kalkhoff that has the battery mounted on the rear rack which means you get a lower step over height which is great for hopping on and off the bike but the trade off is the battery weight is towards the rear and that can feel a little tippy if you add the weight of grocery bags in panniers on the rear rack. With both ebikes you could remove the battery before lifting it onto the van rack to lessen the weight, also probably a good idea to get some sort of tarp/cover you can tie around the bike when it's on the van rack for when it rains.

Dewey
5 months ago

The Trek XM700+ low-step is light at 46.5lb, provides pedal assist up to 28mph, it uses the Bosch Performance Line motor that combines both pedal cadence and torque sensors for smooth power delivery and is mounted low and central on the bottom bracket with the battery on the down tube so the balance of weight distribution is good. The hydraulic disc brakes and front mono-shock suspension are helpful riding at speed and a safety update is coming for the Bosch Performance Line motor with the Intuvia display in the form of ABS for the front brake and rear wheel lift control. The front light is powered off the ebike's battery and bolted to the bike. Here's Court's review

The Juiced Cross Current step through is heavier at 48.5lb or 52lb depending on if you go by the manufacturer specs or Court's review, it uses a geared rear hub motor and a torque sensor for pedal assist up to 28mph and the battery is mounted on the down tube for good balance of weight distribution. It has a front suspension fork and hydraulic disc brakes. Juiced has fewer dealers than Trek but still nationwide. You would need to add fenders, lights, and a bike computer if you wanted to see how fast you're going, but it is half the cost of the Trek. Here's Court's review.

Neither ebike comes with a throttle so if that's what you were looking for to help start from the stop signs up hill the Juiced Cross Current has a $99 throttle option that works up to 20mph. While it doesn't have a throttle option the Trek XM700+ has a mid-drive motor so will climb hills better. On both ebikes it would help to change down gear before you come to a stop facing up hill.

Regarding security both ebikes have a battery that locks to the frame or you can remove the battery and take it with you. The Trek has quick release wheels front and back, while the Juiced has a quick release front wheel. I'd recommend a strong lock like an ABUS Granit folding lock or Kryptonite New York U-lock and a chain.

Linda Baer
6 months ago

If you are still interested in shopping around I noticed a Chicago ebike dealer Kozy's carries several brands and given a week's notice they can bring in the Pedego "miniceptor" with 24" wheels, here's Court's review, it looks like it was designed for people up to 5'2". Also the Trek Lift+ low-step weighs only 45lb including battery and has a small size frame option for riders over 5', here's Court's review.
I just sent them a message to see if they can help. Thanks!

Dewey
6 months ago

I am very hopeful that the 2017 Kalkhoff Agutta b7 with XS frame is my answer.

If you are still interested in shopping around I noticed a Chicago ebike dealer Kozy's carries several brands and given a week's notice they can bring in the Pedego "miniceptor" with 24" wheels, here's Court's review, it looks like it was designed for people up to 5'2". Also the Trek Lift+ low-step weighs only 45lb including battery and has a small size frame option for riders over 5', here's Court's review.

medulla
6 months ago

Suggested e-bikes in the $2500-3000 range:

If you have Trek dealer near you, you might like to try the Lift+ and Electra Townie Go! Both come with good quality reliable motors from Shimano and Bosch. The Townie Go! adds lights, fenders, twist-gear shifter, wider tires, cushier saddle, and a more relaxed cruiser bike style low feet-forward high handlebar riding position, versus the Lift+ weighs less, has more powerful hydraulic disc brakes, adjustable handlebar with ergonomic grips, and two extra gears (10 speed vs 8) operated by a trigger shifter.

If you have a local dealer who can get them in you might also like to try the Gazelle Arroyo C8 or 2017 Kalkhoff Agattu B8. Both are European made e-bikes with Bosch motors, Magura hydraulic rim brakes, and comfort features that include an upright step-through frame, a suspension seat-post, and a front suspension fork, easily adjustable handlebars with ergonomic grips, 8 speed internal gear hubs operated by a twist shifter, lights and fenders. The Kalkhoff has the more powerful Bosch Performance Line motor versus the Active Line of the Gazelle, so the Kalkhoff would be the better choice for climbing hills. Both use smooth combined cadence and torque sensing pedal assist. I test rode the Gazelle last year and it was very comfortable to ride.

Suggested e-bikes in the $1500-2000 range:

Raleigh Sprite iE or iZip E3 Vibe. These are the same bike branded differently, with a step-through frame, adjustable handlebars, basic 7-speed derailleur gears operated by trigger shifters, simple cable pull rim brakes, mid-drive Currie motor with simple cadence sensing pedal assist, and there is an optional 'boost' button throttle. The lower complexity should make either one easier for a local bike shop to service although you would need to take it to a Currie dealer for motor servicing. They are pre-wired for, but don't come fitted with, lights. You might want to add a suspension seat-post like a Suntour NCX or a nicer sprung saddle to soak up the bumps.

