Trek's New Powerfly eMTB Doesn't Look Like A Session - Across the Pond Beaver

Sep 10, 2020
by James Smurthwaite  

It has only been two years since Trek's Powerfly range received an overhaul, but such is the pace of technological advancement in the eMTB world that a new one is already here. While most eMTB news this fortnight has revolved around Shimano's new EP8 motor, Trek has gone another way and instead unveiled a totally new frame, suspension lay out and even intention for the Powerfly.

Trek Powerfly MY2019
The Powerfly has undergone some serious revisions for its latest update

The previous Powerfly was either available as a 130mm trail bike or as a long travel version with 150mm of rear travel. The new Powerfly now has 100mm of travel that's paired with a 120mm fork and is aimed at exploration and putting more people on bikes on trails. Think of it as a light trail bike, or as Trek call it, 'the SUV bike'.

The frame has been totally overhauled and the shock now sits behind the seat tube, not in the front triangle as you might expect from a Trek bike. Moving the shock backwards has cleaned up the bike's aesthetics and allowed Trek to lower the standover by up to 17cm while leaving room for a water bottle in the front triangle. The 100 millimeters of rear travel is controlled by rear shocks that have no external compression adjustments to keep things simple.
Details

Intended Use: Trail
Frame: Alpha Platinum Aluminum
Travel: 100mm with 120mm fork
Wheel Size: 27.5" (XS,S) or 29" (M,L,XL)
Motor: Bosch Performance CX
Battery: Bosch PowerTube
Price:
More info: trekbikes.com

The shock now sits behind the seat tube. Notice the small fender that keeps it clear of muck.

Power on this bike comes from a Bosch Performance Line CX motor that provides 85nm of torque and is powered by a Power Tube battery with 625Wh of life. No tools are required to remove it, and it even has a carrying handle.

The Powerfly comes equipped with 29x2.4" Bontrager XR4 tires
Bosch's Cobi Air allows a smartphone to double as a display unit.

The geometry has undergone some changes from the current Powerfly as well, with the head angle slackened to 66.5° and the seat tube angle steepened to 76°. The bike has become a bit shorter in both reach and wheelbase, though. Trek is hoping this geometry will get the rider in a more upright position and provide more comfort and confidence for the type of rider the bike's intended for. The other difference here is that sizes XS and S will run on 27.5" wheels with 468mm chainstays and sizes M, L and XL will use 29" wheels with 470mm chainstays.



There are 2 spec levels available - the Powerfly FS 4 (available with a 500 or 625 Wh battery) and the FS 7. Trek is also offering a range of Equipped versions of these bikes that will come fully equipped with smartly integrated features like pannier racks, removable trunk rack, integrated lights, a kickstand and full coverage fenders as well as a city bike oriented spec, which Trek is hoping will make it the ultimate go-anywhere, everyday bike.

The Equipped spec of the bike should cover everything from commuting to bike touring.

Across the Pond Beaver 2020






156 Comments

  • 289 6
 Gosh dang that thing is ugly
  • 73 3
 Right? How'd they look at that and say "That's it! That's the one!"
  • 48 3
 Worse than ugly: fugly
  • 89 3
 @stumphumper92: Trek Intern *hits blunt*: what if we made all the tubes too big so you can read our logo better and put the shock out of the way near the tire so it gets covered in dirt
Trek manager: first of all, your promoted.
  • 48 3
 My grandmother is going to love that thing
  • 10 3
 A bike only his mom can barely tolerate..
  • 15 4
 And their name is on the side in such big letters you get the impression theyre even proud of this thing. Emtb's werent that good looking to begin with but this is the Fiat multipla among them.
  • 3 0
 At least it doesn't have the tacked on battery on the downtube like the previous version, which apparently caused issues with water affecting the contacts.
  • 34 0
 Basically the Pontiac Aztek of e-MTB. Not sure who in their right mind would have given this one the green light... yikes.
  • 4 0
 At least there is room for a bottle within the front triangle... RIGHT!?!?
  • 8 1
 @chriskneeland: Is an E-bike with 100mm of travel really meant for anyone else?
  • 7 0
 waiting for the pic where they make a hat from it, and then a poodle, a daschund etc...
  • 17 0
 Whished it looked like a session
  • 12 2
 I mean its ugly, but Grandma and Grandpa are gonna eat this thing up. Everyone thought the Prius was ugly too, and now I have to see the awful things every day on my way to work.
  • 6 2
 How the heck does a bunch of professional designers collaboratively agree on such ugly designs? Surely someone on their team had to of said this is stupid ugly at one point???? I mean, this is really ugly! I'm a designer and I would have clearly made it known to the team, Hell NO!
  • 10 1
 Homer Simpson designs an e-bike.
  • 6 1
 @diggerandrider: Perhaps it was only one person designing it. And he/she wanted to be designing an awesome enduro or downhill bike but was given this project instead. And they turned in this turd of a design to their boss to try to make a point.

