Trek Verve+ 2 Low-step Ebike review: A well-behaved city ebike

The trek verve+ 2 is an easy ebike with for commuters who only want a little extra help getting to work.

Trek Verve+ 2 parked outside on gravel path

Tom's Guide Verdict

The Trek Verve+ 2 is a light and well-balanced electric bike with a responsive Bosch mid-drive motor. However, its relatively limited power assistance and high price makes it a tough sell among equally capable but lower cost ebikes.

Good balance and handling

Solid components

Responsive motor

Not much power assistance

No full-throttle mode

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Battery: 400 Wh Max estimated range: 60 miles (Eco mode) Max assisted speed: 20 mph Motor: Bosch Active Line 250-watt mid drive motor Gearing: Shimano Alivio 9-speed Wheel diameter: 27.5 inches max Weight: 52 pounds

Most riders will find the Trek Verve+ 2 a little underpowered, especially compared to some of the best budget electric bikes from the likes of Rad Power, Juiced Bikes, and Aventon. On the other hand, for those who think those ebikes are somehow outre and want something subtler, this mild-mannered ebike may be just the thing.

Designed to be a daily commuter and weekend daytripper, the Trek Verve+ 2 doesn't make any radical design statements or excessive power moves. This road bike is for those who want a no-hassle, low-maintenance easy rider with reliable components. Indeed, the low-step version of the Verve+ 2 we tested even makes it easy to climb aboard.

Trek Verve+ 2 Ebike review: Price and availability

Founded in the '70s in Wisconsin, Trek has a reputation for solid construction and reliability — a reputation for which the company hopes shoppers are willing to pay a premium. Sold through retailers, Trek offers an extensive line of bikes, ranging from $13,000 carbon fiber road racers to full-suspension mountain bikes, as well as a full line of ebikes. 

The $2,849.99 Verve+ 2 sits somewhere in the middle of the company's ebike line. Compare, for example, Trek's Domane+ ALR, which is a more serious distance road bike that starts at $5,049.99 and the Townie Go 8D EQ Step-Over bike for Sunday beach bathers that starts at $2,449.99.

Trek's bikes are not available directly online but are rather ordered through retailers. The benefit is that you won't have to skin your knuckles assembling it yourself.

Trek Verve+ 2 Ebike review: Design

The Trek Verve+ 2 is designed for casual riders and commuters. It's available in sizes from XS to L, the largest of which will accommodate riders just over 6 feet tall. The bike has an aluminum frame with steel forks and wide straight handlebars for commuter comfort. You won't find mountain-bike style front shocks on the Verve+ 2, but a foam Bontrager seat with a suspension seat post takes the edge off of potholes.

Trek also includes a neat chain guard that runs nearly the full length and ensures you're not going to get a nice pair of pants or skirt mussied up in the gears. Furthermore, the essential power and brake wiring is fed through the down tube to keep things tidy and reduce the chances of damage. For convenience, front and rear quick release wheels are included.

To provide power assist, the Verve+ 2 uses a Bosch Active Line 250-watt, mid-drive motor to deliver smooth support and eliminate surprise surges of power. The bike has a top pedal assist speed of 20 mph and includes a Bosch controller and a 9-speed Shimano drivetrain with a 400Wh removable battery. Rounding out the feature list are hydraulic disc brakes, puncture-resistant tires, a kickstand and front and rear lights, plus metal fenders.

The Verve+ 2 also comes with a rear rack that uses the Racktime clip-on system, which makes it easy to use with compatible panniers and bags. One missing item: a bell or horn is not included, though it does have a headlight and taillight.

Trek Verve+ 2 Ebike review: Performance

The Trek Verve+ 2 offers smooth electric pedal assist performance and predictable handling. Its relatively light weight (52 pounds vs. 70 pounds for some ebikes) also makes it more maneuverable so riders will feel like they're in control of the bike — rather than vice versa.

Although there's no full-throttle mode, on city streets the mid-drive motor, which uses a torque sensor, is very responsive. The instant you apply pressure to the pedals you'll receive some electric assistance. That makes it more seamless than many rear-hub motor models, which tend to suffer from a delay or turbo lag. Consequently, the Trek Verve+ 2 helps you start off from a dead stop, and it's whisper quiet compared to rear motor designs. To bring everything to a halt, the bike's hydraulic brakes are responsive without being too touchy.

Taking the Trek for trips in the countryside presented more of a challenge. The mild power assist even in the top Turbo mode may feel insufficient in helping me climb hills. And if you get caught in the wrong gear on an incline, you'll find yourself getting up out of the saddle. So if you're looking for help on the hills in San Francisco or Asheville, look elsewhere.

One advantage of the Verve+ 2 is that you can use it in full manual mode. Electric support is not necessary. Compare that to big gravel bikes like those from Aventon or Biktrix, which are so heavy you'll never want to be stuck somewhere without power.

The Bosch controller for the electrics displays speed, range, amount of electric assistance selected, and the battery level. There's also a button for walk mode, but you're unlikely to need it unless you're pushing the bike up a steep hill. 

We also found that the front headlamp could be brighter for daytime visibility (initially, we didn't realize it was on).

Trek Verve+ 2 Ebike review: Battery life and range

The Bosch controller on the Verve + 2 is a basic LCD display that allows you to choose between four power assist modes: Turbo, Sport, Tour, and Eco. As the nomenclature might suggest, you'll get the most range out of Eco mode--up to 60 miles, according to Trek--and then in descending order less distance the more electric push you ask for with Turbo mode rated for 25 miles.

Because we didn't find the lower power modes much of a help on hills, we primarily used Turbo mode during our weeks of testing. Facing significant hills and with a 170-pound rider aboard, we got an average of 23 miles out of Turbo mode. That's a reasonable result, given the challenging terrain. But depending on where you ride, how much you weigh, and how much electric assistance you prefer, your mileage may vary.

Trek Verve+ 2 Ebike review: Competition

If you're looking for an ebike for between $1,400 and $1,900, there are a raft of choices from reputable but relative newcomers, including the Rad Power Rad City5 Plus , and the Charge Bikes City , both of which cost $1,799. In this end of the market, you'll get more power for your money, but the bikes typically use a less-desirable rear hub motor and are heavier, intended for gravel and occasional off-road use.

If you're considering the more suburban Trek Verve+2 and have the $2,800 to spare, there are plenty of choices from other established brands. Cannondale, for example, offers the Adventure Neo 4 for the same price and boasting nearly the identical powertrain and feature set. However, Cannondale's model has more style than the Trek bike, concealing the battery as part of its downtube, for example.

And if you want a truly no-fuss, sophisticated ebike commuter, our first choice is still the Gazelle Ultimate C380 HMB, although it's considerably more expensive ($4,249).

Trek Verve+ 2 Ebike review: Bottom line

It's difficult to make a value case for the Trek Verve+ 2. Among the best electric bikes and best budget electric bikes , there are many available with comparable abilities and much more power — for a lot less money. On the other hand, lighter casual riders will find the Verve+ 2 more manageable and maneuverable than many of those less expensive models. Furthermore, Trek is sold through traditional brick-and-mortar retailers versus models that are only sold directly online, so buyers don't have to face the annoyance of putting the bike together themselves.

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Trek Verve+ 2 Review (Updated 2024)

by  Daria Vitel  

November 24, 2023

The Trek Verve+ 2 is an accessible, versatile commuter electric bike that pairs reliable performance with practical utility. 

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The Trek Verve+ 2 is an accessible and versatile commuter electric bike well-suited for urban transportation. Its Alpha Gold aluminum frame balances comfort, durability and practicality. Featuring mounts for fenders, racks and a rear kickstand, it can easily be outfitted to carry daily essentials or take longer recreational rides at the weekend. 

Bosch's proven mid-drive electric motor system, paired with the long-lasting 400Wh battery, enables many miles of stress-free, emissions-free commuting. Commuters will appreciate the electric assistance for easily handling hills and arriving at destinations without sweating. Summarily, the Verve+ 2 offers a smooth, reliable ride for navigating busy streets.

What Do We Like About Trek Verve+?

  • Alpha Gold aluminum frame is lightweight yet durable
  • The rear kickstand, rack and fender mounts add practicality
  • Bosch mid-drive system delivers natural, reliable pedal assist
  • 400Wh battery facilitates multi-day commutes on a charge
  • 9-speed drivetrain strikes a good performance/value balance
  • Hydraulic brakes offer strong, predictable stopping power

What Don’t We Like About Trek Verve+?

  • Steel fork damps vibrations but lacks suspension
  • Alivio drivetrain isn't as durable as higher-end components
  • Top speed of 20 mph limits riding on busy roads
  • Smaller 35mm tire width offers less traction than wider tires

Trek Verve+ 2 Specifications

  • Motor: Bosch Active Line 250W mid-drive
  • Battery: Integrated 400Wh downtube battery
  • Max Speed: Class 1 (20 mph)
  • Range: Up to 37 miles per charge
  • Frame: Alpha Gold aluminum
  • Fork: Verve steel
  • Wheels: 700c double-wall alloy, 700x45c tires
  • Drivetrain: Shimano Alivio 9-speed
  • Brakes: Shimano MT200 hydraulic disc
  • Weight: 51.5 lbs
  • Rider Limit: 300 lbs

Trek Verve+ 2 Review and Test

Trek has established a strong reputation for producing dependable electric bicycles at accessible prices. The Verve+ 2 carries on this tradition with a functional design optimized for urban commuting. Its Alpha Gold aluminum frame provides lightweight strength for daily use while mounting points allow versatile cargo carrying. The Verve+ 2 benefits from Bosch's refined mid-drive system for natural, fatigue-reducing pedal assistance. 

At just over 50 pounds, it remains agile to maneuver yet durable enough to withstand the bumps of city riding for years of low-stress transportation. Its step-through frame also ensures comfortable accessibility for riders of different heights and ages.

The Bosch Active Line mid-drive motor is a workhorse that powers the Verve+ 2 reliably. Rated at 250W continuous and a peak of 340W, it delivers natural yet substantial pedal assistance through a wide range of 40 Nm torque.

Mounted close to the bottom bracket, its smooth rotational force engages almost instantly to boost takeoffs and climbs with minimal effort. A sophisticated sensor monitors cadence precisely to scale assistance in direct proportion to how hard the rider pedals.

With an IP54 weather resistance rating, the compact design withstands rain, snow, salt and debris to maintain peak performance annually.

The integrated 400Wh lithium-ion battery uses advanced cell management to achieve a long-lasting lifespan of over 500 charge cycles. Locked securely below the downtube, it recharges to full power in 5 hours through the compact onboard 2A charger. With a capacity providing over 37 miles of average riding range, it allows stress-free multi-day commutes from a single charge. A fuel gauge on the digital display conveniently indicates remaining charge levels for planning refueling stops. Its integration remains discreet, keeping the ride aesthetics clean and predictable energy on hand.

Constructed of lightweight yet extremely durable 6061-T6 aluminum alloy, the Trek Verve+ 2’s frame is engineered for resilience. Horizontal top tube design and low standover height allow comfortable mounting and dismounts. Integrated Bosch internal cable routing tidies things up while providing reliable component protection. Numerous rack and accessory mounting points facilitate customization with add-ons to suit various carrying needs, from groceries to cargo. Combined with a longer wheelbase and short chainstays for agility, its geometry lends stability and confidence at any speed.

Trek pairs the 250W Bosch motor with a smooth-shifting 9-speed Shimano Alivio drivetrain to scale power delivery perfectly to riders’ input. Five levels of assistance empower all ability levels, from basic startup momentum to full 250W of boost. Even steep grades pose no difficulty thanks to the rotary force dishing out 40 Nm of torque. The cadence sensor detects how vigorously the pedals are turned to determine the ideal man and machine power blend. Hills that would strain regular bikes present no challenge. It effortlessly fades into the backdrop for breezier flats and cruising to let natural cycling take over.

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Trek’s cautious estimates predict an average range of 37+ miles from the 400Wh battery, but optimal conditions could push it farther. Too many variables affect battery life to promise identical results for all, but most average riders should comfortably ride 2-3 days between charges. The intuitive digital display monitor helps manage energy usage. Though distances may dip more with assist levels cranked and fully loaded touring, the ample fuel capacity still covers typical commutes with significant reserves. It recharges fast, too, making topping up hassle-free and maximizing the miles between plug-ins.

The Trek Verve+ 2's aluminum frame and component selection lend it predictable and sure-footed handling. The slightly shorter wheelbase and chainstays paired with the Alpha Gold frame's inherent stiffness translates rider input promptly without feeling twitchy. Up front, the steel fork provides compliance over ruts and pavement seams while keeping control precise. Wider 700c wheels with 45mm tires offer stable traction on rain-slicked or bumpy roads. Its upright riding position instills confidence in navigating traffic or path corners. Overall, the responsive but planted handling inspires confidence in steering a 27.5-pound electric bike through urban scenarios or around winding joyrides.

Reliable braking performance is crucial for any bike navigating busy streets, and the Verve+ 2 delivers with Shimano's hydraulic disc brakes.

The single-piston front and rear calipers are easy to modulate, delivering smooth and immediate stopping power even under heavy loads or high-speed situations. 160mm rotors up front and rear provide plenty of pad surface to bleed off speed even in adverse weather conditions.

Serious stopping power that feels linear and progressive inspires trust that the Verve+ 2's brakes will be there when needed most. Maintenance needs are simple, from easily replaced brake pads to a sealed system keeping dirt and grime out.

The Verve+ 2 prioritizes user-friendly control interfaces to ensure intuitive electric bike operation.

