Trek Verve+ 2 Review

Trek Verve Plus 2 Electric Bike Review
Trek Verve Plus 2
Trek Verve Plus 2 Rear Rack Plastic Rear Fender Spanninga Solo Taillight
Trek Verve Plus 2 Low Rise Swept Back Handlebars
Trek Verve Plus 2 Ergonomic Rubber Locking Bontrager Grips Bosch Purion Display
Trek Verve Plus 2 Blendr Compatible Quill Stem
Trek Verve Plus 2 Bontrager H5 Tires Solid Steel Fork
Trek Verve Plus 2 Internally Routed Cabling Bosch Powerpack 400 Battery
Trek Verve Plus 2 Top Tube And Bottom Tube Bottle Cage Bosses
Trek Verve Plus 2 Bontrager Boulevard Saddle With Suspension Seatpost
Trek Verve Plus 2 Bosch Active Line Mid Drive Motor
Trek Verve Plus 2 Rear Mounted Adjustable Length Kickstand
Trek Verve Plus 2 Plastic Full Chain Cover Promax 170mm Crank Arm Bontrager Satellite City Pedal
Trek Verve Plus 2 Shimano Alivio Derailleur 1x9 11 36 Tooth Cassette
Trek Verve Plus 2 Bontrager H5 Tire Hybrid Tread Pattern
Trek Verve Plus 2 Bosch 2amp 1.2lb Compact Charger
Trek Verve Plus 2 Stock High Step Alpine Blue
Trek Verve Plus 2 Stock High Step Gunmetal Grey
Trek Verve Plus 2 Stock Step Thru Gunmetal Grey
Trek Verve Plus 2 Stock Step Thru Magenta
Trek Verve Plus 2 Electric Bike Review
Trek Verve Plus 2
Trek Verve Plus 2 Rear Rack Plastic Rear Fender Spanninga Solo Taillight
Trek Verve Plus 2 Low Rise Swept Back Handlebars
Trek Verve Plus 2 Ergonomic Rubber Locking Bontrager Grips Bosch Purion Display
Trek Verve Plus 2 Blendr Compatible Quill Stem
Trek Verve Plus 2 Bontrager H5 Tires Solid Steel Fork
Trek Verve Plus 2 Internally Routed Cabling Bosch Powerpack 400 Battery
Trek Verve Plus 2 Top Tube And Bottom Tube Bottle Cage Bosses
Trek Verve Plus 2 Bontrager Boulevard Saddle With Suspension Seatpost
Trek Verve Plus 2 Bosch Active Line Mid Drive Motor
Trek Verve Plus 2 Rear Mounted Adjustable Length Kickstand
Trek Verve Plus 2 Plastic Full Chain Cover Promax 170mm Crank Arm Bontrager Satellite City Pedal
Trek Verve Plus 2 Shimano Alivio Derailleur 1x9 11 36 Tooth Cassette
Trek Verve Plus 2 Bontrager H5 Tire Hybrid Tread Pattern
Trek Verve Plus 2 Bosch 2amp 1.2lb Compact Charger
Trek Verve Plus 2 Stock High Step Alpine Blue
Trek Verve Plus 2 Stock High Step Gunmetal Grey
Trek Verve Plus 2 Stock Step Thru Gunmetal Grey
Trek Verve Plus 2 Stock Step Thru Magenta


  • One of Trek's most popular and affordable electric bike models, loaded with accessories and high-quality components, available in a wide range of frame types, styles, and colors, backed by a fantastic warranty, and supported by a large network of dealers and repair shops
  • An excellent city and commuting Ebike thanks to full plastic fenders, integrated always-on lights, and a rear rack, the Bosch Active Line motor provides smooth and quiet power that pairs well with the top-tier Shimano Alivio groupset and efficient Bontrager H5 tires
  • An impressively comfortable ride thanks to many small factors such as the suspension seatpost, large 700x45c tires that provide a lower attack angle and more float, ergonomic locking grips, vibration-dampening solid steel fork, and a wide and comfortable saddle
  • The Active Line is the least powerful of Bosch's motors and caps out at 100 RPM which may not be a good fit for less active riders, the Purion display has only basic features and is not removable, some standard functions such as walk mode are disabled and there are no USB Type-A charging ports

Video Review

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Verve+ 2



Body Position:

Upright, Forward

Suggested Use:

Neighborhood, Urban, Commuting

Electric Bike Class:

Pedal Assist (Class 1)
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2 Years Comprehensive, Lifetime Frame


United States

Model Year:


Bicycle Details

Total Weight:

52.2 lbs (23.67 kg)

Battery Weight:

5.4 lbs (2.44 kg)