Alternatively... maybe no one at trek knows how to design a decent looking bike. I mean all their other bikes are good looking but they all "look like a session" and have for over a decade. They haven't designed a new bike in so long they've forgotten how to make a nice looking one that isn't a session look alike.
  • 9 1
 The shape of the tubing makes it look like it could be inflatable
  • 3 0
 Trek designers: have a look at the kellys theos then go start over.
  • 1 0
 @matadorCE: Hearsay, right? I literally have drowned my bike a couple times with no ill effects.
  • 2 0
 @Heidesandnorth: Heard this directly from an e-bike owner (with a Trek and a Pivot e-bike) over two years ago. Don't know exactly what the exact model was but he ended up selling the Trek.
  • 2 0
 @kcy4130: Heard of the Supercaliber?
  • 1 0
 @ranchitup: Good point, I'd forgot about that one. It is a nice looking bike.
  • 3 1
 Take the pedals off of it and it looks just like a kids balance bike. WTF were they thinking?
  • 2 0
 This is what it takes to not look like a Session.
  • 1 1
 Well they Bosch'd that up!
  • 3 0
 It’s got a rack & kickstand....
All that’s missing is the basket & tassels... ????
  • 1 0
 @lmcstudent: ....your promoted. Now pass that company blunt around so we can work on next years model.
  • 86 1
 Pontiac Aztek of bikes right here, good lord that is ugly.
  • 69 1
 That last photo is disgusting
  • 17 3
 yeah whats the target market?
  • 2 1
 Haha haha gold.
  • 9 4
 @mtbmaniatv: the same market that drives SUV and pick up truck in cities ....
  • 6 0
 the funny thing is that I looked at the first photo and thought this looks like a f*cking city bike. Also, who want to buy this? I mean besides the looks, who the frek needs 100-120mm of travel with a ebike?
  • 21 9
 @clemson: it's like a Subaru Forester. Not great in the city, not great off road, but does both passably and puts a smile on your face.

I've ridden a few 'SUV' eMTBs now (including this one), and as much as the genre is easy to poke fun at from a core MTB bro point of view, I think they're awesome. Not necessarily for me, but still awesome. If I had a regular job and was just cruising to work, but then wanted to do a lap after work it would be great.
  • 2 0
 @Serpentras: Because you cant seat bounce a hard tail, but seat bouncing up steps on an e-bike is the way to get go!
Dont knock it until you have tried it?
  • 3 0
 Little further back...keep going....just a bit more....#splash# there we go, sunk to the bottom now to deal with our next problem covid solution.
  • 2 0
 @aljoburr: You dont get it, I would only consider a worthy ebike a Super Enduro one and nothing below that. I know you dont have that much lift access up there so why not get the real thing, the E-DH ?

100 to 120mm of travel, that is XC category and tbh sounds for me like you want to sell a roadbiker an E-Bike.

