Trek Verve 2 Disc Review – Is it a Good Hybrid Bike?

Is the Verve a Must-Have? Trek Verve 2 Review

Trek Bikes always have something exciting to offer. From their simply comfortable road bikes to mean mountain bikes and somewhere in the middle Hybrids, Trek range has been offering one hit after another. Their latest invention, Trek Verve 2, is one just hybrid. It is a comfortable yet fun bike ideal for leisurely mountainous rides, long commutes, and every day trips to the fitness gym. It is built for convenience and cycling enthusiasts who take cycling as an exercise. Surprisingly, it is also pretty affordable. Therefore, it wouldn’t empty your bank accounts. That said, let’s see how the Verve 2 compares to its predecessor and successor.

Trek Verve 2 on a wall

Full Specifications

Below are the full specifications of Trek Verve 2. Take a look!

• Frame: Alpha Gold Aluminum, compatible with DuoTrap S, rack & fender mounts
• Fork: Alloy w/lowrider mounts
• Headset: 1-1/8-inches, semi-integrated, semi-cartridge bearings
• Rims/Wheels: Bontrager AT-750 double-wall alloy
• Hubs: Front: Formula FM21; Rear: alloy
• Tyres: Bontrager H5, 700 x 45c
• Crankset: Forged Alloy
• Chainrings: 48/38/28
• Bottom Bracket: Sealed Cartridges
• Front Derailleur: Shimano Tourney TY71
• Rear Derailleur: Shimano Altus
• Rear Cogs: Shimano HG31, 8-speed: 11 – 32
• Shifters: Shimano EF500
• Handlebars: Bontrager, 31.8 mm, 15 mm rise
• Tape/Grips: Bontrager Satellite, ergonomic
• Stem: Bontrager alloy, 31.8 mm, adjustable rise, Blendr compatible
• Brake Levers: Tektro
• Brakes: Tektro alloy linear-pull
• Pedals: Nylon platform
• Saddle: Bontrager padded
• Seat Post: Alloy, adjustable suspension, 27.2 mm
• Weight: 27.76 lbs

FRAMESET
FRAME

The Trek Verve 2 has a light Alpha Gold Aluminum alloy frame. Due to a very streamlined geometric design, it keeps you in an upright position during your rides. Also, you can choose between a standard frame and a low step frame. This makes the Verve 2 maximize comfort while staying suitable for all riders.

The low step is a nice addition – especially for riders who have trouble mounting and dismounting. It’s a very inclusive design in case you are differently-abled or suffering from a hip, knee, or back injury. It’s also very helpful for older bike riders who cannot mount without it easily.

Moreover, Trek Verve 2 comes with rack and fender mounts (front & rear) so that you can customize your bike as per your ride requirements. We also love how all the wires and cables are routed internally. This gives the bike a very sleek and cleaner overall look.

FORK

The Verve 2’s fork is made of aluminum alloy instead of the usual steel construction. Because of this, Verve 2 is 1.3 pounds lighter than the previous model Verve 1. Aluminum alloy frame also makes it more resistant to rust. What’s more, it can also bear more pressure from gravel paths because of the better components that come with it.

STEM

The Verve 1 had a threaded stem, which made handlebars adjustment a bit of a chore. Verve 1, on the other hand, uses a Bontrager alloy stem. It is easy to adjust and compatible with Blendr. Therefore, you can clip whatever gear you have directly into the bike’s frame.

SUSPENSION SEATPOST

The Verve 2 is an overall very rigid bike. There is no front or rear suspension to absorb the shocks on a bumpy ride. However, there is an alloy adjustable suspension seat post. This design gives you up to 27.2 mm of travel. It also absorbs any shocks you may encounter during your rides.

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    WHEELSET

    Talking about the most important feature of any bike, the wheels, Verve 2 has got a special pair. These are Bontrager Connection, sporting extra-large 700x45c H5 wire bead tires. These durable wheels are fully protected from punctures. They are thick-treaded and very reflective to ensure visibility in all lighting conditions.

    The front wheel is built utilizing the ThruSkew. This technology protects your front wheel from dropping out accidentally. Lastly, the Tektro HD-M275 alloy hydraulic disk brakes are a nice upgrade to the mechanical disc brakes of Verve 1. They can bear all odd weather conditions giving you firm and reliable traction along with higher braking power and quick react timing.

    DRIVETRAIN

    The Trek Verve 2 is manufactured with a blend of Shimano accessories. For instance, there are Tourney derailleurs at the front of the bike and Altus derailleurs at the back. Another upgrade over the previous model comes in gears. While the previous model had 21 7-speed gears, this one has 24 in total, along with a triple cog combo on its Shimano HG31 8-speed cassette. With such a wide range drivetrain, you never have to pedal too hard (or too soft, for that matter).

    Sure, Trek Verve 2 has some incredible features. But, let’s take a look at how it compares to its successor, the Verve 3.

    Trek Verve 2 vs. Trek Verve 3

    VERVE 3 REVIEW

    Trek Verve 3
    FRAMESET

    The frameset of Verve 3 is very similar to the Verve 2. It is also manufactured with an Alpha Gold aluminum frame. The front and rear fender mounts are exactly the same. And even the frameset is DuoTrap S compatible, just like the predecessor.

    Wondering what DuoTrap S is? Here’s the answer: It’s a built-in sensor mechanism that records your progress as you pedal and sends your progress to an ANT+ or Bluetooth-enabled device. This can be your smartphone, smartwatch, laptop, or a computer.

    It is completely wireless, and you can easily install it on your bike without disturbing the clean look. However, this system doesn’t come with the bike. You have to purchase it separately.

