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Triumph Motorcycles rides into the ebike market with the Trekker GT

Triumph Motorcycles rides into...
The stylish but pricey Trekker GT is the first ebike from Triumph Motorcycles
The stylish but pricey Trekker GT is the first ebike from Triumph Motorcycles
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The stylish but pricey Trekker GT is the first ebike from Triumph Motorcycles
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The stylish but pricey Trekker GT is the first ebike from Triumph Motorcycles
The Trekker GT features integrated LED lighting and full mudguards front and back
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The Trekker GT features integrated LED lighting and full mudguards front and back
A black and grey color palette give the Trekker GT a refined look
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A black and grey color palette give the Trekker GT a refined look
A cast iron Triumph badge is proudly displayed to the front
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A cast iron Triumph badge is proudly displayed to the front
A Shimano display show ride info and sits in the middle of a Triumph narrow-width handlebar
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A Shimano display show ride info and sits in the middle of a Triumph narrow-width handlebar
The Trekker GT comes with a cargo/pannier rack to the rear
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The Trekker GT comes with a cargo/pannier rack to the rear
The Trekker GT is jam-packed with Shimano components, including the electric drive, gears and brakes
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The Trekker GT is jam-packed with Shimano components, including the electric drive, gears and brakes
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Triumph Motorcycles has announced its first ebike. The Trekker GT will roll for up to 150 km (93 mi) per charge, features the latest Shimano electric drive, and pricing starts at US$3,750.

Triumph Engineering produced its first motorcycle in 1902, but its founder Siegfried Bettmann began by selling bicycles over a decade earlier. The Coventry-based moto brand went into receivership in 1983, and its name and manufacturing rights were snapped up by businessman John Bloor. Renamed Triumph Motorcycles, operations later moved to Hinkley in Leicestershire.

And now the company has gone back to where it all started – kind of – with the launch if its very first ebike. And based on the prototype images, the Trekker GT is a good-looking ride. It's not as futuristic or eye-catching as models from Vanmoof, Greyp or Delfast, but should cut a stylish dash among city traffic.

Triumph has opted to go all in with Shimano for this model, which features a 250-W Steps E6100 mid-mounted motor for 60 Nm (44 lb.ft) of torque, a lockable 504-Wh E8035 battery housed in the hydro-formed aluminum frame's downtube, Shimano hubs, 10-speed shifter, derailleur, cassette and crank, Deore M6000 brakes, and a Shimano display for checking ride status.

The Trekker GT features integrated LED lighting and full mudguards front and back
The Trekker GT features integrated LED lighting and full mudguards front and back

The 6061 frame is proprietary though, as is the seat post and the grips on the ends of the narrow-width handlebar. There's a cast aluminum company badge to the front to make sure that onlookers know you're getting pedal assist from a Triumph, and cables are routed internally for a clean look.

It rides on 27.5-inch Alex Volar rims wrapped in Schwalbe Energizer Green Guard tires, RockShox Paragon forks with 65 mm of travel help smooth out the bumps, and there's integrated LED lighting front and back.

A cast iron Triumph badge is proudly displayed to the front
A cast iron Triumph badge is proudly displayed to the front

Elsewhere, riders are promised "ultra comfort" from the Selle-Royal Vivo saddle, an integrated ABUS Pro-shield rear wheel lock is included, and there's a cargo rack at the rear. Finally, as you might expect for a Brit ebike, the Trekker GT comes with full-length mudguards installed. There's no mention of smart technologies like onboard GPS or tracking, mobile app integration and so on.

Triumph's first ebike tips the scales at 53 lb (24 kg) including the battery, and comes in a silver and black finish for $3,750.

Product page: Trekker GT

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5 comments
ljaques
That's just PERFECT for the '40s, with a price right around the same as a 3br house back then. Not a looker, but it sure is expensive. What were they thinking?
ColinChambers
Triumph should be ashamed to put their name on, Standard image looking elect-cycle. 65 years ago I bought my first modern cycle.... This one dates it’s self about 1930s ... I know as i rebuild to electric cycles.
michael_dowling
I would rather invest in a electric car. I HATE bicycles,and the drivers where I live make commuting on a bike not for the faint of heart. I also don't like the lockable battery,suggesting it is not removable. Thieves would make short work of any lock.
nick101
I had a Triumph branded bicycle in the 1970s. It was the cheapest English bike you could get. Though it was a '10 speed' the 2nd front sprocket was barely bigger than the other one. It was heavy. My friends had Peugeot and Sekine bikes, they laughed at my bike. Bad move, Triumph, that will only bring back bad memories.
BJB
Triumph’s first bike is way overpriced for what you get! Go to YouTube and search for ebike and see for yourself!