Motor Weight:

6.39 lbs (2.89 kg)

Frame Material:

Alpha Gold Aluminum Alloy

Frame Sizes:

17.5 in (44.45 cm)19.5 in (49.53 cm)21.5 in (54.61 cm)23.5 in (59.69 cm)

Geometry Measurements:

23.5" Extra-Large High-Step Measurements: 24" Seat Tube, 27.5" Reach, 32.5" Stand Over Height, 26.5" Width, 74.5" Length

Frame Types:

High-Step, Step-Thru

Frame Colors:

Matte Alpine Blue, Matte Metallic Gunmetal, Magenta

Frame Fork Details:

Verve Solid Steel, 100 mm Hub Spacing, 9 mm Skewer with Quick Release

Frame Rear Details:

135 mm Hub Spacing, 9 mm Skewer with Quick Release

Attachment Points:

Rear Rack Bosses, Fender Bosses, Bottle Cage Bosses x2

Gearing Details:

9 Speed 1x9 Shimano Alivio T4000 Derailleur, Shimano HG200 11-36T Cassette

Shifter Details:

Shimano Alivio M4000 Triggers on Right


Prowheel, Aluminum Alloy, 170 mm Length, 38 Tooth Steel Chainring with Plastic Full Guard


Bontrager Satellite City, Molded Plastic with Steel Core


Semi-Integrated, Steel Threaded, 1-1/8" Straight


Bontrager Alloy, Quill Style, Adjustable Rise Angle, 31.8 mm Clamp Diameter, Blendr Compatible


Bontrager Alloy, Comfort Sweep Low-Rise, 670 mm Length

Brake Details:

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


Bontrager Satellite Elite, Lock-On, Ergonomic


Bontrager Boulevard

Seat Post:

Verve+ Comfort Suspension, Aluminum Alloy with Steel Core, Preload Adjust

Seat Post Length:

300 mm

Seat Post Diameter:

31.6mm mm


Bontrager Connection, Double Wall, Alloy, 32 Hole


Stainless Steel, 14 Gauge, Black with Nipples

Tire Brand:

Bontrager H5, 60 TPI, (700x45c) (45-622)

Wheel Sizes:

28 in (71.12cm)

Tire Details:

60 to 80 PSI, 4.1 to 5.5 BAR, Hard-Case Ultimate Puncture Protection

Tube Details:

Schrader Valve


Alloy Rear Rack with Pannier Hangers and Standard Gauge Tubing (25kg/55lb Weight Limit), Blendr Compatible Stem, Plastic Fenders with Toe Strike Guard on Front, Black Plastic Slap Guard, Rear-Mounted Adjustable Length Kickstand, Fork-Mounted Hermans H-Black MR4-E Integrated Headlight (120 Lumens), Carrier-Integrated Spanninga SOLO Backlight (35 Lumens)


Locking Removable Downtube-Mounted Battery Pack, 1.3b lb 2 Amp Compact Charger, Maximum 100 RPM / 250% Motor Support, ABUS Locking Core, KMC X9 Chain, Maximum Total Weight Limit 300 lbs (136 kg)

Electronic Details

Motor Brand:

Bosch Active Line Cruise

Motor Type:

Mid-Mounted Geared Motor
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Motor Nominal Output:

250 watts

Motor Peak Output:

295 watts

Motor Torque:

40 Newton meters (Eco: 30, Tour: 35, Sport: 38, Turbo: 40)

Battery Voltage:

36 volts

Battery Amp Hours:

11 ah

Battery Watt Hours:

396 wh

Battery Chemistry:


Charge Time:

5.5 hours

Estimated Min Range:

38 miles (61 km)

Estimated Max Range:

88 miles (142 km)

Display Type:

Bosch Purion, Fixed, Backlit LCD Control Panel with Integrated Button Pad, (Hold - to Cycle Through Readouts, Hold - and Press Power to Change Units, Hold + to Activate Lights)


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

Display Accessories:

Micro-USB Port for Diagnostics and Software Updates Only

Drive Mode:

Advanced Pedal Assist (Measures Rear Wheel Speed, Pedal Cadence, and Pedal Torque - Power Output Relative to Pedal Input: Eco 40%, Tour 100%, Sport 170%, Turbo 250%)

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 in-depth review was sponsored by Trek. My goal is to be transparent and unbiased with you, this video and writeup are not meant to be an endorsement of Trek products. I welcome your corrections, additions, and feedback in the comments below and the Trek electric bike forums.


