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Wir haben das Trek Powerfly LT 9 Plus dort getestet, wo es am schönsten ist
Wir haben das Trek Powerfly LT 9 Plus dort getestet, wo es am schönsten ist - in den Alpen
TREK Powerfly LT9 Plus
TREK Powerfly LT9 Plus
TREK Powerfly LT9 Plus DSCF5502
TREK Powerfly LT9 Plus DSCF5502
TREK Powerfly LT9 Plus DSCF5487
TREK Powerfly LT9 Plus DSCF5487
TREK Powerfly LT9 Plus DSCF5482
TREK Powerfly LT9 Plus DSCF5482
Der Vorbau von Bontrager wirkt steif und optisch angenehm schlicht.
Der Vorbau von Bontrager wirkt steif und optisch angenehm schlicht.
Der Lenker, mit einer 35 mm Klemmung, 750 mm Breite und 9° Backsweep, macht ...
Der Lenker, mit einer 35 mm Klemmung, 750 mm Breite und 9° Backsweep, macht ...
... das Cockpit aufgeräumt und sorgt für ein gutes Handling
... das Cockpit aufgeräumt und sorgt für ein gutes Handling
Wir sind bekennende Fans der E-Bike-spezifischen SRAM EX1-Schaltung mit 8-Gängen
Wir sind bekennende Fans der E-Bike-spezifischen SRAM EX1-Schaltung mit 8-Gängen - entsprechend erfreut waren wir, sie am Trek Powerfly verbaut zu sehen
Der Sattel sieht ok aus, ist aber auf Dauer nicht für jeden Popo geeignet
Der Sattel sieht ok aus, ist aber auf Dauer nicht für jeden Popo geeignet
Die 2,8" Schwalbe-Reifen kommen zwar in der neuen Addix-Mischung daher, sind uns allerdings trotzdem zu schwammig und unpräzise
Die 2,8" Schwalbe-Reifen kommen zwar in der neuen Addix-Mischung daher, sind uns allerdings trotzdem zu schwammig und unpräzise
Gebremst wird mit der SRAM Guide RE-Bremse
Gebremst wird mit der SRAM Guide RE-Bremse
Der Bosch Performance CX-Motor ist schön im Rahmen integriert und gewohnt kraftvoll
Der Bosch Performance CX-Motor ist schön im Rahmen integriert und gewohnt kraftvoll
Das kleine, übersichtliche Bosch Purion-Display ist in unseren Augen ...
Das kleine, übersichtliche Bosch Purion-Display ist in unseren Augen ...
... das ideale Display an einem eMTB mit Bosch-Motor
... das ideale Display an einem eMTB mit Bosch-Motor
Gut gelöst: Der Bosch PowerPack 500-Akku verschwindet zu Dreivierteln im Unterrohr
Gut gelöst: Der Bosch PowerPack 500-Akku verschwindet zu Dreivierteln im Unterrohr
Testrunde mit dem Trek Powerfly LT 9 Plus
Testrunde mit dem Trek Powerfly LT 9 Plus
Beim Trek Powerfly LT 9 Plus wirkt es fast, als sei nur ein flaches Akku-Panel auf dem Unterrohr angebracht
Beim Trek Powerfly LT 9 Plus wirkt es fast, als sei nur ein flaches Akku-Panel auf dem Unterrohr angebracht
Sehr wertig gemacht: Die Abdeckung der Ladebuchse
Sehr wertig gemacht: Die Abdeckung der Ladebuchse
Die Lackierung und das Design gefallen uns sehr gut
Die Lackierung und das Design gefallen uns sehr gut
Der Knock Block verhindert wirkungsvoll Schäden am Oberrohr
Der Knock Block verhindert wirkungsvoll Schäden am Oberrohr
Dank Mino Link kann man die Geometrie in zwei Positionen verstellen.
Dank Mino Link kann man die Geometrie in zwei Positionen verstellen.
Im Test funktionierte das Re:Aktiv-Fahrwerk gut und schluckfreudig, wippte allerdings im Wiegetritt spürbar
Im Test funktionierte das Re:Aktiv-Fahrwerk gut und schluckfreudig, wippte allerdings im Wiegetritt spürbar
Es gibt zwei Optionen: steil (66,5° Lenkwinkel) und flach (66° Lenkwinkel)
Es gibt zwei Optionen: steil (66,5° Lenkwinkel) und flach (66° Lenkwinkel)
Der Dämpfer wurde eigens für das Trek Powerfly LT 9 Plus abgestimmt
Der Dämpfer wurde eigens für das Trek Powerfly LT 9 Plus abgestimmt
TREK Powerfly LT9
TREK Powerfly LT9
TREK Powerfly LT9
TREK Powerfly LT9
TREK Powerfly LT9
TREK Powerfly LT9
TREK Powerfly LT9
TREK Powerfly LT9
TREK Powerfly LT9
TREK Powerfly LT9
TREK Powerfly LT9
TREK Powerfly LT9
TREK Powerfly LT9
TREK Powerfly LT9
TREK Powerfly LT9
TREK Powerfly LT9
TREK Powerfly LT9
TREK Powerfly LT9
TREK Powerfly LT9
TREK Powerfly LT9

