Trek Verve 1, 2, and 3 Compared: Which One to Choose?

Trek Verve 1, 2, and 3 bikes compared (top tubes shot from the top).

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In this article, I’ll help you navigate the Trek Verve hybrid bike family by comparing the Verve 1, 2, and 3.

You’ll learn about the differences between each model, who they are best suited for, and more. 

Plus, I’ll tell you which model gives you the best value for your money to help make your decision easier.

Trek Verve 1 vs. 2 vs. 3

The following table summarizes the main differences between all Verve bikes that belong to the Trek’s hybrid bike families.

Verve 1Verve 2Verve 3
Available sizesS-XLS-XLS-XL
WheelsBontrager ConnectionBontrager ConnectionBontrager
Wheel size700c700c700c
TiresBontrager H5 Comp
Bontrager H5 Comp
Bontrager H5 Hard-Case Ultimate
DrivetrainShimano Tourney/Altus
Shimano Tourney/Altus
Shimano Acera/Alivio
PedalsWellgo nylon platformBontrager City pedalsBontrager City pedals
SaddleBontrager BoulevardBontrager BoulevardBontrager Boulevard
GripsBontrager SatelliteBontrager SatelliteBontrager Satellite IsoZone Plus
BrakesTektro MD-M280
mechanical disc
Tektro HD-M275 hydraulic discShimano MT200
hydraulic disc
Weight14.10 kg
31.08 lbs
13.73 kg
30.26 lbs
14.35 kg
31.64 lbs
BuyBuy Verve 1
Buy Verve 1 low-step
Buy Verve 2
Buy Verve 2 low-step
Buy Verve 3
Buy Verve 3 low-step
This table compares the features of Trek Verve (1-3) Disc.
Specifications source:, updated 26/04/2023

Verve Pros & Cons Summary

I summarized the pros & cons of the Verve series below.

Verve Pros

  • Very relaxed geometry for a comfortable ride and excellent visibility
  • Suspension seatpost for better riding comfort
  • Availability in multiple sizes and colors
  • Pedals included
  • Compatible with racks, kickstands, etc.
  • Compatible with DuoTrap S sensor
  • Partially internal cable routing
  • Lifetime warranty

Verve Cons

  • Not suitable for performance-oriented riding

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Verve Main Features

Let me now explain the most important features of the Trek Verve bikes and compare them.

Frame and Geometry

All Verve bikes come with an aluminum frame and are available in S-XL sizes but with forks made of either steel or aluminum.

They have a very relaxed geometry (more than the Trek FX family), so you can sit upright and have an excellent view of your surroundings. This is particularly helpful in traffic.

Trek Verve standard (on the left side) vs. lowstep (on the right side).
Trek Verve standard and lowstep | Product image source:

Moreover, you shouldn’t experience much pressure on your neck and lower back with the Verve’s upright geometry.

However, the bike’s upright position is unsuitable for quickly riding longer distances because it is less aerodynamic and requires more pedaling.

Lastly, it’s worth mentioning that Verve bikes also come in a lowstep version suitable for women.

Wheels and Tires

The wheel size on Verve bikes is the same as most hybrid bikes – 700c – but with wider tires than those found on road bikes – 45mm, which is also the maximum tire clearance.

Verve’s high-volume tires make them better at absorbing bumps and road vibrations, providing a more comfortable ride. They also allow you to tackle off-road terrain.

Detail on the Bontrager Connection wheel and H5 tires.
Trek Verve uses wide, threaded tires | Product image source:

However, the tires have higher rolling resistance, so you won’t be able to reach the same high speeds on paved roads as you would with road bikes.

It’s essential to note that only the Verve 3 Disc has tubeless-ready wheels but doesn’t come with tubeless-ready tires. Therefore, you may need to swap them later if you wish.

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The Verve family of bikes offers a wide gear range thanks to their 2X and 3X drivetrains. However, I prefer the simplicity and lower weight of the 2X drivetrains.

The 3X drivetrains are outdated and have a higher risk of cross-chaining, especially for beginners who may not be familiar with a proper shifting technique.

All Verve bikes come with reliable and relatively precise entry-level Shimano groupsets like Tourney, Alivio, Altus, and Acera.

If you decide to purchase a bike with a 3X drivetrain, be sure to use all gears depending on the terrain you are riding on. This will help evenly distribute wear on the components and prolong their lifespan.


Verve bikes have different types of brakes depending on the model. The entry-level Verve 1 has mechanical disc brakes, while other models have hydraulic brakes from Tektro or Shimano.

Trek Verve 1-3 disc brakes detail (Tektro, Shimano).
Trek Verve disc brakes detail | Product image source:

Hydraulic disc brakes require less effort to apply and have a more controlled stopping power. If you want to learn more about the differences between these types of brakes, you can read this article.

However, all Verve bikes provide sufficient braking power, so you don’t have to worry about running through a red light.


To improve the appearance, Verve bikes have a partially integrated cable routing, except for the handlebar area.

They also have a suspension seatpost that can absorb minor bumps and vibrations and improve riding comfort.

All Verve bikes are compatible with the DuoTrap S sensor, which can measure your speed, distance, and more. This sensor is sold separately and can be paired with a speedometer or bike computer.

Trek Verve DuoTrap S sensor detail.
Trek Verve DuoTrap S sensor | Product image source:

Verve frames come with mounts for kickstands, racks, and fenders, making it easy to install these accessories.

Lastly, Verve bikes come with slip-on grips, while the top-tier model, Verve 3, has IsoZone lock-on grips that are easier to install, more comfortable, and help alleviate pressure on your hands.

Trek Verve FAQ

My Verdict

So, which Trek Verve bike is the best?

I believe the Trek Verve 2 provides the best value for the money. This is due to its use of hydraulic disc brakes and its lighter than Verve 1 and 3. You can also easily replace the grips for a more comfortable ride for just a few bucks, and the tubeless wheels on the Verve 3 may not be worth the extra money.

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