This thread and this thread talk about issues regarding battery storage if you are not planning on using the bike for a period of time. E-bike batteries don't like being left unused, should be kept above freezing in a dry place, and recharged at least every 2-4 months.

Now you have actually done me a huge favor. This is exactly what I wanted! I totally appreciat it!

I had a question. When you start looking into Electric bikes, Stromer is one the biggest names putt there and they've pretty muc become one of the biggest ones.

Is a stromer something I should stay away from beard on my requirements? Or is it good for my requirements?

Thank you.
A lot of people are excited by the idea of riding an electric bike, buy one, then use it a couple of times before they park it next to their treadmill.. jk.

Find a local ebike dealer, or find one in a city you want to explore by bike and test ride a few different types.. Only you know what makes you feel good on it... If you like the test ride find out where you can rent an ebike for an afternoon, and take a friend and have some fun.. Try this for a couple of weekends and see if you're still pysched about owning an ebike.. The worst ebike is the one you abandon cause those batteries never sleep.

That is exactly what I am going to do once I'm back to my city, I'll start calling up locally and seeing what's possible.

Dewey
4 months ago

Suggested e-bikes in the $2500-3000 range:

If you have Trek dealer near you, you might like to try the Lift+ and Electra Townie Go! Both come with good quality reliable motors from Shimano and Bosch. The Townie Go! adds lights, fenders, twist-gear shifter, wider tires, cushier saddle, and a more relaxed cruiser bike style low feet-forward high handlebar riding position, versus the Lift+ weighs less, has more powerful hydraulic disc brakes, adjustable handlebar with ergonomic grips, and two extra gears (10 speed vs 8) operated by a trigger shifter.

If you have a local dealer who can get them in you might also like to try the 2017 Gazelle Arroyo C8 or 2017 Kalkhoff Agattu B8. Both are European made e-bikes with Bosch motors, Magura hydraulic rim brakes, and comfort features that include an upright step-through frame, a suspension seat-post, and a front suspension fork, easily adjustable handlebars with ergonomic grips, 8 speed internal gear hubs operated by a twist shifter, lights and fenders. For 2017 both the Kalkhoff and Gazelle come with the more powerful Bosch Performance Line motor so both bikes would be good choices for climbing hills. Both use smooth combined cadence and torque sensing pedal assist. I test rode the Gazelle and it was very comfortable to ride.

Suggested e-bikes in the $1500-2000 range:

Raleigh Sprite iE or iZip E3 Vibe. These are the same bike branded differently, with a step-through frame, adjustable handlebars, basic 7-speed derailleur gears operated by trigger shifters, simple cable pull rim brakes, mid-drive Currie motor with simple cadence sensing pedal assist, and there is an optional 'boost' button throttle. The lower complexity should make either one easier for a local bike shop to service although you would need to take it to a Currie dealer for motor servicing. They are pre-wired for, but don't come fitted with, lights. You might want to add a suspension seat-post like a Suntour NCX or a nicer sprung saddle to soak up the bumps.

This thread and this thread talk about issues regarding battery storage if you are not planning on using the bike for a period of time. E-bike batteries don't like being left unused, should be kept above freezing in a dry place, and recharged at least every 2-4 months.

Dewey
7 months ago

Hi Edie!

The Trek Lift+ for $2,800 has a light 45lb step-through small size frame suitable for riders over 5', and uses the Shimano STePs pedal-assist only mid-drive motor. The 6lb battery can be removed making it even lighter to lift onto a car bike rack, and the low speed walk mode will push the bike at walking pace. The location of the motor and battery keep the weight low and center for better balance. Revolution Cycles is a great DC area Trek dealer that can supply and service it. Here is Court's review.

The Pedego Interceptor 24" frame is designed for riders under 5' 2", has 5 levels of pedal assist plus twist throttle, front and rear lights powered off the battery, and is $3,000. The wide swept back cruiser handlebars may take some getting used to, it is heavier at 59lb. Although the 8lb battery can be removed, the location of the battery high up in the rear rack and the rear wheel hub motor means the bike is rear heavy which might affect handling and braking. Hybrid Pedals is a Pedego dealer with a shop in Arlington, VA and a warehouse in Baltimore, which means you will be able to get the bike serviced locally. Here is Court's review.

The Electra Townie Go! Step-thru is another low cruiser bike similar in size and weight to the Pedego, costs less at $2,600, uses the reliable Bosch mid-drive motor, and Shimano roller brakes that require a bit more pulling effort to slow down. Like the Trek the location of the motor and battery keep the weight low and center for better balance. A Trek dealer such as Revolution Cycles or an independent bike dealer like Conte's in Arlington, VA can supply it, and any Bosch certified ebike dealer can service the motor. Here is Court's review.

