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Trek Verve Disc Series Review

By Sam Millers   /  Last updated - November 16, 2023   /  Hybrid Bikes, Reviews, Trek

Trek’s Verve range of hybrid bikes has received excellent reviews since its release. The majority of users say they offer excellent value for money, providing high-quality parts and materials at a low cost. For work commuters, weekend riders, or those looking to do short tours with light loads, you’ll struggle to find better-priced bikes of the same quality.

Who Is The Trek Verve For?

Trek’s new range of Verve hybrid bikes is aimed at urban commuters and recreational riders looking to do short trips around town. They have comfortable seating positions, straight handlebars, and frame mounts for fitting pannier racks and fenders. All bikes in the Verve range come in both standard and “low-step” models for cyclists who require easier mounting.

Best for: Urban commuting
Top features: Bontrager components, Alpha Gold aluminum frame, DuoTrap S compatibility, Rack/fender ready, Mechanical/Hydraulic Disc Brakes

Trek Verve Disc Top Features

Verve 1 '2020Verve 2 '2020Verve 3 '2020
WeightL - 13.73 kg / 30.26 lbsL - 13.20 kg / 29.1 lbsL - 13.73 kg / 30.26 lbs
TiresBontrager H5, wire bead, 30 tpi, 700x45cBontrager H5, wire bead, 30 tpi, 700x45cBontrager H5 Hard-Case Ultimate, wire bead, 60 tpi, 700x45c
StemBontrager quill, 25.4mm clamp, 25 degreeBontrager alloy quill, 31.8mm clamp, adjustable rise, Blendr compatibleBontrager alloy quill, 31.8mm clamp, adjustable rise, Blendr compatible, (S,M 85mm / L,XL 105mm length)
ShiftersShimano Altus EF500, 7 speedShimano Altus M310, 8 speedShimano Acera M3000, 9 speed / SL-M3010, 2 speed
SeatpostBontrager alloy, 27.2mm, 12mm offsetAlloy, adjustable suspension, 27.2mmAlloy, adjustable suspension, 27.2mm, 300mm length
SaddleBontrager BoulevardBontrager BoulevardBontrager Boulevard
RimsBontrager Connection, alloy, double-wall, 32-hole, schrader valveBontrager Connection, alloy, double-wall, 32-hole, schrader valveBontrager Tubeless Ready Disc, 32-hole, presta valve
Rear hubFormula DC31 alloy, 135x5mm QRFormula DC22 alloy, 135x5mm QRFormula DC-22, alloy, 6-bolt, Shimano 8/9/10 freehub, 135x5mm QR
Rear derailleurShimano Altus M310Shimano Altus M310Shimano Acera M3000, Shadow design, long cage
PedalsWellgo nylon platformBontrager Satellite City pedalBontrager Satellite City pedal
Headset1-1/8" threadless, semi-integrated, semi-cartridge bearings1-1/8" threadless, semi-integrated, semi-cartridge bearings1-1/8'' threadless, semi-integrated, semi-cartridge bearings
HandlebarTrek Urban alloy, comfort sweep, 25.4mm, 45mm riseBontrager alloy, 31.8mm, comfort sweepBontrager IsoZone alloy, 31.8mm, comfort sweep (S,M - 620mm L,XL - 665mm width)
GripsBontrager SatelliteBontrager SatelliteBontrager Satellite IsoZone Plus, lock-on, ergonomic
Front hubFormula DC-20, alloy, 6-bolt, 5x100mm QRFormula DC-20, alloy, 6-bolt, 5x100mm QRFormula DC-20, alloy, 6-bolt, 5x100mm QR
Front derailleurShimano Tourney TY510, 34.9mm clamp, top swing, dual pullShimano Tourney TY710, 34.9mm clamp, top swing, dual pullShimano Acera T3000, 34.9mm clamp, top swing, dual pull
FrameAlpha Gold Aluminum, DuoTrap S compatible, disc brake, rack & fender mounts, 135x5mm QRAlpha Gold Aluminum, DuoTrap S compatible, disc brake, rack & fender mounts, 135x5mm QRAlpha Gold Aluminum, DuoTrap S compatible, disc brake, rack & fender mounts, 135x5mm QR
ForkSteel, disc, rack mounts, 415mm axle-to-crown, ThruSkew 5mm QRAlloy, disc, rack mounts, 415mm axle-to-crown, ThruSkew 5mm QRAlloy, disc, rack mounts, 415mm axle-to-crown, ThruSkew 5mm QR
CrankForged alloy, 48/38/28, chainguardForged alloy, 48/38/28, chainguardShimano MT210, 46/30, chainguard (S,M 170mm / L /XL 175mm)
CassetteSunRace MFM300 freewheel, 14-34, 7 speedShimano HG31, 11-32, 8 speedShimano HG200, 11-36, 9 speed
BrakesetTektro MD-M280 mechanical disc, 160mm rotorTektro HD-M275 hydraulic disc, 160mm rotorShimano MT200 hydraulic disc, Shimano RT26, 160mm, 6-bolt
Bottom bracketVP BC55P, 68mm, threadedVP BC73, 68mm, threaded

Shimano Acera Groupset

The Verve 3’s benefits from the smooth and efficient gearing provided by Shimano’s Acera components. Both the front and back derailleurs are Acera as well as the shifters. Trek has downgraded the front crank to a 2-speed ring but put a 9-speed Shimano HG200 cassette on the rear, with 11-36 cogs. This gives the rider 18 gears overall with the added range provided by the extra-large 36t rear cog.

