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Oh, and we’ve got Trek bikes


Since 2010, we’ve sold Trek electric bikes, beginning with the Trek 7200+, the Trek Valencia+ and the Trek FX+ all with BionX motors. Later, the  Trek T80+ was popular.

In recent years, Trek introduced the Trek XM700+ (with Bosch electronics), and the Trek Lift+ and Trek Conduit+ lines (with Shimano STEPS electronics); see our September 2015 post Trek’s back into e-bikes!

This season, we’re still carrying the Trek Lift+ and Trek Conduit+,  plus their new Verve+, also equipped with the Bosch system but at a more affordable price point and SuperCommuter+.

 

New this year, we also have a lineup of Trek’s bikes: their FX series, the Marlin series, the Verve series, as well as the Trek Roscoe for exploring the nearby Wissahickon.

Stop on by to try these and a range of accessories. Sorry, no apparel yet!

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A 10-speed Boomers can Age Gracefully with: the Trek Lift+ 


It’s been 5 years since we first read about the Shimano STEPS system.  And just last week, we received the first set of e-bikes with this system, which includes the center mount motor, battery and console designed by Shimano, and incorporated into some of Trek’s 2016 e-bike lineup: the Trek Lift+ and the Trek Conduit+.

I took the Lift+ along our test path, which includes going along the Wissahickon Creek, on Forbidden Drive and over to Northwestern Ave to Brunos – a good mix of streets, trails, and hills.

trek-lift-plus-lsIt’s rare to find a center mount battery on a step-thru frame, so I was excited to try this out.  Both the motor & battery in the middle of the bike makes for a well balanced bike.

The battery, accessed from the side, was extremely easy to securely click onto the bike.  When I did so, I noticed a slim rubber sheet. Turns out this protected the battery and not once on the gravel ride did I hear the battery rattle about on the frame. Very comforting. Most e-bike batteries can be charged on or off the bike. For this bike, the battery must be off the bike to charge.

The center-mounted display is adequate, with control buttons on the left offering setup and 3 levels of pedal-assist.

One nice feature is the range displayed for each level of pedal assist. So, even though I’d pedaled 22 miles on a fully charged battery, I could see that I’d have assist for 40 miles on level 1 (Eco), 36 miles on level 2 (Norm), and 29 miles on level 3 (Hi).

Another nice feature is that the beeps can be turned off, which is enough to make this my e-bike system of choice, over even BionX.

We noticed that the motor pulses if we simply pushed buttons to ramp up to level 3.  But that if we used the assist levels in conjunction with shifting, we quickly fell into a nice cadence.  The motor did feel a bit noisy, again, compared with BionX, but the easy cadence quickly made up for it.

As to the bike itself, I liked the kickstand. It’s well positioned, and was very stable when parked. The ballon tires cushioned the ride and compensated for the rigid fork, making for an extremely comfortable ride. The braking was responsive, and surprised me. The bike is nimbler than it appears. The seat post clamp was another pleasant surprise, quite easy to adjust, and the seat itself was comfortable. The 10 speed trigger shifting was simply perfect, offering just enough hill climbing and speed for my urban rides. The adjustable stem completed this near-perfect 46 pound bike.

On my wish-list for this bike? A rack, fenders and lights, please! Trek needs to know that women commute too!

All in all, this is a 10 speed that Boomers can age gracefully with.

Trek’s back into e-bikes! 


In 2009, PHEW! opened our doors and began selling electric bikes. In 2010, we began selling Trek electric bikes.  Despite proving that e-bikes sell, we found Trek introducing fewer and fewer e-bike models each year.  Last year, we had only the Trek T80+ to offer, and that too, in limited frame sizes.

This year, get ready for some innovation from the folks at Trek.

After partnering with Canadian BionX e-bike kit maker for over 6 years, Trek now introduces their XM700+ line of e-bikes with the Bosch mid-drive motor, which many of you have tried on our Felt Electric and Haibike models. trek-xm700+The Trek XM700+ looks to be outfitted as a fast commuter bike, with fenders & integrated lighting, and the pedal-assist taking you up to 28mph.

trek-lift-plus-lsTrek is also the first to bring the Shimano STePS system to the US, which we blogged about in 2010.trek-conduit-plus
This Shimano STeps system is featured on both the Trek Conduit+ and Lift+ bikes.
Trek’s earlier models were electrified road bikes, notably the FX+ and the Valencia+; Or hybrids like the 7200+ and the T80+.  With the 2016 models, I see Trek going beyond the thrill of the sport.  Explore the Trek XM700+ and Conduit+ commuter electric bikes – both with integrated fenders, rack and lighting.  And the Trek Lift+, with the comfortable crank forward design.  We’re excited to see Trek finally showing that THIS is how we move.

You’ll find that Philly Electric Wheels is the region’s best place to sample these bikes.  We have bikes from e-bike specific importers such as EZ Pedaler and Benelli, and also from the country’s more established bike brands, such as Trek and Felt .

