Trek Verve+ Review: A Powerful Hybrid e-bike


The city commuter looking for a versatile and powerful-bike should definitely consider the Trek Verve+. This bike is built to give the rider the most enjoyable and convenient ride.

As a hybrid bike, it means that it has a combination of mountain biking and road biking features. You get the best of both worlds in a single frame. The Verve+ offers ultimate convenience such that you can ride fast enough to significantly reduce commute time and yet not have to push too hard. You thus do not get too tired or sweaty on your rides. You can spend more time on your Verve+ as you go to work, run errands, and just take rides for fun.

The Verve+ is an affordable e-bike, designed with superior features. Its affordability makes it standout because it still comes with a lot of features that make it a great e-bike.

ProsCons

✅ Great design and the frame comes in three color options.

✅ Comfortable e-bike.

✅ Hybrid e-bike that is highly versatile.

✅ Lightweight.

✅ Lights are always on for the safety of the rider in the daytime and visibility at night.

✅ Affordable.

✅ Quiet but powerful motor.

✅ Available in a variety of sizes.

⊖ The Verve+ has no front suspension thus the ride feels rough on paved trails.

⊖ The headlight is mounted on the steering tube and does not turn as you turn the bike therefore, only illuminates straight ahead.

⊖ Like all e-bikes from the Trek brand, the Verve+ has its walk mode disabled, which would be a challenge if you got a flat tire.

⊖ The display is a bit too small and thus may be slightly harder to read the items displayed.

⊖ The battery may be depleted faster as it is used to power the motor as well as the lights.


Pedal Assist System

The Trek Verve+ can be classed among Pedelecs as its power assist limit is 15 mph (25 km/h). Beyond the maximum assisted speed, you can still cruise at a higher speed, only without power assistance. Some riders may opt to switch off power-assist and just pedal hard especially if you want to get some good work out in during your ride.


Bosch 250W Mid-Drive Motor

Trek Verve+ mid-motor and shifting system

One of the significant features of the Verve+ is its power system. A 250W mid-drive motor powers this e-bike. Mid-drive motors have a great advantage as they give the bike great power to go uphill while operating on low gear. Although the Bosch Active Line motor of the Verve+ is smaller compared to the average motors used on e-bikes, it still performs efficiently and contributes to the overall lightweight of the bike.

Besides, the efficiency of the motor provides very smooth rides and sufficient support as it gives a maximum torque of 40 Nm.


Bosch Li-Ion Battery

Another vital part of the power system is the Bosch lithium ion battery. Lithium ion batteries are superior because they have a long lifespan. The 40W battery on this bike guarantees you long service. It is integrated onto the down tube and can be easily detached and carried around.

The battery only needs 3.5 hours to charge fully. In addition to powering the motor, the battery on the Verve+ also powers the headlights and backlight.


Controller System

It is a lot of fun riding the Verve+ as it comes with an effective and reliable controller system.

  • Bosch Purion display

Trek Verve+ grip and display control

The display of the bike shows all the important features of your ride including a speedometer and service interval indicator. It also displays battery level and allows you to choose the level of assistance you want. The display is strategically placed to allow the rider to operate it using the thumb while still holding on to the handlebars.

The lighting of the display is a faint white glow that does not go into sleep-mode. It stays active throughout, while the white glow allows for night vision and is also readable in low lighting.

  • Brakes

Trek Verve+ brake discs

The Trek Verve+ is fitted with quality Shimano disc brakes. The effective brakes allow you to ride in any weather conditions. Even when it is wet, the brakes work effectively whenever you need to come to a halt.

The hydraulic disc brakes are also highly convenient as you need not exert too much strength using your hands to engage the brakes. Adjustable levers also come in handy for riders with smaller hands.

  • Light system

A great feature of the Verve+ is the light system designed to guarantee safety both during the day and night. This bike is configured such that the lights switch on automatically when the motor starts to operate. The lights are designed to stay on continuously as long as you are using the bike. The front headlight illuminates constantly while the back light is a flashing light.

Trek designed the lights to be on throughout including in the daytime for the safety of the rider.


Design and Comfort

The Trek Verve+ has a custom designed frame and an attractive overall design. Trek is the one brand that designs sophisticated bike frames guaranteed to be lightweight and durable. The Verve+ has an Alpha Gold Aluminum frame that is lightweight especially when you have to lift the bike.

You get to choose the Verve+ of your preferred color from the available three that include anthracite, deep blue coral and coral red:

  • High Performance Tires

As a hybrid bike, the Verve+ consists of some mountain biking qualities prominent in the design of its tires. The tires of the Trek Verve+ are wide and are purposely intended to provide great stability. A puncture protective layer of the Verve+ helps to prevent the occurrence of flat tires during cycling. Besides, the wide and strong tires have the ability to remain hard even when on low pressure.

Trek Verve+ H5 tires

  • Suspension and Comfy Seat

Your comfort is guaranteed by the wide leather saddle of the verve+. Further, this bike has a suspension seat post and adjustable stem to allow you to alter the height of the seat to a comfortable level.

