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Trek Super commuter test and review

Words by bike zone oxford on 22/06/2017 16:41:53

trek test ride

So we took delivery of our new Trek E-bike range a couple of weeks ago and i have to say i was eager to give the all new Super Commuter a spin. We already had a customer inquiry on the red 8+ so this was a prime opportunity to get out on the road and see what they are all about.

John (pictured ) is an E-bike veteran and with over 10 years of electric bike riding experience and having a number of different makes over this time he has seen the good the bad and the ugly, when he found out that we had stock of the super commuter he was keen to swing a leg over and see what it could do and we couldn’t have asked for a better day in March for a ride. Blue skies and dry roads we set out from Bike Zone towards the first hill we could get to, I was on the stealthy black 9+ using the NuVinci N380 SE gear hub while John was on the very pretty red 8+, first pedal stroke and pow the Bosch cx motor kicked in with unreal power and smoothness, Eco and Tour mode is more than enough for flat and rolling roads.

One of the first things you relies apart from the amazing power is how good the bike itself feels, the 650B 2.4 tyres offer smooth rolling with plenty of comfort even with all the extra weight and ridged carbon fork it doesn’t leave you feeling the need for suspension or more comfort. The first thing John said was how much more comfortable it was compared to his Haibike sduro and that it was easier to pedal without the motor assistance, something you find with many E-bike’s they can feel hard to ride once the motor is off or you go beyond the 25km motor restriction but not with the Trek.

So we started to head out of town cruising past the standstill traffic with ease while cx motor assisted us up to 25km and soon realized the sport and turbo mode is only needed for the big hills or a serious head wind. Coming up to the start of the 1 mile long hill in tour mode we could start to feel the gradient increasing and the effort needed to try and sustain a decent speed, two clicks on the Bosch puron display and your in Turbo mode and it feels like someone just turned on the after burners, in no time we are back up to 25KM and quickly gaining on a road rider up ahead. We soon passed the roadie who was going half the speed and we could happily talk to each other while zooming past. Once at the top we pulled over to have a talk about the bikes and some thoughts, the all round feeling was what an amazing and well put together machine. The bike itself is sublime, smooth, comfortable and sharp handling and with the powerful Bosch cx motor its the perfect match to give you an all around killer E-bike.


It comes with all the essentials like full mudguards, rear rack, front and rear lights, the front light kicking out a whopping 1100 lumins and rear neatly attached to the mudguard. Something else that should be said is how sleek it looks in the flesh, with a semi integrated battery and smooth welds you could mistake the alloy frame for a carbon one.

We see E-bike’s as the future for alternative transport and if the super commuter is anything to go by then it’s going to be a fun filled future of awesomeness.

If you want to know more about E-bike’s or book in for a test ride then give us a call or drop us a email and ask for Tim. 01865 728877

Happy riding