Trek Verve 2 Review

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

by  Grace Liang

The Trek range always has something exciting, from its mountain bikes to road bikes to hybrids. The Trek Verve 2 is one such bike, a comfortable, convenient hybrid perfect for commutes, leisurely rides, and weekend spins.

The Verve 2 is built for ease of travel and for pursuing cycling as an exercise and is one of the best ways to enjoy the great outdoors. It’s also affordable, so it wouldn’t break the bank. That being said, there are several bikes in the Trek Verve range, and even more hybrid bikes out there, so let’s delve into our Trek Verve 2 Review and see what makes it special!

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Full Specifications

Frame:Alpha Gold Aluminum, DuoTrap S compatible, rack & fender mounts
ForkAlloy w/lowrider mounts
Headset1-1/8-inch, semi-integrated, semi-cartridge bearings
Rims/WheelsBontrager AT-750 double-wall alloy
HubsFront: Formula FM21; Rear: alloy
TyresBontrager H5, 700 x 45c
CranksetForged Alloy
Chainrings48/38/28
Bottom BracketSealed Cartridge
Front DerailleurShimano Tourney TY71
Rear Derailleur          Shimano Altus
Rear CogsShimano HG31, 8-speed: 11-32
ShiftersShimano EF500
HandlebarsBontrager alloy, 31.8mm, 15mm rise
Tape/GripsBontrager Satellite, ergonomic
StemBontrager alloy, 31.8mm, adjustable rise, Blendr compatible
Brake LeversTektro
BrakesTektro alloy linear-pull
PedalsNylon platform
SaddleBontrager padded
Seat PostAlloy, adjustable suspension, 27.2mm
Weight27.76lbs

 

FRAMESET

FRAME

The Verve 2 comes with a lightweight Alpha Gold Aluminum alloy frame and is specially designed to keep you in an upright position during your ride due to its streamlined geometry. To suit all riders and to maximise comfort, Trek’s Verve bikes also come with the option of choosing between a standard frame and a low-step frame.

The low step is a great additional option for bikers who are looking for easy mount and dismount. It’s also an inclusive design if you are suffering from any injury or are differently-abled, as it caters to cyclists with knee, back, or hip injuries. We’ve found that this is also a preferred option amongst older riders.

The Verve 2 also comes with front and rear mounts to enable you to customize your bike as you see fit for whatever your journey may require.

You’d also like to know that all wiring and cabling are internally routed, giving your bike a clean and sleek look.

FORK

Since the fork on the Verve 2 is made of aluminium alloy instead of steel, the bike is 1.3 lbs lighter than the Verve 1. This element also makes it less prone to rust and comes with better components to take on pressure from gravel paths.

STEM

Unlike the threaded stem on the Verve 1, which didn’t allow easy adjustability of the handlebars, the Bontrager alloy stem of the Verve 2 is adjustable and Blendr compatible. So, you can clip your gear directly into the frame.

SUSPENSION SEATPOST

The Verve 2 is a rigid bike and therefore does not come with front or rear suspension. It does, however, have an alloy adjustable suspension seatpost. The design gives you up to 27.2mm of travel and will endure any bumps or shocks you may face.

Verve 2 Disc Hybrid Bike

 

WHEELSET

The Verve 2 wheels are Bontrager Connection, boasting extra-large 700x45c H5 wire-bead tires from its in-house brand. These puncture-protected, durable tires are thick-treaded and reflective for visibility in all conditions.

Its front wheel is also built with ThruSkew technology, which prevents your front wheel from unexpectedly dropping out, so with the Verve 2, you can clear that worry from your mind.

The Verve 2 comes with Tektro HD-M275 alloy hydraulic disc brakes, which can withstand muddy and wet weather conditions whilst giving you reliable traction.

When comparing the Verve 2 vs the Verve 1, this is a superb step up from the mechanical disc brakes of its predecessor. You get to enjoy higher braking power and a quicker reaction time with minimal effort and finger strength required when compared to rim brakes.

DRIVETRAIN

Built with a blend of reliable Shimano parts, the Verve 2 is equipped with Tourney derailleurs at the front and Altus derailleurs at the rear.

As another upgrade from the 7-speed Verve 1, the Verve 2 gives you 24 gears in total with a triple cog combination on its 8-speed Shimano HG31 cassette.

While the Verve 2 does indeed have some great features, let’s take a look at its successor, the Verve 3, and see how the two bikes measure up.

Trek Verve 2 vs. Trek Verve 3

VERVE 3 REVIEW

FRAMESET

Like the Verve 2, the Verve 3 is also built with an Alpha Gold aluminum frame with similar front and rear fender mounts. The frameset is also DuoTrap S compatible.

Curious as to what that is? The Trek DuoTrap S is a frame integrated sensor system that tracks your progress as you cycle and sends all your cycling statistics to a Bluetooth or ANT+ configured device of your choosing. This could be your smartphone or computer.

The DuoTrap S sensor system is wireless and can be seamlessly installed with a clean finish on your bike. The system, however, is sold separately and does not come as part of the bike.

WHEELSET

The Verve 2 is equipped with 700c x 45 Hardcase Ultimate Bontrager wire-beaded tires, which are super durable and are pretty resistant against rocky surfaces, jagged rocks, and even nails and broken glass. Like the Verve 2’s tires, these are also reflective for riding at night or in low light conditions.