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We have had the Trek Powerfly 9 LT Plus in for testing: That brilliant red is clear indication on the trails of the arrival of this princess. The Trek Powerfly 9 LT doesn’t just present it’s self proudly and confidently, it also rolls over pretty much everything that the trail can throw in its way. The pairing of RE:aktiv suspension and the powerful Bosch Performance CX motor helps raise your adrenaline levels. How does the Powerfly 9 LT Plus perform? We’ve tested it for you.

We tested the Trek Powerfly LT 9 Plus where it’s nicest
# We tested the Trek Powerfly LT 9 Plus where it’s nicest - in the Alps

Trek Powerfly 9 LT Plus – In Brief

TREK Powerfly LT9 Plus
# TREK Powerfly LT9 Plus
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# TREK Powerfly LT9 Plus DSCF5502
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# TREK Powerfly LT9 Plus DSCF5487
TREK Powerfly LT9 Plus DSCF5482
# TREK Powerfly LT9 Plus DSCF5482

That luminous red is loud but not garish.

Those who know Trek will be well aware of the quality of the brand. This holds fast with this model too. The frame, with filed weld beads, slick semi-integrated battery, smart detailing and that luminous red puts the quality of this frame at the top of the list of what is currently available on the market.

The Trek Powerfly 9 LT Plus has everything that a eMTB needs: fat 27.5” plus tyres, plush suspension with 150mm of travel with a Fox 36 Fork and RockShox Deluxe RT3 shock, and the by now common sight of 8-speed SRAM EX1 gearing. The eBike is powered by the capable Bosch Performance CX motor.

We were also presented the rest of the 2018 Trek Powerfly range which you can see here.

Price: 5999€ | Bikemarkt: Trek Powerfly 9 LT Plus kaufen

Trek Powerfly 9 LT Plus – Product Profile

Geometry

Measured Standover: 750mm (Frame size L)

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GrößeS (15,5")M (17,5")L (18,5")XL (19,5")XXL (21,5")
Sattelrohrlänge368 mm419 mm445 mm470 mm521 mm
Oberrohrlänge570 mm600 mm620 mm634 mm662 mm
Steuerrohrlänge100 mm100 mm105 mm110 mm125 mm
Lenkwinkel66,5°66,5°66,5°66,5°66,5°
Sitzwinkel74,0°74,0°74,0°74,0°74,0°
Kettenstrebenlänge474 mm474 mm474 mm474 mm474 mm
Radstand1182 mm1212 mm1233 mm1247 mm1277 mm
Stack594 mm594 mm598 mm598 mm616 mm
Reach399 mm430 mm449 mm461 mm485 mm