I did test an Rail 9 two weeks ago and emptied its battery in 1:30h with 30km ride and 1330hm in a day who starts with rain and ends with rain. Was bloody good because I was totally wasted and on the steepest climb I only could made 14kph even with my full support and full throttle.
  • 2 0
 @Serpentras: Yes know is a personal thing, but 120mm travel just works good on an e-bike
Yes more travel is good for long down hills, etc. but going up hill or just jibbing around
Demoed a 120mm e-bike which was surprised how good it felt !
  • 4 3
 @brianpark: so again why is it on a mountain bike site?
  • 2 2
 @CircusMaximus: ...it's a trail bike? Only one of the models comes all SUV-ed out.
  • 2 0
 @brianpark: If I want to do a lap after work, I ride my mountain bike to work.

I regularly commute my roadie 45+ minutes each way right now. I turn it into a century ride most Tuesday's. I have no interest in riding an eBike.

FYI: filter is broken, and I am too dumb to ignore shitty eBike content.
  • 1 0
 @JSTootell: dunno but I want that my tires get f*cked on the trail and that expensive cassette also. No way to make a boring 45+ ride even more boring. But am eMTB would not make sense for my commute.
I already going over 35khp with slicks on my XC. EU regulations are strict, 25kph is max motor support. I would be slower with that...
  • 64 2
 ‘ Shrek Powerfly ‘ ....
  • 2 2
 Oh my god hahaha
  • 2 0
 Ebikes are like onions.
  • 43 1
 *Opens google*

Searches: "How to unsee bikes"
  • 30 1
 Well, it should look like a session.
  • 21 1
 I hate to say it, but mtb bros on Pinkbike aren't willing to see that this bike is tapping into the giant, weird e-bike market of people looking for an ugly swiss army knife of a bike (ultimately not very great all around, like a swiss army knife). Doesn't surprise me at all that Trek is trying to cash in, but it is funny to me that brands that market themselves as hardcore (new Slash release video) are clawing for that precious marketshare competing with shitty full suspension, folding-frame e-bikes.
  • 6 0
 While it looks ugly for any person who are into MTB, however for majority of folks who will by that - actually it will look ok, and more practical and will bring more $$ to Trek that any slack with top riders promo
  • 3 0
 Yeah, this definitely targets the crowd I see on Rad Power bikes and the like all around cities. It’s just a much more expensive version.
  • 4 1
 Could see this selling well to bike touring companies. It would also be a good bike to get my wife on.
  • 5 9
flag Poulsbojohnny (Sep 10, 2020 at 12:10) (Below Threshold)
 @keen515: Really? How about you put your wife on a real bike and she can enjoy the challenge of fitness and accomplishment in pedaling?
  • 9 2
 @Poulsbojohnny: === lmao lookit this ding dong who's clearly never had a spouse smdh
  • 5 1
 @tegnamo: Um, been married for 22 years...

My wife enjoys mountain biking with me on her Giant Stance. She's been at it for about 4 years now.
Initially it was a struggle (for both of us!), but with encouragement from me, and a little self determination and personal growth she now loves it. We mostly ride our local (tangleroot PNW) trails but have ridden Galbraith, Bend/Central Oregon, etc. One thing is for sure, it didn't start with me pandering to her and giving her a crutch e-bike to ride because, "Gosh, you're a woman, you poor thing, you can't do this without an electric motor so here, let me make sure you don't break a sweat and get all dirty riding in the dirt."
  • 1 0
 @tegnamo: I was married for 20 years. My ex wife still owns the road bike I bought her several years ago.

My current GF (who was also married to someone else for 20 years) started cycling after meeting me. I helped her to buy her first roadie and first MTB. As a middle aged woman who can run 50 miles, I wasn't going to suggest a shitty eBike for her first ride.

