With a new powerplant, a frame-integrated battery, on-board lighting and updated styling, Trek has made some significant revisions to their 2019 Dual Sport+ e-bikes. This marks the second generation of the Dual Sport+ electric hybrids, and this year Trek is introducing the Dual Sport+ Women’s model to replace the outgoing Neko+ bikes. Keeping the lineup simple, Trek is offering one model for men and one for women that feature nearly identical builds, save for a few women-specific touch points.
The new Dual Sport+ bikes use Bosch’s Active Line Plus drive system. This mid-drive motor puts out 250W, and its compact Purion display offers four power levels: Eco, Tour, Sport, and Turbo. Depending on power use, the bikes’ range can reach up to 100 miles. The system can also support sustained maximum speeds of 20 – 28mph depending on the country’s laws.
With Trek’s new Removable Integrated Battery (RIB) system, the 500Wh Bosch PowerTube battery tucks neatly into the frame’s down tube. The battery itself and its cover are a one-piece unit, and while the assembly is waterproof Trek recommends keeping it away from extreme heat or cold.
The battery locks to the frame with a key, and has a built-in carry handle and external charging port for mobile devices. The battery can be charged on or off the bike using any wall socket, and it uses five LED lights to indicate its charge level. A full recharge takes between 2.5- 4 hours.
The new Dual Sport+ bikes also feature the Lync integrated lighting system, designed by Trek. Up front a Lync headlight puts out 500 lumens, and out back the Lync tail light provides visibility from over 400m. The front light is bolted to the stem’s integrated Blendr mount and the rear is attached to the Bontrager Commuter Comp saddle, so you’ll never forget to bring them along for a ride.
The lighting system runs off the main battery and turns on automatically when the bike is powered up. Both the head and tail light feature ambient light sensors, so they’ll automatically switch between day flash and night steady modes as the environment changes.
As a hybrid bike, the Dual Sport+ is built with multi-surface riding in mind. The frames are made from Trek’s Alpha Gold aluminum, and an SR Suntour NRX fork provides 80mm of travel (but can also be locked-out for cruising smooth surfaces). 38c Bontrager Comp LT2 tires provide traction and comfort on dirt or gravel pathways, and Shimano hydraulic disc brakes ensure all-weather stopping performance.
The Dual Sport+ bikes are equipped with Shimano Deore 1×10 wide-range drivetrains. Bontrager’s cushy commuter saddles and ergonomic grips, a rear-mount kickstand, pedals and a bell are also included for your comfort and convenience.
The frames include mounts to accommodate carrier racks, fenders, and water bottles. Bottle cage mounts are located on the seat tube and down tube of men’s models, and on the down tube of the women’s frames.
Women’s Dual Sport+ models offer the same performance features as the men’s but the women’s frames have sloped top tubes to lower their standover height, and they come in an XS size. These models are also outfitted with women’s specific saddles and narrower handlebars.
Trek says a men’s medium bike weighs in at 45.37lbs, and the maximum weight limit for the Dual Sport+ is 300lbs. Frames come with a lifetime warranty. Bosch covers the motor for two years, and the battery for two years or 500 charge cycles.
The new Dual Sport+ men’s and women’s models are now available online and through Trek retailers worldwide. Men’s models come in S/M/L/XL sizes, and in Black only. Women’s models are sold in XS/S/M sizes, in Metallic Gunmetal. Both retail for $3599.99 USD.