Trek Fuel EXe reviewed (finally)

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The new Trek Fuel EXe is an important bike. It’s attracting a lot of attention from the e-curious who don’t think much of the current e-bike offering from elsewhere.

NB: Ignore the price tag of this model. Let’s talk about the bike behind the bling.

  • Brand: Trek
  • Product: Fuel EXe 9.9 XX1 AXS
  • Price: £13.250.00 £14,350
  • From: Trek Bikes
  • Review by: Benji for three months
trek fuel exe
Looks like a Trek Fuel EX

Three things I loved

  • Looks great
  • Less scary on technical terrain than heavier e-bikes
  • Rides like a normal bike

Three things I’d change

  • Range anxiety
  • Wish we’d tested a more affordable version
  • Rides like a normal bike
trek fuel e
Non-driveside shot

A warning. I’m not going to go into great detail about the nuts and bolts of this bike. You can read our ‘5 reasons the Trek Fuel EXe is most important bike of the decade‘ from when the Trek Fuel EXe was announced for that stuff.

Another warning. Nor am I going to talk much about this particular £14,350 showpiece model. It’s a distraction. It actually gets people’s backs up (mine included to be honest). It doesn’t give the Trek Fuel EXe concept a fair chance.

I’m going to focus on the frame, the motor, the battery and the controls. The stuff that’s exactly the same on the £6,400 Trek Fuel EXe 9.5.

In this review I’m going to focus purely on how a Trek Fuel EXe bike rides.

trek fuel e
Compact TQ motor

For those who do need a quick refresher, or understandably don’t want to click open another browser window for a reminder, the Fuel EXe is Trek’s mid-power e-bike. 50Nm of torque, compared to the 85Nm of full-power e-bikes and the 35Nm of Specialized’s SL low-power e-bikes.

The ostensibly similar – and surely the current main rival – Orbea Rise has 60Nm of torque by the way. And there’s also the new Fazua Ride60 equipped e-bikes with 60Nm too (check out the Pivot Shuttle SL as an example).

The battery is a 360Wh capacity one (same capacity as Orbea Rise). Some full-on ebikes have 700Wh+. A common capacity is 500-600Wh. Specialized SL e-bikes have 325Wh batteries.

There is also a range extender battery available for the Trek Fuel EXe which gives a further 160Wh, for £450. I would have really liked to have had one of these for this test period but they have yet to land in the UK in large enough numbers to get hold of one. Believe me, I tried.

Perhaps the two main USPs of this bike are its weight and its appearance. It weighs around 40lbs. And it looks like a normal mountain bike. Both of these factors cannot be understated as to their importance with the mountain bike market.

There is a third USP too but it’s only once you’re on the bike and riding that it appears: it is pretty much silent. Honestly, once off-road you can’t hear it. You can only just hear it when riding on the road but even then you have to be going pretty slow for the wind noise not to drown it out.

The Trek Fuel EXe can pass for a regular mountain bike. And while this might partially be about hiding the ‘shame’ of riding a pedal assist bike, I actually think it’s more to do with people’s existing fondness for their current mountain bike.

Existing experienced mountain bikers like how their mountain bike looks and sounds. The Trek Fuel EXe totally nails the remit of looking and sounding like a normal mountain bike. Massive kudo to Trek for that alone.

Trek Fuel EXe review

I’ll come out and say it. I still don’t really know how I feel about this bike. I’ve been dithering and delaying writing this review for quite some time. The only thing I am sure about is that the Trek Fuel EXe is not for me.

The thing is, I also think it is brilliant. And it will be perfect for loads and loads of riders out there.

In a nutshell, after passing it round as many other riders as I can convince to get on it, everyone says the same thing: “it’s just like a normal bike”. That is exactly what I say too, although I mean it in a confused head-scratching way. Everyone is saying it in a giddy enthused way.

Despite everything, the overarching experience of the Trek Fuel EXe is one of subtlety. It does not blow your mind upon first pedal stroke. Indeed because of the silence and the instant and super natural way the motor assist comes in, a lot of the time you can’t tell you’re getting any assistance at all. There isn’t a visual display confirmation of the assistance level you’re getting either (a la Shimano or Bosch displays).

It feels like not a lot is happening. But it is.