Pretty sad that you look down on your girl so much. I am guessing you try to mansplain everything too.
  • 24 1
 *washes out eyes with battery acid*
  • 11 1
 Mixed with sand... Not sure if they grade it but, coarse.
  • 21 1
 They. are going to sell a TON of these. The people buying these will be the ones who have never ridden a bike in the woods before so they will at least be easy to identify.
  • 6 1
 The problem is that there are a ton of new riders both normally aspirated bikes and ebikes and our local area has exploded with people hurting themselves on DH trails.
The biggest challenge is when ebikes go they tend to go further than regular bikes and getting injured gets a bit more daunting for rescue. I hope that more bikes= more people getting out and enjoying the sport. I just hope they learn to be prepared and know what to do in case of emergency
  • 15 0
 Came here to type this!

I guess I'm the opposite of everyone else b/c when I saw the Cube review, I thought: a 170/160, 60# shuttle-eBike...who is this for???

But this: 120/100. Every city/burb person who's never biked, but owns new Bronco is gonna buy a bike rack and one of these...load it up for the "country" and ride their local gravel "single track" on the weekends...goin into work on Monday telling their co-irkers: man...loaded up the bike and hit some EPIC trails this weekend!

Trek will sell a billionty of these things.
  • 1 0
 @jerome: The exact same thing was said when we started riding mountain bikes. But fortunately it never panned out that way and won't with e-bikes either.
  • 1 0
 @smartyiak:

Exactly this. I, for one, hate(yes I know, hater, etc-etc, it is bad, I shouldn't, etc-etc2) that ppl with no skill or real interest in mtb keep shoving their 150-160-170 mm full susp electrics on XC loops when you can tell from a mile that this is the bike they really need and (should)want!

For the purpose, it is damn perfect. I hope they sell tons of them.
  • 19 1
 That last photo, picture the cop sitting on it, “just making sure you’re staying on the sanctioned trails ok boys have a good time”
  • 2 0
 *beats the black mountain biker*
  • 21 2
 This bike screams rental specific.
  • 9 1
 Right, it's like they took the worst cues from Lime and Citi and thought it was okay.
  • 15 0
 I'm not a huge fan of trek, but most of their bikes look nice (in a somewhat generic kind of way). This is not one of those bikes. Astoundingly ugly!
  • 14 0
 The Equipped version would make a great all around commuter/grocery-getter. If the price is right Trek could sell loads of them.
  • 7 10
 And people can read all about it on grocery getter.com. PB should be embarrassed to publish this.
  • 14 3
 @CircusMaximus: f*ck I’d go there everyday. Cargo ebikes are the mutt’s nuts, the eel’s hips, the cat’s pajamas. Anyone who disagrees can go straight the f*ck off with their purist bullshit. They’re like flying speeder bikes through Endor.
  • 3 3
 @usedbikestuff: look for me on my decade-old haibike commuter eeb, all german-engineered racks and fenders and bags and internal/external hub...zipping and swooping across town you gotta be kidding me! Or the 80 pound e-cargo bike with the kids on the back doing the same shit...load em up and we're at the beach by the time the car would be out of the driveway

imagine how bummed these insecure tenderberries are going to be when one of these dadmobiles passes them on the trail...seven times...up and down...

eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeb it!
  • 2 1
 @usedbikestuff: ya and it would be the right place for this. Nothing against those types of bikes. But this is a mountain bike site. So, there’s that
  • 1 1
 @owl-X: who is insecure?
  • 1 1
 @owl-X: are you doing 7 times the trail maintenance? Didn’t think so
  • 3 0
 @CircusMaximus: all humans
  • 2 0
 @CircusMaximus: I gave at the office
  • 1 1
 @owl-X: hahaha touché
  • 2 0
 @CircusMaximus: they also claim to be a freeride site but I haven’t seen someone huck a staircase in a decade. All this slack and long talk. I need steep and short to make sure I can get around the planter at the top of a sweet urban sender at speed!
  • 17 3
 *aimed at getting more rich boomers on the "trail"

