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Trek Dual Sport+ Video Review – $3.6k Hybrid Electric Bike for Commuting & Light Trail

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The Trek Dual Sport+ is a versatile electric bike that’s efficient on road but capable of light trail riding as well, puncture resistant tires with tight knobby tread offer traction, stability, and a bit of comfort due to increased air volume. Durable spring suspension fork provides 63mm of travel with preload and lockout adjust, hydraulic disc brakes require less hand effort to pull and the lever reach can be changed to accommodate different sized hands. Very nice 10-speed drivetrain with wide 11-42 tooth cassette, the derailleur has an adjustable clutch that reduces chain bounce and drops, alloy chainring guard protects your pants or dress, custom pedals are grippy and highly reflective. Bright headlight with side windows for increased visibility, it’s mounted high and points where you steer, backlight provides 11-LED’s but could get blocked by long shirts or jackets that hang down, lots of provisions for adding bottles, locks, fenders, and a rear rack, priced high because of the quality parts, dealer network, multiple sizes, and great warranty.

11 Replies to “Trek Dual Sport+ Video Review – $3.6k Hybrid Electric Bike for Commuting & Light Trail”

  1. cresshead

    interesting, i'm not too 'convinced' on the power tube concept just yet…when choosing an ebike was either a yamaha haibike sduro 1 or a bosch with a powertube..didn't like the idea of the drop out remove design of the went with a yamaha with a standard 'pack' design.

  2. Jimiel Joseph

    I just bought the first generation Trek Dual Sport Plus with a 17 and a half inch frame size and I'm glad that I got this model rather than the new model. I prefer the nice large display of the Shimano system. I also like the battery removal procedure compared to the new model. For me the quick release leavers are essential so that pleases me as well. The battery having the frame side built on to the side makes me very wary of scratching it so the first model which I have give me more peace of mind when it is removed. The first thing I did was put on a suspension post which does not seem to be an easy thing to do with a new model from what I understand, also I switched over the seat to a more comfortable Bontrager design with a memory foam seat pad. So switching over either of those two things on the new model is a bit of a chore. I prefer the flat black design of the paint and the red chevrons on the fork and frame of the first generation rather than the gloss black on this new one. All in all I am very happy with mine and I have no regrets or envious feelings after seeing the new model review. I have outfitted mine with bar ends with foam grips on them and handlebars so I've had to move by controls for brakes and the computer all in board a few inches which is not a problem. I have outfitted mine with a triple super powerful headlight that is designed to go on your head but I mounted on to the center part of the handlebars with black heavy duty zip ties. It's a high-power headlight system that I got on Amazon for $25 which is rechargeable with it's own lithium batteries and it's adjustable on-the-fly. And I have put a tail light on which is solar powered placed on the seat suspension post tube. For me it's preferable to put my own lights on that are powered by themselves. And since I have the smallest frame size that's not a problem either when it comes to using a water cage because I have bought the specialized swivel system that allows me to put my water bottle in from either side or traditionally and I have cut off the little stay that prevents the water bottle from sliding down so that my water bottle now rest on the frame. Since I use an aluminum double jacket water bottle I bought some circular adhesive foam pads and stuck them to the bottom of my metal water bottles. So now I can use a full size water bottle that will fit easily in that small frame size. Of course I bought flat plastic fenders that have the same matte finish as the bike and I have customized the bottom part of the rear fender so that no debris touches the bike frame at all. I also utilized a knee pad that is used for either gardening or construction and I cut off the straps and I used one Heavy Duty black zip tie 2 cover the front part of the motor and it also prevents any debris or in my case since I live in Canada (salt dust) from striking my chain and chain ring and it fits absolutely perfectly with no rubbing against the chain and just a few millimeters of clearance. So doing that I have protected my chain and protected the motor both at the same time and quite honestly it does not look very much out of place it fits snug and contoured itself to the frame and I can remove it at any time very easily. The only thing left for me to do on the bike is to put on an adjustable stem to give me a more upright riding position. I was going to swap out the tires for more road oriented tires but since they already have 80 psi already, I'm content with that. I have absolutely no Envy over the new model I prefer the large screen my flat black finish and the first generation battery packs rather than this new one. And just in case anybody is wondering whether they can defeat the governor system which allows me to only reach 32 km per hour under power well if you go to your settings and readjust the wheel size so that the computer will not detect the actual speed you're going then you can probably go much faster under Electric Power the only thing is is that you will not have the proper calculations of speed, distance, range Etc. It's not something that I intend to do but it's nice to know that I can do it until I can learn another way.

  3. 1650million

    I actually like it, since I´m into bike travelling. The possibility of front and rear panniers, two water bottles, 28" wheels, and a motor not designed for performance, makes this a very capable bike for traveling. Add a thudbuster in there, get an actually comfortable saddle, and replace the incomprehensible, horryfing display with the Intuvia, and you can even do the Camino de Santiago like the King of Spain… 😀 I would´ve preferred a second chain ring to maximize climbing ability/conserve battery. And the possibility to carry two water bottles is nice, but the ability to mount a secondary 500Wh battery on top of the main one (in the way Haibike does) would´ve been magnificent.

  4. Regie Endsley

    I got one of theses last week. I added fenders and a rack. I also added a rear light. If I make use of the rack I block the seat light. Also if you want to change out the seat, you don't have the rear light. To me the integrated seat light creates more problems than It solves. I got the step through model because even the small standard frame's step over hight too high for my short legs. My other fuss about the bike is I'm 71 and I run out of pedal in high gear on relative flat surfaces with assist turned off. I'm wondering if a larger gear up front say 40 tooth would help that and would it make the "low gear" too low. Over all I love the bike and no bike is ever going to be perfect. Also on the production model they have upgraded the grips to a more ergonomic one. The flat pedals are great. The Bosh Active Line plus provides plenty of power for the kind of riding I do, but I wish it had more range. Buying a second battery is costly, $800.00+ costly. My walk button does not seem to work. I wonder if Bosh is still disabling them in the US>

  5. Bob A

    I would really like if Trek would make some of their offerings in this category with an optional speed motor upgrade. They had one in their hybrid bike (Trek Police Electric), however, is not available to the public. Great bike and well researched video! Rock on…

  6. Steve Donovan

    A quick comment on the kick stand. Maybe I've misunderstood your point here and elsewhere but it should lean the bike in the stand's direction, that establishes more stability. If it positions the bike directly upright it will be less stable and more easily tip over.

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