R Mayer
2 weeks ago

Looking forward to your review of the competing Specialized Como for comparison.

Honky Tonk
4 weeks ago

I will never buy a bike that does not have front suspension.

Seb K
4 weeks ago

On a completely different note I ordered the Ebike stand that was reviewed on your site .The Minoura Ebike stand . I am disappointed it has a weight limit of around 14kg . I mounted my electric folding bike and it wouldn't lift it . Not a cheap stand either but I will keep it for my lighter bikes .

ElectricBikeReview.com
4 weeks ago

Interesting, could you link to the review? I definitely covered the heavy-duty Park Tool stand https://electricbikereview.com/accessories/park-tool/home-mechanic-repair-stand/ but am not sure what you mean by the Minora Ebike Stand? I'll add some notes or update about weight if you can point it out

Lynn Recker
4 weeks ago

There should be more orange bikes....

ElectricBikeReview.com
4 weeks ago

I agree! Orange is one of my favorite colors :D it sounds like you enjoy it as well?

BashfulLion
4 weeks ago

Good information at the end about locking up bikes/storing them. Had my bike saddle stolen just like that. As a teacher I store mine under my desk, relatively out of sight.

ElectricBikeReview.com
4 weeks ago

Yeah, it's sad when people steal like that and probably can't even use it... just messing around, it's wasteful and hurtful :/

cresshead
4 weeks ago

cool video, good to hear about securing the bike and all it's bits too.

ElectricBikeReview.com
4 weeks ago

Glad you liked that part! I try to mix in some daily knowledge or whatever is top of mind to help people :)

howlingwolf125y
4 weeks ago

Hi Court .. I am a 40 year old, 6'3" male. I like this bike.. I like the multiple adjust-ability of the front stem. I prefer a MUCH more upright riding position.. which this would give me. (i.e also shorter top tube lets you right upright).. It is SUPER important to have the ability to adjust a bike for a comfortable ride. I CANNOT believe how few bikes (especially trail/mountain bikes - which i want) offer an adjustable front stem like this bike has. But I don't care some much for the swept back handle bars. Ride comfort is EXTREMELY important to me. This bike needs an shock absorbing seat post, front shock forks and a bit fatter tires (for a smoother ride).. before I can buy this bike..

Loyd Lamarr
1 day ago

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ForbinColossus
4 weeks ago

Agree with Mike B. This bike has a "QUILL STEM". These are simple to change to get the angle - and height- you want. Generally, the hinge design makes the adjustable stem less secure than a solid, one-piece design. Better to 'Fit' yourself and get the right one you dont have to adjust. Here is one retailer's selection of quill stems (matching diameter=25.4mm):
http://www.bikewagon.com/part/stems/quill-stems

Mike B
4 weeks ago

adjustable steering stems are like $30. You can add to any bike. The reason they don't come installed may be because they can slip if not tightened securely when you adjust them. Not good for liability I assume.

Jim Gordon
4 weeks ago

We sell these bikes at our store. For the consumer they are “Rock Stars”. Yes, they are basic bikes but we have customers with over 8k miles on them with no issues. Good bike to sell because you feel confident that they are trouble free bikes. And I agree about the lack of water bottle bosses .
Good review

ElectricBikeReview.com
4 weeks ago

Great to hear your real world feedback Jim! It's nice knowing that these bikes are holding up well for customers, thanks for chiming in! Where is your store?

eBikeaholic
4 weeks ago

Looks comfortable

ElectricBikeReview.com
4 weeks ago

Yeah, these models are more relaxed, stable, and pretty comfortable... especially with a seat post suspension upgrade :)

Haseeb 2
4 weeks ago

No need to use a cable to lock it up... Swap out the quick release skewers for a hex screw releases.

ElectricBikeReview.com
4 weeks ago

That's a good point, you can get the Pinheads and other security hardware at many shops or online http://amzn.to/2h5bRfN many companies are offering it now including ABUS which makes the locking cores and cafe locks for some electric bikes

ilikewasabe
4 weeks ago

Its a good polished bike but.. For the price id expect a rear rack,fenders and lights..

ElectricBikeReview.com
4 weeks ago

Yeah, I'd rather see the price lower a bit and choose them as an upgrade option for a bit more money, I think the higher price just goes towards dealers, support, higher quality components etc. as is... and the name :)

Joel Price
4 weeks ago

0:58 “Go Broncos” No 😜

ElectricBikeReview.com
4 weeks ago

Ha! I grew up in Colorado and got to see the Broncos climb up and win the Superbowl with John Elway, special times... but I don't really follow sports that closely ;)