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Trek Women's Specific Road Bike Review

Mariel

We love Trek Bikes - especially their Women's Specific Designed Road Bikes. We've reviewed 3 of the bikes we have in the shop - and the best part? They're all on SALE!

So read on, choose your bike and grab a bargain...

Trek Lexa WSD Road Bike 2015 NOW £480 WAS £575

1. The Trek Lexa C

The Trek Lexa C is an entry-level road bike made specifically for women. It's now on sale at Everyone Bikes (sizes 50cm and 52cm available), down from £575 to £480. If you're looking for your first bike and are new to road cycling, this could be the perfect bike for you!

The frame is 100 Series Alpha Aluminium with carbon forks for added comfort on bumpy roads. It's not quite as light as a carbon bike but it's light enough for a beginner cyclist. The components - brakes, gears, and wheels - are basic but they are fine for a beginner getting to grips with cycling. The gears (Shimano Claris) aren't as quiet and smooth as more advanced versions, and the wheels (Bontrager AT-750 alloy) are a bit heavy. But overall, this is still a solid starter road bike.

I was impressed by the frame geometry, since it offers both comfort and performance. This being a WSD (women specific design) the position range isn't as aggressive as a man’s bike, which is great if you're not too flexible or strong. If you're an experienced cyclist you might prefer a frame with a more aggressive riding position.

Trek Lexa SLX WSD Road Bike 2014 NOW £850 WAS £1200

Trek Lexa SLX WSD Road Bike 2014 NOW £850 WAS £1200

2. The Trek Lexa SLX WSD

The Trek Lexa SLX WSD offers more for your money. Previously priced at £1200, we're selling this (in a 54cm frame) at a steal for £850! If you've been cycling for a while and want to upgrade from your entry-level bike then this is the bike for you.

The Trek Lexa SLX has features previously found on top-end bikes - such as Endurance fit geometry and IsoSpeed technology from Domane and Silque WSD. This bike features a light aluminium frame from the 200 Series Alpha Aluminium, providing beautifully formed tubing for a relatively lightweight and strong frameset, with carbon forks providing good shock absorption. The bike comes with a Shimano 105 shifters and derailleurs and Shimano Tiagra crankset with 10 speed cassette.

The IsoSpeed decoupler keeps the seat tube and top-tube separate from one another, dramatically reducing the effects of bumpy roads and giving a comfortable ride without compromising pedalling power.

The Lexa SLX is an excellent all-around bike. It has the capacity to perform well on endurance events and races, as well as providing comfort, thanks to a taller headtube that gives a more upright riding position. The substantial shock absorption also makes this a great bike for everyday commuting. Overall, this is the perfect bike for someone wanting to upgrade from a beginner bike and venture into more serious cycling.

Trek Silque C WSD Road Bike 2015 WAS £1400 NOW £1120

Trek Silque C WSD Road Bike 2015 WAS £1400 NOW £1120

3. The Trek Silque C

The Trek Silque C is available in 50cm fame at Everyone Bikes for a bargain £1120, that's a saving of 20%! This is a serious road bike with a carbon frame and carbon forks for a super smooth ride, almost like flying! Ultimately, the Silque C is an extremely fun bike to ride as it's highly responsive on turns and when braking. It's super light compared to the previous bikes. Like the other bikes the Silque is WSD, this means that the geometry has been designed to fit the female anatomy, with shorter top tubes and a slightly more upward position. If you're after a more aggressive position and need to make the most out of each pedal stroke, I would recommend that you look at the excellent Trek Emonda.

The Shimano Tiagra brakes are solid and gave me the confidence to ride fast because I knew I could stop easily. The 10 speed Shimano Tiagra gears are quiet and smooth, so going uphill is a pleasure - exactly as you'd expect from a high-level road bike. However, for this price range I was expecting Shimano 105 not the more basic Tiagra. What you're getting here is a top-of-the-range frame with lower cost components that can be replaced by the rider at a later stage.

This is a bike for someone who is a seasoned cyclist and wants a high-performing machine without breaking the bank. The Silque calls itself “the perfect choice to ride fast, climb high, and go the distance” and I agree - it does exactly what it says on the tin!