The backlit LCD display provides all necessary ride data clearly and visually intuitively. Mounted centrally on the handlebars, its large digits are easily readable in direct sunlight and low-light conditions thanks to automatic brightness adjustment. Beyond the current pedal assist level selection from 1-5, it shows real-time speed in either miles or kilometers per hour, total trip distance, a digital clock, and a battery level indicator gauge. Five bars indicate the remaining charge percentage that updates live. Simple and effective delivery of key information enhances the riding experience.

Control Buttons

For smooth and distraction-free control of essential functions while riding, the Verve+ 2 implements four hardware buttons. Situated ergonomically beneath the LCD in a central horizontal row, their shape and spring-loaded tactility allow easy pressing and feedback without looking down. The upward and downward arrows cycle smoothly through the five levels of Bosch pedal assistance preferred for any tempo or terrain. A power button turns the entire system on/off, while a menu button accesses basic bike settings. Reliably raising or lowering power is just one quick thumb motion away.

Pedal Assist

Riders maintain full control over their electric experience through natural pedaling input alone. No throttle means exercise is guaranteed. The assistance sensor mounted to the bottom bracket instantly gauges the force of each pedal stroke and smoothly engages the Bosch mid-drive motor in direct proportion. Amount of boost scales from basic momentum up to 250 watts of rotational force assistance as exertion increases. Subtle adjustments to cadence or how hard one pedal modulates power for rolling hills, quick acceleration from stops, or maintaining optimal cruising speeds with ease.

A 9-speed Shimano Alivio drivetrain provides a wide spread of gearing ratios to complement the powered pedaling experience. The rear derailleur and twist shifters offer intuitive and crisp shifting to precisely dial in the right balance of pedaling effort versus vehicle speed for any terrain grade or load. A greater number of gears than single-speed improves versatility, allowing easier climbing of steeper hills in lower gearing and higher top speeds in upper ranges for flats or light descents.

Assembly of the Verve+ 2 is straightforward for any moderately experienced wrench. The manual provides clear diagrams and instructions. The drivetrain, brakes and electrical components come partially assembled for simple installation. Mounting the compact rear rack takes minutes, while the pedals require a standard wrench. Inflating tires to proper psi is quick, and the handlebar/stem assembly clicks neatly into place. Rather than a full mechanical build, it involves mostly securing major parts like the battery, motor, and wheels. With basic tools, anyone can complete assembly within an afternoon. The process familiarizes new owners with the e-bike's core components before the first ride.

Accessories

The Verve+ 2 features mounting points to customize cargo and safety gear for any commute or ride.

Bright front and rear USB-charged lights from brands like Spanninga ensure riders are seen day or night. Integrated mounts securely hold lights in place without interfering with components. LED bulbs provide years of use from a single charge while achieving maximum visibility on evening rides and commutes. Lights promote safety without draining the battery.

Full-coverage plastic fenders defend against road spray and mud from the rear wheel. Clips attach them neatly under the chainstays at the back and around the fork legs up front. Optional flick/mud-flap extensions on the rear protect the rider and components from debris kicking back. Fenders make riding comfortable in all weather.

Racks & Mounts

In addition to the standard rear rack, additional mounts allow customizing the bike for different needs. Side racks from Topeak provide extra stable platforms for panniers or trailer attachments. Water bottle mounts keep hydration close at hand. A rear rack extends the cargo capacity.

The integrated center-mount steel kickstand holds the Verve+ 2 securely when parked without the risk of tip-over. It supports the full weight of the bike plus additional cargo on level or angled surfaces during stops.

Integrated wheel and leg/pedal reflective stickers enhance visibility to car headlights and streetlights within a 250-foot range after dark. They meet safety laws and reduce the risk of being overlooked on evening rides and commutes.

Trek offers the Verve+ 2 in three frame sizes to accommodate riders from 5'5" to 6'6". The size chart recommends heights and inseam lengths for a proper fit. The Medium is ideal for heights between 5'5" and 5'9" with an inseam of 30-33 inches. The Large size targets heights of 5'9" to 6'1" and an inseam of 32-35 inches. For taller riders between 6'1" and 6'6", the XL frame provides standover clearance for those with 34-37 inch inseams. Proper sizing ensures control and comfort, whether riding for errands or exercise.

At $2,849.99, the Verve+ 2 offers strong value for an electric bike with proven Bosch drive system performance. Its features and quality components blend routinely retail for over $3,000 in comparable e-bikes. Commuters easily recoup the investment in just over a year versus driving, thanks to fuel savings and maintenance costs alone. The battery health and motor lifespan are designed to provide years of powered transportation. Additional savings come from using it as a fitness device to replace gym memberships. Factoring utility, savings and pleasure into ownership balances out the upfront expense over the lifespan.

For commuters seeking a powerful and hassle-free electric companion, the Trek Verve+ 2 delivers an exemplary package. Its reliable Bosch motor paired with a long-range battery empowers consistent emissions-free commutes with ease. Well-designed controls and an intuitive interface require a minimal learning curve. The solidly built frame and components uphold daily miles with confidence. 

Accessory mounts allow custom configurations, too. Overall, it strikes an ideal balance of performance, compatibility and value that is difficult to beat in the premium e-bike market. The Verve+ 2 earns a strong recommendation for anyone commuting to new levels of efficiency.

Trek Verve E-bike Series

The Trek Verve series consists of two models, the Verve 2 and Verve 3, which comes with a couple of differences. For instance, the Verve 3 features a Removable Integrated Battery with 500Wh, 50Nm motor torque, and runs on 700 by 50c Bontrager E6 tires. On the other hand, the Verve 2 uses an exposed 400Wh battery, 40Nm torque, and runs on 700 by 45c Bontrager H5 tires.

The Verve 2

The verve 3, our rating -  82 /100, trek verve+ 2.

  The Trek Verve+ 2 is a hybrid electric bike that will boost your need for outdoor adventures! It is designed for commuting comfort, recreational cruises, and daily outings. It furthermore offers a slew of rider-friendly features. The best part of it all is that it is a very competitively priced electric bike!

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Daria was born and raised in the Ukraine, studied in Barcelona (where she discovered her passion for e-biking), and is currently living in Barcelona. Her main passion is cycling and digital marketing, that's why she is always looking for an amazing new e-bike to make her journey even more unforgettable!

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Trek Verve 2 Review: Should You Buy Or Not? (Complete Guide!)

The Trek Verve 2 is a popular hybrid bike that has been around for a while. It is designed for riders who want a comfortable, versatile, and affordable bike that can handle a variety of terrains. But is the Trek Verve 2 a good bike? The answer depends on what the rider is looking for.

One of the most notable features of the Trek Verve 2 is its comfort. The bike is designed with an upright riding position, which is great for riders who want to avoid putting too much strain on their back and neck. Additionally, the bike comes with a suspension seat post and a suspension fork, which helps to absorb bumps and vibrations on the road. This can make for a smoother, more enjoyable ride.

Another important factor to consider when evaluating the Trek Verve 2 is its value for the money. The bike is priced competitively and offers a good balance of features and performance for the price. However, there are other bikes on the market that may offer better value for the money. Ultimately, the Trek Verve 2 is a solid choice for riders who prioritize comfort and versatility over speed and performance.

TREK VERVE 2

The Trek Verve 2 is a hybrid bike designed for convenience and enjoyment on errand runs, road trips, and fitness rides. The bike features a lightweight aluminum frame that is both durable and easy to handle. The frame is available in a range of sizes, making it easy to find the perfect fit for riders of all heights.

The bike’s suspension seatpost and padded saddle contribute to a comfortable ride, even on bumpy roads. The handlebars are adjustable, allowing riders to find the perfect riding position. The bike also features weather-resistant disc brakes that provide reliable stopping power in all conditions.

One of the standout features of the Trek Verve 2 is its versatility. The bike is designed to handle a variety of terrains, from smooth city streets to gravel paths. The bike’s 700c wheels provide a smooth ride, while the puncture-resistant tires help prevent flats.

Overall, the Trek Verve 2 is a well-designed bike that is both comfortable and versatile. Its lightweight frame, adjustable handlebars, and weather-resistant disc brakes make it a great choice for riders of all skill levels.

Features of the Trek Verve 2

Features of trek verve 2

The Trek Verve 2 is a hybrid bike that is designed for convenience and enjoyment on errand runs, road trips, and fitness rides. Here are the features of the Trek Verve 2:

The Trek Verve 2 has a lightweight Alpha Gold Aluminum frame that is both comfortable and durable. The frame is designed to provide a relaxed, upright riding position that is ideal for commuting or leisurely rides.

The Trek Verve 2 features a suspension system that helps to absorb shock and provide a smooth ride. The suspension system consists of a SR Suntour NEX fork that has 50mm of travel, which is perfect for handling rough terrain.

The Trek Verve 2 has a 24-speed drivetrain that is ideal for tackling hills and other challenging terrain. The drivetrain consists of Shimano Altus shifters and derailleurs that provide smooth and precise shifting.

The Trek Verve 2 has 700c Bontrager H2 wheels that are both lightweight and durable. The wheels are fitted with Bontrager H2 Hard-Case Lite tires that provide excellent traction and puncture protection.

The Trek Verve 2 features Tektro hydraulic disc brakes that provide excellent stopping power in all weather conditions. The brakes are easy to use and provide precise control over your speed.

In summary, the Trek Verve 2 is a well-designed hybrid bike that is perfect for commuting, leisurely rides, and fitness rides. Its lightweight frame, suspension system, 24-speed drivetrain, 700c Bontrager H2 wheels, and Tektro hydraulic disc brakes make it a reliable and comfortable choice for riders of all levels.

Trek Verve 2 Detailed Overview

Trek verve 2 detailed overview

The Trek Verve 2 is a hybrid bike designed for both recreational and commuting purposes. It comes with a lightweight aluminum frame, suspension seat post, and a padded saddle that provides a comfortable ride. The bike is available in a variety of sizes, making it suitable for riders of different heights.

The Verve 2 is equipped with a Shimano Altus 8-speed drivetrain that offers a wide range of gears for easy pedaling on different terrains. The bike’s disc brakes provide reliable stopping power, even in wet conditions. The tires are 700c x 45mm Bontrager H2 Hard-Case Lite, which provide a smooth ride and good traction on different surfaces.

The bike’s handlebars are adjustable, allowing riders to find a comfortable riding position. The Verve 2 also comes with a kickstand, making it easy to park the bike when not in use. The bike’s fenders and lights provide additional safety features for commuting in low-light conditions.

Overall, the Trek Verve 2 is a solid hybrid bike that offers a comfortable ride and reliable performance. It’s ideal for recreational riders and commuters who want a bike that can handle different terrains and weather conditions. The bike’s quality components, adjustable features, and safety features make it a good choice for riders of different skill levels.

Specifications

The Trek Verve 2 is a hybrid bike that is designed for comfort and versatility. Here are some of the key specifications that make the bike stand out:

  • Frame: Alpha Gold Aluminum
  • Fork: SR Suntour NEX, coil spring, preload, hydraulic lockout, 50mm travel
  • Wheels: Bontrager Connection, alloy, double-wall, 32-hole, 20mm width, schrader valve
  • Tires: Bontrager H2, wire bead, 30 tpi, 700x45c
  • Shifters: Shimano Altus M315, 7-speed
  • Front derailleur: Shimano Tourney TY510, 34.9mm clamp, top swing, dual pull
  • Rear derailleur: Shimano Altus M310
  • Crank: Forged alloy, 48/38/28T, chainguard
  • Cassette: Shimano HG200, 12-32, 7-speed
  • Pedals: Bontrager Satellite City pedal
  • Saddle: Bontrager Boulevard
  • Seatpost: Alloy, adjustable suspension, 27.2mm
  • Handlebar: Bontrager Riser, steel, 25.4mm, 30mm rise
  • Stem: Bontrager alloy, 25.4mm clamp, 10 degree
  • Brakeset: Tektro HD-M276 hydraulic disc, short reach lever

The Alpha Gold Aluminum frame is lightweight and durable, making it easy to handle and maneuver. The SR Suntour NEX fork provides 50mm of travel, which helps to absorb bumps and shocks on rough terrain. The Bontrager Connection wheels are strong and reliable, while the Bontrager H2 tires provide good traction and stability.

The Shimano Altus M315 shifters are easy to use and provide smooth and precise shifting. The Shimano Tourney TY510 front derailleur and Shimano Altus M310 rear derailleur work together to provide a wide range of gearing options, which makes it easy to tackle hills and other challenging terrain.

The forged alloy crank with a 48/38/28T chainring setup and chain guard provides a good balance of speed and power. The Shimano HG200 cassette with a 12-32, 7-speed setup provides a good range of gears for various riding conditions.

The Bontrager Satellite City pedals are comfortable and provide good grip, while the Bontrager Boulevard saddle is designed for comfort and support. The adjustable suspension seatpost helps to absorb shocks and vibrations, which makes for a smoother and more comfortable ride.

The Tektro HD-M276 hydraulic disc brakes provide reliable stopping power, even in wet or muddy conditions. The short reach lever makes it easy to brake quickly and safely, which is especially important when riding in traffic or on busy roads. Overall, the Trek Verve 2 is a well-designed and well-equipped hybrid bike that is suitable for a wide range of riding conditions.

Frame

The Trek Verve 2 has a lightweight aluminum frame that is both sturdy and durable. The frame is designed to provide a comfortable ride, with a geometry that places the rider in an upright position. This allows the rider to sit comfortably and maintain good posture, reducing the strain on their back and neck. The frame is also available in a variety of sizes, ensuring that riders of all heights can find a suitable fit.