Fixed it for you.
  • 8 1
 exactly. "the suv bike". puke.
  • 2 1
 Boomers in the hillz
  • 13 2
 C'mon, no positive comments? Fine, I'll start. I like the black pedals on the first one. And the brake lines are a nice, matching black.
  • 9 0
 Everyone calm down, look at the price, you're not gonna see noobs on this commuter bike on the trails when it costs more than a Rail. Still, very weird flex by Trek on the looks lol.
  • 2 1
 It's not ok
  • 13 2
 Looks like one too many sessions at KFC
  • 12 2
 Wait why is there an announcement for a city cruiser on a mountain bike website?
  • 10 1
 No, but it does look like a beluga whale.
  • 10 5
 It is ugly and all, but still, some guys here will get smoked on the way to the trails and get mad. More people buying bikes is always a good thing guys, keep in mind that this bike is not aimed at Pinkbike full-endurbro get-stoked dudes.
  • 7 0
 The Focus Sam just below this on the homepage looks so much better, and it's got the same size battery/motor!
  • 4 0
 Taking a step back form aesthetics and whether eMTBs motorcycles, is there really a market for these eBikes? There seems to be as much investment in the bikes themselves as there are sponsored riders being forced to ride them. But is the general public actually demanding these or is this a situation whereby manufacturers gained access to the technology and the bean counters saw a ‘new market’ to enter? Anyone at bike shops have any first-hand knowledge about the sales of eMTBs?
  • 5 0
 Yes, there is a market. Its just not you or your friends. These are bikes for people with different goals. In terms of dollar value across all bike segments the E-Bike market is a significant portion of sales.
  • 8 2
 Increasing every year and abut 30% of sales now in Sea 2 Sky and in the last 5 months 50%. Nothing is ever forced, people earn their money and get to spend it anyway they see fit. The classic is someone like you would say, you are are never pushed by marketing as you beat to your own drum and choose everything based only on your thoughts, however in the same sentence you say that all e-bike sales are forced on people and athletes. Its comical!
  • 1 0
 Based on the number of people I saw riding eBikes at my local bike park yesterday compared to my memory of how many were there a couple years ago, I'd say the market is huge. Sad, really.
  • 9 1
 Deleted photo>
  • 3 1
 Well played!
  • 5 0
 It’s like a cross over suv of the bike world! Aqward off road, but you get a false sense of security all at the same time! That was some wasted r n d money.
  • 6 0
 Finally a bike design that will make dad-bod look skinny when I'm riding. Thanks TREK!
  • 8 1
 What an absolute train wreck
  • 7 0
 Trek: Always with the finger on the pulse of "what no one wants."
  • 4 1
 Despite the hate from the shredders, this bike ticks all the right boxes for the current dad ebike market. I know because I am one. My prediction is they will sell every one of them and the dads will be stoked and happy. Solid motor, solid company and a world wide dealer base.
  • 4 0
 This bike has a sturdy rack and well-damped suspension you can use to shuttle home the sexy babes you will attract while riding it. Two thumbs up!
  • 6 0
 Trek, baby, what is you doing?!
  • 7 1
 looks like a dog straining to take a dump
  • 7 1
 deleted photo... I wish
  • 4 0
 I am going to order this bike so I can send it to How Ridiculous for demolition by Hulk Fist.
  • 6 0
 Looks like a Szechuan
  • 4 0
 It looks like a strider for adults. Which, I guess that's exactly what it is so I can't hate.
  • 2 0
 Looks like it should have fat bike wheels & a big ass seat ?
But funny how not all bikes that look bad, actually ride bad!
Hear is an other weird example?
www.pinkbike.com/buysell/2872473
  • 2 1
 Finally a bike that gets shorter. Normal humans that haven't ruined their shoulder posture through years of mountain biking don’t have the extra 6” of ape reach that modern bike geometry has evolved because of.
  • 12 8
 PB, wtf is this thing doing on your site? New low.
  • 4 4
 securing ad dollars. ...and so it goes...
  • 1 1
 This thing looks nasty, the proportions are all wrong. I'm used to the fork and wheels looking beefy and the tubes looking skinny and light. Now if it were a fatty, that would help a lot with the proportions, I don't know what can be done about the fork though, or any of the other components.
  • 4 1
 Trek Powerfly: Comfort Hybrid Edition
  • 9 6
 Don't understand the hate and sarcasm.
  • 4 1
 light trail bike is not a good description it looks like a 50lb lump.
  • 5 1
 Burn it with fire.
  • 5 4
 Everyone’s going to hate on this thing until Semenuk does a slope E bike video. Get rid of that dropper and those racks and you have one sick urban assault dirt jumper.
  • 2 1
 Yeah, because everyone likes bashing the shit out of their ankles when catching a tailwhip with an extra 15 kg of bike back there.
  • 5 0
 @just6979: Naw, it's got a removable battery. He'd take it out mid air, pass it from one hand to the other behind his back then snap it back in place before landing.
  • 1 0
 @kcy4130: New tricks!