Components

The Bontrager stem feels stiff despite a sleek appearance.
# The Bontrager stem feels stiff despite a sleek appearance.
The handle bar, with 35mm clamp, 750mm width and 9-degree backsweep makes…
# The handle bar, with 35mm clamp, 750mm width and 9-degree backsweep makes…
… the cockpit spacious and tidy, giving good handling.
# … the cockpit spacious and tidy, giving good handling.
We are self-proclaimed fans of the eBike specific 8-speed SRAM EX1 drivetrain
# We are self-proclaimed fans of the eBike specific 8-speed SRAM EX1 drivetrain - we were happy to see it fitted on the Trek Powerfly.
The saddle looks alright, though it isn’t suited to every rear.
# The saddle looks alright, though it isn’t suited to every rear.
The 2.8” Schwalbe tyres use the new Addix compound, but are a bit too sluggish and imprecise for us.
# The 2.8” Schwalbe tyres use the new Addix compound, but are a bit too sluggish and imprecise for us.
Stopping taken care of by SRAM Guide RE brakes.
# Stopping taken care of by SRAM Guide RE brakes.
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FrameRahmenAlpha Platinum Aluminium, ABP, EVO Link, konisches E2-Steuerrohr, Knock Block, interne Zugführung für Schaltung und Vario-Sattelstütze, integrierter Akku, G2-Geometrie, Boost148, 150 mm Federweg
ForkGabelFox Performance 36 Float, verstellbarer GRIP-Dämpfer, konischer E2-Gabelschaft, Boost110, G2-Geometrie mit 51 mm Vorbiegung, für E-Bike optimiert, 150 mm Federweg
ShockDämpferRockShox Deluxe RT3, 3-Positionen-Dämpfer RE:aktiv, vom Trek Suspension Lab abgestimmt, 205 x 57,5 mm
ShifterSchalthebelSRAM EX1, 8fach
DerailleurSchaltwerkSRAM EX1, 8fach
CassetteKassetteSRAM XG-899, 8fach (11-48 Z.)
CranksKurbelSRAM EX1 (15 Z.) mit Kettenschutz
BrakesBremseHydraulische Scheibenbremsen SRAM Guide RE
WheelsLaufräderBontrager Powerline Comp 40, Rapid Drive (54 Z.), Tubeless Ready, Boost110 vorne, Boost148 hinten
TiresReifenSchwalbe Nobby Nic Performance, Tubeless, 27.5" x 2.80"
SeatSattelBontrager Montrose Comp, CrMo-Sattelstreben
SeatpostSattelstützeBontrager Drop Line, interne Zugführung, 31,6 mm (15,5˝: 100 mm; 17,5/18,5˝: 125 mm; 19,5/21,5: 150 mm)
BarLenkerBontrager Line, 35 mm, 15 mm Rise, 750 mm width
StemVorbauBontrager Line, Knock Block, 35 mm, 0 °, 60 mm
MotorMotorBosch Performance CX
DisplayDisplayBosch Purion Performance
BatteryAkkuBosch PowerPack Performance 500, semiintegriert
PowerLeistung250 Watt, 75 Nm
WeightGewicht23,9 kg
Price (RRP)Preis (UVP)5999 €

Motor & Battery

Details about the Bosch Performance CX

The Bosch Performance CX motor is nicely integrated and provides all the power we are used to.
# The Bosch Performance CX motor is nicely integrated and provides all the power we are used to.
The small yet clear Bosch Purion display is…
# The small yet clear Bosch Purion display is…
… the best one to have on an eMTB as far as we are concerned.
# … the best one to have on an eMTB as far as we are concerned.
Good solution: three quarters of the Bosch PowerPack 500 battery disappears into the frame.
# Good solution: three quarters of the Bosch PowerPack 500 battery disappears into the frame.

The product managers at Trek aren’t taking chances by choosing the Bosch Performance CX motor. Dominant on the market and of the highest quality, this motor can be instrumental for customers making a purchase decision. As we have come to expect, the Bosch motor pushes the bike forward obediently, and as we are used to, helps make rapid progress over the trails.

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  • Motor: Bosch Performance CX
  • Battery: 500 Wh
  • Leistung: max. 250 Watt
  • Display: Bosch Purion

Real-world Range

Testrunde mit dem Trek Powerfly LT 9 Plus
# Testrunde mit dem Trek Powerfly LT 9 Plus

40.4 km / 819 metres ascent

1 h 40 min

Quoted figures for range tend to be on the optimistic side, so we like to test bikes for ourselves, draining a whole battery and seeing how far the bike will go. For this test we managed 40.4km and 819 metres of ascending, staying in the highest power setting throughout. Please note that these values in no way represent rigorous or normalised testing, instead they should be seen as ballpark figures. Using lower assistance modes increases the range significantly too.

Here are the exact details of our test ride.

Semi-integration Benefits

It’s almost as though just a a very compact flat battery is fitted to the Trek Powerfly LT 9 Plus downtube.
# It’s almost as though just a a very compact flat battery is fitted to the Trek Powerfly LT 9 Plus downtube.
Nice details: The cover for the charging port.
# Nice details: The cover for the charging port.

The battery is not completely hidden in the downtube.

We are definitely fans of fully integrated batteries, but what Trek have done here has its own charm and has yet to find an equal in the “world” of semi-integrated batteries. Around 70% of the volume of the Bosch PowerPack disappears into the downtube and is integrated aesthetically by a plastic cover. This means the battery seems significantly less massive than that of competitors, and more importantly it remains compatible with older Bosch PowerPack batteries if the need arises. Of course the plastic fairing will be missing, but this shouldn’t really matter in an emergency.

