Trek launched their 2020 line of e-bikes, with the Allant+ range taking center stage. It has both alloy and carbon models available, with the latest pedal assist motors and batteries from Bosch. Assistance speed varies by model and country, along with battery size and life – either 500 Wh, or a new massive 625 Wh option. If that’s not enough, you can add a second 500 Wh Range Boost battery to extend your potential distance.
2020 Trek Allant+ commuter & hybrid e-bike range
Trek isn’t new to e-bikes, but the Allant+ moniker headlines their refreshed 2020 line-up. With multiple price points, battery options, and material choices, there’s something for everyone, and (of course) some differences based on your country. Trek says that Allant+ S models for the US get the higher 28mph speed cutoff, while non-S models are limited to 20 mph.
All models are available either in a standard top tube, or a dropped-top-tube “Stagger” option. Allant+ 7, 7S, 8, and 8S models feature an aluminum frame and fork, while the higher-end Allant+ 9.9S uses an OCLV carbon frame and fork.
Allant+ uses the latest Bosch e-bike motors. Standard models use the new Performance Line CX (250 watt, 75nm, 20mph), while the top-end S models use the Performance Line Speed (250 Watt, 75nm, 28mph). 7, 7S, and 8 models use the 500Wh Powertube battery, with all others using the new massive 625Wh Powertube.
Select models include the full-color Bosch Kiox display, which doubles as a security system. Without the head unit, the electronics in the bike are useless (though you can still pedal the bike… just not as fast). Software updates are now delivered to the Kiox wirelessly, so you don’t have to go to a dealer or plug it into your computer.
Select models also come with the SmartphoneHub controllers that allow your smartphone to be used as an on-board computer. You must download the COBI.Bike app from Bosch, and then you can charge your phone, make calls, listen to music, get turn-by-turn GPS, and more.
The Allant+ uses Trek’s RIB (Removable Integrated Battery) system, which uses a key on the left side of the downtube to unlock and remove the battery pack. Trek quotes a charge time of 4.5 hours for the 500 Wh battery, or 4.9 hours for the 625 Wh battery.
If one battery isn’t enough, you can add a second 500 Wh Range Boost battery to any Allant+, with the exception of the Allant+ 7 Lowstep (due to space restrictions). It piggybacks on the downtube, giving a range of “well over 100 miles”. The Range Boost battery must be installed by a dealer, and is set up so one key unlocks both batteries.
Disc brakes help you bring all of that battery weight and speed to a halt, with the 9.9S models getting a beefy set of Magura 4-piston calipers and levers… that are actually rated for use on a motorized vehicle.
Bontrager E6 e-bike rated tires help to deal with the extra weight and drive power that e-bikes carry. Trek also advised that e-bike riders check and replace their chain more frequently than non-e-bikes, due to the increased power output and subsequent chain wear.
All Allant+ models come stock with fenders, a head light, and a tail light. Note that Trek claims that even if your battery dies, they’ve programmed it to reserve enough power to run the headlight and tail light long enough to get you home.
An integrated stem on the 9.9 model completes the clean look, and can route up to eleven (!) cables inside.
Allant+ 7 & 8 Geometry:
Allant+ 9.9 Geometry
Trek offers three sizes of all Allant+ models, with slight differences between alloy and carbon models (shown in the two charts above).
Spec, Pricing, and Availability
Trek offers three main levels for the Allant+, all with options for standard or “Stagger” (dropped) top tube.
The Allant+ 9.9S ($5,999, 22.1kg) is the top-end model with full OCLV carbon frame and fork. It includes the 625Wh battery, Shimano XT 12-speed drivetrain, and has a speed limit of 28mph. A non-S model will be available in Europe with a 20mph cutoff.
The Allant+ 8 ($3,999, 24.1kg) uses the 500Wh battery, along with a Shimano Deore 10-speed drivetrain. The Allant+ 8S ($4,299, 24.1kg) upgrades to the 625Wh battery and 28mph assist limit in the US.
The Allant+ 7 ($3,599, 24.1kg) uses the 500 Wh battery and a Shimano 9-speed drivetrain. The Allant+ 7S ($3,899, 24.1kg) bumps up to a 28mph limit in the US.
Trek representatives stated that inventory timing will vary by market, with North American models becoming available in October. All frames carry a lifetime warranty, while the motor has a two-year warranty through Bosch. The battery has a 500 charge, 2-year warranty (whichever comes first).