Trek Transport+ Electric

Apr 2, 2012
Outside Magazine
Trek Transport+

Trek Transport+ Electric    Photo: Radlund Photography

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