Trek Powerfly 9 LT Plus – Hands On

Paint and design are definitely our kind of style.
# Paint and design are definitely our kind of style.
The Knock Block effectively prevents damage to the toptube.
# The Knock Block effectively prevents damage to the toptube.

The slick and streamlined hydro-formed aluminium frame seems like it’s forged in one piece

It’s rare that a test bike draws the attention of everyone in the office when it’s unboxed, but this is exactly what happened with the Trek Powerfly 9 LT Plus. Trek shows with aplomb what it takes to create such a high quality frame and what this looks like in person. The slick and streamlined hydro-formed aluminium frame seems like its forged in one piece. The weld beads are beautifully smoothed and the paint job is flawless. Examining things more closely, we couldn’t find anything out of place. The Trek Powerfly 9 LT Plus shows itself proudly and could quite happily strut down the cat walk.

A particularly interesting feature is the Knock Block, effectively a steering limiter that prevents the handlebars twisting too far. This protects the top tube from scratches and impacts from the brake and gear levers.

We also feel it’s worth discussing the Mino Link. This flip-chip gives two geometry options for the Trek Powerfly 9 LT Plus. In high, the head angle is an already slack 66.5 degree, in the low position that slackens out another 0.5 degree along with dropping the bottom bracket slightly.

It’s possible to set two geometry setting with the Mino Link.
# It’s possible to set two geometry setting with the Mino Link.
During testing, the Re:Aktiv suspension was agile and effective, though we did find it bobbed a little when pedalling out of the saddle.
# During testing, the Re:Aktiv suspension was agile and effective, though we did find it bobbed a little when pedalling out of the saddle.
Two options: steep (66.5-degree head angle) and slack (66-degree head angle)
# Two options: steep (66.5-degree head angle) and slack (66-degree head angle)
The shock was tuned especially for the Trek Powerfly LT 9 Plus.
# The shock was tuned especially for the Trek Powerfly LT 9 Plus.

Trek Powerfly 9 LT Plus – On the trail

Uphill

TREK Powerfly LT9
# TREK Powerfly LT9

The upright seating position puts you in a good place for uphill performance

Steep ramps or long uphill sections don’t pose any challenge for this E-Bike. Thanks to the upright position it’s easy to maintain flow and speed on the way up the hill. It’s only when you stand up to pedal that you start to notice the RE:aktiv suspension start to bob. On technical sections the front wheel has a tendency to lift because it’s difficult to maintain weight over the front. Tight switchbacks are also a bit of a challenge, with the long wheelbase making playful flickability a little more difficult.

Downhill

TREK Powerfly LT9
# TREK Powerfly LT9

The tyres reach their limits too quickly.

With 150mm travel front and rear the Trek is definitely not a pure-bred downhiller so we were a little apprehensive taking it down the first steep trails. A few corners in we quickly found that we were staying off the brakes more and more and picking up a fair bit of speed. The Trek Powerfly 9 LT Plus stays planted and allows you to maintain a good deal of momentum. The sensitive rear with RE:aktiv suspension gives decent amounts of feedback and convinced us throughout our runs. Even on rougher sections the eMTB didn’t blow through all its travel and took steps, rocks and roots in its stride. Only the fitted Schwalbe Nobby Nic tyres put a damper on our need for speed. As the speed picks up, as corners get tight and as the ground gets looser there comes a point where it just gets too much and the tyres let go completely.

Trail

TREK Powerfly LT9
# TREK Powerfly LT9
TREK Powerfly LT9
# TREK Powerfly LT9
TREK Powerfly LT9
# TREK Powerfly LT9
TREK Powerfly LT9
# TREK Powerfly LT9

Suspension tailor-made for the trails.

The Trek Powerfly 9 LT Plus is very happy on the trail and passes that enthusiasm on to the rider. We got to grips with the setup very quickly and found that it didn’t need significant changes for different terrain. The rider position is central allowing for longer time spent on the bike in comfort. Changes in direction happen quickly and confidently thanks to the stiff frame and tricky sections can be dispatched with ease. Only the travel of the dropper post was a bit off-putting at times – we found we couldn’t get it far enough out of the way on some of the steeper sections we rode. That said, trails on this eBike are a hell of a lot of fun.

