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July 22, 2012

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Happy owner of TT.

I got a used one of these about 3 weeks ago. I test rode it one week and expected to hate it. I didn't. If anything, it made me change my mind on buying a Big Dummy. I have a Pugsley and the BD frame reminds me of that style wise, but longer. Me being short, thinking about the lack of dropped top tube for easy on/off made me take notice. Then it was the folding side loaders for cargo support, again up charge on BD. And then the nice bags on the TT. And the upswept bars. And the ergo grips. And the front rack...Pretty soon after adding up all the extras, we are taking serious money!
So for the price and having everything on it I was looking for, I figured why not? I LOVE IT! I made a rear rack seat cushion and stoker bars for my son and made footpegs and wheelskirts for safety. And I switched out the stock tires for smoother riding balloon schwalbe fat franks. Every time I ride it, I love it more! It rides like a normal bike for the most part. The only time I can tell the oddness of it when I stand and pedal rock hard up a hill, then you notice the length as it just feels sluggish in the rear.
These aren't common where I live(they should be though...our town has extensive Rails to Trails paved system throughout town) and people are always asking me about my bike. What is that? What does it do? Is it heavy? Hard to ride? How much was that?
And it makes my kids smile when they ride on the back. But it might make me smile too:)

Jamie more than 1 year ago

I own one.

I have one of these. I love it for the price. Easy to pedal 30+ miles at a time. The kick stand is junk. I just lean mine against something for loading. I don't have the motor. In costal Georgia I don't need it. My 3 year old uses a tandem handle bar setup and pad to ride on the rear rack. On a fun per dollar scale, it's the best bike I have ever gotten.

Jason more than 2 years ago

trek transport review

reply to above comment:
I agree that there should have been more discussion of range etc, but since it is using a third-party system the specs are known (watts, Ah, etc). It would be useful to translate it into some kind of real-world data. I.E. I did this gps route w/ XX lbs of cargo+bike+rider and was able to go XX miles.

personal comment:

I thought all the other cargo bike reviews were well done and caught a lot of things that most people (who don't normally ride cargo bikes) miss.

However, this review of the Transport really misses the boat. I was going to say that aluminum is a totally inadequate material for a cargo bike but I won't, since Larry v Harry seem to have figured it out. But it does require rivnuts instead of braze-ons, and the Transport has plenty of rivnuts on the rear end, which are just begging to come loose (I worked at a Trek dealer, some of them did come loose on the Transport during the initial build).

And....kids. There is no kids seat that will fit the Transport rack w/o modification ("Trek's legal department frowns on the idea of carrying passengers on the back of the Transport" - http://www.flickr.com/photos/cold_iron/5178560157/) and is difficult on the front since the front rack may interfere w/ front mounted seats.

I find it hard to believe that the childless cargo hauler that this bike is aimed at wouldn't be better served by a Civia Halstead (even with its subpar kickstand).

I feel that is one more case of Trek compromising on design to the point of uselessness. Of course they could have designed a kickstand that would work better, but they would rather use off-the-shelf parts than go the extra mile to spec something that actually works. People will buy it because there are a lot more Trek dealers than Yuba/Kona/Extracycle dealers, too bad.

jeff more than 2 years ago

Range?

An ebike review without any mention of what sort of range you got and what conditions you put it through? What kind of load can it handle up a steep hill? What's it's limits? I personally don't care as I build my own ebikes.

Rich more than 2 years ago