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Old 05-20-20, 03:29 PM
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Bosch Active Line

Wife is looking at getting an ebike. Leaning towards a Bosch mid drive system on a trek verve+ 2 (active line - 40 nm max torque) or 3 (active line plus - 50 nm torque). My wife is around 140 pounds, and aspires to improve her fitness but still struggles a bit on more moderate hills. Just wondering for this or in a similar situation if you found the active line sufficient or is the extra cost of the plus worth it? I know a test ride is in order as well...
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Old 05-21-20, 10:55 PM
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If riding on paved roads/gravel with moderate uphills, 40 nm should be enough. Now, if you think you might do some off roading with more challenging climbs, you might want to step up.

BTW, I would not say anything to wife wife about listing her weight on a forum
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Old 05-22-20, 08:13 AM
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IMO, either should be adequate with a mid-drive. Initially it might be necessary to lower the gearing with the lower power. I've found that Trek's sales representatives (available on their website) provide excellent technical support.
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Old 05-22-20, 04:28 PM
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I have the Verve + 2 on the advice of my bike shop. I am going to buy parts and assemble a hot rod later. But this bike took me to work a few times, for groceries and supplies, and gets me farther from home. It takes me fishing now and then as well. I think the Verve is quite worth it. But do take the test drive. Be Well, Bluesfrog.
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Old 05-23-20, 05:33 AM
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I would also look at Yamaha Cross Core. www.Yamahabicycles.com Good luck!
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I have found the base level active line to be pretty anemic and unless it is going on a fairly light bike which is usually not the case, it isn't that spectacular. I would have her ride a bunch of different bikes with different levels of motor (and maybe another brand like Brose) and find one that works best for her.
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Old 05-24-20, 09:49 AM
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I was looking for assist not spectacular!. If that is what I want I will go for 72V CYC mid drive or a Livewire! Be Well, Bluesfrog.
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Old 05-27-20, 01:39 AM
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There are too many variables . She needs to test ride the bikes on the hills she will be riding .
I found the Verve 2+ anemic didn't have a chance to test ride the 3 yet .
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Old 05-27-20, 06:51 AM
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You might consider a 500W hub driver. She's light enough so it will help her. Not sure what a hill is to you? If she's riding the majority on flats a hub drive will be good. Not sure what city that you live in so it's hard to give advice.
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