Trek Verve+ 3 Review – $3k Approachable & Feature-Rich Commuting Ebike

(bell chiming) – What's going on guys. Today we're checking out the
Verve+ 3 from Trek Bikes. Now this is the third
generation of the Verve+. The Verve model from Trek is one of their most popular
non-electric bikes, all right. So then they made the
verve+ model electrified it, and then they've made a
verve+ 2 and a verve+ 3. There's not a whole lot of
changes on the verve+ 3. Now, if you've already seen my
review of the Trek Verve+ 2, or have been checking
out from other places, I'm just gonna run through
the changes real quick. And then we'll dive into the review, and talk about all the components
in depth and all of that. So not a whole lot of changes.

The biggest of which is that
they've upgraded the battery and the motor so much better
electrical drivetrain here. Before we had a powerpack battery, the Bosch powerpack 400
that sat mounted on top of the downtube. Now we've got the Bosch
powertube integrated into the frame here, really
nice sleek integration. And this is actually compatible
with the Bosch range boost. So you've got these three
bottle cage bosses here and the little port right up here. So there's a Bosch range boost
option where you basically, you mount a special frame on right here that can then hold a powerpack battery. So you can double your
range really easily. But if you just wanna use
the standard battery pack, this is a 500 watt hour
approximately pack, versus being just shy of
400 for the verve+ 2 model. So that's a nice change right there. You've also got a slightly
more powerful motor here.

We've upgraded to the Bosch Active Line Plus
Mid-Drive Motor here. Last time it had the Bosch Active Line, just the standard one, no plus. So what this does for you, it's just a little bit more powerful. It's still pretty close to the same motor, but if you ride them back to back, you'll definitely notice the difference. You get more torque here, 50
Newton meters, instead of 40, it can handle a higher pedal cadence of 105 revolutions per minute, instead of just a 100 on
the standard active line, a little bit higher max assist of 270%, instead of 250% before. It does weigh a little bit more now. It weighs 7.1 pounds instead of… I wanna say it was around 6.4 before. So a little bit of a blade bump, but you get a pretty good
performance bump there. You can really tell a difference, especially if you have that
shifted up into your turbo mode, to get the maximum assist. It is noticeable. I do like having more power on it.

Those are the two biggest changes here. There's some more minor ones. The tires have changed. It's still Bontrager, which is Trek's in-house brand. But now we've got these E6 tires instead of the old age H5s. Now these are a little bit wider. You're looking at a 50c here, 700c X 50c, versus last year's generation was 45c, for the width on the tire. So that means you get a
little bit more volume, a little bit more comfort out
of those, not a huge amount, but it does make a difference.

Other than that, pretty much the same here. The puncture protection
labeling on them has changed. So before it was the Hard-Case, Ultimate puncture protection, and now it is called hard-case light. I don't know what the
difference is between those, or the construction on those. I wasn't able to find any info online, so that's near interesting, but it should effectively
amount to the same thing. They've still got this nice
hybrid tread pattern on them. Got the reflective sidewalls striping. So solid tires, all around. One other change is that the
fork here is now an alloy fork, instead of being solid steel before. Now steel has some
vibration damping qualities, which can help to smooth
out the ride a little bit, but when it's just the fork, it's a pretty minor difference, all right. So it has switched over to
alloy, which is lighter. Now the whole bike here weighs 55 pounds. This is a small frame on it right here.

Now normally I would be
riding an extra large frame cause I'm tall, six foot three, but this was the only version, that Trek had available for me to test. So I'm working with what I got here. Now they do offer a lot
of sizes on the verve+ 3. So if you get the step-through model, which is what we have here, then you can do small, medium or large, and then if you get the high-step model, then you can go medium,
large or extra large. Lots of sizes to fit a
wide range of riders, which is awesome. This is really one of
the perks that you get, if you buy from somebody like Trek, right? There's a big range of sizes. They've got dealers all over the place. So you can go in, you can get test rides, and you can get it
fitted perfectly for you. Really nice benefit that you don't get if you were to buy online, whether that's from like one
of the online-only dealers, you know, like Sandos, Telstra like that, or, you know, there's even
some hybrid ones, right? Like Aventon where they do have dealers, but not a ton of dealers.