Finish a ride on the Trek Fuel EXe and then instantly hop on a normal mountain bike and the assistance is instantly noticeable by its absence. The Trek Fuel EXe is like riding with a massive tailwind. Or on ascents that have had a few degrees of gradient removed from them. Or you’ve suddenly become twenty years younger. It’s not that climbing becomes whistle-while-you-work easy (which it can do on full-power e-bikes), it’s still pretty strenuous activity on the Trek Fuel EXe.

I’d go as far to say that, unlike full-power e-bikes, the Trek Fuel EXe cannot do things that normal mountain bikes (and/or mountain bikers) can’t do. You won’t be scrabbling up preposterous trials-y techno climb challenges on the Fuel EXe. You won’t be trebling your usual altitude gain. What you will be doing is riding for that extra hour, and doing that extra hill.

What about descending then? Despite ‘only’ weighing 40lbs or so, the Fuel EXe does definitely exhibit some of the suspension flattery that you get with the extra weight of e-bikes. The Fuel EXe is an excellent descender. It’s pretty long and acceptably slack, which helps, but it’s the weight that is the most significant thing at play here.

The suspension on this bike works excellently. So calm. Very supportive. Very grippy. Sure, some of that may be due to the fancier dampers in the top-end suspension parts specced, but my gut feeling is that it’s to do with the sprung/unsprung help that comes when the frame is heavy, particularly the placement of that weight (central and relatively low down).

Compared to full-power (heavier) e-bikes on descents, the Trek Fuel EXe wins some and loses some. It does lose out on some of the super stability and speed-holding of heavier e-bikes. But on the whole, I think I prefer the nimbler handling of the Fuel EXe. Particularly when things are loose. It feels much less scary. Less like the bike is careering away out of control. More confidence inspiring.

Which brings us to the real surprise arena. Flat stuff.

The Trek Fuel EXe feels most at home on contouring terrain. Or rather, its assistance is more overly felt and appreciated on flatter trails. It’s when you’re not fighting gravity, or using gravity, that the Fuel EXe feels like a rocketship. It feels amazing. It makes you feel like a World Cup XC bod.

It’s also really good fun and capable on technical traverses. Off-cambers. Teetery stuff. Gamble do-you-don’t-you decisions. Ledges, Stream crossings. I felt much less fearful of stumbling and ending up being trapped under a bike, compared to the experience of full-power big-battery e-bikes.

A word here about the motor. They lack of delay is really, really impressive. There’s none of the fear of stopping pedalling (and the subsequent stall/dabbing) as there is with other e-bikes.


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There’s also no detectable overrun either (where the motor is still assisting for a brief time even though you’ve stopped pedalling). Whilst some experienced e-bikers will miss the overrun (I did), there is no denying that the combination of instant engagement and instant disengagement really helps make the bike feel incredibly normal.

The controls and the display are fine. Totally intuitive and clear. Again, as an experienced e-biker I did miss the extra info of Shimano and Bosch (even Specialized) displays. But if you’ve never had the info, you’ll not miss it. Again, the Fuel EXe is not for experienced e-bikers. It’s very much a My First E-Bike.

Which bring us to the battery. And here I think there is a bit of an issue. Fundamentally I don’t think the battery is big enough to play to this bike’s strengths. Namely, big days out doing normal mountain biking. I’m not even that sure the aforementioned range extender battery will add enough extra range (for what and where I’d like to go anyway).

On one hand, the Trek Fuel EXe feels very much like a step into the future in terms of aesthetics and acoustics. On another hand, the return of range anxiety feels rather retro.

I appreciate that the whole battery capacity versus system weight is something of a vicious circle. Would adding one or two kilograms to the bike’s weight significantly impair the bike’s handling? Maybe it would. You do have to draw the line somewhere and it can’t have been an easy or quick decision made by the Trek team.

I think personal preferences come into play a great deal here too. I am a bit of a Boost* fan. I can’t help it. I don’t have the discipline to stay in Eco or Trail modes. With a different rider on board, one who switches to Eco for flat road linking sections, and keeps it in Trail for pretty much everything else.

(*Trek don’t actually give their three different power levels names, so I’m using the common e-bike parlance of Eco, Trail and Boost.)

The top power mode certainly does seem to really rinse the battery significantly more than you’d think. It doesn’t feel (there’s that word again) like it’s giving you that much more assistance, yet it certainly gets the battery bars dropping faster.

Ultimately, I did eventually end up doing rides pretty much keeping it in middle/Trail mode and just leaving Boost well alone. But is that like buying something and then putting it away and never using it? You’ve paid for a bit with 50Nm/300W of assist. Surely you should be able to use it?