  • Trek is one of the “Big Three” bicycle manufacturers along with Giant and Specialized. Trek started out in 1975 making hand-brazed steel frames, and since then they have grown into a global powerhouse in the cycling industry with distributors in 90 different countries, truly impressive in my opinion!
  • The original Verve+ was Trek’s most affordable electric bike model in 2018 and the Verve+ 2 still holds that title today, although it’s worth noting that this only includes Ebikes bearing the Trek name brand. Trek also owns Electra which is comprised of even more affordably priced models, but they typically don’t have the premium components and features that we see on Trek branded Ebikes
  • You will see the Bontrager name on a lot of components in this review, Bontrager is Trek’s in-house component brand and is therefore common on many of Trek’s electric bikes


  • Available in four frame sizes, three color options, and the choice of a high-step or a step-through frame style, supported by a huge network of dealers which allows for fitting and test rides as well as maintenance support, and covered by an outstanding warranty with two years of comprehensive coverage and lifetime coverage for the frame and fork. This warranty is an upgrade and new for Trek in 2020, in previous years the warranty only covered the frame and fork for five years
  • Fully loaded with great accessories such as integrated lights, fenders, a rear rack, and even a suspension seatpost, the Verve+ 2 is an excellent Ebike for commuting and city use
  • The rack is a welcome addition and I love that it’s now a standard accessory, whereas on the original Verve+ it was an optional accessory that cost an additional $45. The rack uses standard-gauge tubing and also has the standard 25kg/52lb weight limit and will work great for hanging bags or panniers
  • The integrated lights have also improved in quality compared to the Verve+, here we have a headlight from Hermans that is brighter with side cutouts for more side visibility, as well as being mounted to the fork so it will turn with the handlebars and better illuminate the road ahead. The new taillight is the SOLO by Spanninga and is carrier-mounted on the rear rack, it’s a solid rear light although I do miss the flashing pattern of the fender-mounted taillight on the Verve+
  • The fenders still have the same great full coverage with a toe-strike guard on the front and the material used has changed from aluminum alloy to plastic. All fender types have tradeoffs, the upside with plastic is that they weigh less and a bit more resilient and less likely to get bent or dinged, and you don’t have to worry about them getting scratched and rusting
  • The suspension seatpost only has about 30mm of travel but it works wonders for the ride comfort, this is coil suspension and it is adjustable for preload so you can tighten it up a bit if you are a larger rider. The seatpost has also gotten a bit larger with a diameter of 31.6mm, this provides a bit more strength and sturdiness compared to the 27.2mm seatpost of the Verve+
  • Other positive ride comfort factors include the Bontrager Boulevard saddle, a fairly wide saddle with a ventilation gap in the center, I found this saddle very comfortable even on some longer rides and I also appreciate the locking ergonomic grips (also from Bontrager). The fork has also changed from alloy to solid steel which adds some vibration dampening qualities, the large diameter and greater width of the 700x45c tires means a lower attack angle for smoothing out bumps as well as extra air cushion… There’s a lot of small comfort-oriented details here, and together they make the Verve+ 2 a surprisingly comfortable bike considering the minimal suspension
  • Stopping power is solid thanks to the Shimano hydraulic disc brakes, two-finger levers are extremely easy to actuate, and there are dual-piston calipers and 160mm rotors in both the front and rear. In addition to being much easier to actuate and having no delay, hydraulic brakes also require less regular maintenance than mechanical brakes
  • We still have the same derailleur here with the Shimano Alivio, this is one of Shimano’s top-tier derailleurs and it performs flawlessly as expected. This is a 1×9 setup with a range of 11-36 on the rear cassette, a fairly large range that works great for city riding. I love that Trek has added a full plastic chain guard to protect the chain itself as well as protecting the rider’s pant legs, this is a nice upgrade from the original Verve+ that had only an alloy bash guard
  • The tires are the same excellent Bontrager H5s which have a hybrid tread pattern that is smooth and efficient in the middle, and larger and more grippy on the edges for better traction and control while turning. These tires also have Hardcase Ultimate puncture protection which is some of the best you can get, definitely a welcome feature in places like Colorado where goat-heads are always a cycling hazard
  • The electrical system is another area where nothing has changed since the Verve+, we’ve still got the Bosch Active Line mid-drive motor powered by a PowerPack 400 and controlled by the Purion display. This combo works well on the Verve+ 2 which is geared for riders who like to be a bit more active not get as much help from the motor, the motor itself is very quiet and you can get 80 or more miles of range riding in Eco, great for commuters who don’t want to have to charge the battery at work before riding home. The Purion is an older display from Bosch, it’s their smallest display with basic features and a grayscale LCD that is backlit and very easy to see in any lighting as well as swiveling so that you can avoid glare
  • The quill stem is also Blendr compatible, Blendr is a mounting platform that allows you to mount all manner of accessories to the top and/or bottom of the stem such as GPS units, phone mounts, cycle computers, additional lights, and much more
  • The included kickstand is adjustable for length without needing tools, and I appreciate that it is rear-mounted which prevents “pedal lock” which occurs when the left crank arm collides and locks with a mid-mounted kickstand, being mounted in the rear also provides more stability especially when carrying cargo on the rear rack


