A great-looking low-step electric bike, the Trek Verve+ 3 Lowstep has all the gear you need to cycle around town with minimal effort. The Bosch Active Plus mid-drive motor offers up to 50 Newton meters of torque, which will see you sail up even the steepest inclines with minimal effort.
Supporting the motor is the 500 Wh in-tube battery that offers up to 40 miles of real-world cycling. If this isn’t enough, you can double the range with the optional clip-on range extender. A 9-speed Shimano Alvio transmission offers great ratios even for tougher climbs, and the Shimano M200 hydraulic braking system with 160mm rotors on the front and rear helps you stop with precision.
Though it lacks a suspension fork, Trek has included a suspension seatpost so your rump doesn’t get tenderized while riding. Rounding the bike off are full fenders, a rack, and lights. Including rider weight, it’ll carry up to 300 lbs, which means you can tote a full load of groceries or everything you need for work.
Reasons to Buy
At this price point, the Verve+ 3 Lowstep is a very competitive e-bike. We like the overall looks and the components that’ll make this a dream to ride. Thanks to the way the motor and battery sit on the Verve+ 3, you’ll get a riding feel very similar to that of a traditional bike. The traditional bike elements on this e-bike are very good for the price, too.
If you’re planning to get very active, then go for the clip-on range extender battery and enjoy up to 80 miles of riding a day. You’ll soon sweat off any lard over a few weeks of doing that!
Things to Consider
Many e-bikes in the U.S. have throttles that can allow for motorcycle-style, sweat-free riding. As with all Trek e-bikes, this lacks a throttle. There are equivalently priced e-bikes like the Pedego City Commuter that have a similar look with a throttle, but many will lack a quality warranty like that offered by Trek.