Again, I’d like to point out that I haven’t had a range extender battery to test out to see what difference that makes to the Fuel EXe’s MPG.

I did use the top/Boost setting under certain circumstances. Those circumstances being going for a ‘Power Hour’. Those sort of sub-20km lunchtime blasts. Stick the bike in Boost and leave it there until you’re on fumes and need to Eco back home. That felt like a good use for Boost. And certainly opens up that short-but-intense type of ride that is pretty unique to e-bikes. Similarly, Boost was great for de-harshing and funning-up night rides (my night rides are always on the short side).

Overall

This may sound stupid obvious but if you only want a bit of help, that’s what this bike is for. It’s for normal rides. Normal riders. It is a very subtle bike. That subtlety is easily mistaken for being underwhelming. It’s arguably a waste of time to compare the Fuel EXe to full-power e-bikes. Trek do a full-power e-bike (a really ace one called the Trek Rail). Full-power e-bikes are like a new type of vehicle. The Fuel EXe is much closer to a regular unassisted mountain bike.

Fundamentally the Trek Fuel EXe is a beautifully executed machine that is going to be exactly what a great swath of experienced mtbers are looking for. Folk who are just finding mtbing too hard, but still want it to be strenuous. Something that takes the unpleasant edge off but doesn’t remove the ‘joys’ of Type 2 fun altogether.

Ignoring the motor aspect of it altogether, the ride and handling of the Trek Fuel EXe is brilliant. It’s a fantastic trail bike. Nimble and fun but with great stability and planted-ness.

Right. That’s my review finally done. Although I’d quite like this to be the start of an ongoing conversation about this bike. ‘Cos it’s interesting and I’m sure there are things I’ve not covered here.

Questions please! Comment below.



Specification

  • Frame // OCLV Mountain Carbon 140mm
  • Motor // TQ-HPR50, 50Nm, 300 watt peak power
  • Battery // TQ 360Wh
  • Head unit // TQ handlebar-mounted, TQ LED Display
  • Shock // RockShox Super Deluxe Ultimate AirWiz RCT2, 205 x 60mm
  • Fork // RockShox Lyrik Ultimate AirWiz Charger 3 RC2 150mm
  • Wheels // Bontrager Pro Line 30 OCLV Mountain Carbon
  • Front Tyre // Bontrager SE5 Team Issue 29 x 2.5in
  • Rear Tyre // Bontrager SE5 Team Issue 29 x 2.5in
  • Chainset // E*Thirteen E*Spec Race Carbon 34T 165mm
  • Shifter // SRAM Eagle AXS 12-speed
  • Rear Mech // SRAM XX1 Eagle AXS 12-speed
  • Cassette // SRAM Eagle XG-1299 10-52T
  • Brakes // SRAM Code RSC 200/200mm
  • Stem // Bontrager RSL Integrated bar/stem 45mm
  • Bars // Bontrager RSL Integrated bar/stem 820 x 27.5mm
  • Grips // Bontrager XR Trail Elite lock-on
  • Seatpost // RockShox Reverb AXS 170mm 34.9mm
  • Size Tested // L
  • Sizes Available // S, M, L, XL
  • Weight // 19.3kg

Geometry of our size L test bike

  • Head angle // 65º
  • Effective seat angle // 77º
  • Seat tube length // 435mm
  • Head tube length // 110mm
  • Chainstay // 440mm
  • Wheelbase // 1,245mm
  • Effective top tube // 630mm
  • BB height // 343mm
  • Reach // 485mm
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  • Trek Fuel EXe reviewed (finally)
  • overend
    Full Member

    Great technical summary and introduction – but should I buy one. Or rather what rider / riding would I be to go for a great half day ride?

    overend
    Full Member

    Soz, that was supposed to say half fat ride….thanks again 👍

    julians
    Free Member

    I bought the 9.5 version (and upgraded a few bits) , and posted some thoughts here

    New (e)bike day – Trek fuel exe 9.5

    Not quite sure what you mean by this bit

    There isn’t a visual display confirmation of the assistance level you’re getting either (a la Shimano or Bosch displays).

    There is a permanent part of the display showing what assistance mode you are in , plus you can switch to a screen that shows what power you are generating and what power the motor is generating.

    julians
    Free Member

    Or rather what rider / riding would I be to go for a great half day ride?