The Trek Verve 2 features a step-through frame design, making it easy for riders to get on and off the bike. The low standover height also ensures that riders can put their feet down easily when coming to a stop. The frame is also compatible with a range of accessories, such as racks and fenders, making it a versatile choice for commuters and recreational riders alike.

One of the standout features of the Trek Verve 2’s frame is the inclusion of a suspension seatpost. This helps to absorb shocks and vibrations from the road, providing a smoother ride and reducing fatigue. The suspension seatpost can also be adjusted to suit the rider’s weight and riding style.

Overall, the Trek Verve 2’s frame is well-designed and provides a comfortable and versatile ride. The inclusion of a suspension seatpost is a particularly welcome addition, and the range of sizes and compatibility with accessories make it a great choice for a wide range of riders.

The Trek Verve 2 comes with a suspension seatpost, which is designed to absorb shock and provide a smoother ride. This feature is especially useful when riding on rough terrain or uneven surfaces. The suspension seatpost on the Verve 2 is adjustable, allowing the rider to customize the level of suspension to their liking.

In addition to the suspension seatpost, the Verve 2 also comes with a front suspension fork. This fork is designed to absorb shock and reduce vibrations, making for a more comfortable ride. The front suspension fork on the Verve 2 has 50 mm of travel, which is enough to handle most bumps and rough patches on the road.

The combination of the suspension seatpost and front suspension fork on the Verve 2 provides a comfortable and smooth ride, even on rough terrain. This is especially important for riders who plan on using the Verve 2 for commuting or longer rides.

It’s important to note that while the suspension on the Verve 2 is effective, it’s not designed for extreme off-road use. Riders who plan on doing serious mountain biking or other off-road activities may want to consider a bike with more advanced suspension features.

Overall, the suspension on the Trek Verve 2 is a great feature for riders who want a smoother, more comfortable ride. The adjustable suspension seatpost and front suspension fork work together to provide a high level of shock absorption and vibration reduction, making the Verve 2 a great choice for commuting and longer rides on rough terrain.

The Trek Verve 2 comes with mechanical disc brakes that provide reliable and consistent stopping power. The brake levers are easy to reach and require minimal effort to activate, making them ideal for riders of all skill levels.

One of the advantages of mechanical disc brakes is that they are less affected by wet weather conditions than traditional rim brakes. This means that you can still rely on the brakes to slow you down even in the rain. The Trek Verve 2 also features weather-resistant disc brakes, which further enhances their performance in wet conditions.

The disc brakes on the Trek Verve 2 are also low-maintenance, as they don’t require frequent adjustments like rim brakes. This makes them a great choice for riders who want a bike that is easy to maintain.

Overall, the mechanical disc brakes on the Trek Verve 2 are a reliable and effective braking system that can handle a variety of weather conditions and terrain. They are easy to use and require minimal maintenance, making them an excellent choice for riders who want a hassle-free biking experience.

One of the most important things to consider when buying a bike is the wheel size. The Trek Verve 2 comes in two different wheel sizes: 700c and 27.5 inches.

The 700c wheels are larger and more commonly used on road bikes. They offer a smoother ride and are better for longer distances and higher speeds. The Trek Verve 2 with 700c wheels is a great choice for commuting and fitness riding.

On the other hand, the 27.5-inch wheels are smaller and more commonly used on mountain bikes. They offer better traction and stability on rough terrain and are better for off-road riding. The Trek Verve 2 with 27.5-inch wheels is a good choice for those who plan to do some light trail riding in addition to commuting and fitness riding.

It’s important to note that the Trek Verve 2 with 700c wheels comes in a larger frame size than the one with 27.5-inch wheels. This means that if you are taller, you may be more comfortable on the 700c version.

If you plan to do mostly road riding, the 700c wheels are a good choice. If you plan to do some off-road riding, the 27.5-inch wheels may be a better option.

Which Wheel Size is Right for You?

When it comes to choosing the right bike, one of the most important factors to consider is the wheel size. The Trek Verve 2 comes in two different wheel sizes: 700c and 27.5″.

The 700c wheel size is the standard size for road bikes and is great for commuting, touring, and fitness riding. These wheels are larger in diameter, which means they roll more easily over rough terrain and maintain momentum better on flat roads. They also tend to be faster than smaller wheels, making them a good choice for riders who want to cover long distances quickly.

On the other hand, the 27.5″ wheel size is a bit smaller and is often used on mountain bikes. These wheels are great for riders who want more control and stability on rough terrain. They are also more maneuverable than larger wheels, making them a good choice for riders who need to navigate tight turns and technical trails.

When it comes to choosing the right wheel size for you, it really depends on your riding style and the terrain you plan to ride on. If you’re mostly riding on smooth roads and want to cover long distances quickly, the 700c wheels might be the better choice. However, if you plan to do some off-road riding or need more stability and control, the 27.5″ wheels might be the better choice.

It’s also important to note that the Trek Verve 2 comes in both men’s and women’s models, with slightly different geometry to accommodate different body types. Be sure to choose the right model for your body type to ensure the most comfortable and efficient ride.

The Trek Verve 2 is a lightweight bike that is easy to handle and maneuver. A size medium Trek Verve 2 weighs 30.26 lbs, or 13.73 kg, making it one of the lightest bikes in its class. This makes it easy to carry and transport, whether you are commuting to work or taking it on a weekend ride.

Despite its lightweight, the Trek Verve 2 can support a rider weight of 300 lbs, or roughly 136 kg, plus any cargo. This means that riders of all sizes can enjoy the benefits of this bike without worrying about weight limits.

The Trek Verve 2 is available in four sizes: S, M, L, and XL. Below is a table with the Trek Verve 2 size chart and geometry.

The lightweight frame is made of aluminum, which is durable and strong enough to withstand everyday use. The bike also features a suspension fork, which helps to absorb shock and provide a smooth ride. This is particularly useful if you are riding on bumpy or uneven terrain.

Overall, the Trek Verve 2 is a well-designed bike that is lightweight, durable, and easy to handle. Whether you are commuting to work or going on a weekend ride, this bike is a great choice for riders of all sizes and abilities.

Performance

The Trek Verve 2 is a hybrid bike designed for convenience and comfort on errand runs, road trips, and fitness rides. It is important to evaluate the bike’s performance in terms of comfort, speed, and handling.

The Trek Verve 2 is designed with comfort in mind. It features a suspension seatpost, a padded saddle, and ergonomic grips to ensure a smooth and comfortable ride.

The bike’s upright riding position reduces strain on the back and neck, making it ideal for longer rides. Additionally, the bike’s weather-resistant disc brakes provide consistent stopping power, even in wet conditions.

While the Trek Verve 2 is not designed for competitive racing, it is capable of achieving moderate speeds. The bike’s lightweight frame and efficient drivetrain allow for a smooth and swift ride.

The bike’s tires are also designed for speed, with a tread pattern that reduces rolling resistance and increases speed.

The Trek Verve 2 is designed with ease of handling in mind. Its lightweight frame and efficient drivetrain make it easy to maneuver, while the bike’s upright riding position provides excellent visibility and control. The bike’s suspension seatpost and weather-resistant disc brakes make it easy to handle on rough terrain and in wet conditions.

In conclusion, the Trek Verve 2 is a well-designed hybrid bike that provides a comfortable, speedy, and easy-to-handle ride. Its features make it ideal for casual riders and commuters, and its affordability makes it a great choice for those on a budget.

User Experience

User experience

When it comes to user experience, the Trek Verve 2 has received mixed reviews. Some users find it to be a great bike for commuting, while others have had issues with assembly and maintenance.

Assembly of the Trek Verve 2 can be a bit of a challenge for those who are not familiar with bike assembly. Some users have reported that the instructions were not very clear and that they had to spend a lot of time figuring out how to put the bike together.

However, others have found that assembly was relatively easy and straightforward.

Maintenance

Maintenance of the Trek Verve 2 is generally straightforward and easy. The bike comes with disc brakes that require occasional adjustment, but this is a simple process that can be done at home.

The suspension seatpost and front fork also require occasional maintenance, but this is also a simple process that can be done with basic tools.

Customer Service

Customer service for the Trek Verve 2 has received mixed reviews. Some users have reported that Trek’s customer service was very helpful and responsive when they had issues with their bikes. However, others have reported that Trek’s customer service was not very helpful and that they had to wait a long time to get their issues resolved.

Overall, the user experience with the Trek Verve 2 is mixed. While some users have had a great experience with the bike, others have had issues with assembly and maintenance. Additionally, customer service has received mixed reviews, with some users finding it to be helpful and responsive, while others have had issues with long wait times and unhelpful representatives.

When considering the value of the Trek Verve 2, it is important to take into account both the price and warranty.

The Trek Verve 2 is an affordable hybrid bike that offers a lot of value for its price. It is priced competitively compared to other bikes in its class and offers a range of features that make it a great choice for commuters and casual riders.

One of the standout features of the Trek Verve 2 is its lightweight aluminum frame, which makes it easy to handle and maneuver. It also comes with a range of components that are designed to provide a smooth and comfortable ride, including a suspension fork and ergonomic grips.

Trek offers a limited lifetime warranty on the frame of the Verve 2, which is a testament to the quality of the bike. The warranty covers defects in materials and workmanship, and is transferable to subsequent owners.

In addition to the frame warranty, Trek also offers a one-year warranty on the components of the Verve 2. This includes the drivetrain, brakes, and other components that are subject to wear and tear.

Overall, the value of the Trek Verve 2 is hard to beat. It is an affordable and reliable hybrid bike that offers a range of features and a solid warranty. Whether you are a commuter or a casual rider, the Verve 2 is a great choice for anyone looking for a high-quality bike at a reasonable price.

The Trek Verve 2 is built with a durable aluminum frame that can withstand everyday wear and tear. The frame is lightweight, making it easy to maneuver and transport. It also has a lifetime warranty, which is a testament to its durability.

The bike’s components are also built to last. The hydraulic disc brakes provide excellent stopping power and are less prone to wear and tear than traditional rim brakes. The Shimano Altus drivetrain is known for its durability and smooth shifting, making it a great choice for riders who want a reliable and low-maintenance bike.

The tires on the Trek Verve 2 are wide and puncture-resistant, making them ideal for commuting and leisurely rides. They also provide excellent traction on a variety of surfaces, including wet and slippery roads.

Overall, the Trek Verve 2 is a durable and reliable bike that can withstand the rigors of daily use. Its lightweight frame, high-quality components, and puncture-resistant tires make it a great choice for riders who want a bike that will last for years to come.

Pros and Cons

The Trek Verve 2 is a hybrid bike that has been designed for convenience and comfort. Here are some of the pros and cons of this bike:

  • Comfortable Ride: The Trek Verve 2 has a suspension seatpost and a padded saddle, which make for a comfortable ride even on uneven terrain. The bike also has an adjustable stem, which allows the rider to adjust the handlebar height and angle for a more comfortable riding position.
  • Good Build Quality: The Trek Verve 2 is made from high-quality materials and is built to last. The bike features an Alpha Gold Aluminum frame, which is lightweight and durable, and weather-resistant disc brakes, which provide reliable stopping power in all weather conditions.
  • Versatile: The Trek Verve 2 is a versatile bike that can be used for a variety of purposes, including commuting, fitness riding, and recreational riding. The bike has a wide range of gears, which makes it easy to tackle hills and headwinds, and can be fitted with accessories such as racks and fenders.
  • Affordable: The Trek Verve 2 is an affordable bike that offers excellent value for money. The bike is priced competitively and is a great option for riders who are looking for a high-quality hybrid bike without breaking the bank.
  • Limited Suspension: While the Trek Verve 2 has a suspension seatpost, it does not have front suspension. This means that the bike may not be as comfortable to ride on rough terrain as some other hybrid bikes that have front suspension.
  • Heavy: The Trek Verve 2 is not the lightest hybrid bike on the market. The bike weighs around 30 pounds, which may make it difficult for some riders to carry or transport.
  • Limited Color Options: The Trek Verve 2 is only available in a limited number of colors, which may be a drawback for riders who are looking for a bike that is more customizable.

Overall, the Trek Verve 2 is a good hybrid bike that offers a comfortable ride, good build quality, and versatility at an affordable price. While it may not have some of the features of more expensive hybrid bikes, it is a great option for riders who are looking for a solid, reliable bike for commuting, fitness riding, or recreational riding.

When comparing the Trek Verve 2 to other bikes in its class, it becomes clear that this bike offers a lot of value for its price point. Here are some key comparisons between the Trek Verve 2 and other similar bikes:

Trek Verve 2 vs. Trek Verve 3 Disc

The Trek Verve 3 Disc is the next step up in the Verve line, and it comes with a few additional features that the Verve 2 does not have. Here are some of the key differences:

  • The Verve 3 Disc has an upgraded drivetrain with 18-speed Shimano Acera shifters, while the Verve 2 Disc has 24-speed Shimano Altus shifters.
  • The Verve 3 Disc has a carbon fork, while the Verve 2 Disc has a steel fork.
  • The Verve 3 Disc has hydraulic disc brakes, while the Verve 2 Disc has mechanical disc brakes.
  • The Verve 3 Disc has a higher thread count in its tires, which can provide a smoother ride.

Overall, the Trek Verve 3 Disc is a higher-end bike with more advanced features. However, the Verve 2 Disc is still a great option for riders who want a reliable and comfortable bike without breaking the bank.