How about eFourcross where you can bash opponents with your battery, just so long as you can keep up for a second without the e-boost!
  • 1 1
 @just6979: dude makes a living riding bikes he’s A: done worse and B: Could probably be on of the few who could actually do it and C: You’d then be glazing your keyboard like a donut once you saw him do it and tell all of your friends how sick it was.
  • 1 0
 @usedbikestuff: Yeah, no f*cking shit. What in my comments in this thread made you think I don't 100% respect Semenuk's talent? This whole f*cking thread is jokes, up til you joined in.

Have you been following his stage rally career? Crushing it, already a couple few podiums this season! And they are competitive podiums, not a case of the best aren't showing up.
  • 1 2
 @just6979: A: I started the thread, didn’t join in. B: Don’t and couldn’t care less what you think of him as a rider C: My previous C was funny and still stands
  • 1 1
 I can already hear the thud of the air ambulance rotors with the number of hipster boomer muppets coming out of London on the train and trashing themselves on the first trail they ride.
  • 2 0
 Is this the first time that pinkbike has an advertisement for a bike with a kickstand?
  • 2 0
 unpopular opinion: if you chopped off the seat post and seat tube, it would look super cool
  • 1 0
 If anyone can't stand the idea of an ebike with 100mm rear travel I can't wait for January... Trek retailers all know what I'm talking about ????????
  • 2 0
 I see what you've done there. Clever. I was waiting for someone to break the "traditional" emtb look.
  • 4 1
 Looks like a......WHALE!
  • 2 0
 I approve of the shock placement...looks more like a motorcycle.
  • 1 0
 "There are 2 spec levels available" and zero details on what those levels are besides useless number-names.
  • 2 0
 fezzari wire peak just lost the title for ugliest emtb
  • 1 0
 nahhh... Polygon/Marin still own the title for that.
  • 2 0
 Nobody’s gonna mention 470mm chainstays?
  • 4 0
 Lots of folks are of the opinion that longer stays make sense on eMTBs because you climb up steeper stuff, and the extra power makes it hard to keep the front end down.
  • 1 1
 It took me 2hrs and 2 visits from FB to Pinkbike and back to realise this bike is for adults! Looks like a 20' kids bike in the 1st shot! =D
  • 1 0
 It hurts... But putting panniers on an eMTB would make it fun for bike camping.
  • 3 1
 Looks like a child bike.
  • 2 1
 I was thinking the same thing. In fact that's what I thought it was until I read the article.
  • 3 2
 Looks like an obese kids bike
  • 1 0
 Kinda fitting, considering how many Murican kids are obese.
  • 2 1
 Not even April 1st ......
  • 2 1
 Trek, what is that?
  • 2 1
 I'll take a session
  • 1 1
 Overweight Session. Can’t be unseen unfortunately.
  • 1 1
 That aint no session thats for sure..
  • 1 1
 Looks like a touring bike from 1993 and then less cool
  • 1 1
 looks like City Rent-A-Bike...
  • 1 1
 Rip Pinkbike’s most famous meme
  • 2 1
 Looks, orthopaedic..
  • 1 1
 Let's hope the new rail doesn't follow suit
  • 1 1
 Euro style. Trek must have hired a designer from Haibike.
  • 1 1
 That seatpost insertion...

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