One big difference between the Verve 2 and the Verve 3 is that the 2 is equipped with Tektro HD-M275 alloy hydraulic disc brakes, whereas the 3 has been equipped with a Shimano brake system.

The Verve 3 is built with Shimano MT200 hydraulic disc brakes, which are quite popular on both hybrids and mountain bikes. They provide great traction in wet and slippery weather conditions and also have a reliable and quick reaction time.

DRIVETRAIN

The Verve 3 also has a Shimano drivetrain like the Verve 2, but unlike the Tourney and Altus components of its predecessor, the Verve 3 is equipped with Shimano Acera parts. The front and rear derailleurs, as well as the shifters, are all Shimano Acera.

Another significant change is the gears on the Verve 3. Unlike the 3 speed ring on the Verve 2, the Verve 3 has a 2-speed ring, matched with a 9-speed Shimano HG200 cassette and 11-36 cogs.

Which Bike Should You Choose?

Conclusively, the Verve 2 and the Verve 3 are both very good quality bikes. If you’re looking for slightly better components and a more comfortable ride on all terrains, the Verve 3 might fall right into what you’re looking for. However, it is 1.43 lbs heavier than the Verve 2.

If you’re looking for an option that’s going to be easier on your budget, the Verve 2 might be more up your street, as it is cheaper than its successor. You will still enjoy a good quality hybrid bike for your everyday travels, at a lesser price.

How Does Trek Match Up Against Fuji?

With the rising popularity of hybrid bikes over the last couple of years, cyclists are met with a plethora of options to choose from when it comes to settling for the ideal bike. Of these choices, Trek is a forerunner, with Fuji being a very strong contender, with bikes catering to a variety of uses.

Let’s take a look at Fuji vs Trek:

BUILD

Fuji bikes are considered classics, and they’ve gained this reputation due to their strong and sturdy build. Fuji bikes usually have carbon fiber or steel components, and while this makes them quite hardy, it compromises on weight and speed.

When comparing this to the Trek ranges, which are often built using Alpha Aluminium alloy as seen with the Verve, Marlin and FX series, the Treks are more lightweight.

Bikes in Fuji’s commuter series, however, such as the Crosstown or the Absolute, are made with aluminium frames.

PRICE RANGE

In a broad stroke, Fuji bikes could be considered comparatively affordable when compared to some other bikes on the market which could present themselves as more high end due to a high price point.

Fuji offers their urban bikes and cruisers at a very affordable price. If you were to choose between one of Fuji’s fitness bikes and one of Trek’s, there isn’t much of a difference, and your choice would depend mainly on which components you prefer.

However, Fuji’s electric, mountain, and certain road bikes could be found within a $1000 price range. When comparing this to bikes in the Trek range, such as the Verve series or the Marlin series, you would be able to find a good quality bike hundreds of dollars cheaper than a Fuji.

Let’s take a look at two of Fuji’s hybrid models:

FUJI CROSSTOWN

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

Want a deeper look into the Fuji Crosstown spec? Check out https://www.fujibikes.com/usa/bikes/pavement/comfort-cruiser/crosstown/crosstown-1-3 for more!

The Fuji Crosstown is a commuter bike that is suitable for recreation, fitness and also serves as a beginner bike. When comparing it to the Verve, the Crosstown comes with a front suspension in addition to a shock-absorbing seatpost. It also has 27 speeds, as opposed to 24 speeds on the Trek Verve 2.

The Crosstown is also slightly cheaper than the Verve 2, which you could consider if you have a strict budget.

Its tires however are a bit smaller than that of the Verve 2. In terms of similarities, both brands use Shimano components and are equipped with Tektro braking systems. The Verve 2 however, has hydraulic disc brakes whereas the Crosstown is equipped with mechanical disc brakes.

FUJI TRAVERSE

  • Fuji A2-SL custom-butted alloy frame
  • SR NEX suspension fork with 63mm travel
  • Shimano 2×9-speed drivetrain
  • Kenda Drumlin 700x40c tires
  • Shimano hydraulic disc brakes with 160mm rotors

You can learn more about the Fuji Traverse here: https://thebikelist.co.uk/fuji/traverse-1-5-2013

Now let’s dive into the key features of the Traverse:

The Traverse is built as an all-encompassing bike, typically suited for sport, commute and also trails. It has similar features to some cross-country bikes from the brand.

The Traverse has a 30-speed drivetrain, which is considerably more than the 24 speeds on the Verve 2, and also features front suspension similar to that of the Crosstown. This bike would therefore be better-suited for riders who are keen on exploring trails or light off-road riding.

From a price point, the Verve 2 is slightly cheaper than the Traverse, owing to its use as more of a recreational bike.

If you’re keen on sport, the Traverse might be a more suitable option if you don’t mind diving a little deeper into your pockets. If your use is simple such as weekend spins, fitness, or the everyday commute, the Verve 2 may be more up your alley.

The Final Word

Now, you may be wondering which brand takes the win here.

With both brands being established as reliable and of good quality, the decision comes down to you, your budget, and your use for the bike. It’s a win-win if you choose either brand due to each brand’s reputation.

Both brands have unique features to offer, be it the speeds, the style of the frame, or the brand of the components.

There are other factors to consider as well, such as your experience level, or the level to which you want to customize your bike. Some bikes may be more conducive to customization than others, so it’s all down to how extensive or how simple your needs are.

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