Trek Verve 2 vs. Trek Verve+ 2

The Trek Verve+ 2 is an electric bike that is similar in many ways to the Verve 2 Disc. Here are some of the key differences:

  • The Verve+ 2 has an electric motor, while the Verve 2 Disc is a traditional bike.
  • The Verve+ 2 has a higher price point due to its electric components.
  • The Verve+ 2 has a longer range than the Verve 2 Disc, making it a better option for longer rides.

While the Verve+ 2 offers the convenience of an electric motor, it is also significantly more expensive than the Verve 2 Disc. Riders who don’t need the electric assistance may prefer the Verve 2 Disc for its lower price point and simpler design.

Overall, the Trek Verve 2 offers a great balance of comfort, performance, and affordability. While there are higher-end bikes available, the Verve 2 Disc is a solid choice for riders who want a reliable and comfortable bike for commuting, fitness, and leisure riding.

Is the Trek Verve 2 a reliable bike?

The Trek Verve 2 is a hybrid bike designed for convenience and comfort. It comes with a suspension seatpost, padded saddle, and weather-resistant disc brakes. But what about its reliability? Is it a bike that you can trust to last for years to come?

According to our findings, the Trek Verve 2 is generally considered a reliable bike. Many users have reported riding the bike for several years without any major issues. However, like any bike, it does require regular maintenance to keep it in good condition.

One potential issue that some users have reported is with the bike’s gears. Some have reported difficulty shifting gears, especially when going uphill. However, this issue can usually be resolved with proper adjustment of the derailleur.

Another potential issue is with the bike’s tires. Some users have reported that the tires are prone to punctures and wear out quickly. However, this can be mitigated by choosing high-quality tires and regularly checking tire pressure.

Overall, while the Trek Verve 2 may not be the most durable bike on the market, it is generally considered a reliable choice for casual riders and commuters. With proper maintenance and care, it should last for many years without any major issues.

What are the main differences between the Trek Verve 2 and the Verve+ 2 Stagger?

The Trek Verve 2 and the Verve+ 2 Stagger are both hybrid bikes that are designed for comfort and versatility. However, there are some key differences between the two models that are worth considering before making a purchase.

Motor and Battery

One of the biggest differences between the Trek Verve 2 and the Verve+ 2 Stagger is the motor and battery system. The Verve+ 2 Stagger is an electric bike, which means it is equipped with a Bosch Active Line Plus motor and a 500Wh battery. This motor provides pedal assistance up to 20 mph and has four different power modes to choose from. The Verve+ 2 Stagger also has a range of up to 60 miles on a single charge.

In contrast, the Trek Verve 2 is a traditional hybrid bike that does not have an electric motor. While this means that the Verve 2 requires more effort to pedal, it also means that it is lighter and more affordable than the Verve+ 2 Stagger.

Frame and Geometry

Another key difference between the Trek Verve 2 and the Verve+ 2 Stagger is the frame and geometry. The Verve+ 2 Stagger has a step-through frame design, which makes it easier to mount and dismount the bike. This design is particularly useful for riders who have limited mobility or flexibility.

In contrast, the Trek Verve 2 has a traditional frame design with a sloping top tube. This design provides a more aggressive riding position and can be more comfortable for riders who prefer a more athletic stance.

Finally, price is another key difference between the Trek Verve 2 and the Verve+ 2 Stagger. The Verve+ 2 Stagger is an electric bike, which means it is significantly more expensive than the Verve 2. While the Verve 2 has a starting price of around $500, the Verve+ 2 Stagger has a starting price of around $2,500.

In conclusion, the Trek Verve 2 and the Verve+ 2 Stagger are both excellent hybrid bikes, but they are designed for different types of riders. The Verve+ 2 Stagger is a great choice for riders who want an electric bike with a step-through frame, while the Trek Verve 2 is a more affordable option for riders who prefer a traditional frame design.

How does the Trek Verve 2 perform on hills?

The Trek Verve 2 is a hybrid bike that is designed for comfort and convenience, making it perfect for leisurely rides and commuting. But how does it perform on hills?

Firstly, the Verve 2 is equipped with a Shimano Altus 8-speed drivetrain, which provides a wide range of gears to tackle different terrains. This means that riders can easily shift to a lower gear when climbing a hill, allowing them to maintain a steady pace without exerting too much effort.

Additionally, the Verve 2 features a suspension fork that helps absorb shock and smooth out bumps on the road, making it easier to navigate uphill terrain. The bike’s lightweight Alpha Gold Aluminum frame also makes it easier to pedal uphill, as it reduces the overall weight of the bike.

Another feature that makes the Verve 2 a great bike for hills is its Bontrager H2 Hard-Case Lite tires. These tires offer a good balance between speed and traction, providing enough grip to keep riders stable on steep inclines.

Overall, the Trek Verve 2 performs well on hills, thanks to its versatile drivetrain, suspension fork, lightweight frame, and reliable tires. Whether you’re commuting to work or enjoying a leisurely ride, the Verve 2 is a great choice for tackling hills with ease.

What is the battery life on the Trek Verve 2 e-bike?

The Trek Verve 2 e-bike comes with a Bosch PowerTube 400Wh battery, which is integrated into the frame of the bike. This battery is designed to provide reliable and long-lasting power to the bike’s motor, allowing riders to travel further and with less effort.

The battery life on the Trek Verve 2 e-bike varies depending on a number of factors, including the rider’s weight, the terrain, and the level of assistance provided by the motor. In general, however, the battery is designed to provide up to 65 miles of range on a single charge.

It is worth noting that the battery life can be affected by a number of external factors, such as temperature and humidity. In cold weather, for example, the battery may not perform as well as it does in warmer conditions. Similarly, if the bike is left in direct sunlight for extended periods of time, the battery may overheat and lose some of its capacity.

To get the most out of the battery on the Trek Verve 2 e-bike, it is important to use the bike’s various power modes in a way that balances performance with efficiency. The bike comes with four different power modes, ranging from Eco to Turbo, each of which provides a different level of assistance from the motor.

Overall, the battery life on the Trek Verve 2 e-bike is impressive, providing riders with plenty of range and power to tackle even the toughest of rides. With proper care and maintenance, the battery should last for many years, making the Trek Verve 2 e-bike a great investment for anyone looking for a reliable and high-performance e-bike.

What is the average range of the Trek Verve 2 ebike?

The Trek Verve 2 is an electric bike that boasts a powerful Bosch Active Line motor, which provides pedal assistance up to 20 mph. It also has a 400Wh battery that can last for several hours depending on usage.

The average range of the Trek Verve 2 ebike is between 30-70 miles, depending on various factors such as rider weight, terrain, weather conditions, and level of pedal assistance.

It is important to note that the range can be affected by the level of pedal assistance used by the rider. The higher the level of assistance, the more battery power is consumed, and the shorter the range. Conversely, a lower level of assistance can extend the range of the bike.

In addition to the motor and battery, the Trek Verve 2 also comes with a Shimano Altus 9-speed drivetrain, which allows for smooth and efficient shifting. The bike also has hydraulic disc brakes, which provide reliable and consistent stopping power in all weather conditions.

Overall, the Trek Verve 2 is a reliable and high-performance electric bike that offers a decent range for most riders. Whether you’re commuting to work or exploring the great outdoors, this bike has the power and features to get you where you need to go.

What is the price range for the Trek Verve 2?

The Trek Verve 2 is a hybrid bike designed for comfort and fun on commutes, cruises, and fitness rides. It has a lot of thoughtful features that make for a confident and comfortable ride, like a suspension seatpost, padded saddle, and disc brakes that perform in any weather.

The price range for the Trek Verve 2 varies depending on the model and retailer. As of the current date, the Trek Verve 2 Disc model is priced at $699.99 on the official Trek Bikes website. However, retailer prices may vary. It is recommended to check with local bike shops or online retailers for the most up-to-date pricing information.

While the Trek Verve 2 may be priced higher than some other hybrid bikes on the market, it is important to consider the quality of the components and features that come with the bike. The suspension seatpost and disc brakes alone can make a significant difference in the comfort and safety of the rider.

Overall, the Trek Verve 2 is a solid investment for those looking for a reliable and comfortable hybrid bike. It may be worth the higher price point for those who prioritize comfort and performance on their rides.

After conducting a thorough review of the Trek Verve 2, it is clear that this hybrid bike is a great option for those who are looking for a versatile and comfortable ride. With features such as a suspension seatpost, padded saddle, and weather-resistant disc brakes, the Trek Verve 2 provides a secure and enjoyable ride for both short commutes and longer fitness rides.

One of the standout features of the Trek Verve 2 is its affordability. While it may not have all the bells and whistles of more expensive bikes, it still offers a high level of quality and performance at a reasonable price point. This makes it an excellent choice for those who are just starting out with cycling or who are looking for a reliable bike that won’t break the bank.

Another benefit of the Trek Verve 2 is its ease of use. With a lightweight frame and easy-to-handle design, this bike is perfect for beginners or those who are looking for a low-maintenance ride. It also offers a comfortable and upright riding position, which is ideal for those who want to avoid putting too much strain on their back or neck.

Overall, the Trek Verve 2 is a solid choice for anyone who is looking for a reliable, affordable, and comfortable hybrid bike. While it may not be the most advanced or high-end option on the market, it still offers a great level of quality and performance that will satisfy most riders. Whether you’re commuting to work or hitting the trails for a weekend adventure, the Trek Verve 2 is definitely worth considering.

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Trek Verve+ 2 Review

trek verve+ 2 electric bike

Jordan Grimez

Ebicycles score.

The American company Trek is one of the world’s leading bicycle brands, known for producing premium quality bikes with high prices to match.

Trek has a wide range of electric hybrids with Bosch electronics and quality components. These include the Dual Sport+, FX+, Allant+, and Verve+.

The Verve+ is the comfort-focused model family in the lineup.

These lightweight city bikes have upright geometry, shock-absorbing seatpost suspension, smooth Bosch mid-drive motors, and a set of commuter components. Each of the three Verve+ models is available as a step-over or step-through.

This review will examine Trek Verve+ 2, the most affordable of the three Verve+ builds. We’ll discuss the bike’s main specs and characteristics to see how they stack up against the competition to help you choose the perfect e-bike for your needs and preferences.

Trek Verve+ 2 Specs:

  • MSRP: $2,850
  • Class: 1, 20 mph
  • Motor: 250W Bosch Active Line, 40Nm
  • Battery:  400Wh PowerPack
  • Range: 60 miles
  • Tires: 700c x 45mm
  • Drivetrain: Shimano Alivio 9-speed
  • Brakes: Shimano hydraulic disc brakes, 160mm rotors
  • Trek Verve+ 2 weight: 51.5 lb (Step-over) 52 lb (Lowstep)
  • Payload Capacity: 300 lb

Trek Verve+ 2 Review: Comfort, Convenience, and Reliability With a Brand-Name Price

Trek verve+ 2 ebike cockpit

There’s no getting around it, Trek electric bicycles cost more than average. A reputation for quality, a lifetime warranty on each bike frame, and convenient support from local dealers help explain the inflated prices.

At slightly less than $3,000, the Trek Verve+ 2 is expensive for an electric hybrid bike , but it offers plenty for riders who value comfort, smooth performance, and reliability. It has Bontrager, Bosch, and Shimano components throughout, all of which work smoothly. This bike is ready for commuting as it’s sold, but the mid-drive design and modest motor power mean that it’s best suited to riders who want a boost, not a free ride.

The Verve+ 2 competes with other brand-name models like Cannondale’s Adventure Neo 3 EQ and Specialized’s Turbo Vado 3.0, which have very similar build kits and are slightly more expensive but more refined.

You can easily find an urban e-bike for one-half or one-third of the price that the Verve+ 2 goes for, but you’re much more likely to run into issues and be left high and dry when they arise.

Alternatively, you have dozens of similar options in the entry-level market, such as the Ride1UP 700 Series , Aventon Level.2 , and Rad Power Bikes RadCity 5 Plus . These options are roughly $1,000 cheaper and have much more power. However, they use hub motors, are heavier, and have cheaper components. Likewise, they’re direct-to-consumer, so you don’t have the same support if something goes wrong.

Now, let’s look closer at this Trek bike to see how the individual characteristics and components compare against the abovementioned competition.

Trek Verve+ 2 E-Bike Pros and Cons

A semi-integrated frame with upright geometry and ample sizing.

Trek Verve+ 2 frame and battery

The Trek Verve+ 2 is one of the few models above $2,000 without a frame-integrated battery, which gives it a slightly old-fashioned look. Even entry-level Aventon, Rad Power Bikes, and Ride1UP models have integrated batteries. One slight upside of this design is the battery is straightforward to remove for security or off-bike charging.

Despite its slightly outdated look, the Alpha Gold Aluminum frame is high quality, sturdy, and relatively light , resulting in a 52lb total weight. It can also support a payload of 300 lb.

The geometry is upright and relaxed, providing a comfortable position for riding in the city. This position also gives you a good view of the road ahead.

The Trek Verve+ 2 Lowstep is more accessible with its easy-to-mount frame. However, neither is quite as comfortable as the Cannondale Adventure Neo or Rad Power Bikes RadCity with their swept-back handlebars, fork suspension, and wider tires.

An advantage of buying a Trek bike is the ample sizing options. Between the two frame designs, there is an option for riders 4’10” to 6’6″ (the Lowstep fits shorter riders), so pretty much everyone can find the right fit.

Bosch-Powered E-Bike with Smooth Assitance and Plenty of Range

bosch active line mid-drive motor on a Verve+ 2 bike

The Trek Verve+ 2 is an ebike with a Bosch motor , boasting a Bosch Active Line motor and a 400 Wh PowerPack, the same system used on the Cannondale Adventure Neo 3 EQ. Bosch mid-drive motors are among the best in the industry, providing smooth and reliable performance.