Trek Verve+ comfy seat

  • Available sizes

Trek has ensured that all riders can find the right size of the Verve+. It comes in small, medium and large sizes:

 SML
Rider Height154.0 - 167.0 cm
5'0.6" - 5'5.7"
164.0 - 177.0 cm
5'4.6" - 5'9.7"
174.0 - 187.0 cm
5'8.5 - 6'1.6"


Trek Verve+ Review: Our Verdict

E-bikes make riding not only convenient but also so much fun. The Verve+ can work perfectly for you if you are looking for a durable, smooth running and efficient e-bike.

You might have to make a few tweaks such as adding a rear rack that you can use to carry groceries. Even then, the Trek Verve+ remains lightweight and is a great e-bike that will give you value for money.

All Images courtesy of Trek


What do you think about this commuter e-bike? Your contribution & rating will help other riders to buy wisely.

Trek Verve

3.65

Frame & Components Quality

5.0/5

Braking Performance

5.0/5

Speed & Torque

3.5/5

Controller & Assistance

2.0/5

Battery Range

5.0/5

Overall Weight

3.5/5

Portability & Maneuverability

5.0/5

Warranty

0.0/5

9 thoughts on “Trek Verve+ Review: A Powerful Hybrid e-bike

  • March 8, 2019 at 4:01 pm
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    If I attach a dog cart – will it impact the long term effect on the motor? I weigh about 120 lbs. Two dogs combined weight about 50 lbs

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    • March 9, 2019 at 7:39 am
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      Hi there, thanks for your question.

      The Trek Verve+ 250W Bosch active line mid-motor is powerful enough to carry up to 300 lb (136 kg total weight). Based on the details you provided, the motor should be able to carry the full weight (I’m also including an average dog cart weight of 28 lbs). Now, the more weight you have to carry with your e bike, the more effort the motor has to do, which translates into a long term torque reduction and motor wear. In addition, the motor will have to use more power out of the battery, which will reduce the lifetime of the battery in the long term.

      Hope I answered your question.
      EBA.

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  • May 20, 2019 at 6:42 am
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    Hello can you tell me the cost of the Trek Verve e bike please.

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    • May 23, 2019 at 12:48 am
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      Hi Lorraine,
      thanks for contacting us. We are not a direct distributor of electric bikes. Our suggestion would be to check your nearest e-bike store where the Trek Verve is available and compare that price with what Trek (https://www.trekbikes.com/au/en_AU/bikes/hybrid-bikes/electric-hybrid-bikes/verve/f/F436/) can potentially offer online. The good thing is that you just need to click on Shops (top right corner of Trek’s website) and they will identify your location to advice on stores near you.

      Regards.
      Tim.

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  • June 8, 2019 at 9:03 pm
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    My husband decided to buy a Trek Super Commuter 8 for work. He encouraged me to look at the Verve+, saying if I had an e-bike we’d be able to do long rides together on trails and all over our hilly town. Reading reviews from people in my age group is what convinced me that this is exactly when I need to enjoy riding more and no longer dread falling way behind. Well, was thrilled and amazed when we made a trip to Boise, Idaho, and brought our bikes to ride on the Greenbelt! We rode longer and further than ever! All the slight uphill sections on trails that you encounter in an underpass no longer slowed me down! Riding into the wind is no longer a problem. And I am excited to do local rides on our trails here in Moscow, Idaho, which I have avoided because of hills or riding into the wind. I still ride my commuter bike to exercise classes three mornings a week because it’s a flat and short ride, plus I love my other bike (my retirement gift). Now I have two wonderful step-through bikes that I alternate between, depending on my destination, and I plan to ride for many, many years!

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    • June 11, 2019 at 2:51 am
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      Hi Karin,

      An e-bike is indeed a great alternative if you are encountering some difficulties while riding on standard bikes. I have an e-bike and a standard one, which I alternate depending on where I need to go.

      Thanks for sharing your experience with other bike and e-bike lovers.
      Regards,
      Mat

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  • August 4, 2019 at 8:43 pm
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    Frame & Components Quality

    5

    Braking Performance

    5

    Speed & Torque

    3.5

    Controller & Assistance

    2

    Battery Range

    5

    Overall Weight

    3.5

    Portability & Maneuverability

    5

    Warranty

    0

    We are seniors and find the access to charging port extremely difficult. You have to lean down, or lie on floor, to hold flap with one hand and insert a plug which is difficult to see/orient for insertion.

    I am an engineer and could have designed far better ergonomics for charging. Shame…I thought e-bikes of this power/range would be ideal for older people… in this one thing you failed.

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    • August 11, 2019 at 1:07 am
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      Hi Jim, thanks for sharing your opinion with the community. Surely, it will be notice by Trek.

      You can always detach the battery for easy charging point access.

      Regards,
      Mat.

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    • August 31, 2019 at 8:30 pm
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      Just remove the battery and you can charge it any place you like. It doesn’t have to be charged while on the Trek. I charge mine on a counter top. I’m 70.

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