Open all Labor Day weekend, stop by to touch & feel our new pedal-assisted bicycles. You’re sure to feel like a kid again!

Trek T80+, reviewed


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Have you ridden an e-bike? Then you know the goofy grin that alights on your face when you shift into Assist mode. All of a sudden you have a superpower. Your every step is lightning. The Trek T80+ is like that.

The T80+ is my first e-bike experience, as you can probably tell. I was concerned that riding an e-bike would feel different than riding a regular bike, and I was worried about the handling. Let me tell you, I felt joyfully at ease as I whizzed along my neighborhood streets! Riding the T80+ felt like riding a regular bike, but cranked up to eleven. The ride was smooth and very comfortable. Whenever I needed a lift, I just switched on Assist mode and the hills magically flattened out. I seriously plan to try riding up a Pocono next, just to see how it feels.

This 21-speed bike is basically a Prius. It has a readout on the handlebar that tells you how much battery life you’ve got, how much Assist you’re using, and how much you’re charging the battery, as well as how far you’ve ridden. (Don’t forget to reset the Distance button, or you might start to wonder if the Assist mode has made you go on fast forward.) One cool feature of the electronic array is that while you’re in Assist mode, when you engage the rear brake, it automatically switches to charging the battery. When you let go of the brake, it goes back to Assisting you. This is nice for when you’re braking on a downhill, for example.

And yeah, what about charging the battery? You could plug it in to the wall, but you can also charge up and give yourself an extra workout at the same time, by adjusting the setting in Assist mode. You’re basically just putting more drag on those sleek Schwalbe tires, so it’s more work to pedal. I tried this at all four levels of difficulty, and I can attest that it is, indeed, more of a workout!

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The Trek T80+ is built in Germany, and as such, has an amazing European feature. Ladies and gentlemen, the built-in bike lock! After you stop your bike, you just take out the key, and the bike won’t move. Now, could someone come along and throw your bike into their pickup? Yes. But without that key, they’ll never be able to ride it, so what would be the point? Modern life, solved. Now, onto more pressing problems like climate change.

The motor system on this bike is made by BionX to Trek specifications, and if you’re familiar with the world of e-bikes, you’ll have heard of this brand. BionX has been our best-selling e-bike motor system for several years now. BionX motor systems are popular for their quickness and ridability as well as their reliability and longivity. BionX motor systems are also very adaptable: we have installed them in bikes of every size and style over the years, and our customers are consistently content.  One improvement on this year’s model is that the battery has been redesigned, so it is easier to take off, and thus easier to charge and maintain. IMG_1348

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Another imIMG_1349provement is that the wire cable connections have been reduced for increased reliability. Why on earth wouldn’t you want to ride this thing?!

There are many Trek bike shops in the country, and there are quite a few e-bike shops nowadays as well. But the Trek shops mostly don’t sell e-bikes, and the other e-bike shops are not allowed to sell Trek e-bikes. Philly Electric Wheels is that serendipitous combination of both. We have a full selection of the T80+ in stock, and the price has been lowered, so come on down and take a test-ride today! You’ll get that grin on your face just like I did.

Who rents an e-bike?


Who rents an e-bike? Typically, it’s been people wanting to to experience how an e-bike would integrate into their daily commute.

This week, however, we got a call from an out-of-towner. He already owned an e-bike, a Pathfinder with throttle-assist, using it to get to work sweat-free. The Pathfinder is similar to the line of Hebb e-bikes that we carry.  In town for work-related training, he decided to site-see Philly on an e-bike. To give him a different e-bike experience, we set him up with a Trek 7200+, offering 4 levels of pedal-assist and regenerative braking.

His highlights? The ride to the Holiday Inn by the Stadium through the Wissahickon, Fairmount Park and along the Schyulkill River Trail; the current Sendak exhibit at the Rosenbach Museum in Rittenhouse Square, the Mutter Museum, the various beers from an 80-mile radius at Standard Tap in Northern Liberties, cheesesteak at Pat’s in South Philly, stuffed challah french toast at Sabrina’s in the Italian Market and lastly, a sampling of the house brews at Earth Bread & Brewery in Mt Airy.

His parting query was Is there a Bed & Breakfast near here for his next trip to Philly? There certainly is, Brent!  We recommend the Burbridge Street B&B on quiet Burbridge St in Germantown, run by Marnie Hague, who has lived car-free for decades, using a combination of her bike & SEPTA to get around.

Trek’s Electric Cargo Bike


Last week I wrote about Trek’s Ride+ Bikes and looked in detail about their Bionx motor and controller system. Trek has also recently announced their electric-assist cargo bike, the Transport+.

The Transport+ is what’s called a ‘longtail’ cargo bike, namely because the rear of the frame has been extended to allow extra space for side-mounted loading platforms and tough nylon bags to contain whatever cargo you can fit on the bike.