However, a mid-drive unit like the Active Line is only suitable for riders who expect to contribute some of their power to get where they need to go. This type of system doesn’t give you an effortless ride like the 750W throttle-powered systems found on the RadCity 5 Plus or 700 Series.

The Trek Verve+ 2, powered by a Bosch Active Line motor, offers a reliable performance for riders seeking a traditional bike feel with a boost, covering up to 60 miles on a single charge.

Additionally, with just 40 Nm of torque, you must make a significant effort when riding up steep gradients or carrying cargo. However, if you like the natural feel of a traditional bike and want an extra boost instead of a scooter-like ride, then the Verve+ 2 is a great option.

The 400 Wh battery will return a max range of roughly 60 miles, similar to the Adventure Neo 3 EQ and slightly less than the Turbo Vado 3.0 with its 530 Wh battery.

Finally, Trek chose Bosch’s minimalist Purion display for the Verve+ 2. This suits the bike well and provides enough information for most riders.

Comprehensive Urban Design with Quality Brand-Name Components

rear view of Trek Verve's rear rack, fenders, lights

The Trek Verve+ 2 is a commuter-style hybrid with everything you need for urban riding. This includes front and rear lights (120-lumen headlight), an MIK-compatible rear rack with a 55 lb capacity, and plastic fenders.

Its Shimano groupset is typical for this price point and provides solid, reliable performance for urban riding. The Verve+ 2 gets the same Shimano Alivio 9-speed drivetrain and MT200 hydraulic discs as the Specialized Turbo Vado 3.0, just with a lower-quality 38t chainring. The Cannondale Adventure Neo 3 has a slightly cheaper microSHIFT Marvo 9-speed drivetrain and Tektro hydraulic discs.

One major difference between Verve+ 2 and the bikes we’ve been comparing is the wheels and tires. The comparison bikes have 27.5″ wheels with tires between 2″ and 2.4″. The Verve+ 2 has large 700c wheels wrapped in 45 mm tires.

This combination allows this bike to roll much more efficiently on pavement, making this e-bike suitable for riding without assistance, if necessary. The Bontrager H5 Hard-Case Ultimate tires are also some of the most durable on the market.

What is the range of the Trek Verve+ 2?

The range of the Trek Verve+ 2 is around 30 miles on average. However, in ideal conditions on ‘Eco’ mode, you can achieve up to 60 miles. In very tough conditions on max power, the total range may be as low as 10 miles.

How much does a Trek Verve+ 2 weigh?

The Trek Verve+ 2 Lowstep weighs 52lb, and the regular step-over frame weighs slightly less at 51.5lb. This is relatively low for a fully-equipped commuter e-bike in this price range. The PowerPack battery weighs approximately 5lb, so removing it can help when lifting the bike.

What is the top speed of a Trek Verve+ 2?

The top speed of a Trek Verve+ 2 is 20mph. At this speed, the motor stops assisting, making it a Class 1 electric bike. This speed is achievable on flat terrain without a headwind. Riders will struggle to reach the max speed going uphill or against a strong wind.

Our Verdict: Ride or Pass?

Trek’s Verve+ 2 is one of the company’s most affordable electric bikes. While Trek bikes are known for their premium prices, the Verve+ 2 is a compelling option if you want brand-name quality without the huge price tag.

The Verve+ stands out for its comfort and urban functionality . With features like reliable Bosch electronics, Shimano gearing, comfortable geometry, seatpost suspension, and puncture-resistant tires, the Verve+ 2 is convenient to own and a pleasure to ride.

The Trek Verve+ 2 offers brand-name quality at an affordable price, blending urban functionality and comfort with agile performance, making it a top pick for versatile city commuting.

One notable aspect of the Verve+ 2 is its low weight, 700c wheels, and narrow-ish tires, contributing to its overall agility and maneuverability. Whether you’re commuting to work, exploring local bike paths, or simply enjoying leisurely rides, the Verve+ 2’s specs make it a worthy consideration.

Trek’s attention to detail, warranties, and dealer network means you can expect a bike that performs well and withstands the test of time. Therefore, this bike gets a ‘ride’ verdict from us.

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Trek Verve 2 Review Is It Worth Buying

Trek Verve 2 Review: Is It Worth Buying

What is the trek verve 2 review?

The Trek Verve 2 hybrid bike is made for convenience and enjoyment on errand runs, road trips, and fitness rides. A suspension seatpost, a padded saddle, and weather-resistant disc brakes are just a few of the thoughtful features that contribute to a secure and comfortable ride.

Please continue reading so I can give you more specific information about the Trek Verve 2 review.

Table of Contents

Trek Verve 2 Review

Frame review.

According to me, the frame accounts for roughly 70% of the bike’s appearance and feel, so it should be taken into account when making a purchase decision. The Alpha Gold Aluminum frame on the Trek Verve 2 represents the pinnacle of aluminum engineering for Trek bicycles.

The frame guarantees a solid ride while still feeling very light and forgiving while riding. The first time you test-ride this bike, you’ll quickly realize how important this is.

The bike has a shorter reach than other traditional fitness bikes because the comfort of the rider is given top priority when designing the frame. This also makes sure that you are riding this thing in a more upright position, which is suitable if you have ever experienced back, neck, or shoulder problems.

You can also easily look around while changing lanes or crossing streets when you’re standing up straight.

Fork Review

This bike has a steel threaded steerer tube and a Verve alloy fork for excellent handling. The frame’s inclusion of a ThruSkew axle is yet another surprise to me. This guarantees that your front wheel won’t come off while you’re riding and makes it simple and quick to access your front wheel.

The absence of a suspension is one of the choices in this new model with which I disagree. As a front suspension is something you would anticipate on a comfort hybrid bike like this one. But as it turns out, the suspension on a bike like this doesn’t really increase comfort as much as you might think.

Since this is a hybrid, you won’t be required to perform jumps or ride on trails as frequently, and riding upright means your weight is distributed more toward the back of the bike. Additionally, in order to significantly benefit from a front suspension, you would need to ride more aggressively and shift your weight forward, which is not in the best interest of a comfort bike.

But at this price, the Trek Marlin 5 will be a great option if you’re looking for something that can be used for both regular commutes and trail runs.

Additionally, you can lighten the bike up and make it more comfortable by removing the front suspension. You won’t experience any significant shocks with this fork as long as you stay on well-paved roads and ground limestone, and it has an adjustable suspension seat post and a taller stack.

Drivetrain Review

The drivetrain of Trek Verve 2 consists of

  • Shimano Altus M315 8×3 shifters
  • Forged alloy 3 speed 48/38/28 crank with a Shimano Tourney TY710 front derailleur
  • 8 speed 11-32 Shimano HG31 cassette with a Shimano Altus M310 read derailleur

You can see that the drivetrain on this bike is made entirely of Shimano parts. It’s advantageous because it avoids the need for additional tuning and other brand-specific compatibility problems. Shimano is regarded as the best for drivetrain components and is used and adored by the top athletes worldwide, which should give you peace of mind if you are new to cycling.

You will have a wide range of speeds to choose from for any gradient thanks to the 8×3 setup. As they allow a full stroke, easier gears are ideal for riders who have been away from bikes for a long time or for those who are attempting to recover from leg injuries.

Handlebar And Stem Review

This hybrid bike has a 620mm/660mm wide alloy handlebar from Trek’s own brand Bontrager, whose products are well-known. You’ll see a lot of Bontrager components in the following. This particular handlebar has a comfort sweep, giving it a subtle “M” shape similar to what you typically see on a comfort cruiser.

Because the stem part includes a Bontrager alloy quill, you can effectively adjust the handlebar rise into any of the 64 degrees it allows. This makes the stem part a little unique. The stem is also longer—85mm or 105mm, depending on the size you choose—which is typical for road and commuter bikes because it gives you more room to turn.

Seatpost And Saddle Review

The adjustable suspension seatpost that is included with the Trek Verve 2 is made of alloy, and it is a key component of the extra comfort that it provides when riding upright. For those road bumps and shocks, this has an adjustable range of up to 27mm.

The ride quality is flawless and is undoubtedly one of the most praised aspects of the bike, along with the Bontrager Boulevard comfort saddle. Longer rides are very comfortable because of the extensive cushioning.

Brakes Review

You are fortunate in this regard because, up until a few years ago, the Trek Verve 2 only had rim brakes. Trek made a wise decision to upgrade to hydraulic disc brakes from Tektro HD-M275, giving rise to the name Trek Verve 2 Disc. which are much better in every way and more trustworthy. Even in wet conditions, where rim brakes are dangerous to operate, they function flawlessly.

Additionally, they have the highest stopping power, which is extremely helpful when you are carrying more weight. Hydraulic disc brakes have the added benefit of being very simple to use and maintain over time, which is another advantage over mechanical ones.

Wheels Review

The front and rear hubs are both made of Formula DC 6-bolt alloy (DC-20 in the front and DC-22 in the back). For a stiffer ride and greater overall strength of the wheels, Bontrager Connection rims are double-walled and made of aluminum alloy.

The Bontrager H5 Comps, 700x45c stock tires that come with this bike are wider than those you’d find on a road bike but not as much as those on a mountain bike. On well-paved roads and gravel, which is typically the case for commuting and recreational riding, they roll fairly well.

Because of these wider tires, the lack of front suspension is concealed. Since there are no power losses when pedaling, getting rid of the suspension allows for better energy transmission on the road.

Weight Review

A size medium Trek Verve 2 weighs 30.26 lbs, or 13.73 kg, and can support a rider weight of 300 lbs, or roughly 136 kg, plus any cargo.

Sizes And Colors Review

This is a typical Trek bike and is available in 4 sizes: S, M, L, and XL. Below is a table with the Trek Verve 2 size chart and geometry.

Both the stunning colors Lithium Grey and Rage Red are available for this bike.

Trek Verve 2 Review Is It Worth Buying

Customers’ Review To Trek Verve 2

Excellent bike.

In my early 20s and throughout graduate school, I was an avid rider. After that, I became preoccupied with other tasks, and my bike washed up on the side. I was anxious to start riding again because I wasn’t certain that it would be comfortable or that I would still enjoy it as much as I did in the past. I chose the Verve 2 bike after doing some research and don’t regret it. The bike is enjoyable and comfortable to ride. I wish I hadn’t waited so long and am looking forward to my time spent hiking. But the real test is: Would I buy another bike if this one broke tomorrow? Yes, right away. I am incredibly pleased with the purchase, and the Bicycle Garage’s staff in Bloomington was wonderful. fantastic overall experience

The Best Bike I Have Ever Owned Is This One.

I’ve switched between a road bike, mountain bike, hybrid bike, and now the Verve 2 Disk. I have discovered the ideal fusion of comfort and speed at the age of 66. At the end of a 26-mile ride, I can get off the bike pain-free thanks to the upright position and simple gear transition. I now want to ride again because that truly makes a difference. This bike will accompany me until dusk. PS: I got lucky that Gateway Cycle in North Saint Paul had this Verve 2 Disc in Gray in stock. I rode it for a short distance as a test drive before bringing it home.

I Adore This Bike Utterly…

I just picked up my new Verve 2 Disc this morning and went for a 6 mile ride. I love it so much! I have been riding a recumbent exercise bike ever since this whole Covid thing started, so I made the decision to get another bike and enjoy the summer. I’m a 58-year-old man who is currently trying to get back in shape. I’ve had issues with various other styles of bikes in the past, but this bike is comfortable on my knees and shoulders. Despite having a factory saddle, the bike is surprisingly comfortable, light, and agile. If you’re looking for a comfortable and casual form of exercise, stop right here! I’m hoping you’ll adore yours too!

Does Not Age Well

To go along with a Specualized Sirrus that I had bought in 2013, I bought this bike in early 2021. I rode both of them over the past year (roughly the same distances and terrain). The Verve is beginning to tremble, and the frame feels less sturdy than the Sirrus, who is nine years old. The Verve appears to have deteriorated more in a year than the Sirrus did in nine years, given the same circumstances and care. I want to trade my Verve in for a new Sirrus. Who knows though; perhaps the design of simple bikes was more advanced ten years ago….we shall see…

Is The Trek Verve 2 An Excellent Bicycle?

If you’re after a hybrid bike with fantastic braking power thanks to the hydraulic disc brakes, great reviews, and lots of features – the Verve 2 is a fantastic option!

If you’re looking for a drawback, I’d say the pedals need to be upgraded. It’s not a big deal to me, though, because I can’t recall ever using the pedals that came with a new bike instead of my own.

It also boasts an alpha gold aluminum frame that keeps the kgs down to a very respectable and desirable 13kg!

How Do Trek Verve 1 And 2 Differ From One Another?

The disc brakes make a significant distinction. The disc brakes on the Verve 2 Disc bicycles are hydraulic. The Trek Verve 1 has mechanical disc brakes.

This is significant because, when it comes to cycling, hydraulic disc brakes are more dependable and easier to maintain.

The brakes and gearing will both matter if you like to travel at high speeds…

The Verve 2 disc also benefits from a Shimano drivetrain . SunRace cassette is available for the Trek Verve 1.

Does it really matter?

Your shifters’ responsiveness may be impacted by the various materials these derailleurs are made of.

Ideally, the derailleurs will react immediately when you shift gears on your shifters.

Each Verve comes with an aluminum alloy frame, which is impressive considering some of the price points!

The Verve 2 Disc scores higher in terms of versatility because it offers a wider variety of gears!

The Trek Verve 2’s Weight Is How Much?