Hydraulic Disc Brakes

Trek Verve 3 hydraulic Disc brake rotors

Trek has also decided to go with Shimano in the braking department this time around. Shimano’s MT200 hydraulic disc brakes are a firm favorite amongst hybrid and MTB riders alike. They provide great grip, instant reaction time, and no slippage even in wet weather.

Bontrager Hardcase Wheels

Verve 3 Disc Lowstep bluelight

Bontrager’s Hardcase Ultimate tires are the real deal when it comes to tackling hazardous city streets. These things will carve through rubble or broken rocks without trouble and should even keep you safe against glass shards or small nails. The 700c x 45 wire-beaded tires also have reflective sidewalls for safer night riding.

Alpha Gold Aluminum Frame

The Alpha Gold aluminum frame is compatible with Trek’s DuoTrap S sensor system for tracking your progress. It also has a front and rear rack and fender mounts if you wish to convert the Verve 3 into a decent touring bicycle. With the strong frame and alloy fork, the Verve 3 can carry up to 300 lbs (136 kg) of overall weight (rider and luggage).

DuoTrap S Compatible

Verve 3 Disc Lowstep duotrap bluetooth device

DuoTrap S is Trek’s unique frame-integrated wireless computer system that tracks your statistics while you cycle. It can be installed neatly into the frame on the inside of the rear wheel for a clean and aerodynamic finish. The DuoTrap S device (sold separately) tracks your cycling statistics and sends the information wirelessly to a Bluetooth or ANT+ enabled cycling computer or smartphone.

Trek Verve 1 Disc

trek verve 1

MSRP $530
Best Features: Mechanical disc brakes, Bontrager Tires, DuoTrap S compatible (Not included)

Verve 1 is an excellent introductory hybrid bike at an attractive price. Its comfortable geometry is perfect for first-timers or casual recreational riders. It’s built from tough, reliable components that are simple to clean and repair, making maintenance an easy task for new riders. It doesn’t have the suspension required for heavy off-road riding but it does have extra-large tires to absorb the shock of small rocks and bumpy roads. This makes it a decent bike for riding on dirt tracks in parks or along country lanes.

  • Men’s Trek Verve 1 Disc comes in two colors: Factory Orange and Trek Black, and four sizes: S, M, L, XL. 
  • Women’s Trek Verve 2 Disc comes in four sizes: XS, S, M, L and in two colors: Era White, and Dnister Black

Main Features

Aluminum Frame and steel fork

Verve 1 Disc grey

The strong Alpha Gold aluminum frame is built to carry weight and take abuse so it won’t break on you anytime soon. Attach a rack to the rear so you can carry groceries or go on short weekend camping trips in the countryside. This is complemented by a steel front fork with rack and fender mounts.

Mechanical disc brakes

Disc brakes provide much-improved stopping power in wet weather so you won’t have to worry about cycling in the rain. These Tektro MD-M280 mechanical disc brakes are highly rated and quality tested. 

Shimano Gearing

Trek Verve 1 Disc brakes with shimano gearing

The Verve 1 has good value Shimano Altus and Tourney derailleurs making up its 21-speed drivetrain, with a SunRace 14-34t freewheel cassette. The combination offers a wide range of gears so you can tackle any hills without trouble.

Extra-large tires

Bontrager supplies the extra-large 700x45c tires on the Verve 1 so you can comfortably attack even the most cobbled streets. The thick wire-bead tires offer maximum puncture protection and have reflective sidewalls for safer night riding.

DuoTrap S Compatible

The Verve 1 is compatible with Trek’s proprietary DuoTrap S wireless computer system (sold separately). The system tracks your cycling statistics and sends the information wirelessly to a Bluetooth or ANT+ enabled cycling computer or smartphone.

Trek Verve 2 Disc

trek verve 2

MSRP $670
Best Features: Hydraulic Disc Brakes, Bontrager 700x45c wheels, Alpha Gold aluminum frame, Suspension seat post

The Verve 2 is an intermediate hybrid bike for casual riders with some nice components upgrades from Verve 1. Most notably, the Verve 2 is fitted with a higher-quality Shimano 8-speed cassette that offers a wider range of gears. It benefits from the same solid aluminum frame material but with a lighter alloy fork at the front.

  • Men’s Trek Verve 2 Disc comes in four sizes (S, M, L, XL) and two colors: Rage Red and Lithium Grey. Coming in at about 29 lbs (13.2 kg), it’s a bit lighter than the Verve 1 but equally strong and reliable.
  • Women’s Trek Verve 2 Disc comes also in four sizes (XS, S, M, L) and two colors: Teal and Quiksilver. Weighing 28.8lbs (13kg).