    I would say that if you find on a full fat ebike you’re usually coming back from a ride with 25-50% battery remaining , or you think that you dont get enough of a workout on a full fat bike, then something like this bike could be for you.

    or if you do quite a lot of lifting the bike over stiles & gates, or possibly a lot of hike a bike , or you prioritise downhill handling and playfullness over the ability to fly uphill – but not so much of a priority that you’ll stick with a bike with no motor…

    I get that some of the above is quite hard to determine, if you havent actually ridden a full fat bike for a while in the first place.

    I think a full fat bike will please more people more of the time, but in an ideal world you’d have a full fat and a lightweight ebike (along with a normal bike or two;-) )

    thegeneralist
    Full Member

    but it’s the weight that is the

    Birrova typo?

    overend
    Full Member

    Thanks for that – helpful 😊

    vinnyeh
    Full Member

    I had a think about this in it’s cheapest spec, but in the end went for the alloy Rise- it’s 540Wh battery, coupled with the Trek price increase, simply made the Trek less attractive.

    Further to that, I like my bikes to feel individual- my uplift bike doesn’t have much overlap with my 29+ which is substantially different to the gravel bike. I’d like my e-bike to still feel like an e-bike.

    towzer
    Full Member

    Maybe one day I’ll read a review on a bike with a new motor where somebody provides info about out of warranty motor support, clarifies if the motor is rebuildable, if motor spares are available, if there is a uk motor repair centre, if they’re going to partner with an existing uk repairer etc etc, even how much a new motor costs, and how (*if required) any manufacturer/bike model specific settings get applied to the motor.

    As an xc map explorer who prefers long term ownership I was really interested in this bike – lighter (so easier over fences/stiles etc), removable battery (charging at hotel/b&b), large brand so hopefully spares available but I’ve not managed to get any info on how out of warranty support will go so going to sit on the fence till that gets clarified or something else similar comes along.

    stanley
    Full Member

    Similar to Vinnyeh, I looked at these Treks but decided to go with a base model Hydro Rise (540wh battery and under £4k).
    I was put off by reports of early motor failures on the Trek, but also by the smaller battery (That put me off the carbon Rises too). I don’t want a lot of assistance, but I do want to ride a long way.

    Lighter is always nicer imho, but the Trek is really only slightly lighter because of that new (and unproved) motor. And if you are going to save a bit of weight, the bottom bracket area is the last place to save it from: weight here doesn’t make much difference, and it’s where durability is needed most.
    The Trek keeps the rest of the weight down through having a small battery and a £14k price tag!

    Sounds like it pedals nicely, but so does the RS motor.
    A £5k Trek EXe with a 500+Wh battery, option of range extender and solid warranty support would be more attractive 🙂

    Sanny
    Free Member

    @towzer

    Those are really good points and ones which I intend to address in a series of online articles in this fine publication when I do a long term test on the Pivot Shuttle SL. Range, repairability, support post warranty, cost to fix, suitability for big mountain adventures, how it handles, fun – all matter to me. I’ve held off on buying one as the technology is advancing so quickly. I suspect that the technology from bikes like the Trek will filter down to a much more affordable price level. For me, full fat e bikes are generally just too darn heavy for the riding I do.

    There is also a feature in the next issue where Mark, Nick Craig and I rode High Street and Skiddaw as a day ride where Nick and I were on normal bikes and Mark on a Levo SL.

    Cheers

    Sanny

    iainc
    Full Member

    ^^^ that will be an interesting read Sanny 👍. I love my Levo SL but reckon if I tried the Trek I’d be hankering after one !

    endoverend
    Full Member

    £14k…ha, ha, ha. Perfectly suited to the new economic climate. How many 1%ers are keen mtb’ers I wonder. Plus that guy up thread with half my username, are you my brother from another mother?

    towzer
    Full Member

    Ianc and Sanny, we’ll anybody really

    See also the haibike Lyke – lower weight e, with removable battery
    – fazua 60, more power and battery
    – *seems** to have better range
    – seems to be cheaper
    – probs?
    Well motor as my post above
    Cables thru headset, but this seems to be getting more common
    Frame Plug hole appears to be in a ‘well’ at the bottom of the frame – ? Water ingress
    Weird air hole above motor on frame tube up to seatpost – ? Mud/water ingress onto motor

    julians
    Free Member

    Those haibike Lykes are a bit 2018 in their geo, long seat tube for any given size,relatively short reach,longish chainstay, but they look decent value if the geo suits what you want.

    They’re also using very lightweight tyres on them to hit those headline weight numbers.