One of the features I love about the Trek Verve 2 disc is how lightweight it is as a bike. It weighs 13.2kg.

That is impressive for a hybrid bike with hydraulic disc brakes.

Then when you factor in that you get a load of extras such as the puncture protection tires , which yes, do weigh more but we’re talking grams and These tires, in my opinion, are worth the added weight.

Let’s not forget the rack, fender, and lights that are all included!

It is a lightweight bicycle overall.

Is A Trek Bike Value For The Money?

Despite the fact that every Trek bike is unique, the company still makes some good bikes. A high-quality, reasonably priced hybrid bike is the Trek Verve.

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without sacrificing any effort in order to improve riding comfort on the Trek Verve. a great balance of performance and selling price in the Trek Verve 2 Disc: a comfortable, enjoyable commuter, leisure, and fitness bike. providing a ride that is secure and comfortable with many thoughtful features. So this is a great hybrid bike to buy

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  • Frame Alpha Gold Aluminum, smooth welds, rack & fender mounts, internal routing, kickstand mount, 135x5mm QR
  • Fork Verve Steel, threaded steel steerer, IS disc mount, 460mm axle-to-crown, 100x5mm QR
  • Motor Bosch Active, 250 watt, 40 Nm, 20mph or 32km/h
  • Battery Bosch PowerPack 400
  • Hubs Formula DC-22, alloy, 6-bolt, Shimano 8/9/10 freehub, 135x5mm QR
  • Wheels Bontrager Connection, alloy, double-wall, 32-hole, schrader valve
  • Spokes 14g stainless steel
  • Tires Bontrager H5 Hard-Case Ultimate, wire bead, 60 tpi, 700x45c
  • Chain KMC X9
  • Crank Prowheel alloy, 38T steel ring, 170mm length
  • Bottom Bracket ProWheel alloy, 38T steel ring, 170 mm length
  • Rear Derailleur Shimano Alivio T4000, long cage
  • Shifters Shimano Alivio M3100, 9 speed
  • Brakeset Shimano MT200 hydraulic disc
  • Handlebar Size: M, Bontrager alloy, 31.8mm, comfort sweep, 620mm width; Size: L, XL, Bontrager alloy, 31.8mm, comfort sweep, 660mm width
  • Saddle Bontrager Boulevard
  • Seatpost Comfort suspension, 31.6mm
  • Stem Size: M, L, Bontrager alloy quill, 31.8mm clamp, adjustable rise, Blendr compatible, 85mm length; Size: XL, Bontrager alloy quill, 31.8mm clamp, adjustable rise, Blendr compatible, 105mm length
  • Grips Bontrager Satellite Elite, alloy lock-on
  • Headset VP sealed cartridge, 1-1/8'', threaded

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Trek Verve+ 2 Review: Everything You Need To Know

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When my wife and I went e-bike shopping we knew we wanted a mid-drive e-bike with a step-through, or low step, option. We needed an e-bike that would be fun for guests can use when they visit, and something my wife can use to keep up on longer rides. Usually the altitude limits our visitors ability to go on bike rides, but viewing the City from the trail system is too amazing to miss. This Trek Verve+ 2 review will explain how this bike perfectly fit our needs.

This bike is a perfect fit for our family, but it is not perfect straight out of the box. In fact, there was one upgrade we made before we even left the bike shop. I’m going to share all of those problems, as well as everything we love about this bike.

Trek Verve+ 2 Problems

We haven’t had any serious problems with the Trek Verve+ 2. It probably doesn’t feel like a Trek Verve+ 2 review if I don’t bash on something, but this is a really well thought out bike. There is a quick release on the seat post to adjust saddle height, a rack already included, an adjustable stem and fenders to keep riders clean

Even though we haven’t had any problems, we have made a few modifications. The first modification we made was to the tires. The trail systems we ride most often are a combination of pavement and gravel. Some of the gravel sections can be a tad chunky and loose. The Bontrager H5 tires that come on the bike are excellent for commuting around town on pavement, but they felt a little loose at higher speeds on gravel.

Best Verve+ Upgrades

We ended up making the upgrade to a 700×50 gravel tire. According to the Trek Bikes website , this is the largest tire size they recommend for the Verve+ 2. My wife loved the look of tan sidewall tires and we ordered the first available pair. I also bought thorn resistant tubes. The shop installed the tubes and tires before we picked up the bike. The upgrade was easy and it totally transformed this bike.

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One other modification we made was to the rear taillight. Rather than try to replace the light, we simply added a second that provides an additional level of functionality.

If you’ve followed me for a while you know I am a huge advocate of the Garmin Varia RTL515 radar tail light. ( Read my Varia RTL515 Review here .)

We ended up adding the taillight and have been using the app on my wife’s iPhone for the display. I love the way it displays on my Garmin computer, but another Edge is not something we need right now and the app works great.

What Is The Trek Verve+ 2 Range?

The range of this e-bike is relative to loads of different variables. The short and quick answer is you should get 30-80 miles on a full charge. That range is so broad is because range varies by fitness level, terrain, level of assist used, rider weight, and even a strong headwind will impact range. Our personal average has been just over 40 miles. That is riding mixed terrain with two riders of mixed fitness levels sharing the bike.

There are four different modes of assist: Eco, Tour, Sport, and Turbo. As the name implies, Eco will use the least amount of battery, while Turbo will use the most. If you hold down the minus(-) on your control pad it will change the display settings. The default is speed and odometer, but the second option shows your estimated range.

The normal display shows the traditional battery with illuminated bars indicating life. The range is nice because it converts that “bars” display into a mileage reading.

When riding the bike in Eco mode on flat surfaces we get a range of just over 80 miles. It’s hard to find such a flat stretch here in Colorado.

When climbing up hills in turbo mode the range is under 30 miles. We do have stretches of road with 30 mile climbs nearby. Thankfully you can double your mileage by simply turning around to go downhill.

Does the Verve+ 2 Have Suspension?

Yes, this bike comes with a seatpost suspension system offering 40mm of travel. Again, we take our Verve+ on gravel and it is incredibly comfortable. The slightly wider tires we upgraded also help smooth out the ride.

This suspension is not good enough to take this bike on a mountain bike trail. The riding posture is not ideal for aggressive trail riding either. The handlebars are adjustable to lay flat or stand upright. Even in the most aggressive position the bike feels more like a cruiser hybrid mix.

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My question is how did I handle Those hills. I have read that the verve 2+ is underpowered and doesn’t do well on hills. We have a few in our neighborhood so this is a big issue for me

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Power is all relative. The torque doesn’t have as many newton meters as others in this price range. If you are in shape and cycle already the assist offers plenty of power. If someone is getting into it to get in shape they will probably feel it is underpowered on steep inclines. I think it’s a great bike in terms of battery life, reliability and durability. It’s definitely not a peak performance machine.

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Is there a way you can quick charge the battery? Charging the battery takes for every.I live in a hilly area and would like to increase the range of the bike. I really like to ride about 75 miles. I am 81 years old and need the help.

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Trek Verve 2 Review - Is It Better Than The Verve 1 & Verve 3?

Trek is a well-known brand in the cycling world. It sometimes feels like they're everywhere...but are their bikes any good?

The Verve 2 a hybrid bike with a difference. It's comfortable, easy to handle , making it a great choice for a commuter. As far as bikes go, it's affordable and designed not to break the bank.

However, the Verve 2 isn't the only bike in the range and there are plenty of hybrid bikes on the search market so how does it compare?

Let's jump into the Trek Verve 2 review and see what we think!

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What Is The Trek Verve 2 Disc?

The Verve 2 is a hybrid bike. For those looking for a comfortable bike, that is ideal for commutes and weekend rides, this bike is aimed at you!

It comes equipped with a lot of genuinely useful feature s that enhance your ride, such as, a suspension fork, fenders, lights, adjustable handlebars and you even get a rear rack. Not to mention the alpha gold aluminum frame , more on this later!

Why I Love The Verve 2

  • Trek has gone the extra mile when designing the Verve. It's all about you enjoying the cycling trips, suspension seatpost, adjustable stem, and a suspension fork.
  • You don't need to add anything to it before you use the Verve 2. Trek has included everything you need; lights, a lock, a rear rack, and even mudguards. Not something you can say about many bike manufactures!
  • I loved the upright riding position of the Trek Verve. Holding the handlebars, I felt like I could see everything. Sit up and enjoy the world. The alpha gold aluminum frame is outstanding.
  • Disc brakes! Whether your preference is v brakes, I don't think you can deny that it's pretty impressive to see disc brakes on a bike at this price range. You going to have fantastic stopping power at times, whatever the weather condition when you're cycling.
  • Bontrager H5 tires and Bontrager connection alloy double wheels. Quality running throughout the bike.

Features Of The Trek Verve 2

What makes the Verve 2 such a good purchase is the fact it's packed full of features.

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Lightweight frame - Constructed from aluminum alloy, Trek ensures the Verve stays at a cool 13.2kg (that's including all of the extras you get too!).

The alpha gold aluminum frame is exclusive to Trek and it's rust-resistant, ensuring you aren't left with lots of maintenance - which we all appreciate!

High-quality Bontrager H5 Tires - With the Verve 2 you actually get a tubeless setup with the tires.

[What is tubeless? Your guide is here! ]

Now I'm a fan of tubeless tires, I run tubeless on my road bike and so far I'm yet to have a route cut short due to a puncture.

The reason I went for tubeless in the first place was the extra comfort it provides as you can run the tire pressure at a lower level and you're unlikely to get a puncture that the tubeless can't fix itself.

I feel like I can achieve a higher speed when running a tubeless wheel. Bumps aren't as big a concern so speed can be!

So you can focus on enjoying your trips and adventures, whatever the road conditions are!

The Verve even has reflective Bontrager H5 tires, giving you an increase in visibility to other road users!

These Bontrager H5 tires are coupled with Bontrager Connection, alloy double-wall wheels. Matching brands up is something I always try to do, they're designed to fit together so it's nice that with these wheels, that's already taken care of!

Hydraulic Disc Brakes – Another impressive feature of the Verve 2 is that it comes with Shimano MT200 hydraulic disc brakes.

Why is that good?

You have a better ability to stop at speed. Rim brakes can struggle on steep descents (exactly when you need them most!), at higher speed, and in poor weather conditions.

Whereas bikes with hydraulic disc brakes don't have those problems. Smooth sailing all the way - almost whatever the speed.

Suspension seat post - Seating positions are important, not being able to get comfortable isn't going to encourage you to go out on your bike very much - I'm speaking from experience here!

Trek has kitted this model out with a suspension seat post, meaning that it does a great job at absorbing the bumps on the road.

The seat tube angle and height can be adjusted to make sure you have plenty of options to get comfortable.

MIK Rear Rack - Hybrid bikes offer great flexibility in what you use them for however, quite often you have to buy additional materials such as a rear rack if you want to be able to hold your shopping on there for example.

The Verve 2 comes with a rear rack (and plenty of other goodies!) so you're able to attach and it go!

Suspension Fork - The Trek brand started out in the sport of cycling but they've taken to producing quality hybrid bikes like a duck to water.

Trek seems to understand what it takes to make hybrid bikes and that includes a suspension fork, giving you a comfortable ride.

Mountain bikes have a suspension fork to absorb the bumps on trails. By making one of the components on this bike a suspension fork, it has that ability too.

Size - Frame sizes offered are S, M, L, XL.

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They also offer a step-through model for women. The spec is the same, just the downtube is different.

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Full Specifications

Size: S, M, L, XL: Alpha Gold Aluminium, rack and fender mounts, DuoTrap S-compatible,

Hubs front: Shimano 3.0 watt dynamo hub

Hub rear: Shimano TX505,

Wheels Rim: Bontrager Connection, alloy double-wall, 32-hole, 20 mm width, Presta valve

Tires: Bontrager H2 Comp, reflective, wire bead, 30 tpi, 700x40c

Max tire size: 700x45c with or without fenders

Front derailleur: Shimano Tourney TY710

Rear derailleur: Shimano Altus M2000

Cassette: Shimano HG31, 11-32, 8-speed

Chain: KMC Z8

Saddle: Selle Royal Nuvola

Stem: Bontrager alloy quill, 31.8 mm clamp, adjustable rise, Blendr-compatible, 85 mm

Brake: Shimano MT200 hydraulic disc

Accessories

Light: Herrmans H-Trace ECO dynamo LED

Kickstand: Pletscher Comp Flex 18

Cargo rack: Alloy rear rack/ Racktime Light-it with Snapit interface

Weight: 13kg

Maximum limit: This bike has a maximum limit (combined mass of bicycle, rider, and cargo) of 136 kg (300 lb).

That's all well and good but how does it compare to the other Verve models?

Verve 2 vs Verve 3

You may have noticed that Trek often releases models followed by a number.

What does that number mean?

In Treks' case, the higher the number, the higher spec'd the bike. This isn't the case with every manufacturer, Giant works the other way for example!

So anyway let's compare Verves!

There are a lot of similarities between the range, both offer really good quality and an alloy frame, with plenty of Shimano components. It will come down to what type of riding you do and how important certain features are, as well as budget of course!

The first change comes in the saddle and you get a slight upgrade with the Verve 3. The Verve 2 comes with a Selle Royal Nuvola, Verve 3 you get a Bontrager Boulevard.

You'll never hear me underestimating in a good cycling saddle. Though just because a seat is better on paper, doesn't mean it will be more comfortable for you so I'm not sure I'd let the seat be the deciding factor.

On both bikes, riders are able to adjust the height of the seat post in order to get the correct geometry for them.