  • Torque-sensing motors require you to put more force against the pedals in order to receive more help from the motor, and the Bosch Active Line only provides assistance up to a max pedal cadence of 100 RPM. This may sound like a lot but it’s actually pretty easy to pass this limit if you ride fast while in a lower gear, so this is not an ideal setup for riders with knee sensitivity who prefer to use a lower gear and cycle the cranks at a higher cadence with less force
  • There are some features of the Purion display that Trek disables, one of which is the Walk Mode. There is a dedicated button for walk mode on the bottom of the display but it doesn’t do anything on the Verve+ 2 or on any of Trek’s Ebikes, I’m not sure what the exact reason for this might be but it seems related to the wide range of local laws in different areas for Ebikes, and in some areas walk mode could be interpreted as a sort of a throttle. Another disabled function is the ability to turn the lights off, they are on by default and the normal method of holding down the + button on the Purion display does not turn them off. Presumably, this is a safety feature since lights make you more visible as a rider in the daytime, but it can be frustrating if you want to turn them off to conserve battery or for any other reason, keep in mind that the Active Line motor is very efficient so there is at least plenty of battery to spare for the lights
  • As I mentioned earlier all fender types have their tradeoffs and the downside for plastic fenders is that they tend to rattle more than metal fenders, fortunately for the Verve+ 2 they are securely mounted and I didn’t notice any rattling during any of my test rides
  • There is no reflective striping on the sidewalls of the tires, I would love to see this since it greatly improves side visibility which is important for safety, I do appreciate that the Hermans integrated headlight has nice big side cut-outs to help with that side visibility
  • The Verve+ 2 really is amazingly comfortable when you consider that the only suspension is in the seatpost, but the lack of front suspension may not work for riders that have hand or wrist sensitivity, for such riders I recommend a suspension stem to help reduce jarring bumps and vibrations
  • One feature missing here is the ability to charge additional electronic devices, there are no USB Type-A ports on the display or the battery itself. There is a micro-USB port on the Purion display, but this is only for diagnostics and firmware updates and doesn’t work for charging other devices
  • I like the new solid steel fork because it is stronger and has vibration dampening qualities, but be aware that steel is vulnerable to getting scratched or dinged and then rusting, if yours gets damaged you can cover the area with clear tape as a temporary fix until you are able to add touch-up paint. Fortunately, since Trek dealers are plentiful they will be able to help you out with the right shade of touch-up paint
  • While I personally prefer the Purion display because it’s minimalist and out of the way, it is lacking in features and not removable which leaves it exposed to weather and physical damage when parked at a bike rack, whereas Bosch’s other displays (Intuvia and Kiox) are removable and more feature-rich. It is possible to have a shop upgrade your Ebike to a more powerful display, in addition, Bosch also has a new Smartphone Hub that allows you to use your smartphone as a control display with a lot of cool features such as navigation and reminders for maintenance tasks

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Comments (15) YouTube Comments

4 weeks ago

I’ve been commuting 20+ miles/day with this ebike since September 2019. Great overall impression. My only major complaint is the rear fender. Despite the description it is not a full fender. On rainy days the rear end of the frame and my panniers and back are coated in wet road sludge. The front headlight is passable but not great so I added a handlebar light. Otherwise this has been a great commuter ebike.

4 weeks ago

Hmm, thanks for that feedback, Chris! Is the issue with the rear fender that it’s not long enough or not wide enough on the sides? Trek sells the Bontrager accessories, and they have some awesome little square lights… is that what you got for the handlebar, or something else? I like Blackburn a lot too ;)

2 weeks ago

Hi Court, the fender is plenty wide. The fender isn’t long enough to cover spray coming off back of the tire. The Bontrager fenders on my road bike are clearly the right length and I’ve never had this issue with them. The bike shop said they’d replace the fenders with full Bontragers, for the cost of parts and labor. Hey Trek: having to essentially buy two sets of fenders to get the right one is not my idea of an honest business model. The handlebar light is a 2014 Cygolite. Plenty bright and it still gets me through two full commutes, or about 3.5 hours.

