Trek Transport+ Electric

How’d we pick ’em? By putting nearly a dozen urban and utility-oriented bikes through their paces at Outside’s Santa Fe headquarters.

Mon, 04/02/2012 - 00:00
Outside Magazine
Trek Transport+

Best For: True utility. 

The Test: Before you slag off this electric-assist bike as a bastion of the lazy, consider hauling 250 pounds (the cargo capacity of the Transport+) without a little help. Assistance comes from the bar-controlled rear-hub motor: choose from four settings—25, 50, 100, or 200 percent—and the device supplements your efforts up to 350 watts. We found the lowest two settings ample for most around-town use, though with large loads (boxes to ship; two sandbags to return to Home Depot) and on steep hills (like the 14 percent grade leading to one of our testers’ homes) the high setting was a godsend. Unloaded, claimed range is around 30 miles, but we charged every couple of days and never got below half power. Built-in lights are a commuting boon. 

The Verdict: The Penske truck of bicycles. 63 lbs

Brand: Trek $2,820
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