The mid-drive system, which is positioned between the pedals, attracts energy from an built-in however detachable 504Wh Shimano battery that sits contained in the body’s down tube. The capability is aggressive with the broader e-bike business. VanMoof’s S3 additionally ships with a 504Wh battery, and Bosch — which provides e-bike parts to manufacturers like Dice and Cannondale — affords built-in PowerTubes in 400, 500 and 600Wh choices.
The bike has three foremost using modes you can change between utilizing thumb-sized buttons situated close to the left handlebar grip. There’s additionally a Stroll mode, triggered by holding the underside button down for just a few seconds, that makes it simpler to maneuver the bike round when you’ve dismounted. That may be helpful for those who’re carrying a lot of luggage on the rear rack or just pushing the machine for a chronic interval by means of a crowd or up a steep hill.
You may test what mode you’re in utilizing a small Shimano-branded laptop (noticing a development but?) that slides right into a cradle on the handlebars. It has three bodily buttons — one for turning the bike on, one other for toggling the lights, and a last shortcut for altering the knowledge on the monochrome show. The two.7-inch display doesn’t seize your consideration like VanMoof’s Matrix Show, or Gocycle’s Formula One-inspired Cockpit. Nevertheless it’s sensible and loaded with helpful information, resembling your present pace, remaining cost, and a bar that dances forwards and backwards to indicate how exhausting the motor is working.
Triumph’s first e-bike is a nightmare to elevate up and carry.
The Trekker GT weighs 24KG, which is markedly greater than the Cowboy, VanMoof’s S3, Gogoro’s GXi, and most different e-bikes I’ve examined. Heavier choices exist, resembling Riese & Muller’s Charger3, Cube’s Kathmandu Hybrid One 500, and the monstrous Mate X. Nonetheless, Triumph’s first e-bike is a nightmare to elevate up and carry. You’ll have to be constructed like Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson if you wish to haul this up a flight of stairs or onto a automobile roof rack.
Fortunately, Triumph’s first e-bike is persistently nice to experience. I had the Trekker GT for a weekend and accomplished just a few sun-soaked rides within the south of England. The Shimano motor was lifeless silent and supplied ample help on flat stretches of highway and steep, in any other case sweat-inducing hills. The acceleration wasn’t significantly fierce — even within the highest using mode — nevertheless it was highly effective sufficient that I by no means turned conscious of the bike’s colossal weight.
The bike’s help would fade away at any time when I bought near 25KMH (15.5MPH). That’s the restrict set by the UK authorities and is, subsequently, typical for commuter-style e-bikes bought within the area. The cap is barely greater within the US, so it’s attainable that Triumph will enhance the utmost pace in that particular market. Regardless, you may usually attain greater speeds with some further pedal energy. The Trekker GT has 10 gears you can change between utilizing Shimano set off shifters on the correct handlebar. Whereas it’s not essentially the most handy system — many rivals have a single gear, or automated shifting — it does offer you extra management. On the best gear, as an illustration, I usually discovered that I may push the bike as much as 29MPH (18KMH).
The Trekker GT’s weight implies that you’ll go even quicker downhill. And unlike Gogoro’s Eeyo 1S, the motor doesn’t have any kind of “safety mode” that penalizes you for going quicker than 32KMH. Which means you may take full benefit of gravity and belief that the motor will present help once more as quickly as you dip under 25KMH. Should you reside in a hilly space, it’s an effective way to eke some further miles out of the battery.
Triumph’s first e-bike is snug, too. The Selle Royal Vivo saddle gives loads of assist and the Rockshox entrance suspension is great at absorbing the occasional pothole and pace bump. The Trekker GT can deal with some mild off-roading, however I wouldn’t name it a mountain bike alternative. Because the mannequin identify implies, it’s constructed extra for brief and medium-distance touring, supplied you’ve some type of charging. Triumph doesn’t promote extra batteries — and also you wouldn’t need to carry one other one in your again, as a result of they’re heavy — so that you’ll want to make use of the included charger, which plugs into the mains.
I didn’t have the bike lengthy sufficient to carry out a correct battery take a look at. On a full cost, although, the Shimano laptop mentioned I ought to get roughly 56 miles on Excessive, 79 miles on Regular and 113 miles on Eco. If that’s correct, the bike will probably be high-quality for on a regular basis commuting and the occasional weekend tenting journey, supplied you don’t have ambitions to cycle across the outdoors of Scotland. Adventurers may also admire the rear rack that may take panniers and, for those who’re a dab hand with straps and bungee cords, an assortment of luggage that weigh as much as 18KG (40 kilos).
It’s for individuals who smile at any time when they see the Triumph badge.
Some individuals have praised the bike’s seems to be, however I feel they’re common at finest. The downtube is extremely thick — at instances it appears like you’ve a bike between your legs — and the handlebars are surrounded by an internet of wires. I needed to stifle a chuckle after I noticed that Triumph had used a cable wrap to maintain just a few of them sure collectively. The lights are a lot vibrant however I want the one on the entrance was correctly built-in into the body. Equally, the Abus Professional Protect lock, which sits between the seatstay and seat tube, doesn’t really feel very leading edge compared with VanMoof’s rear-wheel stealth lock.
On paper, the Trekker GT is nothing particular. The general look was conceived by Triumph however many of the components have been sourced from Shimano. That dependency means the bike needs to be dependable and comparatively simple to service, nevertheless. Manufacturers like VanMoof and Cowboy are alluring, however you’re counting on their respective house owners to produce alternative components and never exit of enterprise. If I needed to place a wager, I might say Triumph and Shimano usually tend to be round in 5 12 months’s time. And even when they have been to go beneath, there’s an excellent probability that your nearest bike store may have some thought tips on how to supply components or repair any issues that come up.
The Trekker GT will set you again $3,750. Whereas costly, it’s nothing eyebrow-raising within the e-bike world. Loads of rival producers together with Moustache, Gazelle and Riese & Müller supply pedal-assist fashions on this kind of worth vary. So who can purchase Triumph’s electrified debut? It’s not meant for the tech obsessed, nor the lycra-clad highway warriors that crave carbon fiber. As a substitute, it’s for individuals who smile at any time when they see the Triumph badge. Perhaps they personal one of many firm’s basic bikes, or have all the time dreamt of shopping for one. Or, like me, it’s somebody who vaguely remembers when Triumph made pedal-powered bicycles, and will probably be reminded of that legacy at any time when they begin using this overdue reboot.