So depending on where you live, you might have to order it online. So at Trek it's easy to find
the dealer go in, get fitted. Really a nice benefit to be
able to actually test-ride a bike before you drop money on it. Now, the price has changed here compared to the last generation. You're looking at 2999 now, where the previous two
generations of this were 2499. And when you consider the more powerful electric drivetrain, the bigger battery and
that powertube integration, the price change makes sense. They also didn't raise the
price at all for the verve+ 2, compared to just the original verve+. So it has been overdue for
any kind of a price change.

Now at $3,000, it's starting
to get a little bit pricey. It is still on the lower end
for Trek's electric bikes, they always tend to be a little bit more. A little bit more premium and
a little bit higher priced. Now they do have some that
are a little bit cheaper, and then they've got their brand Electra, which is owned by Trek. And those are a lot more affordable, even some down around 1500 USD. Now, as far as whether it's
worth the price increase, up to 2999, it's really gonna depend
on what you're looking for out of the bike. If having good customer service, and a dealer that you can
take it into for, you know, maintenance and repairs
and a really good warranty. If that's important to you, then this becomes a lot more
compelling, even at $3,000. And they've got a great warranty on here. You'll get a two year
comprehensive warranty, and then lifetime on the frame
and fork, which is fantastic. Trek builds really good bike. And they've been making standard bicycles, not electric bicycles, just standard bikes for many, many years.

And you can really tell that expertise when you jump on and ride. It feels like a well-built,
well-tuned bicycle machine, that then also has some electric assist. This feature complete too, which is awesome. This is a great commuting option. Cause you get these fenders, full length, plastic fenders. Now plastic fenders have a reputation for being a little bit more rattlery, than metal ones than alloy or steel. But these ones are really well mounted. They're secured to the
bottom of the rack here, and the frame, rock solid. We'll do some riding on some bumps later, so that you can hear
there's just not really any noticeable fender rattle. I appreciate how well they
mounted those on there. You get a nice rack back here, 25 kilogram weight
limit, which is standard.

Now this is a MIK compatible rack. See that right here, MIK HD. The MIK click system is
a variety of accessories, that will just kind of click
and lock into the rack here. For example, you can have some penny
bags that click in there. So when you get to the store, you just press a button, lift them off and you can
walk right in, you know, there's child carriers
and various other things.

It's really nice if you
don't want to leave your bags or accessories on the bike. But you still want them to be
secure while you're riding, and you don't wanna have
to deal with any straps that take a lot of time to
unfasten and refasten every time. So that's pretty awesome. I like to see that you
can check out all kinds of MIK compatible accessories online, and then they also make a adapter plate, that you can mount onto
like other bags or racks, and things like that to make it so that they will lock on there.

Definitely a nice touch. You also get lights that are
included here in the back. This is a SOLO by Spanninga
tail light, 3 LEDs, pretty reasonably bright too. And it's positioned in a decent spot so that it shouldn't be blocked by stuff you put on the rack. If you have some bigger bags, or something that hang off the back, that could block that light. So to try to be careful
that you don't do that. Up front, the headlight is awesome. This one is, I think Herrmans
is the name of the company. And these lights are great. They are 120 lumens, which isn't crazy, but is bright
enough for most use cases. And they've got really
good side visibility here. You can see those side cutouts. So they shine to the side. That gives you good visibility. If there's oncoming traffic from the side, you also have those reflective
sidewall stripes on the tires that help out there. So really a solid commuting
option having, you know, having the rack, fenders and lights. And then the seat here does come with a Suspension seatpost, about 30 millimeters of travel on there. So it's not a ton, but it definitely makes
a difference, right? It helps out to smooth out those bumps.

The saddle is quite comfy too. This is the Bontrager Boulevard saddle. It's a fairly wide saddle. As you can see here, it's pretty comfy to sit on, and should do well for longer commutes, if that's what you need to do. Now there's no other
suspension on the bike besides that suspension seatpost. So nothing upfront, no
rear frame suspension. So it might be a little bit
rough on the hands and wrists, if you've got sensitivity
there and you like to have a little bit more
suspension and comfort for your hands on the grips.

