Originally Posted by gfpgh
I am looking to purchase a new hybrid bicycle and wanted to know if anyone has feedback on the 2013 Trek Verve 3 or Verve 4. I do not mind spending a little more on a bike if the component upgrades are worth it and it will last. Any suggestions other than these two are appreciated. The Trek store is 10 minutes from my house and other bike shops are at least 30 minutes, more with traffic so from a service perspective, I am leaning towards Trek.
The TREK VERVE series replaced the earlier Multitrack series. I have been riding a TREK Multitrack 7000 since 2006. The 7000 model was the bottom price of the line at that time. I did not want the sprung fork as I had on my older Trek Navigator. I now have over 15,000 miles on my Multitrack. Two years ago I purchased a TREK Mulitrack 7000 with the step through frame for my wife to replace a similar model made by another company.
I looked at the TREK web site for specs and pricing on the different Verve series bicycles.
First thing to consider is price. The MSRP is way over what our local Trek dealer charged me. The 7000 I bought in 2006 cost me $275 plus tax. When I bought the wife's 7000 two years ago I paid $275 plus tax for that. At another Trek dealer in another county they were going for about $350.
As you go up in price you of course get better longer lasting components in the way of rear derailler and shifters. The factory derailler on the wife's 7000 last roughly 2500 miles before having to be replaced. That was one year of riding for her.
You might want to do some thinking on just how many gears you will want for the type of riding you do. Our Mulitracks have the 21-speed shifting. We do mainly rail trails with some road rides going from one section of the trail to another. No long steep climbs. A few short steep ones normally. So far the 21-speed has not been a problem. On the rail trails or road connections we are usually in one of only three frequently used gears. Will you really need the 27 speeds of the Verve 4 over the 24 speeds of the Verve 3 for the difference in price.
We went with the local bike shop only a few miles away simply because he gave us the best price on the original purchase and gives us outstanding service at a reasonable price. Check what your Trek dealer is selling each model for and if they charge MSRP you might want to look around at other Trek dealers and use the closest for any repairs you can't handle yourself.