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Understanding E-Bikes

Make More Possible

Sometimes you’ll ride for fun, sometimes you’ll ride for fitness, and sometimes you’ll ride just to get from A to B. No matter how you spend time in the saddle, electric bikes offer unique solutions to the challenges of any ride. E-bikes are all about possibility.

On or off-road, electric bikes are perfect for the cyclist who wants to climb faster, explore more, or just get there a bit faster.

Only e-bikes offer the flexibility to get in a workout, ride with a faster friend, haul a heavy load, or simply cruise. Even if your ride varies from day to day, an electric bicycle always gives you the option to do and experience more.

Electric Bikes Are For Everyone

Ride with friends
Farther. Faster.
Don’t sweat the commute
Climb any hill
Have more fun
A clean solution for a messy world
No learning curve
Get out there

How Do E-Bikes Work?

Trek Electric bikes amplify the rider's own pedal power. Trek’s e-bikes are pedal assist which means the motor helps the pedals turn when you are pedaling. There is no throttle like a motorcycle or a dirt bike. Instead, the motor gives the rider a boost when they pedal. When the pedaling stops, so does the boost.

Here’s what you need to know about how Trek e-bikes work and the parts that make them unique.

High-Performance Motor

The e-bike motor is located around the pedals in the bottom bracket area. Depending on the model, the motor has a power output between 250 and 350 watts and provides assist up to 20 or 28mph. Trek partners exclusively with Bosch electronics.

Long-Life Battery

Trek e-bikes run off lithium-ion batteries (li-ion), the most popular type of battery for e-bikes. They’re waterproof, durable, and can be recharged on or off the bike at any household electrical outlet. Lithium-ion batteries provide some of the best longevity and range in the industry. How far it will take you depends on the level of assist, the type of terrain you’re riding, and your weight.

Easy-To-Control Assist

A handlebar-mounted controller lets you choose the perfect level of assist. In additon, the controller indicates speed and battery life.  The rider is in control of the whole experience without ever having to take their hands off the handlebar.

Integrated, User-Friendly Tech

Trek’s e-bikes have downtube mounted batteries. Some are visible on the downtube and others are integrated. Trek’s Removable Integrated Battery (RIB) is available on select models. The one-piece battery and cover takes the hassle out of removing your battery for transport, charging, and storage. No tools are needed.

Bosch Dependability and Support

Trek and Surly electric bikes use Bosch e-bike systems. Bosch motors, batteries, and controllers are high-quality, well-designed, dependable, and provide excellent performance. Bosch motors are lightweight and compact, powerful and quiet. They are barely noticeable while providing just the right amount of oomph to your ride. The bonus, if an issue ever arises, Bosch provides outstanding customer support.

We’re Your E-Bike Experts

Our Phat Tire team lives and breathes bicycles, e-bikes included. We know what works and is dependable, and that’s why we’ve partnered with Trek to confidently back every e-bike with the best warranty program in the industry. Got a problem? Our trained mechanics are here to fix it.  We are certified.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How’s the Ride?

Trek e-bikes simply amplify your pedaling effort. They pedal like a regular bike, but the wind is always at your back and hills melt away.

What’s the Range?

General range is 20-100 miles, based on power mode, terrain, and other riding conditions.

Need to Charge?

Simply plug into a standard wall outlet and allow 3-5 hours to charge a depleted battery.

Need Service?

Maintenance is generally the same as any other bicycle. The battery is temperature sensitive, so store it indoors when temps reach extremes.

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