Now you could install something
like a suspension stem, to help absorb some of that shock upfront. But if you do that, you're gonna lose a little
bit of adjustability and compatibility here. So this quill stem is fantastic. You can swivel this a
huge degree here to raise or lower the handlebars
and push that forward. And another benefit of this stem is that it's blendr compatible. So there's a lot of different accessories, that you can mount right
onto the stem here.

This could range from
like a cycle computer to maybe an additional headlight, that's a bit brighter, that you maybe already have
a headlight that you like or something like that. So there's a lot of different accessories that you can put on there. Definitely a nice thing to have, especially since we've got
the Bosch purion display here. Now this is actually one
of my favorites of bosches, but that's just because I like
the really small kind of out of the way display that just
lets you ride it like a bike and not have to worry too
much about what's going on with the electronics, but it doesn't have a whole lot
of features to it right now. I'm comparing it to the
Bosch Kiox, for example, or the Intuvia, two of the newer displays, that have color, have a lot more features, USB charging ports and all
kinds of stuff like that.

They even have a smartphoneHub, where you can just use your
smartphone as a display and you get a whole bunch
of extra features there. So compared to all of
those, very basic here. Let's just jump in and run
through it really quick. We've got a great rundown
on the purion display. And actually all of the
Bosch display is back, on our website, electricbikereview.com. If you check out our forum there. So we're not gonna spend a
ton of time on this here. We'll go ahead and power it on here, up with the power button
on the top of the display, it always starts up in off regardless of what mode you had it in the last time that you were using it. And the lights are always on
and that's just how it is.

So there's that headlight nice and bright. Come around back here to the tail light. This is done as a safety feature. Keeping the lights on normally
on a Bosch control system, you could hold down the plus here, and that would turn off the lights. But if you hold that down
on here, nothing happens, the lights don't turn off, just always on which
honestly is good for safety. And these are low power lights. Low power enough that they're
not gonna be a huge drain on your battery. So it's perfectly fine
that they're just left on. Another feature that is
disabled on Trek's bikes. is the walk mode, right? So that's this button on
the bottom of the display. Normally you would hold this down, and it would engage that rear wheel at a walking speed designed to help, if you need to say,
walk the bike up a hill, maybe you've got a, you know… You've got some groceries
that you're carrying, too many to fit on the rack, maybe you're walking with a friend. But you can't do that with the Trek bikes.

Now the reason for this, from what I've been able to find, is that this is a class 1 electric bike, which means it has no throttle. And so Trek is even disabled the walk mode since technically that's
kind of a throttle, just like a really low speed throttle. They want it to be absolutely
crystal clear that, "hey, this is a class
1 and it's, you know, "no throttle at all." They don't wanna get in any legal trouble, which I can understand, honestly.

And I actually kinda
like seeing this on here, where a lot of other manufacturers, are kind of playing it fast and loose, with those regulations
where they're making bikes that can go a bit over
the 20 miles per hour with the throttle, or it can go a bit over
28 using just pedal assist and like, yeah, it's close
enough and kind of getting away with it because a lot
of Ebike regulations, are nonexistent honestly. Different States and Cities will have their own stuff going on. So I appreciate that
Trek is being very clear and intentional about
how they're designing all of this stuff here.

So this is a class 1, you can see the sticker right under there. Class 1 Ebike, 250 watt motor,
maximum of 20 miles per hour. That is interesting, they say max of 250 Watts, since that's the nominal for the motor, it can actually peak all
the way up at 415 Watts. But you know, anyways, okay… Coming back around to the display here. So every time that it powers on, you'll see off right here, which means no pedal assist is active, and you can press the plus
here to engage that up. You can go eco, tour,
sport or the highest turbo. Now eco is pretty light, you
know, as you would imagine. It's only a little bit of assist, not a whole lot of torque, gives you a little bit of help, but you're still mostly
doing all the work yourself. And then all the way up in
turbo, it is noticeable. It's not super aggressive, you know, it's not gonna… you can't ride it in turbo, and expect to do no physical work. You're still gonna be peddling this bike, since it's a class 1 with no throttle.

And you get some pretty
impressive range on this too. You can, let's see if I can… I think you hold down
the down button here, to see some more details. (button clicking) So it'll show you the current trip timer. Ops let me (button clicking)
switch that back to turbo. So you hold down minus and you can cycle between these different readouts. So the first one is the trip timer there. And then the next one is
the odometer for the bike. And then if you hold
that down one more time, you get your range.

