First Ride: 2019 Trek Powerfly LT e-MTB

First Ride: 2019 Trek Powerfly LT e-MTB


The fiercely competitive and rapidly
growing segment of e-mountain bikes heats up even further with Trek’s release
of the latest Powerfly range. Join us for a quick look at what’s new and hear
our thoughts after riding one. The Powerly range expands with a new LT model,
long trave,l yes, and focus on battery integration with new Bosch system and the
addition of a carbon model, pretty sweet. The Powerfly will now come in three
variants: a hardtail, the full suspension 130mm version, and the new LT with
160mm travel at the front and 150 at the back. So what is new? This is Trek’s third
generation of the Powerfly e-mountain bike and this latest version
uses Bosch’s Power Tube 500 fully integrated into the down tube of the
frame. The battery pops out the driveside of the bike and a little integrated carry
handle can be used for easy transportation. We don’t usually remove
the battery from e-bikes though this might be a handy feature to some. Using this integrated battery also makes
space for a water bottle on the frame and storage mounts for tools too, the
first Powerfly to do so. The new Powerfly uses Bosch’s latest motor system, the
best part of this is the addition of the new e-MTB mode, Bosch’s very intuitive
power delivery system – more on that later. The addition of a carbon model to the
line up really grabbed our attention. We all know that a carbon frame is lighter
than aluminium and more lively to ride, though in the application of e-bikes the
noise reduction improvements and the way the motor can be better integrated into
the frame is of much benefit to the frame designer. The addition of the
long travel model to the Powerfly range is music to our ears. These bikes have so
much potential and bumping up the travel from 130 at both ends to 150 at
the back of the 160 up front opens up a whole new level of shredability. We can
only predict that long-travel e-bikes become way more popular. With the power
of the motor behind you it’s not a worry to be carrying a little extra bike
around with you. In relation to many other e-bikes we’ve ridden, the Powerfly
is quite long in the chain stays at 475mm in length. The word from Trek on
this point, is that longer rear ends play to the strengths of e-bikes and the amount
of power that the motor produces needs more bike behind you to keep the front
end from lifting wandering off line and the ride losing control. So Trek built
the Powerfly for rides that regular mountain bikes can’t do – climbing is a
major part of what they build is built for. What are our thoughts on that? Well
while we sure appreciate this particular bike’s climbing ability and
stability at speed, the long rear end made the bike really hard to manual or
lift the front end over obstacles on the trail. So we just made the most of 160mm-travel fork and is plowed straight through everything! Would a shorter rear
end make us happier? Yeah, for sure. Another big update on the previous Powerfly is the new e-MTB setting on the Bosch motor. You can choose between Eco, for a longer ride, Tour for middle ground, Turbo for maximum boost, or e-MTB which senses your speed, cadence, power input to choose a power output for you, constantly
adapting to deliver what you need. It’s like an auto function on your camera,
it works really well. Track have definitely lifted the game with the new
Powerfly range. With addition of a long-travel model – yes! – and a super hot carbon
version, the new Bosch system with e-MTB, the integrated battery, it’s
pretty dialled. From four-and-a-half grand for the hardtail with the same
Bosch system, right up to seven and a half grand for the carbon model,
we’re gonna get one of these on our home trails and give it hell. Thanks for
watching, cheers!