    The focus jam2 sl looks really good though, fazua 60 motor, decent geo, decent value etc. But they have takenthe bizarre decision to not put a charging port in the frame , meaning that you have to remove the battery from the frame in order to charge it.

    doomanic
    Full Member

    Maybe one day I’ll read a review on a bike with a new motor where somebody provides info about out of warranty motor support

    It’s brand new so far too soon to know anything about out of warranty support. I also think it’s unreasonable to be quizzing a magazine that gets or loses the chance to test new bikes on the whim of the manufacturers.

    nickc
    Full Member

    I know it’s “not about the price” but honestly, how is that bike £14 grand, really?

    doomanic
    Full Member

    There’s more than a few bikes out there that don’t have motors, or even suspension in some cases, that cost the same. It’s absolutely ridiculous, regardless of the economic climate, but as long as the bikes sell the manufacturers will keep on making them.

    iainc
    Full Member

    It is crazy pricey though. I have a 2020 Levo SL carbon expert. It now has XT four pots, a Fox 36, AXS shifting and dropper and all in, allowing for selling the bits I upgraded, was around 10k…

    johnnystorm
    Full Member

    Yeah, it is a daft price but you aren’t supposed to buy it. It’s like an S Works Levo. Twice the price of a normal one just to act as a halo and attract attention.

    tomhoward
    Full Member

    Tell that to what must be dozens of folk I’ve seen riding sworks and plenty other 5 figure ebikes in the wild. Not just ‘1%ers’ buying them either.

    doncorleoni
    Free Member

    Can’t wait for a year or two when all these pop up on the second hand market so I might have a chance of actually affording one 🙂

    Crazy how many <1 year old e-bikes on pinkbike and other FB sites etc. With very few miles are popping up now (mind you might be out of the lockdown impulse purchase period so maybe not)

    Trek have opened a store really near me and they offer transferable warranty to subsequent owners (as long as bike is registered) and I also have a spesh turbo store also local so for me I would only consider either of these two brands currently as for such an expensive purchase I would want to be able to take it back to a real shop.

    johnnystorm
    Full Member

    @tomhoward

    Oh well, in that case the price still isn’t crazy then as they seem to fly off the shelf into normal punter’s hands.

    julians
    Free Member

    Interest free credit,init

    ampthill
    Full Member

    I think an article on warranties and future support is vital.

    I’ll be on an e-bike at some point. I don’t need something for nothing or a warranty that covers crashes. But I’ll need to know I can keep the thing running. A fixed cost motor exchange program. Send in you motor and get back a used rebuild for £500 available for say 8 years from purchase

    tomhoward
    Full Member

    Oh well, in that case the price still isn’t crazy then as they seem to fly off the shelf into normal punter’s hands.

    Without wishing to be rude, just because you can’t afford it or, rather, you have other things you’d rather spend your money on, doesn’t make a price crazy. The average price of a new car in the UK is £42k. I would never spend that on a car (well, I would, but I can’t afford it now and am unlikely every to be able to. Plus I can’t drive.), but I’m not gonna call anyone that would crazy.

    intheborders
    Free Member

    Without wishing to be rude, just because you can’t afford it or, rather, you have other things you’d rather spend your money on, doesn’t make a price crazy. The average price of a new car in the UK is £42k. I would never spend that on a car (well, I would, but I can’t afford it now and am unlikely every to be able to), but I’m not gonna call anyone that would crazy.

    +1 and have you seen how much ordinary folk spend on phones/contracts, watches, holiday to Disney etc etc

    julians
    Free Member

    Without wishing to be rude, just because you can’t afford it or, rather, you have other things you’d rather spend your money on, doesn’t make a price crazy. The average price of a new car in the UK is £42k. I would never spend that on a car (well, I would, but I can’t afford it now and am unlikely every to be able to. Plus I can’t drive.), but I’m not gonna call anyone that would crazy.

    The prices are a bit crazy though,when you can buy the bottom of the range version of the bike, then buy all the other bits at full RRP, fit them to the bottom of the range version that you just bought and have the exact same bike for several grand less than buying the ‘official’ version

    thegeneralist
    Full Member

    Without wishing to be rude, just because you can’t afford it or, rather, you have other things you’d rather spend your money on, doesn’t make a price crazy.

    Agreed, however the price is crazy. Objectively speaking it is nuts.

    weeksy
    Full Member

    The average price of a new car in the UK is £42k

    Wow! That’s proper bonkers

    You sure?

    tomhoward
    Full Member

    You sure?

    that was the figure quoted on top gear last week, so as sure as that.