Main Features

Shimano Groupset

Trek Verve 2 Disc shimano groupset

The Verve 2 has a full Shimano drivetrain comprised of Altus and Tourney derailleurs and an 8-speed Shimano HG31 cassette. Combined with the triple cog on the crank gives you 24 gears in total, enough to tackle steep hills or hit the tarmac with speed.

Hydraulic disc brakes

The Verve 2 enjoys improved braking power with Tektro HD-M275 hydraulic disc brakes. Hydraulic brakes provide quicker and more reactive braking power with less pressure required, ensuring you always stop in time and avoid accidents.

Suspension Seatpost

Trek Verve 2 Disc suspension saddle

While Verve 2 doesn’t have any suspension on the front or rear wheels it does get a nice touch with seat post suspension. The alloy adjustable seat post has a small added spring that gives up to 27.2mm of travel that will absorb any sudden bumps that creep up on you.

Aluminum Frame and Alloy Fork

The Verve 2 has the same Trek Alpha Gold aluminum frame as the Verve 1 with a lighter 415mm alloy fork. The comfortable frame geometry puts the rider in an upright position, with a 71.5-degree head angle and an average 70-degree seat tube angle.

Bontrager Wheels

The wheels on the Verve 2 are Bontrager Connection with size 700x45c Bontrager H5 wire-bead tires. The thick-treaded, reflective and puncture-protected tires are strong and resilient in all types of weather, ensuring you stay safe and visible even in low-light conditions. 

Trek Verve 3 Disc

trek verve 3 bikes

MSRP $820
Best Features: Shimano MT200 hydraulic disc brakes, Bontrager Hardcase wheels, hydraulic disc brakes, Shimano Acera Groupset

The Verve 3 is Trek’s top-dog in this range of hybrid bikes and ensures you get all the best quality parts for an excellent price. The inclusion of a full Shimano Acera groupset really gives the Verve 3 an extra touch of class.

  • Men’s Verve 3 Disc comes in four sizes (S, M, L, XL) and two colors: Metallic Gunmetal and Mulsanne Blue. It weighs on average 30.2 lbs (13.7 kg), making it slightly heavier than the Verve 2 and about equal to the Verve 1.
  • Women’s Verve 3 Disc weighs about 13.54 kg / 29.85 lb, comes in two colors: Quicksilver, Purple Abyss. Four sizes: XS, S, M, L

What Can Be Better?

Trek Verve fully equipped bicycle

It’s hard to find any cons about those bikes, and we really couldn’t find anything major. If you are willing to sacrifice the speed and ease of riding, you might want to swap the rigid fork to a front suspension with at least 50mm travel.

Another not-so-good fact about these bikes is that they look really nice and glossy, which means you have to take good care of it by not getting the frame scratched. We also recommend investing in a solid bicycle lock too as this bike simply won’t get unnoticed!

Trek Verve Disc Sizing Chart

Men’s Verve
Women’s Verve
  Height Inseam Height Inseam
XS     147-155cm / 4’9″-5’1″ 69-73cm / 27.2″-28.7″
S 155-165cm / 5’1″-5’5″ 72-78cm / 28.3″-30.7″ 155-165cm / 5’1″-5’5″ 72-78cm / 28.3″-30.7″
M 165-175cm / 5’5″-5’8.9″ 77-83cm / 30.3″-32.7″ 165-175cm / 5’5″-5’9″ 77-83cm / 30.3″-32.7″
L 175-186ccm / 5’8.9″-6’1.2″ 82-88cm / 32-3″-34.6″ 175-186cm / 5’9″-6’1″ 82-88cm / 32.3″-34.6″
XL 186-195cm / 6’1.2″-6’5.6″ 87-93cm / 34.3″-36.6″    

Conclusion: Why Is The Verve So Popular?

  1. Built by Trek
  2. Outworldly beautiful design
  3. Unbeatable value in terms of geometry and components
  4. Super comfortable and easy to ride
  5. Rack & fender ready for maximum versatility

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About the Author

Sam Millers

Sam Millers is the guy behind Bikexchange.com. From the early days of three wheels to conquering challenging mountain trails, Sam's love for cycling knows no bounds. With a background in web development, Sam seamlessly combined two of his greatest passions – cycling and technology. As the creative force behind Bikexchange.com, he shares insightful stories, expert tips, and engaging content for fellow cycling enthusiasts. When he's not exploring new biking routes or tweaking website codes, Alex enjoys sipping on a post-ride espresso and planning his next cycling adventure. 

3 thoughts on “Trek Verve Disc Series Review

  1. Yaniv says:

    It is almost impossible to fit a front rack on the verve 3. There’s only a mid fork eyelet, and the fork is too wide for the little options there are for mid-fork mounting front racks.

  2. Ted Sames says:

    A friend bought a Verve 1in black. It is labeled as a “1” yet it has much up-graded components. It’s more like a “3”. It was purchased and put to together by Trek employees. Is this possible?

  3. Al says:

    Hi, could you recommend a specific brand of a front suspension fork that I could buy to replace the rigid front fork for the Trek Verve 3 disc lowstep with a medium frame?

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