Trek Verve 3

2018
 
4.5 stars
 (12 Reviews)
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Description

Verve is the versatile, easy-riding hybrid bike that will carry you wherever you want to go. It’s a light, fun, comfortable companion mile after mile.

Enjoy the ride! Pavement or path, recreation or fitness, charity ride or commute, the smooth-riding Verve hybrid makes every mile fun and easy.

Key Features

- Comfortable and capable on pavement or path
- Light, strong frame keeps the ride easy and fun
- Hybrid wheels roll fast and smooth, so you can go farther

Consumer Reviews

 
4.5 stars

(12 reviews)

75% of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Comfortable  (7)
  • Stylish  (5)
  • Lightweight  (4)
  • Durable  (3)
  • Geometry Fits Me Well 
  • Great Smooth Ride 

Cons

  • Uncomfortable 
  • I Don't Want To Stop Ridi 
  • Zippoonada 
  • Original Spokes Too Light 
  • H2 Tires Didn't Wear Well 
  • Nothing Yet 

Best Uses

  • Comfort  (4)
  • Commuting/City 
  • Road Bike 
  • Store Trips 
  • Trails 
  • Cruising 

 
3.0
Jul 23, 2017

Heavy

Pros:
Cons:
Best Uses:
I don't ride a lot but I ride often. 15 to 20 mpd 6 to 7 days per week. I have a particularly long torso (think large tall shirts) and the first thing I noticed is the distance between the seat and the handlebars is short. As in uncomfortable to stand up and pedal short. The gearing is really odd as well. 2/3 is awkward but 2/2 is pedaling as fast as your legs can go up hills. Definitely not a Cannondale, but for a cheap bike I still really expected more. Riding partners that have hybrids like my Cannondale glide past me without effort. The tires are 700/45s but the resistance difference shouldn't* be that impactful. Cheap bearings? I have no idea. Put your handle bars down all the way, that helped me to recapture some stretch from seatpost to HB post
by Seatbelt from Pittsburgh PA

 
4.0
Jul 18, 2017

Great Bike, Tires not so much!

Pros:
Durable, Stylish, Comfortable
Cons:
Best Uses:
Comfort
I am 60 years old and weigh 260 lbs. I got this bike as a 30 year service award from my employer. I use this to ride rails to trails mostly. I've put on around 350 miles in the past year. I had a Swinn mountain bike I purchased in the early 90's. What a difference it was to upgrade to this bike. I really enjoy my bike and would recommend it. But the tires are very worn for that many miles on the bike. They are still ok but not sure for how long. Had to get the spokes adjusted on the front but other than that no complaints.
by Dave L from Manheim Pa

 
3.0
Apr 22, 2017

Did Trek do away with the front fork suspension?

Pros:
Lightweight, Stylish
Cons:
Uncomfortable
Best Uses:
I bought the Verve 3 about a month ago and it's beating me to death on bumps. I noticed other Verve 3 bikes have a shock front fork, mine does not. Is it supposed to?
by Jim from Lincoln Park MI

 
5.0
Apr 20, 2017

Comfort and performance

Pros:
Cons:
Best Uses:
I'm a 58 year old and picked this bike because I was looking for a highbred bike. I generally ride 20 miles or less, and like the handling and comfort of this bike. It's a little slow at the top end, but it is a good balance of speed/comfort. I think it's good for someone who is not a super serious biker but wants a good bike. The quality is there.
by floridaputz from fort lauderdale

 
5.0
Mar 15, 2017

Love it

Pros:
Lightweight, Stylish, Comfortable
Cons:
Best Uses:
Nice suspension, after years of not riding a bike I took to it like a fish to water. Comfortable riding position & hydraulics. The new bikes have much better shifters and brakes.
by JJ from Dallas

 
5.0
Aug 29, 2016

Nice Ride

Pros:
Everything
Cons:
Nothing Yet
Best Uses:
Leisure Ride
Getting back into better physical shape
by Padre from Queens, NY

 
5.0
Jul 09, 2016

Great comfortable ride

Pros:
Comfortable, Lightweight, Packs Well, Stylish
Cons:
Best Uses:
Comfort
Very comfortable seat. Easy on the back. Lightweight. Stylish. Study. Gears/shimano shifter best I've ever had. Brakes reliable. Very happy with purchase. Highly Recommend.
by Tom from Buffalo NY