This design is very similar to XtraCycle, who has been making longtail conversion kits for some years now and recently teamed up with bike manufacturer Surly to create the Big Dummy cargo bike. The Big Dummy is similar in design to the Transport+ (minus the electric assist, of course) and you can get an idea of what’s possible with this type of design by looking at the wealth of pictures of loaded cargo bikes taken by pround owners.

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from Surly’s blog

The sky is the limit with this cargo bike design- they have  a big carrying capacity, and their design handles just like a regular bike, only longer. Because the bike is so long, the weight is closer to the bike’s center of gravity, which translates into hassle-free handling. The added bonus of the electric assist system means that you can get to your destination quickly and easily while loaded down. Suddenly those short car trips to the grocery store or Home Depot don’t seem to make sense!

The Transport plus also comes with an integrated front and rear lighting system, front disc and rear v-brake for reliable, strong stopping power, and a nifty front porteur-style platform rack.

The bike is slated to arrive at dealers in the fall, and price should fall within range of Trek’s current Ride+ offerings. We are really looking forward to this bike at PHEW and will be sure to let you know when we have one in the store available to demo.

Trek Ride+ In Depth


Back in March, we announced that we would carry Trek’s Ride+ line of electric-assist bikes. In the last few months, the Ride+ bikes have proven themselves a consistent favorite among our customers and staff, with good reason. Trek bases their line on established standard bikes like the Valencia, FX and 7200 models, then adds a Bionx-built rear-wheel motor, controller, and battery. This electric system has many distinguishing features, the most apparent being the user interface.

The system uses a handlebar-mounted LCD console that displays assist level, battery reserves, power meter, speed, and odometer. The rider can adjust the level of assistance on the fly by pressing the plus or minus button. This proves to be a handy feature since there are four levels of assistance, from a slight push to a powerful thrust that whisks you up hills or up to speed from a stop. Power is delivered smoothly and silently, with the motor’s torque sensor detecting the rider’s power output and multiplying it with electric assist. If you pedal softly, the motor will sense this and add just a bit of power. If you sprint and push hard, the motor responds and adds a healthy dose of power. The key word here is smooth– this system is really second to none in perfectly-modulated power delivery.

The Ride+ system also sports a very cool power-generating mode. The rider can select one of four modes that generates power through resistance, allowing you to put some power back into the battery and extend your range! This comes in handy on long or steep downhills where the rider can select a generating mode, whose resistance allows the rider to maintain or even decrease speed while the motor generates power.

In addition to the rider-selected power-generating mode, these systems also offer regenerative braking, which automatically activates the motor generator when the rider uses the brakes. The added resistance of the generator helps bring the bike to a stop faster, as well as adding around ten percent to the range of each battery charge. When the brake lever is released, the motor seamlessly switches back to pedal-assist mode.

If this all sounds complicated, I assure you it is not. The user interface is simple, clear, and intuitive, and requires nothing of the rider aside from switching it on and selecting assist level.

Aside from all of these great features, the system also uses a Lithium-Ion battery pack, with light weight and long battery life being the most important hallmarks of this cutting-edge battery technology. The battery mounts atop a special rear cargo rack and features a large, bright integrated tail light that, along with a powerful headlight, can be switched on from the console on the handlebar.

The bikes all feature a wide range of gears, between 24 and 27 gears depending on the model. The shifters and derailleurs are all reliable, high-quality pieces made by Shimano. The 7200+ and FX+ both feature strong V-type brakes, while the Valencia+ has disc brakes that provide reliable all-weather performance.

We currently have demos of all three models at the shop ready to ride, so satisfy your curiosity with a free guided test ride that will show you what these bikes can do. We guarantee these bikes will put a smile on your face.

We’re Now a Trek Ride Plus Dealer


It’s official: starting in March Philly Electric Wheels will be stocking bikes from Trek’s Ride+ electric assist bike line. Trek really did their homework in designing the bikes, and they all seem like excellent offerings. The electric technology is provide by Bionx, who design some of the best electric bike kits available. The bikes all come with features like regenerative braking, power-generating modes, integrated light systems, and lightweight batteries.  All of Trek’s electric bikes come with triple cranks, which provides the bikes with a lot more gear range than most other electric bikes. If you don’t know what any of that means, take a look at Trek’s Ride+ site. Rest assured that Trek is doing it right.

Trek is offering three models, two of which come in both step-through and standard frames. They’re all modified versions of existing Trek models, so they’re all well-proven designs.  Anyway, here they are.

Valencia+

The Valencia+ is Trek’s most heavy-duty commuter, coming stocked with disc brakes and full-coverage fenders that make all-weather commuting safer and less messy.

FX+

The FX+ is based on Trek’s flat-handlebar road bike and is the lightest of the Ride+ bikes. It comes with a carbon fiber fork to lighten things up and would make a great choice for general fitness riding and commuting. THe FX+ also comes in a step-through Women’s Specific Design frame.

7200+

This bike is set up for comfort, with an upright riding position and a front suspension fork to smooth out the ride. There’s also a step-through frame available.

Right now we have all three models in the store set up and ready to ride, so come down and see what Trek has to offer.