Now the range here adjusts
based on the pedal assist level that you've got going on. So we're in turbo right
now, 30 miles range. If we were to bump that
all the way down to eco, then it will update our
range and say 80 miles. And I've been riding around, currently on 14 miles on this already. So it's basically saying
that when it's an eco, and you're riding on, you know, decent terrain, you know, some hills, but mostly like evens-out the flats, then you're looking at like
a 90 to a hundred mile range, which is pretty sweet. If you live in a place
that has a lot more hills, and then if you kick that on up to turbo, that's gonna really cut
into your range quite a bit, but still 30 to 40 miles riding
in turbo is pretty awesome. And that makes up for… If you look down on the bottom here, where we've got the battery indicator, that's only five bars, so it's
not very precise, 20% steps, but the range estimator on
here tends to be very accurate.

This is an area where Bosch
has really done a good job. You know, they make their displays, and their controllers and their motors, and their batteries. They control that whole system. So they're really able
to achieve a high level of performance here. The Active Line Plus Motor, which as I mentioned is
a 250 watt nominal motor, peaking up at about 415 Watts, 50 Newton meters of torque. This is a pretty… How should I say? It's a mild motor, right? It doesn't get very loud. It doesn't give you a ton of power, but it's definitely noticeable.

Just like the Active Line on last year, this is a motor that's really designed, for more active cyclists,
that wants some help from the motor, so they can
ride farther and faster, but they don't, you know… They don't need the throttle, they don't need a ton of help. So if you really enjoy pedaling
and being a bit more active, then that's where this is
going to be a good fit for you.

Now one thing about these Bosch motors is that they do measure
both torque and cadence. They actually measure over a
thousand readings per second. So you've got torque,
you've got rear wheel speed. You've got your pedal cadence. All of these factors are measured, and that makes these motors some of the most responsive in the business. They're really quite
(chuckles) responsive. It's a lot of fun to ride. Now, one downside of having this primarily torque-based system is that, if you've got weak knees, and don't want to be
putting too much pressure on the pedals, this might not be as good of a fit, as a purely cadence-based system. Those only require you
to be cycling the cranks, versus actually putting pressure on them. So, like I said, I think that this is a better fit, if you're a little bit
more active of a rider, Now it's still fairly
lightweight, 7.1 pounds. There are some lighter
ones out there from Bosch, but this is pretty
decent for what you get, up to 105 RPMs in terms of
the max pedal cadence support.

Now this is again, kind of middle of the line for Bosch. They've got some that go as high as 120. So if you're somebody that likes to really cycle those pedals fast, while you're riding down
in kind of an easier gear, you'd really wanna go in and
test ride one of this first, just to make sure that
it's gonna be able to fit for how you like to ride. Now, the charger is right here. Now this is not a great
position for the charging port. I would really like to
see some tweaks here, because it's right next
to these cranks, right? So if you have the bike
plugged in and charging, while the battery is
still in the downtube, then maybe you just have
to like move it around a little bit or the
bike gets knocked over.

The cranks can collide with
that cord while it's charging. You can cause some damage to the cord, or, you know, God forbid
your charge port there. So my recommendation would
be to take the battery off and charge it off the bike. One more thing to note on that motor here, since this is the latest
generation of the Active Line Plus, is that it does allow
you to pedal backwards and cycle the cranks. And it does have a full
sized chainring in here. I forget the size on the chainring here.

I'm just gonna guess that
it's probably around like 42 or 44 tooth. Steel chainring in there. Now older versions of
the Active Line motor from Bosch had what was called
the reduction gearing system. So they had a small chainring
only about 12 teeth or so, and then they used some reduction gears, so that if you pedaled the
cranks one revolution around, it would actually move that,
chainring it, you know, two and a half revolutions. Right? So the idea here was that, you know, it made everything smaller
and more lightweight up here, but there was some other
benefits from it too, but it had some downsides.

One of which was that if
you pedaled backwards, the chain didn't cycle, so you couldn't apply any chain grease or do maintenance as easily. And other downside was that it
caused a little bit of drag. If you were riding without
the motor turned on, or pushing past the point
of electric assistance, then that reduction gearing system, would cause a little bit of a drag. You wouldn't be able to
ride quite as smoothly, but it will pop the battery out. And I can show you the charger too, because I brought that with me. (paper rustling) It's the standard Bosch compact charger.