 
5.0
Jul 07, 2016

Great Bike at a Great price

Pros:
Great Smooth Ride, Comfortable
Cons:
I Don't Want To Stop Ridi
Best Uses:
Store Trips, Comfort
Tomorrow (7/8/16) marks the second week since I first rode my new Trek Verve 3. I intended to wait until I put 500 miles on it before a review but I'm so happy with this bike I decided to go ahead after only 215 miles. I'm a 64 year old 250 lb. (hoping to weigh much less soon) man. I've been riding for a few years and try to do at least 20 miles a rides mostly roads and paved/gravel trails. I try to keep a 13 to 15 mph pace. I also use it for trips to the store etc. if practical. I actually picked this bike during a visit to TX when a relative & I went to a bike shop. He also bought a Trek. Returning to SC I immediately went to the Trek of Charleston West Ashley Store and ordered the Verve 3. The ride is better than I could have imagined. A very smooth and comfortable. To date I haven't had any problems with shifting or chain rubbing others have mentioned. As far as the seat is concerned it is very comfortable, although right now not quite as comfy my last seat. With that said it is a nice design and comfortable enough for me to give it a try for a while. For the record this is the first bike I recall where I didn't toss and replace the saddle within a few days. I like the seat design and think my back side will adjust. Everyone has different preferences. Now for the store, service was amazing. The folks at the Trek store of Charleston were great From Ben Gruber Who Advised me about fit and my bike needs. To "OZ" the bike mechanic who assembled and inspected the bike and patiently installed all the add-ons such as fenders, bike computers, and racks all while cheerfully answering my endless questions. And KC (Kevin I think) who made sure I didn't forget anything. All these people were true professionals, informative with absolutely no pressure to buy. I strongly recommend this store for anyone shopping for a bike. Finely I always thought a good Trek was out of my league, unless you spent big $$ you wouldn't get a really good bike. I was surprised to find a really good quality Trek well within my price range.
by Bill R. from Summerville SC

 
4.0
Feb 05, 2016

Comfort is king

Pros:
Speed, Geometry Fits Me Well, Reliable, Love The Shifters, Comfortable, Durable
Cons:
H2 Tires Didn't Wear Well, Original Spokes Too Light
Best Uses:
Exercise, City Riding
I'm 66, weigh 290 and have ridden it 4500 miles in 3 years with no real problems. Original tires wore out in 1500 miles and I had to have rear wheel re-spoked with heavier duty spokes. I've gone thru 2 chains, one cassette, 3 tires and brake shoes. Occasionally I wish it had a lower gear, but not often. I love the front and seat suspension and slightly wider tires than road bikes. I estimate I've shifted over 40,000 times and it still shifts like a charm. Best bike I've ever owned by far.
by Big Red's rider from Lexington Michigan

 
5.0
Jul 26, 2015

Awesome Bike

Pros:
Durable, Comforteble, Comfortable
Cons:
Best Uses:
Trails, Road Bike
Have had the bike for 3 years and 3900 miles, Original tires only lasted 1000 miles brakes about 1500 Michelin tires on now way lighter and more durable probably another 1000 left, Not one problem with bike ever, I am 61 and it is a awesome road bike for me, not the fastest bike but the suspension and comfort make up for that
by Prostreet from Monroe, Wi

 
5.0
Oct 12, 2014

Great Bike

Pros:
Comfortable, Shifts Beautifully, Great Tires, Great Wheels, Lightweight, Stylish
Cons:
Zippoonada
Best Uses:
Outdoor Enjoyment, Comfort, Cruising
First bike I have purchased in over 25 years. Wanted to get back into biking in order to get back in shape. I also wanted to get more active and be outside in the great outdoors. This bike was just what the Dr. ordered. The Verve 3 is such a well built, well equipped, well engineered bike. It is a beautiful bike to say the least. I purchased this bike primarily due to the Front Shocks and Seat Shock. This thing is extremely comfortable. It also shifts as smooth as butter and is extremely quiet. It is no slouch thanks to its large 700c wheels in addition to the Bontrager H5 tires. This thing hauls. First day on the road and I got it up to 22mph. My friends were giving me the business about purchasing a bike. Once they saw it in person, and went for a ride, they opinions instantly changed. I think the Trek store in Naperville, IL. will have additional customers very soon.
by Bill from Aurora, IL.

 
2.0
Jun 24, 2014

Nice bike; terrible seat

Pros:
Ride Brakes Shifting
Cons:
Seat Very Uncomfortable
Best Uses:
Commuting/City
Bike is used to get exercise on an every other day basis. Bought this because it is the replacement for Trek 7300 which I love but have taken to my cabin for the summer. Everything is great except the seat which is extremely uncomfortable after about 15 nminutes of riding. My older Trek has a very comfortable seat. i had to spend $50 to get a replacement seat. This should never happen with a Trek bike and is a big negative.
by Rick from Milwaukee, WI

Specifications

Frame
Alpha Gold Aluminum, DuoTrap S compatible, rack & fender mounts
Fork
Alloy w/lowrider mounts
Headset
1-1/8-inch, semi-integrated, semi-cartridge bearings
Rims/Wheels
Bontrager tubeless ready
Hubs
Front: Formula FM21; Rear: Formula FM32
Tires
Bontrager H5 Hard-Case Ultimate, 700 x 45c
Crankset
FSA Dyna Drive
Chainrings
48/36/26
Bottom Bracket
Sealed Cartridge
Front Derailleur
Shimano Acera
Rear Derailleur
Shimano Alivio T4000
Rear Cogs
Shimano HG20, 9-speed: 11-32
Shifters
Shimano EF65
Handlebars
Bontrager alloy, 31.8mm, 15mm rise
Tape/Grips
Bontrager Satellite Elite, lock-on, ergonomic
Stem
Bontrager alloy, 31.8mm, adjustable rise, Blendr compatible
Brake Levers
Tektro
Brakes
Tektro alloy linear-pull
Pedals
Dual-density platform
Saddle
Bontrager padded
Seat Post
Alloy, adjustable suspension, 27.2mm