4 weeks ago

Are you guys going to be reviewing the Trek Alliant 7 for 2020? I spoke with Trek USA, and they indicated any day now for availability. The photo they sent me looks similar to a combination Verve-Alliant and Dual Sport.

The description they sent shows it is Class 3 as well. Here’s the photo.

4 weeks ago

Hmm, that looks very interesting. Thanks for the feedback, Rick! Yeah, I hope to cover many more Trek models in 2020. The Alliant 7 looks great with fenders, rack, lights, AND suspension fork! It looks almost like a cruiser style ebike with that taller sweeping top tube.

4 weeks ago

Thanks for response: I Have learned an enormous amount from Your YouTube channel and written reviews, which I can appreciate more than most might. I am Involved in producing video content for two totally not-related to E-Bikes channels. I doubt there are many who understand all the leg work Involved just to get to the point of making the Video review, plus you are traveling all over to boot.

Not only are the reviews detailed and the information easy to absorb, you seem to have a great future in front and behind the camera. Your success is well deserved!

Thanks again

David Lipscomb
2 weeks ago

I’ve had the Verve+ 2 for 3+ months and overall I love it. I ride it to work, roughly 15 miles RT. It’s smooth and comfortable, except on the bumpiest parts of the capital crescent trail along the Potomac in DC– when front suspension really would be nice. The battery range is excellent, and I can easily go 3 days (so roughly 45 miles) without charging, even when using a fair amount of “turbo” (full) power. Turbo works very well on hills — making an easy ride out of the otherwise long slog uphill from DC into Montgomery County on the CCT. Lights are great, battery is easy to unlock and carry, step-thru design is excellent, and the weight is not too bad (given that it’s an ebike).

One issue: **derailing**. The chain has derailed four times, and each time the chain had slipped off the front chainring. It was easy to slip it back on the first three times (just turn the bike upside down and glide it back on). But the last time I had to bring it to the shop because it got jammed (not a fun walk home). Trek is aware of the issue and I’m hoping they come up with a fix. My LBS says that Trek will be replacing the front chainring with a “narrow-wide” chainring, which apparently is something that many mountain bikes use. Let’s hope it works.

Tyson Roehrkasse
2 weeks ago

Hey David, thanks for the great comment! I’m glad to hear you are enjoying your Verve+ 2, although that is definitely disappointing to hear about the chain derailing issue. I like that they upgraded to a full plastic guard, but unfortunately, that doesn’t help to keep the chain in place (as you have discovered). Having a narrow-wide chainring will definitely help with that, as would having a chain guide… but there may not be room for a guide underneath that plastic cover.

2 weeks ago

Can confirm the chain derailing & jamming problem. It’s happened twice to me. The first time was on the road and somehow wrenched it free. Fortunately the second time I was at home and able to loosen the chain guard enough to get in and dislodge the well and truly stuck chain.

2 weeks ago

Thanks for the feedback here, Chris! It really helps to draw attention to the issue and I hope they resolve this in future models.

1 week ago

Very good review Court. Your site helped immensely in helping me choosing an ebike. I’m enjoying my Trek Verve+2 Low-step very much. I have put 600 miles on it, mostly riding 10 or 12-mile ‘to and fro’ distances. I have done a few 30-mile rides, which compared to using a regular bike, was pretty fast and easy.

Like you, I like the stock saddle, so I didn’t change anything out. I bought Jannd shopping panniers, and do my weekly grocery shopping without having to emit anymore CO2. I really do appreciate the step-through frame, because I have pretty tight hips. I also like the mid-motor placement, the ‘always on’ lights, and the upright handlebars. Oh, and the Magenta color almost matches my Mazda 3. Btw, there *is* a walk assist mode. You just have to ask the Trek LBS to enable it (but I’ve only used it once). Also, I get a free checkup/tuneup every 300-miles by the Trek LBS for one year. I had the chain derailing problem once, but since the last checkup, no problems.

Essentially, I use the Eco assist mode (level 1 out of 4) for most of my riding. The assist is very subtle. In that mode, I’ll use the gear-shifter a little more often. I do ride in Tour mode (level 2 out of 4), either when I’m riding with a strong wind in my face or when a decent incline is present. The extra boost is wonderful. When I come to a sizable incline, I’ll get into the Sport or Turbo modes (3 or 4 out of 4). I’ll also use it when I’m on some dirt trails. That boost is great too. Once, some young dude tried drafting behind me. Switching to turbo, this 60+ year old left him in the dust. Combined with all these modes, I’ve been getting about 40-46 miles per charge. Very satisfied. Thanks again. Happy Trails!

5 days ago

Hey Nick, I’m so glad you’ve enjoyed the bike… and EBR! Thanks for your wonderful comment :)


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