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So Bosch has one of these. They also have a bigger, fast charger. This one's only two amp, which is pretty standard. It's small and lightweight. And honestly, I think
this is a pretty good fit for the bike. Cause it's not a very high capacity pack, and this is very easy
to toss in a backpack and carry with you. (paper rustling) There's also, it's actually like a CD, that's got the manual on
it and some other tips and whatnot from Trek.

(paper rustling) And then they put a huge
manual into the box here. (paper rustling) See if I can extract this. (paper rustling) A pretty darn big manual that
turns out to not actually be that big once you get
in and you realize that. That's cause they have you
know, alternative languages in here since they sell worldwide. But this is still far better
than the manuals that you get with most electric bikes, especially the ones that are, you know, online ordering only. So I really appreciate that
they included all of this stuff with the bike. It definitely helps you
to buy with confidence if this is a first Ebike for you. Got the keys right here. Now these are Ava's keys and this is what's called like a key
to like system, right? So what you would do
is you would take a… If you get on to avas.com, you can use the key code that
comes with these keys here.

And then you can order like a bike locks, and different accessories and stuff, that will use the same keys. And not to mention just
ordering replacement keys, if you need to. Definitely a great thing to see. So to remove the battery, you put the key in on
the side right over here. Now it is a multistep process, so once you turn that key, it will pop the battery
out just a little bit. I'm gonna come around on this side. And then to actually get it out, you've got to pull down right here, and then the battery will slide out. Pretty lightweight here for
the Bosch powertube 500, that works out to 482 watt hours capacity, you know, pretty decent. That's about middle of
the pack these days. Got a charging port right
down there on the bottom, so that you can charge it off the bike. This turns into a little
carry handle right here, that makes it easy to
transport around with you.

Definitely a good touch. I think they did a great job
with the integration on it. Now this is a little bit
difficult to put back in there with one hand. You gotta get it kind
of lined up right there, and then you gotta turn
the key with one hand when you slide it back in. And then once it's clicked back in, I always try to tug on it and make sure that it is locked in there and it is. So yeah, really good integration there. I think the upgrade to the
powertube was a great move, instead of the powerpack. More visually appealing, more sleek, and it helps this to look more
like a regular bike, right? Especially if you were seeing
it from this side over here, where you can't see any
branding on the motor, it might be difficult to guess that this is an electric bike. Even though this is a mid-step frame, it's still designed pretty securely. They've got this extra
support bar right here, that helps to add a
little bit more strength and rigidity, helps to
reduce the frame flex.

I've ridden it up to 20 miles per hour, max speed with the pedal assist. And it felt really stable. Even considering that it's a step-through, it felt rock solid. Trek does really know what
they're doing, making frames. So you can definitely see that in action. Plenty of mounting points for
mounting all kinds of stuff. I mean, we've already got
the fenders and the rack and everything on here, but there's some extra
mounting points here, and also up on the fork
right here for mounting… I mean, honestly, I'm not sure what you
would be mounting there. I've seen fenders that
mount onto those points, possibly like maybe like a front basket, or something like that.

I appreciate having the kickstand
mounted in the rear here. This is really nice if you're
doing chain maintenance, or you just need to, you know, move the bike around
with the kickstand down, and let you pedal backwards
here without having to worry about colliding the
cranks and the kickstand. They've still got this
really nice alloy cover or… Actually I think that is a, (metal tinkling) Yeah, this is alloy. Aluminum alloy cover up here
that protects the chainring, protects the chain, even got the slab guard on
the chainstay right here. This is a nice drivetrain
we've got here too. This is a Shimano Alivio groupset. This is a couple of steps up in quality from the Shimano line where you've got, you know, Tonid on the bottom, Altus above that, then you get up into Alivio. Really high performing here. You've got a wide range
cassette in the back of the Shimano hyper glide. This is 11 to 36 teeth. So that's a pretty good range. That's a, you know, any wider than that, and you'd start getting
into what you would expect to see on like a mountain
bike or something like that.

