Trek Verve Disc | 2020-Series Review
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 Women’s Hybrid Bike Size Recommendation
XS – Rider Height 147-155cm / 4’9″-5’1″ Inseam 69-73cm / 27.2″-28.7″
S – Rider Height 155-165cm / 5’1″-5’5″ Inseam 72-78cm / 28.3″-30.7″
M – Rider Height 165-175cm / 5’5″-5’9″ Inseam 77-83cm / 30.3″-32.7″
L – Rider Height 175-186cm / 5’9″-6’1″ Inseam 82-88cm / 32.3″-34.6″
Trek Men’s Hybrid Bike Size Recommendation
S – Rider Height 155-165cm / 5’1″-5’5″ Inseam 72-78cm / 28.3″-30.7″
M – Rider Height 165-175cm / 5’5″-5’8.9″ Inseam 77-83cm / 30.3″-32.7″
L – Rider Height 175-186ccm / 5’8.9″-6’1.2″ Inseam 82-88cm / 32-3″-34.6″
XL – Rider Height 186-195cm / 6’1.2″-6’5.6″ Inseam 87-93cm / 34.3″-36.6″
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.
Best Features: Mechanical disc brakes, Bontrager Tires, DuoTrap S compatible (Not included)
- Men’s Trek Verve 1 Disc comes in two colors: White and Anthracite (grey), 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: Chrystal White, and Anthracite
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Aluminum Frame and steel fork
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.
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.
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.
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.
Best Features: Hydraulic Disc Brakes, Bontrager 700x45c wheels, Alpha Gold aluminum frame, Suspension seat post
- Men’s Trek Verve 2 Disc comes in four sizes (S, M, L, XL) and two colors: Alpine blue and Metallic gunmetal. 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).
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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.
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.
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.
The Verve 3 is Trek’s top-dog in this range of hybrid bikes and ensure 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.
Best Features: Shimano MT200 hydraulic disc brakes, Bontrager Hardcase wheels, hydraulic disc brakes, Shimano Acera Groupset
- Men’s Verve 3 Disc comes in four sizes (S, M, L, XL) and two colors: Nautical Navy and Rage Red. 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: Blue Steel, Mulberry (Purple). Four sizes: XS, S, M, L
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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 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
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
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.
Comparison Chart / Full Specs
Trek Verve 1,2,3 share in common: FRAME, FORK, FRONT / REAR HUB, SADDLE, HEADSET, RACK/FENDER READY, DUOTRAP S COMPATIBILITY
|Verve 1 '2020||Verve 2 '2020||Verve 3 '2020|
|Weight||L - 13.73 kg / 30.26 lbs||L - 13.20 kg / 29.1 lbs||L - 13.73 kg / 30.26 lbs|
|Tires||Bontrager H5, wire bead, 30 tpi, 700x45c||Bontrager H5, wire bead, 30 tpi, 700x45c||Bontrager H5 Hard-Case Ultimate, wire bead, 60 tpi, 700x45c|
|Stem||Bontrager quill, 25.4mm clamp, 25 degree||Bontrager alloy quill, 31.8mm clamp, adjustable rise, Blendr compatible||Bontrager alloy quill, 31.8mm clamp, adjustable rise, Blendr compatible, (S,M 85mm / L,XL 105mm length)|
|Shifters||Shimano Altus EF500, 7 speed||Shimano Altus M310, 8 speed||Shimano Acera M3000, 9 speed / SL-M3010, 2 speed|
|Seatpost||Bontrager alloy, 27.2mm, 12mm offset||Alloy, adjustable suspension, 27.2mm||Alloy, adjustable suspension, 27.2mm, 300mm length|
|Saddle||Bontrager Boulevard||Bontrager Boulevard||Bontrager Boulevard|
|Rims||Bontrager Connection, alloy, double-wall, 32-hole, schrader valve||Bontrager Connection, alloy, double-wall, 32-hole, schrader valve||Bontrager Tubeless Ready Disc, 32-hole, presta valve|
|Rear hub||Formula DC31 alloy, 135x5mm QR||Formula DC22 alloy, 135x5mm QR||Formula DC-22, alloy, 6-bolt, Shimano 8/9/10 freehub, 135x5mm QR|
|Rear derailleur||Shimano Altus M310||Shimano Altus M310||Shimano Acera M3000, Shadow design, long cage|
|Pedals||Wellgo nylon platform||Bontrager Satellite City pedal||Bontrager Satellite City pedal|
|Headset||1-1/8" threadless, semi-integrated, semi-cartridge bearings||1-1/8" threadless, semi-integrated, semi-cartridge bearings||1-1/8'' threadless, semi-integrated, semi-cartridge bearings|
|Handlebar||Trek Urban alloy, comfort sweep, 25.4mm, 45mm rise||Bontrager alloy, 31.8mm, comfort sweep||Bontrager IsoZone alloy, 31.8mm, comfort sweep (S,M - 620mm L,XL - 665mm width)|
|Grips||Bontrager Satellite||Bontrager Satellite||Bontrager Satellite IsoZone Plus, lock-on, ergonomic|
|Front hub||Formula DC-20, alloy, 6-bolt, 5x100mm QR||Formula DC-20, alloy, 6-bolt, 5x100mm QR||Formula DC-20, alloy, 6-bolt, 5x100mm QR|
|Front derailleur||Shimano Tourney TY510, 34.9mm clamp, top swing, dual pull||Shimano Tourney TY710, 34.9mm clamp, top swing, dual pull||Shimano Acera T3000, 34.9mm clamp, top swing, dual pull|
|Frame||Alpha Gold Aluminum, DuoTrap S compatible, disc brake, rack & fender mounts, 135x5mm QR||Alpha Gold Aluminum, DuoTrap S compatible, disc brake, rack & fender mounts, 135x5mm QR||Alpha Gold Aluminum, DuoTrap S compatible, disc brake, rack & fender mounts, 135x5mm QR|
|Fork||Steel, disc, rack mounts, 415mm axle-to-crown, ThruSkew 5mm QR||Alloy, disc, rack mounts, 415mm axle-to-crown, ThruSkew 5mm QR||Alloy, disc, rack mounts, 415mm axle-to-crown, ThruSkew 5mm QR|
|Crank||Forged alloy, 48/38/28, chainguard||Forged alloy, 48/38/28, chainguard||Shimano MT210, 46/30, chainguard (S,M 170mm / L /XL 175mm)|
|Chain||KMC Z51||KMC Z7||KMC X9|
|Cassette||SunRace MFM300 freewheel, 14-34, 7 speed||Shimano HG31, 11-32, 8 speed||Shimano HG200, 11-36, 9 speed|
|Brakeset||Tektro MD-M280 mechanical disc, 160mm rotor||Tektro HD-M275 hydraulic disc, 160mm rotor||Shimano MT200 hydraulic disc, Shimano RT26, 160mm, 6-bolt|
|Bottom bracket||VP BC55P, 68mm, threaded||VP BC73, 68mm, threaded|
Trek Verve Cons
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!
Conclusions: Why Is The Verve So Popular?
- Built by Trek
- Outworldly beautiful design
- Unbeatable value in terms of geometry and components
- Super comfortable and easy to ride
- Rack & fender ready for maximum versatility