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Bring All the Kids with Trek’s new Fetch+2 & Fetch+4 Cargo Bikes

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Wisconsin’s own Trek Bicycles released two new electric bikes yesterday, the new fetch line of eCargo bikes. The Fetch+2 and the Fench+4 were designed by a team of designers and engineers using inspiration from the global cargo bike community. This is also Trek’s first attempt at a true cargo bike.

Trek Fetch Plus 2 kids and peace
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The Fetch+2 is a longtail cargo bike, meaning that the wheelbase is longer for more stability while moving the bulk of the cargo weight to the rear of the rider. We are used to seeing these types of cargo bikes around.

The Fetch+4 is a front-loader cargo bike, with a European design, that is a little less common here in the states. It also has a long wheelbase, with a space between the rider and the front wheel. This is the space on these types of bikes where a majority of the load will be placed.

Trek Fetch+2

Trek Fetch Plus 2 with kids

The Trek Fetch+2 uses the new Bosch BES3 Smart System with the dedicated Bosch Cargo Drive unit. This unit offers 250 watts, 85Nm of torque with a max speed of 20mph. The battery is a Bosch 500Wh Powertube that is housed in the down tube.

It is equipped with a 10-speed Shimano Deore drivetrain with a 46t single front chainring and an 11-36t Sunrace cassette. Braking is handled by four-piston hydraulic brakes.

The battery uses a 4A charger and takes 4.5 hours for a 100% charge and 2 hours for a 50% charge. Trek says they will be offering a Range Boost option as well.

The Fetch+2 has a total carry weight (rider+cargo) of 200kg (440 lbs). The rear panniers can carry a total of 72kg (159 lbs) with the front panniers holding a total of 9kg (20 lbs).

Trek Fetch Plus 2 rear child seats

The rear rack, which can accommodate two child seats without adapters, is designed to carry 1-2 kids with or without child seats. Trek says they’ve tested the Thule Yepp maxi and the Burly Dash and confirmed they are both compatible.

The Fetch+2 frame material is Alpha Gold Aluminium, with 20″ wheels that can accommodate 2.35″ tires both with and without fenders. Compared to bikes like the RadPower RadWagon 4, that’s a big deal since standard wheel & tire sizes will make all parts easier to source and repalce.

The bike comes equipped with a Dual-leg Center kickstand and footrests. The bike also comes with both front and rear lights that are preinstalled and powered by the Bosch Powerpack.

The compatible accessories for the Fetch+2

  • The Family Kit (Safari Bar, 2 Seat Pads, Backrest Pad, Foot Guards)
  • Front and Rear Fenders in colors Black, Navy, Viper Red, and Juniper
  • Front Panier Baskets and Rack Kit in colors Black, Navy, Viper Red, and Juniper
  • Rear Panier Baskets in colors Black, Navy, Viper Red, and Juniper

Fetch+2 Retail

The Fetch+2 retails for: $5,999

It will be available for purchase in April of 2023.

Trek Fetch+4

Trek Fetch Plus 4 putting kids in

The Europian-inspired Fetch+4 was developed with families in mind. The front box has a max load of 80kg (176 lbs) with a capacity of 230 liters.

Trek Fetch Plus 4 reclining seats

It comes with two child seats that recline individually, can hold 25kg (55 lbs) ea, and have 5-point seatbelts for added safety. The cargo box is made with double-sided PE and is said to be solid and sturdy while still allowing for relatively narrow wall thickness.

Trek offers a Bench that can be mounted in front of the box that can also fit two kids. The Bench has a max load of 40kg (88 lbs). There is also an available adapter set for a child carrier as well that is designed to accommodate Maxi Cosi or Britax Römer child seats.

The rear rack on the Fetch+4 is a welded-on MIK HD rack. It’s got a max weight limit of 27kg (59 lbs), and is sturdy enough to mount a child seat or any other MIK accessories.

Trek Fetch Plus 4 Bosch Cargo Line motor

The Fetch+4 uses the same Bosch BES3 Smart System with the Bosch Cargo Drive unit as the Fetch+2 uses. Due to the added weight of the Fetch+4, Trek has upped the battery to 750Wh with a max support of 25km/h.

After a lot of testing and test rides, Trek has decided to spec the Fetch+4 with cable steering. With a 1.3 ratio, they say they have optimized the handling, enabling a 85-degree wheel turn while the handlebar only has to turn 65 degrees.

Trek Fetch Plus 4 rear auto hub

The drivetrain on the Fetch+4 uses a Gates Carbon Belt Drive with automatic shifting via an Eviolo hub. It also comes with a 27.5″ rear wheel and a 20″ front wheel, a dropper post, and front suspension.

Trek Fetch Plus 4 empty kids and mom

This bike also comes with both front and rear lights that are preinstalled and powered by the Bosch Powerpack. Using the intuitive, smart LED remote, the Fetch+4 can turn your phone into a smart display with the eBike Flow app.

Also, if your phone is compatible with wireless charging, it will be charged off of the bike’s power via the Smart Phone Mount.

Fetch+4 Retail

The Fetch+2 retails for: $8,999

It will be available for purchase in April of 2023.


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1 year ago

Price aside, more competition in the e-cargo space benefits us in the US. Fetch 4 is more expensive than the current family favorite Urban Arrow, but already comes with child seats and a huge battery. Fetch 2 looks to compete with the Tern GSD and IMO the Tern wins out here. Glad to see one of the big names getting into the bakfiets arena.

1 year ago

Both are overpriced knockoffs from an entirely corporate entity that has leeched off the general biking public with simply brand recognition for years now.

The R+M packster, Cube Cargo hybrid and Yuba supercargo CL blow the doors off that front loader with only R+M charging similar prices to Trek’s Giant-made machine. The Yuba being the best handling out of the bunch in my humble expert opinion.

The Tern GSD (of which this fetch thing is a direct knockoff of) meets and exceeds both the UL 2849 and EFBE cargo bike testing parameters which neither of these cheese-head knockoffs have been even exposed to. And Trek doesn’t even make their own shit anymore! Thanks to Giant for at least making a safe bike for the company that shares a town with a pickle packing plant.

Add on to all this the fact that us non-breeders get immediately weeded out of owning the front loader because it comes strapped for crotch trophies right out of the box. Talk about a narrow-assed understanding of what CARGO bikes are for at their core….

And then the whipped cream on the dog crap sundae of the fact that you have to go to a Trek dealer to get one…. ew.

Stay in your lane with the plastic pizza cutters and cop bikes for your pig buddies, John Burke. I’m too busy yawning over your catalog.

1 year ago

Stop trying to make fetch happen. It’s not going to happen.

1 year ago
Reply to  Paul

Haha…never thought I’d see a reference from mean girl on here. Grool

1 year ago

I’ve got an Urban Arrow and absolutely love it. My daughter does as well. So much more fun than the pull behind trailer since we can easily communicate and talk during our rides.

The Fetch+4 is more expensive and might not have quite as many ‘accessories’ since it’s just hitting the market. But the nice thing is that urban arrow dealers are mostly limited to big cities where as Trek dealers are almost everywhere

1 year ago
Reply to  Matt

This is a major selling point for me too. I would prefer the Urban Arrow. But I don’t have a UA dealer (or a R&M, Cube or Yuba dealer) within a day’s bike ride. And the UA dealers aren’t authorized to ship the bikes to a customer. Meanwhile, I have two Trek dealers.

As for the rank about “crotch trophies” and pre-installed seats? You’ve got a hex wrench, right? They come out. Sounds like you just want to be sour.

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