For riding around town, this is fantastic. Even for tackling some steeper
inclines on just pedal power, or down in eco. And the shifting
performance on the Alivio, is really nice too. Not only did you get the
just really satisfying, tactile feedback up here, but these are multi-directional shifters. So that lower thumb shifter is for shifting down into easier gears. You can dump up to three
of those shifting down and then the front lever
here is a two way, right? So you can either press on it with your index finger up here, or you can press on it with your thumb.

This is really nice if you want to keep fingers on the brakes, and then operate both shifting
paddles with one finger. Really nice touch to give
you that option there. And as I mentioned, very
satisfying, tactile clicky feedback from those, really a
solid groupset on here. So that you can easily ride this, like it was a regular bike. And if you run out of battery
capacity on your way home, it's not really gonna be a
big deal to peddle at home. This is a little bit
more heavy, 55 pounds.

So it's a little bit more
heavy than a standard bike, but still definitely doable here. We've got nice grips
up here from bontrager, is a bontrager satellite elite grips. Ergonomic rubber, or
they are locking grips. So they're not gonna rotate around at all, even if you bear down with
a lot of weight on there. The brakes here, hydraulic
disc brakes from Shimano. Shimano I think it's like the mt420s. So what, these are two finger levers here, hydraulic disc brakes with
160 millimeter rotors, in the front and rear
solid stopping power.

They're quiet, they're smooth, really high performing brakes. They did an awesome job with those. The pedals here are of
course Bontrager as well. The reason that we've been
saying bontrager everything all over the bike, this is Trek's in-house component brand. Any Trek bike is going to
have mostly bontrager parts. A lot of them are… They tend to be very durable, have good warranty coverage on them, and you can get them at any truck store, which is really nice if
you travel around a lot. These are pretty wide pedals, and they're solid plastic
here with the steel core.

And they've got these pins
on them of different heights, to add some good traction, and they do a good job of traction. They feel very grippy
and nice wide reflectors all around them there. The saddle of course, bontrager as well. Bontrager Boulevard saddle, pretty wide. Got the suspension seatpost on there. That is a 27.2 millimeter
diameter seatpost. I've got it all the way
up at the highest level that it can go to here, you know. Trying to make the bike fit for me, even though I'm a little
bit too tall for it. And tires here, of course, there's those bontrager
E6 connection ramps and the E6 tires here. These are Ebikes specific tires. You can see that right down here rated for up to 50 kilometers per hour. 700 x 50C hard case light
puncture protection. Great commuting tires. They've got great visibility
from the sidewall striping. They've got a really good
reflective, excuse me.

They've got a really good
hybrid tread pattern here, where the center is very
smooth, good rolling efficiency. And then on the sides, it's got a lot more
texture and grip to it. That way when you're turning,
you get more traction. If you were to start to
slide sideways or something, if you're riding in wet or icy
conditions that can help you to regain traction. Definitely a good fit
for a commuting bike. Now the step-through
frame that I've got here, it's really comfy to sit on.

Even though the bike is
way too small for me, it's still a nice comfy, upright position. I can't get my legs
extended fully to pedal, but other than that, it feels great. That's one thing that's
really nice about the verve+ 3 is the approachability. So if you're looking
for a bit more upright, comfortable seating position, something that's easier
and more approachable, to mount and dismount, you definitely wanna go
for the step-through here. And if you're looking for something, that's a little bit more aggressive, more of a forward seating position, maybe you're gonna be riding
it a little bit faster, more aggressively than you'd
go for the high-step version. (whooshing air) All right. Hey, let's jump on
it and see what it can do now, just like last year, when we first go for a ride, I'm actually going to
leave the display off, just jump on and ride
it like a bike, first.

Got it down in gear three, and even starting out in gear
three, very easy to ride. If we shift that all the
way down to first gear, then I can ride slow, have
a really nice pedal cadence. And it's so smooth. The Shimano Alivio
system does a great job, and I've got a … As I mentioned, nice
upright seating position on this step-through frame. We switch over here so
the light's a bit better. Very comfy, even being
way too big for this bike, still feels quite nice, you know. Would like to be able to
extend my legs more fully. So I would definitely go
for a larger frame size, if I was buying one of these for me. But even for, you know, making do with a smaller size, super easy. We can shift that up a
couple of gears here. There's a little bit of clunking
from the gears back there. I think just from them being so new, but it's just such a smooth, and nice feeling pedaling experience. Now we're gonna go ahead
and fire up the motor here. I'll hit that power button
on the top of the display.