    The prices are a bit crazy though,when you can buy the bottom of the range version of the bike, then buy all the other bits at full RRP, fit them to the bottom of the range version that you just bought and have the exact same bike for several grand less than buying the ‘official’ version

    Is that from the same shop, or does that take some savvy shopping around, finding stock, navigating possible compatibility pitfalls etc. not everyone has the time for that. Hell, my last couple of bike builds took between 6 & 12 months just assembling the parts, two year wait for brakes not included so if I were as minted as some of you think I am, an extra few quid just to have everything I ultimately want, right from the off would be a price worth paying. But I’m not, so it isn’t. It may be to others.

    Pricing it so not enough folk would buy it is crazy.

    doncorleoni
    Free Member

    I don’t know… When you can get one of these for the same price… Seems crazy to me!

    https://www.ducati.com/gb/en/bikes/monster/monster-sp

    tomhoward
    Full Member

    Or a Rolex with the Dominos pizza logo on it.

    Different people have different priorities.

    doncorleoni
    Free Member

    Very true Tom. That watch is hideous! Preowned too. Different strokes for different folks.

    julians
    Free Member

    Is that from the same shop, or does that take some savvy shopping around

    No need to seek bargains,just pay full retail pricing and you still save a truckload over buying the top end bike.

    Each to their own though, they obviously do sell the top end versions or they wouldn’t make them.

    tomhoward
    Full Member

    No need to seek bargains,just pay full retail pricing and you still save a truckload over buying the top end bike.

    I did edit to say just finding stock, which has been a challenge of the past few years. So a whole top end bike with top end parts (not just what you can get hold of) is more of a commodity.

    johnnystorm
    Full Member

    @tomhoward

    Reading my post back again I can see that my wording comes across as being sarcastic when that wasn’t what I intended.

    If indeed every other bike out there is a range topper then I’m wrong and so is anyone who says it’s crazy because people are buying them!

    b33k34
    Full Member

    I appreciate that the whole battery capacity versus system weight is something of a vicious circle. Would adding one or two kilograms to the bike’s weight significantly impair the bike’s handling? Maybe it would. You do have to draw the line somewhere and it can’t have been an easy or quick decision made by the Trek team.

    I think personal preferences come into play a great deal here too. I am a bit of a Boost* fan. I can’t help it. I don’t have the discipline to stay in Eco or Trail modes. With a different rider on board, one who switches to Eco for flat road linking sections, and keeps it in Trail for pretty much everything else

    I think a lot of people reviewing bikes like this or the Rise, coming from full power e-bikes, kind of miss the point. I’m guessing it probably gets a very similar range to an Orbea Rise if you don’t thrash it in Boost. That equates to about 1400m climbing (+/- 200m) which is a good chunk more than most people would ride on an unpowered bike on a full day out. For really big days add the 252wh range extender and you’re well over 2000m at which point you’re going to be exhausted anyway. (This might be where Trek *have* missed a trick – their range extender looks expensive and undersized at 150wh). So you only carry the extra weight when you plan to use it.

    What these bikes are *less* suited for is shuttling up a fire road to ride downhill runs or chasing people on full-fat e-bikes. That’s when the temptation comes to whack it in boost to keep up and you rinse the battery. But I think they’re a lot more ‘bike like’ and a lot more fun to ride the rest of the time.

    julians
    Free Member

    This might be where Trek *have* missed a trick – their range extender looks expensive and undersized at 150wh

    its actually 160wh, but your point still stands. I suspect there will be a larger range extender in the works. The Trek rationale for this says that the range extender has been sized at 160wh because that is the max size that is allowed in aeroplanes, so you can take your bike abroad, leaving the main battery at home of course, and still get some assisted riding in.

    vinnyeh
    Full Member

    its actually 160wh, but your point still stands. I suspect there will be a larger range extender in the works. The Trek rationale for this says that the range extender has been sized at 160wh because that is the max size that is allowed in aeroplanes, so you can take your bike abroad, leaving the main battery at home of course, and still get some assisted riding in.

    a modular battery would be a great idea- 2, even 3 160wh batteries that could be connected in parallel, clipped together like lego, and separated for air flight

    julians
    Free Member

    and separated for air flight

    you’re only allowed a total of 160wh per person, so you’d need to get someone else in your party to carry any additional batteries

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