Whatever your reasons for looking for an extra push in your road riding, the Trek Domane+ AL5 is a great first step into electric biking.
For the heckling you might get, this is a lovely electric bike that is light, fast, and doesn’t require lots of electrical energy to get you up the hills. Thanks to its low-friction motor, you can pedal economically and maximize the time you’re on the road.
The high-quality Shimano drivetrain will allow you to get those miles in without demanding too much from the motor and battery, and the light but powerful Shimano RT66 brakes will handle a wet descent without overheating.
Reasons to Buy
The Trek Domane+ AL 5 is a lightweight electric bike that can be ridden on lower power settings to maximize the distance you can cover in a day’s riding. We love the carbon forks that make for a smoother ride and the riding position that allows for more comfort.
We also love the mounts for accessories like a pannier rack, frame bag, and mudguards. This can allow you to get the machine ready for longer tours — perhaps a planned route between motels on a multi-day ride in the countryside.
For those longer rides, it’s possible to achieve 110 miles of riding with the optional extra battery that mounts on the bottle cage fitting. That’s a big day in the saddle!
As a whole, this makes for a great first step from an analog road bike where you’re used to doing 70 miles of riding a day already. You’ll just do it without too much strain on your body!
Things to Consider
One drawback of having a rear hub motor is that it can give too much power too soon and spin the wheel. Starting in a high power mode can lead to this, and is something that you should get used to for safety.
That said, there is little else to raise as an issue on this comfortable, quick, and good-looking electric road bike.