We'll turn that on, and as I mentioned, it always turns on in off
and we're getting, you know, up here to 15 or so miles
per hour, just pedaling. You know, I still still
got the motor turned off, but even with the motor off, very easy to just ride it like a bike, and get going pretty quick. So that's what I was talking
about earlier is that, if you do run out of battery
power while you're out and about, you can still
ride this home, no problem. Or even if you're… Let's say you go on a group bike ride, and you're riding with some
friends or family members, that have standard bikes, and you don't wanna
leave them in the dust, you can just turn the motor off, and ride and keep pace with them.

Really nice touch to be able to do that. We gonna get off of the bike trail here. (button clicking) Shift that back down a little bit, and we're going to kick on
the motor and go right around, up on the main street right up here. So I'm gonna move it up to eco first. I can hear the motor, but
it is very quiet to me. See if you guys can even
hear it at all down here.

(bike motor roaring soflty) (wheels whizzing) We get a turned out onto the street here. The motor power is enough
that I can feel it, but it's definitely not
overwhelming or overpowering. It's very subtle, just a nice little extra boost
when you're writing an eco. (wheels whizzing)
(motor roaring softly) We're going up a pretty
decent incline right here. So I am having to put some work into it. But by shifting down, (car engine roaring) still pretty easy to get up the hill. And then if I bump that
on up into turbo mode, Turbo, oh yeah. Now we're accelerating up the hill, It starts shifting up a little bit, (whooshing air) Handles it. No problem. And I say with these Bosch motors is. they have shift detection built-in. Basically it kind of cuts power
to the motor when you shift, which is important since you've
got a mid-drive system here, that means that it is putting
stress on the chain, you know, on the standard drivechain
compared to a bike that has a rear hub motor, those ones don't interact
with the drivetrain at all.

So these ones a little bit
more wear and tear on it, which is why they have that
shift detection built-in. Now, even in turbo, it is really quiet. (wheels whizzing)
(motor roaring softly) It's essentially instant
activation and deactivation. One of the nicest things
about these Bosch motors, is that they kick in instantly,
they kick off instantly. That's why they're able to get
away with the brakes up here, not having any motor inhibitors, motor inhibitors would
cut power to the motor, as soon as you squeeze it.

But you know, here is as
long as you stopped pedaling, then the motors just cuts off instantly. And this motor is also not
extremely powerful either. You'd be able to overpower
it pretty easily, even if you did have to. It's pretty stable, as I mentioned, being a
step-through like this, a lot of times there
can be more frame flex and can be some stability
issues trying to ride no handed, but pretty decent on here. It's got, you know, a little bit of wobble going on, but certainly doable.

(motor roaring softly) So now we've got it in turbo here. I'm gonna really kind of push it here. See if we can get up to
that 20 miles per hour. (wheels whizzing)
(motor roaring softly) The motor typically cuts off for me. It's been cutting off right
around 19.8 miles per hour, You know, right about at 20, similar to other areas of the bike, Trek really plays it safe and make sure that it doesn't exceed any speed limits. It doesn't break any laws or guidelines, or anything like that. So it's pretty easy to
get up here and cruise it, right around 19 to 20 miles per hour. I'm not really pushing
the alivio to its limits. I mean, gear seven out of nine here, you've got nine speeds to work with. So if you wanted to, you know, you can keep shifting up. You'll be riding solely unassisted, if you go past 20 miles per
hour, but we can do that. Let's give it a try.

(air whooshing)
(wheels whizzing) We're all the way up in ninth now. Definitely a little bit harder pedaling. The motor has just completely shut off, not providing me any help at all. We are going uphill just
a little bit as well. All right, (car engines roaring) we've got a downhill here, (car engines roaring) So we can (air whooshing) I just wanted to get the
bike going a bit faster, so I can comment on the
stability and performance, if you are riding at higher speed.

