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US brand Trek has been at the forefront of the e-bike revolution for a while now. They were one of the first to recognise the benefits of an electric motor hidden within an MTB, making trails much more accessible, enabling riders of all abilities to keep going for longer and further than before, their energy kept for descending rather than climbing.
Hey dude, look at this!
The dudes way out west in the Trek factory, deep in the dark woods of Wisconsin, long ago figured out that riding a bike with a motor just makes damned good sense. Electric bikes amplify your pedalling power and your ability to do and see more. Coupled with a long-travel MTB built for ultimate trail performance it all adds up to miles and miles of smiles.
Trek’s new Rail is a trail-hungry e-MTB with long-travel suspension for big mountains, steep descents and epic alpine adventures. It shreds just as hard as its non-electric brethren, then powers you right back up the mountain. As Trek quite rightly put it, your playground just got bigger.
The Rail is backed up with Trek’s decades-long trail bike heritage. Featuring the same frame and suspension tech as in their non-electric mountain bikes, it rips through technical terrain and shreds hard. The Rail is built up with a 160mm fork and 150mm of rear travel and features Trek’s unique Active Brake Pivot and Mino Link adjustable geometry. Yup, the Rail is built to charge.
The Removable Integrated Battery system integrates the battery into the frame, keeping it safe and giving you easy, tool-free access. It’s the longest range Bosch battery you can get, and it powers a Bosch Performance Line CX drive system that is smaller, lighter and offers less pedalling resistance for a more natural feel on the trail. For more speed, power, heck for more fun, the Rail delivers time after time.
There are four Rails in the 2020 line up. The Rail 5 and Rail 7 are built around a light and durable Alpha Platinum Aluminium frame, while the Rail 9.7 and the top-of-the-tree Rail 9.9 take Trek’s OCLV Mountain Carbon frame, complete with carbon stays, and turn it into the lightweight e-MTB of your dreams.
Ride ‘em all
Alongside the new Rail, Trek has revamped their rugged Powerfly e-MTB range. For adventure-minded riders who want to explore further, the Powerfly is powerful, capable and good old-fashioned fun. Available in hardtail and full-suss options the Powerfly opens up a whole new world of riding.
The hardtail Powerfly models all feature mounts for rear racks along with 120mm front suspension, so they’re just as capable on the daily commute as the weekend razz into the woods. The Bosch drive unit is designed specifically for the demands of mountain biking and thanks to its dependable, long-range Bosch battery you can extend your adventures further than ever. Capable of being recharged on or off the bike (removed simply by turning a key – no tools needed), it’s easy to top up the battery for your next trip.
The bikes in Trek’s full-suss Powerfly range are full all-day shredding machines, capable of soaking up the steeper, more technical terrain and the Bosch pedal-assist means you can climb like never before. For riders stepping up to the world of full-suspension e-MTB riding these whips are as good as you can get.
Trek is a company that never sits still. We love them, and one ride on the new Rail and Powerfly and we’re confident you’ll feel the same.