Real quick, if you’re not European, the concept of an urban full suspension e-mountain bike may seem foreign. But they’re a big category. With so many old-world dirt roads, cobbled paths and “gravel” roads connecting towns and villages, they’re a popular transportation option.
Heck, we’ve even them used in alpine villages to get to mountain top restaurants for dinner, then swoop down the forest roads home, lights blazing. And that’s one of the spots where the latest Trek Powerfly eMTB fits in.
The other? On the singletrack, of course…
Trek Powerfly FS eMTB trail bike
We’ll start with the standard model, designed as a full suspension e-mountain bike for those just getting into the sport. Or those wanting something simple for XC to light trail riding.
With 100mm rear travel and a 120mm suspension fork, it’s mild enough to introduce e-biking to any rider. And, with a more upright rider position and simplified suspension controls, it does seem aimed at the intermedia rider (those wanting more travel and more aggressive geometry can look to the Trek Rail).
Compared to the prior Powerfly, this new model gets more shapely tubing with a much lower standover height. XS and Small frames use 27.5″ wheels, and Medium on up use 29er wheels. All get thick 2.4″ tires.
The new models also move the rear shock behind the seat tube, setting itself further apart from their standard mountain bike designs. The rear shock has basic low speed compression and rebound settings, and that’s it. A dropper post makes it easy to get flat footed when stopped.
All models come with the Bosch CX motor system (250W, 75Nm), and all but the lowest end model use their Powertube 625 battery. The entry level bike gets the smaller Powertube 500 battery.
As of this post, only some of the models are listed on their website with limited pricing. Check link at bottom for updates as they add them.
Trek Powerfly FS Equipped country commuter e-bike
Here’s where this bike gets far more interesting. The “Equipped” model adds a full fender system, lights and racks.
It’s worth noting that the standard Powerfly FS frame has the mounting points for the racks and such, but the Equipped model comes with them preinstalled.
The optional Trunk attachment adds over-the-fender storage capacity in the rear, or remove it for a lower profile while still keeping the side attachment points.
Up front, they come with lights from either Herman’s or Supernova, and both get Supernova E3 mini tail lights. And kickstands.
Retail is $5,999 for the top Powerfly Equipped 9 model.
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