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Trek Verve+ 1 Lowstep LT is a Comfortable City Bike for Leisure Riders

by Josh Kirschner on June 10, 2024

Trek has introduced a new addition to its e-bike lineup: the Verve+ 1 Lowstep LT. This lightweight electric city bike is designed to provide a comfortable and enjoyable riding experience for leisure riders and those looking for a more relaxed commute.

Verve+ 1 Lowstep LT

The Verve+ 1 Lowstep LT features Trek's lightweight Alpha Gold Aluminum frame with a lowstep geometry, making it easy for riders to get on and off the bike. It is equipped with a Hyena rear hub motor (250W, 40Nm) that provides pedal assistance up to 20mph, powered by a 250Wh integrated battery. The bike also includes an 8-speed Shimano drivetrain, hydraulic disc brakes, wide 27.5 x 2" tires for stability and traction, and a MIK-compatible rear rack for carrying essentials.

Closeup of the Verve+ 1 Lowstep LT Hyena Rear Hub

One notable difference between the Verve+ 1 Lowstep LT and Trek's Verve e-bike models is the use of the hub motor instead of a Bosch mid-drive motor. While the Bosch motor, found in models like the Verve+ 3, offers better weight distribution and smoother power delivery, the hub motor in the Verve+ 1 Lowstep LT keeps the price more accessible.

Though many rear-hub e-bikes offer a throttle, such as those from Rad Power, the Verve+ 1 Lowstep LT does not. The Verve+ 1 Lowstep LT relies solely on pedal-assist. I see this as a disadvantage for some riders who prefer the option of a throttle for quick bursts of speed or assistance when starting from a stop.

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During a test ride in Central Park with Trek, I found the Verve+ 1 Lowstep LT to be a comfortable and enjoyable ride. The upright seating position, made possible by the bike's geometry and adjustable stem, offers a more relaxed riding experience compared to the more aggressive posture on Trek's similarly priced FX e-bike line. The 250W motor offered enough power to flatten the park's steep Harlem Hill.

Closeup of the Verve+ 1 Lowstep LT adjustable stem.

The controls are simple and intuitive, with three levels of power assist indicated by LED lights. The 250Wh battery should provide a range of around 20 miles, depending on the level of assist and riding conditions, making it best suited for leisure rides and short commutes.

While the Verve+ 1 Lowstep LT's hub motor helps keep the price lower than Bosch-equipped Trek models, it is still priced higher than some competitors. However, purchasing from a brand like Trek offers the advantage of access to a wide network of authorized dealers for service and support.

For leisure riders looking to jump into the e-bike world without spending a bundle, but still want the quality assurance and support network of a major brand, the $2,299.99 Trek Verve+ 1 Lowstep LT is a compelling option. Explore on

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Josh Kirschner is the co-founder of Techlicious and has been covering consumer tech for more than a decade. Josh started his first company while still in college, a consumer electronics retailer focused on students. His writing has been featured in, NBC News and Time.


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