The gears, cassette, and drivetrain are where we see the biggest variation.

The 2 comes with front derailleurs of Shimano Tourney vs Acera on the Verve 3. On the rear derailleur, it's Altus rear cogs vs Alivio .

What does this mean for performance?

Quite a bit actually!

The Verve 2 is a 3 x system so this potentially means more shifting to get to the right gear for the hills. Whereas the Verve 3 is a 2 x system so arguably more manageable.

Overall the quality of the cassette, gears, and groupset is going to be better on the Verve 3. Though for your average rider, I'm not sure how much they will notice.

Both frames are made from aluminum alloy but the 3 has a frame that is DuoTrap S compatible.

What does that mean?

The DuoTrap S is a sensor system that is built into the frame.

It will track your progress from the frame as you're riding and send your cycling statistics to a device of your choosing.

I should point out that the DuoTrap S system doesn't come as part of the package and is sold separately.

However, I can see the usefulness of the DuoTrap S setup and having your cycling statistics to hand as a rider!

Suspension Fork

The Verve 3 bikes get an upgrade in the suspension too with Forklight 3.0 with integrated 50LUX lighting.

Again, the suspensions offered on the 2 are still brilliant but the key components get upgraded with the Verve 3 and that's what makes it a slightly better bike.

There are other minor differences, Trek Verve 2 disc comes with Bontrager Satellite grips .

Both Verve 2 and Verve 3 share lots of similarities, but where it counts, there are differences. You still get the quality frame alpha gold aluminum alloy on whichever Verve you go for, as well as the suspension seatpost.

I don't think you can go wrong with either model!

Yes, the Verve 3 is better in a few places and for some cyclists, that will matter. For other riders? Save yourself some money and enjoy riding the 2!

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Trek Verve 1 vs Verve 2

So what about the Verve 1 bikes, what changes when you spend less money?

Disc Brakes

With all of the Verve bikes, you get a disc braking system and that's impressive, especially for the entry model.

However, there is a big change with Verve 1 in that you get mechanical disc brakes.

[Hydraulic vs mechanical disc brake guide ]

The downside to mechanical disc brakes is that they rely on a braided steel cable setup to move the pistons.

The Verve 1 & 2 share the same rear derailleur, Shimano Altus . However, the Verve 2 is a newer model so shifting is slightly smoother on these bikes.

Will most riders notice? Unlikely.

It's the same case for the front derailluers, both run Shimano Tourney but the 2 get the newer components.

The cassette is where we see the greatest disparity with these hybrid bikes.

With the 2 you are getting a full Shimano groupset , but with the Verve 1, the cassette is SunRace.

Differences don't stop there, either. The Verve 2 is an 11-32 8 speed set-up. Whilst the 1 is a 14-34, 7 speed.

Would you notice? Yes

Does it matter? For some riders, it will matter and the lack of a Shimano groupset could be a deal-breaker - are you one of those?

That's it, those are the main differences between 1 and 2 bikes. I will admit, they're fairly big differences so are worthy of some considerations.

For me, I'd say the Verve 2 gets my vote. The better braking power and Shimano drivetrain is a worthy upgrade for the price.

Is The Trek Verve 2 A Good Bike?

If you're after a hybrid bike with fantastic braking power thanks to the hydraulic disc brakes, great reviews, and lots of features - the Verve 2 is a great choice!

I'd say if you're looking for cons, then the pedals could do with an upgrade. However, I can't remember a time when I didn't swap the pedals a new bike came with for mine so, in my mind, it's not a big issue.

It also boasts an alpha gold aluminum frame that keeps the kgs down to a very respectable and desirable 13kg!

What Is The Difference Between Trek Verve 1 And 2?

The key distinction is in the disc brakes. The Verve 2 Disc bikes come with hydraulic disc brakes. The Trek Verve 1 comes with mechanical disc brakes.

This matters because hydraulic disc brakes are easier to maintain and are more reliable when it comes to cycling.

If you like to reach great speeds on your travel then the brakes are going to be a factor - as is the gearing!..

The Verve 2 disc also benefits from a Shimano drivetrain . The Trek Verve 1 has a SunRace cassette.

What does that matter?

The material these derailleurs are constructed from will be different and it can affect the responsiveness of your shifters.

If you want to change your gearing, you do so on your shifters and ideally, the derailleurs respond immediately.

Each Verve comes with an aluminum alloy frame and for some of the price points, that's a heck of an achievement!

You also get a better range of gears with the Verve 2 Disc, making it rate more highly in the versatility stakes!

How Much Does The Trek Verve 2 Weigh?

One of the features I love about the Trek Verve 2 disc is how lightweight it is as a bike. It weighs 13.2kg.

For a hybrid bike, with hydraulic disc brakes, that's impressive.

Then when you factor in that you get a load of extras such as the puncture protection tires , which yes, do weigh more but we're talking grams and I'd say these tires are worth the extra weight.

Let's not forget the rack, fender, and lights that are all included!

So overall, it's a light-weight bicycle!

Is Trek Bike Worth The Money?

Each Trek bike will differ but as a manufacturer, Trek produces some decent bikes. The Trek Verve is an excellent example of a hybrid bike at an affordable price.

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That's it, that's my take on the Verve 2.

I rate the product highly for first-timers and confident cyclists alike, it's a good purchase.

Would I choose 1, 2, or 3 for cycling?

It depends on what my needs were but I'd most likely sit in the middle of the range with the 2. It comes with all the parts most riders need. It has a beautiful alloy frame design and comes in plenty of sizes (S, M, L, XL) so it's perfect for so many people, regardless of height!

However, the decision is yours! Which bicycle do you prefer?

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What is the range.

To see how far you can ride your electric bike on a single charge, check out Bosch’s range calculator. We’ve auto-filled the variables for this bike model and the average rider, but you can make adjustments to get your most accurate estimate.

Upgrade your pedals and love your bike more

Pedals are two of the five touchpoints that connect you with your bike, and even though this bike comes with a pair, upgrading to pedals that boost control and grip will greatly improve your ride. See the pedal guide and find the best pedals for your riding style. We recommend flat pedals for simple versatility.

Mid-motor placement

The motor is housed around the bottom bracket, keeping the center of balance lower for the ultimate in stability, comfort, and control.

See and be seen! Increase your safety and time on the bike with powerful front and rear lights.

Fenders make it easier to go by bike, keeping you cleaner and drier in less-than-perfect conditions.

Hard-Case Ultimate

Bontrager's top level of defense is the best of both worlds, combining the benefits of Hard-Case with the proven sub-tread protection of Hard-Case Lite for a tire that accelerates quicker, rolls faster, and lasts longer than competing brands. The ultimate in flat protection!

Alpha Gold Aluminum frame

Our high-performance lightweight aluminum is continuously cold extruded and butted, and formed into manipulated tube shapes to balance strength and weight saving.

Hydraulic disc brakes

Hydraulic disc brakes offer the absolute strongest stopping power in all conditions, including wet and muddy.

Bosch PowerPack 400

The premium Bosch lithium-ion battery features 400 Wh and a guaranteed long lifespan. It is 50% charged in 1.5 hours and completely charged in 3.5 hours. The battery not only ensures long distances, but is also easy to remove and take with you.

Bosch Purion Display

Bosch's Purion display features a fully-functional speedometer with a backlit display, service interval indicator, and battery range indicator. Its thoughtful design allows riders to scroll through functions or choose the right level of support while maintaining contact with handlebars.

Bosch Active Line

The Bosch Active Line motor offers 40 Nm of torque for a smooth ride and just the right amount of support. The 250-watt motor is centrally located near the bottom bracket and supports speeds of up to 20mph.

Stepthrough geometry

Easy-on, easy-off stepthrough frame is perfect for anybody not interested in slinging a leg over the top tube.

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NCM Milano Electric Bike Review

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NCM make high-quality, but affordable electric bikes, in this review I will explain why I believe the NCM Milano is the best electric commuter bike for the money.

About NCM Electric bikes

NCM electric bikes are owned by Leon Cycle GmbH a German company based in Hanover. Their e-bikes are designed in Germany and manufactured in China.

Specification

The centrepiece of this Electric bike is the X15 geared rear hub motor: This reliable 250W rear electric motor is known for its durability and high torque output, enabling the rider to maintain 15.5mph for long periods. There is no compromise in handling with the small motor centred in the rear hub.

NCM Milano electric bike photos of saddle, rear wheel and handlebar grips

48v13ah Lithium battery pack with USB charging port for mobile devices: Bulky battery packs take up a considerable amount of space, but the Milano’s battery is integrated into the down tube of the bike, keeping the weight low and central, which helps to improve stability. The manufacturers claimed a maximum range of 75 miles seems a little optimistic. The total battery energy capacity is 624wh (watt hours), so if you were consuming 20wh per mile, your range would be 31 miles. My friend owns one of these bikes and gets an average range of around 40-50 miles.

NCM milano electric bike view of battery

This bike is built for comfort:  The Schwalbe touring tyres, Suntour front suspension, adjustable handlebar stem, Selle Royal ergonomic grips and saddle with suspension post all make for an incredibly comfortable ride, even over longer distances. The Shimano 7-Speed gears, index perfectly – shifting is crisp and precise.

photos of the ncm milano tyres, display panel and front light

Fully functional control panel display: The Das-Kit LCD gives you all the information you would expect from an e-bike display. including journey time and mileage. It also has 6 power levels of pedal assist, so you can fine-tune the power output to suit your ride.

NCM Milano electric bike lcd display

Excellent build quality: The NCM Milano is designed to look great but with no compromise on functionality and safety. The Tektro mechanical disc brakes with 160mm rotors provide adequate braking and the brake levers incorporate motor cut-off switches to ensure safe riding. The front and rear lights work off the battery and provide an extra level of safety – especially when riding in the winter. Internal cable routing finishes off the package neatly and not only looks great but protects the cables from the elements.

NCM milano electric bike dimensions

In my opinion, the NCM Milano electric bike offers exceptional value for money. It is unusual to see such a high-quality, well-made e-bike at this price point. What’s more the specification is excellent. The 48v13ah battery will certainly provide users with a realistic range of between 30-45 miles, or 31 miles using the 20wh per mile calculation. The claimed range of 75 miles may be a little optimistic for everyday use – it depends on how much you use the electric assist.

Tektro Mechanical disc brakes should provide adequate stopping power, while the Schwalbe tyres will provide a reasonable amount of puncture protection.

The attention to detail on this bike is great. The internally routed cables and the integrated battery pack make for a very clean finish, something you only usually find on more expensive e-bikes.

The fact that this bike has mudguards, a pannier rack, lights and a kickstand fitted, means that it is excellent for the daily commute in all weathers, or perfect for some weekend touring. The inclusion of a gel saddle and suspension seat post make this bike a truly comfortable and versatile all-rounder.

If you are in the market for an incredibly versatile and affordable e-bike this definitely ticks all the right boxes

A friend of mine purchased one of these back in the Summer and he was kind enough to let me take it for a spin. I can honestly say it was a revelation! The gel saddle was incredibly comfortable and the small X15 hub motor was quiet and smooth. It produced a lot of power for such a small motor, making climbing the steep Cornish hills a doddle! The brakes and front suspension were more than adequate for the back lanes of Cornwall.

I really cannot recommend this bike enough. It has to be one of the best value e-bikes on the market at the moment, and the specification is great.

The great thing about this e-bike is that it is a true hybrid – it is equally comfortable being ridden on tarmac or unpaved surfaces. It can even be used for some light off-road riding.

If you are in the market for an incredibly versatile and affordable e-bike this ticks all the right boxes.

Incidentally, NCM’s other 48v 250w bike is called the NCM Moscow , I will be reviewing this bike shortly. I have personally worked on and ridden a Moscow, and it is on par with the Milano for the ride and builds quality. It uses identical electric components but in a mountain bike-style frame.

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Meet Tony, a passionate e-bike advocate and enthusiast who discovered the life-changing benefits of electric bikes back in 2016. Tony’s technical experience within the e-bike field was gained while running a successful electric bike conversion business for 5 years in his home county of Cornwall, UK.

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boa taarde tenho uma biçicleta destas mas necessito de assistencia em Portugal. ela não arranca e não encontro uma ofecina que repare esta marca e com a garantia

Hi! Thank you for the review! I bought Milano a week ago, so far so good. I found the first assist speed to be stronger that I’d like it to be. Is there any way to rebalance those 1-6 modes within the given range, so it starts not as strong?

Don’t know if this is still open, but I really like the Milano plus, my only question, is how easy is it to remove the battery beneath that tube? Can it be done one handed? Cornwall my home!

Turning the key releases the battery catch, then you need to lift it slightly, move it forward and remove. I would imagine it’s possible to do it one handed, but it would be fairly tricky as the battery weighs around 3kg.

Let me know if you have any more questions.

Regards, Tony

bike seems well make and sturdy but i find the tyres are so skinny that when you are on slightly uneven surfaces even at a slow pace & i’m talking in number 1 setting it is dangerous and you could so easy fall off on a slightly uneven footpath. It’s ok on even ground but i wouldn’t let my wife ride it. I’ll try putting new tyres on it & see how it goes or it will be sold. In comparison i have another basic ebike in the states which is so stable this is nowhere close to and ride all types of tracks on it which is also a similar style. i would say I’m disappointed in it so far & feel its an accident waiting to happen.

Bonjour J’ai juste une question ,je mesure que 5 pieds !!!! Donc le small peut-il me convenir

Bonjour, Je pense que même la version 26″ est peut-être un peu trop grande. NCM recommande une hauteur minimale de 5′ 2″ de 160 cm.

