|Frame||Trek Alpha Silver aluminum|
|Fork||SR SunTour CR-8V|
|Motor Specs||Ride+ R250-II 250-watt|
|Saddle||Bontrager Roal Rio|
|Bicycle Drivetrain||Shimano 7-speed|
|Wheels||Vuelta Airline II rims w/Formula hubs|
|Tires||Schwalbe Road Cruiser Light, 700 x 35c|
|Accessories & Extras||Rack, fenders, kickstand, bell|
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I've been wanting to commute by bike for YEARS, but I have some limitations, the greatest of which was two knee injuries that caused me to fall out of shape. I saw this bike, and test drove another manufacturer's assist bike, and loved the feeling that the assist offered me. Since there are some big hills on my commute, I felt that I would need conditioning beforehand, and this offers that as well. You're not going to be lazy and let the motor do all the work; you've got to pedal, too, or it does not go (I have yet to try "Mountain" mode at max assist, though). For a guy like me who let myself go, it is the way back to shape. I have ridden for 5-7 miles on smaller hills nearby and had minimal battery use and drain since I use regeneration as much as I can. A little secret: when you build up too much speed and want to brake, use the front brake as it does not interrupt the regeneration mode. Regeneration mode WILL offer a little braking on hills, but VERY little. It can be good for resistance while on level ground to help with a workout, but it is helpful to keep the battery level decent while riding. Despite being in poor condition, I have very little problem in maintaining a good rhythm to keep it all running. It is still a good workout on a shorter hill with a 300-400 foot gain in elevation over half a mile or so. I will try "mountain" mode soon, but I keep discovering more and more about it. The battery is Bionx, and so you can find them in Europe where I am going. PLUS it is multi-voltage compatible. BE advised: IT IS HEAVY! It almost destroyed my old rack. When you are riding, though, it is smooth enough to not be obtrusively hard to pedal on level or minor hills. I find myself using minimal boost when I can and regenerating on level ground to keep things charged. I have a 17-mile commute, and I hope to take around 1 hour 15 minutes for the commute since I can maintain an average of 12-15 miles per hour with and without assist. On hills, I average 9-10 miles per hour in the climb; again, I am not in the best shape. For the price, it is a STEAL! A comparable model is going to set you back at least five hundred to a thousand dollars more. Also, the look is that of a normal bike. so with my saddlebags, it looks like any other bicycle. The keyed lock is another great feature. I combine it with a "U" lock and a cable, but that thing is not moving with the lock engaged and there is NO taking off the back wheel in one piece with it engaged. I put the "U" through the front wheel and frame and wrap the cable around stuff I want to keep. The computer/control is easy to remove and drop in your pocket or bag, and I moved mine after my first ride to make it easier to manipulate while riding with the thumb of my right hand. If anything it bad about it placement, it is the VERY short cable that attaches it to the rear brake interlock. The shifters and derailleurs are very quick to react and right on, through the front sprockets have a little lag; mine probably just need a little adjusting. The gearing is a little short of what I'd like. My cheap-o 24" is faster than this 28" (without assist) simply because of the gearing. Of course, I rarely take it of the 3rd ring on level ground or on smaller hills simply because I like to maintain a decent pace. Add in the assist and it is fun to feel that boost. There is a power curve to the starts, though. There are warnings on taking off in boost levels 3 and 4 in anything other than a straight-line because it will catch you by surprise (and it will anyway). Nothing like launching off the line faster than some cars and being up to 20 mph in no time. No dragster, but it has a little pick-up. Battery charge is not bad. After 6.9 miles, I was at about 80%. I left it on the bike for 4 days without charging and realized that is was down to 10-20% after 4 miles, so make sure you are charging it. Also, Trek has a GREAT warranty on the battery (two years, I believe), so if it goes flat, they can get a replacement. They also stock them, something I could not find for the other retailer's bikes. There are no quick releases on the wheels, which is good and bad. Hard to get off to steal or repairs. All in all, a great value and a great bike for commuting.
I use this bike for recreation and commuting. Due to health problems, I was afraid of being caught away from home while cycling by wind, hills, or medical symptoms flaring up. This bike gave me some freedom back. My last commute was in the heat, against the wind, and uphill. The electric assist made easy work of it all. You can still get whatever level of workout you would like as it is NOT a moped. It also looks much like a normal bike, so no one notices it is an e-bike unless you tell them.
With continual health problems, I hated giving up cycling. This bike gave me my freedom to ride again. I have no fear of hills, winds, or even getting too far away from home when my body wants to give out. The pedal assist [up to 200%] makes easy work of obstacles. You can still get whatever type of workout you would like with the 7 gears, 4 electric assist settings, and even a recharge setting if you really want a massive workout. The bike is comfortable and I have had no problems making the 15-25 mile casual rides.It is a bit of an investment, but taken care of, it looks like it will last for many years to come.
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