    WHEELSET

    The Verve 3 boasts 700c x 45 Ultimate Bontrager tires that are super durable and resistant against uneven rocky surfaces. Even nails and broken pieces of glass are a no problemo. Like the Verve 2’s wheelset, these tires come with a reflective surface for night riding and low lighting conditions. One major difference between the two wheelsets is that 2 has Tektro HD M275 alloy hydraulic disc brakes. At the same time, the 3 goes one step beyond with Shimano Brakes. The Shimano MT200 brakes (also hydraulic disc) are more popular in mountain bikes because they provide better traction and reaction time on slippery roads.

    DRIVETRAIN

    Just like the Trek Verve 2, 3 also comes with a Shimano drivetrain. However, unlike the former’s Altus and Tourney derailleurs, Verve 3 has Shimano Acera parts. The front and rear ones, along with the shifters, are all Acera. Another major upgrade comes in the form of gears. The Verve 3 has a 2-speed ring that matches with a 9 speed Shimano HG 200 cassette and 11 – 36 cogs. The Verve 2, on the other hand, was limited to an 8-speed drivetrain cassette and a 3-speed ring.

    Which Bike Should You Choose?

    After all this discussion, one can easily conclude that both Verve 2 and 3 are excellent bikes. The Verve 3 is 1.43 pounds heavier than the previous model but provides slightly better components along with a smooth, comfortable ride on all terrains and all weather conditions.

    However, in case you are on a budget and can’t afford to spend more, the Verve 2 might be right up your alley as it is cheaper. You will still be able to enjoy a quality lightweight hybrid bike for day to day travels at a much lesser cost.

    How Does Trek Match Up Against Fuji?

    The popularity of hybrid bikes is on the rise. Due to this, a number of manufacturers are coming up with great options. While Trek Bikes is considered a market leader, Fuji offers stiff competition with its classics and latest models. It also offers bikes for a variety of users and terrains. Let’s take a look at how Fuji’s bikes hold up against our heroes.

    Fuji Bike Absolute

    BUILD

    Fuji’s Bikes are considered somewhat of a classic. After all, their sturdy build reminds us of the good old days. Their bikes are normally made of carbon fiber alloy and come with steel components. While this makes Fuji’s bikes pretty sturdy, rough & tough, it compromises on two key aspects – speed & weight.

    Comparatively, Trek’s models are often manufactured with alpha aluminum alloy, as we have seen with the two models presented here. Therefore, they are much more lightweight and fast. Some of the bikes in Fuji’s commuter series take this into account, though, and they come with aluminum construction.

    PRICE RANGE

    From a price point, Fuji’s bikes are no doubt more affordable as compared to some of the other bikes available in the market presented as more high-end to a higher price. Fuji’s cruisers and urban bikes come at even economic rates. However, if you are offered a choice between Trek’s fitness bikes and one of Fuji’s fitness bikes, there isn’t any considerable difference. In the end, the choice boils down to what components you prefer for your model. That said, some of Fuji’s models, such as electric and mountain ranges, touch the higher end of $1000. Trek’s the Verve series feels much cheaper in comparison.

    Let’s compare them to 2 of Fuji’s Hybrid bikes.

    FUJI CROSSTOWN

    Fuji’s Crosstown comes with the following specifications:

    • A2-SL custom-butted alloy frame
    • Kenda 700x40c tires
    • SR NEX suspension fork w/ 63 mm travel
    • Shimano 2 x 8-speed drivetrain
    • Shimano hydraulic disc brakes w/ 160 rotors

    As you can already see, Fuji’s Crosstown is a commuter bike. It is a beginner’s bike ideal for recreation trips and as an everyday fitness routine. As compared to Verve, the Crosstown has a front suspension besides a shock-absorbing seat post. It also has more speeds (27 in contrast with 24 on Trek Verve 2). The Crosstown also comes at a relatively cheaper price point, which can be an important consideration for people on a tight budget. Its wheels are a bit smaller, though. While both models use the Tektro braking mechanism along with Shimano components, Verve 2 utilizes hydraulic brakes while Crosstown has mechanical disc brakes. This gives Verve 2 a slight edge over the Crosstown.

    FUJI TRAVERSE

    Fuji’s Traverse offers the following specifications:

    • A2-SL custom-butted alloy frame
    • Kenda Drumlin 700 x 40c tires
    • SR NEX suspension fork w/ 63mm travel
    • Shimano 2×9-speed drivetrain
    • Shimano hydraulic disc brakes w/ 160mm rotors

    The Traverse is a no-holds barred, all in one bike. Such bikes are perfect not just for sports and commute but also for long mountainous trails. It has pretty similar components as some cross-country models from the brand. When it comes to the drivetrain, the Traverse is miles ahead. It has a 30-speed drivetrain which is more than the 24 on Verse 2. Therefore, this bike is more suitable for riders who love off-road travel every once in a while. As for the price, the Verve 2 is cheaper because of its use as more of a fun bike. So, if you are too keen on sports, go for Traverse. However, you will have to dig deeper into your wallets.

    The Final Word

    With all that said, we hope now you know which model takes the cake.

    It’s neither. Both of these brands are well-established, reputable, and reliable manufacturers of bikes. The decision about which one is perfect boils down to your preferences and your budget. We believe whichever brand you go for will be a win-win scenario for you. This is because both of them offer quite unique feature sets, whether it’s speed, design, frame style, or components. There are some other important considerations as well, such as your skillset and the level of customization you want in your bike. Highly customizable models are more expensive. So, consider how simple your preferences are. That’s pretty much all. We hope you enjoyed this article about Trek Verve 2. Let us know your thoughts about which model suits your needs and why in the usual place. Thank you for reading.

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