Excellent review Tony,

I went ahead and bought the Milano and I’ve been very impressed with it so far. I was wondering if you’d know whether the 48v 16ah battery for NCM bikes would be compatible with the Milano model? I can’t seem to find a 48v 13ah battery anywhere.

Many thanks, Andy

An NCM Milano Plus battery should fit straight in. The 16Ah battery is the same size and uses lithium cells with a higher energy density.

Bonjour Je viens d’acheter ce vélo Mais je me pose la question, comment mettre en route la lumière avant ? Merci de votre aide

Appuyez et maintenez la touche « + » sur l’écran pour allumer le phare.

Bonjour Tony, Merci pour votre commentaire très instructif. Je souhaite acheter le Milano car après avoir étudier le marché des vélo électriques; il semble être d un excellent qualité-prix. J ai expérimenté le Veligo. Il me semble etre un peu similaire. Mais j ai une petite hésitation…si vous pouviez m éclairer…a t on sur le vélo le dos droit? Je pensais le prendre en taille L (28 pouces)(Je fais 1,74m) pour avoir une assise plus confortable. Je l utiliserai quotidiennement pour aller travailler. Pensez-vous que c est un bon choix? Ou devrais je m orienter vers un vélo de ville type Elops de Decathlon ou Sydney de Ubanbiker?(que je trouve tout de même assez cher) Merci pour votre réponse. A très bientôt, Linda

Bonjour, La taille fait référence au diamètre de la roue (28″). Tous les cadres NCM Milano sont identiques et correspondent à une taille moyenne. Cela devrait être parfait pour votre taille. La potence du guidon est également réglable, ce qui vous permet de monter le guidon encore plus haut si nécessaire. Salutations, Tony

I am seeing two different Milano Max models…N8C and N8R. They look exactly the same and with the same specifications. What is the difference?

I checked online for milano and price was 1189 Canadian dollar. On Monday I decided to buy it but unfortunately price went up to 1359$. I’m surprised as during holiday season everywhere else reducing their prices but your price was raised.

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2019 NCM Moscow Review

2019 NCM Moscow Review

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

NCM is a new company to me, but they are using reliable and proven systems in their ebikes, so in someway, there is a nice familiarity to it. Today we are checking out their value priced ebike, the Moscow. This is not to be confused with the Moscow Plus which is an upgraded version we will be covering in another review soon. So the Moscow is an aluminum alloy frame hard-tail ebike that comes in 2 sizes. Each size also has tire options as well, so basically there is a 19” frame and a 20.5” frame and you can choose either 27.5” tires, or 29” tires. Today we have the 19” frame with the 27.5” Schwalbe Smart Sam nobby tires. Overall the bike weighs about 57.5lbs, and costs $1,499 USD and $1,899 in CAD. As I mentioned before, it is a bit of a hard-tail setup, so you do get this nice SR SunTour XCT spring suspension fork. It has 80mm of travel, 28mm stanchions, and includes compression adjust, lockout, and preload adjust. Pretty standard hub spacing in the front, 100mm, and there is a 9mm quick release skewer in the front, but none in the back since this is a hub-drive. I am told that it has a maximum weight capacity of 275.5lbs, which is higher than standard. This might come in handy since the bike does have bottle cage bosses, rack bosses, and even fender provisions, so you could really load it up with accessories and it should handle it very well. I like that there is a adjustable length kickstand included, but it is center mounted. That means that you could have the pedals strike the kickstand when down and reversing, an annoying occurrence sometimes referred to as ‘pedal-lock’. The seat post here is a rigid post, which is normal, but since it is 30.9mm, you could swap that out with a nice suspension seat post to get some more cushion on top of that front suspension fork. Other features include ergonomic Velo grips, Wellgo aluminum alloy platform pedals, and one of my favorites, a slap guard that will protect the bike frame and paint from getting nicked by the chain and scratching the paint.

Driving the Moscow is a 500 watt nominally rated planetary geared hub motor. I love that it is fairly compact given the high power output. Power wise, it can deliver up to 80nm of torque, which is quite high, but it cannot leverage gears the way that a mid-drive could. The upside is that the motor always feels zippy, it doesn’t matter which of the gear combinations you are pedaling with. And, the motor can deliver instant power with the minimalist throttle. Hub motors are a great fit for hardtail mount bikes because there is no rear suspension to interfere with. As you shift gears, there won’t be increased mashing or forces applied to the drivetrain because the motor operates completely independently of the chain and sprockets. You could lose the chain, and the motor would still operate and keep the bike going with pedal assist (because it uses a cadence sensor), or the throttle. Of course, this motor will use more power if you’re constantly starting with the throttle, but that’s a worthwhile trade for someone like myself, who has a knee injury. I love being able to override assist with the throttle at any time. I love that the throttle is easily disabled by removing a cable in case you need to make the bike legal for other trails or local laws. Mechanically, you have 3 rings in the front (48,28, and 28), but sadly, there is no chain cover to protect your clothing. In the rear you have a more basic 14-28 tooth setup, so really not the largest range. All in all, it is a Shimano Altus system, and you also get 7 speeds, trigger shifters, and a display window that tells you what gear you are in. There is a derailleur guard here to, something I love since it protects the derailleur during shipping, or if the bike takes a spill some day. Stopping the Moscow is a set of mechanical disc brake rotors with 180mm in the front and 160mm in the rear. Mechanical brakes are great for maintenance and easy adjustability, however, they do lack the immediate stopping power that hydraulic brakes have like the ones found in the Plus version. Interestingly enough, there is a motor inhibitor, but just one on the left brake. Typically, you see them in both brakes, again, a feature found on the Plus version, but I am still glad it is here as it helps cut power to the motor when stopping.

Powering the NCM Moscow is a high capacity Lithium-ion battery pack, offering 48 volts and 13 amp hours of capacity! I’d call 500 watt hours average for the season, but this pack offers 624 watt hours, and that means you can go further or ride at higher speeds. It looks like between this and the Plus version, there are 2 battery options, so you could get an even larger 16ah. I love that they use an external controller, this allows a lower cost for replacement batteries. Where as some companies are $800-$1000 range for a new battery, this keeps the NCM battery cost to around $500. Note that whenever you’re operating around or above 20 mph, air resistance is going to cause exponential energy draw and range will be decreased. This pack delivers electricity to the motor, but also the backlit display panel (hold the + icon to turn on backlighting), and even a full sized USB charging port on the top right side. You could use this port to maintain phones, GPS, or music devices as you ride or when parked at home or a camp site. My friends recently took a bikepacking trip using another electric bike, and this sort of charging-on-the-go feature would be really handy. If you’re excited to charge while riding, I recommend using a right-angle USB adapter, an inexpensive accessory you can find on Amazon, just to keep the wires tucked in and out of the way while you pedal. The battery pack weighs more than average at 9.2 lbs, but the alloy casing is sturdy and most of the weight is kept low and center on the bike frame. I took the pack off when moving the bike to our review location, to reduce load on my car rack. If you live up stairs, removing the battery is a great idea, and for those who need to leave the bike in a cold, hot, or wet locations… being able to protect and charge the battery inside is a great thing. It’s best to maintain the pack above 20% and avoid extreme temperatures. It’s going to take a bit longer to fill this battery because of the higher capacity, and the charger is more basic, offering 2 amp output vs. 3 amp or 4 amp. So expect 6 to 7 hours for a fill recharge if you go all the way down to zero. One quick warning about charging the battery while mounted to the bike, be careful with the left crank arm because it passes directly in front of the plug port on the left and could bend or snag the charging plug and cable.

Operating this electric bicycle is very straightforward, but the cockpit handlebar area is a bit more crowded. This is because there are two trigger shifter units (one on the left for the front derailleur, and one on the right for the rear derailleur). You’ve also got the hydraulic brake lines and motor inhibitors connected to each lever. You’ve got the display panel cable, and finally, the trigger throttle cable. Considering everything that’s going on up there, the bike actually looks pretty good. Not all of the cables are internally routed through the frame, but the upside is that servicing the bike will be a little bit easier for you or the local shop. Anyway, when you’ve charged and mounted the battery, simply press the M button on the control pad for a couple of seconds to boot up the computer unit and get the LCD online. All of the standard readouts are listed including current speed, average speed, assist level (1-5), and battery charge level. The cool thing is, the battery infographic is a bit more precise here, showing six bars vs. just five on many other units. Das-Kit makes nice stuff, and while this display is not removable and doesn’t swivel very easily, the screen is large and easy to read. You can change the units from miles to kilometers and back by going into that setting mens (hold + and -) and these are the same keys that raise or lower the pedal assist level. At any time when the bike is on, the throttle will be active… even in level zero. I personally enjoy this configuration, but it does make it easier for accidental starts when mounting and dismounting the bike. Approach carefully, consider turning the bike on once you are already seated, and turn it off before dismounting. The display unit incorporates the control pad buttons, simplifying things, and they were moderately easy to reach. All in all, very straight forward and streamlined.

In conclusion, the Moscow was a lot of fun, and as mentioned earlier, is using a lot of nice proven technology that has kept many happy. This is a value priced ebike, so there will be some tradeoffs to consider, so I should make mention of those now… For one, the kickstand is center mounted, so if the kickstand is down and you are reversing the bike, you will encounter pedal lock. I noticed that there is no chain ring cover or guard, so be careful when pedaling with clothing like pants or a dress. The charger is just 2amps, this means charging happens slowly, so matched with that high capacity battery, it could take quite some time. Probably the biggest tradeoff is the mechanical disc brakes with a motor inhibitor only on the left side. However, if you opt for the Plus version of this bike, you will get more responsive hydraulic disc brakes, with both the front and back having motor inhibitors. Tradeoffs aside, it is a very well put together bike with a lot of what we have come to know and love about ebikes, and at a price of just $1,499 in the US, will appeal to many customers. I want to thank NCM for the chance to check out the Moscow, and I look forward to reviewing more bikes from this new company.

As always, I welcome questions and feedback in the comment section below. Whether you own a previous version of the bike, have taken a test ride, or are brand new to the space, my goal is to provide an objective and honest resource. You can also join the Other Brands ebike forums and share your own photos, videos, and review updates to help others! Have fun out there, and ride safe :)

  • The Moscow blends off-road geometry, suspension, and tires with urban utility because you can add fenders and a rear rack, there are also bottle cage bosses on the top as well
  • There are 21 gear combinations to explore here, and that empowers you to climb easier or hit and maintain the top assisted speed, I really appreciate the slap guard on the right chain stay and the steel derailleur guard at the rear which also protects the motor power cable (especially when the bike is being shipped)
  • The 500 watt Das-Kit motor is powerful and zippy but completely independent from the the pedal drivetrain, it’s a good choice for a bike with so many gears vs. a mid-motor, it also allows for instant throttle power regardless of which gear you’re in
  • One of the advantages of having a front derailleur is that it keeps the chain from bouncing off track, it does usually add more weight and maintenance to the bike however, and if you’re using either of the two smaller chainrings the larger 48 tooth one can snag your pant leg because there is no bash guard plate
  • Good weight distribution, the battery is positioned low and center on the frame, it seems well protected and blends in pretty well with the black accents on the fork, handlebar, seat, and chainrings
  • Great tires for cross country and street riding, the 27.5″ x 2.25″ size is lightweight and efficient, they steer quickly and Schwalbe products tend to be higher quality, there is also a 29” option as well
  • At $1,499 USD and $1,899 in CAD, it is compeitivly priced and will serve many customers well since it has a throttle, high capacity battery, and suspension
  • I’m glad that they chose a trigger throttle vs. twist because it makes the grips more secure and reduces accidental activation, the 12-magnet cadence sensor is also more responsive than 8 or 5 on many other products
  • The suspension fork offers compression lockout and preload adjust, this allows it to firm up for smooth riding conditions like city streets, reducing bob and energy loss as you pedal
  • You get a flick bell, locking ergonomic grips, and a pair of large sturdy platform pedals that should work well in all sorts of conditions and weather, sometimes these parts are cheaper on value priced ebikes
  • I love the high capacity 14v 13ah battery, it even has a USB port on the side to take advantage of it and use it as a power bank, perfect for traveling
  • Between the knobby tires and 80mm suspension fork, this bike feels pretty comfortable, but I might recommend a suspension seat post to make things even more cushy for your ride
  • This bike has motor inhibitor capability, which is great, but it is only on one brake lever (the left brake), where as most bikes have motor inhibitors on both brakes
  • Some of the wires on this ebike are a bit more exposed along the base of the top tube, it looks a bit cleaner and reduces snags when they are completely internal
  • This e-bike weighs more than your average trail bike at 57.5lbs because it has a higher capacity battery and a more basic spring suspension fork vs. air, I’d definitely take the battery off when lifting and transporting it
  • No chain cover or guard means you need to be careful with your pants or dress, you don’t want it getting snagged and torn up in the chain ring system
  • Even though this is technically a mountain bike, it’s nice to see a kickstand for those urban rides, I do wish that the stand was positioned a bit further back however, to avoid pedal lock with the left crank arm
  • As mentioned before, the brakes only have 1 motor inhibitor, and they are also a bit on the basic side since they are mechanical versus hydraulic brakes, however, mechanical brakes are easier to maintain and adjust, so it does have that going for it
  • With a standard 2amp battery charger, it could take a while to completely fill the high-capacity battery (6 or 7 hours), there are other ebikes with 3 or even 4amp chargers but they tend to weigh more
  • The display panel isn’t removable and doesn’t swivel easily, as a result, it could get scratched more easily at racks and will take sun and rain wear over time

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