(air whooshing)
(car engines roaring) So I think they did a really good job. (air whooshing) There we go, about 28. (air whooshing) It feels very stable and solid
going at 28 miles per hour, which I mean, it's not a surprise. All the components on here
are really well built. We've got the high speed Ebike tires. So if you live in an
area with a lot of hills, and you're going to be riding downhill, and exceeding those speeds of 20 miles per hour, pretty regularly, the bike is definitely able to handle it.

(air whooshing)
(wheels whizzing) (gears clunking) (car engine roaring) (gears clunking) (air whooshing) Solid shifting performance. As I mentioned this, a little bit of clunking
on some of those upshifts to the harder gears. It was really clunky when
I first got the bike, and as I've been riding it, it's been kind of smoothing
out and getting better. So I think that that's
just one of those things, when you have a brand new bike that hasn't been ridden much yet.

It kind of breaks in a
bit as you ride it around. On the ride comfort side of things, before we jump back on, I want to pop the seatpost out here. So you can preload the
spring suspension here. You just need a tool to adjust that, and you can either tighten
or loosen the spring, to preload it, tighten it up. So if you're a little
bit bigger of a rider, that is what you would want to do. And I really should tighten that up for me because I'm big enough at 190 pounds, that when I climb on it here, I can feel the saddle depressed down.

It feels like I'm compressing
probably a decent amount of the travel there. So if it feels like you're
not getting a lot out of the suspension seatpost,
that would be why. Tighten that up just a little bit. But even as it's set
right now, it does help. I can feel it compress more
when I'm going over bumps. Just as far as the ride comfort goes, I think it's pretty comfy, right? (car engine roaring) I like how it feels. And I think that the suspension seatpost, is going to be enough for a lot of people. Now, if you, as I mentioned… If you've got like wrist
sensitivity or anything like that, maybe your hands don't do
well with that, you know, a lot of like bumping and
rattling and shocks up front, then you might not be a good fit.

This is why you'd wanna go
in there and test-ride it. I think that it's comfy enough, since we got those wider tires on here, so those 50c wide tires
instead of the 45s, it gives you a little
bit of extra comfort, helps out just a little bit smoother ride, but it's still not any anywhere
near a full suspension setup or even just having a suspension fork. Really one of those areas
where you want to try it and see how it works out for you. If you are like me and
you come from a background of riding, say road bikes
and stuff like that, that has no suspension
and very thin tires. Then this is going to feel
like a lot of comfort. Stopping power on the
brakes feels fantastic.

Even just using one of
the brakes does great for stopping very quickly. Of course you wanna use both of them, to really be stopping effectively, but they're very quiet. You know, I haven't ridden a
ton of miles on the bike yet, but it's nice that so far,
they seem perfectly tuned, perfectly quiet, they're nice and clean. If you've ever ordered a bike online, then you may have had problems
with your rotors being dirty. Maybe they're not quite lined up. They might be really squeaky and loud the first times that you ride them around. Really is a nice benefit of getting a bike from somebody like Trek, right? Is that it's perfectly tuned up, and ready to go from the dealer. You don't have to do any
fiddling with stuff like that. (wheels whizzing)
(air whooshing) If your commute and your
normal riding areas are paved, like bike paths, bike lanes, you know, stuff like what we're riding in right now, where it's pretty well maintained.

There'll be some bumps here and there, but nothing too crazy or aggressive, then this'll be fine. If you ride on a lot of unpaved roads, maybe dirt roads or stuff
that's not well maintained, there's a lot of potholes and bumps. The suspension may not
be sufficient for you. (car engine roaring) At that point, it's really
gonna depend on just what your personal comfort
levels are as far as whether or not there'll be enough
suspension for you. (car engine roaring) Okay gang, we are done
with the Trek Verve+ 3, the third generation of
the verve+ electric bike from Trek. Now for a full written review, all the specs and details
and pro con write-up, you can of course check out
the full written review, on electricbikereview.com. There's a link for that
in the video description. Back on our site, you can also check out last
year's review of the verve+ 2, if you want to see some
footage from the high-step, extra large frame and
see how they compare, since almost everything's the
same aside from the upgrade to the new Active Line Plus motor, and powertube battery system from Bosch.

Okay guys, you got any
thoughts, questions, comments on this review, please try emailing comment section. I'd love to chat with you about it. Thanks for tuning in, ride safe, and we will see you next time. (whooshing air) (birds chirping) (water burbling).

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