Tuning

As with many other eBikes, we advise changing the saddle. The Bontrager saddle is premium and looks good, but we found on longer rides that it didn’t offer enough comfort for us. It makes sense to get a more ergonomic model that will suit you.

Our second tip concerns the tyres. We personally find 2.8” tyres a bit too sluggish and imprecise for such a high performance eMTB. We would prefer to see narrower 2.6” tyres.

Conclusion – Trek Powerfly 9 LT Plus

The Trek Powerfly 9 LT Plus fulfils its promise. The brand has shown us convincingly how high its production quality is and is putting a top-class eMTB into stores.

On the trail the Trek Powerfly 9 LT Plus gives an absolutely convincing ride: the rear is supple and active and smooths out the bumps of even the roughest of trails. The geometry is suited to aggressive and athletic riding and the component spec doesn’t compromise. The paint quality is second to none and the frame itself feels and looks premium. It’s only the size of the tyres and the limited travel of the dropper that curb our enthusiasm ever so slightly.

Pros

  • High quality finishing
  • Capable suspension

Cons

  • Limited travel on dropper post
  • Plus tyres feel sluggish and vague
TREK Powerfly LT9
# TREK Powerfly LT9
TREK Powerfly LT9
# TREK Powerfly LT9
TREK Powerfly LT9
# TREK Powerfly LT9
TREK Powerfly LT9
# TREK Powerfly LT9

About the Test

On our test runs we usually stay in the highest assistance mode and drain the battery completely at least once. We then publish our results on our Strava account.

Our loop has everything we need to test E-Bike capabilities:

  • Tight uphill trails with roots, rocks and loam
  • Flat trails with small climbing sections
  • Fast and flowing downhills
  • Long, loose trails downhill

E-Bikes are subjected to our route multiple times to allow us to draw our conclusions.

We tested the Trek Powerfly 9 LT Plus here:

  • LOCATION: Trail-riding around Bamberg in Germany, and Brixen and Latsch in Italy. The riding provides narrow and tight trails with rooty, rocky sections, switchbacks, bikepark runs, rough rockgardens, steep technical uphills as well as flowing downhill sections.

Tester profile Rico Haase

Expand tester profile

  • Name: Rico Haase
  • Height: 183 cm
  • Weight (with riding-gear): 90 kg
  • Inside leg: 86 cm
  • Arm length: 61 cm
  • Torso: 62 cm
  • Riding style: flowing and playful
  • Preferred riding: E-Enduro, E-Trailbike, but also XC, DH and Road
  • Preferred suspensions: firm and reactive – I like feedback from the trail
  • Preferred geometry: long reach, short stem, wide bars

Over to you: What do you think of the Trek Powerfly 9 LT Plus?


More information about the Trek Powerfly 9 LT Plus

Website: www.trekbikes.com
Text & Edit: Rico Haase, Benedict Pfender | eMTB-News.de
Photos: Rico Haase, Dennis Stratmann

Trek Powerfly 9 LT Plus

range of use
XC: 2/10 – Trail: 10/10 – All-Mountain: 9/10 – Enduro: 9/10 – Downhill: 6/10
Motor + Battery
Bosch
Battery Capacity
500 Wh
Range km/mi
Distance
24.9 mi
Climbing
2,687 ft
Duration
1:40 h
Bike Weight
52.7 lb
System Weight
254 lb
Uphill
6/10
bad
excellent
Downhill
9/10
bad
excellent
Motor
9/10
weak
extreme
Value for Money
7/10
too expensive
perfect
Sitting Position
8/10
upright
stretched
character
8/10
playful
stable
Explanation of “Range of Use”
XC:
0 to 120 mm Travel (Hardtails and Full-Suspension)
Trail:
100 to 150 mm Travel (Hardtails and Full-Suspension)
All-Mountain:
120 to 150 mm Travel (Full-Suspension)
Enduro:
150 to 180 mm Travel (Full-Suspension)
Downhill:
more than 180 mm Travel (Full-Suspension)
Erklärung zum Systemgewicht
Das hier angegebene Gewicht ist die Summe aus den Einzelgewichten (E-Bike, Fahrer, Rucksack usw.), welches bei unserem Reichweitentest zum Einsatz kam.
Version:
2018
Preis:
5999

Autor:
Wertung:
5
Datum: 20. October 2017
Aktualisiert: 20. October 2017

Fazit:

The Trek Powerfly 9 LT Plus fulfils its promise. The brand has shown us convincingly how high its production quality is and is putting a top-class eMTB into stores.

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